Healing the Bernal Cut: New San Jose Avenue Bikeway
Earlier this week, the SFMTA began construction on the much-awaited San Jose Avenue pilot project. The pilot, stretching from the I-280 off-ramp to Randall Street, creates a northbound buffered bike lane similar to the one that already exists on the southbound route, allowing people biking downtown to enjoy increased protection through the Bernal Cut. This project will reduce traffic speed and helps create a safer connection for the key north/south route of Connecting the City and closes a critical gap in the network. See more details here.
This project is the result of years of community organizing – particularly from the College Hill Neighborhood Association – as well as the leadership of Supervisor Wiener and the support of Supervisors Avalos and Campos, bringing us closer to our vision of Connecting the City.
Last Week's Muni Service Delays Meant More People Biking
Did you notice more people biking last week? We sure did! The bike lanes were bustling as more people took to bicycles to avoid the Muni delays from the huge reduction in service. The Market Street bike counter showed a slightly higher than normal count, but it was bike lanes in the outer neighborhoods that were really bustling. On an ordinary day, Market Street averages about 2,800 trips inbound per day, and last week it topped more than 3,000. Unfortunately, with more people driving or taking rideshare, the bike counter was blocked by illegally parked cars more often, so we think that count is even higher than it showed. If you or someone you know started biking because of the Muni delays, we encourage you all to keep riding. Here’s everything you need to “get rolling” on a regular basis.
Welcome Brian, New Development Director
We are excited to announce our latest addition to the SF Bicycle Coalition team: Brian Wiedenmeier, our new Development Director. Like most of our staff, Brian is a long-time SF Bicycle Coalition member and every day bike commuter. He has spent years championing bike projects and street improvements in his neighborhood of SoMa. He’s advocated for bike improvements on the streets at City Hall, helping us win crucial campaigns over the years. Before coming to the SF Bicycle Coalition, Brian headed up fundraising for other great local nonprofits, most recently as the Interim Development Director at ODC. Learn more about Brian and his work.
Upper Haight Complete Streets Planning on Wednesday, 6/11, 6PM
Since late 2012, the SF Planning Department has hosted a series of public meetings to develop a locally driven Haight-Ashbury Public Realm Plan. This plan will propose a series of road and streetscape improvements to make this vibrant neighborhood more comfortable and welcoming to all users, whether they are biking, walking or taking transit to their favorite destination.
The Planning Department will be holding their next workshop to do a deeper dive into the Haight Street proposals next week. This meeting will be an open house format, which gives you a chance to talk directly with representatives from Planning Department and the SFMTA. Read more here and take a look at their proposals.
Team Partycar.com Wins Team Bike Challenge...Again!
Huge congrats to the five-member Team Partycar.com for riding an awe-inspiring 7,490 miles to defend their San Francisco Team Bike Challenge title and place second throughout the Bay Area! Team Partycar.com competed in the category where each team has five team members. Winners of the company category, where each organization competes as its own unit, include Golden Gate National Parks, REI SF and Alexa Internet. More than 9,630 San Francisco Bay Area bike commuters pedaled over half a million miles in May. Team Bike Challenge is part of the annual Bike to Work Day program that happens during National Bike Month in May.
Announcing San Francisco’s First Bicycle-Friendly Business District!
The SF Bicycle Coalition is excited to announce the launch of San Francisco’s first Bicycle-Friendly Business District in Yerba Buena! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has partnered with neighborhood businesses and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District to create the first San Francisco neighborhood promoting bicycling for work and play. As part of the first Bicycle-Friendly Business District, over 30 Yerba Buena companies are offering discounts, enhanced bike parking and/or supporting biking in the neighborhood through infrastructure campaigns or hosting bike events.
We’re celebrating the launch with a ride starting at the Cartoon Art Museum (655 Mission Street) Thursday, June 12 at 4:30PM and ending with tapas and drinks (free w/ purchase) at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company (661 Howard Street).
MEMBERS ONLY: Pride Parade
Don’t miss your chance to show your “Byke Pride” by riding down Market Street with fellow members of the SF Bicycle Coalition in the Pride Parade! RSVP Required & Contingent Monitor volunteers needed.
Video: Crowdfunding the Bike Industry
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Tuesday, June 10
Transportation 2030: District 3 Open House *
Wednesday, June 11
Thursday, June 12
Bart Board Meeting *
Saturday, June 14
Sunday, June 15
Gals With Gears: Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach and Back
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
SFBC News: New Times Two! San Jose Ave. Bikeway and Bike-Friendly Business District
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