SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 25, 2008
March 25, 2008
"What can be done? Probably most important is education and
enforcement to reduce speeding and right-of-way violations by
-- David R. Ragland, Reducing bike deaths on Bay Area roads,
SF Chronicle, March 24, 2008
Table of Contents
- Call for Market Octavia Improvements Today!
- Defend Against Monster Potholes - April 19th!
- Chronicle Blames Cyclists, SFBC Responds
- All Hands On Deck! SFBC Volunteers Needed!
- Treehouse Talk - Biking in Amsterdam
- Farewell and Kudos to Jodie
- Citywide Bike Plan Open House on March 26
- Bike to Work Day is Coming!
- Bike Give-A-Way Program: College Campuses Take Note!
- Bike Boxes: Portland's newest green space is for bikes
- Upcoming Events
Spring has sprung! Time to turn your unwanted goods into bike improvements.
Donate your unwanted goodies to the SFBC (#181) at Community Thrift!
Call for Market Octavia Improvements Today!
Today at 1:30pm, Assembly Bill 23 will be heard by the State Senate
Transportation Committee. Assembly Bill 23 is the critical bill which will
allow for camera enforcement of cars making the illegal right turns which
continue to injure cyclists at the
Octavia intersection. While the proposed cameras will catch perpetrators
in the act, they will also serve as a deterrent by threatening a heavy fine
on drivers considering the notorious turn.
Please make a phone call to Senator Yee's office before 1:00 pm today,
Tuesday, March 25th, asking him to support AB 23.
We need to make sure Senator Yee understands 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, often with disastrous
results. We know that some of you were frustrated by an apparently defunct
email address for Senator Yee last week. Make a phone call and ask for
Senator Yee's support of AB 23 instead! His phone number is: (916)
651-4008. If you cannot get through at this phone number, please try
another phone number on
Yee's website. Questions? Email
Want talking points? See our
Defend Against Monster Potholes - April 19th!
Your daily rides likely include a stretch or two of jaw-rattling
pavement. On Saturday April 19th, it's YOUR day to bring attention to
this problem with our
Stenciling Project . We'll be creating a visual diary on our
cracking and pock-marked streets with fun stencils and temporary chalk.
Come out and volunteer a few hours and help us cover the entire bike network
with the message that our roads are in dangerous shape. After
meeting at the Civic Center, we'll break out into teams to paint the town red
(and green and blue!) and regroup a few hours later to share stories and
pictures and an after-party.
When: Saturday, April 19th, 1pm - 5pm. After-party to
Where: Meet on the Civic Center Lawn, in front of City Hall on Polk St.
like you who want a smooth ride!
We are urging the City to fix this problem because we know that rough roads
are not only just a nuisance to bike on, but can cause damage to bikes and
often cause crashes! Repairing our bike network is an easy way to make
bicycling safer in the City and encourage more people to ride more
often. You'll be helping us get there on April 19th! Sound like
up to volunteer to Defend Against Monster Potholes and
our web page for more details and updates.
Chronicle Blames Cyclists, SFBC Responds
If you were disturbed by the
coverage of bicycling issues on Saturday, we encourage you to send in a
to the Editor today. They need to hear that it's not O.K. to misrepresent
what's happening on our streets and that it's unfair and dangerous to blame
cyclists disproportionately for collisions out there. You can see the
Op-Ed, printed in the Chronicle yesterday, in which we criticize
the media's "blame the victim" attitude in its coverage of bicycling issues
since two bicyclists were killed in Cupertino a few weeks ago. Thanks to all
of our members who have already sent in Letters to the Editor -- please keep
All Hands On Deck! SFBC Volunteers Needed! Have fun AND make a
SFBC Tube Times Folding Party SFBC
Mega Volunteer Night: March 26, 5-8pm. This week we will
need help getting the Tube Times in the mail, as well as stuffing 7,000 Golden Wheel Awards Invitations. As always, pizza will be provided!
Treehouse Talk - Biking in Amsterdam - Thursday at 6:30
We've all heard of a bicycling utopia, but have you seen one? Come see
pictures and video on how awesome it is to bike in Amsterdam - from first-hand
accounts! Marjolein and Matija have a great presentation planned showing
all of the bicycle facilities this city offers its riders. It should be a
great discussion, and get us all thinking how we can improve our own
city. Come eager to learn and with questions. After the
discussion, we'll move to Matador across the street where we can have a drink
and chat with Marjolein and Matija.
Take the Bike Survey -- Help Us Grade the City's Cycling
It's time again to share your opinions -- how's this city doing for
bicycling? Are we getting better, losing ground, or just coasting? When the
SFBC published the first-ever SF Bike Report Card in 2006, we promised we'd
be back in two years to re-survey the cycling population and present a fresh
scorecard on the state of bicycling in the city, and that time has come.
can take the survey online right now (we'll be surveying during the full
month of April).
The results of this survey will come together in the 2008 Report Card on
Bicycling in San Francisco, which will present a critique of the state of
cycling in our fine city, to be published on Bike to Work Day (May 15).
Spread the word,
the link and help us collect the broadest and deepest sample of cyclist
SFBC is Hiring Development Director: Farewell and Kudos to
After three years of extraordinary commitment and success, the SFBC's
Development Director Jodie Medeiros will be leaving the organization at the
end of April to take a position with Habitat for Humanity. While we will miss
her greatly, we want to take this chance to recognize her phenomenal work in
expanding the SFBC's financial and programmatic success. Thank you Jodie and
best of luck in everything you do! (She also promises us she'll stay involved,
so be on the lookout for her!)
So the SFBC is hiring for a full-time Development Director to lead our growing
organization to the next level. See a
description here, and please forward this to your friends who may be
interested. Also, our Communications Director position is still open, see that
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
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 to Work Day is coming, Thursday, May 15!
In 2007, over 300 amazing volunteers made
Bike to Work Day a roaring success. Volunteer on your commute route, meet fellow riders, and dispense treats and cycling advice at our neighborhood Energizer Stations. Bike to Work Day is one of the grandest and most fun bike events of the year! But, we need YOU to make it happen.
Sign up NOW at sfbike.org/btwd.
Bike Give-A-Way Program: College Campuses Take Note!
a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin, is launching an innovative new
program this fall. In exchange for promising not to bring a car to campus,
incoming freshman will be offered a brand-new Trek bike, equipped with helmet
and bike lock! Read more
If you are a student or faculty member at a Bay Area institution of higher
learning, please share these articles with your administration, facilities
departments, and campus transportation planners! Urge them to end their
parking lot headaches and reduce campus ecological footprints by taking this
innovative step towards both public and environmental health.
Bike Boxes: Portland's newest green space is for bikes
Portland, Oregon, the City that Shows
The City that Knows How How, is moving forward with state-of-the-art bike
boxes at 14 of its intersections,
brand-new green pavement for bike space. The bike boxes are being
installed even as you read this, accompanied by
multi-pronged outreach and publicity campaign to let motorists and
cyclists know just what a bike box is and how it's meant to be used. The 14
intersections were selected for seriously innovative bike circulation and safety improvements last fall after fatal crashes
involving right-hook turns claimed the lives of two cyclists --
Department of Transportation has moved in just a few months to bring these
significant improvements forward to reality. Meanwhile, known hazardous
intersections on San Francisco's most-traveled bike routes
to be neglected by our own MTA . . .
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