SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 16, 2008
"For every three bikes we use for deliveries, we save an average of 17 gallons of fuel per day (compared to one truck). That's about $50 in savings. Across the entire district, for every three bikes used during the holiday season, UPS will save $38,000 in vehicle operation and upkeep costs."
- Jeff Grant, UPS Planning Manager, UPS gears up for holidays with bike delivery, BikePortland.org, November 14, 2008
Table of Contents
What Are Safe Streets Worth to You?
Is it a dollar a day? Ten dollars a month? Fifty dollars right now?
Now is the time to take a minute to ask yourself those questions and act on your answer. Give a year-end gift to the SFBC to make a smart investment in creating safer and more dignified streets for cyclists. Your support allows us to do our job well: creating safe streets and a sustainable healthy city and representing your voice loud and clear in City Hall.
Please help the SFBC make San Francisco a better place for you, your family, your friends and others you may never know. They might not say, "thank you," but we will!
We hope your holidays are filled with happy pedaling
and cheer. Thanks for keeping our wheels of progress turning. We are proud to be 10,000
members strong...and eager to use that strength to make positive change in 2009.
Cyclists Converge to Circle the 1,000th Pothole!
Join us at noon TODAY (Tuesday, December 16th) at Powell and Market (cable car turnaround) as
SFBC volunteers and staff gather to recognize the whopping 1,000 potholes we've called in to 311
to help smooth our streets. 100 SFBC volunteers have patrolled the asphalt all around the City this
past year and have helped smooth the road for more cyclists. We've come a long way in getting
better response from the Department of Public Works to fix problems on the bike network faster
and more consistently. Pothole patching is important and good, but we are gearing up for bigger
and better pavement improvements next year and will need support from all 10,000 of you to make
it happen! Come out on Tuesday and help us celebrate and show the demand for smooth streets and
stay tuned for more ways to get involved in 2009. And don't forget that YOU can -- and should! -- report
problems on your bike route by calling 311. Find out how here. If you have any questions Contact Neal.
Where Else Do You Want a Bike Rack?
The response from last week was huge! SFBC members requested more than 150 free bike racks!
If you haven't already submitted your ideas or you still have more locations you'd like to see a sidewalk bike
rack, go to our Fix It!
page and submit the quick form to let the city know. All they need is the address or business name and street. When the injunction is lifted in mid-2009, the City has a goal to install nearly 1,000 racks on sidewalks. The City still needs an additional 500 requests to meet their goal, so keep them coming--let's get racks everywhere SFBC members shop, eat, drink, play,
or hang out. Let the City know where you want to see a free bike rack.
Fell and Masonic Intersection: Call For Enforcement
There's good news and bad news at the famous Fell-Masonic-Panhandle intersection. The SF Municipal Transportation Agency has swapped the order of signal phases at the new crossing light along the Panhandle Path so that pedestrians and bicyclists go first (as they had for the past several years) and get to enter a clear intersection, as opposed to entering during the sloppy end of the left-turning Fell Street queue of cars, drifting/pushing through the red arrow. The bad news is that we're seeing lots of motorists ignoring the red "no turn" arrow and making dangerous left turns into the intersection during the ped-bike green phase (through honest confusion or conscious disobedience).
We think the current sequence of signal phases is the right one and will prove to be the safest for pedestrians and cyclists, but not if drivers are allowed to ignore the red light without any accountability for such dangerous behavior. The police were paying attention to the intersection after the signal changes were first unveiled in September (lots of confusion and non-compliance then as well) but we're not seeing them now. We need the SFPD on the scene to let drivers know that ignoring this red light means endangering cyclists and pedestrians.
Please contact SFPD Park Station commander Capt. Teresa Barrett at 415/553-0123 or SFPD.Park.Station@sfgov.org and let her know that we really need to establish a hard line on red light turners at this intersection and realize the safety improvements we worked so hard to win.
Meet Other New SFBC Members Tonight!
Have you been an SFBC member less than a year? New members are invited to join us
tonight (Tuesday, December 16th) from 6:30-7:15pm at SFBC HQ (995 Market St, Ste 1550) to learn about the SFBC advocacy,
education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get easily
involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly 10,000 member strong SF bike advocacy
organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to Tessa@sfbike.org
or 415-431-2453 (BIKE) x301.
Did You Win a Winterfest Auction?
If you won something in a Winterfest auction, you should have heard from us last week. Last week we contacted all silent and art auction winners by email (check your spam filter just in case) and phone with a final tally for your winnings. All items must be picked up at the SFBC office before the holidays. The office will be open from 10am-6pm Monday through Friday until December 23rd. Bring your yellow "paid" slip with you to claim your goodies. If you need to arrange another time for pick up please contact jodie or call 415-431-2453 x305.
Thanks to the 1,100 attendees who joined us for a festive and successful 13th annual Winterfest member
party and fundraiser. Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 6, 2009 for the 14th Annual Winterfest!
SFBC Outreach Training is Tonight!
Interested in volunteering to do SFBC outreach at events all over town--like Bike to Work Day '09,
races, festivals, and SFBC Service Stations? Then, this training is a must! We'll discuss
strategies to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! Join us tonight from 7:30-8:30pm
at SFBC HQ, 995 Market St, Ste 1550, for this informative workshop.
Contact Tessa@sfbike.org to RSVP.
Volunteer with the SFBC in 2009!
Are you making a New Years resolution to volunteer more in 2009? Do it at the SFBC! Behind the scenes,
SFBC volunteers keep our office running smoothly by entering campaign data, making membership
packets, helping out with mailings, and uplifting our spirits! Do you have a few weekday hours
to spare to help the bike movement in this essential way?
Urge President-Elect Obama to Support Biking
Yes We Can help wean our nation off of its oil dependence. Yes We Can promote a greener, healthier way of life. Yes We Can--if we convince President-Elect Obama to promote biking. Support this excellent effort--spearheaded
by a tireless SFBC member/volunteer--to get biking higher on the incoming Administration's agenda.
Click here and vote for bikes!
(We're in 36th place and need 800+ votes to move bikes into the second round.)
Announcing: Streetsblog San Francisco
We're very excited to announce that the Open Planning Project (TOPP) will be launching Streetsblog San Francisco in January 2009 with Bryan Goebel, an active SFBC-member, as the site's editor and Matthew Roth, also an SFBC member, as the full-time reporter. We're excited that this smart and successful blog promoting livable streets is coming to our fair city as a premier source for news and analysis of transportation, urban planning and environmental policy issues and will help us shine some much-needed light on the problems and potential of San Francisco streets. Read the full story here.
Video: Riding in the Rain
Some people think that riding in the rain 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! Let this short video help you get out on the road when the weather leaves you feeling home-bound.
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