SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 19, 2005
"I live and breathe bike transportation. Does that make me a granola-crunching, world-saving utopian? Actually, my riding has a lot to do with what's good for me. Riding makes me healthy. It saves me time. It makes me feel good and gives me energy to do more in life. Of course, getting around by bike is a green thing to do. And altruism does have its rewards. Frankly, I wouldn't mind saving the world. Makes one want to crunch some granola."
Joe Breeze, from a 2005 Velonews article
OCTAVIA FREEWAY RAMP: COMMUNITY MEETING TONIGHT
We've been hearing pretty scary things about the newly-opened freeway ramp on Market Street at Octavia since it opened ten days ago -- at least one bicyclist has been knocked down (hurt but okay now) and numerous other collisions and close calls have been reported (cars, bikes, peds, even an F-line trolley car). The striping and signage are still not finished (!), but even when they are the intersection will have some serious safety problems and they need real fixes now. A community meeting has been called by the North Mission Neighborhood Alliance tonight (9/20) at 7 pm at the Bahai Center, 170 Otis Street, between Duboce and McCoppin. Supervisors Dufty and Mirkarimi will be there, and we expect DPT, DPW, and Caltrans staff to be present as well. Come hear what's being done and tell the city/state to make this intersection safer now.
* If you can't make tonight's meeting, but are concerned about the intersection of Market St. & the new freeway ramp, please take a minute to email key city decisionmakers to urge them to (1) add colored bike lanes at Market & Octavia/freeway ramp, as already promised; (2) increase enforcement at the intersection of the important No-Right Turn restriction; and (3) improve the signage telling drivers No-Right Turn. Please email your message to Supervisors Bevan Dufty (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ross Mirkarimi (email@example.com) and cc the Director of the Municipal Transportation Agency, Stuart Sunshine (firstname.lastname@example.org). And watch for an article in the SF Chronicle on this issue within the next few days. We'll need some pro-bike, pro-safety Letters to the Editor in response!
VOLUNTEER NIGHT--THIS WEEK & NEXT!
Two great weeks in a row, the SFBC will host Volunteer Night on Wednesday 9/21 & 9/28, starting at 5pm. This week is the general office (letter folding) gathering, and next week is the bi-monthly Tube Times Folding party. The perfect way to meet fellow pedalers, contribute to your beloved organization, and be treated to a tasty meal! Your hands and help are needed. All happening at the SFBC HQ 995 Market St. Suite 1550. Bring your bike up! Questions? Contact email@example.com.
FREE ADMISSION TO WEEKEND EVENTS! VALET PARKERS NEEDED
Your tender loving bicycle care is needed this weekend! We've got several events going on all over town, and we're short bike parkers - can you help? Get free admission to the SF Blues Festival at Fort Mason, Now & Zen Concert in GG Park, or Folsom St. Fair by providing the much-loved bicycle parking service the SFBC is famous for. Contact Kash at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a shift.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST YEAR AS AN SFBC MEMBER?
If you answered YES to this question, then you are invited join us for an SFBC New Member Open House to meet other members as well as learn about our upcoming advocacy, education and community programs. Board Member, Jenn Fox & Committee Member, David Gartner, will be hosting the Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 21st at the SFBC HQ (995 Market St @ 6th St). All SFBC members who joined in 2005 are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Jodie at 415-431-2453 x 305.
SFBC MEMBER BENEFITS NEVER END!
The latest addition to the more than 40 SF shops offering discounts to SFBC members is Heavy Metal Bike Shop at 82 29th St, San Francisco. Check out their offerings at www.heavymetalbikeshop.com - and, as always, visit www.sfbike.org/discounts for a complete list of bike shops, exercise and fitness services, restaurants and more who honor your little blue card.
Not a member yet? Why not join the SFBC and spend less on bike stuff? Membership pays for itself! Visit www.sfbike.org/membership to find out what else you'll get when you join!
LEAVE YOUR ARTISTIC MARK ON WINTERFEST!
It's a hot, sunny, San Francisco day, and the last thing you're thinking about is winter weather, let alone December and the great member party that month brings. Well, we're already thinking about it, and to get a party this good together, we have to start early. We need the help of a volunteer designer to help keep the costs of the event low so that more of the money raised can go to bike advocacy throughout the year. Are you the next Winterfest illustrator, designer, or artist to bring brightness to those dark months? Please contact Lisa Ruth Elliott at email@example.com or 431-2453 x302 if you can lend a creative spark for our print ads, posters and flyers, website, and overall look and feel of the SFBC's biggest member event.
JOIN BIKE ACTIVISTS FOR ADVOCACY TRAINING
If you dream of winning a campaign -- whether for a bike lane on your daily ride or any other project that supports the goals of the SFBC -- while helping to build a powerful long-lasting force for advocacy in the course of your campaigning, you should attend the Thunderhead Campaign Training on Oct. 21-23. The SFBC is recruiting interested & committed members to attend this training series for leaders of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. For details, click here: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/trainings05sf.htm. If you're interested in taking this training and increasing your involvement with the SFBC's advocacy campaigns, please contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
BIKE HUT LOOKING FOR EMERGENCY HELP
All owners and managers are out of town (Japan & Southern California) or have broken their arm--so immediate help is needed this week only to unpack and pack the hut (about 20 minutes each time). If you can lend a hand, contact Ted Thomas at email@example.com or at 863-2450.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMER TO IMPROVE TRANSIT RELIABILITY
Are you a computer programmer interested in working to improve transportation? NextBus is looking for a Java programmer to work on their passenger information system that is being deployed in San Francisco and many other cities. Check out the job listing at http://www.nextbus.com/corporate/about/careers.htm
THE BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING BACK TO SAN FRANCISCO
The Bicycle Film Festival is a celebration of bicycle culture through art, film and music. In its fifth year the BFF has expanded to include Tokyo, London and Los Angeles in addition to San Francisco and its base New York City. 7,000 people attended New York this year and the whole Fest sold out in London. There is a intense fervor brewing for urban bike culture and the Festival has been there to express it.
The SF show starts on Wednesday, Oct 5th with a Rock Show at the Independent featuring--Gang Gang Dance and Tussle. An Art Show on Oct 6 with work from Shuan O'Dell, Thomas Campbell, Swoon,and mucho more. Oh yes and killer movies like the SF Premiere of "Still We Ride" a film about the police crackdown in NYC on Critical Mass and"Joe Kid on a Sting Ray" the "Dogtown" of BMX. BFF is playing a Classic by Legendary Filmmaker Jorgen Leth, "A Sunday In Hell". Check out the schedule and get your tickets online http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
The SFBC is an official sponsor of the 5th Annual Bicycle Film Festival.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BAYVIEW FAMILY EVENT
The SFBC is taking part in the Bayview/Hunters Point Fit 'n Fun Fair on Saturday, October 1st, and we'd love your help. This is a family-oriented event, sponsored by the SF Dept. of Public Health & Kaiser, to promote healthy activity & nutrition in the Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood. SFBC volunteers will help lead kids through a fun, educational Bike Safety Rodeo. To help out anytime between 10:30am-1pm, please contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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