SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 14, 2004
Howard Bike Lane Extension -- Up For A Vote!
We just got word that the long-awaited extension of the Howard Street bike lanes are up for a vote at the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee in less than two weeks! This hearing & vote comes after two years of work by the SFBC to extend the bike lanes originally striped on Howard St in 2002. Mark your calendars for Monday, July 26th and get set to hustle on down to City Hall to voice your support for extending bike lanes on Howard, from Fifth to Fremont Street. It's happening at 1pm in room 263 of City Hall. We also need quick help getting the word out to bicyclists, so if you can help hand out flyers to bicyclists, or put flyers on parked bikes on the street or in SOMA garages, then contact Mary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll also be setting up a special phone bank during Volunteer Night this week to call SFBC members in key districts, asking them to contact their Supervisors in support of this vital bike lane extension. Help us get this latest addition to the Bike Network passed... come down to SFBC HQ this Wednesday evening to lend a hand. For more info, see the Chain of Events. Stay tuned!
San Jose Bike Lanes Update
New actions are set for next week to fix that nasty connection between the Valencia bike lanes and the start of the bike lanes in the San Jose Cut. The SFBC is part of a very active coalition of neighbors, parents, schools, walkers and bicyclists to better this miserable, long-ignored stretch of San Jose/Guerrero Sts. Legislation is set to be introduced next week to remove a lane of traffic in each direction in order to provide traffic-calming relief for neighbors and bike lane space for bicyclists.
Now is the time to get involved -- please join us for either or both of these events:
A. Join neighbors for a cross-walk protest on Monday, July 19th at 10am at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Guerrero. Should be fun and there will be a big group of fed-up neighbors who are sick of freeway-style speeds on their 25 mph residential street.
B. Join the above neighbors at City Hall a few days later on Thursday, July 22nd to support legislation sponsored by Supervisors Dufty and Ammiano to fix this miserable stretch of street. The legislation calls for seven specific changes (including bike lanes) that would make an enormous improvement in the livability and bikeability of this street. The City Services Committee hearing happens at 10am in room 263.
Pleases contact Mary Brown at email@example.com if you can make it to either of these events. We're also looking for a last-minute flyerer who can spend 1 hour dropping off flyers to residences.
Have You Been Swerveyed Lately?
Check out our latest online Swervey at http://www.sfbike.org/swervey to see what's spinning around town. Ellen Dube, new Program Intern for the SFBC, hit the streets recently to ask nine downtown bikers, including several messengers, some serious questions: How many bikes do you own? How many cars? How many people in your household ride bikes? You might be surprised by the responses. If you have ideas for the next Swervey, you can e-mail Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You An Early Riser? Enjoy Free Stuff?
If so, the SFBC would love your help at the SF Marathon on Sunday, August 1st, bright and early. We need, friendly, helpful folks (on bikes!) to help guide runners along the lovely streets of the course. Volunteers receive free t-shirts from both the SF Marathon and the SFBC, plus other goodies and treats at the event. If you can help contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
And this Saturday, bike racing fans can rejoice as the Tyler Hamilton Foundation showcases the Tour de France LOUD, LARGE & LIVE on the big screen at the Emery Bay theater multiplex (near IKEA). That's right, you can see Stage 13 of the Tour live, starting with the fireworks on the 3rd Mountain Stage from Lannemezan to the uphill finish at the Plateau de Beille. SFBC members get a nice discount on tickets, which include free breakfast... and here's the cinch: due to time zone differences, the screening starts at 5am (although you should get there earlier for breakfast). See the Chain of Events listing at the end of this email for more info. Want to get in free? Can you be there at 4 am? If that works, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Gonzalez Proposes Freeway Ramp Safety Measure
On Monday, August 9th at 1pm, the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee will consider legislation introduced by Matt Gonzalez and endorsed by the SFBC to ban right turns from eastbound Market Street onto the new Central Freeway ramp. Allowing the right turn would endanger bicyclists and pedestrians, interrupt Muni service, and destroy the landscaping plan for the intersection. We need support letters from community groups in the area. For more information, and to receive a sample support letter, contact Josh Hart at email@example.com
In related news, residents, merchants, and San Franciscans at large who care about preserving a vibrant community in the North Mission have joined together in the North Mission Neighborhood Alliance (formerly McCoppin Neighbors). This new group is also working to reduce the negative impacts of the new off-ramp of the Central Freeway. At their next meeting, on Monday, July 19th, representatives from the Mayor Newsom's Office as well as the Public Service Coordinator of Octavia Boulevard will attend. This is a great meeting to attend if you're concerned about the new freeway ramp or live in the area. For location see the Chain of Events.
Even More Sfbc Member Discounts!
hey folks - your SFBC membership card just got more useful, with yet another place to use your discount card: City Kayak.
Chances are that you've already experienced San Francisco on bike, foot & cable car. Now you can explore the city's shoreline easily in a kayak, starting at $15/hr, which includes a brief training, wet suit, booties, flotation device, paddle and marine radio, as well as a warm shower after the trip. And you can save 15% when you flash your SFBC discount card! Read what SF Weekly had to say about this tranquil & beautiful experience: http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2004-02-11/nightcrawler.html/1/index.html
City Kayak is located in South Beach on Embarcadero @ Townsend. For more information, see http://www.citykayak.com/
For a full list of bike shops & other businesses that offer SFBC members significant discounts, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?discounts
Putting Old Socks To Good Use
Dave Glowacz knows the challenges cyclists face every time they hop on their bikes. In the book "Urban Bikers' Tricks and Tips," he offers great low-tech and no-tech ways to find, ride, and keep a bicycle. Everything from buying and fixing a bike, to foiling thieves and handling traffic is covered in this cheerfully illustrated manual. Even if you've never tried to mount your bike with a skirt on, you'll enjoy the humor in Glowacz's realistic approach to every aspect of biking.
Have an old sock? Keep it in your bike bag to cover your hand before grabbing your chain during a roadside back-wheel repair. You can also use said sock to store your tire patch stuff. If you don't bike very often because of various pet bike peeves, this book will help you bike more by finding simple solutions. And even if you ride every day, these tips on "stealth" cycling will surprise you. You can find this great book in the Resource section of the SFBC online store at http://www.sfbike.org/?store_resources. Check it out!
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