SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 27, 2009
"I think the judge made a wise decision. I think he pointed out some very fair points that the city did not make a strong case and did not show evidence that their proposal would make the intersection safer."
-- Leah Shahum, SFBC Executive Director, Market/Octavia Bike Lane Will Stay for Now, SF Streetsblog, January 22, 2009
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Looking for a little green?
Victory at Market/Octavia. But We're Not Done Yet!
We cheered at Thursday's decision by Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch to reject the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) proposal to remove a bike lane and protective barrier at the notoriously dangerous Market and Octavia intersection. Thanks to the more than 200 bicyclists, as well as state and local officials, who came out to rally with the SFBC to save the Market and Octavia Bike Lane -- the bike voice was heard!
While we're excited that the bike lane and concrete safety barrier will stay intact for now, this intersection needs legitimate safety improvements, as an unacceptable number of collisions continue to occur there. The SFBC and City leaders are urging the MTA to implement improvements in the Planning Department's Upper Market Community Plan, which recommends colored, raised bike lanes and an extension of the concrete safety barrier. And we're pushing the MTA to seek police enforcement for the motorists making the illegal right turn and are redoubling our efforts at both the state and local levels to get camera enforcement to curb the illegal right turns.
A big shout-out to everyone who rallied for a better Market and Octavia--our 10,000-member strong voice is being
heard loud and clear. Please stay tuned for what's next and find out more about the rally and Judge's decision
(including news articles, and our press release) at www.sfbike.org/octavia.
New from 311: Report Potholes Online
Is your winter riding hampered by new potholes? Now you can get road problems fixed even easier with the City's new 311 services online. It's quick and easy to report potholes and other surface defects online, and it's easier for the SFBC to make sure they get fixed. You can access the Street Defect reporting page here, or start from sfgov.org/311 to see all services.
Important: You can always report anonymously, but in order for the SFBC to track the City's progress on addressing cyclists' pavement concerns, please create an account and use "SFBC" as your last name. We get monthly reports and work closely with the Department of Public Works to make sure repairs are done fast and well. Visit our Good Roads Page for more information, or email Neal if you have questions about how to use this new system. Of course you can still dial 311 from your phone to report potholes.
And put your pothole-detection skills to test on our monthly fun-filled Good Roads Ride on February 7th.
Meet in the Panhandle at the statue on Fell and Baker at 10am with a group lunch to follow at around noon.
Visit our Good Roads Page for more
Cupid Targets Bicyclists at SFBC's Love on Wheels
The only dating game for bicyclists--the SFBC's Love on Wheels--is back for another great year of bikes, love, and bike love on Friday, February 13, 6-10pm at Rickshaw Stop. Come see why Love on Wheels won the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay! Watch hot cyclists pair up and win fabulous date-y raffle prizes: sfbike.org/love. See the Love on Wheels video. Free for members (with membership card); $10 non-members (or free if you join the SFBC).
Be a contestant! Just like on TV: Real-life bike bachelors and bachelorettes quiz a blind panel to select a date and pedal off to hip local spots courtesy of our fabulous sponsors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be a contestant and tell us which way your wheels spin: Boy-Boy; Girl-Girl; Girl-Boy (boy-for-girl category is now full). Only SFBC members can be contestants.
Too shy for the stage, but you want to help out? There are lots of ways you can volunteer: Help at the door, sell raffle tickets or merch, or valet bikes! All Love on Wheels volunteers receive a complimentary movie pass from our friends at the Balboa Theater. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_love
Help Spread the word! Print a poster (pdf)--or a few!--for
your break room, favorite cafe and bar!
All-Member Meeting Feb. 17: Important Kick-Off to Win Bike Lanes
At long last, the environmental impact report (EIR) for the SF Bicycle Plan is approaching completion and the injunction which has stopped physical improvements for bicycle traffic in the city since June 2006 is nearing its end. But just because the Bike Plan will soon be re-adopted, spelling out 56 great bike network projects, doesn't mean the City will go ahead and implement these improvements quickly, or at all. We'll need your grassroots help and energy to move all 56 Bike Network projects forward.
All SFBC members are urged to come out for this important all-member meeting and kick-off event
on Tuesday, February 17th (6:30pm) at the First Baptist Church of San Francisco, 22 Waller Street
(at Octavia/Market). Come to the meeting and find out how easy it is to get involved and leave with concrete things you can do to help win more bike lanes! We're pushing to get all 56 projects approved and legislated by Bike to Work Day, but we won't be able to do that without your help. This is the moment for you to get involved and help us with our biggest push yet for bike lanes. Mark February 17 on your calendar and join the Bike Network 2009 Campaign to win more bike lanes!
Be a Part of the Movement: Volunteer with the SFBC
Volunteers are the heart of the SFBC! Become part of our awesome team of dedicated members/volunteers:
First Tuesday Treehouse Talks
On the first Tuesday of each month, join us at the SFBC HQ--or the Treehouse as we fondly call it--when we host lectures, presentations, and panels on engaging "livable city" issues and topics. Next Tuesday, (February 3rd) join us for:
Regional Bike Advocacy and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition: Bicycle advocacy is usually a
local thing, but there are definitely issues that span the Bay Area region, like cross-bay bridge
access, bike service on regional transit, and regional funding sources for bike projects (big bucks indeed).
Learn more about the issues and add your voice to a regional vision for bicycling as
the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition presents its
draft plan for the next three years and gets your ideas for regional goals and advocacy to make the
Bay Area a model bikeable region. Everyone is welcome. Bicycle parking in the office (bring your bikes
up in the elevator). 6:30pm, SFBC HQ, 995 Market St (at 6th)
Seeking Interns for Bike to Work Day
Both the SFBC and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition are seeking interns to help promote make year's Bike to Work Day (Thursday May 14th). Get great hands-on experience working for a bike cause you believe in! For more information visit sfbike.org/btwdinterns and/or bayareabike.org.
CCSF Bikery Offers Class On All Things Bike
Interested in the mechanics of the bicycle? Like the idea of learning in a hands-on shop? Imagining a world without cars?
No toxic fumes, no obesity--just the quiet whirr of the freewheel? Sign up for City College of San Francisco's new class,
Business Work Experience (The Bikery) WKEX 805 (CRN 33007) a one-unit class focusing on all things bicycle--cycling
history; cycling laws and safety; bicycle advocacy; and a significant amount of hands-on time at City College's own
bike kitchen, the Bikery. Lecture every Monday from 1-2:30pm at the Ocean Campus; students will log hours in the
Bikery at their convenience.
Sign up online: www.ccsf.edu/AR (it's under work experience-business).
The last day to add classes is January 30th!
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