SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 13, 2005
ALERT -- SAVE THE CALTRAIN BIKE STATION FROM TERMINATION
We need SFBC members' help immediately. For more than four years the SFBC, the City of San Francisco, and Caltrain have been planning and finding funding for a much-needed bike parking station at the 4th & King Caltrain station. Now, with $800,000 in federal and regional funding to build the bike station, Caltrain is seriously threatening pulling the plug on the project. Why? Because they don't want to deal with it. It's that simple. We have about a week to save this project. We need your help.
FOUR THINGS YOU CAN DO:
(If you are a Caltrain rider or just want to be kept up-to-date with this effort to save the bike station, please email email@example.com with "Caltrain interest" in the Subject line. We'll add you to our list of members interested in Caltrain issues.)
POTRERO BIKE LANE HEARING TOMORROW
The plan for bike lanes and traffic calming on Potrero Ave. is really moving forward. Please come out to support the proposal in front of the Board of Directors of the Municipal Transportation Agency tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15th, at 4pm at City Hall, room 400.
This is a major step in the legislative process. Because Potrero is a major Muni line and because Muni has been involved and vocal on this project, the MTA Board, which oversees both Muni & the Dept. of Parking & Traffic, is very important. We need to win here for this project to go forward. We do expect some people to show up to oppose it, so it is important to have neighborhood supporters there too. If you live nearby, work at the hospital, represent any neighborhood businesses or neighborhood groups, or ever bike in this area, we really need you!
THANKS TO THE 45 VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED US MOVE OUR OFFICE
An amazing group of 45 member-volunteers packed, piled, wheeled and pedaled thousands of pounds of office equipment and staff stuff to our new office space (995 Market St. Suite 1550, at corner of 6th St.) this past weekend in record time. Half- dozen bike trailers pedaled desks, filing cabinets, computers, bookcases, boxes & even our refrigerator to our new space! Thank you to those that participated in our historic human-power move! We could not have done it without your help. For pictures of the shenanigans go to www.sfbike.org
SUPPORT SAFE BICYCLE ROUTES TO AND FROM OUR TRANSIT STATIONS
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is part of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC), a coalition of transportation, housing, and open space protection groups working to ensure that future Bay Area transit stations will be surrounded by livable, walkable communities with significant housing and bike/ped routes. These transit villages encourage people to get rid of their cars and to walk, bike, and ride instead of choking freeways with exhaust-belching autos. Our coalition has been lobbying public officials, and now they need to hear from you! To read about the Livable Communities Platform and to view a sample letter, visit TALC's website.
TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE COALITION SUMMIT COMING UP
Got Sustainability? Reserve your spot at TALC's Summit on Saturday, April 9! Join TALC on April 9th for our 8th annual Summit, entitled Got Sustainability? Charting a New Course Towards Walkable Communities and World Class Transit. The event only costs $10, which includes breakfast, lunch, materials, and free valet bike parking and you can register online. The Summit includes a bike/ped strategy session, as well as breakout groups on a number of other issues. Whether you are new to the Coalition or a longtime supporter, whether you are a citizen activist, transit or planning professional, or elected leader, TALC's Annual Summit is a great place to learn about key issues, hone your advocacy skills, and take part in the movement for a sustainable region. For information/registration, click here.
CARL POPE CANCELS BIKE TALK THURSDAY- JOAN BLADES FROM MOVEON WILL SPEAK ON GLOBAL WARMING & BICYCLES
How long has it been since you sat down and wrote a letter to your elected officials? Personal, handwritten letters (with your signature) are the most effective form of communication with political leaders, and the good news is that they need only take five minutes to write. Please take a moment to sit down and write a letter or two to let our elected officials know that you care about better biking in California.
The California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) is gearing up for a major campaign to save a key source of bike funds from being reduced. The Bike Transportation Account is a competitive program of $7.2 million a year, which is granted to cities and counties to make bike safety improvements. This program was established in the mid-70s with funds from the Highway Users Tax Account.
The SFBC strongly supports a new bill (SB 523), being introduced by State Senator Tom Torlakson, because it would insure that these funds remain available for better biking, rather than being reduced to $5 million a year starting in July 2006. San Francisco has won BTA funds in the past two years to add bike lanes in the near future on Alemany Blvd., 14th St., Fulton St., San Jose Ave. and to replace car parking spaces in front of the Main Public Library with bike parking.
Please send a brief note to State Senator Carole Migden to encourage her to support the bill (her contact information is at www.sfbike.org/leaders). And, please send thank you letters to Senator Torlakson (his contact info is available at senate.ca.gov).
LEARN THE SKILLS TO RIDE SAFELY AT A FREE STREET SKILLS CLASS (THIS WEEKEND)
The SFBC, in partnership with the SF Dept. of the Environment and the Transportation Authority, will be presenting another FREE Street Skills Course this Saturday, March 19th from 10am-2pm at the Richmond Police Station on 6th Ave. at Geary. The class is free, but you must pre-register online. Even cyclists with a lifetime of experience riding on city streets have claimed that this course changed their attitude toward safety and sharing the road with cars. If you haven't taken the course yet, it is not to be missed!
GOT TIME? DAYTIME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The SFBC is always looking for daytime volunteers for in-office projects. Got an hour or two to spare? Come on by and give a hand. Projects range from data entry, to filing, to follow-up phone calls & Bike to Work Day planning! Everyone's skill level welcome. For more information contact Jodie at 431-4253 x 305.
BIKE HEROS FEATURED WEDNESDAY
This Wednesday, March 16th, check out an article about four Bike Heroes - all SFBC members! - at sfgate.com. According to author Lawrence Gallagher, the profiles address "some of the existential questions that arise for me as a biker wending his way through a world of cars..."
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