SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 6, 2008
"I call it a no-excuses bike — 'I don't have the right shoes,' 'I'm wearing a dress,' 'I don't want to get wet' — none of those are good excuses with this bike."
— Jim Sebastian, bike program manager for Washington D.C., on SmartBike, the nation's first bike-sharing system (read full article)
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Get Mom's bike fixed up for Bike To Work Day!
Injunction Relief at Fell and Masonic!
Last week, in an exciting turn of events, the very same judge who levied the freeze on all bike improvements in the city ruled to lift the Bike Plan Injunction at the Fell and Masonic intersection based on the argument that the intersection poses a significant hazard to public safety. The result: after years, literally, of advocating for a safer Fell and Masonic intersection, we should finally see the fix we have been asking for! This summer a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian-only crossing light phase should be installed at the notorious intersection. Cars turning left onto Masonic Ave from Fell St. will be held by a red left turn arrow, then given a green arrow once bikes and pedestrians have crossed safely.
Special thanks to all of the SFBC volunteers who participated in our Volunteer Crossing Guard programs which brought attention to the problems at the intersection. Thanks also to the Fix Masonic group who has been out on the street in the last year, collecting names on petitions, helping bikes and peds cross, and speaking up at public meetings. Grassroots community action is making the Panhandle Pathway what it should be — a safe, dignified, and delightful place to ride! For more information on the changes at the Fell Masonic intersection: sfbike.org/fellmasonic or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike to Work Day is next Thursday, May 15!
Meet SF's New Planning Director at SFBC Tonight
You're invited to a reception and conversation with John Rahaim, San Francisco's new Planning Director. John came to San Francisco earlier this year from Seattle, where he served as Planning Director since 2003. We are eager to talk with John about the opportunities and challenges we see for the SF Planning Dept. to help make our city a more livable place. Join us tonight, Tuesday, May 6th from 6-8pm at the SFBC office, 995 Market St., Ste. 1550. Bicycles are welcome in our office. The event is free to members of SFBC, Livable City, and WalkSF members; $5-20 donation requested for non-members (or join one of our groups!)
Have a Great Biking Story?
The SFBC is looking for members with interesting bike experiences before Bike to Work Day. Help us garner great media attention for the benefits of biking. If you fit any of these categories, please contact Teri:
Welcome New SFBC Communications Director
We're excited to welcome to the SFBC crew our new Communications Director, Teri Gardiner. A longtime SFBC member, Teri brings a decade of graphic design and project management experience. She'll be leading our work on such important projects as the Tube Times newsletter, the weekly Biker Bulletin, our website, media outreach and strategy, as well as launching a new SFBC blog! If you're interested in helping out in any of these efforts — as a writer, photographer, graphic designer, or have media connections — please give Teri a holler at email@example.com
What's a Bike Bus? It's a bunch of bicyclists leaving a given place at a given time and riding in the same direction. It's a friendly group of cyclists helping less-experienced cyclists feel comfortable riding to work together. It's a Morning Commute Mass! For Bike to Work Day 2008, we've called out a Bike Bus depot in each of the eleven supervisoral districts, from the Richmond to the Excelsior, but there's no reason you can't start up a bike bus of your own, from anywhere in the city. Get your Bike Bus DIY kit right here and organize your own bike bus today!
Help Make San Francisco more Bike-Friendly: Volunteer with the SFBC
There are lots of ways to get involved with the SFBC:
The future of Market Street is in your hands!
Over the past eight months the communities surrounding the Upper Market Street corridor have come together to create the Upper Market Community Design Plan; this plan will affect the look and feel of Upper Market, and, YES, it will affect the bicycling conditions! The plan covers substantial portions of Market, including the notoriously dangerous Market and Octavia intersection. The plan will be presented at an Open House on May 12th. The Open House will be a time for the community to review the latest draft of the plan and discuss next steps. Please come out and support the need for safe, dignified, and delightful bicycling conditions on Market Street! The time for a truly bike- and pedestrian-friendly Market Street is now.
What: Upper Market Community Design Plan Open House
Improvements coming on your next "Wiggle"
The Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA) is planning some great improvements to the bicycle, pedestrian, and transit environment and they need your input and help to move them forward. Expanded MUNI waiting platforms, upgraded bicycle parking, new bicycle-only sections,more seating, and other changes are on the block for Church, Duboce, and Noe Streets in the Duboce Triangle. Please join us for a Workshop at the next DTNA General Membership Meeting on Monday May 12, 7:30 pm at Davies Medical Center (North Tower, Level B auditorium) to help refine these ideas and show your support for bicycling in this important corridor. Find out more about what's being proposed here, or contact Neal if you have any questions.
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