SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 29, 2004
"After 30 years in the saddle, I'm still knocked out by the elegance and efficiency of a well-made bicycle... often it's the most fun I have on wheels all week."
- AutoWeek columnist Cory Farley: http://tinyurl.com/4xbsl
TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT CAR/BIKE COLLISIONS on MARKET!
Safety on our public streets is sometimes easy to take for granted. Unfortunately, the Dept. of Parking and Traffic (DPT) is moving forward with a plan that could endanger people biking on Market Street, by allowing cars to cut across the Market St bike lane while taking a right turn to enter the freeway ramp (now under construction). Since the turn pocket is too short for all those cars wanting to get on the freeway, they would undoubtedly end up blocking the bike lane, forcing bikes into car traffic lanes to get by. This is not a safe situation!
There's good news, though - momentum continues to grow against this dangerous DPT plan. Supervisor Gonzalez has introduced legislation to prohibit this dangerous design, supported by Tom Ammiano, Walk SF, Transportation for a Livable City, Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, the Central Freeway Citizens Advisory Committee, and many others. But that might not be enough to stop this ill-conceived plan.
Please let your Supervisor know that you support the Market St freeway on-ramp bike/ped safety legislation:
----> 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: https://www.sfbike.org/?instant_octavia
----> COME TO THE HEARING! Mark you calendar for the Land Use Committee hearing at City Hall, on Monday, Aug. 9th at 1pm in Room 263. We'll need a good turnout to ensure the safety legislation passes on to the full Board of Supervisors
----> VOLUNTEER! We're scheduling volunteer teams to pass out flyers about this important safety legislation If you can help, please e-mail Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOWARD ST BIKE LANE EXTENSION PASSES BOARD COMMITTEE!
Thanks in part to SFBC members like you, who wrote, called & faxed their elected officials, the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee unanimously voted to extend the Howard Street bike lane this past Monday! The legislation now heads to the full Board of Supervisors, probably on August 10th. 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.
SFBC members who called & faxed their Supervisors made a difference - one Supe's office reported receiving over 100 faxes! You can still send a free, easy fax to your Supervisor in support of the proposal, before it gets voted on by the full Board. We'd especially like faxes from bicyclists who live way out in Supervisor Ma and Hall's districts. Check out http://www.sfbike.org/howard to find your Supervisor and send your quick fax.
If you live in the following Supervisor Districts, please consider sending a quick "thank you" email to these Supes who voted in favor of extending the Howard Street bike lanes. Be sure to mention that while you appreciate their vote, you'd also like them to support Matt Gonzalez's important Market Street on-ramp bike/ped safety legislation (see above for details):
ENJOY FUN? VOLUNTEER at TOUR de FAT this SATURDAY!
By now you must have heard about the upcoming ballyhoo of bikes & beer in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow this Saturday, July 31st. You can expect fire-jumping bike acts, cycling games, cruiser bike parade, live rock, tasty eats and lots of tasty "Fat Tire Ale", of course - and proceeds benefit two great nonprofits: the SFBC & the Bay Area Ridge Trails Council!
Not ONLY will we have the fine New Belgium Portfolio of beers to quench your thirst, but we will be featuring the music of Colorado's "The Reals" as well as San Fran's own "Robert Walters' 20th Congress!" 'The Handsome Little Devils' will also be on hand to prove just how safe juggling chainsaws and flame-throwing pogo sticks can be. Now we know what you are thinking...how much is this grand fete going to cost me? The answer is nothing! It's all about FREE!
The event kicks off with rock bands 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.
ENJOY FUN? VOLUNTEER!Free drink tickets and lots of fun will reward volunteers at Tour de Fat! There's already more than 30 of you, and we're looking for a few more to help the Bay Guardian decorate bikes, circulate petitions for more bike lanes, and setup the beer station. These plum volunter gigs are going fast - so email email@example.com today if you want some of the action!
FOLSOM ST BIKE LANE EXTENSION PASSES MTA BOARD
Rainbow shoppers might soon have an opportunity to celebrate, as the Folsom St bike lane extension from 11th St to 14th St recently got a "thumbs up" from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the last step before heading to the Board of Supervisors! We greatly appreciate DPT bike program staffer Mike Sallaberry, who has helped guide this process through this part of the approval process. The next stop is a hearing before the Board of Supes - and lots of outreach to make sure that Folsom St bike lanes will get the extension they deserve.
If you can help pass out flyers & gather signatures in support of extending the Folsom St bike lanes, email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
FREE T-SHIRTs for SF MARATHON VOLUNTEERS!
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!
NURSES TAKE to BIKES in BOSTON
The nurses who care for Boston's homebound patients while the Democrats enjoy their convention have a great prescription to avoid traffic jams: Take a bike.
And it's the nurses who will do the pedaling. 'Just the headache of the parking and the traffic made me think that for me, it's going to be a lot easier just zooming right by all the cars," said Kelly Hall, a registered nurse who's spearheaded the effort. Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/6xy45
In other news, President Bush had another bike mishap this week,falling off his mountain bike (again) while on vacation in Texas: http://tinyurl.com/55me2
SAFE ROUTES to SCHOOL NEEDS YOUR HELP!
A popular statewide program to improve bike & ped facilities near schools needs your help! California's "Safe Routes to School" program has been instrumental in making the communities in which our children live a much safer place. Since 1999, over 273 projects have been funded throughout the state.
"Safe Routes to School" is now up for re-authorization, and your help is needed to ensure that this vital program continues to be funded. SB 1087 (Soto) would dedicate $20-25 million a year for six categories of projects: sidewalk improvements; traffic calming and speed reduction; pedestrian/bicycle crossing improvements; on-street bicycle facilities; and, traffic diversion improvements.
Please write your state Assembly member and ask for their support of this bill, so children can walk or bike to school safely. See this map to confirm which Assembly member is your representative:> http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/maps/map13.jpg (beige = Leno, green = Lee)
Leland Y. Yee (District 12) 455 Golden Gate Ave Ste 14600 San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 557-1178 - fax Assemblymember.Yee@assembly.ca.gov
Mark Leno (District 13) State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0013 (916) 319-2113 - fax Assemblymember.Leno@assembly.ca.gov
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