SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 14, 2005
"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
MAYOR CALLS FOR BETTER STREETS IN A GREENER SF
Mayor Newsom announced his "Better Streets Program" last week, the second phase of the "Clean and Green Streets Initiative." We are pleased to hear him call for better, smarter street design practices (featuring bicycle and pedestrian facilities!) as well as "pavement-to-parks" and sustainable street beautification. Together with the recent "Complete Streets" legislation championed by Sup Mirkarimi, and reforms to environmental review reaching critical mass among numerous advocates and official agencies, a new age of smarter, safer, greener streets may be upon us. To top it off, Mayor Newsom recently name Marshall Foster, an SFBC member & bike supporter, to be San Francisco's first Director of City Greening.
Please take a moment to thank the mayor (email@example.com or 415/554-6141) for this great initiative and his support for better, safer, greener streets for San Francisco.
DON'T MISS THE GREAT SF BIKE RIDE--REGISTER TODAY!
Ride like the pros! Come enjoy the novelty of cruising city streets closed to traffic during the Great SF Bike Ride on Sunday, September 4th. The SFBC is hosting this fun, non-competitive Community Ride that encompasses a 5 mile loop of the SF Grand Prix race course--including the Taylor Street hill! It went away for a couple of years and now it is back! Don't miss it.
Save $5 when you register before August 30th. Pre-registration HIGHLY encouraged. All ride proceeds benefit the SFBC's campaign to build the Citywide Bike Network.
MEMBER HELP NEEDED LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Labor Day weekend is a BIG bike weekend in our beloved bike city. The SFBC is looking for member participation at the Great SF Bike Ride, Grand Prix pro race and Giro race. SFBC tabling, ride registration, course monitors, valet bike parking and t-shirt sales are just a few areas where we really need your help. If you are in town, come out and enjoy the biking while giving the SFBC a hand. This is a great way to be a part of the bike action!
KEEP OUR ORGANIZATION RUNNING SMOOTH
We recognize that data entry isn't the top of everyone's list of FUN, but it is a necessity for the SFBC to flourish! The SFBC needs our members to give us a hand. Throughout the summer we have been collecting signatures, emails and addresses, and now it is time to enter them into our database. Can you donate a couple of hours to the prosperity of your organization? If so, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know when you can come in.
DRIVEN (BY GAS PRICES) TO PEDAL? TELL YOUR STORY
A network TV affiliate is putting together a story on high gasoline prices and the transportation alternatives that some folks are turning to, and they'd like to talk to (and film) someone who wasn't already a regular bicyclist but turned to biking to escape the gasoline racket. If you or someone you know fits this description and wouldn't mind having a camera crew follow you/them around, contact Andy Thornley at 431-BIKE x 307 or email@example.com and we'll get you/them on the small screen telling the big story.
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 turned in to the SFBC office in DVD format by November 15, 2005. Send to: BIKE FILM FEST, c/o SFBC, 995 Market St Suite 1550, SF, CA 94103. Call Scott Durcanin at 415-577-3691 for more details.
QUE VIVA POTRERO!
We had a lovely celebration for the new Potrero Avenue traffic calming and bike lanes this past Saturday, thanks to everyone who came out and brought treats (yummy pan dulce, Fran!). While admiring the new lanes and sharing big gratitude with folks who helped get the changes made, celebrators couldn't help pondering possible improvements to Cesar Chavez Street to the south, a critical corridor connecting with Potrero and Harrison and Valencia (and Illinois) -- the conversation to civilize CC is underway, if you'd like to get involved, contact Andy Thornley at 431-BIKE x 307 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll keep the Citywide Bike Network growing.
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