SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 22, 2008
"We, as bicyclists, have a different threshold for road conditions," says Neal Patel,
SFBC Community Planner, who led a group of 50 volunteers tagging potholes on Saturday.
"We're using the stencils to create awareness
for bicyclists and pedestrians to show there are a lot of dangerous areas out there."
-- Neal Patel,
Beyond Chron , April 21, 2008
Table of Contents
- Connecting Leaders, Champions, Advocates and you at the Golden Wheel Awards
- Attack of the Crater Invaders a Huge Success!
- One Week Left! Take the SF Bike Survey NOW!
- Gear up for Bike Fun: Bike to Work Day is May 15
- Bike the Vote this Thursday
- New stripes on JFK Drive, new pavement on Valencia
- Speak Up for Better Transit
- Fix Masonic Update!
- Bike Sharing in SF - Public Charrette!
Wanna turn your unwanted goods into bike lanes?
Donate to Community Thrift!
Leaders, Champions, Advocates and you at the Golden Wheel Awards
Wheel Awards on Tuesday, April 29th from 6-9pm, will be honoring a
car-free space champion and an outstanding bike education advocate--Bert
Hill. The Golden Wheel Awards, at the swank
Room in the War Memorial Building, will connect you with bike enthusiasts,
local dignitaries, and SFBC supporters while you nosh on tasty hors d'oervres
and enjoy fine vino and New Belgium Brews (and GuS sodas too!). We're
delighted to have Jared Blumenfeld, Director of the San Francisco Department
of the Environment, to inspire us and connect the dots between bicycle
advocacy and personal health, a cleaner environment, and urban sustainability.
by this Wednesday April 23rd to secure your ticket. Valet Bike Parking
provided, of course.
The Golden Wheel Awards is an important
fundraiser for your SFBC. If you are
unable to join us, please consider making a special contribution so we can
continue to make our streets safer and saner for cyclists from the age of 8 to
of the Crater Invaders a Huge Success!
A big Thank You to the 50
volunteers who stenciled potholes all over the City on Saturday! We
covered over 50 miles and reported about 60 potholes, cracks, and other road
hazards in just a few hours. Saturday's event will lead to a number of
safer spots on your bike commute, but you can help fix our streets every
day. You can report potholes, debris on the bike lanes, and other
surface hazards at any time by calling 311.
Let us know
if your reported problem is not fixed by the City in a week or so, and visit
Roads page for other updates.
video coverage of the Attack of the Crater Invaders and an
in BeyondChron. Do you have pictures from Saturday? Tag them
"sfbcstencil" on flickr.com.
Week Left! Take the SF Bike Survey NOW!
If you ride a bike in San Francisco,
right now and take the SF Bike Survey (we'll wait here while you do, it
only takes a couple of minutes). Super, thanks much.
Now email the link to all of your friends and family and
and check back on Bike to Work Day (May 15) to see how the 2008 SF Bike Report
Card turns out . . .
Bike Doctor is IN: Gear Up for Bike to Work Day with the SFBC
Ring in Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 15, with a
bike bell and a quick check-up by one of our Bike Doctors this
Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, May 11. Swing by a Bike Doctor and get
rolling! If you are a Bike MD and would like to help, email
April 26: People's
Earth Day (3rd St @ La Salle, Super Save Parking Lot; 10am-4pm) and
Bernal Spring Resource
Fair and BBQ (26th St @ Harrison, Garfield Park; 10:30am-3pm)
May 11, 11am-1pm:
and McAllister and
Day! Nominate a cyclist you admire as the Bike Commuter of the Year for
Bike to Work Day (deadline is midnight tonight)
Celebrate Bike to Work
Day by Volunteering at an Energizer Station
the Bike to Work Day Raffle to win awesome Bike to Work Day prizes!
your friends and coworkers for the Team Bike Challenge -- get points
everyday you ride and win!
Commute with a convoy on an
SFBC Bike Bus Thursdays May 1, 8, and Bike to Work Day, May 15. (We still need
Bike Bus "drivers" for the Marina, the Sunset, Portola, Castro, Outer Mission,
Bayview and Excelsior! If you'd like to be your neighborhood Bike Bus
driver, email Kate.)
Bike the Vote this Thursday
All current members as of April 15 will receive a special
email from us this Thursday, asking you to help the SFBC make
our decisions for possible endorsements in the June 2008 election.
Watch your In-Box for a special message with instructions on how to
learn about candidates' thoughts on biking and to cast your vote in
the upcoming State Senate and State Assembly races. These are important
elections that will help determine how bike-friendly our state leaders are --
stay tuned for more.
New stripes on JFK Drive, new pavement on Valencia
other pavement news, you may already have discovered that there are new,
bright, permanent stripes on the east end of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park,
and what a difference it makes! Not full bike lanes (which will come as soon
as that blasted injunction is lifted), but 10-foot travel lanes that round
up the meandering motor traffic and leave a nice wide shoulder for bike
traffic. Shout out a big thanks to Dan Mauer at Rec and Park
(Dan.Mauer@sfgov.org) for this simple but important interim
Also, you've probably noticed that there's brand new asphalt on Valencia
Street between Duboce and 15th Street, smoothing a few blocks of the city's
premiere bike route at long long last. Road crews are working on the segment
south of 19th Street right now; the mid-section, from 15th to 19th, will be
receiving a special treatment soon, on its way to becoming a Better Valencia
Street (we're happy just to have a Smooth Valencia Street) . . .
Speak Up for Better Transit
Do you want to help transform Muni into a first-rate transit system that
reduces congestion, decreases pollution and gets people where they want to go
efficiently and safely? Of course you do! That's why we need SFBC members to
come out to one of the upcoming public meetings to support the Transit
Effectiveness Project (TEP), which proposes major improvements to the Muni
system. There are public workshops this week and for the next several weeks
throughout the city. Please pick one and show up to speak up for TEP
recommendations -- don't let the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) naysayers derail
this! Check out the
workshop schedule support better transit.
Fix Masonic Update!
San Francisco has joined the Fix Masonic team with full force this
spring, and is out on the streets surveying pedestrians about conditions
along the Masonic corridor. Please take a few minutes to fill out Walk
survey of conditions along Masonic. We'll use this data to
identify the most pressing pedestrian needs along the corridor, as well as
push for a street redesign that will safely and comfortably accommodate
peds, bikes, and transit.
Then come on out this Wednesday night for the next Fix Masonic
meeting! We'll be celebrating exciting recent successes - including
the Municipal Transportation Agency's proposal to lower the speed limit on
Masonic - as well as planning for an upcoming action at the notorious Fell
Masonic intersection. We'll need your help!
Fix Masonic Meeting
San Francisco Day School
350 Masonic Avenue (Entrance on Golden Gate)
Wednesday, April 23; 6:30pm
Bike Sharing in SF - Public Charrette!
Parisians are doing it, Austrians are doing it, even folks in Tulsa, Oklahoma
are doing it. Bike sharing is sweeping the world and getting scads of new
people riding bikes. What could a bike share program in San Francisco look
like? Come out and participate in this half-day public dialog and design
charrette and help shape the future of bike sharing your city. Space is
limited! If you would like to participate, please reserve your spot:
What: Recycle: Considerations, Amplifications and Applications of City Bike
When: Sat., May. 3, 1-5pm
Where: Southern Exposure Gallery, 417 14th Street (at Valencia)
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