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  • Dennis Crowley
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2003
      >To: cbc@...
      >From: cbc@...
      >Subject: Digest for cbc@..., issue 677
      >Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003



      >-- Topica Digest --
      >
      > The CalBike Report: Bicyclists Welcome Arnold
      > By Chris.Morfas@...
      >
      >------------------------------------------------------------
      >
      >Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2003 14:18:34 -0800
      >From: "Chris N. Morfas" <Chris.Morfas@...>
      >Subject: The CalBike Report: Bicyclists Welcome Arnold
      >
      >
      >
      >The CalBike Report: Bike Culture and Politics in the Golden State
      >A Publication of the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC)
      >Volume 2, Issue 9
      >November 7, 2003
      >
      >GOVERNOR DAVIS SIGNS TWO PRO-BIKE BILLS
      >Bike racks and Safe Routes to Transit program approved
      >
      >Outgoing Governor Gray Davis has signed two bills to advance bicycling in
      >California:
      >
      >AB1409 (Wolk) will permit 45-foot buses, frequently used on express
      >commuter routes, to carry bike racks. Special thanks to Ellen Griffin of
      >the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, along with the East Bay Bicycle
      >Coalition (EBBC) and Marin County Bicycle Coalition, for their work on AB1409.
      >
      >SB916 (Perata) will give Bay Area voters a chance in March 2004 to increase
      >bridge tolls by $1 to fund a variety of transportation projects, including
      >$20,000,000 for a Safe Routes to Transit program that will identify and
      >fund bicycling and walking facilities needed to increase nonmotorized
      >access to key transit stops. Congrats to EBBC and the Transportation and
      >Land Use Coalition. It is the hope and expectation of the bicycling
      >community that some of the highway projects slated to receive funding as
      >part of the toll increase package will get bogged down due to their
      >controversial nature or lengthy environmental review and that low-impact
      >bicycling projects will receive an even larger slice of the pie. More at
      >http://www.ebbc.org
      >------------------------------------------------
      >PROTEST THE ANTI-BICYCLE BROADCASTS
      >Send a message to Clear Channel
      >
      >DJs on stations owned by Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest
      >radio corporation, have advocated violence against bicyclists in the form
      >of throwing bottles at cyclists, running cyclists off the road, and opening
      >car doors.
      >
      >Bicyclists have met with Clear Channel executives this week to seek their
      >support for a nationwide "Share the Road" campaign. Now it's time for
      >reinforcements!
      >
      >Please send an e-mail ASAP protesting Clear Channel's broadcasting of
      >anti-bicycle programs to:
      >
      >johnhogan@... , omarthompson@... ,
      >lisadollinger@...
      >
      >Your e-mail does not need to be lengthy or detailed. Communicating the
      >basic message that bicyclists will not tolerate this type of programming is
      >what is important. If you have friends or family who also agree that Clear
      >Channel should not promote violence against bicyclists, forward this to them.
      >------------------------------------------------
      >WALK/BIKE CALIFORNIA 2003 A HUGE SUCCESS
      >
      >The Walk/Bike California 2003 conference, held October 15-18 at the Oakland
      >Marriott City Center, was a seminal event in the history of the walking
      >and bicycling movements in California. The event, presented by CBC and the
      >City of Oakland, in cooperation with California Walks, sold-out, with 300
      >attendees filling both plenary and breakout rooms. Planners, engineers,
      >advocates and health promoters heard from state and national experts on
      >facilities, education and politics.
      >
      >Wrap-up: http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net/
      >Letter to Arnold: http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net/arnoldlet1.pdf
      >Program: http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net/CBCConferencescreen.pdf
      >------------------------------------------------
      >WHEN A MOTORIST KILLSÖ
      >Does the legal system properly protect bicyclists and pedestrians?
      >
      >One report from the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, presented at
      >Walk/Bike California 2003, suggests the answer isÖnot really.
      >
      >http://www.svbcbikes.org/news/drivers-at-fault.php
      >http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/14440
      >
      >Here's a New York City study: http://www.rightofway.org/ . See "Killed by
      >Automobile" under "research."
      >
      >Clearly, this topic demands further research.
      >------------------------------------------------
      >VELOSWAP COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO NOVEMBER 15TH
      >November 14th Reception to Benefit Thunderhead Alliance
      >
      >"World's Largest Bicycle Show and Swap"
      >http://www.velo-expo.com/veloswap/
      >"Witness the unveiling of the world's greatest cycling photos"
      >http://veloswap.com/veloswap/watson.html
      >------------------------------------------------
      >DRIVER'S ED GETS AN "F"
      >Are motorist training courses effective?
      >
      >"After examining data from more than 20 studies on driver education,
      >researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found
      >driver's education for experienced motorists offers little benefit. The
      >lone exception: courses for those just learning to drive who are being
      >taught the basics.
      >
      >"No one form of education was found to be substantially more effective than
      >another, nor was a significant difference found between advanced driver
      >education and remedial driver education," say the authors in the study
      >published in the Fall 2003 issue of the Cochrane Review.
      >
      >http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.asp?docID=515186
      >------------------------------------------------
      >40 ACRES AND AN SUV
      >
      >"A staggering 98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material that's 196,000
      >pounds is required to produce each gallon of gasoline we burn in our cars,
      >SUVs, trucks and other vehicles, according to a study conducted at the
      >University of Utah.
      >
      >"'Can you imagine loading 40 acres worth of wheat stalks, roots and
      >all into the tank of your car or SUV every 20 miles?' asks ecologist Jeff
      >Dukes, whose study will be published in the November issue of the journal
      >Climatic Change."
      >
      >http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-10/uou-bm9102603.php
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >BIKE PARTIES! TIS THE SEASONÖ
      >
      >LA County Bicycle Coalition's Awards Gala -- Friday, November 14
      >http://www.labikecoalition.org/events/awards_2003.html
      >
      >Marin County Bicycle Coalition's Bike Bash -- Saturday, November 22
      >http://www.marinbike.org/Events/Bash2003.htm
      >
      >San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Winterfest-- Thursday, December 18
      >http://www.sfbike.org/events_and_rides/sfbc_winter_festival/
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >SACRAMENTO BIKE PROJECTS REQUESTED
      >
      >The Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates is compiling a list of needed bike
      >projects. Community members are asked to submit their recommendations at
      >http://www.sacbike.org/advocacy/BikeProjectSubmittalForm.htm
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >YOU KNOW YOU'RE A NEW YORK CYCLIST WHENÖ
      >
      >http://bicyclehabitat.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=264
      >
      >CBC invites entries for the "You Know You're a California Cyclist"
      >Contest. Send essays of 250 words or fewer to cbc@.... The winner
      >will receive a $50 gift certificate to the bike shop of his or her choice.
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >OBESE AMERICA AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
      >What can we learn from the Netherlands and Germany?
      >http://www.evworld.com/databases/storybuilder.cfm?storyid=568
      >
      >More from Rutgers' Professor Pucher at
      >http://policy.rutgers.edu:16080/tpi/articles.html
      >and http://www.transalt.org/info/other/010901cyclingsafety.html
      >
      >For a different perspective on appropriate American bicycling policies, see
      >John Forester's essay at
      >http://www.johnforester.com/Articles/Government/US%20Bike%20Program.htm
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >IS THERE SAFETY IN NUMBERS?
      >Yes, says this paper by CBC member Peter Jacobsen, published in Injury
      >Prevention On-line
      >at http://ip.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/9/3/205?etoc
      >
      >"Conclusion: A motorist is less likely to collide with a person walking and
      >bicycling if more people walk or bicycle. Policies that increase the
      >numbers of people walking and bicycling appear to be an effective route to
      >improving the safety of people walking and bicycling."
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >AT LONG LAST, BIKE LANES IN SIMI VALLEY
      >
      >Congrats to Aaron Hanson and the Ventura County Bicycle Coalition
      >
      >"After more than 15 years of dodging cars and riding on sidewalks, bicycle
      >enthusiasts have finally achieved the first major victory in their fight
      >for designated bike lanes in Simi Valley."
      >
      >http://www.insidevc.com/vcs/sv/article/0,1375,VCS_239_2247784,00.html
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLISTS GEAR UP FOR MAYORAL RUNOFF
      >
      >Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, endorsed by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
      >(SFBC) and seeking to become the first Green Party mayor of a major US
      >city, is now in a Dec. 9th runoff against fellow Supervisor Gavin
      >Newsom. Bicyclists are playing a key role in the Gonzalez
      >campaign. "At-stake is the pace at which the City's ambitious and
      >controversial bike plan and other transportation reforms will be
      >implemented," says SFBC's Leah Shahum.
      >
      >SF voters have also overwhelmingly approved Proposition K, a sales tax
      >measure that will provide $100 for bike projects over 30 years, a
      >three-fold increase over current expenditure levels.
      >
      >SF Bicyclists are Embedded in the Gonzalez
      >Campaign: http://www.mattgonzalez.com/frontpage.html
      >
      >Gonzalez on his bike: http://www.mattgonzalez.com/endorsements.html
      >
      >Alta Planning + Design's update on the development of new street design
      >guidelines:
      >http://www.altaplanning.com/news/designguidelines2-12-03.pdf . This
      >22-page document proposes innovative design guidelines for the City of SF
      >that could serve as an alternative to the Caltrans Highway Design Manual
      >http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/hdm/pdf/chp1000.pdf for local jurisdictions
      >seeking to modify streets for bicycling.
      >
      >Proposition K: http://www.livablecity.org/campaigns/salestax.html
      >
      >San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: http://www.sfbike.org/
      >
      >LA Times on SF Mayoral Race (subscription required):
      >http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-sanfran6nov06,1,1116485.story?coll=la-home-headlines
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT
      >
      >What's the coolest California bike? The Electra Townie has got to be in
      >the conversationÖ
      >http://www.electrabike.com/townie/home_new.html
      >-------------------------------------------------
      >HAVE YOU SEEN THE COUCH?
      >http://www.bikeforest.com/cb/cb.html showcases what is definitely the
      >coolest Canadian bike.
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      >The CalBike Report is a publication of the California Bicycle Coalition and
      >is made possible by the support of CBC members and the Physical Activity
      >and Health Initiative of the California Department of Health Services.
      >Contributions to CBC are welcome and urgently needed-- join at
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      >CalBikeReport@..., or call 916.446.7558 for more info.
      >
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      >End of cbc@... digest, issue 677
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