SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 26, 2008
"In the Market Street corridor, there's been a significant shift to bicycles for commuting (on a Thursday in July 509 bike riders were tallied compared with 400 cars, 43 taxis and 30 transit vehicles). I don't think anyone could stand on the sidewalk during the commute and not notice it."
- Judson True, SF MTA Spokesperson, SF Chronicle Bay Area commuters moving beyond cars, August 25, 2008
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Looking for a great event that celebrates families and biking?
Come out and play this Sunday!
The SFBC is excited to be a part of San Francisco's first car-free Sunday Streets this Sunday, August 31st when nearly five miles of streets will be opened for cyclists, pedestrians, children, dog walkers, dancers, skaters and anyone else who wants to use the streets to play! Enjoy open space from Chinatown along Washington Street, the Embarcadero, Terry Francois Blvd., Illinois and 3rd Streets to the Bayview. The route will be lined with activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Learn more at www.SundayStreetsSF.com. If you're not around this weekend, mark your calendars for the second Sunday Streets event on Sunday, September 14.
Help spread the word about Sunday Streets, email this great video to a friend
Sunday Streets will be full of bike fun
Ride on out to Illinois Street this Sunday for all kinds of bike fun. Keep an eye out for the SFBC's orange tent which will be filled with bike information, merchandise and volunteers spreading the bike love. In addition, the SFBC has organized all kinds of great bike activities on Illinois Steet including:
The SFBC will also have free bike valet at the Ferry Building. Come out and play on car-free Sunday Streets!
Vote for SFBC endorsements
The November elections may seem like a long way off, but now is the time to weigh in on how the SFBC endorses candidates and
issues in the upcoming election. Seven seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for a vote, plus two BART directors, and we want
to make sure the winners are bike-friendly. If you're a current SFBC member, you'll receive a separate, direct email this week
giving you the chance to vote. Please take 5 minutes to check out our easy and informative endorsements page, where you can read
candidates' responses to the SFBC questionnaire, then mark your vote for the SFBC's endorsements. Voting runs through next Friday,
September 5th. Watch for the email with more instructions.
Organize for a safer, saner Market Street
Almost everyone considers Market Street the most important bicycle route in the city, as well as the one most in need of a
major safety overhaul.
With renewed interest
in the idea of a car-free and people-first Market St., the SFBC is excited to organize for a safer, saner Market. If you're interested
in helping us to strategize how we can make Market St. a premier street for bicycling, walking, and public transit,
please mark your calendar for an organizing meeting on Tuesday, September 9th at 6pm at the SFBC office.
Find out more about what a car-free
Market Street means and about our past grassroots work that included working with a coalition of representatives from the Sierra Club to the
Chamber of Commerce. If you can't join us on 9/9, but want to be added to our Market Street email list,
Help Plan a better Mission Neighborhood
Come participate in one, two, or all three of these neighborhood meetings and work for a more bikeable, walkable and livable Mission District.
SFBC New Member Meet and Greet
Been an SFBC member less than a year? All new SFBC members who joined during 2007-08 are invited join us to learn about our upcoming advocacy, education, and community programs that will make San Francisco a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. You won't want to miss this great opportunity to learn more about your friendly San Francisco bicycle advocacy organization. Stick around for SFBC Outreach Volunteer Training right after the New Member Meet and Greet from 7:30-8:30pm! To RSVP or if you have questions, please contact Tessa@sfbike.org or (415) 431-BIKE x301.
Details: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:30-7:15, SFBC HQ, 995 Market St, Ste 1550; Bring
your bike up with you! If you can't make this New Member Meet and Greet, stay tuned for the next one in December.
A Big Boost for Better Biking
We reached our goal! Thanks to two generous donors matching up to $10,000 and over 200 SFBC members digging deep into their pockets, the SFBC was able to raise $20,000 in 20 days! This boost will give the SFBC the necessary power to keep the City's attention on the draft plan of the EIR and get the Bike Plan back on track. Rest assured, the SFBC will be your eyes and ears on all things "bike" in City Hall.
If you are feeling like you missed the boat, don't! You can still
give an extra gift
to the only organization making our streets safer and saner for every cyclists and our neighborhoods more livable for all.
Wall Street Journal: City backpedals on a Cycling Plan
The Wall Street Journal published an article last week about San Francisco's Bike Plan Injunction. The article questioned why it is that other cities like New York and Chicago are making huge strides in encouraging bicycling as a form of sustainable transportation (painting bright green bike lanes and creating double-decker bicycle parking) but San Francisco can't even install a bike rack?
Keep up-to-date about the SFBC's work to keep City agencies
and the Bike Plan on track during the Environmental Review.
Fill up your holiday weekend with SFBC Volunteer Fun!
Looking for fun things to do? The SFBC has something fun planned for each day of your Labor Day weekend.
Alert: Watch your bike on Bus-front racks
A few weeks ago we posted an alert about the rash of bike seat thefts plaguing the city, as well as the theft-prone state of bike parking at the Fifth and Mission garage. A few readers asked us to remind everyone of theft danger when using bus-front bike racks. These racks are super-useful and mostly great, but unfortunately we have heard of bikes being stolen from these racks. So, a couple of reminders when you use Muni's (or other transit systems') bus-front racks:
And of course, always thank the driver for helping to keep the city rolling!
10,000 Dems and GOPS expected to share Bikes
The Democratic National Convention officially began on Monday in Denver and the GOP convention is next week in Minneapolis. Bikes Belong is making 1,000 bikes available for free each day to delegates, media, elected officials and the public with a goal of showing that bicycling is an ideal way to make short trips in big U.S. cities. Bikes Belong expects a total 10,000 rides and at least 25,000 miles to be pedaled at both conventions.
"The time is right to highlight the bicycle as an ideal transportation solution. Nearly 40 percent of all trips Americans
make are two miles or less -- the perfect length to go by bike. With soaring gas prices, interest in bicycling as a U.S.
transportation solution has grown. This is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the convenience of bicycling for short trips,"
said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong.
Read the full story here
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