SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 17, 2010
August 17, 2010
"The difference in New York is the sense of adventure - a willingness to explore innovations at a large scale, rather than recoil from anything ambitious or new."
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Let the striping begin!
Masonic Avenue Must Be Fixed NOW
Last week the SF Municipal Transportation Agency presented proposals for a better Masonic Avenue. Over 60 neighbors attended the community meeting to give feedback on four new street designs, each of which included a bike lane. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has endorsed option C, which includes a separated bikeway and would create a safe, calm and better street for everyone walking, bicycling, taking transit and driving.
We are deeply saddened to report that this weekend Nils Linke, a 21-year-old German visiting San Francisco, was struck and killed by a driver (who has been arrested) while bicycling on the very stretch of Masonic that was outlined in these proposals. This tragedy underscores the importance of our work to make this street safer and the immediate need for on-the-ground improvements. We will be pushing the City to install temporary improvements to create a safe and comfortable space for people bicycling, while the community planning process on the overall redesign continues. Stay tuned to sfbike.org for the latest developments and how you can get involved with the effort to fix Masonic.
How Much is Doubling the Number of Bike Lane Miles Worth to You?
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is on fire and doing what we do best -- ensuring that the City implements these 35 projects quickly. It has been our job at the Bicycle Coalition to guarantee the City has a plan to jump into action once the injunction was lifted. We've waited so long for this day - now we need to make sure they follow through with these long-awaited bike lanes as swiftly as possible.
This Sunday! Come Out and Play at Sunday Streets
Enjoy miles of open streets on the Great Highway with tens of thousands of people at Sunday Streets, this Sunday, August 22 from 10am-3pm, when miles of the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park will be transformed into a people-powered party. See the full route here.
Help Us Create our Next Big Vision
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is drawing up a visionary roadmap for biking in the city and we're building a team of people to help us get the work done.
Improve Your Ride and Your City When You Volunteer
Help Upper Market be Better for Biking: Tue, Aug. 24, 8-10am at Market and Guerrero
Making Geary Better for Transit and Bicycling
If you live, work or bicycle along or near Geary Boulevard, join us for a survey ride on Saturday to learn more about an exciting project planned for this street. The Geary Bus Rapid Transit ("BRT") project will be improving transit on this busy and heavily traveled route, and there are improvements for people walking and biking as well. This bike ride will survey the Geary Boulevard corridor to take a look at planning for BRT service and examining project-related opportunities for bikeway improvements on Geary and nearby streets. City staff and advocates will be along to explain the project and answer questions. We encourage you to test-ride the streets before this survey ride if you can -- here's a map of the route we'll be riding.
Tell Caltrain How to Avoid Service Cuts -- Add Bike Capacity!
With Caltrain struggling through a budget crisis and proposing serious service cuts, the BIKES ONboard project asks: Wouldn't boosting revenues through added bike capacity be a good idea? Even with last year's boosts to onboard bike space, Caltrain continues to turn away eager paying customers by bumping bike riders due to insufficient bike capacity, despite empty seats.
Video: London Neighbors Come Together to Shape Their Streets
Lately, the Biker Bulletin has been full of videos glowing in the light of people-focused streets throughout Northern Europe. While we sometimes point overseas for great examples, there are still many European cities working to build better neighborhood streets and improve biking and walking, just like we are San Francisco. In this latest Streetfilm, we see the great "DIY Streets" projects of non-profit Sustrans, which empowers neighbors to find ways to improve their daily lives by building better streets. Tag along with the residents of London's Clapton Terrace and see how these neighbors transformed their street into a pleasant place to play, live, and socialize.
** Tuesday, August 17th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Banking
Got the gift of gab? Volunteer to phone bank with the SFBC! No cold calling, just simple reminders to friendly lapsed SFBC members that their membership is expired. Come share in the fun. The more the merrier! We supply dinner and good company. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
** Wednesday, August 18th **
Sports Basement Shopping Party to Benefit SFBC's Climate Ride Team
Climate Ride Team SFBC is hosting a shopping party at Sports Basement to help raise funds for the ride while enjoying your support along with drinks, snacks, music and raffle. 20% of all purchases this evening will help support Team SFBC. Seven SF Bicycle Coalition members are riding for Team SFBC on this year's Climate Ride. A whopping 40% of all fundraising by our team will directly go back to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
** Saturday, August 21st **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Tour of SF Dump and Artist In Residence Program
Join Recology SF for an eye-opening tour of San Francisco's Dump and Transfer Station. The tour will include of a discussion about recycling and sustainability, a trip to the art studio to meet the current artist-in-residence, a stop at the Household Hazard Waste Facility, an unforgettable visit to the transfer station and finally a walk through the sculpture garden.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
Pedal to the Ferry Building to fill up your panniers with local bounty and park your bike with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. All 52 weeks a year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be providing complimentary valet bike parking in Harry Bridges Plaza (look for the orange tent)
SFBC Survey Ride: Geary BRT and bikes
If you live, work, pedal or strap-hang along the Geary Boulevard corridor you should know about the project to bring significantly better transit service to that busy and heavily-traveled route. But it's about more than Geary bus rapid transit ("BRT"), worthy and important as that may be -- there are improvements coming for the walking and biking environment as well.
This bike ride will get out and survey the Geary Boulevard corridor itself, looking at planning for BRT service and examining project-related opportunities for bikeway improvements on Geary and nearby streets. City staff and advocates will be along to explain the project and answer questions, and we encourage you to test-ride the streets before the survey ride if you can, and if you're comfortable -- here's a map of the route we'll be riding and looking at. Meet us on the street to learn more about, and help shape, this exciting project (here's the SFCTA's Geary BRT page).
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Street Food Festival*
This wildly popular showcase of local street food vendors is something you won't want to miss. Ride your bicycle and park for free at the SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking corral. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
** Sunday, August 22nd **
Sunday Streets: Great Highway/Golden Gate Park
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides car-free recreational space for everyone. Get involved and sign up to Volunteer for Sunday Streets. The SFBC will be out in the streets doing outreach and celebrating the car-free space. Are you Outreach Trained and want to volunteer? Email email@example.com
Clif Bar Fun Ride to the Academy *
Ride your bike to the Academy of Sciences! A part of their 2 Mile Challenge bicycle advocacy program, Clif Bar is offering free admission to the Academy of Sciences and valet bike parking to the first 100 people who arrive by bicycle. Valet Bike Parking brought to you by the SF Bicycle Coalition. Free CLIF BAR samples to the first 200 people who arrive by bicycle.
Pedaling the Presidio *
Cycle through scenery, immerse in history on this five-mile, moderate bicycle ride. A unique program in a unique national park. Helmet required. Bike and reservations are required: 415-561-4323.
SF Bicycle Coalition New Network Route Ride: Beach to Bay
Join the SF Bicycle Coalition on a relaxed ride from the Beach to the Bay, visiting some of the most newest bike lanes in town. See new bike lanes (and soon-to-be bike lanes!), new sharrows, and other improvements to the San Francisco's Streets. Come join us for fun, slow riding, and to see the bicycle network grow! Great for new and experienced riders. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
** Tuesday, August 24th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Energizer Station: Upper Market *
Learn more about plans for Upper Market as the SF Bicycle Coalition energizes morning bicycle riders with snacks and advocacy! Are you trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to volunteer? Email email@example.com
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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