SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 20, 2009
"Instead of speaking in terms of our interests, we need to look at it in terms of what's in it for people who don't bike. And there's a lot in it for local homeowners."
-- BikingInLA on promoting the benefits of bike boulevards, And Now, A Not-So-Simple Adjustment In Biking Infrastructure, Oct. 13, 2009
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Spend Some Time on Market Street this Friday
It's been three weeks now since the trial traffic changes began on Market St., and we are pleased to see that most of the feedback on this trial has been very positive. We encourage everyone who has traveled down Market to send feedback to the city - they need to hear what components are working well and how they might be able to manage the street even better in the coming weeks. We have heard that some of the intersections need a bit more direction of traffic and are working with the Municipal Transportation Agency to find quick solutions to these problems. If you have suggestions or concerns about Market St., let the City know!
Continuing on the path towards making Market St. more enjoyable, an exciting Art in Storefronts effort starts on Friday. Empty storefronts all along Market St. will be temporarily transformed during the coming weeks with art installations for all to enjoy, bringing some more vitality to the area. The San Francisco Arts Commission is unveiling this project with a free community celebration at 989 Market St. from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, October 23. Come and enjoy free music, art, and pick up a map to all the newly-transformed storefronts.
The Art in Storefronts project is one more component of the Better Market Street Project, and will take us one step further towards creating a better Market Street to travel and enjoy. Email for more information about these exciting initiatives and visit the Better Market Street page to find out what is in store for the future.
Speak Up Today for Extended Parking Meter Hours
Are you a business owner or other San Franciscan who sees the value in managing on-street parking better? Are you a regular Muni rider who's sick of footing the bill for someone else's cheap parking? Time to speak up for the SF Municipal Transportation Agency's Extended Parking Meter Hours Study (PDF), commissioned by the SFMTA Board last spring during their budget deliberations-- as Muni service was cut and fares were raised, parking rates were untouched, but at least the board called for a study. Donald Shoup, the foremost expert on parking, calls the Study's recommendation to extend parking meter hours 'pathbreaking' and we couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, pro-cheap parking forces and Mayor Newsom are already lining up to block this smart plan.
If the SFMTA hopes to acheive their ambitious goal (PDF) of cutting auto usage in half in 20 years, this is a key first step. If you are a business owner or other concerned citizen who can speak at the SFMTA Board meeting at 2:00 PM Tuesday (10/20), City Hall Room 400, item 14, come on down, we need you there! (And if you can't make it in person, or you're reading this after Tuesday, here's how to voice your opinion to the decisionmakers via email).
Lunchtime Talk: Lawn Chairs in Times Square? Pedestrian Plazas and the Public Realm
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and SPUR's Great Streets Project are proud to bring Tim Tompkins of the Times Square Alliance to San Francisco on Thursday, October 22nd at Noon at SPUR, 654 Mission Street. Almost overnight, Times Square in New York City has become a great place to sit and watch the world. Tim Tompkins is president of the business improvement district that manages the iconic New York space and will share the story of the ongoing trial of a new pedestrian plaza in Times Square, how business organizations can make the most of the public realm. Free to SPUR members, $5 for non-members. OK to bring lunch.
This Week: Gas-Free Friday Comes to North Point and Polk
All October-long the SF Bicycle Coalition will be celebrating Gas-Free Fridays. Help us promote this simple idea and together we can encourage more people to substitute one short car trip with a bicycle trip just one day a week. Local bike shops will also be providing free bike repair at our Energizer Stations all month long. A special thank you to Sightglass Coffee for providing coffee at last week's Energizer Station.
This Friday, October 23rd, pedal to North Point and Polk to "fuel up" with free coffee and snacks to get your day rolling with free bike maintenance from 8-10am. See the "Fuel Up" station locations for all the Gas-Free Fridays. Want to help spread the goodwill at Gas-Free Fridays? Email Kate or sign up to volunteer at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up.
Get Crafty for Winterfest with the SF Bicycle Coalition
Join the SFBC Quilting Bee
Call for Crafters!
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteers Have Happier, Healthier Lives!
Volunteer with the SF Bicycle Coalition and find out if what they say about volunteering is true!
Last Chance for Free Bike Ed Courses This Year
The SF Bicycle Coalition is pleased to offer three more free bike education courses during the last few months of 2009, including one at the Park Branch Library this Saturday. Learn the rules of the road and safe bicycling in traffic in our popular 4-hour Intro to Safe Cycling Course. This course is perfect for the new rider or the experienced rider who wants to feel more comfortable on the road. Visit our Bike Education Page for more information on the course and to sign up. The last three courses will be held at the Park Branch Library this Saturday, at the Noe Valley Ministries on Saturday November 7, and at the South Beach Harbor Community Room on Saturday December 5. Sign up today!
Video: Google's New Street View Trike
That's right - Google Maps "Bike There" directions are coming! And with the new Street View Trike, the folks at Google will be able to capture images of trails, campuses, and other areas inaccessible by car to make planning a bike trip easier for Google Maps users. If you have any suggestions, let them know about the bikeable areas you'd like to see on Google Street View.
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