Quick Releases

Radio Station Promotes Violence Against Cyclists

DJs Kramer and Twitch on hard-rock radio station KSJO got themselves in a heap of trouble in February when they suggested that listeners should door cyclists and motorcyclists, and that cyclists should be forced to wear signs saying "fag." Just a bit of good, clean humor according to the DJs, but a flurry of calls, letters, and emails to the Santa Clara station (which can be heard in S.F.) and its parent company, Clear Channel Communi-cations, resulted in immediate suspension of the DJs and the running of PSAs asking motorists to treat two-wheeled users of the road with courtesy and caution. Some cyclists hope the station will do even more to rectify the wrong, for instance by educating their listeners about doorings and how to correctly pass cyclists and motorcyclists. Kramer and Twitch have also been cordially invited to ride in the next Critical Mass and are no doubt home coordinating their outfits right now.

Envision New Bikeway

What is today an abandoned rail corridor running through industrial land in the Mission and South of Market could be transformed into a pleasant and purposeful bikeway lined with green space and public art. The Mission Creek Bikeway could also serve as a critical transportation link in a city where 1 in 25 adults bike commute. With a $30,000 planning grant, the Bikeway is a step closer to reality. We need your input. To help make this vision of a world-class bikeway reality, please attend one of the upcoming community meetings both on April 23rd at Southern Exposure Gallery at 401 Alabama @ 17th St.; one at 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m., and one at 4p.m.-7p.m. with a presentation at 6p.m. For more info., see www.missioncreek.org or call Leah at 431-BIKE, x-2.

SFBC volunteers Karen Vardeman and Tim Shea haul a mere 3,000 copies of the Tube Times from the SFBC's Civic Center office to the main post office near Cesar Chavez and Third Streets. Tim (right ) is hauling the SFBC's impressive, new 8-foot trailer. Several trailers are available to members for use any time. Call 431-bike, x-6, for details.

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 Blvd. 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 Boulevard by sometime in 2006.

The Mayor's Office envisions only 400-800 units of housing. Slight changes in zoning, including a relaxing of the requirement for off-street parking (which would conform to existing uses in the neighborhood) could make way for up to 1,500 units of housing. The SFBC is working to maximize the housing and to include plans for a Center for Appropriate Transportation, with a community center, offices, and housing. See www.sfbike.org for details.For future updates on Octavia Blvd., contact rflevitt@prodigy.net.

Help on Market Street

We need your help to make a transit-first Market Street a reality (see Your Help Needed on Market Street). Please write a brief letter to Mayor Brown and your District Supervisor to tell them that Market Street improvements should be prioritized by allocating $150,000 in this year"s budget for a community planning process. Also, let them know you support the proposed new staff position for the SF Planning Department dedicated to this project.

Write the Mayor and Supervisors: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., SF, CA 94102. To check your district Supervisor's name, see www.sfbike.org.