SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 19, 2004
FOUR BIKE PROJECTS PASS UNANIMOUSLY!
Good news all around for bikes at Monday's Board of Supervisors Land Use Hearing: Bike lanes were approved on Folsom Street and the San Jose Ave/Guerrero corridor. Plus, an innovative (for SF) project to replace car parking with on-street bike parking in front of the Main Library was approved.
Finally, the first phase of Bus Rapid Transit was approved for the Geary/O'Farrell corridor -- though opponents are gearing up to oppose it at Tuesday's Transportation Authority meeting at 10:30am at City Hall, Room 260. Supportive speakers are definitely needed. (Thanks to the supporters at today's successful hearing!) And stay tuned for news of all of these exciting projects being implemented.
SFBC OPPOSES PROPOSAL to WIDEN MLK DRIVE
We are distressed to learn about a proposal to widen Martin Luther King Drive (in Golden Gate Park) to four lanes between Lincoln Ave and the Music Concourse. The idea, being considered by the Concourse Authority, is in response to a recent court ruling that the currently planned entrances to the garage being built in the Park would be illegal. (The original legislation, passed by voters in 1998, called for the "dedicated" entrances to the garage to be outside of the Park.) But this new proposal to simply widen MLK Drive to add traffic lanes would be harmful to the Park, and to pedestrians and bicyclists, including eliminating the possibility for bike lanes on MLK Dr. (You can read more about this worrisome proposal at http://www.sfpix.com/alt_options)
Three ways you can help:
TIME TO EXPLORE TRIATHLONS
The Bay Area is a perfect place to explore triathlons. You are sure to be in good company both in the water & out on the road - triathlons are very popular and you'll find people training for them everywhere. Now's actually a great time to look into training for a triathlon, as you'll be in great shape for the spring season if you begin soon.
To help our demystify this exciting & popular sport, we've created a FAQ to help get you started. Wonder about training while commuting, or what Tri Clubs are in the Bay Area? Check out the SFBC's new Triathlon information page: http://www.sfbike.org/?triathlon
COMING UP: TREASURE ISLAND TRIATHLON
> In just a few weeks, the Treasure Island Triathlon will bring up 3-4,000 local & international athletes together, on the weekend of November 6th. We're recruiting volunteers to staff the SFBC table at the race Expo, and to help support the athletes as they compete (by giving out water, etc). For more info about the race, see http://www.tricalifornia.com/treasureisland/2004/
If you'd like to get closer to these jocks, contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-2453x21.
WHERE's YOUR HOUSE-SIGN? WANT a FREE T-SHIRT?
One of the easiest ways to support bike-friendly Supervisor candidates is by displaying a sign out of a street-facing window. These signs are free, and putting them up is a great way to give your favorite candidate some (usually much-needed) visibility. Just drop by the campaign HQ, and pick one up! (Follow the appropriate url below to find each HQ address). If there isn't a race in your neighborhood, just put up a sign from the race that matters most to you, no matter where it is in the city.
DID YOU SAY "FREE T-SHIRT"?
Yes, a nice, well-constructed, colorful t-shirt could be yours at no cost, just by volunteering! The campaign to elect Ross Mirkarimi Supervisor in District 5 is giving away t-shirts to folks who lend a hand. And they're quality shirts, too - bright red with white & blue lettering. You can pick up your free shirt at any of the following events:
Neither date work? This campaign has plenty of volunteer opportunities, all week long. Find out more at http://www.rossforsupervisor.org/
TWO WEEKS LEFT to WIN a BIKE-FRIENDLY MAJORITY
We need members' help now more than ever to make sure that we keep a bike-friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors. Please understand that this is *not* a given. There are several tight races that could make or break the level of support for bike projects in the coming years. Our endorsed candidates are looking to the SFBC's grassroots energy to help put edge them toward victory. There are 3 easy ways you can help:
JOIN a VOLUNTEER PARTY for the SUPE near YOU!
Yes, Virginia, you can have lots of fun while helping pro-bike candidates win their Supervisor races. Just come to one of the many Volunteer Parties in the next two weeks! Here's a short list of what's coming up... but don't think this is everything out there... be sure to visit the campaign websites for up-to-date information.
Together, we can build a bike-friendly Board! Here are our top volunteer needs during the next week:
DISTRICT 1: Jake McGoldrick
DISTRICT 3: Aaron Peskin
DISTRICT 5: Ross Mirkarimi (see the "free t-shirt" offer above)
DISTRICT 9: Tom Ammiano
DISTRICT 11: Gerardo Sandoval
HELP CREATE WINTERFEST FABULOUSNESS!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 5th, as the SFBC's biggest party of the year, Winterfest 2004 is fast approaching! Get ready to enjoy great music, food, and the BEST place to find yourself surrounded by bicyclists on a December Sunday night!
Please help us make this year's Winterfest the BEST of San Francisco biking fun. Consider volunteering your time in the following areas NOW and at the event: design and publicity, entertainment, decorations, food and beverages, our silent and live auction, and sales. We need you if you can make some phone calls, transform a large space into a beautiful biking winter wonderland, if you have a quick and trained auctioneer's eye, and in many other areas. People willing & able to lead volunteer teams are especially valuable. Please contact Lisa Ruth Elliott, Winterfest Coordinator, at email@example.com or 415.431.BIKE(2453) x15 if you can lend some time.
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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