SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 15, 2008
"I'm envisioning it as a public park on the street."
- Barbara Randall, the Executive Director of the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, The New York Times, July 11, 2008, (in reference to New York City's plan to create a public esplanade by transforming Broadway from a four-lane to two-lane boulevard with a physically protected bicycle lane and added space for pedestrians, cafe tables and benches.)
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Bike Plan hearing at City Hall Monday
As we mark the two-year anniversary of the Bike Plan injunction, we've just received truly appalling news -- the Bike Plan EIR has slipped even further behind its already-too-long schedule, putting the City even further away from lifting the injunction and getting back to striping bike lanes and installing bike racks. We are infuriated that the City has failed again in its promise to make this critical work a top priority, infuriated that commonsense bicycle safety improvements wait for a wasteful bureaucratic knot to untangle...
The Bike Plan injunction freezes all physical improvements for bicycle traffic in San Francisco until a Judge is satisfied that adequate environmental review of the Plan has been conducted. While imaginary impacts are studied in a massive transportation analysis, real cyclists are victims of real impacts riding the city's streets right now. Why is safer, everyday bicycling being held hostage to imaginary impacts of perceived motorist convenience? And what is the City doing to fix this insane inversion of public interest?
Come out to an important public hearing at the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee, Monday, July 21 (1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263),
called by Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval. If you've been hit and hurt while riding your bike in SF, if you've been discouraged from biking while waiting for the City to get back to making safety improvements for bicycling, or if you're just fed up with the insanity of San Francisco's execution on its promise of better streets for bicycling, please come out. The Bike Plan item is expected to come up at about 2pm or later, so if you'd like to be notified when things get close, contact Andy and we'll be happy to give you a call. Even if you can't make it to the hearing, please send a message about your displeasure with the slipping Bike Plan timeline via email to Mayor Gavin Newsom, Planning Director John Rahaim, MTA Executive Director Nat Ford, and City Attorney Dennis Herrera. And stand by for more news soon...
Bikes! Beer! Costumes and More! Tour de Fat is Saturday, July 19
Bring on the beer drinking and feather boa-wearing in the name of better biking in the Bay Area! Tour de Fat rolls into Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadows this Saturday, July 19, kicking off with a 9am costumed Bike Parade through Golden Gate Park and beyond. (Download parade waiver and map now.)
The bike-fun doesn't stop there! The beer starts a-flowin' and the show starts a-goin' at 11:30am with Mucca Pazza, PAPERBIRD and more! There will be crazy bikes to try out, a full day of great music on the solar powered stage, and beer, beer and more beer! Must be 21+ to drink, but this is an all ages show.
The ballyhoo of bikes and beer, sponsored by our friends at New Belgium Brewery, is an all-green, all-day FUNdraiser benefiting the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Come on out, and have a good time for a great cause. Don't forget to ride yer bike to the show. Valet bike parking provided (of course).
In order to make it a day to remember--we need YOU! It takes over 150 volunteers to make it happen--parking bikes, pouring beer, checking IDs, selling tees--don't miss out! Sign up at sfbike.org/?vol_sign_up_tdf today. Volunteers receive a 2008 Tour de Fat tee + a beer. Thanks folks, we couldn't do it without ya.
SFBC's Facebook fans, let all your friends know you're coming in your RSVP to this FB event .
Ding! Ding! Get your FREE bike bell this Wednesday
Get a free bike bell when you pedal your bike by the fabulous SFBC Streetside Outreach Team at Fox Plaza (Market near 9th) this Wednesday from 5-7pm. (Thanks to the SFMTA for donating 800 bells!) It's a great time to chat with fellow cyclists and catch up on the latest SFBC advocacy work. Have a bike bell, but know someone else who needs one? Pass it on! Are you an SFBC member who wants to help? Email email@example.com.
The SFBC is proud to partner with the SFMTA and help install these bells and add safety and cheer to bike rides across San Francisco. Find out how a polite little ding can add cheer to your ride in this Tube Times article (page 4).
Save the Date: Southwest Bike Network Tour!
Join your southwest cycling compatriots on a July 26th Bike-A-Bout in the southwest corner of town. We'll be taking a look at several major bicycling corridors and discussing plans and next steps to improve them with bike lanes, traffic calming, and other infrastructure changes. Bike lanes on Ocean? Phelan? Better connections to SFSU? This ride is for you. We'll start at the Balboa Park BART (lower level by the concession truck) and finish up with a picnic in a grassy park along the way. Bring lunch or something to share. Everyone is welcome! Email Rachel to be added to our Southwest Cycling Committee list.
What: Southwest Cycling Committee Bike-a-Bout
Fix Masonic Meeting Next Tuesday
Fix Masonic will be holding a mid-summer meeting: Tuesday,
July 22nd, 6:30pm at Coffee to the People, 1206 Masonic Avenue @ Haight. We'll be discussing timeline and support for the Panhandle Path
improvements at Fell/Masonic, next steps for Fix Masonic's corridor design concepts, and we may start putting on our thinking caps
for PARKing Day plans for 2008. We'd love to have you join us in our efforts to make one of SF's
most notorious traffic sewers safe, dignified, and delightful for all modes of transportation -- pedestrians, bikes, buses, and, yes,
cars too. (They'll have to drive slower though! In response to our traffic calming petition, the Municipal Transportation Agency
recently voted to lower the speed limit on Masonic to 25 mph.) To learn more about Fix Masonic,
SFBC Volunteers Have More Fun!
Get in on the action:
Caltrain Bike Master Plan -- ask your mayor to speak up
What's the most energy-efficient, least-congesting, and healthiest way to commute up and down the Peninsula? Caltrain-plus-bike is our answer,
as it has been for many years. Riding to and from the station and bringing your bike along on Caltrain places the least burden on the whole system,
but Caltrain's work on a Bicycle Master Plan has totally missed that point and ignores the obvious need to maintain and grow
"bikes on board". Read the SFBC's comments on the Caltrain Bicycle Master Plan, then consider sending a letter to your mayor
(San Mateo, San Francisco, San Jose, etc.) to ask for her/his support for a true Master Plan for Bikes and Caltrain --
download our template, fill in the blanks, and send it along (or make a phone call if you can't spare the time). For more information on the SFBC's Caltrain campaign, see our Bikes ONBoard
Join the Campaign for bike lanes on 17th St.
Longing for a cross-town bike lane to get you from the Castro to the Bay? Now is the time to join our newly re-energized 17th St. Committee
as we work on strategies and outreach for the coming year. We will need to build a strong coalition of support for this exciting project
to happen and need your help! Come to our first group meeting on Wednesday July 23rd, from 6:30-8pm. We will talk about previous outreach
efforts, design options, and map outreach strategies for the coming months. Join us to make sure 17th becomes one of San Francisco's newest
Bay Area Bicycle Coalition seeks Executive Director
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC), which represents the
nine Bay Area county bicycle coalitions on regional issues, seeks applicants for the position of Executive Director to work on a range of
exciting issues to improve bicycling in the San Francisco Bay Area including: Working with government agencies, such as the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission, Caltrans, cities, counties, and transit agencies to develop improved bicycle policies and facilities;
Improving bicycle access to transit systems throughout the Bay Area; Securing direct bicycle access on all trans-Bay bridges; Promoting cycling
via public information, education, and advocacy; Coordinating the regional Bike to Work Day promotional event. Applicants should
send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to apply --
see the BABC website for details and instructions; no phone calls please.
Video: Tour De Fat
Tour de Fat rolls into town this Saturday, wondering what to wear? Watch the festivities in Fort Collins and get excited!
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