SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 20, 2008
"There were a ton of bicyclists out. It was fun to be a part of it, especially because it was a Spare the Air Day. I felt really good about not being in my car, and I got exercise during the time I'd normally be sitting down. I will definitely bike to work again."
- Ali Linder, first-time Bike Commuter and mother of two, on Bike to Work Day, May 15, 2008
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These days, is your car more of a burden than a pleasure?
Bike To Work Day was HOT!
The weather wasn't the only thing heating up last
Get the Bike to Work Day Scoop Today
Join us for the full low-down on Bike To Work Day 2008 at a
lunchtime forum today, Tuesday at 12:30-1:30pm. Find out about the huge
participation increase from last year, despite the injunction against bike
improvements. And find out how Bike to Work Day fits into other strategies of
the SFBC and the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) to promote and
encourage bicycle commuting. Presenters will include the SFBC's Leah Shahum
and Oliver Gajda, Bicycle Program Manager for the
MTA. It's happening at 312 Sutter St. @ Grant. Feel free to bring a lunch. SPUR Forums
are open to the public, free for members and $5 for non-members.
Bike Network neighborhood meetings this week.
The next generation of improvements to the
Bike Network is coming, and we need your help to make it all happen --
what's your Bike Network project? The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA)
is holding a series of four neighborhood workshops on the Bike Plan and the
dozens of bike lane projects in it, the first two meetings happen this week.
One meeting will cover projects in the
City (Wednesday, May 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, SOMA Recreation Center
Auditorium, 270 6th St. @ Folsom), and another will look at bike network
project in the
City (Thursday, May 22, 6:00-7:30 pm, Anna E. Warden Branch Library,
5075 3rd St. @ Revere). Two more meetings are scheduled to look at the
City (June 3) and
City (June 4). Be sure to
over to our Citywide Bike Network page for more on how to get involved!
2008 SF Bike Report Card released.
More than 1800 bicyclists took the SFBC's second Survey of Bicycling in San
Francisco during April, and we've rolled up the results into our
Report Card of Bicycling in San Francisco, a revealing and informative
scorecard on the state of cycling in SF. In addition to presenting the
"official" numbers, the Report Card tells the story of what you think about
safety, potholes, enforcement, and the Citywide Bike Network, and brings it
all together in one fascinating account. You can download a copy of the Report
Card from the SFBC website -- see where we stand and what the next steps
should be towards making San Francisco an A+ cycling city.
Arguello gets a face-lift!
A big hurrah for the hard-working folks at the Department of Public Works and
Department of Parking and Traffic for spiffing up parts of our bike network in
time for Bike to Work Day last week. Sections of Arguello Street were
repaved and the bike lanes repainted, and faded bike lanes were re-striped on
a number of streets including Potrero Ave., Market St., and Division. A
big thanks to all our volunteers who have become involved in our various Good
Roads events the past few months, and to all members who continually call in
surface problems to 311. Our persistent efforts to improve our street
quality are paying off. There's always more to be done, so check out
Roads Page for updates. Thanks to SFBC member Razzu Engen for the photo.
Get on the Fix Masonic campaign.
Big things are hapening on Masonic Avenue, this is a perfect time to get
involved! If you live or work in the area or even if you like to pedal or stroll through the Panhandle and have concerns with the Fell-Masonic or Oak-Masonic intersections, please take the Fix Masonic survey today. And if you want to learn more and go further, the
Masonic Coalition will be hosting a community stakeholder meeting on
Wednesday, May 28 at the City College John Adams Campus (Hayes and Masonic),
Room 135, from 6:00-8:00pm. They'll be previewing draft designs of a
re-designed Fell-Masonic intersection, as well as plans for the Fulton and
Masonic intersection. Your input is most welcome -- join Fix Masonic in their
work to make Masonic Avenue safer for cyclists, pedestrians and transit
riders. For more information,
see the Fix Masonic website
West of the West ride Saturday
San Francisco is the West's West, but when was the last time you pedaled all
the way out to the Pacific Plate? Join the SFBC's Andy Thornley this Saturday afternoon for a loping,
loving look at the City's western edge — we'll cruise the coast, stopping to
explore curiosities and celebrities along the way, ruins and relics and
remarkable riches. Meet at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park for a 1:30 pm push-off; plan on a 2 hour ride and have a big lunch beforehand,
we'll stop somewhere for a snack. Contact
for more information.
2 Days and 200 Miles Charity Ride
Seismic Challenge is a two-day, October 18th and 19th, 2008, 200-mile
cycling fundraiser to help the San Francisco AIDS Foundation prevent new HIV
infections and promote health among people living with HIV. Be a part of the
Seismic Challenge as it follows the San Andreas Fault from Fort Bragg in
Mendocino County, through the Russian River Valley and across the Golden Gate
Bridge into San Francisco. The magnitude of this AIDS Foundation event will be
measured by the hundreds of thousands of dollars that cyclists will raise to
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