SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 6, 2004
Geary Corridor Bike Improvements
In an effort to speed up the highest-use bus line west of the Mississippi (the 38 Geary), Muni has re-designed the Geary & O'Farrell corridor from Mason to Polk to feature a wide, bus-only lane and fewer stops. Great news for passengers, but good news for bikes too as Muni offered to provide extra space for bikes on the other side of the street. Due to varying street widths, it's not possible to stripe a continuous bike lane, however extra space for bikes (wider than the Fell Street bike lanes) with stencils is part of the proposal going before the MTA Board tomorrow (Tuesday, September 7th @ 4:30, City Hall, Room 400). We need a few folks to show up in support of this proposal and to encourage Muni to continue incorporating bike improvements when redesigning bus corridors. For more info, contact Mary Brown at 431-BIKEx24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote Now Or Never
This is your last chance to vote in the SFBC's endorsements race for the upcoming Board of Supervisors elections. If you haven't yet, please take 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 last 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!
Bayview Bike Bonanza -- This Saturday
An exciting bicycle festival for everyone! This kid-friendly bike fest features a miniature city for kids to ride through, safe biking tips & info, free helmets, face painting, helmet decorating, a raffle, and more. But WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! If you're handy with a glue gun, love working with kids, live in the neighborhood, or just want to spend a few hours in the sun come to this event! Contact email@example.com for more details. It's happening this Saturday, Sept. 11th from noon-2pm, at the Bayview Playground, 227 W. Point Road.
Be A Part Of Biggest Bike Race of Year
The T-Mobile Race is back in full force this Sunday, September 12th. You can watch the best racers in the city, while helping the SFBC spread the word about our work. We are still looking for volunteer tablers throughout the day. If you've gone before you know it's a huge event, with literally 100,000+ potential bike converts. Join the fun and masses at our SFBC table in the main expo area or at 3 valet parking stations. Contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out.
Don't get distracted and lose your bike at the race. Thieves love this race too -- plenty of fancy bikes with owners keeping their eyes on the race, not on their steed. Keep your bike safe at one of the SFBC valet bike parking stations: 1. Justin Herman Plaza *behind* the fountain (parking shifted out of the fountain this year, as you'll notice it's now full of water) 2. Taylor & Union and 3. Fillmore Street Hill.
Bike Plan Update -- Final Meeting
The DPT is putting the finishing touches on the policy document of the Bike Plan Update and plans to present it at the next Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 15th, 6:15pm at City Hall Room 408. This is your chance to take a peek at the plan and its highlights before it goes to a vote at the MTA Board on September 21st. This policy document contains suggested action on issues such as better enforcement of parking in bike lanes, targeted driver-education, promotion, bike theft, etc. It does not contain recommendations for the top 20 projects, which were the focus of 10 community workshops. That is the "Network Document" of the Bike Plan and is seriously behind schedule. We'll continue to update you on its progress.
Call For Potential SFBC Board Members
The upcoming Board of Supervisors election isn't the only race in town. SFBC members also will be considering candidates for half of its 15-person Board this December. The Board is an essential player in the SFBC's success -- working to ensure that the organization is effectively pursuing its mission on behalf of the membership and oversee its finances and fundraising. We are always seeking greater diversity in our Board. (Find out more about the Board at at www.sfbike.org/board or see the article in this month's Tube Times.) We are asking all members who are interested in running for the Board to contact Ann Lyons at email@example.com by September 15th.
Folsom Street Fair Tattoo Contest
The SFBC is taking over bike parking at the Folsom Street Fair on Sept. 26 and to celebrate this we are holding a contest for the slogan on a temporary tattoo to be put on anyone who parks a bike with us. Right now the front runner is "lick the chain, baby" but we think you guys can do better. It has to fit in a 1.5" by 2.5" space and contain the SFBC chain circle logo. Otherwise, go nuts. Winner receives free bike parking for life. Tell all your friends, "Bikes are back at the Folsom Street Fair". Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Bikes -- Get In Free!
This is the busy season for events and we park tons of bikes. We still need folks for shifts at the following events:
Sept 11-- Imagine the Way, 11am-4pm Heron's Head Park, Kick-Off Celebration for SFs Future Southeastern Waterfront Trail for details see: http://www.sfneighborhoodparks.org/events/imaginetheway.html Sept 12 -- T-mobile International Bike Race from 6:30am to 4:30pm
Sept 19 -- Now and Zen concert, 10:30am -5:30pm, Golden Gate Park, volunteers get free admission
Sept 25-26 SF Blues Festival 9am-6pm both days at Fort Mason, volunteers get free admission
Sept 26 Folsom St Fair 11am to 6pm, volunteers get free admission
Email Kay Hoskins at email@example.com to sign up.
Howard Street Bike Lanes Coming Soon!
We recently got word that bike lanes on Howard Street were approved by the Board of Supervisors and are slated to be striped in mid-September! Hard to believe, but very soon this major gap in the citywide bike network will be filled. Makes us want to celebrate! We'll keep you posted on a party and any new bike lane siting! Contact Mary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out with the celebration.
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