SF Schools Embrace Bicycling
Marking a major shift in the SF School DistrictÍs attitude toward bicycling, the School Board adopted a resolution in May to encourage students and staff to bicycle, walk, and skate to and from school. The resolution, introduced by Board member Dr. Dan Kelly, cites the importance of physical fitness, environmental concerns, and safety issues as its main incentives.
Reviews of school safety show that the majority of school-related deaths and disabilities are caused by traffic accidents. The resolution also requests secure bike parking at all schools, and it supports the passage of the Safe Routes to School Bill at the State Assembly, which would fund traffic calming around schools.
Prior to the School BoardÍs vote, Tom Ammiano, President of the Board of Supervisors, introduced a resolution urging the School Board to implement a comprehensive bicycling program, including provisions to provide bike parking, bike safety education, and free or affordable helmets.
Bicyclists Join National Traffic Board
For the first time, the League of American Bicyclists has been voted a member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD). The NCUTCD is an independent organization that drafts the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices used nationwide. The Manual is the mandatory national standard for road signage, markings, and traffic devices on all roads, streets, and highways.