SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 24, 2009
"How am I going to teach my daughter to bike to the park if it's not safe to get there?"
-- Cindy Asrir, City looks to make dangerous stretch of Masonic safer for cyclists, The Public Press, March 20, 2009
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Tired of getting all those parking tickets?
City Says Bike Plan Set for Spring Approval
Yesterday the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee heard an update from City agencies on the SF Bicycle Plan. How close are we to adopting the Plan, ending the injunction, and getting back to striping bike lanes? Good news: according to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, the Bike Plan EIR will be completed and the Bike Plan ready for adoption in June. And though it's still not certain how soon after the Bike Plan is adopted that the Superior Court will lift the injunction and permit the City to start installing bike racks and striping bike lanes, work is on track to wrap things up before Spring is over.
Thanks to Supervisor Sophie Maxwell for calling this important hearing and the more than two dozen SFBC members who came to the hearing to show their support.
While finishing the EIR and adopting the Bike Plan are key milestones, there's still a lot of work to do to gain the necessary support to win approval
of the Big 56 for Bikes as soon as the Bike Plan itself is adopted. Just because a project like bike lanes on Second Street, or Seventeenth Street,
or Point Lobos, or Illinois Street is listed in the Bike Plan doesn't mean the city will approve it. After more than 1,000+ days of delay we simply cannot wait any longer for these crucial Bike Network improvements. If you're not already a Big 56 for Bikes
campaign member, join a
Big 56 committee today and help us win our biggest ever campaign.
Show SFBC Pride by Volunteering for Sunday Streets
Sunday Streets is back for another year with six (yes, six!) scheduled dates for miles and miles of car-free fun in the streets from April through September. Last year thousands of people came out for two Sunday Streets events and we expect an even bigger turnout this year. The SFBC worked with the Mayor's Office and a coalition of groups including Shape UP SF Coalition, Livable City, YMCA and many others to launch the first successful Sunday Streets events. We're excited it's back for another year and will visit so many different neighborhoods to open streets and encourage people of all ages to take to the streets and play. Watch this Streetfilms video of last year's Sunday Streets.
The SFBC is proud to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets this year! Help make
Sunday Streets happen as volunteer staff. Volunteer shifts are about three hours, so you will have plenty of time to play AND volunteer!
A free lunch and t-shirts are provided to all volunteers, and there is a special treat for any volunteer who helps on five dates or more. To sign
up to volunteer and for more information about dates and routes,
go to: sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html.
Let Your Bike Love Shine as an SFBC Volunteer
Are you trained in SFBC Outreach and want to volunteer at these upcoming events? Email Tessa@sfbike.org to sign up!
...And, Bike to Work Day volunteer shifts are filling up fast! Sign up now
to ensure you get your favorite volunteer spot.
You're Invited: SFBC Healthy Saturdays Kick-Off Picnic
Join SFBC staff and members--and all park fans--on Saturday, April 4th (noon to 2pm) for a casual picnic in Golden Gate Park's 14th Ave E Picnic Area (just west of the Rose Garden) to kick-off another six months of Healthy Saturdays. The SFBC spent years working with a broad coalition of groups to win this car-free space. Learn more about the SFBC's successful work on Healthy Saturdays here.
We'll be celebrating this family-friendly, car-free victory in the park with
Freedom from Training Wheels for
the kids, and for the adults? Good ol' lounging and chatting with other awesome SFBC members. Bring a frisbee, or a blanket, and some snacks or
drinks to share at this potluck picnic. A great chance to meet the SFBC staff (new and old) and oodles of SFBC members. This is a very
child friendly event. We hope to see you there! Rain cancels.
Hand Over Your Old Bike Gloves
It's time to gather up your old bike gloves and give them a new home by participating in the SFBC's Bike Glove Drive on March 31 from 5-7pm. The SFBC will be
collecting your used bike gloves at our SFBC Service Station at Cesar Chavez and Valencia St. and then donating them to the Department of Public Health
for use in clinics and senior centers for wheelchair and walker users. It's okay if the fingers are frayed, so long as the padding is intact. Spread the
word! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SF Chronicle Launches Bike About Town
The SFBC and talented member-volunteers have been writing an every-other weekly bike-friendly column "Bike About Town" in the San Francisco Chronicle's 96 Hours calendar insert which appears on Thursday's.
Past columns featured finding bike love in Low-carbon dating: Biking gets hearts racing and hill-loving cyclists in Cyclists who hit the high spots and how to get your dusty old bike out of your storage unit and into the bike lane in Prepping your bike for Spring.
Check out the latest Bike About Town this Thursday.
Video: Streetfilms on L.A.'s Bus Rapid Transit and Bike Path
Streetfilms visited L.A. to make a film about the best Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system
in the U.S. -- yes, that's right L.A.!
What makes L.A.'s system so great? For starters, it features a dedicated roadway that cars may not enter, has a pre-board payment system so buses load quickly and efficiently and transports passengers fast - sometimes at speeds approaching 55 mph! But that's not all. The corridor also boasts a world class bike and pedestrian path which runs adjacent to the BRT route for nearly its entire length, giving users an way to bike to transit. Each station has bike amenities, including bike lockers and racks, and all the buses feature racks on the front that accommodate up to three bikes.
Perhaps the biggest problem is its soaring success -- A formerly 81 minute trip now takes 44-52 minutes --that's over an hour
in round-trip savings! Watch the fabulousness here.
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