SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 8, 2009
"The good news is we didn't wait until today to get started... They've been out there putting in some new bike lanes and we're going to be putting in bike racks every single day."
-- Mayor Gavin Newsom, Mayor, MTA and Bike Activists Celebrate First New Bike Lane in Three Years, SF Streetsblog, December 3, 2009
Table of Contents
- Celebrating New Bike Lanes Across the City
- SF's First Separated Bike Lane
- SF Cyclists Make Winterfest a Blast
- Vote Today for SF Bike Coalition Board of Directors
- Volunteer to help a pedestrian study of Union Square
- Awesome New Limited Edition SFBC T-Shirt
- Give Thanks for the New Bike Improvements as a Volunteer
- Come to Our New Member Meet and Greet
- Hop on Your Bike for Our Christmas Lights Rides
- Video: What's a Bike Box?
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Celebrating New Bike Lanes Across the City
Just days after the SF Superior Court ruled to partially lift the three-year-old Bike Plan injunction that has prevented all physical improvements for bicycles in San Francisco, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency has raced to make bike improvements all over the City. Last Thursday, Bicycle Coalition staff and members welcomed Mayor Gavin Newsom, City leaders, neighborhood groups and business owners to officially unveil the City's first bike lane in more than three years along the popular "Wiggle" bike route at Scott and Oak streets and helped paint the first green-colored Bike Box (an advanced stop line that gives bicyclists priority waiting room in front of cars at stop lights) at that same intersection. The SFBC worked hard to encourage the City to quickly make additional bike improvements to the Wiggle, and the SFMTA delivered by putting in new "sharrows", new sidewalk bike racks, a temporary on-street bike parking corral for 16 bicycles (at Steiner and Waller streets), as well as improved bicycle way-finding signage (see our Flickr sets for photos of the new Scott St. Bike Lane and other improvements on the Wiggle!).
Quick on the heels of Scott St., the City striped two more of the ten projects given the green light from the court: Mississippi St. which fills a gap in the bike network in the lower Potrero area; and a bit of Howard St. that makes the intersection at 9th St. safer for bicycles. The City is moving quickly to finish the 10 court-okayed bike lanes in a few months and is committed to paint 75 miles of "sharrows", install hundreds of sidewalk bike parking racks, and to move forward with additional locations for innovations like the green bike box on Scott St., and the new separated bike lane on Market St. (see below).
Thanks to years of grassroots advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition and our members, we are pleased to see all our hard work in keeping the Bike Plan on track and getting the green light for 45 bike lanes finally visible on the streets! Stay tuned at sfbike.org for regular updates on what's coming next!
Check out these recent articles on the new bike projects:
"After Years SF Updates Bike Plan" KCBS
"Mayor, MTA and Bike Activists Celebrate First New Bike Lane in Three Years" SF Streetsblog
"SF Gets First Bike Lane in Three Years: Hand Out the Cigars" New York Times
"SF moves quickly on bike improvements" San Francisco Bay Guardian
SF's First Separated Bike Lane
Get on your bike and take a safer ride on Market Street! The SF Municipal Transportation Agency has erected soft hit posts on the north side of the block between 9th and 10th Streets, creating the city's first separated bike lane. The agency plans on transforming the lanes on Market from 8th to 12th Streets into separated paths in the next few weeks. This is a smart, easy way to experiment with separated bike facilities in San Francisco. The modification of the bike plan injunction has freed the SF Municipal Transportation Agency to pilot "innovations" like these. The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to see the city aggressively embracing the spirit of this part of the bike plan and we're working with the SFMTA to continue moving in this exciting new direction.
SF Cyclists Make Winterfest a Blast
More than 1,300 SF Bicycle Coalition members, bike supporters, generous sponsors, talented artists, and local politicians gathered at our 14th Annual Winterfest Auction, Art Show, Party and Fundraiser on Sunday and raised a glass to a momentous year for biking in San Francisco. SF Bicycle Coalition members had a lot to celebrate including 45 bike lane projects getting the green light, the launch of the historic Market Street trials and (most exciting!) the city's first new bike lanes and bikeway improvements in more than three years.
It was by far the biggest and best Winterfest party yet, featuring amazing silent and live auctions including 20 new bikes, bike gear, 60 pieces of local art and a raffle for the 2009 bicycle quilt composed by dozens of local artists and crafters. See images from the Winterfest photo booth and recap of the event on our website at sfbike.org/winterfest.
A big and special thank you to our 300 Winterfest volunteers who made it all happen (as always!). And a huge 10-sprocket salute to all our sponsors -- especially Winterfest Presenting Sponsor Rickshaw Bagworks and Big Wheel Sponsor New Belgium Brewery. Their generous financial support and dedication not only make Winterfest possible, but also help our work in making San Francisco streets safer and more comfortable for the more than 128,000 people who are biking regularly for transportation.
Thanks also to the local politicians who showed up to celebrate and support bike advocacy, including State Senator Mark Leno, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, City Treasurer José Cisneros, and BART board member Tom Radulovich.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for this important fundraiser and helped support our work for better biking in San Francisco. And congratulations to all the auction winners. Reminder: If you didn't take your auction item home with you, it MUST be picked up from the SF Bicycle Coalition Offices (995 Market St. #1550, at 6th St.) no later than Friday, Dec. 18. Our office is open Mon - Fri from 10am-6pm. Please call first or email Jodie to arrange for pick up at 415-431-2453 x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wondering if you've won an item? You should be receiving an email and/or call shortly -- hang tight while it's all sorted out.
Vote Today for SF Bike Coalition Board of Directors
Voting ends Friday in our important annual election for the Board of Directors of your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition -- please take a few minutes to vote today. We are proud to be one of the few large, member-based organizations that elects our Board of Directors through a member vote. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the SF Bike Coalition achieves its mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Their key roles include developing the strategic direction of the organization, overseeing our financial health, raising funds for our work, and representing the SFBC to SF's many communities.
Each year, half of the 15-member board is elected to two-year terms by our membership -- that's you. The Board of Directors has nominated a slate of candidates with a well rounded set of skills and backgrounds to support our organization, such as financial, planning, legal, non-profit governance and prior board experience. Although the slate process means this election is uncontested (except for write in candidates), your vote is an important signal of confidence in the Board. Please read the candidate statements and vote today. Voting ends this Friday, Dec. 11th.
Volunteer to help a pedestrian study of Union Square
The SF Great Streets Project is gathering important data for the Powell Street pedestrian trial, a component of the Better Market Street Project. This new trial will experiment with removing street parking to expand the pedestrian space. Help collect pedestrian counts, observe street activity, and survey people on the street about their perception of the area. We need volunteers to help on 3 days, during both the day and night:
- Wed., December 9th (noon to 1pm, 5-7pm)
- Sat., December 12th (noon to 1pm, 5-7pm)
- Sat., December 19th (noon to 1pm, 5-7pm)
Sign up to volunteer during one or more of these shifts! Contact Dennis Lee, Research Assistant, SF Great Streets Project, at email@example.com.
The SF Bike Coalition's Great Streets Project has worked hard to help launch these trials in anticipation of a complete repaving of Market Street in 2013. These trials are an opportunity to test and keep good ideas that improve Market (and its neighboring streets) and make it more attractive for bicycling, walking, transit and shopping.
Awesome New Limited Edition SFBC T-Shirt
We are proud to announce the SF Bike Coalition's 2010 limited-edition T-shirt, created by member and talented local designer Sara Cambridge. Sara's design is a celebration of San Francisco cyclists -- at San Francisco's Tour de Fat in September, she set up an impromptu photo booth and took photos of dozens of attendees with their bikes to use as silhouettes in her design. Look closely -- one of those silhouettes could be you! Get yours now while supplies last at sfbike.org/store.
Give Thanks for the New Bike Improvements as a Volunteer
With the recent major victories in bicycle improvements implemented by agencies such as the SFMTA and Caltrain, it's time not only for celebration but also for thanks -- let's show them how grateful we are!
- Cyclists say "Thank You" to Caltrain: Wed, Dec. 16, 5-6:30pm, Caltrain Station @ 4th and Townsend. Help say thank you to Caltrain for increasing onboard bike capacity and for providing staffed bike parking at Warm Planet Bikes.
- Cyclists say "Thank You" to SFMTA: Thu, Dec. 17, 8-10am, Market Street @ 12th St. Help say thank you to the SFMTA for the bold and beautiful bike improvements on Market Street. We'll be hosting an Energizer Station and making cards for the SFMTA.
Are you trained in SFBC Outreach and want to volunteer? E-mail Tessa@sfbike.org.
Need the SFBC Outreach training? Tue., Dec. 15, 7:30-8:30pm SFBC HQ, 995 Market St Ste 1550. Interested in volunteering to do SFBC outreach at events all over town like Bike to Work Day 2010, races, festivals, and SFBC Service Stations? Then this training is a must! Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more. Contact Tessa@sfbike.org to RSVP.
Come to Our New Member Meet and Greet
Been an SFBC members less than a year? New members are invited to join us Tue., Dec. 15, 6:30-7:15pm, to learn about SFBC advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to Tessa@sfbike.org or (415) 431-2453(BIKE) x301. SFBC HQ, 995 Market St, Ste 1550.
Hop on Your Bike for Our Christmas Lights Rides
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Christmas Lights Ride has become an annual tradition, growing so popular that this year we're bringing you two special holiday rides. We've got a ride for every kind of cyclist. Don't miss San Francisco's best holiday lights by bike!
New to cycling, or want a shorter ride? Try the SF Bike Coalition's Bike Buddies Christmas Light Ride: Sat., Dec. 12 | 6:30pm | Meet at the Panhandle Statue, Fell at Baker streets. Join our Bike Buddies for our Christmas Light Ride in lieu of our monthly Bike Buddy Route Ride. It's a great opportunity for new cyclists to become more comfortable riding at night and to enjoy a fun and mellow ride to some of SF's most creatively lit homes! As always, dress for the weather, bring blinky lights and holiday snacks to share. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Looking for a more challenging Christmas light ride? Join the 6th Annual Christmas Lights Ride: Sun., Dec. 20 | 6:30pm | Meet at the Panhandle Statue, Fell and Baker. Embark on an evening tour of some of SF's fanciful holiday homes, exploring less-visited neighborhoods and maybe even singing a carol or two along the way. Deck your wheels, or just bring your holiday spirit. Remember to pack holiday treats or warm drinks to share at our snack stop! Ride is 12-15 miles, expect some ups and downs. Info: email@example.com.
Video: What's a Bike Box?
Well, San Francisco, now that we've got our first green bike box at Scott and Oak Streets, we've got to know how to use it properly! This Streetfilm from Portland shows just what these innovative markings mean for bicyclists and motorists on the road so you can confidently make full use of our new gifts and have the safest and most enjoyable biking experience possible. Bike box!
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