SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 1, 2005
PANHANDLE CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED
Have you ever wanted to don a reflective vest, hold a stop sign, and be a good samaritan protecting your fellow San Franciscans from death and dismemberment? The Panhandle Crossing Guard program needs additional volunteers to fill shifts Monday through Thursday. If you have benefited from crossing safely at this intersection because of these hard working volunteers, consider lending a hand once a week, or on an as-needed basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out. Check out our Xing guard page for more details http://www.sfbike.org/xing_guards
POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS ON POTRERO PLANS
As you probably know, we have been frustrated during the past few months that a popular, community-based plan for Potrero traffic-calming has been held up by a last-minute Muni proposal that offered less pedestrian safety improvements. After many meetings with planners from Muni & DPT, we have reached a new compromise proposal for Potrero that we are excited about and which involved neighbors and bicycle and pedestrian advocates also support. In short, the new proposal adds bike lanes on both sides of Potrero, between Cesar Chavez & 17th Street; and takes away an auto lane in each direction in order to make room for pedestrian islands, more turn pockets for safer car movements; and adds a bus-only lane in the northbound direction between 24th and mid-block between 22nd/21st Sts.
Now, we need SFBC members' help to get this plan implemented A.S.A.P. (It's already half a year behind schedule!) Please email Michael Burns, the MTA Director at email@example.com with the following message:
BIKE PLAN UPDATE RESCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY
Thanks to all of the SFBC members who came out last week to help support the Policy Document of the Bike Plan Update as it moves thru the official legislative approval process. Unfortunately, the item was postponed until this Thursday, February 3rd. 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 Thursday 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 Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
PREVIEW CITY'S 5-YEAR FUNDING PLAN FOR BIKE PROJECTS
You can be the first to see the details and give crucial input into the draft 5-Year Funding Plan for bike projects being developed by the SF Department of Parking & Traffic's Bicycle Program. The SF Bicycle Advisory Committee (the Board of Supervisors' appointed advisors on bike issues) has scheduled a special public meeting this Monday, February 7th, at 6:15 PM, at City Hall Room 421. We're encouraging interested SFBC members to check out the plan and attend to give your input. This is important because the plan will dictate which bike projects compete for our local sales tax transportation dollars -- and when. So, public input on setting priorities is uber-important.
To view the draft plan -- which will be online as of this Thursday, 2/3 -- see http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org/site/dptbike_index.asp To find out more about the meeting, contact Leah at email@example.com or 431-BIKE x22.
BIKE ED STREET SKILLS CLASS FEB. 12
Learn basic secrets of riding safely in the urban traffic flow - tricks you may not know even if you've been riding for years. This class will be taught by Bert Hill, a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor, and new chair of the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee. The class will be held Saturday Feb. 12, 10am-2pm at the Ingleside Police Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane (Off San Jose Avenue in the middle of Balboa Park just north of Ocean Ave - near BART) A bicycle is not required, but is, of course, useful to get to the class.
* NOTE: This is the "Day 1" course for League of American Bicyclists' Bike Ed certification. Pre-registration required. Go to http://www.sfbike.org/edu or call 431-BIKE x23 to sign up.
WINTERFEST CLOSEOUT SALE
Bikes, beer, and the best art and bike gear money can buy made Winterfest 2004 the highlight of the winter biking season... but it's not over yet! Nearly 100 items remain that went unsold or unclaimed, and NOW is your chance to pick up that helmet, jersey, gift certificate or set of fenders you had your eye on back in December. Check out the complete closeout catalog at http://www.sfbike.org/catalog - and stop by the office right away to claim your favorite items! SFBC Headquarters is still located at 1095 Market St @ 7th, Ste 215. Come by anytime 9-5 Mon-Fri - but do it FAST, because this sale won't last long!
CONGRATULATIONS TO SFBC BOARD OFFICERS
The SFBC Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers. Welcome to Renee Rivera, our new Board President & longtime SFBC activist who helped lead the Polk St. bike lane campaign and organize cultural history bike tours. And welcome back to returning Secretary Ann Lyons and Treasurer Chris Fenster. Also, warm thanks to Dale Danley, who served us wonderfully as Board President for the past three years. To learn more about the members of the Board, see http://www.sfbike.org/board
SFBC VOLUNTEER NITE--NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEB 9TH!
Mark your calendar, because you have a *date*. Volunteers needed--NEXT Wednesday--for the bi-weekly Volunteer Nite at the SFBC. Folding, stuffing, stamping galore--plus, a little surprise project for Valentines day. Aren't you curious? Everyone welcome. All happening at the SFBC HQ. 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (@7th) Wednesday 2/9 from 5-9pm. Contact Jodie at 431-BIKE x21 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The Volunteer Nite dates published in the Feb-Mar issue of the Tube Times are INCORRECT - find correct listings here: http://www.sfbike.org/chain
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