SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 12, 2005
"I'll tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood."
Susan B. Anthony (1896)
MEMBERS KICK OFF CESAR CHAVEZ & SOMA COMMITTEES
Want better biking in the Mission District and in South of Market? Been meaning to get more involved with advocacy? Well, this is your lucky week! The SFBC is teaming up with neighbors and community stakeholders to improve biking, pedestrian safety, and livability in both the Mission and SOMA neighborhoods. The newly formed Cesar Chavez committee, focusing on traffic calming and bike improvements on this intimidating street, meets tonight, Tuesday, at 6:30pm at the Bernal Gateway Apts. at 3101 Mission St. @ Cesar Chavez. Then, the newly revived SOMA committee meets tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 6pm at the SFBC offices at 995 Market St., 15th floor, at the corner of 6th St. We'll focus on winning bike improvements on 2nd, 5th, and Townsend Streets. Please join us to help complete the Mission & SOMA bike networks!
TELL THE GOVERNOR: NO TOLLS ON BICYCLISTS & PEDESTRIANS
Thanks in part to hundreds of letters from SFBC members, Assembly Bill (AB) 748, (which would prohibit tolls on bicyclists and pedestrians on highways and bridges in the State), has passed both the State Assembly and the Senate. Its fate now rests with the Governor, who must either sign it or veto it within the next 3 weeks. We need letters of support AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Please visit http://www.sfbike.org/ggb to urge the Governor to sign AB 748. Bicyclists and pedestrians should be encouraged -- not discouraged -- on California's bridges and roadways, including the Golden Gate Bridge! Please also forward this link to your friends around the state, as we want to show that it's not just San Francisco who opposes bicycle & pedestrian tolls. Thanks for your help!
14th ST. BIKE LANES MOVING FORWARD
Great news -- we just learned that Supervisor Bevan Dufty, of District 8, has introduced legislation for a bike lane on 14th St. between Market and Dolores Streets, just as the SFBC has urged. This would be a 6-month trial period. While it's only a few blocks, anyone who bikes in the area knows what a significant gap this is in the Bike Network. So, please mark your calendars to show the bicycle community's support at an important public hearing of the Board's City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee on October 3rd at 1pm in City Hall room 263. Hope to see you there! And special thanks to Supervisor Dufty and to the Dept. of Parking & Traffic staff for their initiative on this project.
GOT THE GIFT OF GAB? SFBC TABLERS NEEDED ON SATURDAY
The SFBC will have a table at Lombardi's Sample Sale this Saturday, and needs SFBC folks to chat it up with attendees. Have a couple of hours to talk-up the Bike Coalition? Set up starts at 8am, and volunteers are needed for 2 hour shifts until 4pm. Please contact Jodie at 431-BIKE x 305 or email@example.com if you can pitch in! Volunteers who sign up by Thursday Sept. 15th to volunteer will be entered in a raffle to win 2 tickets for the Giants/Dodgers game this Sunday!
KEEPING THE BICYCLING EXCITEMENT STRONG THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT
Thanks to everyone who responded to last week's Special SFBC Update with a special contribution above and beyond their membership dues. This means we can continue to infuse our community activities with the concentrated biking excitement felt around the striping of new bike lanes on Potrero, Market and San Jose Ave. You can still utilize our online system to put more weight behind your membership, or show a little extra support for our direct efforts to make SF streets safer and more welcoming by visiting www.sfbike.org/specialgift.
LITTLE RIDERS ON THE BIG SCREEN
Moms and Dads, Aunts & Uncles, Nannies and Daycare Providers: do you have video footage of your children learning how to ride a bicycle? If you do it could become part of the biggest bicycle film ever. San Francisco indie filmmaker seeks clips of children learning to ride. The cries, the smiles and the wails of joy. Contact Ethan Derner via email at Striped Shirt Cinema: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEEKING TALENTED AND MOTIVATED MEMBERSHIP INTERNS
Membership is the backbone of the SFBC and any non-profit organization. We are looking for three dynamic people to join us as Membership Interns for the fall/winter 2005! Help us keep SFBC members happy as our Membership Assistant-Intern. Or use your communication & organizational skills to reach out into the community as our Public Outreach Intern. Use your creative-cat talents to create new membership materials & keep our website current as our Graphic Communications Intern. Join us to get a taste of a great organization making a difference in San Francisco, while learning very marketable skills that can be used in a variety of organizations. Contact Membership Director Jodie Medeiros at 415.431.2453 x305 or email@example.com if you are up for these exciting opportunities.
BIKE MECHANICS NEEDED FOR YOUTH PROGRAM
If you have mechanic skills and want to see more youth riding bikes, please read on! The SFBC and Community Bridges Beacon's after school riding and repair programs will be fixing their fleet of bikes this Wednesday, Sept. 14th, from 5-8 pm at Everett Middle School (on Church St., between 16th and 17th St.). Contact Jason Agar, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Pizza will be served.
UP AND COMING FILM DIRECTORS WITH A PENCHANT FOR BIKES SOUGHT
We're still looking for submissions for our 3 minute film contest, so if you've been tossing around some ideas, now is the time to get started on your next film: 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.
REACHING 5000--WE NEED YOU!
Thanks to all SFBC members who have chatted up the SFBC to their friends and colleagues and encouraged them to join 4800 city cyclers in promoting better biking in SF--it has made a huge impact in growing our membership to help reach the goal of 5000 members by the year's end. We're close folks, but the tire-pump isn't full yet! I urge those that recognize the benefits of joining the SFBC (a completed Citywide Bike Network, bikes on Muni Light Rail, bike shop discounts, and more) to take the plunge and become a member. All members count. The larger our membership, the greater impact we have in making SF a safe and sane place to bike.
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