SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 30, 2008
"Cycling for recreation in America has always been big. Now we're starting to see cycling for transport."
- Tim Blumenthal, Bikes Belong, As America Implodes, The Bike Industry Booms, blog.wired.com September 26, 2008
Table of Contents
"Fuel-Up" on Gas-Free Fridays with the SFBC
Starting this Friday, October 3, every Friday in October will be a Gas-Free Friday. So, get on your bike, grab a friend or coworker, and pedal to celebrate . "Fuel up" at an SFBC Energizer Station with free Fair Trade Certified coffee,
tea and snacks to get your day rolling each Friday from 7:30-9:30am. This Friday, the SFBC will be at Market at 12th Streets.
See the locations for all the Gas-Free Friday Energizer
The SFBC wants to encourage more people to substitute one short car trip with a bicycle trip every Friday this October. In San Francisco, half of all driving trips are under two miles in length -- a distance easily traveled by bicycle. And with rising gas prices and global warming, riding a bike is a fun and smart way to get around. Encourage your own friends and coworkers to bike on Gas-Free Fridays by leading a Bike Bus to an SFBC Energizer Station.
Are you a trained SFBC Outreach Volunteer and want to share your bike love for a Gas-Free Friday? Sign up to volunteer at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up.
New Bicycle Signal On the Panhandle
Last week the SFBC, together with MTA chief Nathaniel Ford, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, and representatives from Walk San Francisco and the Fix Masonic coalition, celebrated the installation of San Francisco's first ever bicycle traffic signal at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Fell and Masonic on the Panhandle Path (see our flickr images here). The SFBC has spent years advocating for safety improvements at this intersection, and we are relieved that this safety fix is finally in place, separating the crossing light into two distinct phases and giving cyclists and pedestrians a protected crossing. News reports from the SF Chronicle, CBS5, and KCBS
If you've been through the intersection since its reconfiguration, you know it's not quite "fixed" yet -- even allowing for the initial confusion experienced by Fell St and Panhandle Path users, some refinements seem to be in order, such as restoring the sequence of phases to allow peds and bikes to go first after the westbound red light (as it had been for the past few years) and removing the "far side" bike signal to help simplify the cluster of lights, which are a complex mix of colors and shapes, and relying on the "near side" bike signal (out of sight of drivers) to cue cyclists to proceed. We'll continue to work with
City staff to get this essential intersection working right for everyone, keep your eyes open
and let us know how it's working for you.
Ride Tonight for SFBC Member Jordan McKay
Join us tonight on a memorial ride for Jordan McKay, a young man and SFBC member who was shot and killed in the Richmond District while riding
his bike home from BART in the early hours of
September 17, 2008 (see Chronicle story).
We'll gather this evening (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm at the east end of the Panhandle (McKinley statue
near Fell and Baker) and 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.
Saturday Pothole Ride: Bayview
Are bumps, potholes, debris, and crumbled pavement ruining your bike commute? Now is your chance to help smooth our roads! Continuing on our monthly
pothole rides, on Saturday, October 4 we'll travel to the Bayview neighborhood. Teams of cyclists will travel the most important bike routes in
the Bayview, circle potholes and other road hazards with white spray-paint, and take notes on their locations. Afterwards, we'll report
all the problems to 311 to get fixed by the City in a week or so. We are looking for Bayview neighbors to come out and join us as we work for smoother streets.
The more volunteers we get, the more miles of bike network we can cover!
Email Neal for more information, or
visit our Good Roads Page.
Bike Vote 08: Volunteer for SFBC-Endorsed Candidates
The 2008 Elections are right around the corner (remember: November 4!), and the SFBC has made endorsements for the Board of Supervisors races, BART Board, and ballot initiatives. With seven bike-friendly candidates, there are many ways to get involved in the campaigns. Precinct Walks, Phonebanking, Bike Rides and events are happening daily across the city and SFBC members are making sure the growing bike voice is heard in the important election on November 4th. To learn more about Eric Mar, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Sean Elsbernd, Mark Sanchez, John Avalos, and Tom Radulovich, and how to volunteer for their campaigns, check out our Bike Vote 08 page.
And for heaven's sake, don't forget to register to vote -- the deadline is fast approaching (October 20). You can also register to Vote by Mail
on our Bike Vote 08 Page.
Be a Part of Something Amazing: Volunteer with the SFBC!
Speak Up for Caltrain's Bikes ONboard This Thursday
Don't let Caltrain's Bike Master Plan leave you behind -- speak up now! This week Caltrain's board of directors will be considering approval of the Caltrain Bicycle Parking and Access Plan (formerly Caltrain Bicycle Master Plan), which looks at beefing up bike parking at 10 of its most-popular stations but doesn't do anything to add (or even maintain) bike space on trains, now or in the future.
If you care about "bikes onboard", please attend the Caltrain Joint Powers Board meeting this Thursday (10/2/08, 10:00 am,
1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, a four-minute walk from the train station). Show your support for bikes onboard, and make sure the
Caltrain board (the folks who make the big decisions) really understand this service and hear from the people who use it. Come out and make
public comment -- we need you in the audience with your bicycle helmet in hand. Can't make the
meeting? Write the Caltrain board about this
important transit service. For more information, see our Bikes ONBoard page.
Volunteer for SFSU Bike to School Day
The Bicycle Advocacy Group at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is organizing Bike to School Day on October 15. The event aims to promote cycling as a
healthy, sustainable and fun way to get to campus and volunteers are needed to make this the best Bike to School Day yet. The volunteer
opportunities include people to flyer or do streetside outreach the week before the event. On October 15, they need people who can do valet bike
parking during the day or lead a workshop on basic bike repairs. Interested in volunteering or promoting SFSU's Bike to School Day?
Email email@example.com with questions or to volunteer.
New SF Urban Dirt Riders Group
Love your knobby tires? Always seeking the secret paths in your local park? Wish you lived closer to singletrack?
SF Urban Riders is a growing coalition of riders and outdoors enthusiasts looking to improve off road riding opportunities
in the city. Help them lobby for a mountain bike park. They are looking for any and all interested and passionate mountain
bikers in San Francisco. Be sure to visit their Youth Bike Skills Demonstration Areas at community Events throughout
the city this Fall. For more information, visit sfurbanriders.org
SVBC is Hiring a Program Director
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is searching for a full-time Program Director to lead their programmatic implementation
for Share the Road, Bike to Work Day, and bicycle education, among others. Please forward this to folks you think might be interested!
To learn more or apply, please visit bikesiliconvalley.org/about/opportunities.
Video: Portland Bike Parking
Here's a great video of on street bike parking corrals
in Portland. The city of Portland just added four new on-street bike corrals. San Francisco has one example of on street bike parking outside the Main Library in the Civic Center, but we'd sure like to see more of these.
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