SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 5, 2005
'San Franciscan Jenn Strauss, a food stylist riding her bike through Crissy Field on Sunday, said although she drives across the Golden Gate Bridge more than she bikes it, she is against a fee for cyclists to cross.
'"What kind of wear and tear am I putting on the bridge as a cyclist?" she said.'
From the SF Examiner; Sunday, September 4, 2005 http://tinyurl.com/7foko
CAMPAIGN STRENGTHENS TO STOP BIKE/PED TOLLS
The State Senate is expected to vote within the next few hours on AB748, the bill that would ban tolls on bicyclists and pedestrians on bridges and highways across the state. Our chances look good for the bill to pass at the Senate, but the biggest hurdle lies ahead: We'll need hundreds of letters of support for AB748 to convince Governor Schwarzenegger NOT to veto the bill. Please take a minute to visit our website (http://www.sfbike.org/ggb) and send a free, personalized fax to the Governor.
Special thanks to S.F. Assemblymembers Mark Leno and Leland Yee, and also Lois Wolk, the AB748 sponsor from Davis, for showing their strong opposition to bike & pedestrian tolls at a press conference last weekend organized with the SFBC and the California Bicycle Coalition (http://www.calbike.org). Check out photos at http://www.sfbike.org/ggb.
GREAT SF BIKE RIDE A SMASHING SUCCESS
More than 300 cyclists joined the Great SF Bike Ride on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005 - raising several thousand dollars for the SFBC's campaign to build the Citywide Bike Network!
Visit our online photo gallery for fun shots of the hundreds of riders, and the dozens of volunteers who made the Great SF Bike Ride possible. Thank you volunteers for your invaluable support!
Special thanks also to Specialized, Foundation for Ecology and Culture, and Threshold Sports for their contributions.
VOLUNTEER NIGHT TOMORROW - ALL HANDS ON DECK!
Come one come all to the bi-weekly SFBC volunteer night. Help keep our office and organization running smoothly! All hands needed to fold & mail our membership materials. In thanks, the SFBC provides a tasty dinner (voted on by volunteers). Always bring your bike upstairs! Friends welcome. 5-8pm at SFBC HQ 995 Market St (@ 6th) 15th floor. Questions? Contact email@example.com
OCTAVIA BOULEVARD OPENING DAY 9/9 -- LET'S TAKE A RIDE!
You've been watching it evolve from vestigial freeway overpass to construction site to fresh black lanes -- at long last, the celebrated new Octavia Boulevard will officially open on Friday, September 9 at 11:00 am. Let's make sure cars don't have all the fun -- dress up your bike in its happiest new-street flowers and flags and meet us at Hayes Green, Octavia at Hayes, at 10:45 am on 9/9 for a fine people-powered parade on the nice new pavement! Contact Andy Thornley at 431-BIKE x 307 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
SFBC BOARD SEEKS DEDICATED COALITION MEMBERS
The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for passionate dedicated, members for our Board of Directors (see www.sfbike.org/board). The Board meets monthly, and board service entails serving on committees and helping with fundraising. Board members serve a two-year term, with the next group starting in January 2006. SFBC members cast their votes for Board members this December.
If you're interested in running for the Board, the Board Development Committee members would like to get to know you before the elections. The Board is again planning to offer a recommended "slate" (to highlight the Board's top needs) when the voting begins. Please contact committee chair Dale Danley at email@example.com or Executive Director Leah Shahum at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30th if you are interested.
BIKE PARKING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Thanks to all the volunteers who made bike parking at the Grand Prix work. You know who you are, and you're all terrific!
There's another busy weekend coming up so if you've never tried valet parking before, now's your chance! If you'd like to park bikes at the Sierra Club Summit at Moscone Center this Thursday through Sunday, or the Power to the Peaceful concert in Golden Gate park on Saturday, please contact Kash at email@example.com.
SUPPORT ALEMANY BLVD BIKE LANES -- COMMUNITY MEETING 9/10
After a quiet summer, the Alemany Boulevard bike lane conversation is returning to the fore -- Supervisor Sandoval has called a general-invitation session of the District 11 Council on Saturday, September 10, at Ocean Presbyterian Church on Ocean at Mission at 11 am, to talk over the matter with his constituents. If you're a neighbor of the Alemany corridor be sure to come out and have your voice heard, whether you pedal, walk, or motor (or all three). Bike lanes on Alemany Boulevard could be the beginning of a better, safer, greener street, so don't miss this critical meeting. For more information, contact Andy Thornley at 431-BIKE x 307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF EXAMINER WEEKEND GREAT RIDES - WRITE ONE UP!
You may have noticed that the SF Examiner has started publishing a Saturday "weekend" edition, featuring a "Great Bike Ride" on page 3 each week, supplied by the SFBC. We'd love to have all the creative peddlers out there start cooking up their own great rides -- it's not too hard, but there is a set format and a finite length (pretty terse) -- take a look at this Saturday's edition for the template, try your hand at writing up a ride or two of your own, and send 'em in to email@example.com.
SUPPORT CESAR CHAVEZ CALMING -- COMMUNITY MEETING 9/13
Addressing another key Top 20 Bike Network segment, the campaign for a safer Cesar Chavez Street is starting to gain momentum, and we'd love for you to join in and help it happen. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 pm, at the Bernal Gateway Apartments (3101 Mission @ Chavez). Bring your friends and neighbors and we'll keep thinking big and moving the good work forward. For more information, contact Andy Thornley at 431-BIKE x 307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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