SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 21, 2004
Action Alert: Extend The Howard St Bike Lanes!
As we told you last week, the long-awaited extension of the Howard St bike lanes are up for a vote at the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee - next Monday! This hearing & vote comes after two years of work by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to extend the bike lanes originally striped on Howard St in 2002, which currently run from 5th to 11th Streets. The exciting proposal would extend the Howard St bike lanes from 5th to Fremont Streets, filling a dangerous gap in San Francisco's Bike Network. If this bike lane extension passes the Board of Supervisors, we'll be one step closer to a complete citywide bicycle infrastructure, the SFBC's biggest goal.
We need * YOUR HELP * to make San Francisco a model bicycle city for North America and the world!
Please TAKE ACTION TODAY to Extend the Howard St Bike Lanes!
----> SEND A FREE FAX to your Supervisor! The SFBC has set up a free fax blast from our website, where you can quickly send a note of support in your own words: https://www.sfbike.org/?howard
It's simple, quick and makes a huge difference!
----> COME TO THE HEARING! If you've got a few minutes to spare, then your presence would be deeply appreciated at the Land Use Committee hearing at City Hall, next Monday, July 26th at 1pm in Room 263. We definitely need strong support from bicyclists to ensure that these long-awaited bike lanes are passed by the Board. This is *the* vote to make your voice heard! If you have questions about this hearing, contact Mary at email@example.com or 431-2453x24.
----> VOLUNTEER! Help the SFBC pass this important bike lane extension! We're scheduling volunteer teams to pass out flyers about the Howard St bike lane extension along popular biking routes and outside bike shops over the next two weeks. If you can help, call Michael at 431-2453x21 for more info.
----> TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Forward this email to everyone you know who cares about bike lanes, and ask them to take action for Howard St. If every SFBC member and one of their friends faxed their Supervisor, our elected officials would receive NINE THOUSAND letters of support.
Tour De Fat Rocks Golden Gate Park Next Week!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 31st's "Tour de Fat" - a ballyhoo of bikes & beer in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow, sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of the acclaimed Fat Tire beer. You can expect fire-jumping bike acts, cycling games, cruiser bike parade, live rock, tasty eats and great beer, of course - and all proceeds benefit two great nonprofits: the SFBC & the Bay Area Ridge Trails Council!
We'll also feature many more talented, slightly salty bike-and-beer nuts for your pleasure. Local bike rodeo legends Cyclecide will be running the largest pedal-powered midway they've ever created. 'The Handsome Little Devils' will also be on hand to prove just how safe juggling chainsaws and flame-throwing pogo sticks can be. The event kicks off with the music starting at noon.
But wait, there's more!
Meet us a little earlier at Speedway Meadow for a rolling cruiser parade through the park, sponsored by the Bay Guardian and the SFBC. Decorate your bike, your body, or your friend's bike and body when they're not lookin'. It'll be a hoot and a holler, we promise. And the Bay Guardian is sponsoring a special bike beauty contest, with winners published in the paper! Prizes will awarded in four categories, including most original mutant bike and best decorated steed.
Contest & Ride Sign-in starts @ 10:30am for 11am departure. While at the park, look for opportunities to wrench on your bike, get your face painted, eat some good food, have a beer and join our cycling circus of sensory splendor. We'll bring the beer and you just bring your bike! For more info, visit http://www.sfbike.org/fat Wanna volunteer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Declare Independence From Oil & Get A Free T-Shirt!
The world's climatologists agree: the global climate is changing faster than it has in millions of years, and over-reliance on fossil fuels is largely to blame. To draw attention to this important issue, Rainforest Action Network and Global Exchange have launched a nationwide advertising campaign calling on Americans to "Declare Independence from Oil." The wartime-style posters depict the Statue of Liberty struggling to 'breathe free' through a military-grade gas mask, and can be viewed at http://www.freedomfromoil.com
These hardworking nonprofits are also campaigning to "Jumpstart Ford" and compel America's flagship automaker to improve its fleet-wide fuel efficiency & eliminate tailpipe emissions altogether by 2020. SFBC members can do their part to reduce oil-based air pollution by driving less and biking more. Bikes are the ultimate zero-emission vehicles!
SFBC members can get a FREE T-SHIRT featuring the Declare Independence from Oil poster! To claim your free shirt, just email email@example.com and include your name, t-shirt size (choices are men's and women's in S, M, L and XL) and mailing address. Free t-shirts are available to the first 50 who respond.
Wanted: Academy Of Sciences & Fine Arts Museum Members
These two institutions provide an invaluable service to the San Francisco community by stimulating interest in the arts and sciences. Unfortunately their transportation policies are having a destructive effect on Golden Gate Park, encouraging motor vehicle travel at the expense of transit, bicycle, and pedestrian modes. Not only is a massive 800-car parking garage under construction in the Music Concourse, but now the museums are advocating for full, cross park car access, increasing traffic in the Park and belying the argument that the garage was meant to "reduce the impact of the automobile in the park" and "create a pedestrian oasis."
Please e-mail Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to come and speak at an upcoming Concourse Authority in favor of a balanced, compromise plan to restrict cross park auto access through the Music Concourse while preserving full vehicle access to the museums via MLK and the Garage. If you can't come to one of the Concourse Authority's meetings at 4:30pm on a Tuesday, please send an e-mail asking the museums to support a cul-de-sac at JFK, and make sure to say you are a museum member. For De Young members, please e-mail email@example.com If you are an Academy member, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Please cc Supervisor Peskin at email@example.com and Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instant Activist: Make Freeway Ramp Less Dangerous
Imagine riding down Market Street toward downtown in a year's time. As you cruise down the hill, across the street from the LGBT Center, cars cut across your path and slam on the brakes ahead of you, trying to get into the right turn pocket leading to the new Central Freeway ramp. If the Department of Parking and Traffic has their way, this could become the reality of Market Street's first-ever freeway ramp. Thank goodness for Supervisors Matt Gonzalez & Tom Ammiano, who, at the request of the SFBC, Walk SF, and neighborhood groups, have introduced legislation that would prohibit the right turn. The legislation is headed to the Board of Supervisor's Land Use Committee on Monday, August 9th at 1pm in Room 263 of City Hall. Please mark your calendars & come to this hearing to support this important safety legislation. You can find out more about this issue and send an instant fax to the three Land Use Committee members at http://www.sfbike.org/instant_octavia
City College Master Plan: Now Better For Bikes!
In June the City College Board of Trustees voted to approve a new Master Plan to guide future development at all City College campuses, including the main campus at Ocean Avenue. The Plan includes many transportation and urban design improvements suggested by the SFBC and Transportation for a Livable City (www.livablecity.org), who worked together with neighborhood residents, the City College community, and the Trustees themselves to improve the Plan.
The new City College plan now includes these great programs: creating an on-campus 'bike station' with secure bicycle parking and working with the city to link up existing and proposed bike lanes near college campuses, improving pedestrian connections to nearby student housing and the adjacent Balboa Park Muni/BART station, providing transit passes at reduced prices to students and faculty as other Bay Area colleges and universities do, and a commitment to manage demand for the Ocean Avenue campus' 2,220 existing parking spaces more efficiently through better operation and pricing, rather than simply building 500 more spaces as originally proposed.
Thanks to all the SFBC members who came to the hearings & wrote the City College Trustees about these issues! For more information, email email@example.com
Paying Job Openings: Bike Parking At Bart
BART has asked for the SFBC's help in finding people to help run a special, short-term attended bike parking facility at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station for the first five "Spare the Air Days" of this summer. We're looking for about 10 interested members who have flexible schedules and could commit to oversee the bike parking with just one prior day's notice (because Spare the Air Days are announced only one day before). Compensation would be up to $20/hour. If you're interested in finding out more, contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of this week.
Stormwater: A Tool For Better Biking?
If you live in Supervisor Districts 1, 2, or 5, your Supervisor is looking for volunteers to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Public Utilities Commission. What does the PUC have to do with better biking? Well, the PUC is starting a master planning process for its Clean Water Program giving us an opportunity to use stormwater to create "Healthy Corridors" that will link our neighborhoods, parks, and schools with a ribbon of greenspace. The SFBC is a member of the Alliance for a Clean Waterfront which is leading the grassroots effort to make this vision a reality. For more information check out the "Bikes, Greenspace, and Clean Water" article in the October 2003 Tube Times (available at http://www.sfbike.org/?tubetimes) or contact Alex Lantsberg at (415) 794-2539.
SF Marathon Looking For Bicycling Leaders
Friendly, helpful folks (on bikes!) are needed to help guide and energize the runners in the SF Marathon on Sunday, August 1st. You can lead the pack, or make sure no one gets left behind, or even provide music for runners by carrying a boom box on your bike! 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 email email@example.com today!
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