SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 4, 2004
Market St Saftey Bill Gets Hearing This Monday!
If things go according to the City's current plan for the Central Freeway ramp being built at Market St, cyclists headed downtown on Market will soon have to deal with drivers cutting suddenly across their path or dodge a line of cars waiting to get on the freeway. That unfortunate scenario will be prevented if legislation is approved, sponsored by Supervisors Ammiano and Gonzalez to protect Market St. bicycle and pedestrian traffic by prohibiting right turns from eastbound Market onto the Central Freeway. Thanks to everyone who already sent a fax from our website... the Land Use Committee Supervisors have received over 200 comments on this issue. But there's still more that you can do to support this important safety measure:
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 during the next few days. If you can help, please e-mail Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Great Bike Races To Roar Through City Streets
In only a few weeks, San Francisco will have two weekends in a row of great bike racing! And the SFBC is now recruiting volunteers to help make both of them great successes. Read on for details...
On Labor Day (Monday, September 6th), the "Giro di San Francisco" is celebrating their 30th year of criterium championships with men & women's races starting at Levi Strauss Plaza. This year the Giro is adding a new kids festival with a "mini city" bike course designed to teach bike safety, courtesy of the SFBC, McGuire Real Estate & the City of San Francisco. For more information about the Giro, visit http://www.velopromo.com/giro-ent.htm
Then on the very next weekend, America's toughest bike race returns to San Francisco with one of the largest sporting events on the west coast, the T-Mobile International. This 4th annual PCT season finale will take over downtown San Francisco on Sunday, September 12th, with the world's top bike athletes taking on our city's challenging hills.
Want to be a part of the excitement? We're just starting to recruit teams of volunteers to staff SFBC booths, free valet bike parking, a kids' bicycle safety learning area and more... mark you calendars and sign up early by sending a quick note to email@example.com
Material Girls Gets Doored!
Madonna was "shocked" recently (that's possible?) by a careless taxi passenger, who threw their door open without looking. Luckily, she escaped unscathed, although her bike did crash dramatically (details @ http://tinyurl.com/548f8). Madonna is known to bike regularly when in New York or London, and uses bobby sox to cover her famous calves when rolling up her right pant leg.
While platinum records can't save you from dooring, which menaces urban cyclists everywhere, there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances of it happening to you. When passing parked cars, ride no closer than four feet away, to stay outside the deadly "door zone". It's your right to be safe on city streets, and California law is on your side - always feel free to take the lane when needed.
It also pays to keep your hands on your brake levers when riding near parked cars, and be sure to be aware of your surroundings... look for people inside cars as you pass them, and make a habit of checking over your shoulder for traffic that may come your way if you needed to swerve suddenly.
With Madonna in mind, check out the SFBC volunteers and extras pelting bagels in the SFBC's short video that touches on these safety issues: http://www.sfbike.org/?riding_predictably
Know Your Rights - Take A Free Street Skills Class!
According to the California Vehicle Code (CVC), bike riders have all the same rights and responsibilities as the driver of a vehicle. Interpreting those rights when applied to non-motorized travel can sometimes be complex. That's why the SFBC is offering Street Skills courses free for San Francisco residents, These 1-day classes cover everything from equipment and riding through intersections to lane positioning and more. Classes are scheduled for Aug. 21st at the Park Branch Library on Page St. and Sept. 25th at the Tenderloin Police Station. Go to http://www.sfbike.org/edu for more info and to sign up. The classes are filling up fast, so sign up today! E-mail BikeEd@sfbike.org if you have any questions.
Tour De Fat Fundraiser Draws Thousands
Thousands of people came to Speedway Meadow last Saturday to enjoy "Tour de Fat", the festival of bikes & beer that benefited the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trails Council. The dozens of classic cruisers on display wowed the crowd, while the live bands, chainsaw juggling and bicycle ferris wheel kept many people hanging out for the entire afternoon. Over a hundred bikers joined us for the "Tour de Golden Gate Park", and of course, having lots of "Fat Tire Ale" on tap was an excellent bonus. If you missed this event, ask for Fat Tire the next time you're in a bar, and see what all the fuss is about!
A huge volunteer crew generously donated hours of their time for this event, including Michael Cobb, Ben Lerer, Gerald Spotts, Philippe Arbeit, Keeth!, Jerry Johnson, Eric Thomas, Joanne Kay, Chris Perez, Nathan Frankel, Kevin Barnard, Alan Frame, Kyle Pedersen, Jeremiah Cummins, Debra Gilmore, Alison Knowles, Steve Wilcott, Klover Kim, LAvina Tien, Daniel Zimmerman, CArrie Fuerner, Toshiko Kamiyama, Melody O'Donnel, Rebecca Rosen-Lum, Robin Marks, Ann Lyons, Lauren Fogel, John Miller, Brett Lutz, Maia Klein, Nikki Galvan, Iwan Sutana, Joel Winter and Dale Danley.
Big thanks to the New Belgium Brewing Company, Cyclecide, the Bay Guardian, Bay Area Ridge Trails Council and the Progressive Voter Project for helping make this event special!
Local Kids Benefit From "Safe Routes To School"
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, including the Fairmount and Leonard Flynn schools in San Francisco.
"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. We need to tell legislators and the governor to continue this good source of funding for engineering improvements around schools in San Francisco and the rest of California. 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)
Mark Leno (District 13)
City Cycle Seeks Ride Leaders
Many SFBC members have enjoyed the free weekly rides hosted by the City Cycle bike shop, which range from 50-75 miles, and go to places ranging from Stinson Beach to the Alpine Dam. In addition, the store gives current SFBC members a great discount, to support local bike advocacy. This week City Cycle released their weekly schedule of rides through the end of October, and began recruiting ride leaders for each week. This is a great volunteer job for folks who want to give back to other cyclists, by helping folks discover the great bike routes criss-crossing Marin County. All City Cycle asks of their "Ride Leader" is that he or she make themselves available to answer questions at the start of the ride. They are there to get folks to sign the waiver and go over the course before everyone rolls out at 9:00. That's it. Of course it's a good idea to attend a City Cycle ride before you sign up to lead one. And the ride leader is not required to stay behind and wait for people nor are they expected to be fast or fix someone's flat. They are simply there to rally the troops and get them rolling.
For more information about these great weekly rides, stop by City Cycle, located at 3001 Steiner @ Union Streets in the Marina, or see the schedule at http://www.citycycle.com/eventsfrmst.html To try your hand at leading a ride, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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