January 18, 2005
SFBC NOW HIRING!
We are excited to announce that the SFBC is seeking three talented, committed individuals to join our growing movement to make San Francisco the best biking city in the country. The positions include: a full-time Membership Director, a half-time Community Organizer, and a 10 hour/week Operations Assistant. You can view the job descriptions at www.sfbike.org/?jobs We would appreciate members' help in sharing this announcement far-and-wide with your friends and associates. And we look forward to welcoming three new extraordinary staff members!
OAKDALE & FULTON BIKE LANES MOVE FORWARD; 14TH ST. HELD BACK
Last Friday, at a Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) hearing, plans for bike lanes on Oakdale between Selby and Bayshore and a bike lane on Fulton between Webster and Baker got the go-ahead, while a bike lane on 14th St. between Market and Dolores was delayed unexpectedly due to merchant concerns, especially from Mecca, a restaurant/bar on Market St (who incidentally often blocks the Market St. bike lane with their valet parking operation). We are in touch with Supervisor Dufty's office, and anticipate a community meeting within the next two months to address resident and merchant concerns.
In the mean time, if you live in District 8 (Castro, Noe Valley, parts of the Mission, Duboce Triangle, Diamond Heights) it is important to write a letter or send an e-mail to Supervisor Dufty to support the 14th St. bike lane (contact information at http://www.sfbike.org/leaders). Though only two blocks long, the 14th St. proposal is one of the top 20 projects selected by the community in the Bike Plan Update process, and would close a critical gap between Market and the popular, existing 14th St. bike lanes.
YOU CAN FIX THE STREETS...YES, YOU!
How many times have you noticed a dangerously deep hole in the road, a mysteriously missing half-block of bike lane, or the perfect place for a quick-fix of an ailing bike route? Don't just grumble, do something about it. We're happy to report that the DPT Bike Program has asked for SFBC members' help in fixing the streets we ride on by suggesting "spot improvements." These can be maintenance requests or simple improvements that just may have slipped under the city's radar so far. Please email your ideas - please be brief but specific - to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it's a pothole you want to report, it's best to directly call the Department of Public Works (DPW) at 415-695-2100 or e-mail email@example.com DPW promises to fix a reported pothole within 48 hours. (And let us know how DPW is doing responding to your complaints, by also sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)
TAKE ACTION FOR SF-EAST BAY BICYCLE CONNECTION
SFBC staff has been busy meeting with state legislators to shore up support for a shore to shore bicycle/ pedestrian/ maintenance pathway on the Bay Bridge. So far, we have met with the offices of Senators Carole Migden and Jackie Speier, and Assemblymembers Leno and Yee. Leno, in particular, has been supportive of our efforts, and all have expressed conceptual support for this important connection that will benefit cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. We are now turning our attention to the regional transportation decisionmaking body, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), who will likely make a decision within the next few months about how much to raise bridge tolls, and what exactly to spend that revenue on.
Members' Action Needed at the Regional Level: Please send a quick and free fax to the MTC Commissioners using our web site. Simply click on http://www.sfbike.org/baybridge_fax and type in your message (including personal reasons why you would ride the new pathway) and click send. For more information about the campaign, see http://www.sfbike.org/baybridge or contact email@example.com to volunteer or join the Bay Bridge Task Force.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 1ST BIKE PLAN UPDATE HEARING
Slowly but surely, the first piece of the Bike Plan Update is moving thru the official legislative approval process. The Policy Document, (which includes recommendations about bike policy, street design, education, enforcement, etc....not the actual bike lane proposals), will be considered by the Planning Commission next Thursday, January 27th at 1:30pm at City Hall, Room 400. We are looking for 5-6 members who can attend the hearing and speak about the importance of having a strong Bike Plan and timely implementation of that Plan. If you can make the hearing, please contact Mary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
HONE YOUR SKILLS TO RIDE SAFER ON THE STREET!
The SFBC is organizing another Street Skills class this Saturday, January 22 from 10am-2pm at the Richmond Police Station on 6th Ave. just south of Geary. The class is free, is held in the classroom, and it is a prerequisite for the on-road course we also offer. Sign up today and find out more info. by visiting http://www.sfbike.org/edu
DESPERATELY SEEKING DRIVERS
Do you have a friend, coworker, or roommate who regularly drives to work? Have they expressed interest in trying a bike commute? If so, let us know! We're looking for a regular car commuter who's willing to try biking to work for a week as the subject of a Tube Times feature story. E-mail email@example.com for more information or to volunteer.
WHAT ARE THOSE TOURISTS DOING DRIVING AROUND SF??
The San Francisco Air Quality Resource Team is working on a car free tourism project modeled on the Santa Barbara Car Free Project (see http://www.santabarbaracarfree.com). The goal of the project is to show visitors how easy it is to see San Francisco car-free and thus reduce the number of cars coming into the city for day and weekend trips. For more information about the Car Free Project, and if you are interested in helping to develop this innovative project, contact Jim Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAIN of EVENTSCheck 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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