SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 12, 2005
"Today was my first rush hour on Market Street, and only the 2nd time I had bicycled on Market. I was nervous, but the bike lanes are fantastic, the road way passable, and the bikers super friendly. I used tips picked up from the Street Skills class to ride safely."
- Noemi Margaret, SFBC member
Market Street Making Us Crazy
The new Market Street bike lanes are great, idiosyncratic and very San Franciscan -- let's keep them growing. But we know you've noticed (we've all noticed!) the parking/standing violations piling up, express delivery trucks, tour buses, even police cars are violating bike lane space and making the lanes dangerous and useless. DPT parking control can help, and we can nag the police (especially about getting their non-emergency calls out of the bike lane), but it's looking like some direct action is in order. AMBLE (Active Market Bike Lane Enforcement) is recruiting concerned citizens to join the campaign to educate bike-lane violators -- contact Andy Thornley (415-431-BIKE x307 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll start cracking the whip on these knuckleheads (in a respectful & polite manner, of course) . . .
State Bill Against Bike/Ped Tolls Strengthening
Good news: Assembly Bill 748, which would ban any tolls on bicyclists or pedestrians on bridges or highways in the state, has passed at the California Assembly. This bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, is a direct response to the threat of a bike/pedestrian toll that we're seeing here on the Golden Gate Bridge. The next step for the bill is the State Senate then, if it passes, onto the Governor's desk. We will definitely need letters of support to our State Senators and the Governor, so please stay tuned as we find out when the bill will advance. For now, we could use your help in thanking our two local assemblymembers, both of whom supported the bill: Leland Yee and Mark Leno (who was also a co-sponsor of the bill!). Please send them both a quick word of thanks for supporting AB 748:
Volunteer Night This Wednesday and Oodles of Opportunities to Help the SFBC
Volunteer Night is this Wednesday at the SFBC Office. We have a variety of important tasks on the agenda this week: envelope stuffing, data entry, web work, thank you letters and a program naming contest! Join us. There is something for everyone. Free dinner included. SFBC Office, 995 Market Street Suite 1550. 5-8pm. Bring your bike upstairs!
Want to get involved with the SFBC but you can't make it to Volunteer Nights? Check out our *new* improved Volunteer section on our website. Oodles of volunteer opportunities to help build the bike movement, from valet bike parking, to tabling, to weekday office help!
Check out: www.sfbike.org/volunteer
-->Questions? Contact Jodie at (415) 431-BIKE x 305 or Jodie@sfbike.org
GG Park Concourse Circulation Plan Coming to a Head
After many months of talking and planning and talking, the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority is about to settle the "Circulation Plan" for the Concourse area, determining how autos and buses and pedestrians and bicycles move through the Concourse. We're concerned that the preferred option of GGPCA staff is one which discourages but doesn't physically bar motorists from driving through from the Richmond to the Sunset side (or vice versa). We're naturally leery of this solution because we and other advocacy groups have worked so hard to stop traffic coming through the Concourse, so we'll be looking closely at the details. If you're interested in keeping the Concourse as oasis-like as possible, please be sure to come out for this meeting (Tuesday, June 14, 4:30 pm, City Hall, Room 408).
Potrero Bike Lanes, Stalled
After years of community organizing, the Board of Supervisors passed the Potrero plan and the Mayor has signed the legislation, but still the project is delayed. Our patience is starting to wear thin on this important safety improvement -- we were first promised that the project would be completed by Bike to Work Day, then it was pushed back to early June. Now we're hearing it's scheduled for re-striping in late July because of "backlogs" in the city's work. This is unacceptable for a safety project that has already been delayed so long.
If you care about the Potrero corridor improvements, please take a minute to email the Mayor (Gavin.Newsom@sfgov.org) and cc Supervisors Ammiano & Maxwell and the DPT Director Bond Yee (email@example.com, Sophie_Maxwell@ci.sf.ca.us, Bond.Yee@sfgov.org) and urge them to stripe the Potrero improvements ASAP!!! Thanks for your help.
SFBC Now Hiring Community Organizer & Seeking Marketing Interns
The SF Bicycle Coalition is seeking highly motivated & talented individuals to join our organization. We are looking for a part time Community Organizer and Membership Interns.
For full details of all open positions, please go to www.sfbike.org/jobs
Get On The Road! Bike Ed Day Two Course Coming Up
Day Two Bike Ed On Road Course
This six hour on-road course provides an opportunity to put into practice what was learned in the day 1 Street Skills course, and thus complete the League of American Bicyclists' Bike Ed Road I certification. We will be practicing emergency maneuvers, and riding in various traffic conditions to test your knowledge of vehicular cycling skills. Open to adults 14 and over. Bicycle, helmet and pre-registration required - Prerequisite: Day 1 Street Skills Course.
Upcoming Day One Street Skills courses:
---> Sign up today at www.sfbike.org/edu
Mission Bay, Treasure Island -- New Neighborhoods, New Routes
Treasure Island is starting to come together and it's more than just another development project -- it's an island village project, and if we work at it, a mostly car-free project. Everyone wants this to be a successful new part of the city and smart street design is essential to realize the dream. Plans are brewing and we need interested imaginative people to get involved. Meanwhile, another mega-district development is under way at Mission Bay, already hashed out and building up around UCSF's research center. But there's more to the plan, residential blocks and stores and schools, and bike trips are a key to this new neighborhood's health and happiness. Fourth Street is reborn and could become a revived corridor, and other close-quarters and campus streetscapes are looking for good bike and pedestrian ideas. Contact Andy Thornley (415-431-BIKE x307 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how you can get involved in shaping these neighborhoods toward a higher state of livability.
Is San Francisco As Green As We Think?
San Francisco has a reputation as an environmentally aware American city. In fact, some 70 percent of San Franciscans identify themselves as environmentalists. While we have reason to be proud of the city's significant environmental accomplishments, we also have reason to question the depth of the city's commitment to green policies and practices when it comes to transportation.
How much of World Environment Day was a green façade? And what it San Francisco's understanding of and commitment to the role of the bicycle in reducing environmental damage locally and globally? ...
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