SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 11, 2008
"His clients would frequently fail to report to him, a violation for which they risked being arrested and sent back to jail -- after which they'd be released, put on probation again and miss more appointments in an expensive, jail-crowding cycle. So, Dill decided nine months ago, if his clients wouldn't come to him, he'd go to them -- on a blue, 24-speed Trek bicycle. Now, he spends every Tuesday and Thursday riding around the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods looking for his clients in alleys, in soup kitchens, in sleeping bags and wherever else they may be."
-- S.F. probation officers bike to clients, SF Chronicle, February 26, 2008Table of Contents
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Sad News from Cupertino and Trouble in SF
You've probably heard by now the very sad news coming from Cupertino, where two bicyclists were killed and another seriously injured Sunday morning when a Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff crossed the centerline on Stevens Canyon Road and struck the cyclists, killing Kristy Gough and Matt Peterson and putting a third cyclist in critical condition. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the cyclists, one of whom was apparently an SFBC member and team member of the Roaring Mouse Cycles racing team. You can read more accounts of the tragic situation here. We are keeping in close contact with our friends at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to find out how the SFBC can raise awareness around the vital importance of drivers being alert and aware of cyclists on the road. We'll let you know as events, including a memorial ride, are planned.
Closer to home, we are tracking news of another collision at the infamous Market/Octavia intersection on Sunday night. According to news reports, a motorist traveling south on Octavia Blvd. hit a bicyclist riding east on Market St., sending the cyclist to the hospital with serious injuries. (While this is not the same pattern as the trend of troubling illegal right-turns by motorists at Market/Octavia, it still draws attention to the problems of this intersection touchdown on the busiest bike route in the city.) We do not yet know the injured bicyclist's name, but we're sending our best wishes for recovery, and we will let you know as we learn more.
Citywide Bike Plan Open House on March 26
Learn about San Francisco's plans for better bicycling at a Citywide Bicycle Plan Update Open House, presented by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), on Wednesday, March 26 (6:00 pm, 101 Grove Street).
The MTA Bike Program is planning the next generation of improvements to the Citywide Bike Route Network -- a total of 60 proposed bicycle improvement projects have been identified in neighborhoods throughout the City. The City's existing network includes 44 miles of bicycle lanes, and when the Bicycle Plan is fully implemented, approximately 34 miles of bicycle lanes will be added to the bicycle route network, almost doubling the City's bicycle lane mileage. For detailed project descriptions and drawings, please visit the MTA Bike Program website. Come hear from City officials and share your ideas on the City's vision to make bicycling an integral part of San Franciscans' daily life.
City College Bike Kitchen Starts to Roll!
Want to ride a bike to City College? Already ride a bike and have
questions? We have the answers! Learn from expert cyclists: what to
look for in a commuter bike; how to fix a flat; when and how to adjust
cables; what you need to know to keep your bike (and yourself) safe;
and more. Heck, even fashion tips. Tuesday, 3/18 at City College of
San Francisco's Ram Plaza, 11-4. For more info, please contact Eli
Introducing Farley's as New SFBC Discount Partner
Now it's not just the stunning views that will get you to bicycle up Potrero Hill. Farley's, Potrero's own nitty-gritty coffee hang out, is turning 19! Instead of giving them a present, they decided to give you one. Every card-carrying member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition receives $0.25 off any beverage, any time, all the time! Farley's has been serving some of the best coffee in town for 19 years and now carries a great line-up of organic and fair trade coffees and teas. In addition, espresso drinks are made with certified fair trade and organic espresso beans. They have always had a weakness for a sweaty cyclist, so ride up the hill and save some quarters. It'll make their day.
Bike Ed Next Week
Next Thursday, SFBC's Adult Urban Bike Ed class is coming to the Jewish Community Center (3/20, 5:30-9:30pm). This four hour in-classroom course teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable city cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. Open to adults 14 and over. Bicycle not required, but please bring your dinner or snack. Pre-registration is required -- sign up right now online!
The Presidio YMCA also offers free League of American Bicyclists certified adult bike education classes held at the Letterman Gym (1152 Gorgas Ave). For the month of March, they will be held, Thursday March 13 from 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday, March 15th from 9am-2pm. Go here for more information about these classes.
Call for Art: Sole to Soul for Walk SF
David Baker + Partners has been kind enough to throw a spring benefit in the past for the SFBC (2006) and Livable City (2007). This year annual DB+P fundraiser is putting some spring in the step of WalkSF, your local pedestrian advocates. Mark your calendar for Friday, April 18, 6-10pm for fine snacks and drinks, music and friends, a silent art auction and a chance to help make walking around your town fun and safe.
They are currently seeking works that celebrate the on-foot experience, though non-thematic art and crafts are also welcome. All forms of media are acceptable as long as the piece can be displayed in the DB+P loft office space. Artists may donate all or half of the final bid to WalkSF, so see the Call for Art if interested in contributing art that would be due by April 4.
Make a Difference with the SFBC
There are lots of opportunities to share your bike love with the community in March and beyond. If you are not yet a trained SFBC Outreach Volunteer, come to our fun and informative training this Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30pm. RSVP to Kate:
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