SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 27, 2009
"It's really a thrill to be on Market Street without having to worry so much about car traffic."
--Andy Thornley, SF Bicycle Coalition Program Director, New direction for Market Street, SF Examiner, Oct. 22, 2009
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Market Street's Art Debut and Bright Future
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project organized a timely visit from Tim Tompkins of the Times Square Alliance in New York City last week. Tompkins spoke to groups of business, government and civic leaders about the trial pedestrian plazas currently being tested in Times Square and what lessons we can learn from the project for the Better Market Street trials currently underway in our own city. Last Friday, the City celebrated the opening of the Art in Storefronts component of the Better Market Street project, part of the package of placemaking items that our Great Streets Project has advocated for on Market Street. Be sure to check out the installations next time you ride on Market.
One of Tompkins' key messages was the importance of programming of newly car-free or car-lite spaces. The Better Market Street trials has a first round of programming initiatives. Send the City your ideas for programming ideas that go hand-in-hand with further improvements to the bicycling, walking and transit environment.
Court Hears City's Request to Lift Bike Plan Injunction
This Monday (Nov. 2, 9:30am) the SF Superior Court will hear the SF City Attorney's request to dissolve the injunction which has frozen all street improvements for bicycle traffic since June 2006. Following the late-June certification of the massive Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the Bike Plan, the adoption of the Bike Plan itself, and approval of 45 near-term bike network improvements, the City returned to court with a motion to lift the injunction on August 28. The City's motion will be heard in Judge Peter Busch's courtroom at the Civic Center Courthouse on McAllister St, and we'll be there. Judge Busch may issue a tentative ruling on Friday (Oct. 30), but no matter what, we'll keep you posted -- keep an eye on the SF Bicycle Coalition homepage for the latest developments.
This Week: Gas-Free Fridays at Market and Sixth Streets
All October the SF Bicycle Coalition has celebrated Gas-Free Fridays. Come out on the final Gas-Free Friday and help us promote this simple idea to 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 Fuel Up Station. A special thank you to Peet's Coffee for providing coffee at last week's Energizer Station. Want to help spread the goodwill at Gas-Free Fridays? Email Kate or sign up to volunteer at sfbike.org/vol_sign_upLead a commuter convoy to this Friday's station at Market and Sixth Streets to "fuel up" with free coffee and snacks to get your day rolling with free bike maintenance from 8-10am.
Extended Parking Meter Hours Study Brings Heat
Last week the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board heard an introductory presentation of the SFMTA's Extended Parking Meter Hours Study (PDF), commissioned by the SFMTA Board last spring during their budget deliberations, in which Muni service was cut and fares were raised while parking rates remained essentially untouched. But when the Board of Supervisors threatened to veto the budget, the SFMTA Board called for a study of parking meter hours. At last Tuesday's SFMTA Board meeting, about 50 people spoke for and against the study's recommendations to extend meter hours in several well-defined commercial corridors. While understandably controversial, it's an ultimately essential move towards making Muni a reliable and convenient transportation option, reducing the danger of traffic "cruising" for parking for the sake of safer bicycling, and rebalancing the inequitable state of encouraged cheap driving in a city with bold commitments for sustainable streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition will continue to work with transit and pedestrian advocates to properly balance SF's transportation revenue options. Read the SF Bicycle Coalition's letter to the SFMTA Board and send your own note of encouragement to them at MTABoard@sfmta.com.
Mark Your Calendar: 14th Annual Winterfest is Dec. 6th
You won't want to miss the best bike party of the year -- the SF Bicycle Coalition's Winterfest. Come and enjoy a fabulous local art show (all pieces on sale) plus an unrivaled silent and live auction complete with the hottest bikes, gear and oodles of gift certificates from your favorite restaurants and cultural institutions.
Or try your luck and enter the raffle for a chance to win a beautiful one-of-a-kind bike quilt. To top it off, the event includes New Belgium beer, music, photo booth, food carts and over 1,000 bike-friendly party-folk. And all of the proceeds from this fundraiser support the work of the SF Bicycle Coalition.
When: Sunday, December 6th from 6-10:30pm
Feeling crafty? Don't miss the Nov. 3rd Hands On Bicycle Craft Talk at the SF Bicycle Coalition office. Bring your creative energy and cycling enthusiasm and we'll share ideas and make several crafts using discarded bicycle parts and other scrap materials. Contact email@example.com if you have questions about the Craft Table at Winterfest or if you'd like to donate something!
The SF Bicycle Coalition needs over 100 volunteers to make this party happen. Volunteer your help in advance to distribute posters and prep auction materials or volunteer at the event doing everything from valet bike parking, silent auction monitoring and welcoming attendees. All volunteers receive complimentary admission to Winterfest and the undying thanks of the SF Bicycle Coalition. Sign up today to get the volunteer task of your choice by going to sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_wf.
Interested in Donating Your Art to Winterfest?
One of the most popular attractions at Winterfest is the local art show. Do you want to be one of the chosen Winterfest artists this year? The Winterfest art auction features 60+ works of art by some of the best emerging and established artists in the Bay Area. The Winterfest curators have left a couple of spots open for SF Bicycle Coalition member submissions. To have your art piece considered by the curators, please email a jpeg of the piece that you want to donate and include the dimensions, medium, and retail value along with your website and contact information. All work must be ready to hang and works on paper must be framed or mounted. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for committee review. The deadline for submissions is November 6th. Artists will be notified by November 16th.
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteers Have More Fun
Sign up to volunteer and get in on all the fun SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers have!
Volunteer for SFSU Bike to School Day
The Bicycle Advocacy Group at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is organizing Bike to School Day on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun way to get to campus. Volunteers are needed to make this the best Bike to School Day yet. Volunteer opportunities include flyering and doing streetside outreach the week before the event, valet bike parking during the day and leading a workshop on basic bike repairs. Interested in volunteering and promoting SFSU's Bike to School Day? Email email@example.com with questions or to volunteer.
Video: NYC DOT Explains Bike Lanes in the Big Apple
A growing use of innovative street designs is allowing bicyclists to feel safer than ever in American cities. Streetfilms showcases the NYC Dept. of Transportation's various ways of implementing dedicated and separated spaces to make bicyclist safety a priority. Watch the video here.
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