SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 17, 2008
"The average American car-owner can expect to pay between $240,704 and $349,968 during her driving lifetime. These figures will increase with the price of fuel and the rising cost of the vehicles themselves."
- Gavin Hudson, on the 17 Reasons Why Bicycles are the Most Popular Vehicle in the World Today, EcoWorldly.com June 16, 2008
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What are the Seven Hells of SF?
Bicycles Outnumbering Cars
We're excited to report that this past Thursday, July 12th, the SF MTA announced that cyclists outnumbered cars on Market Street, again! The SF MTA's count on Market Street at Van Ness Avenue showed bicyclists made up 52% of the eastbound traffic, while motorists comprised 41% between 8am and 9am. This count indicates a nearly 30% increase over the number of people biking a year ago. You may remember that on Bike to Work Day city counts showed twice as many bikes as cars on Market Street when bicyclists made up 64% of the eastbound and motorists comprised 32% between 8am and 9am. We're thrilled to see that so many are continuing to ride everyday!
Other U.S. cities, like San Francisco, that have long promoted bicycle use by commuters are seeing a similar rise
in the popularity of biking as gasoline prices soar.
Read the story here.
Caltrain Bicycle Master Plan - San Francisco meeting tonight!
Good news: Caltrain is developing a
Bicycle Master Plan. Bad news: The plan doesn't include anything about carrying bicycles on board, a huge service success for
the Peninsula rail line but one which definitely needs serious planning and operational attention to maintain and grow. The Bike Plan
focuses on ways to improve bike parking at its 10 most-popular stations, which is a worthy effort, but without "bikes on board" it's
only a half a loaf.
Please attend the San Francisco meeting tonight to express the need for a plan about bikes on board trains, and to provide input on bike parking.
Calling Superstars: SFBC and City of SF Hiring
The SFBC will bid a grateful farewell in August to our dynamo Projects Manager Rachel Kraai, who is returning to graduate school. Rachel has been a big part of the SFBC's success in the past few years, and we can't thank her enough for her special style of effective advocacy and fun-filled community organizing.
That means the SFBC is looking for another Superstar to step into this important role. (See the job description here.) If you, or someone you know, is a highly motivated bicycling enthusiast with experience in grassroots organizing and community planning, check out this exciting opportunity. We are eager to bring someone on board as soon as possible. Please spread the word among your networks.
Also, the City of San Francisco is now accepting applications for transportation planners, including positions in
Municipal Transportation Agency's Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Traffic Calming Programs. Detailed information for the three positions can be found here:
Transit Planner II,
Transit Planner III,
Transit Planner IV.
The window on submitting resumes is closing soon, so apply quickly.
Southwest Cyclist Meeting Next Tuesday!
Do you pedal to City College, San Francisco State, Lake Merced, or Balboa Park BART? We're organizing a Southwest Cycling Committee to advocate for the bike facilities these neighborhoods desperately need. Many important projects are in the works -- bike lanes on sections of Ocean and Phelan Avenues and better bicycle connections to the Mission, just to name a few.& Many of these projects are already part of established neighborhood plans, but they will need the voices and support of neighbors to make them a reality! Please join us at the inaugural Southwest Cycling Committee Meeting:
When: Tuesday, June 24, 6:30pm
If you can't make the meeting but are interested in being involved, please email Rachel
and we'll put you on our Southwest email list. It's time to connect the Southwest with the rest!
Ring in Summer with a sexy and FREE bike bell
Get a sexy FREE bike bell to ring in summer when you roll your bike by the fabulous SFBC Streetside Outreach Team at Howard and 8th Streets this Friday,
June 20 from 5:00-7:00pm. (Thanks to the SFMTA for donating 800 bells!) While you wait, catch up on the latest
SFBC advocacy work and enjoy the good company of your fellow cyclist! If you'd like to volunteer, contact Kate.
Put the "Roll" into "Rock 'n' Roll" as an SFBC Volunteer
Parade your Byke Pride with the SFBC
Join other SFBC members to show your Byke Pride and support for LGBT rights in the first-ever SFBC contingent in the 38th annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29th. With over a million expected attendees, the parade promises to be a super fun opportunity to spread the bike love. Don't just watch Pride, be a part of it! Our goal is to have at least 50 members riding. For more information or to sign up, contact PopcycleSF@yahoo.com.
Going to the Pride Parade? SFBC will be providing free Valet Bike Parking
at Hyde and McAllister. If you love this service and want to give a hand? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Kryptonite for supporting the
2008 Valet Bike Parking program. Feel Free to Stop.
Bicycle Music Festival Rolls through San Francisco
The 2nd Annual Bicycle Music Festival rolls into town this Saturday and promises to bring the magic back to the streets and parks of the Mission District with the biggest, baddest, 100% bike-powered festival in the world (and all totally FREE!). All Day, and well into the night, the Bicycle Music Festival will be biking to awesome public venues such as the Alemany Farmer's Market and Dolores Park. Between Festival stops they rock the Mission with outrageous cruiser rides, and perform amazing feats like scaling tall hills on tall bikes.
Be part of the second annual BMF! They need volunteer gear haulers, bike fixers, foodies, buskers, and advocacy team members to make the festival the best yet.
Biketown creates 30 new bicyclists
30 lucky winners rode away with their shiny, new coasting bikes on Friday thanks to Bicycling magazine's BikeTown program. Dodging skyrocketing gasoline
prices to going green to weight loss to finally learning how to ride a bicycle were some of the many reasons that the winners gave for how a bike would "set them free."
Watch news coverage of the event from KTVU.
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