Bike Vote 2007: 2 Big Victories
Prop A to pass! Prop H takes a beating! SF votes Tranisit Not Traffic!
"The Prop A campaign was an impressive display of unity. Any coalition that includes labor and the Bike Coalition is something to be reckoned with."
It is time to celebrate! Raise a glass and toast our huge election day win for Transit not Traffic!
Thanks to hard work, door-to-door precinct walks, countless phone calls, and neighborhood meetings, volunteers from the SFBC and other community organizations, environmental groups, and labor united and proved we could stop one of the most deceptive ballot measures in years.
As the final votes are counted, Proposition H is getting steamrolled! This deceptive measure will not be adding 20,000 more cars to our streets everyday, it will not be undermining community planning processes, and it will not be moving Muni stops or degrading bike lanes for private parking spaces. And with Proposition A winning, we will move the city forward, bringing much needed new funds to Muni and requiring the City to create a Climate Action Plan.
A big SFBC "Thank You" to all the volunteers who came out in full force to spread the word, educate, and get out the vote.
Click the links below to jump to see what the SFBC's positions were and for more on each issue:
Yes on A!
Why should you vote Yes on A? Click the quick video below to find out:
Proposition A is a charter reform measure that will increase funding for MTA, the parent agency of Muni, and expand the agency's authority to manage its operations and responsibilities relative to other city agencies.Key provisions of Prop A:
No, No, NO on H!
See why see why the SF Chronicle calls Proposition H "the most dangerous measure" on this November's ballot.
This November, our "Transit First" policy is threatened by Proposition H. Prop H, deceptively named "Parking for Neighborhoods", will roll back three decades of successful policy aimed at encouraging residents to walk, use transit, and bicycle. It is one of the most radical, anti-environmental, anti-planning measures to make it onto the San Francisco Ballot.
Polling shows that when people are educated about Prop H, support drops like a stone. To volunteer to help educate voters, email Rachel or call: 431-2453 x302.
Prop H is "Traffic For Neighborhoods"
Here's why Prop H is disastrous for San Francisco:
Commit to turning the tide on Prop H! Volunteer!We need people to flyer, phonebank, and put up window signs in their neighborhoods. To volunteer to help get out the bike vote: email Rachel or call: 431-2453 x302. Volunteer opportunities listed in the left sidebar at the top of this page.
No Endorsement for Mayor
The SFBC will make no endorsement in this November's race for Mayor. The SFBC's Board of Directors voted to take no position after considering the candidates' responses to our questionnaire, our members' input via an online vote, and our experiences organizationally. We thank members who registered their preferences and encourage others to review the questionnaires below to learn more about the candidates' stances on sustainable transportation issues.
In considering the incumbent Mayor Gavin Newsom, the SFBC acknowledges and appreciates that his Administration has increased attention and visibility toward bicycling as an important environmental, health, and livability issue in the City. Specifically, many of our members appreciate and respect the Mayor's high-level commitments to better bicycling, particularly around Bike to Work Day; his staff's attention to safer, saner streets; and his decision to appoint Leah Shahum, Exec. Director of the SFBC, to the MTA Board of Directors.
But members also expressed disappointment in what they consider a lack of commitment to prioritizing bicycling in his responses to our candidate questionnaire. People were also disappointed that he has not come out publicly and more strongly in opposition to Proposition H, which would have disastrous effects on the City's environmental and Transit-First goals. And most significantly, while people appreciate the public commitments that Mayor Newsom has made to better biking, there is frustration with the lack of follow-through and priority of these commitments.
The SFBC Mayoral Survey and Candidates' Responses
Here are the responses to the SFBC survey from candidates.
Articles and other opinions about Props A and H