SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 17, 2011
"On Market Street, I am definitely in favor of expanding [dedicated bike lanes] all the way from Octavia to the Ferry Building. We should have dedicated bike lanes there."
Table of Contents
Love Sunday Streets? Help make it happen
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance for Market Street
Come to an upcoming workshop or webinar and speak up for improvements to Market Street. The City is going to be repaving Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero in 2015 and wants to know what you believe will make Market Street the premier street to commute, shop, and spend time on. Workshops and webinars take place this week and next week in various locations -- find out where on our Market Street page -- and the SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting the two lunch-time webinars at our office at 833 Market Street (10th Floor).
Bike to Work Day Demonstrates Massive Demand for Bicycling Improvements in San Francisco
The Bay Area's Bike to Work Day last Thursday, May 12, saw huge numbers of people -- nurses, lawyers, teachers and tech employees -- demonstrating the incredible demand in San Francisco for bicycling improvements. Joining commuters who already make every day a "bike-to-work" day were first-time commuters, casual weekend riders and an unprecedented number of city officials and business leaders. Among the many VIPs and big wheels participating: Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisors Eric Mar, Mark Farrell, David Chiu, Carmen Chu, Ross Mirkarimi, Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, David Campos, Malia Cohen, and John Avalos, as well as SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Public Works Director Ed Reiskin, Rec & Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, all demonstrated their political support for bicycling by pedaling in on Bike to Work Day! At a press conference on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Lee told the supervisors, "Next time we do that Mayor Question-and-Answer, I want to do it on a bike in a green bike lane. That would be a lot more fun."
Golden Gate Bridge Speed Limit Proposal & Sidewalk Closure
The Golden Gate Bridge is a legendary attraction for bicycle riders both local and from around the world. But it can be a tricky place to ride, and it's about to become trickier, as the Golden Gate Bridge District closes the west sidewalk for four months starting either next week (May 23) or the following week (May 31) for seismic retrofit construction work. The entire west sidewalk will remain closed for a 4-month period through the end of August during which time bicycles and pedestrians will share the east sidewalk, with bike access 24 hours/day (pedestrians have access sunrise to sunset). Learn more about the sidewalk closure and seismic work here at the GG Bridge District website.
New Bike Lanes Link You to Work, to Dine, to Shop
The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to announce new bike lanes are going in across the city. After years of community outreach by SF Bicycle Coalition members and volunteers, neighbors and businesses are winning improvements to make it easier to get around San Francisco neighborhoods by bike. Bike lanes on Upper Market Street have gone in, filling in gaps at some intersections. And improvements are underway for Alemany Boulevard between Rousseau (near Mission Street) and Bayshore -- with a physically-separated bike lane in some areas.
Connecting the City: Scott + Fell Bike Signal, JFK Update
Rolling from the Bay to the Beach by bike is getting easier! Big kudos go to SFMTA staff for filling in the gaps on the green, separated bikeway on Market Street from 8th Street to Octavia Boulevard -- a huge improvement for the busiest bike corridor in the city. Further west, the SFMTA has installed a dedicated left-turn signal for bikes from Scott Street onto Fell Street. This signal is timed for bicycles traveling north on Scott Street and will give people on a bikes a few seconds to safely turn left onto Fell.
Action Alert: Tell Senator Boxer to Save Bike Funding
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Senator Boxer, is deciding what goes into the transportation bill this week. She needs to know that we want her to fight for bicycling and walking programs like Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails Program. If we don't act now, bicycling and walking programs may be written out of our transportation system for the next six years! At this very moment, she is negotiating with other senators who don't think bicycling and walking are an important part of the transportation bill. She needs to know we have her back on this issue and she shouldn't give up on these crucial programs.
Sunday Streets heads to the Bayview, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill in June
Sunday Streets returns to the Bayview on June 12 with an exciting new route that links Bayview neighborhoods to the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill. Mark your calendar for June 12 and sign up to help make Sunday Streets possible as a volunteer.
Video: Complete Streets -- It's About More than Bike Lanes
Check out this amazing and inspirational video from Streetfilms showing the positive changes that protected bikeway projects have had in many neighborhoods in New York City, part of a holistic approach to changing some of New York's busiest streets illustrating how human-oriented street redesigns can be beneficial to pedestrians, bike riders, transit riders, and drivers. It's definitely about a lot more than just bike lanes!
** Tuesday, May 17th **
SFBC Phone Bank
Got the gift of gab? Are you a current or former member? 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 provide dinner and good company. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Market Street Open House and Presentation *
The City's Better Market Street Project kicks off with these important presentations and webinars. The City will be looking at ways to improve Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero by improving transit flow, walking, and biking while ensuring Market Street becomes a vibrant public place. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been hard at work bringing improvements to Market Street in the short term (improved surface bus speeds, more people walking in the area, and a green, separated bikeway between Octavia and 8th Street) and we need you to come speak up for all these improvements at one of these upcoming workshops and webinars. Visit sfbike.org/Market for more background information.
** Thursday, May 19th **
Better Market Street Webinar *
The City's Better Market Street Project kicks off with these important presentations and webinars The City will be looking at ways to improve Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero by improving transit flow, walking, and biking while ensuring Market Street becomes a vibrant public place. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been hard at work bringing improvements to Market Street in the short term (improved surface bus speeds, more people walking in the area, and a green, separated bikeway between Octavia and 8th Street) and we need you to come speak up for all these improvements at one of these upcoming workshops and webinars. Visit www.sfbike.org/Market for more background information, and www.bettermarketstreetsf.org for the webinar.
Open House Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk safety including Bicycle Speed Limit proposal
Come learn about and voice your opinion on the proposed 10 MPH Speed Limit for bicycles on the Golden Gate Bridge. After the Bicycle advocates voiced concern that the public was not involved in the development of this proposal, the Bridge District scheduled this meeting for members of the public to provide feedback on the proposal. If you'd like to provide written comment or read the proposal, click here.
** Saturday, May 21st **
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)
Bike Ride to Maker Faire *
Join this social ride from San Francisco to Maker Faire. The ride is mostly flat, 21 miles long. Route maps will be provided. Bicycle riders receive $5 off the ticket price; bring cash to buy tickets at the meet-up point. RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163941343661961
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Asian Heritage Street Celebration*
The largest gathering of Asian Pacific Americans in the nation is back for its 7th year. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide complimentary valet bicycle parking. To volunteer as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
Dissent Bike Tour *
Covering everything from literary dissenters to urban riots and protests, this tour examines sites of conflict and unrest, the social movements and upheavals, that have shaped San Francisco since its origins. Bring a snack and water, and reserve your spot: 415-608-9035, sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco.
** Sunday, May 22nd **
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking (Day 1)
This four-hour, in-classroom introductory course is perfect for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable riding on city streets. This class will cover the basics for how to choose the right bike and properly fit a helmet. Learn tips for the safest ways to ride in traffic, techniques to avoid or deal with road hazards and emergency maneuvers along with other useful gems of knowledge, like the best way to lock up your bike and how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities. Class is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required -- sign up at sfbike.org/edu.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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