SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 3, 2009
"I think the cumulative effect of the work that we plan to do, even in the first few months, will be noticeable to everyone. It's a big deal."
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Judge Delays Decision on Lifting Injunction
SF Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch heard arguments yesterday morning on the City's request to dissolve the Bike Plan injunction that has prevented San Francisco from implementing any physical improvements for bicycle transportation since June 2006. No decision was taken; instead, Judge Busch has asked for both sides to bring him written arguments by Nov. 12 on the notion of lifting the injunction conditionally and obliging the City to take out any improvements it makes in the (very unlikely) event that the EIR is found to be flawed when that larger ultimate question (a full legal examination of the EIR and process that produced it) is taken up in the spring. Judge Busch also asked the City to present a list of bike-positive work it could implement in the months between now and the Spring hearing on the Bike Plan and its EIR. Read more at Streetsblog, and keep your eye on the sfbike.org for the latest news in this most important story.
SFSU Gets a New Bike Path
Just in time for SF State University's Bike to School Day on Wednesday, the University has a new bike path to celebrate. The path connects the Citywide Bike Network with the middle of campus. This path is located on state property, and was therefore not subject to the court injunction that has held up other bike projects across the city. The SF Bicycle Coalition works closely with students and faculty of San Francisco State to ensure quality bike access on the streets leading to campus, as well as working to secure quality, secure bike parking on campus as well. Read more about the new path at SF Streetsblog.
The Bicycle Advocacy Group at SF State University is organizing Bike to School Day tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 4, to promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun way to get to campus. If you attend SFSU, be sure to join the SFSU Bicycle Advocacy Group email list!
Environmental Review to Become More Bike Friendly
There's exciting news this week on the environmental review front, potentially a big win for better biking and more sustainable streets in San Francisco and across the state. The California Natural Resources Agency released a revised draft of proposed amendments to the state's CEQA Guidelines - the rules for how projects are evaluated for environmental impacts. The revisions include almost all the reforms the SF Bicycle Coalition has asked for, which would make it easier to implement bike lanes and other bike improvements.
Winterfest: Folders and Xtracycles and Road Bikes - Oh My!
Love bikes? Love great deals on all sorts of bike gear? Love beer, entertainment, and art? If your answers are "Yes, Yes and Yes", then we hope to see you at the 14th Annual Winterfest on Sunday, December 6th (6-10:30pm). Winterfest is the best place to get the perfect brand-new two-wheeled wonder and any other bike gear you've been fantasizing about below retail prices -- and all proceeds from the Winterfest auction support our work to get much-needed bike improvements on SF streets! Check out the Winterfest auction catalog as it grows and grows over the next 4 weeks.
Leading the Way Towards Smoother Roads
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign volunteers have chalked up a number of wins towards smoother streets and are working on a number of initiatives to keep the bike network at a consistently higher quality. We are working with the City's transportation and public works agencies to not only fix specific hazards, but to prioritize portions of the bike network for resurfacing and maintenance. Our recent successes and initiatives include:
Join the Bike Buddies Next Saturday, Nov. 14
Every month, the SF Bicycle Coalition's team of Bike Buddies hit the street to acquaint new riders with common or challenging bike commute routes in San Francisco with a Route Ride. On Saturday, Nov. 14, learn the best routes from downtown to the Western Addition, highlighting McAllister Street. New riders are encouraged to join this fun and mellow ride. Heavy rain cancels. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Looking for tips and tricks to make commuting by bike even easier? Ask questions and exchange helpful tips and advice with other cyclists on the SF Bike Coalition's Bike Buddy Forum.
Volunteer at the Green Festival and Get Free Admission!
The SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting complimentary bike valet at the Green Festival November 13-15, and when you volunteer as an outreach volunteer or bike valet, you will receive a free ticket to the festival (a $15 value)! Sign up for a shift by going to sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_gf.
Video: San Francisco Walks to School
October 7 marked International Walk to School Day as well as San Francisco's successful launch of the Safe Routes to School Program, aimed at increasing street safety around schools and the number of students riding bikes and walking. Schools like Longfellow Elementary are now encouraging a safer, healthier community for their children. See the video here.
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