SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 31, 2005
I averaged 225 days on the road during my stay here and saw the city go from a scary place to ride a bike to a dream city for alternative commuting. My 2.6 mile commute now consists of 200 yards of NON bike lane, a remarkable change under your watch. I have no doubt that you personally saved me from getting smoked by a car hundreds of times.
COME CELEBRATE A SAFER POTRERO AVENUE AUGUST 13
By now we hope you've been out riding on those fine new Potrero Avenue bike lanes, from 17th Street down past SF General Hospital. We're hearing lots of cheers and hoorays, from cyclists and pedestrians and patients and caregivers and even a few motorists, and we agree, that crazy street seems a lot more civilized now. So let's celebrate, give thanks and remembrance -- Saturday, August 13th, join us at noon for a dedication at the SFGH Comfort Garden (Potrero and 22nd St., northeast corner) of a memorial for Elizabeth Dominguez, killed in 2003 at the age of four on the sidewalk at 24th and Potrero, followed by a look at / ride on the lanes, and onwards to Potrero del Sol Park (a.k.a. "Raza Park", Potrero between 25th St. and Cesar Chavez) for a celebration of a safer neighborhood starting at 12:30.
The party's always better when everyone pitches in -- let us know if you want to bring the cookies and/or lemonade, or you want to bring the garbage bags and broom -- contact Andy Thornley at 431-BIKE x 307 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put it all together!
CESAR CHAVEZ COMMITTEE MEETING TUESDAY (8/2)
Want to make life better along Cesar Chavez? Join your neighbors, bicyclists, pedestrians, and local merchants to make it safer to use and cross Cesar Chavez. We're working to make improvements on Cesar Chavez similar to those on Potrero Avenue and along San Jose/Guerrero: bike lanes, reduced traffic lanes, and pedestrian safety features. Please come to a community meeting, learn more and get involved: Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 pm, Bernal Gateway Apartments, 3101 Mission Street (at Cesar Chavez). Contact Andy Thornley at 431-BIKE x 307 or email@example.com for more information.
SAVE THE DATE: THE GREAT SF BIKE RIDE IS BACK!
Ride the Pro-race course on Sunday, September 4th, or enjoy the novelty of cruising car-free city streets! The Great SF Bike Ride is back this Labor Day Weekend. This fun non-competitive community ride encompasses a 5 mile loop of the SF Grand Prix race course--including the Taylor Street hill!
To register, go to www.sfbike.org/bikeride
All ride proceeds benefit the SFBC's campaign to build the Citywide Bike Network.
SOMA NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Join the SFBC at the SOMA National Night Out festivities on Tuesday, August 2nd. Bike Safety presented by the SFBC & DPT, bike repairs provided by the Bike Hut Foundation, movies, popcorn, family portraits & more! On the Children's Rooftop Garden in Yerba Buena Gardens. 6-10pm. National Night Out is a Nation-wide event where the community, local businesses & police join together to reclaim their streets & prevent crime.
SFBC is looking for a couple of members to table at this event from 5:30pm-7:30. Share info and bike safety tips with attendees. If available, please contact Jodie@sfbike.org
SFBC HITTING THE STREETS ON TUESDAY--UP NEXT: PANHANDLE
SFBC's new Streetside Outreach program is off and running. We've done Market & Mission and this week we are moving to the Panhandle! Streetside Outreach is a great way to get the Coalition's name out in the public eye, and help educate bikers-by about the bike campaigns the SFBC is bringing to each neighborhood. Tuesday's Streetside Outreach is being led by board member Deb Janes and will begin at 5pm. Have some time and energy? Join us! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION FILM MAKERS: BIKING FILM CONTEST
It's time to get your creative juices pumping. Enter a 3 minute film contest. The topic? A comical look at biking in the City. The top five entries (selected by some official panel) will be shown as part of the entertainment at Winterfest. Laughter will be your only reward, so don't spend too much on your production! All entries should be digitally shot, range from 3-5 minutes, and be submitted in DVD format. Call Scott Durcanin at 415-577-3691 for more details.
WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS ON SFBIKE.ORG? BE OUR PHOTO INTERN!
At the SFBC we understand the importance of eye-catching photography that attracts and inspires people. As our Photo Intern you'll have the opportunity to use your creative abilities to enhance web and print projects for an audience of thousands. Your work will also build a clean and functional archive of photographs and graphics that will last long into the future.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with deadlines and doing the detailed work of archiving and indexing photos. While there will be ample opportunity for traveling the City and gathering new material, much of the Photo Intern's work will be done at SFBC Headquarters, establishing an orderly and usable system for searching and tracking digital images. Do you have the attention to detail it takes to build a professional image library - and the eye to fill in the gaps with your own photography?
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TUBE TIMES HOT OFF THE PRESSES
The Aug/Sept 05 Tube Times is on its way to your door - but did you know you can view it online, before the print version hits the streets?! The most recent Tube Times is always available as a PDF on our website, along with issues going back to 1999. (Earlier editions - back to 1971, in fact - can be viewed at SFBC HQ.) Check it out! If you like it better that way, let us know and we'll save the cost of snail mail!
BIKESTATION JOBS AVAILABLE
You'll be an important part of supporting bicycling in Berkeley both by keeping bicycles safe from theft, and by giving direct support and advice to everyday bicyclists of all persuasions. Job requirements include the ability to lift lighter bicycles onto racks, basic computer and retail skills, and the ability to perform minor repairs (professional bike mechanic positions and manager position also available). Most important, you must share the vision of increasing the amount of bicycling and the quality of the bicycling experience in Berkeley and beyond. Preference goes to bicycle advocates. Flexible schedule. Competitive pay. Opportunity for advancement.
Applications available at the Bikestation. Please bring any resume and your references.
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