SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 16, 2004
Final Page St Traffic Circle Hearing Thursday
The Page and Waller traffic circles will be the subject of a public hearing this Thursday at 6:30pm at the Park Branch Library on Page St. at Cole. The SFBC supports permanent installation of the circles with some key modifications to the original design, including pedestrian pop-up yield signs and stop signs where appropriate. Because of vocal opposition to the circles, it is particularly important for people to come and speak at the hearing about the benefits of traffic calming. We are continuing to promote the circles as a first step toward a bicycle boulevard along Page St. For more information, contact Josh Hart at email@example.com or 431-BIKE x23.
Vital Workshops Coming Up!
Want more bike lanes in your neighborhood? Then mark your calendars with these important public workshops!
We strongly encourage all bicyclists to attend a Bike Plan Update workshop to comment on the proposed plans developed to improve the Citywide Bike Network. These are drop-in workshops: you can come for as short or as long as you like, but please do come, these are literally the most important bicycle planning workshops for the next five years!
Bike Plan Update Workshops are scheduled for every Wednesday night starting on March 31st and ending April 28th, from 6:30-8pm. Check out www.sfbike.org/bikeplan for location details and to see which projects will the the focus of each meeting. For more info or to help out (we particularly need folks to hand out flyers or post posters) please contact David Gartner at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SFBC is co-sponsoring these workshops with the Department of Parking and Traffic and County Transportation Authority.
Fell St Bike Lane Progress
Those long-fought-for bike lanes on Fell Street are one step closer to becoming permanent. According to a recent Department of Parking & Traffic (DPT) report on the bike lane's six-month trial period, there's a large increase of bicyclists on Fell Street, plus a huge shift of bikes from the sidewalk and into the bike lane. Neighbors like them, bicyclists love them, and the legislation to make them permanent just made it over the first of several hurdles last week by passing at a DPT hearing.
Here's more great news: the DPT also recommended the tow-away zone be permanently revoked on most of Fell between Laguna and Baker, which will create a buffer between speeding cars and the sidewalk, going a long way towards making the street more humane for neighbors and safer for walking. Car parking in the neighborhood will be much easier as well. We'll keep you updated when these items go before the Board of Supervisors in the coming months.
Here's a question for bicyclists who ride on Fell during the evening rush hour: What do you think of the current restriction on parking in front of the gas station. The point of it was to help keep cars queued up next to the curb and out of the bike lane. Do you think it works, doesn't work? Should the parking restriction be revoked? Any new ideas for improving this bottleneck? Send your thoughts to Mary Brown at email@example.com and we'll act on them pronto.
Jefferson St. Bike Lanes Striped! (at least online)
Thanks to SFBC member Arena Reed (of visualarena.com), we now have expertly photoshopped images showing what bike lanes on Jefferson St in Fisherman's Wharf could look like, if approved. If you haven't been to the SFBC web site lately, check out the latest tool in the Jefferson St bike lane campaign at www.sfbike.org/?instant_jefferson
SFBC staff and volunteers have been busy with outreach efforts in the Fishermans Wharf Area, including a presentation to the South End Rowing Club Board last week. Join us in this important effort to build a connected bike route from the Giants Stadium to the Golden Gate Bridge - visit the website to send an instant fax and download flyers and petitions for the campaign.
If you have connections to merchants, or organizations in the area who'd be interested in learning more please let us know! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Second Police Video Casting Call
Want to help us train the cops to treat bicyclists more fairly? We are continuing to recruit talent for our SF Police Department training video, which will be shooting in late March or early April. If you are interested, please come to our second casting call at SFBC HQ next Monday, March 22nd at 6pm (1095 Market St, Suite 215 @ 7th St). For more info contact Pete Verral at email@example.com
Active Agenda At Bicycle Advisory Committee Mtg
The SF Bicycle Advisory Committee's March meeting will be packed with news and information concerning bicycling in the city, and we invite you to come and be part of the conversation. As well as progress reports on the Bike Plan Update, there'll be presentations on the Pier 27-31 project, a BART bike signage project, the Central Subway project, the Fisherman's Wharf project / Jefferson St., the re-made Octavia Boulevard project, and other projects and developments affecting bicyclists in the city. A special review of design innovations proposed in the Bike Plan Update as it completes and extends the Citywide Bike Network will wrap up the evening. The agenda is available here:
The meeting is Wednesday, March 17, 6:15 PM, City Hall Room 408 -- hope to see you there!
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