SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 17, 2005
"I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again."
VELOSWAP IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
Are you looking for some great deals on bikes, bicycle parts and accessories? Veloswap, the world's largest bicycle and sports expo is rolling into the heart of SOMA on Saturday, October 29th. Free Valet Bike parking available.
Not an SFBC member? Now is the perfect time to join (or renew your membership). The SFBC is offering a Membership Special--join now and get a complimentary ticket to Veloswap (while supplies last)!
The SFBC needs helpers for a variety of tasks at Veloswap. In thanks for your time and dedication to our organization, we'll give you a complimentary ticket if you volunteer two or more hours with the SFBC at Veloswap. There's something for everyone--from Membership sales to Valet Bike Parking. Join us.
INNER SUNSET TRAFFIC CALMING KICK-OFF TONIGHT
The DPT Traffic Calming Program is launching a new project to look at traffic calming needs and ideas for the Inner Sunset -- now's your chance to help shape a better, safer street scene in the neighborhood. The SFBC is thrilled to see this finally happen because we have long wanted bike lanes on 7th Ave. The kick-off meeting will take place Tuesday, 10/18, 6 pm, at the Park Police Station Community Room, 1899 Waller Street (in GG Park off Stanyan). The meeting is open to all -- come out and share your ideas, hear what other folks are thinking, and get this project rolling (calmly). For more information contact DPT Livable Streets at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 554-2398. And to get involved in the SFBC's efforts to win bike lanes on 7th Ave, contact email@example.com
THANK A CYCLER--STREETSIDE OUTREACH WEDNESDAY IN THE MISSION
The SFBC will be hitting the Mission this week to thank folks for pedaling. We are hosting an after-work Streetside Outreach on Wednesday at Valencia & 20th. Our Streetside Outreach campaign has been a huge hit--but it takes members to make it great! If you have time this Wednesday after work, please join us. Send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll fill you in on the details.
URGENT NEED FOR DAYTIME HELPERS--THIS WEEK!
Have a little time Tuesday or Wednesday this week to spare? The SFBC needs some folks to help mail a 1000 piece mailer before Thursday morning! Your hands and energy are urgently needed to get this out the door. If you have an hour or two during the day or on the way home from work, please stop by the SFBC HQ at 995 Market St, Suite 1550. Bring your bike up! Questions? email email@example.com
ENCOURAGE BIKING AMONG FAMILIES THIS SATURDAY
We are looking for a few volunteers to help out at the Family Festival this Saturday, October 22nd, 11am-3pm, at Yerba Buena Gardens in SOMA. This is an event sponsored by the Mayor's Office and involving many nonprofits like us. With your volunteer help, we'll be able to give out free bike lights, do basic bike mechanic work, and help youth riders through a fun, educational Bike Rodeo course. If you can help out, please contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
TELL THE SUPES -- SEND BAYSHORE HOME DEPOT BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
The controversial proposal to build a Home Depot store on Bayshore Boulevard is coming to the Board of Supervisors for a big vote next Tuesday (10/25) -- the Board will decide whether to approve the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project, a 120,000-square-foot store with a 525-car multi-story garage and a 5-lane driveway, and allow the project to move forward as designed. We feel this project needs to be seriously scaled back and better integrated into the city's transportation systems -- Bayshore is a key north-south corridor for bikes (it's a Top 20 Bike Network route), Muni and yes, autos, and this mega-auto-magnet is a recipe for transportation trouble. Please ask the Board to reject the EIR for its insufficient consideration of transportation system impacts and urge them to demand real streetscape improvements for the Bayshore corridor in whatever re-design that Home Depot brings back to them. To contact Board members, see our handy "Contact Your Leaders" page on our website:
And please try to come out for the Board of Supes meeting on 10/25 to give public comment if you can. If you're interested in the SFBC's campaign to win bike lanes on Bayshore Blvd., please contact email@example.com
LAST CALL FOR INTERESTED BOARD CANDIDATES
The SFBC's Board of Directors plays an important role in the organization's strategic direction, financial stability, budgeting, endorsements process and more. Our annual elections (for half of the 15-member board) is coming up in late November/early December. Now is members' last chance to put their name forward as a potential Board candidate. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Dale Danley at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20th. And to learn more about our current Board members, see http://www.sfbike.org/board
STREET SKILLS 1 CLASS NEXT WEEK AT SFBC OFFICE
Want to get comfortable riding in busy city streets--this is the perfect class for you. This in-classroom course teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. Open to adults 14 and over.
Each class is $10 per participant. (Free classes have been offered in the past thanks to city sponsorship. Unfortunately, that funding is not available at this time, so this nominal charge covers the cost of the program.)
Pre-registration required at www.sfbike.org/edu.
Bike Safety tip: Keyed skewer locks or hub locks are a great option for urban bike security because they keep your wheels attached to your bike with a lock and key (vs. quick release). They can be found at REI or Noe Valley Cyclery.
CALL FOR WINTERFEST DIY BIKE ACCESSORIES
Get the knitting needles, stich counters, and sewing machines ready. Pull out those patched tubes waiting for a new life as a belt or bracelet. It's time to start thinking of what YOU will make for the Winterfest Craft Table. Contact Nancy Botkin for the necessary information and due dates if you would like to make something at email@example.com.
WINTER REC RIDES WANTED!
The December 05/January 06 Tube Times is in the works, and we're looking for a few good rides. What's your favorite City spot for the holidays? Do you have a favorite New Year's ride, and want some company? Killer hills and easy cruises all welcome! If you can lead a ride, send details on date, time and location, plus a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don't forget! Letters to the editor always appreciated - send email to email@example.com.
The new Oct-Nov 2005 Tube Times is available for download:
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