SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 1, 2004
Vote Yes on "Regional Measure 2" Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2nd, Bay Area voters will go to the polls and decide the fate of Regional Measure 2, the $1 toll increase on all Bay Area bridges (except the Golden Gate). If approved, Measure 2 will raise $125 million annually for bike, transit & pedestrian improvements designed to make car-free lifestyles even easier and more convenient.
Some of the great 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 fully implementing Translink- a single ticket system for all Bay Area transit systems. Remind all your friends and family to vote YES ON 2 TOMORROW!
New Online Video: Wet Weather Riding
Some people think that riding in wet weather or at night must be unpleasant or dangerous. But if you've got the right equipment and know-how, you can ride safely whenever and wherever you like!
"Night-Time and Wet Weather Riding", a new video from SFBC member Ethan Derner and a host of volunteer actors and extras, will show you how to get out on the road when you're feeling home-bound. Funding was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency.Read more about it.
Stop & Landscape the Circles!
The test traffic circles on Page and Waller Streets have been in place for almost six months now, and the SFBC has many suggestions to improve them. First of all, the city needs to install 4-way stop signs at each circle, to make sure cars yield to pedestrians. Too many cars just plow on through the test circles, without regard for the pedestrain right of way. Next, the circles need to be fully landscaped. Right the test circles are an eyesore, and permanent landscaping could transform them into an oasis of greenery. The SFBC is also working to ensure that the DPT holds true to the original approval plan which calls for installing a permanent, landscaped circle if the residents living within one block approve it by more than 50%.
If you'd like to help us achieve these important improvements, write to the Dept. of Parking and Traffic at the address below and tell them you support the circles, and:
1. We need to go through with the original public process to install those circles that get at least 50% of the vote.
2. Stop signs and traffic circles can and do coexist in many communities, and new stop signs should be installed prior to voting.
DPT Executive Director
25 Van Ness Ave, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94102
Stay tuned for an upcoming neighborhood meeting and neighborhood balloting later this month. For more information, contact Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-2453x23.
Study Says: Bikes on the Bridge Saves Money, Time & Traffic!A new feasibility study of a Bay Bridge bike path from Treasure Island to San Francisco says what cyclists already know: bikes saves money, time & reduce traffic congestion! In other words, this is a very worthy project and deserves full funding, despite the government's current fiscal woes. The SFBC now has the full Bay Bridge West Span Bicycle/ Pedestrian/ Maintenance Path Study available for members to review at our 7th and Market offices, complete with dazzling color photographs of what a "cantilevered pathway" would look like attached to the Bay Bridge. A bike/ped path is already part of the plan for reconstructing the East Span of the bridge; this study examined the feasibility of extending that path to San Francisco. If you are interested in committing significant time to the effort to find funding for this important project, join the SFBC's Bay Bridge West Span Committee by e-mailing Josh Hart at email@example.com
Support Jefferson St. Bike Lanes with an Easy FaxJefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf 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. Using the SFBC web site, you can send an easy fax in support of this vital project to Supervior Peskin or Alioto (if you live in Districts 2 or 3) -- or to Mayor Newsom (if you live in another district). You can find it all on our website. If you can help us gather signatures on our Jefferson St petition along Fisherman's Wharf bike routes, contact SFBC Membership Intern Catherine Bartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-8343. We're also looking for folks interested in merchant outreach - email Joshua@sfbike.org if you're comfortable talking to local businesses on our behalf. To train folks on the in's & out's of this exciting proposal, we're also offering a special Jefferson St orientation this Friday from 5-6pm at SFBC HQ in Civic Center, 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (at 7th St). This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about bike lane campaigns, and to make a real difference in the citywide bike network. It is also a prerequisite to future merchant outreach about Jefferson St. For more information, contact Josh Hart at email@example.com or 431-2453x23.
Got Free Time During Weekdays?If you've got an hour or two to spare during the week, we'd love your help! We're looking for daytime office volunteers who can help out with data entry, store fulfillment, and other important projects between 9 and 5 on weekdays. We've got a special need for help Wed-Fri, but anytime is great. Contact Chris Hayashida Knight, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can lend a hand. (p.s. This is a great way to earn a barter membership!)
Rent A Secure Bike Locker - For Cheap!The Department of Parking and Traffic Bicycle Program has many bike lockers for rent across town, especially at the 16th/Hoff garage (1 block from 16th/Mission BART) and the Transbay Terminal downtown. Lockers cost less than $7 a month (paid annually at $75/year) + a refundable $25 key deposit. That's a sweet deal for the peace of mind you'll have with this extra-secure bicycle parking! Check out the DPT website at and follow the links to the bicycle locker page to view and print out a rental form. If you have questions, please e-mail the DPT at email@example.com.
Revamped SFBC Member Library Coming Soon!We are in the process of revamping our library, complete with bike books, bike films, magazines, and many other bike periodicals, to make it easier than ever to find the bike info you need. Sadly, many materials appear to be missing, so please return anything you may have borrowed from our offices over the past few years. We are also accepting donations of transportation-related books, videos, and DVD's for addition to our library. Drop off or send materials to our 7th and Market offices (address at the bottom of this email). Stay tuned for a grand re-opening of our library complete with a new check out system- just another way in which SFBC membership has its privileges. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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