SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 20, 2008
"There are times I ride in Austin, and I'm afraid of cars. Imagine what
the beginner cyclist must feel like?"
Armstrong unveils his new commuting bike
shop, Austin American-Statesman, February 14, 2008
Table of Contents
- Fix Masonic Neighborhood Rally! Masonic Legislation Passes!
- Lane Stewards to the (pavement) rescue!
- Bike Law talk at the Treehouse tonight
- Become a member of the SFBC team!
- KQED Perspectives on Adult Bike Ed
- Submit your letters or calendar items now for April/May Tube Times
- Let the Kids Ride!
- SF Bike Messenger Calendar Hits the Streets
- Bay Area Transit Camp in Palo Alto this weekend
- Deadline Extended! Make a Bike Movie for the Bicycle Film Festival (and Filmed By Bike)
- Upcoming Events
Point of law caught in your sprocket?
Freshen up on the basics before Bob gets into town:
Fix Masonic Neighborhood Rally! Masonic Legislation Passes!
Come join faculty and students of local schools and Supervisor Mirkarimi at
a neighborhood rally to highlight the need for traffic calming and safe
dedicated bicycle and pedestrian routes along the Masonic corridor. Why?
Because Masonic is official Bike Route 55, yet it currently has NO
facilities for cyclists! Even experienced cyclists take to the sidewalk to
avoid the speeding cars and road rage. Need another reason? Pedestrians
the Panhandle are SCARED to cross Fell Street. And they're not the only
ones! The notorious Fell
Masonic intersection is a known hazard for everyone using the Panhandle
Path. As a hazard to public safety, improvements need to happen at the
Fell Masonic intersection immediately, regardless of the Bike Plan
So take an early lunch break and join neighborhood stakeholders to call for
bicycle and pedestrian changes along the entire Masonic corridor: We'll be
doing street crossings, listening to brief speakers, and viewing the first
submissions from the "Picture a Safe
Masonic" Poster Contest.
What: Fix Masonic Neighborhood Rally
When: Wednesday, February 27th, 11am
Where: In front of San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic @ Golden
We'll also be celebrating last week's unanimous passage of legislation
calling for bike, ped, and traffic calming changes on Masonic, sponsored by
Supervisors Mirkarimi, McGoldrick, and Dufty! This important
legislation requests the major funding needed to plan a Masonic with a
dedicated bike path or safe bike lane, as well as pedestrian improvements
that will provide safe walking routes through the North of the Panhandle and
Haight Ashbury Neighborhoods. If you can't make the rally,
write an email or letter to your Supervisor thanking them for their
support of the safe Masonic legislation. This legislation is the first
step towards a livable Masonic, but we will need the Supervisors support as
we move forward!
Lane Stewards to the (pavement) rescue!
Sick and tired of your bumpy ride? We are too. For our first
phase in the campaign to fix our ailing and failing pavement, we need
your help! We are recruiting Lane Stewards to help us keep record
of pothole issues on the bike network. Imagine an "adopt-a-bike lane"
type of program where you and your friends get to be the saviors on your
piece of the city. In part, you'll be:
Regularly traveling your assigned route and taking note of deteriorating
pavement and loose bike racks
Marking potholes with spray paint and reporting problems to the Department
of Public Works
Keeping in regular contact with the SFBC to report problem areas
Participate in our April city-wide pothole marking blitz! More details
about that to come.
We will outfit you with all that you need to help save our streets. We
will be planning group marking rides, and encourage you to join with a friend,
your roommate, or your fellow bike-riding co-workers. Check out our
Roads page for more information, or contact
Neal if you would like
Bike Law talk at the Treehouse tonight
Join us this evening (Wednesday 2/20, 6:00 pm) for a special sidebar with
bike lawyer, author, and former Olympian Bob Mionske and a talk on
Bicycling & the
Law. Following on the recent publication of his book of the same name,
Bob will present news and views on the legal rights and responsibilities of
bicyclists, taking a special look at the state of
and Oregon's recently-enacted
road users law (HB 3314). Don't miss what promises to be a fascinating
and informative talk. Free to SF Bicycle Coalition, Livable City, and Walk
SF members; $5-20 for non-members - or join at the event! SFBC offices, 995
Market St., 15th Floor (bring your bike up).
Become a member of the SFBC team!
The SFBC is looking for talented, motivated individuals to join our growing
staff. We are looking for a full-time Communications Director to oversee the
organization's communications programs. Check out our jobs listings
and please pass this on to friends who may fit the bill.
The SFBC is hiring Spring event interns in time for Golden Wheel Awards and
Bike to Work Day. Check out these descriptions and details:
& Event Planning Internship
The SFBC is hiring interns in time for
to Work Day. See descriptions and details at
KQED Perspectives on Adult Bike Ed
SFBC member Linda Atkins gave her Perspectives to KQED's radio audience this
week, explaining eloquently why
Ed is a great thing not only for bicyclists, but for all the people
she's sharing the road with.
anytime to this saved MP3 recording (2 minutes).
Submit your letters or calendar items now for April/May Tube Times
Do you have an
opinion or an
event listing for the April/May issue of the
Tube Times? Or would you
like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour in April or May?
us by Thursday, February 28 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.
Let the Kids Ride!
We have long been frustrated by the SF Unified School District's
less-than-enthusiastic approach toward bicycling. Rather than encouraging
students and teachers to get exercise by riding to school -- and investing
in safer conditions for them to do so -- many schools prohibit bike racks on
their school grounds and discourage riding. Now, we'll be the first to admit
that there's a lot more that needs to be done on our City streets to make
biking safe and inviting for kids of certain ages -- and we're working on
that by expanding the Bike Network, supporting the growing
Routes to School efforts and great after-school bike training efforts at
YMCA and elsewhere. But we also want the School District to step up its
support of biking by encouraging -- not discouraging -- riding by installing
bike racks on all school grounds.
If you want to help with our campaign to make SF schools bike-friendly, please
contact Rachel at
the SFBC to get on our list of interested folks. Plus, we're looking for
SFBC members -- especially parents & teachers -- to join us Monday, Feb.
25th at 6pm at the School Board's committee meeting to discuss this very
issue. Can you join us?
SF Bike Messenger Calendar Hits the Streets
Looking for a sweet way to count the days in 2008? Check out San
Francisco's 2008 Bike Messenger Calendar by local photographer
Fine. Heretofore known only for their rough exteriors, these young
men and women expose their true character to the lens. 50% of the proceeds
from the calendar will be donated to the
Francisco's Bike Messenger Association's Broken Bones Fund, created to
provide emergency financial assistance to injured messengers. Calendars can be
found at Needles and Pins, Booksmith, Rare Device, Box Dog Bikes, Mike's Bikes
and Mojo Bike Café or you can
the photographer directly.
Bay Area Transit Camp in Palo Alto this weekend
BarCamp is the burgeoning movement of participatory, attended-organized
Area Transit Camp is at Palo Alto this weekend, Sat-Sun, February
23-24. Campers will be
officials and citizens discussing ways of encouraging more people to use
public transit and how technology can help. They have one rule:
"TransitCampBayArea is not a complaints department, it is a SOLUTIONS
PLAYGROUND." If you're ready to get creative, anyone can attend.
know though if you are willing to go as an SFBC member and can report back.
Deadline Extended! Make a Bike Movie for the Bicycle Film Festival
(and Filmed By Bike)
Annual Bicycle Film Festival has extended its film submission deadline to
March 7. The BFF is seeking films with a strong theme or character of
bicycles, and of all mediums and styles such as animation, experimental,
narrative, documentary and music videos. The BFF is held in over 15
cities, and your film could go around the world to Tokyo, New York City, Los
Angeles, Milano, London and beyond. In 2007 the BFF was attended by up to
100,000 people. For more info and the entry form go to:
If that isn't enough film for you, Portland, Oregon's
By Bike's deadline for your shorts of 8 minutes or less is March 1,
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