SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 18, 2005
NEWLY STRIPED BIKE LANES NEED YOUR HELP!
The good news is that the brand new bike lanes on San Jose/Guerrero Aves. between Cesar Chavez and Randall are complete and lots of bicyclists are calling in to say how much they love them. The bad news is that some irate motorists are also calling their city representatives to complain - pretty hotly - about the new bike lanes.
We need your help in two ways:
And hold the date: Saturday April 30 -- Big Happy Lane-Loving Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for the new San Jose / Guerrero lanes! (details to follow) . . .
EVERY WHEEL THEY TOUCH TURNS TO GOLD
At least one night a year it's true... Join us at the Golden Wheel Awards on Thursday, April 28 from 6-9 pm to help put some sparkle on our awardees who are building stronger communities through bicycling. This year, meet and praise Mission District resident and traffic calming activist Gillian Gillett and your favorite volunteer-run community bike shop The Bike Kitchen. Assemblyman Mark Leno will be the keynote speaker at the event on the top floor of the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St at Octavia. Make sure you're part of this important fundraiser. Even if you can't attend the soiree, please consider making a contribution to the SFBC and a healthier, safer city for everyone! Click here for more info.
MORE BIKE BUDDY NEWBIES NEEDED!
Thanks to all the 40+ members who have signed up to be Bike Buddy Mentors--now the challenge begins... The SFBC needs MORE newbie commuters signing up and commiting to bike to work on May 19th!
We all have friends, folks from our apartment building, colleagues in the cube next to us who might bike sometimes. Why not encourage them to bike more often? Getting them pedaling to their office on Bike to Work Day (one month away!) could be the best thing that ever happened to them! By getting them to sign up to be a Bike Buddy newbie you're assisting the SFBC in reaching out to folks that we need to reach. Members, sign up to be a Bike Buddy mentor--and spread the word about the SFBC by getting people in your circles and beyond to be Bike Buddy newbies! Plus - a special raffle could get you a Timbuk2 bag - or a new bike! Click here for more info.
POTRERO BIKE LANES STILL NEED SUPPORT
We've made great strides in the past six months moving the Potrero bike lane/traffic calming proposal forward. We expected the plan to be heard by the Board of Supervisors within the next few weeks and to be striped by Bike to Work Day (May 19th), but there may be trouble afoot. We have learned that concerns among the Board may be slowing down the process, and we need your help. Please contact both Supervisors Sophie Maxwell and Tom Ammiano, and cc the Department of Parking & Traffic at email@example.com. Let them know that the Potrero project has waited long enough, and that improved safety on this street should not be put on hold! Click here for more info.
SFBC VOLUNTEER NIGHT--THIS WEDNESDAY
Come one come all to the bi-weekly volunteer night at the SFBC office. Activities are cooking for Bike to Work Day, and we could use your help! Along with the casual office work we always have up our sleeve, we will be doing some flyering, and extra-envelop stuffing for Bike to Work Day. All events taking place at the SFBC HQ on 995 Market St. Suite 1550 from 5-8pm. Bring your bikes upstairs! For more info contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-431-BIKE x305. See you then! Click here for more info on volunteering at SFBC.
3 NEW BIKE LANE PROPOSALS' PROGRESS
There was unanimous approval yesterday at the Board of Supervisors' City Operations & Neighborhood Services Committee for three new bike lane proposals: Market Street, between 8th & Van Ness; Oakdale, between Bayshore & Selby; and Fulton St. between Baker & Octavia. They now move to the full Board for consideration. Stay tuned for updates - hopefully good news about 3 major gaps filled in the Bike Network!
UNION SQUARE GARAGE FINALLY HAS BIKE PARKING
The Union Square Parking Garage, long overdue for bicycle parking, now has 28 new racks, located off the Geary St. entrance, all the way to the right against the wall. The spots are visible to the parking attendant, and provide an off-street spot for Union Square visitors to lock their bikes for free. Thanks to SFBC advocacy years ago, the City of San Francisco requires that all public and private parking garages with at least 10 car parking spaces also provide bike racks. If you know about a parking garage that is not in compliance with the law, or if you would like to request a free sidewalk rack from the city, send an e-mail to Deirdre Weinberg, the City's Bicycle Parking Czar or call her at 415-503-2118.
PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY TOOLBOX NOW ONLINE
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is pleased to announce that the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Toolbox is now available on-line.
The toolbox contains: an overview of risks and trends for pedestrians and bicyclists; a description of a comprehensive approach to pedestrian and bicyclist safety; descriptions of policies and partnerships that enhance safety from a programmatic standpoint; and 70 (count them!) tools, sortable by primary type (engineering, enforcement, or education) and cost (low, medium, high).
STATE LAWMAKERS TRY TO INCREASE DRIVING SUBSIDY
According to last week's Chronicle, members of the CA State Assembly are hatching a plan to shift the responsibility of paying for transportation infrastructure projects away from drivers by reducing the state gas tax and stick the bill to the rest of us through an increase in sales tax. For more information, click here.
You may want to contact your state assemblymember and/or senator and ask them to make sure that drivers pay a fair share of transportation costs. Contact info at sfbike.org/leaders.
BIKE TO WORK DAY AWARDS
Do you know a person, workplace or community that should be recognized for their bike commuting achievements? If so, MTC wants to hear from you!
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) are seeking nominations for a series of Bike to Work Day Awards. A "Bike Commuter of the Year" will be selected for each of the nine Bay Area counties. One award will be given for "Outstanding Workplace that Fosters Bicycle Transportation," and another single award for "Most Improved Bicycle Community" will be provided for the nine County region.
Nominations will be accepted at 511.org (click on Bike to Work Day) until Monday, April 25. The nomination form is simple and asks for a 200 word essay on why the nominee should receive the award. Award winners will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievements, and the winners will be announced to the media before Bike to Work Day, which is Thursday, May 19, 2005.
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