June 24, 2008
"I love it. What a stunning Success. Everyone's smiling. Everyone's happy."
- Leah Shahum, Thousands of smiles mark success of Sunday Parkways, BikePortland.org, June 23, 2008
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Flex your giving power towards better biking!
Southwest Cyclist Meeting Tonight
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 tonight.
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!
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee focusing on enforcement Thursday
Should the SFPD be writing more tickets for bicycling on the sidewalk, or stepping up citations for motorists running red lights? Should the MTA be
focusing limited parking control resources on neighborhood street cleaning violations, or should they be keeping Market Street bike lanes clear for bike
traffic? This month's SF Bicycle Advisory Committee
meeting will focus on setting enforcement policies and priorities for better bicycling in San Francisco. This eleven member committee meets once a month
and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle, especially the city's Bicycle Plan; they'll be taking a look at
the Bike Plan's chapter
on enforcement, and they've asked the SFPD and MTA to be present to participate in a thorough deliberation on this important topic. If you've got any
ideas on the subject, come down to City Hall and have your voice heard. 6:30pm, City Hall Room 408 (Polk and Grove Streets)
MTC Considering "Stop and Roll" Proposal
Speaking of appropriate traffic enforcement for bicyclists, we're pleased that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is exploring
possible "Stop and Roll"
legislation for California, modeled after an Idaho law that allows bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, and red lights as stop signs.
The Idaho stop sign law has been in place since
1982 and the stop light law since 2005. These changes, coupled with motorist, pedestrian, and bicyclist education, could smooth traffic flow
for all road users. As gas prices rise and more people switch to sustainable modes of transportation, our government agencies need to reconsider
how our traffic laws are structured and update them to support and encourage sustainable transportation, walking, biking, and transit.
A thorough analysis on the feasibility and impact of these laws is needed, and we'll keep you posted as the MTC's research moves forward towards
possible state legislation. For more background, read this SF Bay Guardian story "The Bike Issue: Don't stop".
Free Urban Cycling Workshop this Saturday
Learn skills and build confidence to bike safely in traffic. This four hour classroom session covers bicycle information and riding strategy,
including how to negotiate intersections and cyclists' legal rights and responsibilities. Participants of this class are eligible to take a second on-road course.
Class is taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. Workshop is FREE and open to persons over 14 years of age. Pre-registration is required.
To pre-register or learn more about other free cycling workshops, visit www.sfbike.org.edu
Show Your Byke Pride as an SFBC Volunteer
Calling all Bike-able Sound Systems for Pride!
The SFBC's Pride Parade contingent is seeking a mobile sound system for tunes-on-the-go for the Pride Parade. If you can help bring the noise by supplying your bike sound system (or lending your sound system to our super-responsible team), contact PopcycleSF@yahoo.com.
Going to the Pride Parade? The SFBC will be providing free Valet Bike Parking
at Hyde and McAllister. 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.
U.S. Mayors adopt bicycling resolution
Yesterday morning, June 23, the Conference of Mayors passed and adopted a resolution that bicycling should be integrated into the United States'
transportation, climate, energy and health policy initiatives. It got widespread support from the mayors, including more than 25
mayors who signed on to co-sponsor the bill. Chris Koos, the mayor of Normal, Ill., originated the popular resolution.
You can read the resolution here.
Seven Hells bring Steepest Thrills
At least it wasn't as hot as Bike to Work Day, but more than 40 cyclists braved a balmy Saturday to visit some streets they hadn't ridden
before (and may never again). Some plowed straight ahead while others zigzaged up Dan's Seven Hells: Mt. Sutro, Twin Peaks, Mt. Davidson,
Dolores Heights, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, and Pacific Heights. Thanks to the all riders for their patience and for not letting our lack of water,
Liam's broken chain, Beau's flat, or Tristan's broken spoke get in our way. Everyone can break out the Ben-Gay
check out the climbs and views from the comfort of your chair.
Please let Frank know
if your or your friend's name is misattributed or otherwise omitted.
Tokyo Parks Bikes!
The SFBC won't be replacing our fabulous bike valets anytime soon, but we are really impressed by this efficient bike parking system in Tokyo.
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