SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 13, 2005
BICYCLISTS & PEDESTRIANS ORGANIZE AGAINST NEW TOLL ON GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
The idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians a $1 toll for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge has reared its ugly head again last week. We're counting on your help to show why this is a bad idea for the Bay Area. What kind of message will this send about San Francisco's commitment to promoting sustainable transportation? Why should bicyclists and pedestrians, who cause a tiny fraction of the wear-and-tear on the Bridge compared to autos, be charged a user fee? What kind of precedent will this set on bridges throughout the country?
We're asking members to write letters this week to the Board of Directors of the GG Bridge, Highway & Transportation District at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please keep your letters respectful, because the angry screeds just harden our non-supporters' resolve.) For more background, read last week's Chronicle article, which quotes SFBC Executive Director & member of the GG Bridge Board, Leah Shahum: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/02/11/ BAG6CB978V1.DTL And stay tuned for more action alerts next week!
CYCLISTS AND MUNI DRIVERS: AN UNLIKELY VALENTINES DAY LOVE AFFAIR
Hundreds of Muni operators throughout San Francisco reacted with surprise and delight today as dozens of SFBC volunteers personally delivered 250 handmade Valentine's cards, spreading Valentine's Day love to hard working drivers who often don't get the appreciation they deserve. "We just want these hard-working drivers to know that we are grateful when they safely share the road with bicyclists and for the valuable service that they provide to cyclists through the bikes on buses program says Josh Hart, Program Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC).
Several dozen committed Bicycle Coalition volunteers fanned out through the City Monday, distributing handmade cards thanking Muni operators for being an important part of reducing car traffic in the City and for respecting cyclists' right to the road. SFBC staff members also cycled over to the Presidio Muni Division this morning, toting a bouquet of flowers and hundreds of valentines, and were greeted with smiles and heartfelt appreciation from Muni operators.
See photos of cyclists presenting Muni drivers with Valentines, taken today,available at http://www.sfbike.org Ruby des Jardins, who is pictured on our home page presenting a Muni driver with a valentine, reported that "the MUNI driver started to cry, and it made me cry, and this was all before 8am. What a great day it's been!"
14TH STREET BIKE LANES COMMUNITY MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY
You are invited to a public meeting, led by the Department of Parking and Traffic, to discuss the plan to stripe an eastbound bike lane on 14th St. between Market and Dolores. You may remember that the plan encountered unexpected opposition, and was pulled from a DPT agenda last month. This community meeting was scheduled by Supervisor Dufty's office in order to address questions by various merchants and residents about the plan. If you use 14th St, or live in the area, you are encouraged to attend and be part of the discussion about this important gap closure project. For more information about this project, see http://www.sfbike.org/bikeplan_14th or contact Josh Hart at email@example.com
EMBARCADERO BIKESTATION GRAND OPENING NEXT THURSDAY
Bikestation ¨ is excited to invite all cyclists, commuters, supporters and enthusiasts to the Grand Opening of its new Bay Area location at the Embarcadero BART station. This event, featuring many highlights of what Bikestation has to offer (such as a bike retail section, repair shop, and bicycle and transit information), will be held at the Bikestation on the mezzanine level of the Embarcadero BART Station, on Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 12:30 pm.
In October 2004, the nonprofit organization Bikestation began transitioning the facility (formerly operated by Mike's Bikes) to their secure access and Global Membership System in order to provide significantly extended hours and locations of service. All patrons may park for free during staffed hours, which are 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:00-7:00 p.m., and take advantage of the newly-available retail and repair services. Additionally, members may access secure bicycle parking during all BART operating hours and may utilize any Bikestation on the network.
Take advantage of their mechanic, who will perform free minor adjustments, and learn the about the access technology used in all Bikestation locations. For more information, see http://www.bikestation.org or call 415-834-1049
CALLING ALL WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, and ILLUSTRATORS
Do you have an idea for a biking-related story? Want to beef up your portfolio? Consider contributing to the Tube Times! Let us know your skills and areas of interest, and we'll keep you on our list for assignments. Or, if you've got a great idea, send it our way. firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer!
SPRING CLEANING? HOW YOU CAN HELP THE SFBC
Cleaning out your closets? Making room for that new couch? Getting rid of unwanted clutter? All these goodies can help support local bike advocacy! The Community Thrift Store (located at 623 Valencia St between 17th & 18th) has made the SFBC an official charity. What does this mean? You can designate the SFBC (#181) to receive the proceeds from your donated goods. Donations are accepted 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. It is that easy. Any questions, give them a call 861-4910.
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