SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 17, 2009
November 17, 2009
"The benefit to Portland for getting 25% of all trips onto bikes was greater than the benefit offered by any of those comparable investments."
Table of Contents
The best kind of inspiration comes on a bike!
Bike Injunction Relief in Sight
SF Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch's decision on the Bike Plan Injunction could come at any time and the SF Bicycle Coalition is eagerly standing by. As we reported last week, the court heard arguments on Nov. 2 at the City's request to dissolve the injunction that has prevented San Francisco from implementing any physical improvements for bicycle transportation since June 2006. No decision was taken on Nov. 2; instead, Judge Busch 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 environmental impact report is found to be flawed when a full legal examination of it is taken up in the Spring. On November 6, the City also presented a list of bike-positive work it could implement in the months between now and the Spring hearing. Read more at Streetsblog and at the NY Times.
Two Hot Winterfest Artists: David Byrne and Dave Eggers
We're thrilled to announce David Byrne (yes, of the Talking Heads) and Dave Eggers as two of this year's artists in our 14th Annual Winterfest member party, art show, auction and fundraiser. Take a peek at the complete list of artists, plus preview the growing auction catalog of bikes, gear, local attractions, gift certificates and get-a-ways.
This is a home-grown fundraising event. We can't do it without you! The SFBC needs 250+ volunteers to make the event a success! Give us a hand and get in free -- visit sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_wf and sign up for a volunteer shift today.
Get into the Bike Expo for Free
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 is available at sfbikeexpo.com. It takes place this Sat., Nov. 21, 10am-6pm, Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City.
There are two ways that you can get into the SF Bike Expo FREE with the SF Bike Coalition:
Speak Up for Caltrain Bikes Onboard Today
Caltrain's rail-plus-bicycle service has been a huge success for the Peninsula rail line but one which still needs serious planning and operational attention to maintain and grow. Caltrain is updating their Short-Range Transit Plan (Fiscal Year 2009-2018) but they don't seem to be planning for bikes onboard going forward. This is a serious omission as there's insufficient bike capacity right now! If you ride Caltrain with your bike, or you've given up riding because you're tired of getting bumped, be sure to take action today and let them know they need to plan for bikes onboard for the current service as well as electrified trains. See our Caltrain BIKES ONboard page for more information.
Market Street Trials Keep Moving
Your comments are being heard! As the SF Chronicle reported, the forced turns for private cars from Market Street at 8th and 6th are still in effect after the six-week check in point. The SF Municipal Transportation Agency and its partner agencies are listening to your comments and figuring out next steps for the project. Look for announcements from them in the coming weeks.
Help Save $50 Million in Funding for Safe Routes to Transit
$50 million in funding for the region-wide Safe Routes to Transit program is in jeopardy and the Bay Area Bike Coalition needs your help. Safe Routes to Transit funds ensure that biking and walking riders have safe access to the region's transit systems. Funds have been used to improve the 16th Street and Balboa Park BART Stations, as well as the hundreds of electronic lockers throughout the system. Some of the recently approved projects in the SF Bike Plan are depending on this funding source, but the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) which oversees the program is thinking of cutting the $50 million the SF and Bay Area Bike Coalitions fought so hard for. Go to the Bay Area Bike Coalition website and sign the petition urging the MTC to keep the funding right now!
New iPhone App Tracks Your Rides to Improve Biking
The SF County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) released a new CycleTracks iPhone app that maps and gathers important data on your bike rides. Download the app from the iTunes Store and data about how and where you ride in San Francisco can be used to better represent cyclist needs in planning. The program lets you track statistics like speed, distance, elevation, and create a map of your ride using GPS on your iPhone. If you choose to, you can submit that data to SFCTA anonymously and help planners better understand and serve the needs of San Francisco cyclists. Download CycleTracks today and be entered to win a $50 iTunes gift card! Read the full story on SF Streetsblog.
Video: Bicycling is UP Again in the Big Apple
Did you know that San Francisco has seen a whopping 53% increase in the number of people riding bicycles since 2006? Around the country, more and more people are giving the two wheeled wonder a try. On the East Coast, New York has also seen a huge jump in ridership. Watch the Streetfilms video here.
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