SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 12, 2004
FOUR BIKE ISSUES FACE VOTE at ACTION-PACKED HEARING
Has it been a while since you biked down to City Hall to speak truth to power? Next Monday, October 18th is a great opportunity to reconnect with your representatives and support four great bike projects that will greatly improve San Francisco biking conditions. It's all happening at the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee, next Monday at 1pm in Room 263 at City Hall.
The four projects include:
*The Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) has been working on the "Rainbow connection," or extending the Folsom St. bike lane to 14th from 11th Street, to run by Rainbow Grocery.
*New bike lanes on San Jose Ave. between Randall and 28th Streets, and on Guerrero Street adjacent to Cesar Chavez. These improvements are a direct result of neighborhood and SFBC members' recent outcry about the area's poor safety record.
*Approval for Geary/ O'Farrell transit improvements, which include widening roadway space for bikes, as well as several other measures to speed up Muni service.
*Increasing bike parking in front of the Main Library on Grove Street, by removing several car parking spaces, in a proposal brought forward by the Department of Parking & Traffic.
We hope to see you speaking out to support these great improvements this coming Monday! For more information, contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-BIKEx23.
MEET TYLER HAMILTON THIS WEEKEND!
Have you ever met a Gold Medal winning athlete? This weekend you'll get your chance, at a special reception with Gold Medalist cyclist Tyler Hamilton, this Saturday, October 16th at Fort Mason. You'll also be helping a great cause: Multiple Sclerosis research and patient support.
At this special event, you'll hear Tyler's tales from the 2004 racing season, and catch a special preview of the upcoming IMAX film BRAIN POWER. This powerful new film explores the extraordinary processes of the human brain by following world-class, professional cyclist, Tyler Hamilton as he trains and participates in the ultimate global sports event-the Tour de France-one of the world's most grueling competitions. There will be an opportunity to ask Tyler questions following the program.
Tickets for this special event are only $30, with proceeds directly benefiting the Tyler Hamilton Foundation, which is dedicated helping individuals affected by multiple sclerosis. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tylerhamiltonfoundation.org/tylertunes45.html (Hurry! Internet sales end this Thursday!)
If you'd like to volunteer & get in free, email Michael at email@example.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ELECT BIKE-FRIENDLY SUPERVISORS
With just over 20 days until Election Day, the SFBC is clicking into high gear to help support the most bike-friendly candidates to win in the Board of Supervisors race. We either will or will not have a bike-majority on the Board (making every bike lane decision for the next four years), based on this election. That's why we need members' help now to get the word out. Please sign up to volunteer for at least one event between now and Election Day ( We need your help even if you don't live in one of these districts, because this election will affect the entire city!).
Here are our top volunteer needs during the next week: (To volunteer, please RSVP to Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org)
+ Tuesday, October 12, 5:30-9pm, 219 Clement @ 3rd Ave. Phone banking for Jake McGoldrick, SFBC-endorsed candidate for District 1. This is a particularly hotly contested race, where Jake really needs our grassroots help against the moneyed, downtown interests. (And find out more about Jake at http://www.jakemcgoldrick.org/>http://www.jakemcgoldrick.org/)
+ Thursday, October 14, 6-9pm, 1417 Valencia @ 25th St. Phone banking for Tom Ammiano, SFBC-endorsed candidate for District 9. (And find out more about Tom at http://www.ammiano.com)
+ Saturday, October 16, 12 noon, 1417 Valencia @ 25th St. Bike Ride for Tom Ammiano! We're helping to promote a fun ride around District 9 in support of Tom. To RSVP for this ride and to find out more, please call 4115-647-9900 or email@example.com
+ Sunday, October 17, 6-8:30pm, 4760 Mission @ Russia Sts. Phone banking for Gerardo Sandoval, SFBC-endorsed candidate for District 11, another hotly contested race where our help is really needed. (And find out more about Gerardo at http://www.sandoval2004.com/)
+ Wednesday, October 20, 6-9pm, 268 Haight @ Fillmore Phone banking for Ross Mirkarimi, SFBC-endorsed candidate for District 5. (And find out more about Ross at http://www.rossforsupervisor.org)
CHANGES AT THE EMBARCADERO BIKESTATION
Bikestation (formerly known as Bikestation Coalition), a non-profit organization dedicated to "helping build communities that are healthier and more livable by providing secure bicycle parking," has been awarded the contract for running the Bikestation located within the Embarcadero BART/ MUNI station. Bikestation also operates facilities in Seattle and Long Beach. As part of the shift of management responsibility from Mike's Bikes to Bikestation, BART has decided to reduce the attended hours, install a keyless entry system and CCTV, and add fees for non-rush hour access. The attended hours will continue to be 7am to 7pm through this Friday the 15th. Starting Monday the 18th, attended hours will be 7:30am-9:30am and 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday.
Parking and retrieval during staffed hours will continue to be free of charge- however if you need access to your bike during non-staffed hours, you must sign up as a Bikestation member for $20/ year, plus $1/ day to access the facility during unstaffed hours. You can get unlimited access for one year for $96. The good news is that SFBC members save 10% off these prices.
We've been hearing concerns from SFBC members about the reductions in staffed hours and the new fees. If you are a Bikestation customer and you have feedback about the new system, please let us know how it's working for you by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Bikestation directly at email@example.com or call 415-834-1049.
HEARING: STOP THE PIERS 27-31 PROJECT
5:30pm Tuesday Oct. 12th, at the Ferry Building 2nd Floor- Port Commission Chambers
Tomorrow the Port Commission will vote on whether to approve the Mills Corporation's shopping mall/office project on the 19-acre site at Piers 27-31 on the Embarcadero. According to independent traffic engineers, the proposed mix of uses will bring thousands of new cars to the already congested Embarcadero, essentially turning it into a parking lot. It will also swamp the already overloaded F-line, and lead to severe conflicts with cyclists on the Embarcadero Promenade and in the bike lanes. The hearing will be held on Tuesday October 12, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Ferry Building. Please attend if you are at all able to do so. If you have questions, you can contact Paul Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information, a useful overview of the project can be found at http://www.csfn.net/newsletterpix/June04Nwslttr.pdf
BAY AREA BICYCLE COALITION SEEKS BOARD MEMBER
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) is looking for a dynamic individual to join their Board of Directors as an at-large Director. The BABC is a non-profit organization that represents the local bicycle coalitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on issues of regional significance. BABC priorities include implementing the Regional Bicycle Plan, improving bicycle access to all Bay Are transit systems, and securing direct bicycle access to all trans-bay bridges. For more information on BABC, see www.bayareabikes.org. BABC Board meetings are typically held every two months, on the first or second Tuesday of the month. BABC seeks a candidate for the at-large Director position with experience and skills in any or all of the following areas: bicycle advocacy, organizational development, fund-raising, public relations, and project management.
If you are interested in joining the BABC Board to help promote cycling throughout the Bay Area, please send a letter of interest and resume to David Burch at email@example.com.
REGISTER NOW for HANDS-ON ROAD BIKING CLASS
If you've already taken our Street Skills course, here is your chance to take what you learned on the road, thus completing the League of American Bicyclists' Bike Ed Road I certification. We will be practicing emergency maneuvers, and riding in various traffic conditions to test your knowledge of vehicular cycling skills. Open to adults 14 and over. Bicycle, helmet, and pre-registration required Prerequisite: Day 1 Street Skills Course To register, go to http://www.sfbike.org/edu.
Check out our online calendar of events at http://www.sfbike.org/?chain.
Add your bike event to our calendar by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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