SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 12, 2005
SUPPORT 14TH ST. & OAKDALE BIKE LANES THIS FRIDAY MORNING
The SFBC is excited to support proposals for new bike lanes in the Bayview, Castro, and Alamo Square neighborhoods, specifically on the following streets: Oakdale between Bayshore and Selby; 14th St. between Market and Dolores; and Fulton St. (uphill) between Webster and Baker. Please come and speak in favor of these great projects at the DPT public hearing this Friday, 10am at City Hall, Room 416. There is expected to be some opposition at this hearing, so it is particularly important for bicyclists to attend and speak up for these newest proposed bike network projects. For more information, please contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org
FELL ST. UPDATE -- BIKE LANE MADE PERMANENT & FELL/MASONIC UPGRADES ON TAP
At the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee on Monday, the much-loved Fell St. bike lane between Scott and Baker Streets was made permanent, a final victory for a campaign that has lasted more than 10 years. In addition, on Tuesday, the Board approved the removal of three parking spaces on Fell St. at Masonic to improve visibility between cars and bikes. This approval will allow for implementation of other Phase I improvements for the Fell/ Masonic intersection, such as ladder crosswalk striping, advanced phase for bikes/ peds, and advanced stop line, all expected in February. Stay tuned for news on our push for additional improvements down the road. If you are interested in volunteering with the SFBC's Panhandle Xing Guard effort, send an e-mail to email@example.com
TAKE THE TRAINING WHEELS OFF -- UPCOMING SFBC BIKE ED COURSES
For those of you who have already taken an (in-class) Street Skills course, you can now go on to test those skills on the road as part of our Bike Ed Day 2- On Road course this Saturday, January 15th from 10am-4pm at the Park Branch Library on Page St. Space is very limited, so sign up today. If you haven't yet taken the Day 1 Street Skills course, another one is coming up in the Richmond on Saturday, January 22nd from 10am-2pm. Both classes are free, thanks to generous support from the City of San Francisco's Department of the Environment, Transportation Authority, and SFBC Board member David Soward. However, you must pre-register and receive confirmation before attending these classes, either online or by phone, at http://www.sfbike.org/edu or by calling 431-BIKE ext. 23.
TALC ENDORSES WEST SPAN BIKE PATH -- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Last week, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition Board (TALC), (see http://www.transcoalition.org) officially endorsed a platform that includes support for funding the Bay Bridge West Span bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance pathway, boosting an effort already underway to convince regional and state leaders to fund a pathway between Yerba Buena Island and Downtown San Francisco to connect with the pathway included in the plans for the replacement East Span. The SFBC has been working with TALC to conduct research on the numerous financial, transportation, and social benefits of a shore-to-shore pathway. As part of this research, we need to collect data on how many cyclists and pedestrians are using existing bridge pathways, such as those on the Golden Gate. If you are interested in donating your time this Spring to do some counts, please contact Josh Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on the Bay Bridge campaign, see our web site at http://www.sfbike.org/baybridge
WARNING -- KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR BIKE WHILE RIDING MUNI
We have recently heard from several members who have had their bikes stolen from the front rack of Muni buses. This problem seems particularly acute in the Tenderloin, which has experienced an increase in general bike theft. When you ride Muni buses with your bike, be sure to stay at the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike. If you are particularly concerned about your bike, you may lock the wheel to the frame, which prevents thieves from using the bike as a getaway vehicle. Muni requests that you refrain from locking your bike to the rack itself. Be sure to report any thefts to Muni and the SFPD. And, as always, record your bikes' serial numbers and keep in a safe place.
JOIN THE SFBC'S FIRST VOLUNTEER NIGHT IN '05 WEDNESDAY
That's right. We're back in the swing of things at the SFBC office, with much backlog of work from the holidays. If you can stop by to help, we'd love to see you. It's all happening Wednesday, January 12th, between 5pm and 8:30pm at SFBC HQ, 1095 Market St., Ste. 215. This is also a great chance to meet and greet our new, temporary Membership Director, Jodie Medeiros.
TAKE ACTION FOR BIKES... IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES!
Our current Actions web page has been updated. You can now see the SFBC's top, current campaigns in one place, including the push for Potrero Ave. traffic calming/bike lanes, Bay Bridge West Span bike/ped pathway, and opposition to road widening and garage entrances in Golden Gate Park. If you haven't written to your elected officials about any of these issues, please take this opportunity to do so. Your activism can make the difference leading to a bicycle friendly outcome. View the current actions at http://www.sfbike.org/actions
CALLING ALL "PROFESSIONALS" ON BIKES
We're excited to be helping an SFBC member & writer to identify local CEOs, doctors, lawyers, and other "mucky-mucks" who bike for transportation in the city. He's working on a column for SF Gate called "Bicycle Heros," which will feature people who clearly have the resources to own a car, but have chosen to make the bicycle their main mode of transit. Alleluia! If you fit the description and you're interested in being interviewed, please contact Larry Gallagher at email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BIKE REPAIR DAY
Do you have bike repair skills? Want to help out a worthy cause? Come to the YMCA/Beacon Center's Bike Repair Day, in which we will be repairing donated bikes for after school programs for inner-city middle school youth. This event is happening on Sunday, January 23rd (NOT the 22nd, as posted in the Tube Times), from 10-3 p.m., at the Letterman Gym in the Presidio (Building 1152 on Gorgas Ave., off of Lyon & Richardson). Please bring tools & a bike stand; lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Susan Silber, sus_si@Yahoo.com or 415-806-8955. Old bikes, tools & parts also accepted as donations.
BICYCLE FILM FEST TO EXPAND IN 2005; ACCEPTING LOCAL SUBMISSIONS
The Bicycle Film Festival is coming back to SF next Fall 2005! Due to popular demand, they are expanding to include Tokyo, LA, and London, in addition to San Francisco and, of course, their base in New York City. Part of this expansion will include the Bicycle Film Fest DVD. They are also interested in screening some great, original films from San Francisco.
If you are interested in submitting an original, bicycle themed film for consideration at the 2005 Film Fest, you must submit your film by February 18th. Go to the site for the submission form and info at http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com -- for more information, contact Brendt Barbur at firstname.lastname@example.org
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