SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 24, 2004
Jefferson St Bike Lanes Face Uphill Battle
A complete bike route along San Francisco's waterfront faces an uphill battle, after a hearing where Fisherman's Wharf restaurant owners recently testified against bike lanes on Jefferson St in Fisherman's Wharf. There was also positive testimony from SFBC, the Bay Trail, several cyclists, and the bike rental industry supporting the bike lanes.
Despite this, at the end of this joint hearing of the Port Commission (the Port) and Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Committees, Supervisor Aaron Peskin (Dist. 3) stated that he could not support bi-directional bike lanes on Jefferson, and other commissioners indicated similar sentiments. Luckily, we have time to change their minds with a broad show of public support for these important safety improvements in Fisherman's Wharf, as a final decision on the bike lanes will not be made for several months.
Jefferson Street is the last major gap in the bayfront bike route between the Giants Stadium and the Golden Gate Bridge. The SFBC is advocating for two way, dedicated bike access on Jefferson, while retaining a one-way auto lane and F-line tracks.
Take Action Today!
Help us secure bike lanes on Jefferson St by visiting the SFBC's Instant Activist page and sending an email to Supervior Peskin or Alioto (if you live in Districts 2 or 3) -- or by emailing Mayor Newsom. It's all here
The SFBC also launched a Jefferson St petition campaign this weekend. If you can help collect signatures in Fort Mason, Jefferson St and other areas of Fisherman's Wharf, contact SFBC Membership Intern Catherine Bartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-8343. For detailed information on Fisherman's Wharf bike issues, contact Josh at 431-BIKEx23.
Light Up the Night with your Bike!
Watch for MUNI buses with new ads featuring a colorful SFBC member reminding people to use front and rear lights on their bikes when riding at night! During the SFBC's bus/taxi/bike roadsharing safety program last year, numerous cab and bus drivers reported great difficulty seeing cyclists who ride at night without lights. We decided to do something about that, and a new ad campaign was born! You can see the new ad, featuring Jen Worley, co-leader of the SFBC's Sex Work in the City bike tour, on the backs of buses throughout the city, and also on the SFBC website.
Riding with front and rear lights is not just sensible, it's the best way to ride within the law. This ad campaign was paid for by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency. Ad space was generously donated by MUNI.
Vote Yes on Regional Measure 2 next Tuesday!
On March 2nd, Bay Area voters will decide on Regional Measure 2, the $1 bridge toll increase for transit. Measure 2 will raise $125 million annually for transportation improvements designed to get commuters onto transit and onto their bikes and feet.
Projects funded by Regional Measure 2 include $20 million for providing safe bicycle and pedestrian routes to transit on both sides of the bay, a massively expanded express bus system, seismic retrofit of the BART tube, new NightBART (bus) service, Caltrain downtown extension to a new Transbay terminal, and Bus Rapid Transit service in the East Bay. Remind all your friends to vote YES ON 2 THIS TUESDAY!
Love on Wheels - Photos & Thanks!
The SFBC's popular Valentine's Day Bash returned to Cafe du Nord in on Wednesday, February 11th, where a lucky few got a chance to date local celebrities including an adult film star and athletic bike racers... all to a live rock'n roll soundtrack. This party was FREE for SFBC members, and we signed up 22 new members at the door! You can see plenty of photos from this fun event in our photo gallery
Big thanks to the dozens of volunteers who helped at the party; our media sponsor, the SF Bay Guardian and to our talented performers, Kitten on the Keys, Roky Roulette, Tom Orr, Trauma Flinstone and the Victor VZ Xperience.
Thanks also to everyone who donated prizes: Cafe Lola, McGuire Bicycle Racing, Millenium Restaurant, Mission Cliffs, Raging Stallion Studios, REI, the SFBC online store, Slime, Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, Timbuk2, Walk Sf and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Seeking Mission-Dwelling Bike AdvocateIf you you live in the Mission and want to make a big impact on biking in San Francisco, serving on the city's Bicycle Advisory Committee could be the perfect thing for you! There is an open slot for a District 9 resident. If you'd like to be part of an official City advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Supervisors regarding bike practices and policy, send an e-mail to Josh Hart at email@example.com
Get Your Two Cents Into The Tube Times!The April/ May issue of the Tube Times will hit the streets April 1st, and now is your chance to plan any rec. rides, cultural history tours for those months, as well as to submit letters to the editor, or news items for the quick release page. Please send any content to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2nd (next Tuesday). Note that this is the annual Bike to Work Day issue, so distribution will be extra wide!
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