Quick Releases

New SFBC Riders Group

The SFBC has just formed a brand new recreational riders group for group rides on the first Saturday of each month. These recreational rides cover more miles than our Cultural History Tours and focus on the sheer pleasure of riding bikes, rather than the frequent stop-and-learn that typifies our social tours. All are welcome; the rides are designed for a moderate pace; there are rotating ride leaders; and they're free for SFBC members. The first Rec. Ride is a 40-mile loop to Tiburon on Saturday, March 3rd, see the Chain of Events for details. Contact Brandon Baunach at bbaunach@addinc.com if you have a favorite ride that you'd like to lead.

Wanted: More, Better Bike Tours

And, of course, our popular cultural history bike tours will continue. Every year, SFBC volunteers lead a dozen bike tours that explore the unique histories of SF. Popular past tours include the cemetery tour, women's history tour, ice cream ride, urban garden ride, and many more. We need to find a new coordinator to take over the role of coordinating tour leaders and developing new tour ideas. We are especially interested in developing ride themes on specific communities, such as African-American, Queer, Latino, Asian, and others. (This does not mean leading every ride, just helping to coordinate with the members who do volunteer to lead rides.) Call Mary at 431-BIKE, x1 if you're interested in finding out more.

Freeway Down, Opportunities Abound

There has been some progress lately on the voter-approved plan to tear down the Central Freeway. In December the project received environmental approval and the freeway land parcels north of Market Street were transferred from Caltrans to San Francisco.

Caltrans and the City are now working on the design of the touch-down ramps near McCoppin & Market Streets. Some of the proposed designs include bikeways from Valencia St. to the planned Octavia Boulevard. In addition the designers are looking at ways to make what could be a very dangerous intersection at Market and Octavia, safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Caltrans estimates that demolition of the Central will begin in the summer of 2003 with completion of the ramps and Octavia Blvd. by sometime in 2006. We know Rome wasn't built in a day but it was probably done faster than this 6 block long project will take.

In the meantime the City is moving ahead with the 2002 Better Neighborhoods planning process, which among other things foresees transit oriented, affordable housing on the land vacated by the demolition of the freeway. Thanks to the many SFBC members who have been attending these important workshops to help shape this area.

To read more about this important project, check out www.sfbike.org

More than 50 peole rallied outside City Hall on a rainy February day, demanding fair and equal treatment of bicyclists by the S.F. Police Department, and urging justice in the case of cyclist Chris Robertson.