SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 18, 2008
March 18, 2008
"In truth, not bicycling is far more dangerous than bicycling."
-- Leah Shahum, Executive Director SFBC, Letter to the Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/17/08
Table of Contents
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Act NOW for Safety Improvements at Market Octavia!
Market Octavia continues to be one of the most dangerous intersections for cyclists in San Francisco. The SFBC is working to get AB 23, the critical bill which will allow for camera enforcement of cars making the illegal right turn, through the Senate Transportation Committee NEXT WEEK. While the proposed cameras will catch perpetrators in the act, most importantly, they will also serve as a deterrent by threatening a heavy fine on drivers considering the notorious turn. Ironically, cameras can currently be installed at Market/Octavia under state law for red-light runners, but not for the most egregious crime occurring there- the illegal turns which keep injuring cyclists.
We need to make sure our legislators on the Senate Transportation Committee understand how dangerous the intersection is for bikes and pedestrians, and also how AB 23 will be a key step towards preventing the turns that continue to injure cyclists. Please take some time today to write an email to State Senator Leland Yee asking him to support AB 23. If you need talking points, you can find them on our Market Octavia webpage. If you would like to be added to our list of members interested in Market Octavia, please email Rachel.
Photoshopped image courtesy of SFist
311 Fixes our Streets - in one week or less!
Have you noticed spray paint outlining the nastiest potholes on your commute? Our Lane Stewards are out in full force reporting potholes to 311 - and you can help! The Department of Public Works (DPW) has given their commitment to fix a reported pothole in less than one week! Call 311 and give the operator the description and location of the problem, and make sure to tell them to record that you are working on behalf of the "San Francisco Bicycle Coalition." Record the reference number and wait for The City to patch it - it's as simple as that!
We greatly appreciate DPW and 311's commitment to fixing our streets. With your help we can patch the entire Bike Network before Bike To Work Day! Make those calls, and let Neal know if your reported potholes are not being attended to. Be on the lookout for events and ways you can help us win better streets in the coming weeks.
Learn about Safe Routes to School Thursday
Join us at this SPUR lunchtime forum to learn more about San Francisco's Safe Routes to School program, which is coming soon. This is an exciting, new partnership between the SFBC and city departments, including the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Shape Up SF Coalition, which aims to increase the numbers of SF students walking and biking to school. Hear about the city's plans from DPH's Ana Validzic, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency's Jessica Manzi, and the SFBC's Leah Shahum. It's happening Thursday, March 20th from 12:30-1:30pm at 312 Sutter St. at Grant. Feel free to bring a lunch; open to the public, free for SPUR members and $5 for non-members.
Spread the SFBC Bike Love at SF Events
There are lots of opportunities to share your bike love with the community in March and beyond.
Check sfbike.org/volunteer for all upcoming volunteer opportunities!
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 San Francisco's Citywide Bike Route Network. A total of 60 proposed bicycle improvement projects are being acknowledged and addressed in neighborhoods throughout the City. Our current Bike 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,nearing a total of 80 bicycle lane mileage. Great news for cyclists and future cyclists in San Francisco. 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.
Bike Advocacy Training Comes to the Bay Area!
This fun and exciting Thunderhead Alliance training is for uber-volunteers who want to get involved in mapping out future SFBC/Livable City campaigns. This could be any bike or pedestrian campaign in the city, but we'd love to train you to work on upcoming projects like bike lanes on 17th Street, San Francisco Car-Free Streets, or a Southwestern Side Bike Network! Bike lanes on Phelan anyone? Bike lanes on Ocean Avenue? What about the dangerous Sloat crossing at 20th Avenue?
This training takes participants through the steps of strategically setting goals, power-mapping, developing a media strategy, etc. It is a great tool for creating a workplan for a specific campaign. The training is approaching rapidly (April 11th - 13th), but we can get an extension on the deadline for early registration if we register you by Friday, March 21st! Do you want to take your bike advocacy up to the next level? Please email Rachel by Thursday morning if you are interested in coming to the training! Click here for more information.
Learn Your Bike at Box Dog!
Did you know that Box Dog Bikes is offering a three-part bike class? The three classes include the basics of knowing your bike, understanding the cable controls of bicycles, and a primer on wheel service. You can sign up for classes individually for $30, or the series of 3 for $80. The next three classes are Know your bike: Sunday March 23rd, Cables: Sunday March 30th, and The Wheel Sunday April 6th. Classes are from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Box Dog Bikes - 494 14th St. Classes are limited to 4 people, sign-up in advance. Call for more info 415/431-9627 or email Dan.
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