SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 23, 2010
"We need more emphasis on sidewalks, a place that's pleasant and fun to be in. How can we get it more sidewalk centric, less car-centric?"
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Parking tickets be gone!
Senator Hancock says Build the West Span Pathway
Back in January, the SF Bicycle Coalition, along with our East Bay allies and hundreds of people who ride bikes, spoke out at a Metropolitan Transportation Commission hearing to help win funding for the West Span Bike and Pedestrian Pathway. The voice to bridge this gap in sustainable transportation was heard loud and clear.
Take Action: To Pass Garage and Driveway Reform
Streets and sidewalks for people, or streets and sidewalks for cars? Supervisor David Chiu's excellent garage and driveway reform legislation tackles this question at the ground floor -- it's returning to the Board of Supervisors this afternoon (Tues., Feb. 23) for a second reading, and we need you to take a minute now to speak up and help get it passed. The measure would help protect the livability of the city's most densely-settled neighborhoods by imposing controls on new garages in existing buildings in specific sections of the city's northeast (Chinatown, North Beach, Broadway, and Columbus) and forbidding new driveways on much of Columbus and Broadway, two very important bike routes and pedestrian corridors. Every new garage is an auto trip generator, adding to congestion, noise, and danger; every new driveway is a fresh conflict for pedestrians and bicycle riders.
Speak Out Friday to Save Muni!
With 700 individual emails submitted to Mayor Gavin Newsom and the SFMTA Board this month, the SF Bicycle Coalition has been the strongest voice advocating to hold the line against fare hikes and service cuts for Muni. This Friday (2/26) at 9:00 am the SFMTA Board will hold a public hearing at City Hall, Room 400, to vote on parking reform to help fund Transit First. We need you to come support our broad coalition, Transit Not Traffic, who are working to make sure everyone has access to reliable, affordable public transit. Read more at sfbike.org/transit -- and we'll see you Friday at 9:00 am at City Hall!
Another Improvement to Your Wiggle
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and its members saw our hard work pay off with a number of improvements to the Wiggle route in December. We celebrated California's first bike box and a new bike lane on Scott St. and bike racks and sharrows (shared lane arrows) that were added to the whole stretch of this popular bike route. However, recent emails and phone calls from our members indicated some unsafe pavement on Steiner and Sanchez streets on both sides of Duboce St. SF Bicycle Coalition staff and Good Roads volunteers met with Department of Public Works staff on the scene last week to point out the hazardous conditions, and the Department expects to repair one large section on northbound Steiner this week. The extremely bumpy ride over the poorly paved utility trench that runs southbound along the entire length of these two blocks is also slated for smoothing. The SF Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads volunteers are increasingly winning better pavement on long stretches of the bike network. These bigger wins help ensure longer-lasting smooth roads and increase safety for people walking and biking.
Sunday Streets Wants You
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to coordinate the volunteer corps that make car-free Sunday Streets events successful. For each of the nine Sunday Streets events, starting on Sunday, March 14, more than 150 volunteers will make each event possible. Do you want to be a part of the Sunday Streets team that helps make it happen? Sign up to volunteer now at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer!
Volunteer and Take Action with the SF Bicycle Coalition
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station: Thu., Feb 25 | 4:30-6:30pm | Fell and Masonic Streets. Even with a bicycle traffic signal, drivers are still illegally turning left onto Masonic, endangering cyclists and pedestrians using the Panhandle path. The SF Bicycle Coalition is ramping up a campaign to push the SF Police Department to step up their officer education of cyclist rights and increase enforcement city-wide to make sure cyclists and pedestrians are safe. Email Tessa to help out!
SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk: Bike Touring 101
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride your bicycle across the country? Or even just use two wheels to go camping in Marin? If you've never toured before,
you'll be amazed at what the bicycle and its engine (you!) can accomplish. This workshop, led by former SF Bicycle Coalition staffer Josh Hart, will go over the basics of bicycle touring -- what you need, what you don't need, and best practices to keep you happy and healthy on the road. You are encouraged to bring your bicycle to check if it is suitable for touring.
Better Biking in the Marin Headlands, but First Some Detours
Roadway improvements are coming to the Marin Headlands, including some important upgrades for bike traffic (an uphill bike lane running up Conzelman Drive from the Marin-side parking lot to the crest at McCullough Road, for instance). But folks who ride there should know that roadwork will require detours and full closure of several routes in the Headlands starting now and continuing through this fall, so be sure to check these maps and be ready to adjust your ride (and learn more about the project here).
Video: NYC's Pedestrian Plaza on Broadway is Permanent
Momentous news from New York City -- the new public spaces along Broadway will become permanent features of the city's landscape now that an eight-month trial period has ended. There has been widespread embrace for the plaza, which transformed this formerly grid-locked area. Merchants in other areas of the New York City are requesting similar improvements and surveys reveal that an amazing 74 percent of people who work in the area today are satisfied with the experience of Times Square, compared to only 43 percent in 2007. And the on-the-ground experience has improved as well, with injuries dropping by 40 percent, even as more people walked to those destinations. This trial is a shining example of how streets can be improved for all users -- pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists.
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