SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 5, 2004
PUBLIC SAYS: "CALM POTRERO TRAFFIC NOW!"
At last Saturday's community meeting on changes coming to Potrero Ave, several dozen local residents spoke forcefully and eloquently about the horrific impacts of freeway style traffic through Parking and Traffic put neighborhood safety above 30-60 second estimated auto-driver delays and adhere to their scheduled January implementation of a traffic calming project planned for Potrero that will include bike lanes, center turn lanes, and pedestrian refuges. The community overwhelmingly rejected as inadequate a last minute "alternative" proposed by Muni that would eliminate most of the calming elements of the plan, including bike lanes and a center turn lane in favor of two bus lanes. At the same time there was broad support for Muni improvements in the future, as they are planned and funded, including an eventual plan for real Geary-style Bus Rapid Transit-BRT-on Potrero. A very strong consensus emerged that BRT would be welcome on Potrero, but the traffic calming measures, conceived in response to the death of a 4-year old Buena Vista student, Elizabeth Dominguez last year, could simply not wait another day. If you haven't already done so, please e-mail the City at email@example.com (cc'ing firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask them to proceed with the original plan for traffic calming on Potrero as soon as possible. For further details please see http://www.sfbike.org/potrero
BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT - THURSDAY!
After fun-filled years of sold out shows in New York City the Fourth Annual Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) is coming to San Francisco next week! The Fest will present its selection of thirty passionate, hip and entertaining films from around the world October 7th through 9th at two local venues - and promises to sell out (so get your advance tickets today!). These films embrace all aspects of bicycle culture by showcasing the lives of cyclists, BMX-ers, messengers, environmental advocates, fanatics, and all bike freaks.
At Opening Night on Thursday, October 7th, the "Mighty" nightclub kicks off the Fest with "Red Light Go" a wild ride into the underground world of bike messenger street racing, otherwise known as Alleycats. Also on for Thursday Oct. 7th is "Stars and Watercarriers" featuring Eddy Merckx in the 1973 Giro D'Italia. This film will be accompanied with a live score by Horizontal Dropout followed by Party with DJ's both homegrown & imported from NYC. The Fest rounds up on Friday and Saturday at Red Vic with a wide range of films from "Paperboys" - Mike Mills' brilliant documentary, and everybody's favorite "Pee Wee's Big Adventure."
The Bicycle Film Festival is co-sponsored by the SFBC, the Bay Guardian and Puma. It has something for everyone - including several premieres, including coverage of the infamous RNC bicycle protests last month, where 400 bicyclists were arrested. Check out the packed festival program and get advance tickets at http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
VOLUNTEER & GET FREE ADMISSION!
Lend a helping hand at the Opening Night party on Thursday, October 7th, and get free admission! Get your slot today by emailing email@example.com. We need your help!
BIKE the BAY BRIDGE: OUR CAMPAIGN GROWS...
Excitement is building about a bike/ pedestrian/ maintenance pathway on the West Span of the Bay Bridge. On Friday, the SFBC sent a formal letter to Mayor Gavin Newsom, Assemblymembers Yee and Leno, and Senator Jackie Speier requesting their support for the project. You may have also read a front page article in the October/ November Tube Times about our efforts. If not, check it out online here: http://www.sfbike.org/?tubetimes
$200 million may seem like a lot of money, but the pathway will truly be an economic boon to the Bay Area when it is built. If we can get regional and state leaders to at least commit $1 million for the environmental review process and then $10 million for the design of the project, we will have generated significant momentum to achieve full non-motorized access on the bridge!
Be sure to check out the SFBC's new Bay Bridge web page at http://www.sfbike.org/baybridge which includes costs and benefits of the pathway, and a history of Bay Bridge non-motorized advocacy.
FUN TREASURE ISLAND RIDE THIS SATURDAY
Also, you have a unique opportunity this weekend to tour Treasure Island by bicycle, led by Jack Sylvan, who is heading up the Mayor's Task Force on Base Reuse and Development. What a great opportunity to see a whole new neighborhood of San Francisco, while promoting a shore-to-shore multi-use pathway on the Bay Bridge! And, since Urban Ecology is kindly providing a van for people's bikes, you don't even have to get your feet wet, or risk arrest to get there... for details, see our "Chain of Events" calendar below under Saturday's listing for "TREASURE ISLAND ON TWO WHEELS" (and make sure to rsvp).
MORE BIKE LANES COMING SOON!
Four bike-related items are on the agenda at the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee hearing, on Monday, October 18th at 1pm. Please mark your calendar & plan to come out and support them if you can.
LAST CHANCE TO BE A BUBBLE or BUNNY!
Hey SFBC members, here is your chance to do some silly, suited cycling! The Aeolian Ride gets its inspiration, quite literally, from the wind. Each participant wears a suit that puffs up when they ride, lending to the mass a contour akin to a child's fairy tale, the softness of cloud rendered critters, or the ethereal quality of a sail caught wind. The ride fosters interaction between the individual and their environment, supports the unmitigated experience of riding a bicycle in an urban area, and invites union of the excitement and playful energy of both riders and spectators.
Co-sponsored by our very own SFBC this event takes place SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH at 4pm. There is yet another ride on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7th, as part of a special parade that will end at the Bicycle Film Festival Opening Night at Mighty. Both rides are a recreational hour and a half to two hour ride whose route is yet to be announced. All interested parties, please visit http://www.aeolian-ride.info to SIGN UP! Soon your chance to be a bubble on wheels will pass you by, as there's only 50 spots available...
SFBC and WALK SF LAUNCH CROSSING GUARD PROGRAM
Drivers continue to routinely violate bicycle and pedestrian right of way at the Masonic crossing of the Panhandle Pathway, but SFBC and Walk SF are teaming up to protect cyclists and pedestrians. We are launching a crossing guard program during evening rush hour to make sure non-motorized traffic makes it across the street safely without being cut off by drivers making a 'free' left turn from Fell onto Masonic. The Department of Parking and Traffic has plans to improve the visibility of the crosswalk and provide a 'head start' for cyclists and pedestrians. However, these measures do not go far enough, and the main turning conflict will still exist even with the changes that are planned. We are requesting that the City implement 'Option C' from the Bike Plan Update which would stop left turning cars with a red left turn arrow while cyclists and pedestrians have a safe, conflict-free phase. For more details about the improvements proposed for this key intersection, see http://www.sfbike.org/?bikeplan_masonicfell To volunteer for an evening shift as a crossing guard, starting next week, from 5-7pm, e-mail Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org Also, we would welcome the donation of any hand held stop signs or high visibility vests.
GET FREE ADVENTURE TICKETS at BIKE SHOPS all this week!
Crave excitement? Like rock climbing? How about indoor scuba diving?
Then you should LOVE free tickets to the Adventure Travel Expo, which features non-stop action while showcasing the best in adventure, cultural, and active travel. You can get them at the following bike shops with any purchase, starting this weekend:
MARINA / FISHERMAN's WHARF
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 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! For more information, see http://www.adventureexpo.com
Check out our online calendar of events at http://www.sfbike.org/?chain
Add your bike event to our calendar by emailing email@example.com (Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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