SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 10, 2009
"[The Good Roads ride] is just one more way to enhance this essential element of Lenore's life. In her words, 'Riding is really part of what I do.'"
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Market Street Feedback Needed Today
Today is the six-week mark of the Market Street transportation trials. The SF Municipal Transportation Agency and its city agency partners will be evaluating the forced turns at 6th and 8th Streets to decide whether to continue, modify or scrap them going forward. If you haven't already -- and even if you have -- now is the perfect time to tell the City what you think. Please send in your feedback, even if you do not bike on Market Street; we want the City to hear from people who walk, take transit, catch cabs and drive on the street too! This historic project is one that the SF Bike Coalition's Great Streets Project has worked hard to help launch. Keep it moving forward by giving your feedback today.
Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the corner of Market and 8th Streets to enjoy the street's first Green Pod, a greened public seating area. Yes, seating on Market Street! The Great Streets Project has posted photos of the pod here. More of these pods will be unveiled on Market in the coming months. Finally, if you weren't able to see him speak in person, be sure to check out our online interview with Tim Tompkins, head of the NYC Times Square Alliance. Learn what it took to turn Times Square into a great public plaza, and what we can learn from the project to help Market Street and other areas of the city.
Winterfest: Let the Good Times Roll, Dec. 6
The hottest SF Bicycle Coalition event is right around the bend. Mark your calendar, tell your friends, and head on down to the 14th Annual Winterfest member party, auction and fundraiser at SOMArts Gallery on Sun., Dec. 6th. Come ready to get the best deals in town on bikes, bike goodies, fun bike-themed art and gift certificates for local favorites.
The party needs you:
Bring your membership card to the party for quick entry. Misplaced your member card? Fill out the online replacement card form to get a new card mailed to you today!
Get in Free to 2 Events with the SF Bike Coalition
The SF Bike Expo is back and better than ever with a BikeStyle Fashion Show, BMX Stunt Show, Low Rider Bike Competition, Custom and Vintage Bicycle Show, Bike Swap and more! More information about the Bike Swap is available at sfbikeexpo.com. Sat., Nov. 21, 10am-6pm, Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City.
There are two ways to get into the SF Bike Expo FREE with the SF Bike Coalition:
The Green Festival - The SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting complimentary bike valet at the Green Festival this weekend, November 13-15, and when you volunteer as an outreach volunteer, 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.
Fort Mason "Pinch Point" Fix on the Way
A long-standing nuisance/hazard for bike traffic on the northern waterfront Bay Trail is finally getting a fix. The infamous Fort Mason "Pinch Point" (at Marina Blvd and Laguna St.) is being addressed by the National Park Service -- construction work has already begun and should last 10-14 days. The improvement project will cut back a low wall and relocate the light pole for safer pedestrian and bicycle passage; during construction, the entrance to the Fort Mason Great Meadow at Marina Blvd will be closed. This essential fix is happening thanks to funding from the Association of Bay Area Government's Bay Trail Project, National Park Service, Trails Forever and three bicycle rental companies (Blazing Saddles, Bike and Roll, and Bay City Bikes). For more information, download this project information sheet.
Presidio Coastal Trail Improvements
The National Park Service is seeking your comments on a proposal to improve three miles of the California Coastal Trail within the Presidio by creating an accessible, multi-use trail from the southwestern end of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Baker Beach area and multi-use access to the Golden Gate Bridge from Merchant Road. The Park Service will be hosting an open house (November 17th, 4-7pm) and "walks and talks" to showcase the project. Learn more about the project, events and how to submit comments.
Video: San Francisco's 350 Climate Action
On October 24, climate activists in 180 countries around the world enacted demonstrations stressing the need for climate action revolving around the number 350 -- the level of atmospheric CO2 parts per million many scientists believe to be the point at which climate change will spiral out of control. In San Francisco, 350 bicycle riders dressed in scuba gear and other costumes and traveled through neighborhoods where sea levels are predicted to rise and submerge the land. See the Streetfilms video here.
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