SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 24, 2009
"The mission is very simple. We need to get the seven members of the MTA board of directors to say yes to all 56 network improvement projects by May 14th."
Andy Thornley, SFBC Program Director, Big Kick-Off for SFBC's "Big 56" Campaign, SF streetsblog, February 18, 2009
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Turn your unwanted goods into bike improvements.
Big 56 for Bikes Off To a Big Start
More than 170 people have joined our most important campaign of the year, The Big 56 for Bikes, to help win the 56 bike improvements that will be up for approval this Spring. Last week's SFBC meeting was buzzing with energized members ready to lead these important and exciting campaigns as project leaders spelled out the goals and tasks at hand. Check out coverage of the meeting on the SFBG Blog, Streetsblog, and CBS5.
Our campaign work has just begun and campaign-members will soon begin reaching out to neighborhood groups, gathering signatures, and gaining business support to make sure that all 56 projects of the Bike Plan get approved and implemented. It's not too late to join this campaign. If you want new bike lanes, if you want safer streets, if you're frustrated by the 2-year stall in bike improvements -- Join The Big 56 for Bikes campaign!
We need you to join us in this campaign, we simply cannot do this without the help of our 10,000 members. Visit our Big 56
for Bikes page to see where we need your help -- there is a bike project near
you wherever you live or work. If you don't have a strong neighborhood preference, consider volunteering campaign in one of the outerlying SF neighborhoods where there are many
important bike lanes planned. We need our 10,000 members to hit the streets and win support for the Big 56! Help us
win bike lanes, join the campaign today.
Join Neighbors For A better, More Bike-friendly Cesar Chavez
We're asking SFBC members to join your neighbors in shaping a better, healthier, more bike-friendly
Cesar Chavez Street! This design workshop, the third in a series, will
look at and discuss illustrations showing the preferred design, block
by block, from Hampshire Street to Guerrero Street, and offer an
opportunity for you to comment and help shape proposals from the
previous workshop for the reconfiguration of Cesar Chavez Street. See
diagrams and other background material, including summaries of past
workshops, at the Planning Department's Cesar Chavez Street Design site. This is an important effort launched by SFBC members and advancing forward with high expectations.
Workshop Details: Tue., Feb. 24th at 6:30pm, Leonard Flynn Elementary School, 3125 Cesar Chavez St (at Harrison)
Flex your SFBC Membership Muscle as a Volunteer
The Big 56 for Bikes:
The biggest campaign of 2009 needs YOU. The Big 56 for Bikes campaign still needs lots of supporters and we simply cannot do this
without the help of our 10,000 members. Now is the time to join us to win the Big 56 for Bikes! Sign-up today to help a
neighborhood at sfbike.org/56
Bike to Work Day: Seeking interns
Both the SFBC and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition are seeking interns to help make this year's Bike to Work Day (Thursday May 14th) a huge success. Get great hands-on experience working for a bike cause you believe in!
Treasure Island Bike Rack Design Competition
The SFBC is pleased to announce a bike rack design contest for San Francisco's Treasure Island. Put your design skills to use to create a functional and beautiful bike rack that incorporate the spirit of the Island. This contest is part of the SFBC's planning work for a pedestrian and bicycle-focused Treasure Island. Learn more about Treasure Island and the SFBC's role in shaping the future transportation network on our Treasure Island page.
Samples of the winning designs, will be fabricated this Spring and installed as soon as the Bike Plan injunction is lifted.
The photo at right is the winning design from a similar competition in New York City last Spring. Start doing
on Treasure Island and get designing today! Full details about the contest can also be found on
our Treasure Island page.
Contact Neal if you have any questions.
SFBC Celebrates New Bike Racks in SF Public Schools
On Thursday, the SFBC will celebrate the installation of new bike racks at public schools throughout the city and highlight the triumphant return of bikes in Physical Education after over a decade of absence. Join us this Thursday at 10am at Francisco Middle School (2190 Powell Street @ Francisco), when the SFBC, SF School District, Presidio YMCA, and the Department of Public Health hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bike racks and watch the next generation of bike commuters take part in a bike road-eo bike skills course, part of the the awesome new bike programs at Francisco Middle School.
Last June, the SFBC worked closely with SF's Board of Education to pass a resolution to create healthier and safer ways to get to school and encourage more students to ride bikes to school. To help the School District follow through on their commitment, the SFBC secured a generous $7,500 donation from the Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation to purchase racks for 8 schools.
If you are interested in encouraging more young bike commuters, you can help us mark the city's first Bike to
School Day on May 28th at BikeToSchoolDay.org
Meet Streetsblog at the SFBC's March Treehouse Talk
Come meet the folks from SF Streetsblog on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30pm during our
First-Tuesdays Treehouse Talk at the SFBC's office (995 Market Street, Suite 1550). Learn about the history of Streetsblog
and hear what is in store for the San Francisco edition. Welcome to all; bicycle parking in the
office (bring your bikes up in the elevator).
Is That a New Colored Bike Lane in Front of City Hall?!?
You may recall last month how hundreds of
bicyclists rallied to save the Market and Octavia bike lane and even demonstrated with temporary green chalk how a
colored lane could highlight the presence of cyclists to motorists in conflict zones. Well, we did a double take
when we noticed the Mayor has
decorated seven car parking spaces in front of City Hall with colored paint as his Green Vehicle Showcase.
Imitation must be the sincerest form of flattery, and we thank our 10,000+ members for showcasing the greenest vehicle
every day. If you didn't catch it, the
latest Tube Times cover
story on colored bike lanes shows how San Francisco has fallen behind other big cities that use colored pavement for
more than ornamental purposes, such as guarding the actual safety of its citizens.
Video: NYC Creates More Space for People
Watch this great video from Streetfilms showing
the transformation of New York City's Madison Square .
New York City's Department of Transportation created 45,000 square feet of public space by reconfiguring traffic patterns
and modifying the streetscape so that what used to be the longest pedestrian crossing in the city (equivalent to 2 football
fields to cross) is now a very popular public plaza (even in the middle of February!). Simply amazing.
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