SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 25, 2004
Important Meeting For New Potrero Bike Lanes
Potrero Avenue, with its six travel lanes, is a good example of a street that needs a "road diet". Wide streets such as Potrero lead to speeding, aggressive driving, and the inevitable injuries and fatalities. The SFBC hopes that the Department of Parking and Traffic's (DPT) upcoming project will bring the Valencia road diet success formula to the Potrero neighborhood. Unfortunately, this project does *not* include the 6 blocks of Potrero between 17th and Division, and 25th and Cesar Chavez. We're asking SFBC members to attend a meeting this Thursday to support the timely implementation of this safety project and to advocate for extending the bike lanes north to Division and south to Cesar Chavez. In addition to lane removal and bike lane striping, the project will also install pedestrian median islands, create left-turn pockets, and add pedestrian countdown signals. The project is expected to begin in December.
The meeting takes place this Thursday, Aug. 26, from 6-8pm at San Francisco General Hospital's Carr Auditorium, Bldg. 3 at San Bruno and 22nd St. If you are unable to attend but are interested in this project, please send your comments to DPT by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 554-2398 (also, please cc the SFBC at email@example.com).
Vote Now For SFBC Political Endorsements
SFBC members should have received an email message earlier this week (or if we don't have your email address, a postcard) inviting you to vote in the SFBC's endorsements process for the upcoming races for seven open seats on the SF Board of Supervisors. No other races are more important than these for the SFBC's top issues -- including building a complete Citywide Bike Network, increasing the number of bike trips in the city, and increasing bike parking and access to transit.
Please take the time to view the candidates responses to the special SFBC questionnaire, and cast your votes. (The voting period lasts only until September 7th at 5pm, and is open to all whose memberships were current as of August 18th.) The easiest way to vote is to click on the links in the personalized email you received from us earlier this week. (If you don't think you received it, check your spam or bulk mail folder, just in case.) Or follow directions on our endorsements page at http://www.sfbike.org?vote. Thanks for doing your part in keeping a bike-friendly Board for the next four years!
Think The Offramp Intersection By The Palace Of Fine Arts Is Too Dangerous?
Come to the Five Corners Design Charette tonight, sponsored by the S.F. Transportation Authority, and help identify problems with the intersection of Marina, Mason, Lyon, Doyle, and Yacht Rd. (This is where the Marina Green Pathway ends and the Crissy Field Pathway begins.) Bicycle and pedestrian safety has historically been a major concern at this complex freeway on and off ramp. Improvements are especially important here as the Bay Trail runs through the intersection. Meeting details: Wed., Aug. 25, from 6:30-8:30pm at Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop in the Presidio. More information at http://www.doyledrive.org
Gearing Up For 2 Biggest Bike Races In SF: Volunteers Needed
In only a few weeks, San Francisco will have two weekends in a row of great bike racing! 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 your calendars and sign up now. 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's & 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 To help with the Giro, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Volunteer Night Tonight
It's vacation time for the SFBC Volunteer Night. But, we'll be here next week and needing lots of helps, as always. To all of our dedicated Volunteer Night volunteers, thank you and have a nice week off.
Valet Bike Parkers Galore Needed
Summer is in full swing and that means the SFBC's valet bike parking program is more popular than ever! That, of course, means that we need volunteer help more than ever. Here are a few of the events we're still looking for help with:
* Golden Gate Renaissance Faire: Saturday, August 28, 10am-6pm in Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park. See more at www.sffaire.com
* T-Mobile Race: Sunday, September 12, all day long, along the racecourse in downtown and North Beach.
To volunteer to help park bikes, please contact Kay@sfbike.org
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