SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 15, 2009
"We have to bridge the gap...Right now cyclists don't have an option [to go from the East Bay to San Francisco]...Oakland is closer to the downtown San Francisco district than Marin is to downtown San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge gets loads of bicycle traffic."
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Do Your Part -- Vote Today for the SFBC Board
We need you to cast your vote today in our annual Board of Directors election. We rely on the voices of our members to decide who'll be responsible for ensuring that the Bicycle Coalition achieves its mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation by developing the strategic direction of the organization, overseeing management and our financial health, raising funds for our work, and representing us in San Francisco's many communities. Each year, half of the 15-member board is elected to a two-year term by our membership--that's you. Your vote is an important signal of confidence in the Board. Please read the candidate statements and vote today. Voting ends Friday, Dec. 18th.
SF's Newest Bike Lane in West Portal
Another new bike lane is striped! SF DPT crews were out painting SF's newest bike lane on Claremont Blvd. last Wednesday just one block over from the West Portal MUNI Station. This is the fourth bike lane to be striped in just two weeks -- Mississippi, Howard and Scott streets have also received new bike lanes. The City is moving quickly to finish the ten court-okayed bike lanes within a few months and has committed to painting 75 miles of "sharrows", installing 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.
Request a Bike Rack
Now that the judge has allowed the city to install sidewalk bike racks again, the city needs your help in finding the best place to install them. Thanks to the Bicycle Coalition's encouragement, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency purchased 700+ new racks and crews are already installing them. We all know the best way to prevent bike theft is more bike parking in visible areas where thieves can't hide in the shadows! Where was the last place you said, "I wish there was a place to lock my bike here"? Request a rack today, and help your favorite business be more bike friendly!
Celebrate New Bike Improvements by Giving Thanks
With the recent major victories in bicycle improvements granted by agencies such as the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (new bike lanes!) and Caltrain (more bike access on trains!), it's time not only for celebration but also for thanks -- let's show them how grateful we are!
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One-Stop Holiday Shopping: Gift Memberships
Give an SF Bicycle Coalition Gift Membership
to everyone on your holiday gift-giving list this year. A Gift Membership is a thoughtful gift that benefits both YOU and the person you love with new bike lanes all over town, smoother pavement, secure bike parking, and so much more. Now that is a gift worth giving!
Parking Lanes for Pedestrians on Powell St.
If you visited the Union Square area this past weekend, you may have noticed that Powell Street between Ellis and Geary was a little easier to walk on (see photos here). The City's Better Market Street project team and the Union Square Association experimented with replacing parking lanes on those streets with more pedestrian space. They wanted to see whether increasing space for pedestrians in this crowded area boosted shopping and sense of comfort on the street. Would it yield more space for bulging shopping bags, a place to pull over the stroller and take a breather or plain old more room to get where you were walking? Please be sure to send the City your thoughts on the trial by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or twittering to "d sf311".
CycleTracks App Now Available for Android OS and iPhone
After the successful launch of CycleTracks for the iPhone, the SF County Transportation Authority has launched the application for Google's open source Android OS. CycleTracks keeps track of bicycling speed, distance, elevation and maps out your ride using GPS on your handheld device. But the real kick comes in the ability to share your data (anonymously) for use in better city planning for bicycling. It's a win-win. Read more about CycleTracks on SF Streetsblog and download it for your Android today!
2009 Bikes on BART Study Released
The 2009 Bicycles on BART Survey: State of Bicycle Access and Amenities on BART has just been released, bringing a fresh examination of BART's bicycle-involved services. Did you know 76% of respondents say they would bike to BART more during "black out" hours if they could? Did you know that people in Rotterdam have been safely and routinely taking their bikes on escalators for 70 years? This in-depth report by Livable City researcher Tony Vi presents the opinions and ideas of over 500 bicyclists (thanks to everyone who took the survey this past May), compiling and analyzing those results as well as recommending actions for improvement. If you take your bike on BART or are otherwise interested in regional tripmaking policy, be sure to download a copy of the 2009 Bicycles on BART Survey.
Video: Physically Separated Bike Lanes
With a new separated bike lane on Market St., you can experience the benefits of this wonderful bike-friendly street design that is often found in Europe and more recently New York City. Pedaling through this lane, you'll likely feel the difference of a safer, more dignified riding experience. Watch this Streetfilms video and see the possibilities of how far this innovative concept can be taken.
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