SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 22, 2008
"We believe it [an street bike parking corral] helps us support the Portland lifestyle."
- Karin Devencenzi, Southpark's general manager, on downtown Portland businesses that requested the corrals, even though it means loss of parking for cars. Saddle up, bicyclists, it's OK at new corral, Oregonlive.com, September 20, 2008
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Double your green this weekend!
Celebrate SF's First Bicycle Traffic Signal at Fell/Masonic
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and City leaders along with bicyclists, pedestrians and local media to celebrate the installation of San Francisco's first ever bicycle traffic signal at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Fell/Masonic on the Panhandle Path. The celebration will begin at 11:30a.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd
The SFBC has spent years advocating for safety improvements at this intersection, and we are relieved that this safety fix is finally in place. This special traffic light separates the crossing light into two phases. Pedestrians and bicyclists will receive a green walk and green bicycle signal when it is their turn to cross, and then a separate green arrow will indicate when vehicles can turn left. These phases ensure that bicycles and pedestrians will not cross paths with left-turning cars.
Bicycle safety improvements like this one have been frozen since June 2006, when a court
injunction required that an Environmental Impact Report of the City's Bike Plan be completed.
In May, the Superior Court lifted this injunction due to the high number of casualties at this
intersection. We commend the MTA and the City Attorney's Office for advocating to the Court on
this public safety issue, and we urge them to do the same for other high-collision areas,
as well as requesting that the Judge lift the ban on adding new bike racks, sharrows, and signage for cyclists.
Remembering Jordan McKay, San Francisco Bicyclist
We're deeply saddened to report that late last Tuesday night that Jordan McKay, a young man and SFBC member, was shot and killed on Cabrillo Street in the Richmond District while riding his bike home from BART. Our hearts go out to Jordan's family and friends; we mourn for him as a fellow urban bicyclist and a fellow human being whose life was ended suddenly and pointlessly on an otherwise peaceful street.
There will be a memorial ride for Jordan next Tuesday evening (9/30) at 7:00 pm; gather at the east end of the Panhandle
(McKinley statue near Fell and Baker) and we'll ride into the evening together to inhabit the streets with life and celebrate
one life lived too briefly. Wherever you go, ride safe, and remember Jordan.
Welcome Marc to SFBC Staff
We are pleased to welcome Marc Caswell to the SFBC as Program Manager, taking up where the formidable
Rachel Kraai left off. Marc comes to us from Urban Habitat, where he worked on social equity and environmental and transportation justice issues.
He is an energetic campaigner, a connector of coalitions, a former legislative aide and canvasser, and (of course) a
passionate urban bicyclist! You'll probably meet Marc soon at a City Hall hearing or a community meeting, be sure to say hello and let him know what you want to work on together.
Interested in Donating Your Art to Winterfest?
Want to be one of the chosen Winterfest artists this year? The Winterfest art auction curators have left a couple of spots open for SFBC member submissions. To have your art piece considered by the curators, email a jpeg of the actual piece that you want to donate to email@example.com and be sure to include the dimensions, medium, and retail value along with the your e-mail address and website. All work must be ready to hang and works on paper must be framed or mounted. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for committee review. The deadline for submissions is October 15. Artists will be notified by October 27.
If you are more of a crafter than an artist, we are also seeking handmade items for the craft table,
such as crafts with bike images on them, items that can be worn or used while cycling, or things that
are made out of recycled bike parts. Please contact the craft table coordinator email@example.com
if you're interested in donating your handiwork!
Improve the Wiggle
The SFMTA will be holding a public meeting this Wednesday, September 24th from 6:30 to 8 pm at CaPMC's
Davies Campus Gazebo Room (45 Castro Street) to get community input on the Church and Duboce Track
Improvement Project, which encompasses key parts of the Wiggle. If you live or ride through this area,
come hear about the plans and give your suggestions.
This is the first official MTA meeting on the plan. The agency will be presenting the various alternatives for
the locations along the project area.
Learn more about the project here
Albino Alligators + Leather Leashes: SFBC Volunteers Get Wild
Fisherman's Wharf Planning with Jan Gehl
Even if you never visit Fisherman's Wharf, you'll want to attend this workshop with Danish Architect Jan Gehl, principal of Gehl Architects, an architecture and urban design firm that excels in improving the shape, character and experience of the public realm in cities worldwide, such as London, New York City, Sydney, Cape Town, Zürich, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and now San Francisco.
Jan Gehl will be in San Francisco to help with the re-configuring of the Wharf area, with significant
improvements for bicycles and pedestrians. Come to the workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 7:00-8:30pm in Theater 39 at Pier 39 to learn about how we can make big changes to our streets
to benefit all users and create more livable spaces.
Thanks for PARK(ing)!
Wow! It was so fun to pedal around and explore the many PARK(ing) places on Friday! The SFBC and their biking friends hosted PARK(ing) Day spaces around the city, see photos of more than 30 SF spots including an art installation of 77 green bikes in Hayes Valley, a marriage ceremony in the Wiggle, and the future of on-street bike parking at 5th and Market. Read a full account of the day at San Francisco Bike Blog.
Housing Needed for Bike! Bike! Conference this Weekend
2008 Bike! Bike! Conference is this weekend, Sept. 25-28th, and 200+ people are expected to bring their bike love to San Francisco
for the 4-day event. Housing is needed for participants. Please contact Justin Valone at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can host any of their great volunteers on your couch, spare room, backyard, floor. Bike! Bike! is also looking for
semi-functional loaner bikes, which will be returned in better condition!
Contact Jeremiah at email@example.com.
Bike Kitchen 5-year Anniversary Benefit Party
The Bike Kitchen is holding a benefit party to raise money for the build-out of a brand new space at their original
site on Alabama and 18th St. Come to the benefit party on Monday, September 29th at the El Rio--$1 drinks, music by Geographer, Maldextra, Excuses for Skipping and others,
new t-shirts and silk-screened posters, a raffle, a slideshow of the Bike Kitchen's first 5-years, and on-stage mechanic
competitions! Sliding scale $8-100 suggested donation. 21+. 8pm-1am, El Rio (3158 Mission St. @ Cesar Chavez)
Video: Sunday Streets San Francisco
Watch this great new video of Sunday Streets
in San Francisco. If you enjoyed Sunday Streets and support the idea of making it a permanent, ongoing
event (hopefully expanding the hours into the afternoon and trying out new routes), please
send a quick email thanking Mayor Newsom and urging City Supervisors to support future Sunday Streets.
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