SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 3, 2009
"When I rode Velib for the first time in Paris shortly after its launch in 2007, the system was intuitive and the bicycle stations were everywhere (approximately 300 meters between each). As a tourist with minimal French, I had no problem activating the system with my credit card and pedaling my way through the lovely streets of that fair city."
-- Matthew Roth, SF Streetsblog, The Impending Failure of San Francisco's Pilot Bike Share Program, January 29, 2009
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Help Win The Big 56 for Bikes this Spring! Join us Feb. 17
Our most important campaign is upon us and we need your help to win it. The EIR on the Bike Plan should be complete by this Spring, which means 56 bike improvement projects--and more--will be up for approval by City decision-makers. Just because a bike lane or bike parking project is listed in the Bike Plan, doesn't mean the City will go ahead and implement it. We need your help these next few months to help win all of these projects. We will be feverishly gathering signatures and gaining neighbor and business support to make sure that all 56 projects of the Bike Plan get approved.
We simply cannot do this without the help of our 10,000 members. If you want new bike lanes, if you want safer streets, if you're frustrated by the 2-year
stall in bike improvements -- Join us now to win The Big 56 for Bikes!
Mark your calendars for an important all-member meeting and kick-off for The Big 56 for Bikes campaign on Tuesday, February 17th (at 6:30pm) at the First Baptist Church (22 Waller Street at Octavia/Market). Find out how easy it is to get involved and leave with concrete tasks to help win more bike lanes. Even if you only have 30 minutes a week, or an hour a month, every little bit will count to win this campaign. It'll be a big push to get all 56 projects approved and legislated by Bike to Work Day, but we know we can do it with your help. Now is the time for you to get involved and help us with The Big 56 For Bikes--our biggest push yet for bike lanes and safety projects.
SF Takes Baby Step Towards Bike Sharing
Last week, Mayor Newsom announced
that San Francisco will join over 100 cities
in starting a bike sharing program to promote more short trips around the city by bike. SF's proposal consists of a small
50-bike pilot project, which is expected to grow into a citywide program. While we appreciate and share the Mayor's
enthusiasm for bike sharing, we have reservations about how such a small-scale program can prove itself properly. The
success of other bike share programs has been based on broad coverage of bikes, so that users can easily pick up and
replace bikes. Plans to create a dense, citywide Bike Share program in San Francisco should not rest solely on the
workings of this small-scale pilot program. We look at the success of the highly
praised Velib' Bike-Sharing Program,
which owes its success to the initial investment of 10,000 bikes at 750 stations, as the right model for San Francisco.
Stay tuned for more on bike sharing.
Friday the 13th, The Perfect Day for Love!
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 watch hot cyclists pair up in a live version of the original 70's-style Dating Game and see why Love on Wheels won the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay! Win fabulous date-y raffle prizes, get your photo taken in the rickshaw photobooth and shake a leg with DJ Laron (Chillin Productions) and Jamie Jams (Debaser): sfbike.org/love. Free for SFBC members (with membership card); $10 non-members (or free if you join the SFBC).
Give the Sweetest Valentine of All: SFBC Gift Membership
Show your love this Valentine's Day with an SFBC Gift Membership for your sweetie. Not only will they love your thoughtful gift (healthy, ecological and economical), but an SFBC Gift Membership will give back to YOU all year long, making your city more livable and bikeable. Now that is a valentine gift worth giving! Gift Memberships start at just $35 and come with a special card noting your gift, in addition to all the excellent benefits of standard membership--including the latest bike news, a San Francisco bike map, discounts at 45 local and online businesses, and all the SFBC member perks you love. Use our quick and secure online form at sfbike.org/join_renew or contact Tessa@sfbike.org or 415-431-2453 x301 to place orders with special instructions. Order by this Friday, February 6 to ensure Cupid's timely delivery.
Is your Valentine already an SFBC Member? Make a Special Gift to the SFBC in their honor
in an amount that is significant to you ($25, $50, $100, $500) and they will see how much you care
everytime they ride: sfbike.org/specialgift.
Valentines and Lance Armstrong!
SFBC Volunteers are the best in town. Join in on the fun and give back to a cause you love and believe in! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with either of these events.
SFBC Service Station: Thursday February 5, 5-7pm, Fox Plaza. The SFBC Service Station will be out at Fox Plaza with ready made valentines to send to the MTA. Stop by and pick one up to tell the MTA how much you love your bike network!
Tour of California: Monday February 16, 7:15-10:30am. You do not want to miss the Tour of California when it rolls
through! The SFBC will be out parking bikes and spreading the word about our work. Are you a trained SFBC outreach volunteer
or interested in parking bikes?
Thursday: One Day for Two Regional Bike Issues
1. Bikes onboard Caltrain:
This Thursday, Caltrain staff will reveal their proposal to address longstanding problems with the regional rail line's otherwise exemplary bicycle bring-along service at the Caltrain board of directors' meeting. We've tried to collaborate on the planning process (heck, we got tired of asking and we developed our own plan) but Caltrain staff has been quite coy and are making us wait until Thursday to learn about their proposal. We've heard they might be recommending a one-bike-car recommendation that would mean Bombardier cars with no seats downstairs, only bike racks. This option would amount to a "stand or steal" choice -- sit where you can't see your bike and hope that it's still there when you get off, or stand next to your bike the whole way. It may also lead to delays if people are tempted to lock their bikes to the rack to keep them secure--imagine trying to find the person who locked their bike on top of yours as the train pauses at your destination station!
We're hoping for an excellent proposal for fixing bikes onboard
Caltrain, but good news or bad we'll
be there for the Caltrain Board meeting--contact BikesOnBoard@sfbike.org and
let us know if you can make it, and see the BIKES ONboard
page for more information. Details: Thursday, Feb. 5, 10am, 1250 San Carlos Ave,
San Carlos (just a couple of blocks from the San Carlos station)
2. Bike Access on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge:
Pedal from Berkeley to Fairfax? Sure thing, if we get the Richmond-San Rafael
bridge fixed for self-propelled modes, and we're tantalizingly close. At a public hearing on Thursday, the Bay Conservation and
Development Commission will receive a briefing from Caltrans on the
issue of whether the Richmond-San Rafael
Bridge can safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian access. The public is invited to join the SFBC, the Marin County
Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, SF Bay Trail Project, and Bay Area Bicycle Coalition in encouraging Caltrans
to allow for public access on the upper deck of the bridge. The public will be given an opportunity to comment. The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge item will follow what is expected to be a lengthy hearing about the potential expansion of San Quentin. If you can attend the meeting to speak in favor of public access on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, please email
Deb Hubsmith. Details: Thursday, February 5, 1pm SF Ferry Building, Port of SF Board Room, 2nd Floor
SFBC Hiring: Director of New Great Streets Campaign
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) is seeking a highly motivated and talented individual to serve in a new position
of Director of the San Francisco Great Streets Campaign. This is an exciting, new collaboration being launched by the SFBC
and partner organizations to promote safer, more livable streets and public places. The Director will collaborate with
community leaders, neighborhood groups, businesses, and city agencies to advocate for and win great walking spaces, safe bike space,
and less motor vehicle traffic. To view the full job description,
see the SFBC's jobs page. And please
forward this listing to great people you know.
SFBC Seeks a Tube Times Editor
Are you interested in lending your extraordinary professional talent to our Tube Times newsletter? The Tube Times is
moving to a new, quarterly schedule and we are looking for a talented and energetic editor who will oversee 4 issues/year from
planning to the printer. The Editor will help with brainstorming article ideas, writing a story or two, working with the production designer, and managing volunteer writers! Knowledge of Mac platform and Adobe Indesign and flexible to come into our office for periodic. If you have professional experience or know someone who is bike-friendly
and would be interested in this position, please forward to them. Small stipend is available. Questions or general interest?
Eight Interns needed 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!
Video: Green Wave or Retiming Signals for Bike Speeds
Our good friends at Streetfilms made a short film about re-timing signals for bike speeds (or Green Wave) on Valencia Street. Retiming signals not only improves bicycle speeds, but results of a SF MTA study in October 2008 confirmed that synchronizing traffic signals for 12 mph (an ideal speed for bicycles) would increase actual traffic speeds during peak car commute periods by as much as 3.5 minutes. Read the full Valencia Street Green Wave Project story on the SF Streetsblog site.
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