SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 23, 2005
"The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community."
VELOSWAP: THIS SATURDAY IN SOMA!
Veloswap, the world's largest bicycle and sports expo is rolling into the heart of SOMA at the SF Expo Center on Saturday, October 29th from 9-5pm. Better-than-retail deals on all the latest bike gear await! Free valet bike parking available.
Now is the best time to get (or renew) your membership in the SFBC! The SFBC is offering a *special* membership deal -- join now and receive a complimentary ticket to Veloswap (while supplies last)! Offer ends this Thursday, October 27th.
We are still in GREAT need of volunteers for a variety of tasks at Veloswap. A complimentary ticket to Veloswap will be given to each volunteer with two or more hours of donated time to the SFBC at Veloswap. There's something for everyone -- from door sales to valet bike parking. Sign up today!
Proceeds from Veloswap benefit the SFBC and the Northern California Mountain Biking Association.
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 tomorrow (10/25, "special order" item at 4:30pm) -- 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 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 tomorrow (10/25, City Hall, 4:30pm, Supervisors legislative chamber) 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.
SUPPORT DOWNTOWN PARKING REFORM LEGISLATION
Support the great work of our allies at Transportation for a Livable City (TLC), who are working to reform parking controls in San Francisco's transit-intensive, downtown commercial districts. They are leading the charge on legislation, sponsored by Supervisor Chris Daly, that is the first major reform of downtown residential parking requirements in more than two decades, and would extend progressive approaches to parking management enacted in small areas of downtown (Transbay and Rincon Hill) to the entire downtown area. Among other things, it will: eliminate minimum parking requirements downtown; establish a parking maximum of one space for every two units; require bicycle parking in residential projects; and protect major bicycle, pedestrian, and transit streets from new driveways and curb cuts.
The legislation will be heard at the Planning Commission this Thursday, October 27, at 2pm at City Hall, Room 400. (Though the Commission will not take action at this meeting, it is important that they hear from supporters of downtown parking reform, so please come out and speak up for a livable downtown!) See www.livablecity.org for more on TLC's parking policy agenda.
MORNING MARKET OUTREACH -- JUST LIKE BIKE TO WORK DAY!
Volunteers are needed to help the SFBC bring the joy and energy of Bike to Work Day to commuters at Market & 12th St. We are hosting a morning Streetside Outreach on Wednesday, Oct. 26th from 7-9am. Our Streetside Outreach campaign has been a huge hit -- but it takes member volunteers to make it great! If you have time this Wednesday before work, please join us. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll fill you in on the details.
SHARPEN UP YOUR STREET SKILLS THIS THURSDAY -- DAY ONE IN-CLASS COURSE
If you'd like to be a smarter, safer, more confident bicyclist, we've got just the thing to put you firmly in the rider's seat: Catch the Street Skills Day 1 course this Thursday (10/27, 6-9:30pm), at SFBC HQ, 995 Market St Ste 1550 (@ the corner of 6th St).
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. It's $10 per participant - pre-registration required at www.sfbike.org/edu. Please feel free to bring your bicycle upstairs to our office, though no bikes are required for this class. (Note - this is the "Day 1" course for League of American Bicyclists' Bike Ed Road I certification).
GRAPHIC DESIGNER NEEDED FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY 2006 LOGO
The planning for Bike to Work Day 2006 has begun! We are in URGENT need of a fresh new logo for this grand bike event. We are inviting graphic artists to design the BTWD Regional 2006 logo for this grand extravaganza. Capture the fun and joy of Bike to Work Day with your creative logo!
This is a pro-bono assignment -- but you'll bask in the fame and glory of seeing your design on thousands of posters, postcards, t-shirts, street banners, transit posters and brochures spread over 9 Bay Area counties! And we'll throw in a free Timbuk2 bag, too.
Designs must be submitted to email@example.com by THIS FRIDAY, October 28th to be considered.
BIKE FILM CONTEST DEADLINE APPROACHING
If you've been sitting on your laurels thinking up great bike-themed comedic sketches a la John Cleese (born this week!), now's the time to start production! Submission deadline is November 15th for our three-minute bike film competition of which the topmost comic entries will be featured at Winterfest 2005 on December 4th. Laughter is your only reward, so be sure to keep production costs down. Please submit all entries in DVD format to Lisa Ruth Elliott at the SFBC office: 995 Market St, Suite 1550, SF 94103 (at 6th St.) For additional info please call Scott Durcanin at 415-577-3691.
BI-WEEKLY VOLUNTEER NIGHT -- THIS WEDNESDAY
Fold until your heart is content at the SFBC's biweekly Volunteer Night, happening this Wednesday. Join us for a night of needed office tasks: folding letters, calling expired members, sending out new member packets, etc. There's something for everyone! We supply a tasty dinner for your hard work. It all starts at SFBC HQ at 5pm, and we go until 8pm. Bring your bike upstairs. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Got the gift of gab? The SFBC is in need of folks who like to be on the phone! This Wednesday, we will be doing a little phone calling to expired members asking them to renew. It is the easiest phonebanking that you could ever do since it is to fun-loving, bike-friendly past-SFBC members! If you're interested in helping out, contact email@example.com.
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