SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 16, 2004
FOLSOM ST BIKE LANES GET STRIPED - this week!!
Rainbow Grocery customers and Folsom St commuters will have reason to rejoice today, as work crews lay down the final paint job on the long-awaited extension of the Folsom Street bike lanes, from 11th Street to 14th. This important addition to our city's Bike Network passed the Board of Supervisors a couple months ago, thanks to letters, postcards & calls from SFBC members and the good work of the Department of Parking & Traffic.
Next up for bike lanes in SOMA are Townsend, Second & Fifth Streets, which are part of the Bike Plan Update process. Our sources say that action on Townsend and Market St will come before 2nd & 5th, with further details coming soon - stay tuned!
NEW BRIDGE DESIGN NOT PRETTY, but HOPEFULLY BIKE FRIENDLY
Last Friday, the Schwarzenegger administration announced that it was scrapping plans for a landmark Bay Bridge suspension span, instead pursuing a "skyway" (often referred to as a "freeway on stilts") to replace the current, seismically unsafe East Span connecting Oakland to Yerba Buena island. The more than 400 letters, faxes and emails from people like you are making a difference - thank you! We are now receiving reassurances from Caltrans that a bike/ped pathway will be included, regardless of the design. But that is only half the story, as this construction project is only half of the bridge.
The full Bay Bridge is composed of two spans - East & West of Yerba Buena Island, and right now the State has a plan but no funding to add a bike/ped pathway to the West Span. The engineering studies are complete, and adding a bike/ped path is definitely feasible- we just need state and regional leaders to commit to funding it.
Even if you've already written to Arnold, our state elected officials also need to hear from you. Please take a minute and write a short e-mail thanking them for their support for a pathway on the East Span, and asking them to support a shore-to-shore pathway to connect with San Francisco, which means adding a pathway to the West Span. You can find talking points and other information at http://www.sfbike.org/?bay_bridge_benefits
Assemblymember Mark Leno (415) 557-3013 Assemblymember.Leno@assembly.ca.gov Assemblymember Leland Yee (415) 557-2312 Assemblymember.Yee@assembly.ca.gov Senator Jackie Speier (415) 557-7857 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Carole Migden (415) 557-1300 email@example.com
WEDNESDAY LAST DAY to VOTE for SFBC BOARD
If you have not yet cast your vote for the seven open seats on the SFBC's Board of Directors, now is your last chance. This important election ends Wednesday, December 15th at 5pm, and we want members' input. You can read candidate statements & find out more about this process on the SFBC website: http://www.sfbike.org/?board_election
You should have received an email with a personalized login link. Members without email should have received a paper ballot along with their Dec/Jan Tube Times. If you didn't receive the email or the paper ballot, please contact Chris Hayashida Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a special login ID. (Members who were current as of 11/24/04 are eligible to vote.) For more information, or to login and vote, go to http://www.sfbike.org/board_election.
HOW do YOU FEEL the LOVE? TELL US ALL ABOUT IT!
A survey published in the current issue of Bicycling Magazine reveals that 59% of cyclists believe that biking helps their sex life. One woman in her 30's told the magazine, "Riding is the best aphrodisiac. After a ride, I feel like the toughest, sexiest babe on the planet."
We couldn't agree more - biking is more than sexy, it helps make YOU sexier! To help educate everyone about the benefits of biking for everyday transportation - including better sex - we're looking for personal stories from people like you to spotlight on the SFBC website as we approach Valentine's Day. We're looking for everything from stories about great biking dates you've had, to testimonials about how you've felt more attractive after starting to commute by bike.
For some creative inspiration, check out this Chronicle article about the SFBC's Love on Wheels Valentine's Day Bash: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/ 06/WBGC14NJP21.DTL
If you're interested in helping us tell the world about the sexual appeal of bicycling, contact Michael at email@example.com or 431-2453x21.
HELP a FRIEND GET BIKING for 2005
We all know people who would bike around town, if they only had the right introduction.
That's where YOU come in! Like a workout partner, sometimes all you need to start biking is a buddy who can show you the basics. And the SFBC has some great resources to help you out, including the fabulous, easy to read "Urban Biker's Tips & Tricks" -- packed with useful bathroom reading for anyone looking for city cycling secrets.
To make it easy for you & your friend, we've created fabulous, custom gift membership packages with several price and option levels. You can give the basic gift membership for $25, that includes a red blinky light, a letter acknowledging your gift, a one-year subscription to the Tube Times, discounts at dozens of bike shops, our fabulous biking map, valuable biking tidbits, reflectors, stickers, and more!
Generous folks can add a copy of "Urban Biker's Tip's & Tricks" (or the t-shirt of their choice) to the basic gift membership package described above - for what amounts to $1 a week, including shipping. And know that you're giving more than a tighter tush - you're helping people realize all the benefits of biking, while helping a great cause.
Simply fill out this handy, secure online form for each gift you'd like to give: http://www.sfbike.org/?gift Be sure to place your order before December 20th to guarantee receipt before the 25th. And don't hesitate to contact Michael Calfee, Membership Director, at 415/431-BIKE x21 with any questions!
BROAD NEW COALITION FORMS to STOP MLK WIDENING
A broad new coalition of organizations has formed to oppose the widening of Martin Luther King Drive in Golden Gate Park to four lanes, as well as a second entrance to the underground parking garage currently being built in direct contradiction to Proposition J.
The coalition includes the SFBC, Walk SF, Rescue Muni, SF League of Conservation Voters, Inner Sunset Merchants Association, Sierra Club, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, Alliance for Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, and many others. We are calling on the Board of Supes to put the brakes on this disastrous plan, and protect the park from vastly increased traffic that would result. For more information, see this NEW editorial published last week in the Bay Guardian: http://www.sfbg.com/39/10/news_ggpark.html
Even if you have already sent a fax to the Recreation and Park Commission, please send a fax to your district supervisor (we automatically cc the Mayor). It's easy- go to our home page at and click on the simulated photo to go to our fax page.
LOVE or HATE NEW SHARED LANE ARROWS? TELL the BAC!
Have you been to a Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting yet? The BAC is a public body that advises the Board of Supervisors on all things bicycle, and they have their next meeting on Wed., Dec. 15 at 6:15pm, in City Hall's Room 408 (on Polk btwn Grove & McAllister). The public is encouraged to attend and bring any bicycle related issues to the attention of the committee. The session this Wednesday will feature a discussion of standards for the "Sharrow" shared-lane marking beginning to come into use in San Francisco; the DPT Bike Program has made an initial set of Sharrow applications on streets around the city. They are interested in hearing about your experiences with, and ideas for, the best use of this innovative lane marking device. You can download a 6-page bundle of background information on Sharrow standards here: http://sf-now.com/sf-bike/Sharrow_docs.pdf The full BAC hearing agenda is available here in PDF format: http://sf-now.com/sf-bike/BAC_Agenda_20041215.pdf For more information, see http://sfgov.org/bac or contact Andy Thornley, BAC Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER at FELL & MASONIC as a CROSSING GUARD
The SFBC is continuing our efforts, with partner group WalkSF, to educate and stop drivers who violate pedestrian and bicycle right-of-way at the Masonic crossing of the Panhandle Pathway. We are also 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. The crossing guard program during evening rush hour has been well received! We need more volunteers to be crossing guards and to let people know about SFBC in general. To volunteer for an evening shift as a crossing guard Monday thru Friday from 4:30-6:30pm, e-mail Michael Cobb at email@example.com
RELIVE WINTERFEST with THREE PHOTO GALLERIES!
You can easily relive those moments of captivating performance, scintillating conversation, and narrowly missed deals on auction items at Winterfest, thanks to a fun article profiling our annual celebration in the Bay Area Reporter: http://www.sfbike.org/?cyclical
Three galleries of party photos also await you from the above link - go ahead, see if we caught you spilling that free beer or drooling over all the cool bike art!
But what you really can't pass up are the great deals still to be had. We have loads of extra, unsold lycra (and other fun and fashionable bike gear) at rock bottom prices. Yes, literally rock bottom, like $15 for a new Bellweather jacket! So far this week, only those who've come to pick up their auction items at the SFBC offices have been able to experience these amazing prices, but you can get them too. Tomorrow's Volunteer Night is a great time to go shopping! (see the Chain of Events below for Volunteer Night details)
If you still have items to pick up from the Silent or Live Auctions, please do so by Friday, December 17, so we can go to our holiday destination assured that your holidays are full of Winterfest bike cheer.
CHAIN of EVENTS
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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