SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 11, 2004
Market Safety Resolution Passes Land Use Committe!
Thanks in large part to the hundreds of faxes received by the Supervisors and the dozens who showed up Monday afternoon at City Hall, the Land Use Committee (Supervisors Peskin, McGoldrick, and Maxwell) voted unanimously to pass the resolution to prohibit right turns from Market St. to the new Central Freeway Ramp. This measure will prevent a serious safety hazard for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The resolution, introduced by Matt Gonzalez and co-sponsored by Tom Ammiano (and now Bevan Dufty) passed with an amendment that directs DPT to use "experimental signage and striping including colored bike lanes" to emphasize the path of cyclists.
Now the SFBC is working to ensure that the other Supervisors will vote in support when this resolution goes to the full board. If you live in the Marina, Presidio, Sunset, Twin Peaks, Castro, Noe Valley, or Outer Mission/ Excelsior, let your Supervisor know where you stand! If you live in Ammiano, Gonzalez', McGoldrick, Maxwell, or Peskin's district, a short thank you letter would go a long way.
Send a free fax to your Supervisor by visiting our Fax Alert page at http://www.sfbike.org/instant_octavia
Save The Date: Important Hearing On Bike Plan Update
On September 21st, SFBC members will be needed at the first official, city decisionmaking hearing about the Citywide Bike Plan Update. The Board of Directors of the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) will consider the first of two pieces of the Bike Plan Update -- the Policy Document.
This includes important plans and guidelines for how the city should prioritize biking over the next 5 years, including plans for bike parking, bikes on transit, street design, enforcement, education and much more. (Check out the draft at http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org/site/dptbike_index.asp?id=3472, but please know that the SFBC is still actively working hard to get improvements made to this draft, which is definitely not ready for prime time!) We'll update you further before the September 21st hearing, which will be at 4pm at City Hall.
Unfortunately the second piece of the Bike Plan Update -- the Network Document, which includes the actual recommendations and plans for specific street improvements on dozens of key bike routes -- including 5th St., Cesar Chavez, Masonic and more -- is months behind because the City has not stuck to the agreed-upon schedule to get the *entire* draft Bike Plan to decisionmakers by this summer. The SFBC is actively working with members of the Board of Supervisors and city departments to get the work done ASAP. Stay tuned -- we'll need your help on this part too, soon!
New Bike Lanes On Bayshore Blvd (But More Needed)
The newest bike lanes in the city were recently striped on Bayshore Blvd., stretching between the southern city limits and the 101 highway interchange. This project, which covers about a mile, was initiated by the SF Department of Parking & Traffic, and we thank them! Now, we need to work to make sure the remaining stretch of Bayshore -- all the way north to Cesar Chavez -- also gets bike lanes added. This section of Bayshore is one of the Top 20 priority projects the public has identified in the Citywide Bike Plan Update and would be a much-needed connection between the southern section of the city and the Mission District. It's not going to be easy though, and we'll need members' help as the Bayshore campaign gears up later this year. Stay tuned and check out our web page all about the push for fuller Bayshore Blvd. bike lanes at http://www.sfbike.org/?bikeplan_Bayshore.
Bikes On The Bay Bridge? Get The Scoop Next Week!
If you have been following the news lately, you'll know that there is a huge shortfall (estimated at $2.5 billion) for the construction of the replacement east span of the Bay Bridge. Several different options are being discussed to make up this shortfall, including a 4th dollar toll or a regional gas tax. Compared to the $2.5 billion we're lacking for the new east span, the $150-$200 million we would need for construction of a west span bike/ pedestrian/ maintenance pathway seems like relatively small change. With so many good reasons to build it, and a $2 million feasibility study sitting on a shelf that strongly endorses the plan, now is as good a time as ever to move this project forward.
Please join other SFBC members at the Transportation and Land Use Coalition Meeting next Wednesday, August 18th (see "Upcoming Events" below) to hear about the latest efforts to obtain funding for this vital regional project. To get involved with the campaign for bicycle access on the West Span of the Bay Bridge, contact Josh Hart at email@example.com.
Volunteer For Bicycle Safety Fair In September
The annual Bicycle Safety Fair, taking place Saturday Sept. 18 from Noon-3pm at Hayes Valley Playground (Hayes and Buchanan), is a great place to take the kids, get some free stuff, and learn about bicycle related resources in SF. There will be a free helmet giveaway, raffle for great prizes, food, bike maintenance, and safety and theft prevention tips. The fair is sponsored by SAFE, Neighborhood Safety Partnership, DPT, and the SFBC. We are recruiting volunteers to fit helmets to kids who need them, staff the SFBC table, recruit new members and provide free bike maintenance. Please contact Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer for safer streets and safer kids!
International Walk To School Day Is October 6th
The good folks at WalkSF are coordinating a "Walk to School Day" celebration with volunteers from five schools: Visitacion Valley, Fairmount, Sunnyside, Jefferson, and Gateway. (Gateway is celebrating bicycling as well as walking, and all of the organizers are also cyclists)
WalkSF has put a call out for helpers for all sorts of tasks. If you can help, contact the school organizer closest to you to lend a hand:Fairmount: Julie Hagelshaw -- email@example.com
Gateway: Bert Hill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunnyside: Karen Franklin – email@example.com
Visitacion Valley: Peggy da Silva – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info, visit http://www.sfbike.org
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