SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 18, 2007
"There's no reasonable justification that would delay [re-adopting the SF Bike Plan] into 2009."
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New Improvements at Market and Octavia, More on the Way!
Have you ridden through the Market and Octavia intersection recently? A brand new barrier island was built last Thursday, replacing the worn out and beat-up soft hit posts installed earlier this year to deter drivers from making the notorious illegal right turn onto Highway 101 that has resulted in a series of horrendous bicycle/automobile collisions. Thanks to Supervisor Bevan Dufty for initiating this change, which the SFBC has been advocating for, and for his continued work to make the intersection safer.
Meanwhile, the new barrier island is not the whole remedy for this dangerous intersection, and we will continue to push for further design and policy improvements there. In addition to design changes like traffic calming and colored bike lanes, we are working for increased enforcement at the intersection. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma plans to introduce legislation in January for cameras to be installed at the intersection to catch drivers in the act of making that illegal turn. To sign up for updates on Market/Octavia, email us. Further improvements will need your support in January!
City Hall Rally: SFBC Pushes to Get the Bike Plan Back on Track
This past Tuesday, a crowd of over over 100 SFBC members and supportive sustainable transportation advocates rallied out front of City Hall to protest the City's lack of action on expediting the Bike Plan. Four SF Supervisors -- Tom Ammiano, Bevan Dufty, Ross Mirkarimi and Gerardo Sandoval -- joined in the call for City Hall to act now.
Four years is too long for no new bike lanes in San Francisco! The SFBC urges Mayor Newsom to commit all possible resources to getting the Bicycle Plan back on track.
Take action now! Help us turn this situation around by calling and/or writing the Mayor ASAP -- go here for details and contact information.
Missing Stripes? Sharrows Shot? Touch Up the Bike Network
Keep cars out of the bike lanes with a fresh coat of paint! The City has some funding to spruce up the markings on our existing Bike Network -- we just need to tell them where it's needed most.
On your trips around town this week, take note of where the paint is faded or is just plain missing. Send a note to Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, December 20th, with the details and we'll report the lanes and sharrows most in need of a face-lift.
Please note that this specific funding only includes repainting and replacing signs on the existing Bike Network. You can always report potholes and other pavement issues from our Fix It page.
Give today and receive for years to come....
Thanks to the SFBC's 8,000+ members, we are making positive changes for bicycling both in the streets and in the halls of power. In the past year, the number of people biking in our city has increased by 12%! Plus, 16% of San Franciscans are biking at least several times a week -- that's more than 100,000 of us!
San Francisco's streets are safer and more sustainable than ever before and we've got YOU to thank. Together, we've made great strides in building a more livable city through bike improvements, leading to a greener and greater future.
That is why we are asking you to show your commitment to safer, more dignified streets by giving a year-end donation to the SFBC today. Tax-deductible donations are possible through the SFBC Education Fund. If your employer matches donations (what a great way to double your gift!), please designate your contribution to the SFBC Education Fund.
Your contribution will help us transform our city from one focused on car travel to one focused on sustainable, healthy transportation. Please make a year-end contribution today!
Divisadero Streetscape Improvements Workshop
Do you live, work, or bike near Divisadero Street? Through a Great Streets grant, the City is working on improvements along Divisadero from Haight to Geary. The current design is less than ideal, and the City is presenting plans for streetscape renewal. Come learn about the changes and be an advocate for bike improvements in the area.
Tuesday December 18, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fix Masonic Meeting Wednesday
The movement towards a bike and pedestrian friendly Masonic marches forward! Neighbors, teachers, schools kids, planners and more are drumming up community support to make the street safe and delightful for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders. 2007 has been big year - from PARKing day on Masonic to gathering over 500 neighborhood signatures for our official traffic calming petition -- and we're rolling into 2008 ready for action!
Help us plan a Neighborhood Rally for changes on Masonic with schools up and down the corridor. Our next planning meeting is tomorrow night:
Fix Masonic Meeting
Submit your letters or calendar items now for February's Tube Times
Do you have an opinion or an event listing for the February/March issue of the Tube Times? Or would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour in February or March? Contact us by Friday, Dec. 21 with your letter or event with all its details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info) and we'll pop it in the next issue.
SFBC Mix: Office Closed, Board Election, Pick up Winterfest Items Now
Video: The Traffic Calming Sasquatch
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