SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 12, 2005
SAN JOSE / GUERRERO LANES STRIPED!
Hooray! That little-known but key stretch of Guerrero / San Jose between Cesar Chavez and Randall has now got bike lanes, striping another critical link in the citywide bike network and bringing a dose of fresh calm to the district! Thanks to all the members and neighbors and city staff and Supervisors who made this happen. DPT's team has been especially attentive, and neighborhood hero Gillian Gillette gets a big ring-out (we'll be honoring Gillian at the Golden Wheel awards on April 28).
With bike improvements to both Alemeny Blvd. and Cesar Chavez on the horizon, this is great news and a fine precedent for further success in civilizing SF's streets. We're working on a suitably snappy celebration -- watch this space for specifics -- meanwhile, get out there and love those new lanes on San Jose! And please email Supervisors Dufty (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ammiano (email@example.com) to say thanks.
TWO BIKE HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
First, we need your support Monday, April 18th as a key Board of Supervisors' committee decides the fate of three key bike lane projects: Market St., between Van Ness & 8th Streets; Oakdale Ave. between Selby and Bayshore; and Fulton St. between Webster and Baker. The hearing is Monday at 1pm at City Hall, Room 263. If you can take a lunch break to join us, your voice *will* make a difference. Contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can make it, or just show up!
Second, the long-awaited Policy Document of the new Citywide Bike Plan is being challenged by an individual who is contesting that it did not go through proper environmental review. The Board of Supervisors will consider this appeal at their meeting Tuesday, April 19th at 4pm at City Hall, Room 250. We think the City has solid evidence that it was handled appropriately, and we have identified supporters who will be there to speak about the process. Stay tuned next week for more on this one.
WHAT ARE THE BIKE NETWORK GAPS IN YOUR DISTRICT?
Check out our new "one stop shopping" site for bike activists interested in getting involved in campaigns that directly impact their neighborhood. We are happy to announce the unveiling of the new Current Actions Pages, which include descriptions and information about all the SFBC's bike network and access campaigns, listed by district. These new pages provide a road map to post-Bike Plan advocacy in the city, clearly illustrating where we need to go next to build a robust, connected Bike Network. Check it out at sfbike.org/actions, and give us your feedback on this new online resource by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
SFBC THANKS & BIDS BON VOYAGE TO PROGRAM DIRECTOR JOSH HART
Hearty praise and thanks to the SFBC's Program Director Josh Hart, who will be leaving the staff on Friday to make time for travels, bike safety instruction, grad school in 2006, and other transportation advocacy activities. Josh has been Program Director since January 2003 and has led many popular SFBC programs and campaigns. Josh says: "I will miss working with the great SFBC staff, volunteers, and allies that have made the past two and a half years such an inspiring time to be involved in bike advocacy. We have scored many victories together, but the toughest battles are still ahead. I look forward to working with you all in the future to fight for social justice, the environment, and against car-dependence, inactivity, obesity, and global warming, perhaps wearing another hat."
Josh will continue to teach Bike Ed courses and will depart in June for an epic, three-month bike tour across Canada, returning to the Bay Area this fall. Josh's permanent e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to wish him well. He will be reachable at the new SFBC HQ through Friday at email@example.com or 431-2453 ext. 303 if you have any last minute items or issues to wrap up with him.
ARE YOU A BIKE BUDDY?
So far 21 Bike Buddy Mentors have signed up for the biggest SFBC promotion for Bike to Work Day! We are hoping for 100 Bike Buddies by May 19th--BTWD and we can't reach that goal without your help. Everyone knows someone who will benefit in some way, shape or form by bicycling, ask them to be your Buddy. The SFBC needs you to reach out to those that need a little nudge and help them start pedaling. Go to sfbike.org/bikebuddy and sign up to be a mentor for a friend, co-worker or neighbor--THEN send your Buddy an email asking them to sign up. Expand the bike bliss! Become a Bike Buddy today!
JUNE-JULY TUBE TIMES IN THE WORKS: RIDES, STORIES, LETTERS NEEDED!
If you're already tired of Spring and ready for the Summer biking season, now's your chance to day dream about warmer times ahead! We're looking for a few good rides - rides for fun, rides for learning, rides for exercise - slow rides, fast rides - whatever you like! If you can lead a rec ride or cultural history tour by bike in June or July, or have a good idea for one, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plus, if you've got a good idea for a story (and may even be willing to write it!) send in your ideas. Have you seen (or NOT seen) things in the Tube Times recently and want to share your thoughts with our readers? Letters to the editor always encouraged! All materials welcome at email@example.com.
COULD A NEW BIKE CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
Biketown is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area, along with the chance for 50 lucky people to win free, new bikes. Bicycling Magazine & other generous sponsors are teaming up with the SFBC, Bay Area Bike Coalition, and other bike supporters, to bring Biketown to our town in May. Community members in the Bay Area can enter the contest by submitting a 50-word essay about why they're deserving of a set of new wheels -- before April 18th. For more details about Biketown, check out www.bicycling.com/biketown and stay tuned for details of a Biketown celebration in S.F. in early May.
SUNDAY YOUTH RIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
The SFBC and YMCA after school program will be riding this Sunday, April 17th. We are desperately looking for volunteers to help out! We'll be meeting at the Presidio Community YMCA (corner of Lyon & Richardson in the Presidio) at 10 a.m., and will be riding to Ocean Beach. If you enjoy working with enthusiastic youth and would like to ride with us, please email Susan or call her at 415-806-8955.
EARTHDAY TABLING OPPORTUNITIES! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
With Earthday around the corner, the SFBC has a great opportunity to educate folks on the SFBC & the environmental & health benefits of cycling. A variety of Earthday fairs are taking place during the month of April--weekday lunch-time and weekend events beginning April 16th through April 30th. Interested volunteers, please contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on times & locations. The SFBC can only take part in these events with your participation! Please indicate in the email weekend or weekday availability.
MID-MARKET PLAN SHOULD NOT BE CAR-CENTRIC
We need to tell the City that the Mid-Market Redevelopment Plan -- covering Market and Mission Sts. from 5th to 10th Sts. -- needs to prioritize safer streets and sustainable transportation over more traffic and parking. For background information on this issue, check out TLC's website. We are asking SFBC members to come to the Planning Commission hearing this Thursday, April 14th, at City Hall Room 400 to urge that this process not be car-centric. It's critical that the Planning Commissioners hear from people who oppose excessive, above-ground parking that will create more auto traffic on vital transportation corridors for Mid-Market residents and the City's transit riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. If you can't make the hearing, please e-mail the Planning Commission, Planning Department staff, and Redevelopment Agency staff.
SFBC SEEKS "MEDIA DARLINGS" TO UPDATE OUR MEDIA DATABASE
We are seeking a volunteer who can commit to 6-8 hours of work to update the SFBC's important media database. Some of our contacts are out of date, and we need to make sure we can reach the media effectively, especially in May with Bike to Work Day coming up. If you are an outgoing person with phone skills, and a burning desire for safer streets who is willing to help us out, please contact email@example.com.
STOP CYCLISTS DEATHS AT THE HANDS OF DRUNK DRIVERS, JOIN SONOMA VIGIL--TONIGHT
In response to the third Sonoma County cyclist fatality caused by a drunk driver in the last year, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is organizing a Victim's Rights Vigil on April 13th at 6 pm at the Sonoma County Court House. Bicyclists from around the Bay Area are encouraged to join our Sonoma allies. And, next month, you are invited to join the Ride of Silence on May 18th.
LENO VOTES AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING THREE STRIKES LAW- PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE REPS
Because of the recent tragic cyclist killings in Sonoma County, bicycle coalitions across the Bay Area are particularly interested in state legislation working against drunk driving. Assemblymember Bogh (R-Long Beach) recently introduced a bill that would permanently revoke the driver's license of anyone convicted of drunk driving three times. The bill recently passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee, despite 'no' vote by Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-SF) who chairs the committee. Please contact SF Assemblymembers Leno ands Leland Yee, who have the opportunity to support the bill in upcoming votes.
Assemblymember Mark Leno: Letter: State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0013 Phone: (415) 557-3013; Fax: (916) 319-2113; Email: Assemblymember.Leno@assembly.ca.gov
Assemblymember Leland Yee: Letter: 455 Golden Gate Ave Ste 14600, SF, CA 94102 Phone: (415) 557-2312; Fax: (415) 557-1178; Email: Assemblymember.Yee@assembly.ca.gov(Outside of San Francisco, you can find your assembly member at www.assembly.ca.gov. Please cc firstname.lastname@example.org on these e-mails & letters.)
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