Posts Tagged ‘leah shahum’

The Green Bicycle Box on Scott Near Oak Appears to be Working as Designed – It’s Getting Used, Anyway

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Our Scott Street Bike Box appears to be working as desgined.

So much so, that there’s not enough room for all the cyclists, at times.

The thing remains invisible to drivers at night, but that doesn’t appear to have caused any issues, AFAIK.

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The SFPD apparently had a short-term enforcement action against cyclists cheating on the left turn most of them make a block later at Fell, but I haven’t heard about anything like that lately.

San Francisco’s Scott Street Goes Green – Is This California’s First Green Bike Box?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Here’s the scene on freshly-paved Scott Street this afternoon. The greening of the “bike box” red light waiting area on Scott Street near Oak at the terminus of the famous Wiggle Bike Route has begun. At long last, it has begun.

For now, anyway. The partial lifting of the Bicycle Plan injunction isn’t a 100% thing, but the City is moving ahead anyway.

Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Ross Mirkarimi, MTA chief Nat Ford, and Mayor Gavin Newsom all got in on the fun. Click to expand:

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As Our Mayor’s extended paint roller got closer to the throng of reporters Supervisor Dufty was all, ”Watch out media, Gavin’s coming your way!” And here’s the reaction – a that’s-right-laugh-it-up-funnyboy smirk and then a quick departure:

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Gavin’s ill humor wasn’t helped later on when Emmy Award-winning CBS5 political editor Hank Plante started asking about Geo Fanelli wanting his recent $500 donation back. Akit‘s suggestion about suing in small claims court is interesting, non? I mean, you can’t give everybody their money back, right? (After your campaign buys a copy of PhotoShop, you don’t get much change back from a $500 banknote.) However, Geo has a pretty sympathetic case to make. Mmmm.

Anyway, in all the excitement, Bevan started painted bike helmets green, making mementos to allow us to remember this Special Day. (Bro was on today with all his Ammiano-like bons mots.)

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition leader Leah Shahum and Nat Ford were all smiles today:

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Supervisor Mirkarimi looked dashing on his Trek Ride+ electric-assist bike. It’s just like Board President David Chiu’s. Said one wag, “Ross, you have the right equipment.” The loud reply, from someone famous: “That’s what she said!”

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All in all, it was quite a celebration.

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But this isn’t all for today. San Francisco’s first protected bike lane is now on Market Street, as of this AM.

City Hall Maternity Ward – It’s a Bouncing Baby Bike Plan!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

How many officers and members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition were on hand last night at Room 400 in City Hall to make sure the Planning Commission properly midwifed the birth of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan?                                                                                                                                     

Well here’s two, anyway - it’s SFBC Program Director Andy Thornley and Executive Director Leah Shahum:  

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Let’s open the doors and walk into birthing room. Here’s Wade Crowfoot, San Francisco Director of Climate Protection Initiatives, making the case for certification of the Bike Plan Environmental Impact Report

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NB: “Litigant” in the previous link above  is a code word that means Robert “Crazy Rob” Anderson of District Five Diary and/or his Citizens for Adequate Review (CAR). As seen in the Wall Street Journal:

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But what aboot Second Street, heh?

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On It Goes…

San Francisco Bike to Work Day 2009 – War Declared on NIMBYs

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Look out NIMBY‘s - the San Francisco Bicycle Plan is coming to YOUR neighborhood, whether you like it or not. That’s the conclusion you’d come to had you made it this morning’s Bike to Work Day rally on the steps of City Hall. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition put on quite a show for a couple hundred-something in the crowd, most of whom parked their colorful bikes thusly:

The mise-en-scene:

SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum MC’ed the rally, speaking of NIMBYs and the Bicycle Plan. The battle is joined, or it will be starting next month, probably. Get up to speed with the 2008 San Francisco State of Cycling Report put out by the SFMTA.

Lots of Supes were there:

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar briefly addressed the crowd, talking about improving cyclist safety, mentioning the lower Haight Wiggle he uses to get back and forth from the Richmond District.

District 3 Supervisor and Board President Davis Chiu doesn’t think changes should stop with the proposed Bike Plan. He wants to Go Further. Lots of cheers for that.

District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu showed off her fashionable fuzzy white helmet to the delight of the crowd.

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi always makes these events - he hasn’t really gotten much sleep since the recent birth of Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi.

District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty cited recent changes to the streetscape, including Pavement to Parks.  

District 9 Supervisor David Campos was pleased to see the outreach to people living in the Mission.

District 11 Supervisor John Avalos gave a shout out to District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly. He also said, “Bikes Rule.”

The “Big 56” will go somewhere in here. Click to expand to see a much larger version: 

 One Less Car, One More Bike. A young scion amused the pols.

What’s that on City Attorney Dennis J Herrera’s shirt?

“One Less Lawyer in a Car.”

O.K. fine.

2009 is shaping up to be the Year of the Bike Plan.

To Be Continued…

Sunday Streets 2009 Kicks Off at San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Today’s Ciclovía-inspired Sunday Streets, from South Beach all the way up the waterfront on up to Aquatic Park, went off without a hitch. Lot’s of people were biking, skating and walking around in the northbound lanes of the normally car-choked Embarcadero.

But let’s start from the beginning, with the suits. Here’s District 2 rep and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu at last week’s press conference, which is ably described here by Erin Allday. You’ve got to assume Mr. Chiu has gotten an earful from the businesspeople in his district.

But it was all smiles with mayoral stand-in Wade Crowfoot and all the representatives of participating agencies and oranizations, including the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, as represented by Executive Director Leah Shahum on the right. Today’s S.S. seemed not as big a spectacle as last year’s kickoff, but that’s only to be expected due to the time of year and the shorter course.  

Now, on with the show today. A lot of people, but not too overwhelming. As promised, corporate signage was minimal, AFAICS.

Here’s what you want to see, a 500-pound bicycle built for seven complete with a sound system playing Stevie WonderSFBC Director Dan Nguyen-Tan (second from right) can be seen stoking this $13,000 Cobi Conference Bike around AT&T Park.

Some of the trolleys were full (like this one near the Ferry Building) and some were almost empty:

And what’s up in the sky but a World War II-era B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast. Sold off by Uncle Sam for $750  back in 1946. Take a flight yourself for just $400:

R2D2 and Zackdaddy dribbled a soccer ball up the Embarc while on inline skates:

The MSM appeared fascinated with facepainting:

A “Lube Ferry” from the Sports Basement doling out some free adjustments at the foot of Market Street

Mark your calendars for the rest of Sunday Streets 2009:

  • Sunday, May 10: Waterfront Route in the Southeast Sector, highlighting the San Francisco Bay Trail, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in May. From AT&T Park to the Bayview Opera House, along the Bay.
  • Sunday, June 7: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, July 19: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, August 9: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • Sunday, Sept 6: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • More deets after the jump.

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