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 SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COALITION          Fall 2009 ISSUE 129      free

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    45 New Bike Lanes Get the Green Light
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                 Letter from the Executive Director
                                                                                                                                                    TUBE TIMES


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                        icture a large, formal public hearing                 Fast-forward                                                          amy Zimmerman
                        room, packed with nervous people, many          10 years to June 26,
                        attending their first official civic meeting.   2009, where we are                                                          Brandon Fine
                 Months of preparation had led up to this               10,000+ members
                 morning, and there was a palpable excitement           strong. The people                                                          Design
                                                                                                                                                    Tammy Chang
                 in the air. Supporters of better biking wore           who are speaking
                 matching bright stickers. Opponents of the             up for better biking                                                        The Tube Times is published four times a year by the
                                                                                                                                                    San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, a 10,000-member
                 proposed bike lanes — perhaps less organized           are the diverse                                                             nonprofit advocacy organization working to transform
                 but no less fervent — clustered together.              people of San                                                               San Francisco’s streets and neighborhoods into more
                                                                                                                                                    livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for
                        This was not the much-talked-about,             Francisco —                                                                 everyday transportation. tubetimes@sfbike.org
                 recent scene on June 26, 2009, when the city’s         mothers with kids
                 top transportation agency unanimously                  in tow, older folks, suited professionals and                               SFBC STaFF
                 approved the new Citywide Bike Plan and a              people of many backgrounds. And just as
                 near-doubling of bike lanes. In fact, the hearing      interesting, only about a dozen people have                                 Communications Director
                 described above occurred a decade ago in July          spoken against the bike improvements — and                                  Teri Gardiner, x308, teri@sfbike.org

                 1998. And despite the similarities, it is the          at the recent hearing, most of those are                                    Community Planner
                                                                                                                                                    Neal Patel, x312, neal@sfbike.org
                 differences that strike me most between these          concerned with one project, emphasizing that
                 two hearings.                                          they want bike lanes on Second Street, only                                 Development Director
                                                                                                                                                    Jodie Medeiros, x305, jodie@sfbike.org
                       In July 1998, the SFBC (then only 1,500          with a different design.
                                                                                                                                                    Executive Director
                 members) rallied to turn out 200 supporters to               And this time, city decisionmakers are                                leah Shahum, x306, leah@sfbike.org
                 a pivotal Saturday morning hearing when city           considering not a mere handful of new                                       Great Streets Project Director
                 leaders considered 10 new bike lanes. At the           bike lanes, but rather a near-doubling of the                               Kit Hodge, x303, kit@sfgreatstreets.org
                 time, it was an unprecedented number and was,          Citywide Bike Network. And this time, they                                  Membership & Development Assistant
                 without a doubt, the biggest thing that had            approved 45 out of 46 projects (deferring                                   Tessa Buckley, x301 tessa@sfbike.org

                 ever happened in SF’s bike advocacy world.             Second Street bike lanes for more study).                                   Membership & Volunteer Director
                                                                                                                                                    Kate McCarthy, x303, kate@sfbike.org
                 That day, we won passage of only three of the          What a change!
                                                                                                                                                    Operations Director
                 proposed bike lanes including Polk Street,                   Today, we have overwhelming support                                   Frank Chan, x304, frank@sfbike.org
                 Arguello Boulevard, and a tiny piece of Cesar          from our political leaders and the general                                  Program Director
                 Chavez. While we were disappointed with the            public, 75% of whom support the city doing                                  andy Thornley, x307, andy@sfbike.org
                 Parking & Traffic Commission’s rejection of            more for better biking. I credit the dramatic                               Program Manager
                 most of the proposals — citing “unacceptable           change in thinking in the past decade, partly,                              Marc Caswell, x302, marc@sfbike.org

                 congestion” for drivers — we were also thrilled        to our work and its relevance to climate                                    Safe Routes to School Manager
                                                                                                                                                    Jason Serafino-agar, x314, jason@sfbike.org
                 to have our issues front-and-center on the city’s      change threats, improving public health
                 agenda. We called it a new day for bicycling in        through physical activity, and creating
                 San Francisco.                                         sustainable transportation options.                                         BOaRD OF DIRECTORS
                       A little background for those not in the               And I credit you — the 10,000+ members/
                                                                                                                                                    David Baker, Ben Caldwell, Brooke DuBose, Jenn Fox
                 loop in 1998: That big decision day was a              volunteers of the SFBC — for literally                                      (President), Jean Fraser, Justin Fraser (Treasurer),
                 direct result of the intense worldwide media           changing the face of bicycling in San Francisco.                            David Gartner, amandeep Jawa, ann lyons, Holly
                                                                                                                                                    Minch, lainie Motamedi, Dan Nguyen-Tan, Eric Sloan
                 attention shone on San Francisco after then-           Not only did hundreds of you speak up at                                    (Secretary), Zack Stender, Susan Sun
                 Mayor Willie Brown led an infamous crackdown           the critical hearing, but thousands of you wrote
                                                                                                                                                    995 Market St., Suite 1550
                 on Critical Mass. While the SFBC was always            and emailed our city decisionmakers, and                                    San Francisco, Ca 94103
                 (and still is) completely separate from Critical       dozens of you took the time to reach out to your                            415-431-BIKE
                 Mass, our organization strategically made              neighbors and local merchants about the                                     fax: 415-431-2468
                 the most of this unprecedented attention on            Bike Plan proposals.                                                        info@sfbike.org

                 bicycling issues to push our agenda of                       We are now being recognized and rewarded
                 expanding the Citywide Bike Network, and               for actively building on the shared interests                               Have you been missing out on our weekly Biker
                                                                                                                                                    Bulletin email? did you update your mailing address
                 it worked.                                             we have with non-bicyclists in the city. We                                 when you moved?
                        Before that time, the city rarely added         gained strong support from business owners,
                                                                                                                                                    Update your contact info at
                 new bike lanes, and only after much pushing            neighborhood leaders and even people who                                    sfbike.org/services.
                 from the SFBC. Believe it or not, the Valencia         never bike — all of whom acknowledge that
                 Street bike lanes that we take for granted now,        they benefit when our communities are safer,
                 were opposed by the city until the late 1990s.         healthier, more affordable and more sustainable.
                 The then-Transportation Director famously                    We are agents of change, as we have been                              Become a fan of the SFBC on facebook
                 professed that the Valencia Street bike lanes          for decades. And we have far more work to do.                               facebook.com/

                 would be striped “over my dead body.” (I’m             Only now, the change we work for is embraced
                 happy to report that he’s still alive.) The SFBC’s     as the right direction for the city. We represent
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                 campaign for a “road diet” on Valencia has             progress in San Francisco like never before.
                 become a well-accepted model of how a street           Let’s keep it rolling forward.                                              Follow the SFBC’s tweets on twitter
                 can benefit bicyclists and the overall safety of
                 pedestrians and motorists, as well as local
                 business vitality.                                     lEaH SHaHUM
                                                                        executive Director                                                          View thousands of SFBC photos on flickr

                                                                                                                   democracy in action. Current                                  Tour De Fat Raises Money

                                                                                         PHOTO BY JaMISON wIESER
                                                                                                                   members should watch for a special                            For Better Biking
                                                                                                                   email with online voting instructions.                        In September, hundreds of bike
                                                                                                                                                                                 lovers came out to Golden Gate Park
                                                                                                                   The Perfect Time To Update                                    for Tour de Fat, New Belgium
                                                                                                                   Your Information                                              Brewery’s ballyhoo of bikes and beer,
                                                                                                                   The SFBC just gave our database a                             an event that raises funds for the
                                                                                                                   good cleaning, so it’s the perfect time                       bicycle advocacy work of the San
                                                                                                                   to make sure that we have your                                Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the
                                                                                                                   current information. Do we have your                          Bay area Ridge Trail Council.
                                                                                                                   current contact information? By                                   The day kicked off with a bike
                                                                                                                   allowing the SFBC to communicate                              parade that looped its way through
                                                                                                                   with you online, we can save                                  the park, with riders decked out in
                                                                                                                   precious money and time to                                    costumes with sequins, bowties,
                                                                                                                   champion better biking in San                                 boas and more. When the parade
                                                                                                                   Francisco. Emails are the best way                            ended at Speedway Meadow, the
                                                                                                                   for us to let you know what we’re                             festival began! Thirsty bicyclists
                                                                                                                   doing and what fun events are                                 enjoyed New Belgium Brewery’s
                                                                                                                   coming up. Update your information                            tasty portfolio of beer and played with
                                                                                                                   at sfbike.org/service_info or email it                        crazy bikes in the cycling circus ring.
                                                                                                                   to info@sfbike.org.                                           attendees were further delighted
In September city crews were hard at work on the new Pavement to Parks location at San
                                                                                                                                                                                 with performances by Sean Hayes,
Jose and Guerrero avenues.                                                                                         Update On Hit-And-Run                                         March Fourth Marching Band,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Handsome little Devils’ Squirm

                                                                                                                                                       PHOTO BY aNDREw BENNETT
Better Market Street Trials                   Pavement To Parks Launches                                                                                                         Burpee Circus, and the Dare Devil
The SFBC’s Great Streets Project has                                                                                                                                             Chicken Club’s Honeymoon Cabaret.
                                              Two New Public Spaces
been working with the city and the                                                                                                                                                   a special thank you to New
                                              The City Planning Department, with
many stakeholders on and around                                                                                                                                                  Belgium Brewery for making the
                                              the help of a number of other
Market Street to roll out trial improve-                                                                                                                                         entire event possible. Thanks also to
                                              agencies and local groups, has
ments to the street (Van Ness to the                                                                                                                                             the 150 SFBC volunteers who poured
                                              converted two more underused
Embarcadero) starting Sept. 29.                                                                                                                                                  beers, checked IDs and valet parked
                                              street spaces into community plazas
     These trials will be an opportunity                                                                                                                                         bikes, and helped ensure the event
                                              at 16th & Eighth streets in the lower
to test and keep good ideas that                                                                                                                                                 was a success. Check out photos and
                                              Potrero area and at San Jose &
improve Market Street and make it                                                                                                                                                more at sfbike.org/fat.
                                              Guerrero avenues.
more attractive for bicycling, walking,           The “Showplace Triangle” (16th &
transit and shopping in anticipation of       Eighth streets) is being developed
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bike to the Theater Nights
a complete repaving of Market Street          with the help of the California College
in 2013. Modeled on Project for               of the arts, axis Cafe, Wolfe’s Cafe
Public Spaces “Place Diagram,” the            and the Potrero Hill Boosters, with
trials are the first layer of improve-        the pro bono help of Rebar, a local                                  In July, SFBC member and cyclist
ments to be tested over the next six          design group. The San Jose &                                         andrew Bennett suffered serious
to 12 months. (Project for Public             Guerrero plaza draws on the expert                                   injuries, including a fractured spine,
Spaces is a partner in SFBC’s Great           organizing of San Jose/Guerrero                                      in a hit-and-run on Valencia Street.
Streets Project.) See the full trial          Coalition to Save Our Streets and the                                Fortunately, andrew’s 4-year-old son
details at: marketstreet.sfplanning.org.      design vision of Jane Martin, principal                              Robby, who was riding on a tandem
     The first phase of improvement           of Shift Design Studio. like the plaza                               extension, was not seriously injured.
trials include:                               at 17th Street & Castro, these latest                                On aug. 6, SF Streetsblog broke the
  1. directing drivers off Market at 8th      plazas are trial efforts being created                               news that an arrest of a 16-year-old
     and 6th streets (delivery trucks,        on a shoestring budget and depen-                                    Santa Rosa girl had been made by
     Muni, and taxis will be allowed)         dent on continuous active local                                      the SF Police Department in this
  2. pedestrian priority space on             management.                                                          tragic hit and run.
     select weekends on Powell                    The city will be collecting data                                     The SFBC worked closely with
     Street between Ellis and Geary           and surveying users, with the help of                                lt. Douglas Groshong in the hit and                           The american Conservatory Theater
  3. new pedestrian plazas on Market          the Great Streets Project, to deter-                                 run detail who made this case a                               has joined forces with the SFBC’s
     Street sidewalks                         mine whether to keep the spaces.                                     priority and worked closely with the                          ever-popular Bike Valet to securely
  4. art in empty storefronts and live        The Planning Department has two                                      cycling community to track down the                           park bicycles on 8 evenings in the
     music along the street                   other spaces under development and                                   driver, who will now be held account-                         coming year, including “November”
     Please be on the lookout for calls       has a call open for new space ideas.                                 able for her dangerous actions.                               on Nov. 5 and a “Christmas Carol” on
to give your input and feedback on                If your neighborhood has a plan                                      On the heels of this tragic colli-                        Dec. 17. SFBC members are eligible
these trials in our Biker Bulletin            ready for a community space on city                                  sion, it’s important to note that with                        for a $10 exclusive discount (Dress
emails and on the Great Streets               streets, this is a good time to nomi-                                more and more people bicycling,                               Circle and Orchestra tickets only,
Project website (sfgreatstreets.org).         nate it to benefit from the Pavement                                 San Francisco is actually seeing                              subject to availability)! To receive your
and don’t forget to wave and say              to Parks initiative. More details at                                 fewer collisions, showing that motor-                         discount, purchase your tickets at
“hi” to the many SFBC members                 sfpavementtoparks.sfplanning.org.                                    ists and bicyclists are doing a                               act-sf.org and use the following
who will be out volunteering to collect                                                                            better job of sharing the streets. We                         promo codes:
data on how the street is performing          Cast Your Vote For The                                               are encouraged by the comments                                BIKE1 for “November”
for bicyclists and pedestrians. This                                                                               from San Francisco’s new Chief of                             BIKE2 for “Christmas Carol”
data will help inform both this initial
                                              SFBC Board Of Directors
                                              Mark your calendars to vote online in                                Police, George Gascon, on better                              all of these upcoming performances
trial and the longer-term repaving pro-                                                                            enforcement against dangerous driv-                           can be found on our website at:
cess. Data collection and individual          the SFBC’s annual Board of Directors
                                              election in late November/early                                      ing and look forward to continuing                            sfbike.org/chain
feedback are crucial to the success of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Fall 2009

                                              December. Voting will also take place                                our work with the SFPD for better                                 The SFBC’s Bike Valet securely
these trials and the 2013 repaving.                                                                                enforcement and education for the                             parks thousands of bicycles each year
     See sfbike.org/market for more           at Winterfest on Sunday, Dec. 6.
                                              The SFBC is one of the few local                                     protection of everyone who uses                               at events all across the city from the
information on these exciting trials                                                                               San Francisco streets.                                        Outside lands Music Festival to
and the ways you can get involved.            nonprofits whose members elect
                                              their Board, so take advantage of                                                                                                  Giants games to the Folsom Street

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                                                            San                                                                                                            letters to the editor

                 Fair. learn more about our Bike Valet
                 service at sfbike.org/valet. If you’re
                 organizing an event and want to offer      Francisco                                                                                                   I am not sure if the SF Bicycle Coalition
                                                                                                                                                                        has any recognition program, but if so I
                                                                                                                                                                        think the downtown office building at

                 professional, secure, attended bicycle                                                                                                                 101 California St. may deserve
                 parking, email bikevalets@sfbike.org.                                                                                                                  recognition. I have worked in the
                                                                                                                                                                        building for the past five years and
                 Steps Closer To Striping

                                                                                                                                                                        commute daily on my bike. The building
                 Bike Lanes                                                                                                                                             has twice doubled the amount of bike
                 On august 28 the SF City attorney                                                                                                                      parking spaces over this time to
                 delivered three boxes of                                                                                                                               accommodate the higher levels of

                 documentation to the SF Superior                                                                                                                       commuters, and the parking staff is very
                 Court, including the June 26                                                                                                                           friendly to the bikers. Recently, the
                 approved SF Bicycle Plan, the                                                                                                                          building has also instituted a bike share
                 environmental impact report (EIR) for                                                                                                                  program, and advertised Bike to Work

                 the Bike Plan, and most importantly a                                                                                                                  Day to all the tenants. I am sure other
                 request that the court lift the 3-year-                                                                                                                office buildings have a similar bike-friendly
                 old injunction, which has prevented                                                                                                                    stance, but if there is some recognition
                 the City from making any physical                                                                                                                      program, I think 101 California should be
                 improvements for bicycles.                                                                                                                             featured. – Bobby Bohlen
                      The Superior Court will hear the
                 City attorney’s request on Nov. 2, and
                                                            Enrique Peñalosa                                                                                            DEAR BOBBy, Thanks for

                                                                                                                                               PHOTO BY RHONDa wINTER
                 while it’s uncertain when a decision                                                                                                                   writing about the great bike parking at
                 will come, we are working with the         By Andrew Ehrich                                                                                            101 California. While we don’t have a
                 Municipal Transportation agency and                                                                                                                    formal recognition system, we often
                 other City departments to be ready to                                                                                                                  highlight best practices to other
                 roll out bike lanes and bike racks the                                                                                                                 businesses and will certainly tout the
                 minute the injunction is lifted.                                                                                                                       efforts at 101 California. The SFBC
                      Big thanks to SFBC members and                                                                                                                    helped the building with its latest bike
                 other citizens who came out to testi-                                                                                                                  parking expansion, and we are thrilled
                 fy to the fullness and adequacy of the                                                                                                                 to see workplaces that proactively not
                 Bike Plan’s environmental review.                                                                                                                      just accommodate cyclists but have
                                                            Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of             transportation, with an eye toward
                 We’re a big step closer to striping the                                                                                                                the vision to encourage more people to
                                                            Bogotá, Colombia, and internationally         similar changes that could be made
                 45 new bike lane projects and other                                                                                                                    ride to work. 101 California definitely
                                                            acclaimed urban innovator, made a             here. He also spoke before the
                 exciting projects of the Bike Plan, like                                                                                                               works harder than many other buildings!
                                                            whirlwind tour through San Francisco          Chamber of Commerce about how
                 colored bike lanes and on-street bike
                                                            in July. His visit was sponsored by           businesses benefit from pedestrian-                           Hi, I just read of the arrest of the hit-and-
                 parking. Keep up to date on the
                                                            the Institute for Transportation and          friendly spaces where people love                             run driver and the SFBC’s efforts to get
                 latest news on the Bike Plan at
                                                            Development Policy and celebrated             to walk, shop and spend time.                                 police to take driving crimes more
                                                            the official launch of the San                     Mr. Peñalosa met with Mayor                              seriously. Thank you for your part in that,
                                                            Francisco Great Streets Project, a            Gavin Newsom and discussed                                    and congratulations on what looks like
                                                            joint effort of the SFBC, the San             everything from bike lanes to the                             progress. as someone who was just
                                                            Francisco Planning & Urban Research           possibility of a Bus Rapid Transit                            involved in a hit-and-run accident in Mill
                                                            association (SPUR), and other livable         system on Van Ness. Peñalosa was                              Valley, I can say what is hardest to deal
                                                            streets organizations to catalyze a           quoted by Streetsblog as saying,                              with — more than my injuries — is idea
                                                            return of our city’s streets to their         “I think [Newsom] was very sensitive                          that someone can do such a thing to
                                                            rightful place at the center of civic life.   to all these issues and he even told                          another human being. I see potentially
                                                                 Mr. Peñalosa’s visit kicked off          some of his people to look into how                           deadly — crippling, certainly — behavior
                                                            with a bike tour of the city led by the       these things are being used in other                          by drivers here in the city on a daily
                                                            SFBC and the Great Streets Project,           cities, the designs that are being                            basis. Kudos to the new police chief for
                                                            during which he snapped photos of             used to improve the pedestrian and                            his position. – Dave Robb
                                                            unprotected bike lanes, car-dominat-          bicycle spaces there.”
                                                            ed streets, and narrow sidewalks,                  Mr. Peñalosa’s visit ended with an                       DEAR DAVE,The SFBC is
                                                            which popped up in his presentations          inspiring talk to a standing-room-only                        encouraged by a new era of leadership
                                                            and discussions throughout the week           crowd in Koret auditorium at the                              in the SF Police Department and
                                                            as ideas for potential improvements.          Main Public library. “Great public                            recent comments by the new Chief of
                                                                 Peñalosa’s itinerary was carefully       spaces are a magic good. They are                             Police, George Gascon, who has gone
                                                            organized to reach key government             not just a means to happiness, but an                         on record stating: “Many times we’re
                                                            officials, business groups, media and         inexhaustible end in themselves,” he                          concentrating on homicides, and we
                                                            citizens. Mr. Peñalosa sat down with          said. “When people look back in two                           should, but many communities will
                                                            reporters at key media to talk about          hundred years, they will wonder how                           lose more people, and more property,
                                                            everything from protected bike lanes          we lived in the cities of 2010.”                              and there’s more damage and injuries
                                                            to wider sidewalks to public spaces.               Peñalosa’s optimism, pragma-                             through bad driving behavior, than of
                                                            He reinforced the theme that San              tism, and purpose gave hope that                              course through crime. If you look at
                                                            Francisco does not need futuristic            San Francisco will not need to wait                           my record when I was in Mesa,
                                                            technologies or magical solutions;            that long.                                                    [arizona] and at the laPD, we put a lot
                                                            with conscious decisions and deci-                                                                          of emphasis on driver behavior. It’s
                                                            sive action, better public spaces are                                                                       important to do so because that’s a
                                                            eminently achievable right now. “This
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                                                                                                          read more about the San                                       part of public safety.” We will continue
                                                            is a political decision, not a technical      francisco Great Streets Project                               our work to advocate for better
                                                            decision,” he said.                                                                                         enforcement and education for the
                                                                                                          at sfgreatstreets.org.
                                                                 Peñalosa met at City Hall with                                                                         protection of everyone who uses San
                                                            agency leaders, spoke at SPUR’s                                                                             Francisco streets.
                                                            new Urban Center and shared exam-
                                                            ples of his work as an implementer                                                                          letters to the editor are always
                                                            and advocate of                                                                                             welcome. Email yours to
                                                            urban public space and sustainable                                                                          tubetimes@sfbike.org.

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Q+ A
                                fter years of planning, outreach, public
                                                                               The Board heard more than
                                hearings, and organizing, the SFBC can         3 hours of testimony from
                                finally announce a huge win for the bicycling  more than 200 supporters,
                                community and San Francisco as a whole!        many of whom sat in an
                                The city has adopted its most ambitious        overflow room

                                Bike Plan and has given the green light to
                                45 new bike lane projects – a near doubling
                                of the miles of bike lanes. Here to answer questions
                          about the kind of changes we can expect and how the SFBC
                          helped make it happen is the SFBC’s very own program director,
                          Andy Thornley.

                          What led to this unprecedented victory?           neighborhood groups. From there it was a four-
                               This win is truly a victory of the people,   month Tour de San Francisco, with “Big 56”
                          those who ride bikes every day and those who      volunteers covering all 7x7 miles, rounding up
                          may never get on a bike, but all people who       support for the projects.
                          support better bicycling in San Francisco.
with:                     Without the advocacy of the SFBC and the          Were you surprised by the diversity of
                          strength of our 10,000 members this historic      businesses supporting the Bike Plan and
andy Thornley             decision by the City to advance sustainable       the various bike lane projects?
                          transportation would not have been possible.            I would say gratified rather than surprised.
SFBC Program                                                                I think the diversity of business support shows
                          Why was the campaign-style model                  how much the city has changed in the last
Director                  effective?                                        decade. The discussion used to be about cars vs.
                               With the voice (and legs) of 10,000 SFBC     bikes, but now it is about how to do everything
                          members on the ground and in the                  we can for the environment, for public health,
by Constance Cavallas     neighborhoods, we knew that street-by-street,     for accessibility, and for affordability — for all
                          block-by-block outreach and advocacy would        San Franciscans. Businesses are realizing that
                          be the most effective way to share information    calmer streets attract more people, and that
                          and win support for the Bike Network projects,    bicyclists and pedestrians account for significant
                          as well as the Bike Plan overall. We kicked off   business. Many business owners and employers
                          the campaign in February with an all-member       are bicyclists themselves and want to encourage
                          meeting to get folks active, empowering them      their employees to ride to work. They
                                                                                                                                 Fall 2009

                          with the information and knowledge needed to      understand that by supporting dedicated bike
                          be able to confidently talk to businesses and     space they will not only be attracting patrons,

                 but also create a convenient (and safe) ride to
                 work for their employees.                                a long line of support-
                                                                          ers waiting to give their
                 What are some of the most exciting                       public testimony
                 projects in the Bike Plan?
                       While all of the projects are exciting and       in San Francisco went
                 noteworthy, there are three new and innovative         up 43%. And we know
                 world class ideas that have got us quivering in        that many more San
                 anticipation.                                          Franciscans (surveys say
                       Bike boulevards, for example, are                one in three people)
                 neighborhood streets that are pleasant to bike         would pick up a bike
                 (and walk and live) on, with very slow low-            and ride if they felt
                 volume car traffic. They’re designed to discourage     safer on city streets,
                 through car traffic – bicycle traffic is prioritized   and making the streets
                 by calming and limiting auto access, using             safer for bikes is exactly
                 measures like traffic circles and diverter islands     what these projects will
                 to discourage cars from speeding. Bike boulevards      be doing. It’s a virtuous
                 have proven to be very successful in our Bay           circle: more biking =
                 Area neighbors Berkeley and Palo Alto, and             safer biking = even more biking = better,            stakeholders in the loop, so we’ll be continuing
                 Portland’s splendid (and growing) bike                 healthier, happier city!                             to reach out to local businesses and neighborhood
                 boulevard network is well-loved and well-used.                It’s not just the bike riders who benefit     groups as the improvements are implemented.
                       We’re thrilled to see the three-year drought     from the Bike Plan, pedestrians and neighbors        We want to make sure they understand why
                 in new sidewalk bike parking racks finally             win as well. Adding bike lanes to a given street     the projects are so valuable to bicyclists, current
                 ending, but as new U-racks start popping up            almost always makes that street safer and more       and future, and involve them in building on
                 like mushrooms we know there’s only so                 pleasant for pedestrians, in a number of ways.       these improvements. A new bike lane is often
                 much room on our already-crowded sidewalks,            First, the intersection crossing distance is         the seed that motivates neighbors to think
                 especially in commercial corridors, which is           shortened – the curb-to-curb distance doesn’t        differently about how the street space in their
                 why on-street bike parking will be a fantastic,        get shorter, of course, but a five-or-six-foot       community can be used, they start to think
                 space-saving addition to our city. One car             buffer is added on each side (better to step into    about widening sidewalks and planting more
                 parked at the curb will serve one or two people,       a bike lane than a “normal” travel lane, easier to   trees and adding benches and civilizing their
                 but an on-street bike parking rack in that             see what’s coming). Vehicles parked right up to      street further. We hope bike lanes continue
                 one-car space can park up to 12 bikes!                 the intersection, which block sight lines and        to be the stepping stones to bigger and
                       If you’ve visited Amsterdam (or Portland         create perilous conditions for crossing, are often   better things.
                 or New York) you’ve probably seen or ridden            eliminated as part of the bike lane design. By
                 on colored bike lanes. Using color to designate        slimming down travel lanes, motor traffic tends      And what is next?
                 bicycle right-of-way is a common and powerful          to slow down, which is good for everyone,                  As excited as we are about 45 new bike
                 tool in cities serious about bike traffic. The         pedestrians especially. Adding bike lanes to a       lane projects (and 11 more in the queue),
                 colored lane symbolizes a space dedicated to           street has become a traffic calming convention       we know there are many more improvements
                 bikes, so motorists pay more attention and             used by traffic engineers, more for pedestrians      to be made to the Citywide Bike Network
                 are less likely to double park or drive in them.       and other neighbors than for bicycle traffic         and the city overall. So we’ll be counting on
                 A study in Denmark found the use of blue               itself (we’ve seen this positive effect on Alemany   members to help us identify and advocate for
                 markings reduced bike-motor vehicle collisions         and San Jose, as well as other streets like          even more changes that go above and beyond
                 by 38% and fatalities and serious injuries by 71%.     Cabrillo).                                           standard bike lanes and sidewalk bike racks,
                                                                                                                             things like separated bikeways and colored
                 How will these plans improve San                       When will the projects hit the ground and            bike lanes and bike boulevards and on-street
                 Francisco?                                             be completed?                                        bike parking. As we begin making this next
                       One of the most important ways the                     We expect the first paint to hit the ground    generation of improvements, we are going to
                 newly approved projects will improve the city is       the day after the Superior Court lifts the           see everyday bicycling spread further and
                 by filling critical gaps in the existing network of    injunction. The Superior Court is scheduled to       further into the mainstream, an inviting and
                 bike lanes and routes. By nearly doubling the          hear the City Attorney’s request to lift the         dignified transportation choice for more
                 current bike lane mileage (an additional 34            injunction on Nov. 2, see sfbike.org/bikeplan        and more people. Gil Peñalosa (Bogota’s wise
                 miles of bike lanes added to the existing 45           for the latest news. Mayor Newsom has been           former Parks Commissioner) says a truly
                 miles), as well as 75 additional miles of              very clear: bike projects will happen fast, and in   bikeable city is one that is safe and accessible
                 sharrows (shared-lane stencils) on bike routes,        quantity; we’ve got years of darkness to make        for someone who is 8 years old and someone
                 the connectivity of the city’s official bikeways       up for.                                              who is 80 years old, the celebrated “8-to-80”
                 will improve strikingly.                                                                                    rule. That’s what’s next for San Francisco, a city
                       Of course, another obvious improvement           Are there ways for people to still get               with ever more grandmas and school kids on
                 will be the increase in the number of bicyclists!      involved and help out?                               bikes, and CEOs and families on bikes, and
                 Research has repeatedly shown that there is                  Absolutely. One quick, easy way is to          none of it remarkable, just how we do things in
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                 safety in numbers – the more people who                request bike racks wherever they’re needed           San Francisco.
                 pedal, the safer bicycling becomes for all.            (request your rack at sfbike.org/fix). And we’ll
                 Without any bicycle infrastructure                     need help from members as the projects start to
                 improvements over the past two years, ridership        roll out. We want to keep key community

                    “A new bike lane is often the seed that motivates neighbors to think differently about how the street space in their community can be used.”
         Q +A
         Nathaniel Ford

       he SF Municipal                                     Your team has been working for more than                What excites you most when you think
       Transportation Agency                               five years on the development of this Bike              about the work the SFMTA is doing for
                                                           Plan. What does it mean to finally have                 better bicycling?
       and particularly its bike
                                                           it approved and how will these projects                       I’m excited to think about the fact that
       program staff did a great                           improve biking in San Francisco?                        we’re not just making San Francisco better for
       deal of work to develop                                   We are tremendously excited to get on             bicyclists — we are making it better for
       the Bike Plan and get                               with the business of implementing these                 everyone. Streets that are inviting and safe for
       these 45 projects                                   projects. Soon we’ll see new bike lanes and new         cyclists are good for everyone, no matter how
       planned and designed in                             bike parking — real, physical changes to our            you travel. I think that if we create a city that
time for their Board of Directors                          streets. We are very close to being unshackled          the average person — not a hardened road
meeting on June 26. The Tube                               and restarting our work on improving bicycling          warrior — will ride a bike in, then we’re
                                                           in San Francisco…. In relatively short order,           creating the kind of city that people want to
Times interviewed Nathaniel                                you’re going to see what now is a relatively            live in. By facilitating cycling, in addition to
Ford, Sr., Executive Director/                             disconnected collection of bikeways pulled              helping people get where they want to go when
Chief Executive Officer of the                             together into a coordinated network…. As                they want to be there (one of our key goals at
SFMTA, to get his take on the                              people see the facilities and see it’s getting easier   the SFMTA), we’re achieving our goals in terms
positive changes coming to                                 and safer to bike, they’ll respond by getting out       of livability and environmental sustainability.
San Francisco streets.                                     there and riding. And the beauty of that is that,
                                                           following the principle of safety in numbers,           What message do you have for advocates
                                                           the increase in cycling itself will bring safety        for better bicycling and better streets?
                                      after bicycling to   gains.                                                        To bicycle advocates, I’d say keep doing
                                  work, Nathaniel Ford                                                             what you are doing. Keep the fire lit under the
                                  flashes the SFMTa’s      How was the SFBC’s advocacy important to                city to continue improving conditions in San
                                       State of Cycling    this win?                                               Francisco for cycling, and remember that we at
                                  Report at the SFBC’s          Marshaling the SFBC’s formidable talent            the SFMTA are your partners in this effort. All
                                     Bike to Work Day      for organizing and educating policymakers and           of our planners and engineers support the city’s
                                     press conference.     the media has been crucial, especially in the           Transit First policy, which explicitly includes
                                                           past couple of months, to help ensure that              bicycling and also pedestrian travel; but the
                                                           everyone was on the same page and understood            staff in our Bicycle Program in particular are all
                                                           the importance of an expeditious and                    strong advocates for cycling themselves and are
This interview has been edited for                         unanimous approval of the Environmental                 out there riding the streets every day, so they
space. To read the full interview, go to                   Impact Report and the Bike Plan. It’s hard to           understand what a difference we can make
sfbike.org/ford                                            even imagine what this process would look like          working together.
                                                           without the SFBC.
                                                                                                                                                                        Fall 2009

“...We’re creating the kind of city that people want to live in.”
                  of the
             behind the                                  Geoff Goodman                             Anita Budhraja
                Big 56                                       “I spoke with vendors at the
                                                                                                      “I talked to shop owners on

                                                              alemany Farmers Market and to
                                                                                                       Potrero avenue and 23rd Street.
                                                              business owners in the Glen Park
                                                                                                       after telling them how much
                                                              area. Many were supportive of
                                                                                                       business picked up on Valencia
                                                              cycling in the abstract, but were
                                  by Linda Atkins                                                      Street (after the bike lanes were
                                                              concerned about parking. I think
                                                                                                       added), most were convinced.
                                                              it was helpful for them to speak
                                                                                                       One deli owner said, ‘anything
                                                              to a local resident who shops by
                                                                                                       that’s good for the community...’
                                                                                                       as he signed a letter of support.”

                  Hank Cancel                           Matt Brill                                 Beth Byrne
                 “I attended five meetings at City      “To help pass the 17th Street             “I went to around 20 businesses
                  Hall to advocate for bike lanes,       bike lane project, I led a team           on Second Street and shared the
                  specifically Polk Street (I live on    of dedicated volunteers to                bike lane proposals with them
                  Nob Hill), Second Street (I ride to    gather a list of merchants                and asked them to sign letters
                  Giants games), and 17th Street,        along the corridor. Then we hit           supporting the project. The
                  to get me from the Embarcadero         the streets speaking to every             response from businesses was
                  (where I kayak) to the Mission         merchant willing to listen. all of        very positive. Even the people
                  (where I love to eat) to the Castro    this resulted in a lot of support         who don’t ride bikes wanted
                  (where I love to hang out). It felt    and a project that will serve the         more space for us on the roads. It
                  great to help make the city more       community in numerous ways.”              was one of the easiest causes I
                  bikeable.”                                                                       have ever done outreach for.”
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                       “It felt great to help make the city more bikeable.”
                                                                                                                                                 3rd annual SFBC
                                                                                                                                                 Family Day, Oct. 11
                                                                                                                                                 by Constance Cavallas

                                                                                                      PHOTO BY: JONaTHaN MaUS/BIKEPORTlaND.ORG
Safe Routes to School Program
Gets Rolling
by Amy Zimmerman

Children in San Francisco will soon see            pedestrian refuge islands and sidewalk cutouts
positive changes on their way to school,           near these schools. The partners will then
                                                                                                                                                 a determined rider on the Bike Road-eo course.
thanks to the launch of the Safe Routes to         evaluate changes in these areas and gauge
School program funded by a $500,000 grant          reactions from the children and their parents.
from the federal government. Spearheaded by              The project’s main goals are to protect                                                 The time has come for more bike-fun fam-
                                                   children from collisions, lower incidences                                                    ily memories — it’s the SFBC’s third annual
the SF Department of Public Health and
                                                                                                                                                 Family Day! Join other SFBC families like
operated collaboratively with the SFBC and         of obesity and asthma in children, as well
                                                                                                                                                 yours as we enjoy a car-free Sunday in
other city organizations, the two-year project     as to reduce pollution. “A paltry percentage                                                  Golden Gate park with special bike-y activi-
intends to increase the number of children         of students in the SFUSD regularly bike or                                                    ties, like the ones listed below, as well as
walking or riding their bikes to school.           walk to school anymore,” said Ben Caldwell,                                                   our popular recurring group effort to get
      In September, five elementary schools have   Bike Program Coordinator at the Presidio                                                      the little ones on two wheels — Freedom
                                                   Community YMCA. “Most are driven to                                                           From Training Wheels — and our mini-city
begun to undergo changes called the                                                                                                              Bike Road-eo setup to emphasize safe rid-
“5 E’s”: education, encouragement,                 school, exacerbating traffic, worsening the
                                                                                                                                                 ing skills.
enforcement, engineering and evaluation. The       environment, making streets around schools
SFBC and the Presidio Community YMCA               unsafe. I’m excited that this program will give
                                                                                                                                                 BIkE SCAVENgER HuNT
Bicycle Program are teaming up to address          more kids in San Francisco the choice for a
the program’s education component. Second          healthy way to get to school.”                                                                a fun self-directed scavenger hunt that will
graders will learn pedestrian safety and fourth          Ten additional schools will join the                                                    have your family riding around the car-free
                                                   program in its second year. Schools are chosen                                                area of Golden Gate Park. This activity is
graders will learn safe riding techniques and                                                                                                    designed for youths 8+ and parents to
proper helmet fitting.                             by several criteria, including a high number
                                                                                                                                                 enjoy together.
      The Department of Children, Youth and        of students who live within a mile as well as
Families will be providing children with an        expressed interest from the schools themselves.
                                                                                                                                                 FAMILY BIkINg SHOWCASE
encouragement activity known as the Walking        “I think that Bike to School Day was a really
Challenge. “The goal is to try to at least walk    good kickoff and a great way to find active and                                               a show-and-tell of family biking gear from
the length of the California coastline and we’ve   engaged parents at different schools from across                                              baby bike seats to trailers and beyond with
                                                   the city,” said Marc Caswell, Program Manager                                                 experienced pedaling parents and vendors
done it for about three years now,” said Ana                                                                                                     to answer questions and offer advice.
Validzic, SFDPH Pedestrian and Traffic Safety      at the SFBC. More than 20 schools across the
Coordinator. “It’s so popular that we expanded     city participated in the event, which was put on
                                                                                                                                                 FAMILY BIkE PARAdE
the goal from coastline [of California] to         in May by the SFBC, the Presidio Community
the coastline of the western United States or      YMCA Bicycle Program, SFPDH, SFMTA, the                                                       what is a bike party without a bike ride?
sometimes even the globe.”                         mayor’s Shape Up SF program, and the SFUSD.                                                   Biking families will end Family Day with a
                                                                                                                                                 fun bike parade through the safe, car-free
      The SF Police Department will                                                                                                              part of Golden Gate Park.
provide additional traffic monitoring
around participating schools. With separate        To ensure that your child’s school is                                                         The SFBC’s third annual Family Day will be
infrastructure grants, the SF Municipal            considered for the Safe routes to School                                                      Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11am to 3pm. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fall 2009

                                                   project, contact Ana Validzic at 415-581-2478                                                 event will take place in Golden Gate Park
Transportation Agency will work to increase                                                                                                      off JFK Drive at the Doughboy Picnic area
pedestrian and bike safety by installing street    or ana.validzic@sfgov.org.
                                                                                                                                                 (North of Stow lake and east of the
improvements such as sidewalk bulbouts,                                                                                                          Transverse Drive overpass). See
                                                                                                                                                 sfbike.org/familyday for more information.

                 Ask the                                    A Parent’s Perspective:
                 Bike Buddy                                 Biking with Kids
                                                            by Lainie Motamedi
                 dEAR BIkE BuddY, I would
                 love to ride my bike to work, but my
                 building does not allow bikes in it at
                 all. We have the option of parking
                 our bikes at a building nearby, but
                 there have been many thefts from
                 this location. There is a garage in
                 our building, but management will
                 not allow any bikes in. Do you have
                 suggestions as to how I can
                 approach building management
                 with this issue?

                 A: From the success stories I have
                 heard regarding gaining bike access          Jasper balancing on his two-wheel Skuut bike.
                 to buildings of employment, I can
                 offer three general guidelines to

                 follow:                                                y perspective of biking in San                  That is the reason I am writing this; I
                 1. Spread the word: The very first                     Francisco changed completely when I      want to reach out to other families to create a
                 step to gaining access for bikes in                    was pregnant, and even more still        community of likeminded biking buddies.
                 buildings is to speak up. Tell your        when we had our first child in tow. After years      With the Bike Plan approval in June, and new
                 coworkers, talk to other people who        of feeling comfortable biking in San Francisco,      improvements imminent, it seems like a great
                 ride bikes and work in the building,
                 gain support from the building’s           I suddenly saw risk and danger all around me.        time to get families on the road together.
                 populace.                                  The bike lanes (where they existed) seemed                  Now with thoughts of a second one, I
                 2. Unite: Start a mailing list, or have    like a suggestion rather than a respected and        can’t help but want to reach out to other
                 meetings with your supporters.             enforced lane, and routes that I used to ride        families who have managed to ride with their
                 Together you can gather signatures         regularly seemed woefully congested with             little ones from early on or who are just starting
                 for a petition or send letters of sup-     erratic and aggressive drivers.                      to grapple with these questions. The prospect of
                 port to the management.                          A year after my son was born, we finally       having two kids to handle on bikes is a bit
                 3. Negotiate: when you meet with           hit the streets together with a Copilot bike seat    daunting despite my love of biking with one.
                 management, realize you may not            on the back of my bike. Despite my initial           I’m sure I’m not the first parent to feel this way
                 get everything you want at once. Be        trepidation, I was beyond elated to finally be       and many have successfully made this shift.
                 willing to negotiate for the time
                 being, and let the first step of small     moving about the city on two wheels again.           Suggestions welcome, by the way!
                 improvement encourage actions for          And it didn’t hurt that my son loved being on               While this concept is in its infancy stage at
                 bigger change!                             the bike from the get-go. (The helmet was            this point, a great start would be to simply hear
                 Check out the personal accounts on         another story.) We’ve been cruising around           people’s experiences of biking in the city with
                 sfbike.org/employee_parking for            town ever since. I’ve found new calmer and           kids, or for folks to post their questions and
                 more tips!                                 safer routes to get to old haunts and to the         answers related to biking with kids. I’ve just
                                                            many new family-friendly finds around the city.      started a Yahoo! group in order to get this idea
                 ask your question on the Bike Buddy              Even so, there’s a part of me that worries     off the ground (at groups.yahoo.com/group/
                 Forum at sfbike.org/bikebuddy or email     about the next step when my son becomes too          sfbikingfamilies). Please join. The idea is that
                 bikebuddy@sfbike.org.                      big for the bike seat. In the meantime he’s          SF Biking Families will be a place where
                 learn the best way to get around town on   taken like a fish to water on his pedal-less two-    families can share information related to biking
                 our monthly Bike Buddy Route Rides, see    wheeler Skuut bike and soon enough I know            in the city, and hopefully make biking in SF
                 the Chain of Events on pages 13-14 for     he’ll be wanting to ride his own bike on these       more comfortable and fun for kids of all ages
                 dates.                                     city streets! Do parents ever feel ready for this?   and their parents too. The more the merrier!
                                                                  I’ve found great parent groups in the city
                                                            for all sorts of interests and resources but when    join the Sf Biking families Yahoo! group at:

                                                            it comes to biking with kids I’ve close to struck    groups.yahoo.com/group/sfbikingfamilies.
                                                            out. We’ve become friends with one wonderful
                                                            family who happens to share our enthusiasm           See sfbike.org/kids for family biking resources.
                                                            for biking — but they’re feeling their way           Meet other bicycling familes at family
                                                            through this too since their son is just a few       Day, Oct.11 and enjoy a car-free Sunday in
                                                            months older than our guy.                           Golden Gate park, see page 8 for details.

supposed to
be this much
by Constance Cavallas

The long awaited winterfest Party,
auction and Fundraiser has at last
arrived! Enjoy live entertainment,
delicious beer from New Belgium
Brewery (admission includes one
free beer ticket), and a fabulous art
show (60+ pieces from local artists
that you can bid on and buy) with
thousands of other bike-friendly folk.
You won’t want to miss out on the
silent auction where — returning
party-goers will attest — you can
score some of the most fantastic
deals in the city bidding on items
like tickets to local performances,
restaurant gift certificates, and — of
course — awesome bike stuff!
Try your luck and enter the raffle for
your chance to win the grand prize,
a beautiful, one-of-a-kind bicycle
quilt, crafted with love and devotion
by some very talented SFBC
members. Grab a friend, or meet
some new ones there — just don’t
miss one of the best parties of
the year benefiting your local bicycle
advocacy organization.

winterfest is presented by:

with thanks to:
                                         Fall 2009

                 Sunday Streets
                 by Cheryl Brinkman

                 It’s an event that has united parents,
                 cyclists, livable city activists, merchants, and the
                 San Francisco Symphony. An event where you
                 can see baby strollers, roller disco, bikes with
                 sound systems, families out strolling after
                 church, and little kids just learning to bike all
                 happily sharing the same pavement. After the
                 two events in 2008, Sunday Streets expanded to
                 six events in 2009, and the organizers are
                 seriously considering increasing the number of
                 events in 2010.
                       One of the strongest requests for
                 continuing Sunday Streets is coming from the
                 merchants. Lower 24th Street Merchant and              Top: Hundreds of kids

                                                                                                                                         PHOTO BY: RHONDa wINTER
                 Neighborhood Association President Erick               learned to ride and prac-
                 Arguello reports that support is very strong           ticed skills in the car-free
                 after the second of two Mission District Sunday        streets.
                 Streets events. The merchants have a simple            Right: an estimated
                 request: increase Sunday Streets events in their       20,000 people participated
                 neighborhood to once a month with longer               in June and July’s Sunday
                 hours. “The merchants report having their best         Streets in the Mission.
                                                                        Far Right: In august
                 Sunday ever,” said Arguello. “It’s an
                                                                        and September, Sunday
                 opportunity to bring in more business. More
                                                                        Streets opened up Golden
                 income came in, and it increased our visibility.
                                                                        Gate Park and the Great
                 It helped people come down 24th Street and
                 see what’s here.”
                       Another organization that is looking
                 forward to partnering with Sunday Streets again
                 is the San Francisco Symphony, which had a
                 free concert in Dolores Park on Sunday Streets,
                 July 19. Tim Carless, Production Manager for
                 the SF Symphony, let the Sunday Streets                reports from the merchants in the area said             Take Action! If you’d like to see
                 organizers know via email that “We had our             business was great. People in wheelchairs and           more Sunday Streets in 2010,
                                                                        blind participants came out to the Great
                 largest crowd ever. I know I would like to see                                                                 email Mayor Gavin Newsom
                                                                        Highway thanks to outreach efforts from the
                 our events coincide again –- the greatly reduced
                                                                        Mayor’s Office on Disability. Sunday Streets is         (gavin.newsom@sfgov.org) and
                 noise level, due to no traffic on Dolores Street,                                                              your supervisor to let them know
                 made the listening experience for our audience         continuing to attract support and we have a
                                                                        simple goal: more events and neighborhoods in           why Sunday Streets are great for
                 even better.”
                       The first of two Golden Gate Park and            2010. For more information on Sunday Streets,           San Francisco. See a list of City
                 Great Highway routes on Sunday, Aug. 9 saw             see sundaystreetssf.com                                 Supervisor addresses at:
                 yet another increase in numbers, and early                                                                     sfbike.org/leaders

                                                                        MILES OF gRATITudE

                       Thank you, dear                                  who are the heroes of San Francisco’s thriving
                                                                        bicycle community? Easy. You find them passing
                                                                        out giveaway bags on Bike to work Day, selling
                                                                                                                                done on behalf of the SFBC, Thank you! You really
                                                                                                                                do keep the SFBC’s wheels rolling forward.

                         volunteer, for                                 raffle tickets at winterfest, pouring beer at Tour de
                                                                        Fat, stuffing envelopes at volunteer nights, filling
                                                                                                                                a special thank you to worklink, a nonprofit that
                                                                                                                                provides employment and transitional services for
                                                                                                                                individuals with disabilities. The worklink volun-

                         all you do for                                 their days with data entry and valet parking bikes
                                                                        at night. These heroes are the 1,000+ volunteers
                                                                                                                                teers are among our most dedicated and reliable
                                                                                                                                volunteers, coming in with their helping hands
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                                                                        who make the SFBC the successful organization

                        the SFBC. We                                    that it is today.

                                                                        From getting your hands dirty at the SFBC Service
                                                                                                                                and heartwarming spirits every week.

                                                                                                                                Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! we just simply

                         couldn’t do it                                 Stations to researching parking legislation, from
                                                                        delivering bulk mail by bike trailer, to designing
                                                                                                                                could not do it without you.

                          without you!
                                                                        and distributing this issue of the Tube Times, and
                                                                        every other amazingly generous thing you have

                                          1    FOLLOW ANd FRIENd THE SFBC

                                               Connect with the SFBC on Facebook (facebook.com/sfbike) and Twitter
                                               (twitter.com/sfbc)! By opening up your networks to us, you are increasing
                                               our reach. Following us on social media sites is a great way for you to keep
                                               in the loop and get updates, and it’s a great way for us to increase our reach
                                               by spreading information to your friends and followers. and please share
                                               the love! When we tweet or post information about our latest and greatest
                                               work, please consider retweeting on Twitter, linking it on Facebook, or blog-
                                               ging about it. By sharing the issues you’re passionate about, you’re helping
                                               to spread awareness among your social circle – and that can translate to
                                               contributions over time.

Ways You Can Donate
                                                                             2   CLEAN YOuR CLOSETS FOR
                                                                                 THE SFBC

                                                                                 Your castoffs can be the SFBC’s treasure!
                                                                                 Community Thrift is a shop that contrib-
to SFBC – Without                                                                utes a percentage of sales back to various
                                                                                 nonprofit organizations, including the

Spending A Dime!                                                                 SFBC. Donate your old books, furniture,
                                                                                 housewares and clothes to Community

                                                                                                                                                      Get Involved!
                                                                                 Thrift (623 Valencia St.), and as you drop
                                                                                 off the items be sure to tell them that you
by Holly Minch                                                                   want the sale of the items to benefit SFBC
                                                                                 (#181). Since 2005, members have helped
we all know times are tough, and the economic climate is                         raise over $24,000 through Community
putting the pinch on many pocketbooks. But that does not                         Thrift donations!
mean you can’t support the SFBC! Below are a creative few
ways you can help add to our bottom line without putting
a dent in yours.
                                                                             3   dONATE YOuR TIME ANd
                                                                                 TALENTS TO WINTERFEST
                                                                                                                                   Work It
                                                                                 You might know that Winterfest is our big-
              YOu SAY IT’S YOuR BIRTHdAY? HOST A                                 gest party of the year — and our largest
              FACEBOOk BIRTHdAY PARTY FOR THE SFBC!                              fundraiser. But you might not know that           It takes a special kind of volun-
                                                                                 many of those contributions come from             teer to work it out at the famous
              all your friends on Facebook get an alert about your birth-        auction items of every stripe. If you have a      SFBC orange tent as one of our
              day, and you can take advantage of that for your favorite          special skill or a resource, put it on the auc-   specially trained Outreach
              cause. Just ask your friends on Facebook to donate to the          tion block! If you have a special connection      Volunteers! The SFBC is a grass-
              SFBC for your birthday. Facebook has a “Birthday Wish”             to a local restaurant, spa, or sought-after       roots organization, and reaching
              application to make it easy for you (http://apps.facebook.         service, encourage the business to donate         out to the community is how we
              com/causes/birthdays/new?m=70fd4329). Just like hosting            a gift certificate to the Winterfest silent
                                                                                                                                   educate people about the work
              your own birthday, send out a message to your friends on           auction (more at: sfbike.org/winterfest).
              Facebook inviting them to contribute to your birthday wish.                                                          we do and gain the community’s
              Then you can use your status update to thank people and                                                              support to get stuff done. Take
              share updates on how much you have raised. (Or you can                                                               our most recent, record-breaking
              do this the old-fashioned way, and host a more traditional                                                           victory — winning the approval
              birthday party where people bring a donation for the SFBC.                                                           of 45 bike projects and nearly
              In the invitation, be sure include a few words about what                                                            doubling the number of bike
              the SFBC means to you — and if you are using email or Evite,
                                                                                                                                   lanes in San Francisco — as an
              link to the SFBC’s donation page at sfbike.org/specialgift)
                                                                                                                                   example of the extraordinary
                                                                                                                                   significance of our outreach vol-
                                                                                                                                   unteers. They tirelessly stood on
 gIVE + gET                                                                                                                        street corners educating cyclists
                                                                                                                                   and collecting signatures for

SFBC Memberships and Merchandise                                                                                                   each of the 45 approved bike
                                                                                                                                   projects. SFBC Outreach
                                                                                                                                   Volunteers helped make this vic-
                                                                                                                                   tory happen.

                                                                                                                                   Outreach volunteering is not
                                                                                                                                   only a great way to help out the
                                                                                                                                   SFBC; it is fun and it’s easy!
                                                                                                                                   learn how to engage people,
                                                                                                                                   sign up new members, and
                                                                                                                                   more at our special Outreach
                                                                                                                                   Volunteer trainings. Then be on
                                                                                                                                   your way to meet more city
                                                                                                                                   cyclists and spread the bike
                                                                                                                                   word at events like Bike to work
Think of all those fabulous reasons you have to                benefits. Purchase a gift membership today at                       Day 2010, festivals, races, and
celebrate—an anniversary, a birthday, a house-                 sfbike.org/gift or contact tessa@sfbike.org or call                 streetside outreach like SFBC
warming and upcoming holidays. Rather than cele-               415-431-2453 x301 to place orders with special                      Service Stations.
brate with a gift of more stuff, why not purchase a            instructions.
membership for a friend? an SFBC membership is                                                                                     Training is a must for all
                                                               Our online store, sfbike.org/store, is the perfect                  Outreach Volunteer positions.
a gift that keeps giving, with discounts at 55+ local
                                                               place to shop for great biking apparel. Our store                   Join us for the next Outreach
and online stores and restaurants all over town,
                                                                                                                                                                       Fall 2009

                                                               has SFBC T-shirts, adult-size sweatshirts, and the                  Volunteer Training on Tuesday,
plus admission to fun SFBC parties, rides and
                                                               San Francisco Bike Map Jersey. we also carry                        Dec. 15 from 7:30 to 8:30pm.
classes throughout the year.
                                                               t-shirts for kids and baby onesies. Every purchase                  Contact tessa@sfbike.org for
Gift Memberships start at just $35 per year and                supports the work of the SFBC.                                      more information and to RSVP.
come with a special card noting your gift,
                                                               Order gifts by dec. 4 to ensure delivery in time for
along with all of the excellent membership
                                                               Hanukkah, Christmas and kwanzaa.                                                                        12
                                                C H a I N OF E V E N TS
                                                                                         oct | nov | de c

                 The SFBC’s cultural history
                 tours and recreational rides                                                                          14th annual Winterfest Party
                 are free for SFBC members                                                                             SuN., dEC. 6 | 6-10:30pm
                 unless otherwise noted                                                                                SomArts, 934 Brannan St. (at eighth)
                                                                                                                       Come to the biggest and best party of the year, the
                 (a $5 donation from non-                                                                              SFBC’s 14th annual Winterfest auction, art show,
                 members is appreciated).                                                                              member party and fundraiser! a festive evening filled
                                                                                                                       with the good cheer of bicyclists, live entertainment,
                                                                                                                       amazing local art and great deals on bike and local
                 Unless otherwise noted, call                                                                          goodies. admission includes one New Belgium Beer
                 415-431-BIKE or email                                                                                 ticket and the sense of fulfillment knowing you’re
                                                                                                                       supporting San Francisco’s most effective bicycle
                 calendar@sfbike.org for                                                                               advocacy organization. Only $15 for SFBC members or
                 more information. Rain                                                                                join at the door for $40 (includes one year of SFBC
                 cancels rides.                                                                                        membership). Check out auction items before the
                                                                                                                       party at sfbike.org/winterfest.

                 Events                                      TREEHOuSE (HANdS-ON) TALk:
                                                             BICYCLE CRAFT WORkSHOP                      Volunteer                                   Rides
                                                             TuE., NOV. 3 | 6:30pm
                                                             SfBC Hq, 995 Market St., Suite 1550
                 TREEHOuSE TALk: dIY REC RIdE                Bring your creative energy and cycling      SFBC VOLuNTEER NIgHT                        MONTHLY gOOd ROAdS RIdE
                 TuE., OCT. 6 | 6:30pm                       enthusiasm to a hands-on craft work-        WEd., OCT. 14, OCT. 28, NOV. 4,             SAT., OCT. 3, NOV. 7, dEC. 5
                 SfBC Hq, 995 Market St., Suite 1550         shop for cyclists. We’ll be sharing ideas   NOV. 18, dEC. 2 | 5-8pm                     10aM-NOON | various locations
                 There are a million good ideas for a        and making several crafts using dis-        SfBC Hq, 995 Market St., Suite 1550         The Good Roads crew will make
                 group bike ride, whether it’s a tour of     carded bicycle parts and other scrap        This SFBC tradition every second and        our usual sweeps through new neigh-
                 tea shops, native plants, cemeteries,       materials. Make one for yourself and        fourth Wednesday -- and switches to         borhoods to make your rides smoother
                 labor history, merry-go-rounds or           one for the SFBC to sell at the             the first and third Wednesdays in           and safer. Our goal is to mark every
                 Vertigo scenes. You’ve probably got a       Winterfest craft table. Materials provid-   November and December -- has been           pothole, crack, and trench with spray
                 couple of ride ideas kicking around in      ed, but bring your small wire cutters,      happening for as long as we can             paint and report them to 311 for rapid
                 your head (‘60s rock band houses, any-      needle-nose pliers, or scissors if you      remember, and newcomers are always          repair. Following our street action,
                 one?), now’s your chance to learn how       have them! Questions? Email                 welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty         we’ll celebrate with drinks and lunch.
                 to create a ride and share the fun.         winterfestcraft@gmail.com.                  treats, chat with fellow cyclists, and      First-timers always welcome; we’re a
                 We’ll talk through the tips and tricks                                                  help us keep our organization rolling.      friendly group! Visit sfbike.org/goodroads
                 and review some simple recipes for          FREE uRBAN CYCLINg WORkSHOP                 Dinner is provided. Bring a friend —        for more information and starting
                 great rec rides. Free for SFBC mem-         INTRO TO SAFE CYCLINg (dAY 1)               the more the merrier! Don’t forget to       locations. Email neal@sfbike.org to be
                 bers, $5 for non-members; bring your        SAT., NOV. 7 | 1-5pm                        bring up your bike! Questions? Email        put on the email list, or if your
                 bike upstairs.                              Noe Valley Ministries, 1021 Sanchez St.     kate@sfbike.org or just show up.            neighborhood’s streets are in need
                                                             This four-hour, in-classroom introductory                                               of a pothole sweep!
                 FREE uRBAN CYCLINg WORkSHOP                 course is perfect for new cyclists and      SFBC OuTREACH TRAININg
                 ON ROAd: STREET SkILLS PRIMER               those want to feel more comfortable         TuE., dEC. 15 | 7:30-8:30pm                 FREEdOM FROM TRAININg WHEELS
                 (dAY 2)                                     riding on city streets. Class will cover    SfBC Hq, 995 Market St., Suite 1550         SuN., OCT. 11 | 11am-3pm
                 SAT., OCT. 17 | 10am-4pm                    the basics for how to choose the right      Interested in volunteering to do SFBC       Doughboy Meadow, Golden Gate Park
                 upper Haight                                bike and properly fit a helmet. learn       outreach at events all over town, like      SuN., NOV. 1; dEC. 6 | 1-2:30pm
                 The second part of our Urban Cycling        tips for the safest ways to ride in traf-   Bike to Work Day 2010, races, festi-        jfK Drive, west of Conservatory
                 Workshop, the Street Skills Primer          fic, techniques to avoid road hazards       vals, and SFBC Service Stations? Then       Drive, Golden Gate Park
                 class follows a comfortable progres-        along with other useful gems of knowl-      this training is a must! learn ways to      Join the SFBC in car-free Golden Gate
                 sion onto city streets, beginning with a    edge, like the best way to lock up your     engage people, how to sign up new           Park for a group effort to get our kids
                 short review of the lessons from the        bike and how to use a bike in combina-      members, and more! Contact                  riding without training wheels. Bring
                 intro course. after a basic bike mainte-    tion with public transit, and cyclists’     tessa@sfbike.org to RSVP.                   bike, helmet and a snack to share.
                 nance session, riders will practice their   legal rights and responsibilities. adults                                               We’ll take care of the rest. Questions?
                 bike maneuvering skills in a car-free       and anyone over 14 years of age are         SFBC TuBE TIMES FOLdINg PARTY               Call Neal at 415-431-2453 x312 or see
                 practice area before taking it to the       welcome, preregistration is required.       WEd., dEC. 16 | 5-8pm                       sfbike.org/freedom
                 streets in small, intimate groups led by    Bring your lunch or dinner. No bicycle      SfBC Hq, 995 Market St., Suite 1550
                 their instructors. adults and anyone                                                    It’s time to get the January/February/      BIkE BuddY ROuTE RIdE: uPPER
                                                             is needed for this class. Sign up at
                 over 14 years of age are welcome;                                                       March issue of the Tube Times out on        MARkET TO CALTRAIN, POTRERO
                                                             sfbike.org/edu. Note: This class is the
                 bicycle, helmet and preregistration                                                     the street! The SFBC office will be         & THE dOgPATCH
                                                             “day 1” course for league of american
                 required. Registration information at                                                   hopping with friendly folks — chatting,     SAT., OCT. 10 | 2pm
                                                             Bicyclists’ Bike Ed Road I certification.
                 sfbike.org/edu.                                                                         snacking, and folding away until the        Meet at 17th St. plaza at Castro
                                                             SFBC NEW MEMBER MEET & gREET                folding is done. Can you come out and       Every month, the SFBC Bike Buddies
tube times 129

                 SFBC BOARd MEETINg                          TuE., dEC. 15 | 6:30-7:15pm                 help spread the news about biking in        acquaint new riders with common or
                 TuE., OCT. 27, NOV. 24                      SfBC Hq, 995 Market St., Suite 1550         the city? Dinner is provided. Bring your    challenging bike commute routes in
                 6:30-8:30PM                                 Been an SFBC member for less than a         bike up to the 15th floor. Questions?       San Francisco with a Route Ride. In
                 SfBC Hq, 995 Market St., Suite 1550         year? New members are invited to            Email kate@sfbike.org or just show up       October, learn the best routes from
                 Everyone is welcome. For agenda             join us to learn about SFBC advocacy,       to volunteer.                               upper Market Street to SOMa, Potrero
                 and details, contact leah at                education and community programs                                                        Hill and the Dogpatch, highlighting the
                 leah@sfbike.org.                            that will make SF a model cycling city,                                                 17th Street Corridor; new riders and
                                                             and how you can get involved. Bring                                                     commuters seeking a great route to
                                                             your bike up with you! RSVP to                                                          Caltrain are encouraged. Questions?
                                                             tessa@sfbike.org or 415-431-BIKE x303.                                                  Email bikebuddy@sfbike.org.

                                              3rd Annual SFBC
                                              Family Day
                                              SuN., OCT. 11 | 11am-3pm
                                              Doughboy Meadow, Golden Gate
                                              Join us for a free day of family bike fun
                                              at the SFBC’s third annual Family Day!
                                              We will have games and bike activities
                                              for the whole family. Come on out and
                                              celebrate biking for all ages Check out
                                              details from last year’s Family Day and
                                              see what is in store for this year at

BIRdINg BY BIkE                               BROTHERS IN THE RICHMONd
SuN., OCT. 18 | 9am-1pm                       SAT., NOV. 7 | 1:30pm pushoff
Meet at the parking lot opposite the          Velo rouge Cafe, Arguello at Cabrillo
intersection of Sunset and Lake               From the turn of the 20th Century
Merced                                        through its first few decades, James
This ride is a pedal-powered introduc-        and Merritt Reid designed an impres-
tion to San Francisco’s avian life. Riders    sive number of San Francisco’s build-
will look for some of the more than           ings, from theaters to hotels, office
300 resident, migrating and overwinter-       towers to townhouses, bandshells to
ing bird species that can be found in         barns. We’ll take a look at nine of the
SF, proceeding at a relaxed pace              Reids’ Richmond District projects that
around lake Merced, to Ocean Beach,           help round out the collection (catch the
the Cliff House and Golden Gate Park.         third annual “Reid Bros in SF” ride on
The tour will finish at Crissy Field in the   Jan. 16). Two-hour ride, longer if we’re
Presidio where riders will look for           having fun. Have a big lunch beforehand;
ducks, waders and shorebirds. all skill       we’ll stop somewhere for a snack.
levels are welcome, and please bring          Questions? Email andy@sfbike.org.
binoculars. Questions? Email annie at
aarmstrong_99@yahoo.com.                      BIkE BuddY ROuTE RIdE:
                                              dOWNTOWN TO THE WESTERN
SFBC RIdE: MARIN HEAdLANdS                    AddITION
ART RIdE                                      SAT., NOV. 14 | 2pm
SuN., OCT. 18 | Noon pushoff                  Meet at Market Street at Sixth
Meet at McLaren Lodge, Golden                 Every month, the SFBC Bike Buddies
Gate Park (jfK Dr. near Stanyan)              acquaint new riders with common or          Gas-Free Fridays
Take a merry ride over the Golden Gate        challenging bike commute routes in
Bridge to the Headlands Center for the        San Francisco with a Route Ride. In         OCT. 2 | 8-10am
arts (HCa) and drop in on their fall          November, learn the best routes from        Market at 12th
Open House. Meet HCa’s artists in             downtown to the Western addition,           OCT. 9 | 8-10am
Residence and affiliate artists in their      highlighting Mcallister Street; new rid-    fell at Masonic
studios, see and discuss current works        ers are encouraged. Questions? Email        OCT. 16 | 8-10am
in progress, and check out this very          bikebuddy@sfbike.org.                       Seventh at folsom
groovy scene nesting in the former                                                        OCT. 23 | 8-10am
Fort Barry site. The Open House is            SFBC BIkE BuddIES PRESENT THE               North Point at Polk
free, but bring snack money and an            ANNuAL CHRISTMAS LIgHT RIdE                 OCT. 30 | 8-10am
appetite for aesthetic intrigue. Contact      SAT., dEC. 12 | 6:30pm                      Market at Sixth
andy@sfbike.org for more info.                Meet at the Panhandle Statue, fell at       The SFBC wants to help more people
                                              Baker                                       substitute just one short car trip with a
“BIkE TO THE THEATER” NIgHTS                  Join the SFBC Bike Buddies for the          bicycle trip just one day a week. So
THu., NOV. 5 | 8pm | “November”               SFBC’s fifth annual Christmas light         encourage a friend or coworker to
THu., dEC. 17 | 7pm | “A Christmas            Ride in lieu of our monthly Bike Buddy      pedal with you to an SFBC Energizer
Carol”                                        Route Ride, so new cyclists and             Station on Gas-Free Fridays and fuel up
415 Geary St.                                 Christmas light Ride regulars alike can     on coffee and snacks. In San Francisco,
Ride your bike to the a.C.T. for “Bike        enjoy a fun and mellow ride to some of      half of all driving trips are under two
to the Theater” night performances            SF’s most creatively lit homes! as          miles in length, a distance easily trav-
and the SFBC Bike Valets will keep            always, dress for the weather, bring        eled by bicycle. Want to help spread
your bike secure while you enjoy the          blinkies and holiday snacks to share.       the SFBC goodwill at Gas-Free Fridays?
show. $10 discount exclusive for              Email bikebuddy@sfbike.org for more         Email tessa@sfbike.org.
SFBC members (Orchestra and Dress             information.
Circle tickets only, subject to availabili-
ty). To receive your discount, purchase
your tickets at act-sf.org and use the
                                                                                                                                      Fall 2009

following promo codes:
BIKE1 (“November”)
BIKE 2 (“a Christmas Carol”)

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JOIN TOdAY ANd gET dISCOuNTS ALL OVER TOWN.                                                                        number in dollars paid out each year                 percent of respondents in a 2006
                                                                                                                   to injured pedestrians who have                      SFBC survey who expressed poor
american Cyclery, arizmendi Bakery*, avenue Cyclery,                                                               tripped or fallen on SF’s well-worn                  road conditions as the reason that
                                                                                                                   surfaces.                                            prevents them from riding more
Bay City Bike Rentals, Bespoke Cyclery, Big Swingin’ Cycles,
                                                                                                                                                                        than they currently do.
Bike Friday, Bike Hut, Bike Nut, Bike Nook, Blazing Saddles                                                                            36.4
Bike    Rental,    Box    Dog    Bikes,    Chrome     Bags,                                                        number in millions of dollars that                                        10
Citizen Chain, City Carshare, City Cycle, City Kayak,                                                              SF’s DPW allocated in fiscal year                    percent of respondents in the same
                                                                                                                   2007-2008 for street paving and                      survey who claim to have had a
Credo Mobile, Custom Burger, DD Cycles , Dolores Park Cafe,                                                        repair.                                              serious fall in 2004 or 2005 because
Duboce Park Cafe, Farley’s, Freewheel, Fresh air Bicycles,                                                                                                              of broken, irregular pavement or
Golden State Health, Good Hotel, Good Pizza,                                                                                          1,500                             potholes.
                                                                                                                   approximate number of potholes
Heavy Metal Bike Shop, Hole In The Wall Saloon, lombardi                                                           identified by volunteers from the                                         18
Sports, Mike’s Bikes, Missing link, Mojo Bicycle Cafe,                                                             SFBC starting in april 2008.                         percent of respondents in the same
Momentum Magazine, Noe Valley Cyclery, Nomad Cyclery,                                                                                                                   survey who said better street
Ocean Cyclery, ODC Dance Studio, Pacific Bikes,                                                                                          85                             pavement would make San
                                                                                                                   approximate percentage of the                        Francisco a better city for bicycling.
Pedal Revolution, Performance Bicycle, Rainbow Grocery*,                                                           1,500 potholes that have been
Refried Cycles, Rickshaw Bagworks, Roaring Mouse Cycles,                                                           repaired by DPW.                                                         1.6
Sacred Grounds, San Francisco Cyclery, See Jane Run, Sports                                                                                                             number of dollars, in millions,
                                                                                                                                          9                             awarded to an SF pedestrian in
Basement, Swobo, Timbuk 2, Valencia Cyclery,                                                                       percent of respondents who                           2002 who suffered paralysis from a
Velo Rouge Cafe, Warm Planet Bikes, Zipcar, Zoic                                                                   attributed an injurious bicycle                      twisted ankle when she stepped
                                                                                                                   accident to a pothole or uneven road                 into a pothole 11 inches wide and
                                                                                                                   surface.                                             1.5 inches deep on Market Street
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