San Francisco's Waterfront in the Spotlight
Northern Waterfront Bike Projects
With the success of the Embarcadero and Crissy Field revitalization projects widely acknowledged, the problems with the stretch of waterfront that lies in between are becoming glaringly evident. Thankfully, the Port of San Francisco and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) have launched a planning process to rectify problem areas within Fisherman's Wharf. One of the major problems for bikes, which is obvious if you've tried to ride through Fisherman's Wharf coming from Fort Mason, is that there is no good eastbound route. This issue was emphasized by many people who spoke at three public hearings in March, and the Port listened. At their public meeting in May, the Port presented several alternatives for reconfiguring Jefferson St., including contra-flow bike lanes, a two-way bike path, and wide curb lanes. The SFBC is also working with the Rails-to-Trails and Coastal Conservancies to improve bicycling conditions through Fort Mason and along the Marina Green Path. Stay tuned... If you have questions, or want to get involved, contact Josh Hart at Joshua@sfbike.org.
SPUR's "On the Waterfront" Event Highlights Need for Better Bay Trail:
About 150 advocates, agency representatives, and elected officials gathered in the newly restored Ferry Building in May to discuss ways to better coordinate planning along SF's waterfront. Former six-time Vancouver, British Columbia, City Councilmember Gordon Price gave the keynote speech, and talked about how Vancouver has managed to significantly decrease auto trips over the last ten years by building bike/pedestrian projects. Price went on to describe efforts to "get people out of their cars" as confrontational and doomed to fail, but "providing people with choices" can be wildly successful, as Vancouver's efforts have shown.
Several pro-bicycle conclusions came out of the conference, including a consensus that the first step in implementing a vision for the waterfront is the provision of a basic multi-use pathway, regardless of what surrounds it. In Vancouver's experience, if you allow people access to the shoreline, political will is generated for further improvements. View the SFBC's Vision for the SF Waterfront.
Golden Gate Park Bike Planning Shifts Gears
The SFBC has continued to work with the Concourse Authority, Recreation and Park Department, and the Department of Parking and Traffic to finalize the Golden Gate Park Bike Plan. Renamed "the Golden Gate Park Bicycle Improvements Study," the plan identifies highest priority items and includes a specific Bicycle Implementation Plan for the Park.
The new prioritized plan will be easier to get approved and allow us to move forward with key bike safety projects in the Park.
SFBC staff, working with consultant The Duffey Company, have already begun helping city departments apply for funding for priority projects, such as improvements to the East-West Bikeway, the JFK and Great Highway intersection, Arguello uphill bike lanes, and the Page and Stanyan Street intersection. For more information, contact Josh Hart at Joshua@sfbike.org.
Bike Lanes on Fell and Howard Need Your Support
My, the wheels of progress can be mighty slow. The proposals for bike lanes on two crucial stretches of the citywide Bike Network-Fell Street (between Scott and Baker) and Howard Street (between Fremont and Fifth)-are inching their way towards a Board of Supervisors hearing sometime in June. Keep your ears open, as we will need a lot of bicycle support via letters, phone calls, and warm bodies at the hearings.
Contact Mary Brown, Bicycle Network Director, at 431-BIKE, ext. 24 if you can help out before or during the hearings.
Mary Brown, Community Hero
Our very own Bike Network Director, the fabulous Mary Brown, has been recognized as a Community Hero for the Crissy Field Center, a program of the National Park Service. She is one of six heroes chosen in the Bay Area who are making a difference in their urban and natural communities. Mary was nominated for her work as a bicycle advocate (in particular for starting the Valencia bike lane campaign as a volunteer). A life-size photo of Mary will be in the center starting in May, for a year, so stop by and say hi. We are very proud of our Mary Brown!
SFBC Online: Giving has never been easier!
Having trouble tracking down your checkbook, a pen, an envelope, and a stamp to support better bicycling in San Francisco? No problem! Go to www.sfbike.org/store and click 'Donations' to make a secure online credit card contribution of any amount you like. Now wasn't that easy?
...Nor has getting!
The new SFBC Timbuk2 messenger bag is now available online at www.sfbike.org/store. Buy one for yourself and a friend today!
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