Quick Releases

Bay Bridge Bike/Ped Path Gaining Ground

The Alliance for Bridge Access (ABA) is building momentum for our crucial West Span Campaign and has already achieved an important victory in influencing terms of the Caltrans-commissioned West Span Pathway Design Study. This study will examine the possibilities of where to attach a bike/ped path to the West Span of the Bridge and what kind of pathway will be most comfortable, safe, and convenient to bicyclists and pedestrians. ABA obtained a draft copy of the document which guides the study and was able to affect the final copy by providing recommendations to Caltrans to ensure that bike/ped concerns are addressed adequately. Given ABA's newcomer status, it is impressive that we were able to have such a dramatic impact.

ABA is also working to produce a publication to tout the benefits of the proposed West Span Pathway. Anyone with layout and design skills, web savvy, or experience with publications is encouraged to get involved. We also need volunteers to help obtain endorsement of our campaign by key stakeholders in SOMA and throughout SF to generate a groundswell of support for the West Span Pathway. Please contact Sarah Syed at 510-898-3038 or via email at ssyed@lmi.net to get involved in this crucial campaign.

SFBC Goes International

Staff members of the SFBC are traveling to "bike heaven" in June to take part in Velo Mondial 2000, an historic international bike conference in Amsterdam. Often considered the nirvana of bike commuting conditions, Amsterdam will offer the backdrop for a week of workshops with bike experts and enthusiasts from around the world. Focuses include: optimizing the health effects of cycling, campaigns to increase cycle use, and the economic effects of bicycling. We hope to bring back a world of ideas for improving bicycling conditions in San Francisco!

Saturday Closure Needs Cyclists' Help

A group of park advocates is working to qualify a ballot initiative for November's election that would expand the Sunday closure of JFK Drive to include Saturdays. The new organization, "Advocates for a Safe Golden Gate Park" (ASGGP), has filed the necessary paperwork and now has until July 10 to collect approximately 15,000 signatures.

The group is off to a solid start: it has gathered over 4,000 signatures and recently hired Robin Levitt - SFBC member, Hayes Valley neighborhood advocate and mastermind of the anti-Central Freeway campaigns - to lead its signature-gathering effort. Several organizations, including the SFBC, have already pledged their endorsement.

We know the measure can win - a poll found a strong 61% in favor to 27% opposed - but only if we turn in those signatures.

Enclosed in this issue is a signature petition - please ask registered SF voters you know to sign it, and be sure to authorize the bottom yourself! You may return it to ASGGP, P.O. Box 192033, Rincon Center, SF, CA 94119 or call us to arrange for pickup or with any questions or to volunteer: Robin at 863-5302 or at rflevitt@att.net. For more information, visit the ASGGP's web site at www.safeggp.org or call the hotline at 704-3195.

Plan Your Neighborhood

The Department of City Planning is conducting planning exercises in three SF neighborhoods - a unique opportunity for residents.

Planners will meet with neighborhood residents, merchants, and other stakeholders in the upper Market area around Octavia, Central Waterfront (also known as Dogpatch, from Mission Bay to Islais Creek east of Potrero Hill), and the Balboa Park area, especially along Ocean and Geneva Avenues. The planners will seek a neighborhood consensus on the shape of future development in order to help steer growth in the right direction as well as expedite development in the pre-planned neighborhoods.

Bicyclists in those neighborhoods have a lot to gain and lose. By attending the workshops, you could help address issues including: How can we improve the double parking, er, bike lanes on upper Market Street? How can we preserve the existing bike-friendly conditions in Dogpatch before tons of new traffic drive out the bicyclists? What can we do to retrofit Geneva and Ocean Aves. with bike lanes or other safety improvements? To help, call Leah at the SFBC: 431-BIKE, x-2.