SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 13, 2004
The hills of the Marin Headlands are green again, and the ocean breezes are invigorating- what better time to grab the bike and head out for a ride across the Bridge. Biking on our local landmark has become a lot more pleasant and safe since the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) installed new safety barriers between the pathway and the roadway. To celebrate the completion of this project, and to further improve safety, the SFBC, MCBC, and GGBHTD are launching a "Ride Safe on the Golden Gate campaign." We need your help to get the word out to riders on the Bridge. For info, and to learn how you can help, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?ggb
Like too many bike projects in San Francisco, the lovely new bike lanes on Fell St are only sanctioned on a "trial" basis, subject to final approval by the Board of Supervisors later this spring. Our campaign to ensure that this valuable flat route to the Panhandle sticks around continued through the holidays with several volunteers collecting signatures on our Fell St Petition from bikers on Fell. We're looking for additional folks to help this effort - if you like talking to people, this is the perfect volunteer job for you! Lend a hand, and help this vital lane gain permanent status, by contacting Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-2453x21.
Discover just how easy it is to vote by mail (as a permanent absentee voter) at a series of fun FREE events coming up in the next few weeks. Instead of a cover charge, you get in free by registering to vote by mail in upcoming San Francisco elections!
--> MUSIC & POLITICS DO MIX at Sadie's, 8pm, Wednesday, January 21st. Featuring free hor'doerves plus live music by Bone Coots, Rick Gimbo and cover band Van Hays Valin. At Sadie's, located near Potrero & Mariposa Sts.
--> 540 CLUB ABSENTEE VOTER PARTY, 8pm, Thursday, January 30th. Featuring a live DJ and short speeches by Supervisors Matt Gonzalez and Jake McGoldrick. At the 540 Club, located near 6th Avenue & Clement Street.
In addition, SFBC member Kim Knox is looking for someone on the west side of town to host a fun absentee voter event for about 70-80 people in their home. The SF Microbrewery will donate beer, and Kim has a live band lined up to play at this future event (it may be helpful if any potential host has an outside veranda or something similar). If this sounds intriguing, or if you'd like to volunteer at any of the above events, contact Kim at (415) 386-2706 or email@example.com
Transportation for a Livable City (TLC) has appealed the Planning Commission's approval of a 500-car parking garage at 1160 Mission St (just 1 block from Civic Center Muni/BART station!) The car traffic generated by this project will block the dedicated busway on Mission St. and cause significant delays at several intersections in the area, further slowing bus passengers traveling on the Muni 14 line along Mission St (Line 14 is the 2nd busiest bus line in the City, carrying 43,000 bus riders everyday). In addition, the traffic that will be brought to this area will contribute to increased accidents for bicyclists and pedestrians in an area that already has some of the highest injury and fatality rates in the city.
Your help is needed to hand out factsheets on this project and to publicize the Board of Supervisors hearing (tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 1/27 at 2pm) to bus riders at Line 14 bus stops and on-board Line 14 buses. If you would like to help with this effort, please contact Jeremy Nelson, TLC Parking Policy Coordinator, at 425-9849 or firstname.lastname@example.org Help us send a message that a 500-car parking garage in one of the most transit-accessible neighborhoods in the Bay Area undermines the city's Transit First Policy and could bring substantial harm to residents and travelers in this area. For more information, see http://www.livablecity.org
The California Bicycle Coalition has named longtime SFBC member Paul Dorn as its new executive director. Created in 1994, the California Bicycle Coalition is a 3,000-member advocacy group with headquarters based in Sacramento. Dorn succeeds Chris Morfas, who served as executive director of the coalition from 1997 to 2003. Many thanks to Chris for his years of great work!
Paul Dorn has been involved for many years as an activist with a number of transportation, environmental, social justice, and human rights campaigns. Paul is a former SFBC board member and once edited our "Tube Times" newsletter. He was the founding chair of the SFBC's Golden Gate Park Taskforce, dedicated to reducing traffic impacts on the city's most significant park. A talented writer, Paul also created a leading bike commuting advice website : http://www.runmuki.com/commute
"Paul Dorn will fight hard for California's cyclists," said David Snyder, executive director of Transportation for a Livable City. "Having known Paul for many years as a colleague and co-activist working to put bicycling at the top of San Francisco's political agenda, I know he'll do the same for California. He's a fighter with a strong intellect who will be a great voice for California bicyclists." For more information, see http://www.calbike.org
Berkeley Bikestation Seeks Computer Donations
Our bike friends over at the Bikestation Berkeley are looking for a donation of a pretty decent Macintosh laptop or desktop computer for their advocacy efforts. If you have one and would like to get a tax-write off, please e-mail Joe at email@example.com with all the specs. Thanks!
Walk SF Planting Trees on 19th Avenue
Wlk SF and Friends of the Urban Forest have teamed up to sponsor a huge street-tree planting event on 19th Avenue. Street trees would be very effective in calming traffic on the avenue, and preventing cars from parking on the sidewalk. Walk SF needs volunteers to reach out to homeowners and businesses on the avenue, and to help plant the trees on a Saturday in the spring. Please call 431-WALK or e-mail John Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to be involved in this project. Friends of the Urban Forest have developed an excellent system for organizing street tree plantings. There are many jobs -- large and small, to suit every type of volunteer.
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