SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 18, 2004
Supes Pass Market St Safety Bill (With Colored Bike Lanes)!
Thanks in large part to all the letters, faxes and phone calls from active SFBC members, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Market Street on-ramp safety legislation yesterday! This exciting victory is especially noteworthy as the resolution that passed includes a new provision directing the Department of Parking and Traffic to install the City's first colored bicycle lanes and a large curb bulb-out on the Southeast corner of the intersection, two measures that will dramatically improve pedestrian & bicycle safety, while making the area much more pleasant.
The resolution was introduced by Board President Matt Gonzalez and co-sponsored by Supervisors Ammiano, Dufty, and Maxwell. This is a victory for all who support safe, sustainable transportation over the 1950's mentality of moving more cars at any cost. Market St. accommodates more transit and bicycle traffic than any other street west of the Mississippi, and clearly the Supervisors have their priorities in order in protecting this traffic from conflicts with autos.
Urging the Supervisors to prohibit this right turn was a large coalition of community groups, including the SFBC, Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, Walk SF, Transportation for a Livable City, North Mission Neighborhood Alliance, and Octavia Blvd. designer and former Planning Department Director Allan Jacobs, who called the proposed right turn "a dangerous (facility) along a high density bicyclist and pedestrian corridor." For more information about this issue, contact Josh Hart at 431-2453x23.
Biking To The Ballpark: New Ad Campaign & Free Tickets!
New ads have appeared in hundreds of Muni vehicles this summer, encouraging people to ride their bikes to Giants home games and take advantage of the ballpark's free valet bicycle parking provided by the SFBC and funded by the Giants. One thousand copies of the ad have been printed, thanks in part to co-sponsors GU, the San Francisco Giants, and Muni. Check out the new ad art yourself at http://www.sfbike.org/
In other ballpark news, the SFBC will be featured in a special homeplate ceremony at the Giants Stadium this Sunday, August 22nd, and will be giving away reflective ankle-straps (to keep pant legs away from chain grease) to fans as they enter the ballpark, as part of a "Traffic Safety Expo" that runs from 10am to 1:30pm. We're giving away tickets to Sunday's game to the first 4 volunteers who sign up to help us at this outreach effort! If you can help the SFBC table at this Sunday's pre-game Expo, and would like free tickets to the game immediately after volunteering, contact Michael at 431-BIKEx21 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Get To The Heart Of Bike Racing: Volunteer!
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 criterion 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.cyclecouriers.org/events/giro_sf.html
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
Don't Let Car-Free Sundays In The Park Get Cut Back!
Since the 1970s, bicyclists and hundreds of joggers, skaters and other park-loving people have enjoyed the opening of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park to recreational park users each Sunday until 6:30pm, when the streets is converted back into an automobile thoroughfare. However, we've had several reports recently that Recreation and Park staff have been taking down the gates at least a half hour before that time, allowing cars to flood the Park prematurely, cutting our cycling, walking, and skating oasis short. This last Sunday, the gates were removed at around 5:45pm, effectively reducing the hours of what is undeniably Rec/ Park's most popular program. The SFBC is working with Rec/ Park and the Board of Supervisors to ensure that Sunday's recreation oasis on JFK remains secure, in part by tracking the barricade removal times. Please e-mail Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org to report park staff removing the barricades prior to 6:30pm.
Burners: Got Bike? Get A Photo Portrait!
Are you one of the thousands of people headed to that special city in the desert, where cars are banned & bikes rule? We would love to add glamour shots of you on your Burning Man bike to the SFBC's forthcoming playa bike photo gallery. Help bring a little bit of playa home by helping us document the amazing Black Rock City bike culture! We're interested in photos of all manner of art bike, as well as a special section of portraits pairing photos of burners in Black Rock City, with photos of the same person biking back here on the streets of San Francsico. If you have digital photos to share, please send them to email@example.com. Volunteer photographer Drew Rogers has generously offered to shoot local bike portraits of burners who ride year round on city streets, with possible publication in the next Tube Times. If you'd like to get involved in this project, please email Drew directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell Ford To Stop Destroying Zero-Emission Vehicles
Bikes are the ultimate zero-emission vehicles, needing only pedal power to get going. For longer trips where transit doesn't go, electric cars powered by solar panels sounds like a great step towards ending our destructive dependence on oil and moving us towards a more just, sustainable future, right? Hundreds of people (including several SFBC members) thought so and leased Ford Motor Company's most efficient car ever: the all-electric, super efficient "TH!NK City". However, Ford has now decided to zero-emission vehicles are not "viable", and the EPA's worst-rated automaker is confiscating the TH!NKs and sending them to scrap yards to be dismantled.
While Ford touts its environmental stewardship, its plans to destroy the environmentally friendly TH!NKs highlight the automaker's lack of will to innovate permanent solutions that reduce local air pollution and slow global climate change. Current TH!NK drivers and a Norwegian manufacturer of electric vehicles have offered to purchase the TH!NKs. Sadly, as of today Ford has refused all offers to keep the TH!NKs on the road in either the U.S. or Norway; instead Ford plans to consign the TH!NKs to the fossil record and keep Americans addicted to oil.
The Rainforest Action Network is building a campaign to tell Ford to save these fossil-fuel-free vehicles before they become part of the fossil record.
Take action today - and tell Ford not to destroy zero-emission vehicles -- Build them!http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=20691&ms=ev
Large SUV's Illegal On SF Streets?
Next time an SUV cuts you off, and you think to yourself, "I wish those *&%##$$ things were illegal," you may just have gotten your wish. According to a recent article in the SF Examiner, San Francisco's municipal code has a ban on vehicles over 6000 lbs (The Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, the Range Rover, the GMC Yukon, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Sequoia, the Lincoln Navigator, the Mercedes M Class, the Porsche Cayenne S, and the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, Hummer, etc.) on "certain streets". These include a large section of Market St, Lombard St. (the twisty section), and many other residential streets throughout the City. According to an Examiner article today, Supervisor Dufty has submitted a request to the Dept. of Parking and Traffic to look into enforcement of this decades-old ban. Could San Francisco be leading a new wave of SUV bans all around the country? Read http://slate.com/id/2104755/ and http://examiner.com/article/index.cfm/i/081604n_suvs
Our sister organization, Transportation for a Livable City, is promoting enforcement of overweight vehicles among other enforcement issues such as transit lanes, bike lanes, and speed limits. For more information on this effort, contact email@example.com or 431-2445.
Mark Your Calendar To Mark Your Ballot
No decisionmaking group in San Francisco holds as much sway over bike issues -- from choosing whether bike lane proposals live or die to funding choices -- as the Board of Supervisors. As you're probably aware, the race is already gearing up for half of the seats on the Board, culminating in elections on November 2nd. That may seem like a long way off, but the SFBC is already busily educating candidates on bike issues and asking them where they stand on our goal of making 10% of trips by bike by 2010.
The SFBC's official endorsements process is underway, as candidates are returning their responses to our survey, which we'll then post online to share with you. That's where you come in -- we will be asking SFBC members to review the survey responses and cast your votes for the SFBC's endorsements in the Board elections. Online member voting begins next week, Monday, August 23rd and runs through September 7th. Stay tuned and, for the love of bicycles, be sure to vote!
Volunteer Night Shifts Gears With New Schedule
The weekly Wednesday Volunteer Night is a grand SFBC tradition that goes back for years, with hundreds of people lending a hand to do the things that make our office run smoothly, with an average of 1-2 dozen volunteers each week. We're now shifting gears, and aim to get more done for the bike movement by organizing bigger volunteer night parties twice a month to replace our weekly stuffing extravaganzas. Expect more people getting more done, a little less often. The popular Tube Times folding parties will occur in addition to this schedule, so that every other month we'll have three volunteer night events in a row.
Here's the NEW Wednesday Volunteer Night schedule for the next few months:
August 18th (tonight): Volunteer Night
September 1st - Volunteer Night (hosted by Cynthia Powell)
October 6th - week off
Naturally, we'll be continuing our tradition of volunteers voting for the hot dinner of their choice, providing tasty snacks and plenty of folding, data entry & phonebank opportunities. For more information, contact Michael Calfee at 431-2453x21.
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