SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 7, 2010
"This is exactly what The City wants, which is more people on Market Street,"
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Stats Reveal: Market Street is Really Booming
You're not imagining it. There are more people, on foot and on bikes, on central Market Street. The SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project has been counting people at key locations on Market Street to see if there's been any change since the beginning of the street activation improvements and transportation trials in Fall 2009. From observations made on Market at Powell Street, the number of people on bikes on both sides of the street has increased: Bike counts on the south side show a 53 percent overall boost and 78 percent during peak evening hours, while counts on the north side increased by 34 percent overall and 42 percent during peak evening hours. And the number of people on the sidewalks, particularly on the south side of the street, has also increased since the trials began.
New Bike Lanes Sprouting Up Everywhere
Members and volunteers joined SFMTA and City family to cut the ribbon on San Francisco's newest completed bike lane last week on North Point Street. This full mile of bike lane in both directions makes a crucial link from the Embarcadero to Polk Street bike lanes. We're hearing lots of love for the calmer, safer North Point Street bike lanes, and folks are excited for more bike lanes to come. This week, expect the bike lanes on Townsend Street from Second to Eighth streets to be completely finished as well! Crews are out doing the last stages of grinding and painting on the south side of Townsend Street, and we should be able to call this project complete by this Friday, September 10th. Meanwhile work on Laguna Honda and Kirkham Street bike lanes is well underway.
How to Earn a Free Beer and T-shirt at Tour de Fat
Want to help raise thousands of dollars for your favorite SF Bicycle Coalition, and get a free beer and Tour de Fat t-shirt while you are at it? Then sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_tdf to be one of the volunteers who helps make Tour de Fat possible! Help out IDing and wristbanding attendees, valet parking bicycles, selling beer tokens or merchandise, and of course doing SF Bicycle Coalition outreach!
Sunday Streets Needs You in September
This month Sunday Streets takes on its most ambitious route to date on September 19th, when it connects and opens streets from the Panhandle to Japan Center's Peace Plaza. This route has new features that will require more volunteers than usual, including our first major hill on Golden Gate Avenue and densely populated neighborhoods. Help make the Western Addition's debut of Sunday Streets a huge success by volunteering. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers for every event.
Say "Thank You" to Rainbow Grocery for Their Support
A favorite SF Bicycle Coalition membership privilege is the 10 percent discount at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. Here are four simple ways you can honor the discount and show your appreciation for Rainbow Grocery's generous support:
Thanks for representing the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition by showing your goodwill to Rainbow Grocery Coop worker-owners for their generous support of bicycle advocacy by sticking to these simple guidelines. Together we will make San Francisco a world-class bicycling city.
Volunteer for Your Chance to Win in September
Volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition has its perks! Volunteer for outreach in September and be entered into a raffle for your choice of a very special item from our grab bag of special messenger bags and accessories. Each shift you volunteer for gets you a raffle entry -- volunteer more often for more chances to win! If you're trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to volunteer for these exciting events email Tessa today.
New Members, Join Us for a Meet and Greet Next Tuesday
If you've been a SF Bicycle Coalition member for less than a year, you're invited to join us to learn about our advocacy, education and community programs that will make San Francisco a model cycling city, and how you can get involved to keep our work moving forward. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization and meet other new members. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-431-2453 x301.
Golden Gate Bridge Changes Coming Soon
Bridge riders take note: Two big maintenance projects are about to begin on the Golden Gate Bridge which will mean temporary changes to bike circulation. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been working with the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and the Golden Gate Bridge District to guarantee 24/7 bike access across the bridge so no one will be left stranded.
Rescue $350 Million for Better Transit and Bicycling
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) votes tomorrow on whether to continue subsidies for BART's half-billion dollar people-mover to the Oakland airport. Back in February the Oakland Airport Connector project looked dead when the Federal government pulled stimulus money from the project, but now BART is back, asking for a bigger local subsidy. If you can be in Oakland for tomorrow's MTC meeting, TransForm and their partners need you -- it's the last best chance to stop this misguided wasteful project and rescue $350 million of local money for better use, funding already cash-strapped local transit, including a more reliable Muni (which is of course indirectly good for bicycling) and improved BART access, like more and better bike parking. Watch this video to learn about the OAC project and the need to spend that money smarter.
Video: Introducing London
Transport for London, the Greater London all-modes transportation agency (their version of the SFMTA), has put together five stories of people who learned to love London by bike. In TfL's sweet intro video, learn about these folks and click through to see why they ride and where they ride. As San Francisco continues to stripe new bike lanes everyday, it's important to remember that this investment isn't just lines in the street, but a way to connect people. Bike lanes take us to our friends' houses, our favorite cafe, to and from work, and anywhere else we want -- they are an investment in community, safety, and a better San Francisco. Watch the video to see why London is investing in biking.
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