SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 29, 2008
"Ultimately, a car-free Market Street had been out there as an idea to work toward in the future. My point is that the future is now."
- Supervisor Daly, Fight brews over plan to shut Market Street, San Francisco Chronicle, July 24, 2008
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Sunday Streets Update
Big thanks to everyone who responded to our recent call to show support for Sunday Streets, a trial of car-free space along the Embarcadero this summer. The SFBC has been working hard to make this dream of safe, free, play space on our streets a reality, and your calls and emails to members of the Board of Supervisors are making a difference. Beyond knee-jerk protests from a handful of Fisherman's Wharf merchants (who will have full car-access to their businesses, despite their claims), there has been strong support for trying Sunday Streets this summer. We commend Mayor Newsom for staying strong on this idea and the majority of the Board of Supervisors, who have voiced their support.
Now we need your help to make it happen. Support car-free space by signing up to volunteer
on Sundays, August 31st and September 14th. The SFBC is working to add a third date in October, stay tuned! Get excited and ready for
Sunday Streets by watching this video of a similar car-free street
celebration that happened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on July 19th.
Chrome Bags Grand Opening Celebration, Sale + SFBC Fundraiser
Shop in the name of better biking! Join the SFBC this Thursday, July 31st at Chrome Bags' grand opening celebration. Stop by to shop for a new messenger bag and urban cycling gear -- all 25% off. Chrome will donate 10% of all sales proceeds to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to help support our efforts in getting smoother pavement, better bike parking facilities and more car/bike education so we all feel safe on our streets. Free beer, snacks and tunes. 580 4th St @ Brannan, 5-10pm.
Valet Bike Parking will be provided by the SFBC. We are still seeking good folks to give a hand with bike parking for this event. If you love bike parking, become a bike parking volunteer! Sign up at email@example.com for a 2-hour shift starting at 5pm. Good fun, great people and whole lot of bike love.
New Pothole Ride and Brunch - this Saturday
Coming off of April's Attack of the Crater Invaders and persistent volunteer pothole reporting, the SFBC Lane Stewards are pleased to announce a new monthly group ride. Our goals are to have fun, mark every pothole, crack and trench with spray paint, report them to 311, and repeat! This Saturday we launch another attack on unsafe streets with a smaller, more geographically-focused endeavor on one of the bumpiest roads around: Market St. Following our heroic undertaking, we'll celebrate with brunch somewhere in the neighborhood. Care to join us? We expect a good time and great company and a smoother ride for all San Franciscans.
Meet at 6th and Market in front of the SFBC office (995 Market Street).
Time for a Car-free Market Street?
The SFBC is excited to hear about Supervisor Daly's proposal to close a 2-mile stretch of Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero (see reports in the Chronicle and SF Bay Guardian). A car-free Market Street (also proposed a decade ago by Mayor Willie Brown) would improve Muni transit time and increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety — important at a time when MTA counts show that bicycle ridership on Market Street has increased by a whopping 30% in just one year, and the Transit Effectiveness Project calls for significant improvements in Muni service.
The SF County Transportation Authority completed an extensive study and action plan for Market Street in 2004 which showed that it is only lightly traveled by private autos, most of which don't actually need to be there (there's no parking or direct access to parking on Market Street; we support exemptions for emergency vehicles, delivery trucks during certain time periods, taxis and cars with disabled placards).
Cities like Denver, Charlottesville, Boston and Portland are ahead of the curve in creating successful car-free streets. The SFBC will be working to help win support for this idea — hopefully our leaders' vision and our City's Transit-First Policy (which prioritizes walking, bicycling and transit) will lead to a better Market Street for all users.
Want to help get it done? Write Mayor Newsom and members of the
Board of Supervisors
to express your support for the idea, and ask us to add you to our Market Street campaign group. It's time for a car-free Market Street!
Be Part of the SFBC Streetside Outreach Dream Team
Want to have a fantastically fun volunteer experience spreading bike love on the streets? The
Streetside Outreach dream team will be at it again August 5 from 5-7pm at the Duboce Bikeway to host a Pump Station for commuters whose tires suffer
the wrath of potholed streets. Have a pump and want to help? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCSF's Bikery is Looking for Parts and Tools
City College of San Francisco's bike co-op, the Bikery, is seeking donations of bike parts, wheels, frames or whole bikes; if you don't need it,
they can use it! They especially need tools and work/truing stands. The Bikery will use your tools and parts to train a whole new generation of bike
mechanics down at CCSF. Please contact Eli if you have parts or tools to donate.
Bike Mural Repair Party on August 13th
Mona Caron's Duboce bikeway mural
will receive a needed touch up on Wednesday, August 13. At least three artists will be on hand to help including Gordon Dean, Ian Kirkpatrick, and Ingrid Good. Come out and join these talented artists for a day of repairs, touch ups and
other fun at the Duboce bikeway mural. Volunteer help is also needed this week for a bit of prep work. Email organizer Joel Pomerantz if you can help.
Housing and Food Needed: Bike!Bike! Conference 2008!
The Bike!Bike! Conference 2008 -- an annual conference of community bicycle shop organizers and educators from across
the country (think San Francisco Bike Kitchen, Santa Cruz Bike Church, and all those volunteer bike angels across the country teaching bike
repair) -- will be held in San Francisco from Sept. 25th-28th! Bike!Bike! organizers are looking for food donations as well
as free places for conference participants to stay while they are in the town. If you are part of an organization that can donate food for conference
participants, please email Courtney. If you know of good leads on great
places for conference participants to stay while they are in town, contact Justin.
If you want to help orchestrate this community convergence, contact
Video: Bike Commuting makes CBS National News
The CBS Sunday morning news aired a great story about more Americans choosing the bicycle as a practical and economical form of transportation.
San Francisco is named as one of the better biking cities and they visit our neighbor, Portland, and include great coverage of Portland's green bike boxes
along with their inspiring Mayor-elect, Sam Adams. See the coverage at www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/27/sunday/main4297624.shtml
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