SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 15, 2004
Major Security Glitch Found In Popular U-Locks!
The SFBC has just learned that Kryptonite and many other major U-lock brands have been found to have a glitch that allows anyone using basic household items to easily open these locks in seconds. We want to let our members know right away that it may be unsafe to leave your bikes outside locked with a regular U-lock, so please take extra precautions (see below) and spread the word to your biking friends.
It appears that any bicycle locked with a U-lock may be in danger of being stolen, given that the information about how to easily open these locks has spread all over the internet, and we are already getting calls from the media. We advise bicyclists to keep their bikes with them at all times, or to utilize the free attended bike parking at the Embarcadero Bikestation within the Embarcadero BART/ Muni station. Building managers who currently ban bikes in their buildings should be urged to relax this ban, at least until lock manufacturers address this fatal flaw.
We have been receiving increasing reports of bike thefts in recent months, and it's unclear whether this is related to the glitch discovered in U-locks. Regardless, the SFBC is pushing the SF Police Department to ramp up their attention to the issue of bike thefts, expand their sting operations, and to develop a better system for tracking serial numbers so that stolen bikes can be returned to their owners. If you haven't already done so, this is an important reminder to do two crucial things that may make your bike recoverable if stolen: first, record the serial number of your bikes, and, second, take photos of your bikes. Keep these materials in a safe place, in the unfortunate event that you may need them.
Now we need volunteer help to get the word out to unsuspecting bicyclists about this unfortunate problem. Can you spend an hour or so this week or next week helping the SFBC hand out flyers and our "Freezer Registration Form" (for recording bike info.) alerting fellow riders along key bike routes? We particularly need help during morning and afternoon rush hours, but any time of day would be appreciated. We have the materials, we just need some helping hands. Contact Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org to help out.
To find out more from Kryptonite (which is not the only brand w/ the problem, but seems to be the largest), contact their customer service department at 1-800-SAY-LOCK. The Kryptonite company, who was apparently just informed about this 48 hours ago, is expected to be releasing a statement with more information. We'll keep you posted as we find out more.
The Votes Are Tallied: SFBC Announces Endorsements
Your votes have been counted, and the results are in. The SFBC is proud to endorse the following five candidates in the upcoming Board of Supervisors race:
Jake McGoldrick - District 1 (Richmond)
All of these candidates have shown their support for the SFBC's mission of dramatically increasing and improving bicycling for transportation in San Francisco through their past work and their ongoing commitment in their survey responses.
Based on past experiences, SFBC volunteers' active support will be crucial in some of these key races. To find out more about our endorsed cannidates, check out http://www.sfbike.org/vote
We also encourage members to look at all of the bike survey responses from candidates in your district, since you'll have the chance in this election to rank your top three choices. There are a significant number of other bike-friendly candidates, including SFBC members, who deserve bicyclists' consideration as well. Please see http://www.sfbike.org/vote for a plethora of details. And stay tuned as we ask for your help getting the bike vote out on November 2nd!
Death Spurs Safety Improvements On Potrero Ave
Do you remember Elizabeth Dominguez? This sweet 4-year-old girl was run down on the sidewalk by a speeding vehicle last February at Potrero and 24th Streets. Elizabeth's tragic death is first and foremost in the minds of hundreds of neighborhood residents who are demanding much-needed safety improvements for Potrero Street.
As we told you in a recent Biker Bulletin, the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) has put together a package of traffic calming measures for Potrero St, including bike lanes, bulb outs, pedestrian countdown signals and more. Unfortunately, this project does *not* include the 6 blocks of Potrero between 17th and Division, and 25th and Cesar Chavez.
The DPT's Potrero Livable Streets Project is hosting a Potrero "walk-through" next Monday, September 20th, meeting at 17th and Potrero at 5pm, where DPT staff will showcase the proposed improvements in a guided tour.
A second DPT community meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd, at General Hospital's Carr Auditorium (in Building 3 at 22nd and San Bruno Ave). It is important for SFBC members to attend, learn more, and speak up in favor of the Potrero safety improvements being implemented as soon as possible. The SFBC is urging the DPT to widen the proposed Potrero bike lanes to Valencia Street dimensions, and to prioritize a second phase of the project that would extend the new bike lanes north to Division and south to Cesar Chavez.
For more information, download the neighborhood flyer at http://www.sfbike.org/download/actions/potrero.pdf
or visit DPT's Potrero Ave Livable Streets Project site: http://www.sfgov.org/site/dpt_index.asp?id=26843
Volunteer Night Bustles This Week!
The weekly Wednesday Volunteer Night is a grand SFBC tradition that goes back for years, which recently shifted to a bi-weekly schedule. This week (tonight, September 15th) there's a big mailing about the SFBC campaign to complete the Waterfront Bike Route to send out, plus plenty of welcome packets to stuff for the new SFBC members that joined at the T-Mobile International bike race. There's a ton of data entry, and a big bike phone tree, too.
Since we're now cramming two weeks of work into every Volunteer Night, we'll especially value your help getting everything done. I hope to have every room bustling with activity! Of course, we're continuing our tradition of tasty treats, and volunteers will vote for the dinner cuisine we'll be serving (either Indian, Chinese, Pizza or Vietnamese).
Next week, on September 22nd, is the Tube Times Folding Party for our October/November issue, with a special phonebank tacked on. Volunteer Night returns again on September 29th, with more data entry than ever! All of this fun & games for a good cause goes down from 5-9pm at SFBC HQ, located at 1095 Market St (@ 7th), above the Civic Center BART Station. Bring your bikes inside! For more information, contact Michael Calfee at 431-2453x21.
Bike Plan Update -- Final Meeting
The long-awaited first piece of the Citywide Bike Plan Update is ready for prime time. The Department of Parking & Traffic 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 tonight, Wednesday, September 15th, at 6:15pm at City Hall Room 408. To see the draft, check out http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org/site/dptbike_index.asp
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 still far behind schedule.. but we're pushing the city to get a move on it. We'll continue to update you on its progress.
Madcat Film Screening Features "Jam"
We're proud to support the MadCat Women's International Film Festival, which exhibits independent and experimental films and videos directed by women from around the globe. Screenings began on September 14th and continues through October 3rd. Get more information on each program & locations (and join the MadCat email announcement list) at http://www.madcatfilmfestival.org
The SFBC is proud to sponsor "Home Sweet Home" (MadCat Program #5), on Tuesday, September 21st, which is chock full of riveting documentaries that chronicle the lives of communities and individuals as they navigate their search for new homes. This program includes "Jam," an observational documentary about people who are stuck in a seemingly never-ending traffic jam. Enjoy a free BBQ before the screening at the El Rio, starting at 6:30 at 3158 Mission St @ Precita. After the free grub, grab a drink & snuggle with your honey under the stars on the El Rio back terrace, where MadCat is screening their program. Bring a blanket!
Want FREE tickets to this screening? We're looking for 2 volunteers to staff a small SFBC table & circulate our Waterfront Bike Route petition before the show. This is a great thing to do with a friend. If you're interested, contact Michael at 431-2453x21 or email@example.com
Experience The World At The Adventure Travel Expo!
Crave excitement? Your SFBC membership just got more valuable!
We've arranged for a special discount for SFBC members at a huge new annual event showcasing the best in adventure, cultural, and active travel. The Adventure Travel Expo features over 70 seminars, personal appearances and book signings by well-known adventurers and explorers, a world music stage, on the floor activities such as rock climbing walls and adventure courses, scuba and kayaking pool, practical demonstrations by outfitters and leading photographers, reality show auditions, and plenty of nonstop action!
Over 350 worldwide exhibitors (including the SFBC) will present the best in adventure, cultural, and active travel at the San Mateo County Expo Center, when it is open to the public on October 9 -10, 2004. You won't want to miss it!
Now to the discount part...this is where your SFBC membership saves you even more money! Register online at http://www.adventureexpo.com and enter SFBCSF below your name (where it says coupon code) for $5 off - Admission cost will be $10 per adult rather than the usual $15. Coupon codes are not applicable onsite so please be sure to pre-register. Further discounts apply for youth 6-16; children under 6 are free.
Did we mention you can get FREE admission by volunteering? Contact Michael at 431-2453x21 or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer at the SFBC expo booth, and take in all the action on the floor when you're finished. Just another way to help a great cause while having a blast!
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