As an avid cyclist, hearing that 2013 has been the deadliest year to ride a bicycle in San Francisco is really upsetting to hear.
Obviously, this has to change – and you can help out if you are in San Francisco tomorrow. There is a meeting at San Francisco City Hall about the Bicycle Strategy funding.
Below are the details for my friend Patrick:
(Additional reading from Patrick: A list of people killed while riding a bicycle in San Francisco, San Francisco’s inadequately designed streets, and Improving San Francisco’s streets)
There is an important meeting this Wednesday at 10:30am in City Hall that will shape the future of bicycling in San Francisco, and I’m hoping you can join me in attending.
The Budget and Finance Committee is holding a hearing on funding the MTA’s Bicycle Strategy, which is facing a funding gap. Public support from us will help ensure the Strategy gets funded. As many of you know, 2013 has been the deadliest year on record for people riding bicycles in San Francisco, and the rate of injuries has been rising quickly, too. The Bicycle Strategy, which will improve our infrastructure, will go a long way in making our streets safer for riding a bicycle.
The meeting is at 10:30am on Wednesday (ugh on the timing—I wish it was more convenient for those of us with jobs). At the meeting, there will be a period of public comment. Each member of the public is typically allotted 2 minutes to speak. If you can make it, please join me in telling the Committee why making our streets safer for riding a bicycle is important to you.
What: a Budget and Finance Committee hearing on funding the Bicycle Strategy, which will make our streets safer for riding a bicycle
When: this Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 10:30am
Where: Room 250 in San Francisco City Hall (2nd floor, on the west side of the building)
Why: I’ve been told repeatedly by our public officials that hearing from the voices of citizens at this meeting will play an important role in ensuring the Strategy gets funded. More support from us makes it easier for them to push for these plans.
You can RSVP (and invite others) on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/180140888850130/
If you know someone else who may be interested in attending, feel free to pass this email along and/or invite them through the Facebook event. I’ll be sending out a reminder tomorrow and will include something you can do if you’d like to help but can’t attend this meeting.
Thank you for your time and attention. I hope you can make it!
The official agenda for the meeting: http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=47262
What some bicycle infrastructure looks like in other cities: https://medium.com/improving-our-cities/8f6cb9195f11
A TED talk by Janette Sadik-Khan (NYC’s Transportation Commissioner) on what they’ve done in NYC to improve their streets: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/10/17/janette-sadik-khans-ted-talk-you-can-remake-your-streets/