SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 20, 2005
"The bicycle is more than a sport and a means of transportation, it is a social benefit."
MAYOR SIGNS BIKE PLAN POLICY FRAMEWORK
After unanimously passing the Board of Supervisors on two separate readings, the Bike Plan Policy Framework was signed into law by Mayor Newsom on June 10 (it'll actually go into effect 30 days later, on July 11, but let's pop some corks now!). The Policy Framework lays out specific goals and guidelines for law enforcement, education, access to transit & bridges, bike parking, and promotion, and defines actions to realize those goals, as well as establishing planning, implementation, and maintenance principles for the Citywide Bike Network. You can get an electronic copy of the Policy Framework here at the DPT Bike Program's website:
Congratulations to everyone who worked to get this important work done, including our friends at the DPT Bike Program and the four Supervisors (Ammiano, McGoldrick, Mirkarimi, and Maxwell) who co-sponsored the supporting legislation along with Mayor Newsom. In fact, this is a great time to drop the mayor a line and thank him for his support, and urge him to declare a vigorous and renewed commitment to building out a complete Citywide Bicycle Network. If San Francisco is going to meet the Policy Framework's ambitious goals (including 10% of trips by bike by 2010), as well as the mayor's own environmental sustainability targets, we've got to get pedalling...
BILL AGAINST BIKE/PED TOLLS HEADING TO SENATE
We have heard directly that your letters of support for Assembly Bill 748, (which would ban any tolls on bicyclists or pedestrians on bridges or highways in the state), made a difference in helping it pass the State Assembly last week. Now we need your help making sure it passes at the State Senate, where it is expected to be considered at the Transportation & Housing Committee in July. Please take a minute to send a letter of support for AB 748 to the key State Senators listed below (& view talking points at http://www.sfbike.org/ggb)
1) Senator Tom Torlakson, Chair, Senate Transportation & Housing Committee, Fax: 916-445-2527
CESAR CHAVEZ -- READY FOR BETTER BIKING?
A long-time list-topping candidate for improvement in the Citywide Bike Network and much in need of some merciful traffic calming, Cesar Chavez is due for some bike and pedestrian improvements, don't you think? If that's what you're thinking, too, and you're interested in getting involved, please join the campaign as we gear up for action. We'll be having an initial Cesar Chavez committee meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 6:00 pm, at the SFBC's offices (995 Market St. at 6th, 15th Floor). We need the usual mix of civic-minded cyclists, neighbors, and do-gooders to move this project along to a happy ending -- contact Andy Thornley (415-431-BIKE x307 or email@example.com) and we'll keep you in the loop, even if you can't make it to the meeting on the 28th.
SFBC LAUNCHING NEW PROGRAM! STREETSIDE OUTREACH
Join the SFBC in reaching out to city cyclists--out on the streets! Do you have an hour or two after work? Want to foster the bike movement? The SFBC is launching a new Streetside Outreach program-- just like mini-Energizer Stations. Let's hit the streets and capture the energy and spirit of Bike to Work Day. Meet cyclists, chat about pressing bike issues and tell riders about SFBC's progress on improving bicycling conditions in SF. Free give-a-ways, hot bike topics, good bike cheer. Help us bring bike energy into our evening commutes!
FIRST Street-Side Outreach--Monday, June 27th at 5pm-7pm. Join Leah & crew in hitting the new bike lanes on Market Street. Meet at the SFBC office at 5pm.
You are interested in taking part, but can't come this Monday? Have no fear, Streetside Outreach will be a regular event, and we NEED your help! For more info, or to put yourself on the Street Side Outreach list for upcoming outreach, contact Jodie at 415-431-BIKE x 305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOT SUMMER BIKE-FRIENDLY EVENTS--SFBC NEEDS YOUR HELP!
How can you prmote city riding & enjoy the summer weather and fun activities? Help the SFBC at bike-friendly summertime events. The SFBC needs folks to give a hand with valet bike parking, tabling at information sessions & rest stop assistance on planned bike rides. Mark your calendars; here are some upcoming events that need your assistance.
-Valet Bike Parking at PRIDE this Sunday, June 26th
For more info about each event, go to www.sfbike.org/volunteer
Thanks to all of SFBC's members who give their time to our organization, and work to grow the bike movement in San Francisco!
GAINING MOMENTUM FOR 16TH/17TH ST. BIKE LANES IN MISSION
We are thrilled to announce that the city is showing more interest than ever before in moving forward with bike improvements on the 16th/17th St. corridor, a key east/west route through the Mission District, and one of the Top 20 priorities for our Bike Network expansion. If you're interested in supporting this project, and you're not yet on our email list for 16th/17th Sts., please email us and we'll add you to the update list. We're still in the early stages on this campaign, and we'll definitely need lots of volunteer help to make this project a reality! Please email email@example.com (Subject: 16/17 Bike Lanes) to be added to the update list.
AUG-SEPT TUBE TIMES: YOUR THOUGHTS?
Our next issue of Tube Times is already in the works, and now's the time to submit your Letters to the Editor, rec rides and cultural history tours. Haven't found a tour yet that's right for you? Roll your own! What did you think of our June-July issue? What would you like to see happen for bikes in SF? Sound off with a letter to the Tube Times.
VOLUNTEER LEADER NEEDED TO STOP NEW GARAGE
Three years ago, the SFBC was part of an active coalition that successfully fended off a plan to build a giant, new garage at Hastings College in the Civic Center. Our efforts showed that the parking was not needed, given excess parking capacity in the area, and that it was not a smart use of the property, given the need for housing and other services in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the fight is back on as Hastings is pushing for a slightly smaller, but still too-large parking garage. The SFBC is looking for an interested and motivated member to represent the SFBC with the Groups Against the Hastings Garage (GAHG), a coalition of community groups, neighborhood residents, and Hastings students who are opposed to a 500-space, 7-story parking garage. The next meeting is Wednesday, June 29th, noon to 1pm. If you're interested in knowing more about this volunteer position, please contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-2453, x-306.
KARIM GETS A FLAT - DID HE GET YOUR BIKE?
Berkeley police raided Karim Cycle last week (hoorah!!) and found bikes which owners had reported stolen, and others with altered or defaced serial numbers. Police need our help to make a strong case against what appears to be a deep-rooted bike theft operation, and return as many stolen bikes as possible to their heartbroken owners -- if you were the victim of a bike thief in the past year, be sure to contact San Francisco and Berkeley police with your bike's serial number as soon as possible (SFPD: 415-553-0123; Berkeley PD: 510-981-5900).
MAKE MID-MARKET TRANSIT-FIRST, NOT CARS-FIRST
Significant new planning and zoning changes are in the works for the Mid-Market neighborhood (Market & Mission Streets between 5th & 10th Streets). The current Mid-Market proposal is still too car-centric, calling for excessive parking that would preclude future improvements on Market St. for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders. Your help is needed to make sure the Planning Commission makes some crucial changes in the Mid-Market plan, including: (1) lowering the 1:1 residential parking requirements for this transit-first area and (2) opposing plans for 3 stories of above-grade parking on Market St. Please e-mail the Planning Commission at Linda.Avery@sfgov.org and Marshall.Foster@sfgov.org to share this message. (You can see sample language and full contact info at TLC's website http://www.livablecity.org/campaigns/midmarket.html. And hearty thanks to TLC for monitoring this process so well). Or better yet, please come to the hearing and share this message with the Commission directly: this Thursday, 6/23, at 6pm (time certain) at City Hall, Room 400
SUPPORT 3 TRANSPORTATION BILLS TUESDAY
SFBC is supporting several pieces of transportation-related state legislation that will be heard Tuesday 6/21, at the Senate Transportation Committee. Please take a minute to e-mail or fax a letter of support these important bills today:
- AB 452 (Yee): Vehicle Impact Fee - This bill would authorize the City to conduct a study to determine how much damage is caused to city streets by cars and trucks, and then allow the Board of Supervisors to impose a small "vehicle impact fee" to pay for street maintenance and repairs, including resurfacing and restriping of crosswalks, bike lanes, and bus-only lanes. E-mail your support to mail to: Jennifer.Schieck@asm.ca.gov or fax to (916) 319-2112
- AB 1208 (Yee): Double Fine Zone on 19th Ave/Park Presidio: This bill would create a "Safety Enhancement Zone" on State Highway 1 as it runs through San Francisco (essentially 19th Ave. and Park Presidio Blvd between Junipero Serra Boulevard and Lake Street). Doubling the fines for speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors will improve safety on a street in which 6 people have been killed and hundreds injured by automobiles since 2000. E-mail your support to mail to: Jennifer.Schieck@asm.ca.gov or fax to (916) 319-2112
- AB 799- Restore Local VLF to 2%: This bill would authorize the Board of Supervisors by majority vote to place an initiative on a future ballot to ask voters if they want to restore San Francisco's VLF to 2%. (This is the rate the VLF had been for 50 years before being rolled back to 0.67% by Davis and Schwarzenegger). It two-thirds of San Francisco voters agree that it's worth paying a few dollars more in VLF in order to pay for services and programs that benefit all San Franciscans (but especially the most needy), the VLF will be increased to 2% will generate $60 million for the General Fund. E-mail your support to mail to: email@example.com or fax to (916) 319-2113.
GET ON THE ROAD! BIKE ED DAY TWO COURSE THIS WEEKEND
Day Two Bike Ed On Road Course Sat., Jun. 25 | 10am-5pm Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St @ Cole St. Upper Haight
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: * Thursday, July 28th from 5:30-9:30pm at the Department of the Environment, 11 Grove St. (at Market)
---> Sign up today at www.sfbike.org/edu
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