SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 9, 2004
"True bicyclists will tell you there is one reason
above all others to pedal with mettle around town:
Doing so is entirely erotic."
New Bike Lanes In Fisherman's Wharf?
Jefferson St, the "main street" of Fisherman's Wharf, could gain new bi-directional bike lanes if the current preferred alternative is approved as part of the Fisherman's Wharf Planning process. We now have the best opportunity in years to see meaningful bike improvements along this current gap in bike facilities between the Embarcadero and Fort Mason, but it's not going to happen unless you show up and speak up!
An important hearing on the matter is scheduled for this Wednesday, February 11th, where two agencies (the Port Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission) will publicly discuss the Fisherman's Wharf Planning process. It's vital for agency officials to hear from residents and bicyclists at this hearing, to counteract a growing anti-bike lane movement - people who are happy with the status quo and don't want safety improvements on Jefferson St. Improving street conditions for bicyclists helps our tourist industry, relieves traffic congestion, and is good for the environment. Plus, Jefferson Street is a key link in the regional Bay Trail, an important cycling route.
The hearing is at 5pm, this Wednesday, Feb. 11th, at Pier 1's Bayside Conference Room on the Embarcadero (just north of the Ferry Building). Please RSVP to Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we know how many speakers to expect. After this hearing, we will ride to the SFBC's Love on Wheels party (see below), where we'll drink a toast to grassroots bicycle advocacy (and romance, of course).
For more info on the Fisherman's Wharf Planning process, go to sfport.com, then click on "planning and development" and then "fisherman's wharf planning." The preferred alternative (that includes bike lanes in both directions on Jefferson) is "Alternative D".
Activist Alert: Make Octavia Safe For Bikes
Several problematic issues remain in the plan for the new Octavia Boulevard that could endanger cyclists and make Market St much more dangerous for bikes & peds alike.
Over the past year, the SFBC has been working with the Dept. of Parking and Traffic, the Transportation Authority, and community groups to make improvements to the Octavia Blvd. plan for bicyclists and pedestrians. Many of these suggested improvements have been adopted into the plan, such as bicycle lanes on Octavia at Market, a dedicated phase separate from right turning traffic coming off the freeway, and removal of a required right turn on Octavia Frontage Rd. at Oak St.
However, several questionable designs remain in the plan, including a freeway entrance lane on eastbound Market St (where traffic would likely back up across the bike lane), a right turn only at southbound Octavia at Fell, and a ban on left turns from Octavia to Page St.
You can take action quickly to encourage the powers-that-be to take bicyclist safety seriously by addressing these important street design issues by visiting our instant activist page at http://www.sfbike.org/instant. Contact Josh Hart if you have specific questions about DPT's proposals at email@example.com or 431-BIKEx23.
Ever Date A Pro Athlete? How About A Porn Star?
At the SFBC's fun annual Pre-Valentine's Day Bash you can watch a lucky few compete in our "Love on Wheels Dating Game" for a chance to date local celebrities including an adult film star and athletic bike racers... all to a live rock'n roll soundtrack! We're looking for contestants to pre-register to date these hotties - read their profiles and sign up to play yourself here: http://www.sfbike.org/love
You'll have a chance to meet the McGuire ProCycle Team, San Francisco's only professional bike racing club, snack on a limited supply of better-than-sex chocolates from Joseph Schmidt Confections, and giggle at saucy bike songs performed by Kitten on the Keys, bad boy bicyclist Tom Orr & the Victor Vz Xperience.
Prizes for our contestants & audience are generously donated by Lola Cafe, Millenium Restaurant, Jesicca Miller Photography, Mission Cliffs, Raging Stallion Studios, Timbuk2, Thirsty Bear Brewing Company and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Thanks also to our media sponsor, the SF Bay Guardian.
Our Pre-Valentine's Day Bash is an early party, starting at 6pm and rounding up by 9pm this Wednesday, February 11th, at the legendary Cafe du Nord (on Market St near Church)... and yes, we're cancelling our regular volunteer night for the occasion! This party is FREE for SFBC members, and $7 for non-members, (This is the perfect time to introduce your friends to the many benefits of becoming an SFBC member... they get free admission by joining at the door!) For more information, or to volunteer, contact Michael at 431-BIKEx21 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want To Bike Across The Bay Bridge?
As many of you know, the East Span of the Bay Bridge is being reconstructed. The new bridge will feature a 15' wide bike/ pedestrian/ maintenance path connecting Oakland to Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands. The problem is what do cyclists/peds do if they want to get to or from San Francisco? Despite a costly study, multiple planning meetings, and a clear need for a WEST span pathway, there is currently no funding in place for such a project.
Now we need your help to launch an effort to identify the funding and spark the political will required to get a complete, shore to shore path from Oakland to San Francisco. A pathway would provide access to unparalleled views of the San Francisco skyline, opportunities for increased tourism, and reduced congestion on the bridge. Ultimately this is an issue of transportation equity- cyclists' tax dollars pay for it, and we should be able to use it.
You are invited to a meeting to discuss the details of the project, and the political strategy needed to make it happen. The meeting will be Monday February 23rd 6pm at the SFBC Offices- 1095 Market St. at 7th St. For more information, contact Josh Hart at email@example.com
Action Alert: Stop Bush From Polluting Bike Bill
The Bush Administration is trying once again to sneak Arctic Refuge oil drilling into the law. It's unpopular and has been voted down several times, so this time the attempt is being made to sneak it into an otherwise good an important bill: the latest Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA-21), which includes hard-won bicycle funding.
If you're unfamiliar with the various TEAs, they have been a primary means by which the U.S. has been making what few improvements it has been to *reduce* our dependence on oil!
Here's a quick and EZ way to head off this sneaky tactic:
This sends an emailed letter out. Of course it's better to write and send one of your own, and if you'd like to do that, you'll get a good example letter and information at the above website (thanks to Jym Dyer for this alert).
Learn New Street Skills With Bike Ed
The SFBC is teaming up with the Crissy Field Center to offer another class on how to stay safe in traffic, how to make the most of your bicycle, and how to do minor repairs. The class will take place on Sunday Mar. 7th from 10am-2:30pm at the Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason at Halleck, Presidio. The fee is $18 per person ($15 for SFBC members) To register, or to find out more info, go to our Bike Ed page.
SFBC is researching good deals on new Apple Macintosh hardware! Have you got a contact with access to low/non-profit prices? Any leads on G5s, new iMacs or eMacs? If you've got the goods, or know someone who does, contact Chris Hayashida Knight, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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