SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 26, 2004
"The best thing about biking to work, said the zillion or so cyclists who did so Thursday, is all the $2.47-a-gallon gas stations you zip past while doing it."
-- SF Chronicle, 05/21/04
Thousands Bike To Work & Love It!
Thousands of new cyclists gave bike commuting a try on Bike to Work Day last week, with double the number of SFBC Energizer Stations giving away free coffee, canvas musette bags and various treats to passing bikers. Mayor Newsom and Supervisors Daly, Dufty, Gonzalez, Hall, Ma, Peskin, and Sandoval, each rode into City Hall with groups of constituents, including many SFBC members, pausing along the way to look at and discuss streets where high priority bike plan improvements are planned.
At the press conference that morning, Mayor Newsom cheered on the SFBC's goal of 10% of trips by bike by 2010 in front of a crowd of bicyclists at City Hall. He and the Supervisors all spoke positively of their experience bike commuting, and enthusiastically about the need to build the citywide Bike Network. Supervisor Gonzalez commented that the Supervisors' morning commutes would "provide context" and allow them to better relate to people requesting bike improvements at Board hearings.
A special "bike to work NIGHT" party at DNA lounge capped off the day with a wide array of bands & artists performing, including Giant Value, Rogue Wave and Marginal Prophets, as well as several guest stars from Trannyshack.
Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who made Bike to Work Day 2004 an unprecedented success, including the recruitment of 200 new SFBC members in one day and fantastic bike commuting media coverage.
In addition to the SFBC, many local agencies and businesses also supported Bike to Work Day 2004: SF Department of the Environment, Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Community Focus Program, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, The Women's Building, St Luke's Hospital, House of Bagels, Java on Judah, Noah's Bagels, Peets coffee, Starbucks coffee, Valencia Whole Foods, Jamba Juice, Planet Organics, Zone Perfect, Red Bull North America, Safeway, Sports Basement, SF Giants, Swirl, Fleishman-Hillard, Timbuk2 and Breezer Bikes.
City Bike Policy Gets Special Hearings
Over a year ago, during the first round of Bike Plan Update workshops, the SFBC collected over 5,000 suggestions from bicyclists on ways to improve and encourage bicycling in SF. About half the comments were for specific street improvements (with a major focus on bike lanes) and the other half were various suggestions for improving policy items such as more education, enforcement, better street paving, promotion, etc. The Department of Parking and Traffic has compiled these suggestions into a draft policy document titled "Bike Plan 2004 Policy Framework Review," which will be the subject of several upcoming public hearings by San Francisco's Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC).
These public hearings provide a forum for SF residents to review and comment on the Draft Policy Framework of the SF Bicycle Plan 2004, including issues of enforcement, parking, education, planning policies, design guidelines, transit and bridge access, and bicycle promotion. Copies of the Draft Policy Framework will be available at the two libraries, as well as downloadable files (in Acrobat PDF format) at http://sfgov.org/bac by Friday afternoon.
Now's your chance to help shape San Francisco's official bike policy! The BAC will take public comment on the Bike Plan 2004 Policy Framework throughout the month of June at any of its meetings, as well as via email or postal mail -- please visit the BAC website (http://sfgov.org/bac) for more information.
Here are the dates, times & locations of the first 2 public hearings:
Tuesday, June 1st 5:30pm
Tuesday, June 8th 5:30pm
Octavia Boulevard Update - Construction Begins!
If you haven't noticed, construction of Octavia Boulevard has finally begun. There's not much to see now just that the equipment is out there; the asphalt parking lots that used to be beneath the freeway are being torn up and sewers and other underground utilities are being installed. But in a year and a few months from now there should be a new and hopefully beautiful tree lined Boulevard along Octavia from Market to Fell.
In the meantime the construction of the new highway ramp is moving ahead rapidly, and McCoppin Street is permanently closed at Market where the new ramp will touch down. Many neighbors and community groups, including the SFBC, expressed concerns about safety, traffic and pollution from a new freeway ramp on Market Street. However, there may be a positive outcome to the issue after all.
A few weeks ago, Supervisor Ammiano introduced a resolution that's co-sponsored by Supervisor Dufty, which calls for the City to start developing a comprehensive long-range land use and transportation plan for the Central Freeway corridor. Among other things that plan would explore replacing part or all of the elevated structure with a Boulevard-type surface roadway should Caltrans determine in the future that it needs major seismic work or roadbed repairs. The Better Neighborhoods Market/Octavia plan has recommended doing this and Caltrans has indicated that 40+ year old roadbed may need replacement in the next ten years. So there may be light at the end of the Central Freeway tunnel after all.
The Central Freeway Citizen's Advisory Committee will be meeting on Monday July 12th at 6PM in the Transportation Authority office, 25th floor of 100 Van Ness. While the agenda hasn't been set, they will probably be discussing pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements in the area, traffic calming projects, mitigation measures for the area adjacent to the new ramp south of Market and other transportation related improvements. For more information contact Robin Levitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go To The Movies To Stop Global Warming!
From our friends at Rainforest Action Network and Global Exchange: On Friday, May 28 the blockbuster climate disaster movie "The Day After Tomorrow" will open in theaters around the world. This is the first major studio film to address the issue of human-driven climate change, and therefore offers an unprecedented opportunity to reach people who are unaware of the threats posed by global warming.
With your help we will spread the word across the country that the impacts of climate change are already wreaking havoc on ecosystems and human communities across the planet, endangering our security, our economy and our health. By adopting a theater and passing out eye-catching postcards to moviegoers, you can help educate thousands of Americans about the realities of global warming and give them ways to contribute to positive change, by biking more and driving less, for starters!
If you are interested in getting involved, e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, address, and which movie theatres are near you. To see the preview for the film, go to http://www.thedayaftertomorrow.com For Greenpeace's spoof site, click http://www.thedayaftertomorrow.org
Tour de France Documentary Screening & Benefit Thursday
"The Tour Baby!" is a powerful documentary that chronicles Scott Coady's amazing journey following the entire 2000 Tour de France. When this film showed in San Francisco last fall, both screenings were totally sold out! If you missed it then, now's your chance to enjoy this wonderful movie on DVD, which features many additional bonuses, including several outrageous outtakes from the original film.
Join us THIS THURSDAY as we celebrate the release of this memorable DVD, and rub elbows and lift a beer with party guests Dan Osipow, Director of Operations for the U.S. Postal Service profession cycling team, and film maker Scott Coady. Door prizes include a copy of the film signed by Lance Armstrong, and lots of other loot!
Film scenes you won't want to miss: Lance Armstrong in his hotel room, Robin Williams the world's funniest race fan, Jean Marie Leblanc (Director of the Tour de France), Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen relaxing off duty, crazed tour fans, US Postal riders in the team bus and hotel rooms, up close and personal with the podium babes, Lance and the late Marco Pantani battling it out atop Mt. Ventoux, and the after race parties in Paris.
Tickets to this special screening & fundraiser are $50 a person, which gets you a copy of the DVD as well as admission, and every single penny goes straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which works to enhance the quality of life for those living with, through, and beyond cancer. For more information & tickets see http://www.thetourbaby.com
**FREE TICKET BONUS! The first two volunteers who call us can get in free! If you can help set up a SFBC table at this event & ask people to join the Bicycle Coalition, please call Michael at 431-BIKEx21.
Tom Radulovich To Become TLC Executive Director
Transportation for a Livable City today announced the appointment of Tom Radulovich as executive director, effective June 1. Mr. Radulovich is a long-time environmental and transportation advocate, currently representing San Francisco voters on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART). He also serves on the boards of the San Francisco League of Conservation Voters and San Francisco Planning & Urban Research.
"I'm excited to have this opportunity to help make San Francisco the most livable, walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly city in the country, and one of the best in the world," said Radulovich. He noted that he will enjoy helping to implement many of the alternative transportation and livable city programs that are now funded through the voters' extension last November of the half-cent sales tax, whose expenditure plan Radulovich helped create as Chair of the Citizens' Advisory Committee that crafted the measure.
Radulovich replaces Dave Snyder, the former SFBC Executive Director who has led TLC since 2002. "I can't think of anybody better to take this organization forward. I look forward to working with Tom as a continued advocate for making it easier for people to live in San Francisco without a car," Snyder said.
Under Snyder's leadership, TLC has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for urban planning that emphasizes access and quality of life for people instead of space for cars. TLC also serves as the SFBC's fiscal sponsor. For more information see http://www.sftlc.org
President Bush Falls Off Bicycle
Bicycling got some high-profile attention this weekend, when President Bush suffered abrasions on his face, knees and hand after falling off a mountain bike on his Texas ranch in Crawford. He was wearing a helmet and mouth guard.
Bush's rival in this year's presidential election, Democratic candidate John Kerry, who himself fell off a bicycle and grazed his hand earlier this month, officially wished the president well after learning of Saturday's spill. "I hope he's OK," said the 60-year-old Massachusetts senator, who took a bike ride in Boston on Saturday but managed to stay upright.
To see photos of Bush's bike bruises, visit http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38626
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