SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 6, 2005
When I was a kid I prayed every night for a bike until I figured out that that's not the way that God works, so I stole a bike and then asked him for forgiveness.
VOTE PRO-BIKE TOMORROW!
Please take time to vote on Tuesday, November 8th. Polls are open until 8pm.
The SFBC has endorsed two local measures: Yes on Propositions B & D:
A win on Prop. B will fund street resurfacing throughout the city -- let's get rid of those treacherous potholes! -- as well as new bicycle and pedestrian safety projects. This measure needs 2/3 support to pass, so we're asking all SFBC members to please email your friends with an urge to vote Yes on B!
Prop. D would change the appointment structure for the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors (which oversees the Dept. of Parking & Traffic and Muni). This measure would split the appointments to the Board of Directors between the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors. Vote Yes on D!
CELEBRATE SFBC'S 5,000TH MEMBER!!!
We are thrilled to announce that the SFBC has reached our goal of 5,000 members -- more than ever before! You are invited to celebrate with us and to welcome extra-special New Member #5,000: Matt Gousman. Join SFBC staff, Matt, and other members this Thursday night (11/10) from 5:30-7pm at Zeitgeist (Valencia @ Duboce) for a toast to Matt and all of the Coalition's 5,000 much-valued members.
We also send a hale and hearty thanks to all of our hard-working volunteers who have been out on the streets drawing in new members -- tabling, attending events, handing out flyers, spreading the bike word. Without you, we wouldn't have reached this ambitious membership goal, which will make the SFBC even stronger and more effective in the year to come. And, let's not stop here -- there's still time this year to encourage a friend to join the SFBC today, or to give a gift membership. Check out http://www.sfbike.org/membership for details!
ALL HANDS NEEDED -- BIG VOLUNTEER NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY
The SFBC office will be buzzing with activity this Wednesday night starting at 5pm. On top of the usual mail and phone banking, the SFBC needs help folding and stuffing an annual 3000 piece mailer. Plenty to do, and a task for everyone. The best part? The SFBC springs for dinner in thanks for your generous time and effort. It's a great evening of socializing and pitching in to keep the SFBC functioning. Come join the excitement! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOWARD A COMPLETE MARKET STREET FOR CYCLISTS
Inch by inch, Market Street moves slowly toward fulfilling its destiny as San Francisco's most-important bicycling street -- ten days ago, the south side of Market between McCoppin and Valencia received a new stretch of bike lane, another hundred feet of bike network, yippee. Of course that's good news, but you don't have to be an engineer to see that at this rate it's going to be 2076 by the time a "safe, continuous bike route" exists on Market. At the very least we should be able to quickly complete the short stretch between Van Ness and Octavia -- the city's got the plans, the city's got the money, all we need is the commitment to move forward and do it. Please contact acting MTA Director Stuart Sunshine (Stuart.Sunshine@sfmta.com) and tell him you'd like to see complete bike facilities on Market between Octavia and Van Ness by Bike to Work Day 2006 (5/18/06).
10TH ANNUAL WINTERFEST -- WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!
It's that time of year again! Winterfest, our member party and place for all things bike: bike auctions with bike accessories, bike art, and bike crafts; bike haiku; bike-themed beer; bikers of all ages; valet bike parking... you get the picture. It's also our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need you to make it a success! We are looking for volunteers in all areas: silent auction monitors, valet bike parking, live auction, food, a/v and sound, decorations, clean up, publicity distribution, check-in, and more. Note that there will be a required training meeting on Wednesday, November 30 for all Winterfest volunteers. Please go to www.sfbike.org/vol_sign_up to let us know where you'd like to be amidst the bike madness!
Also, if you have a favorite neighborhood business who you'd like to see on the sponsor list, contact Lisa Ruth Elliott at email@example.com or 415.431.2453 x302 to see how you can help make this happen.
SAFER SUNSET STREETS -- TOWN HALL MEETING 11/10
Sunset District velocitizens, take note: Based on responses from a widely-distributed survey and several community meetings, the "4 a Safer Sunset" project has identified specific safety problems and proposed solutions to them in a "Community Action Plan for Safer Streets in the Sunset". The Sunset District Neighborhood Coalition will be hosting a town hall meeting to review and address the action plan this Thursday (11/10) from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, at the Sunset Recreation Center, 2201 Lawton Street at 28th Avenue. If you're a Sunset neighbor who wants to make sure that biking is in the mix, please attend and speak up! For more information, contact Susan Suval at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CESAR CHAVEZ STREET CALMING -- C.C. PUEDE! -- 11/15 MEETING
The campaign to calm Cesar Chavez Street (including proper bike lanes to civilize the street and close a Top 20 Network gap) is well underway, and the petitioning process and neighborhood outreach has begun -- this is a perfect time to get involved! The committee's next meeting will be Tuesday, 11/15 at 6:30 pm, at the Bernal Gateway Apartments, 3101 Mission at Cesar Chavez. For more information, please contact Fran Taylor at FTaylor@cmp.com.
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 9 AM, MONDAY, NOV. 14TH to be considered.
BIKES ON LIGHT RAIL -- LET'S GET THAT TRIAL STARTED
Picture yourself pedaling along peacefully when POW -- the sky opens up and it starts pouring rain, or your chain breaks, or you just don't have the juice to crank your way back home after a tough day. If you were in Minneapolis or Portland or New York, you might just wheel your cycle onto a metro train and ride the rails across town, but in San Francisco we're still waiting for any sort of bicycle access to the Muni LRV (light rail vehicle) lines, despite years of talking about it. The 2005 Bicycle Plan, approved by all eleven Supervisors and the Mayor, calls for a trial of bike access on Muni's LRVs (as well as folding bike access on all Muni vehicles, a no-brainer), but in spite of repeated requests and reminders we're not seeing any real movement from the MTA on this issue. Please contact acting MTA Director Stuart Sunshine (Stuart.Sunshine@sfmta.com) and tell him you'd like to see a trial in place on all Muni Metro lines -- the J, K, L, M, N, and 3rd St. -- right now!
Learn more about bikes on light rail here:
HITTING THE STREET -- NOV. 16 ON MARKET
Bike to Work Day may still be 6 months away, but we're bringing the BTWD excitement to commuters on Wednesday, November 16th at Market & 12th -- and we need volunteers to give us a hand! Hand out coffee and bagels to bicyclists heading downtown, and give them a pat on the back for taking the no pollute commute. Volunteers needed from 7:30-9am. If you're available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE YOU THE NEXT SFBC COMMUNICATIONS INTERN?
The SFBC has a lot to say and we need your help saying it, beautifully, cleverly, professionally. If you've got good visual design and communication skills (including aptitude with the usual digital tools like Photoshop, InDesign/Quark and Illustrator) and can give us at least one day a week, we'd love to talk to you about taking on a crucial role as Communications Intern with the SFBC. Your mission would include such varied and engaging tasks as brochure design and production, identity design for campaigns, website edits and updates, and other expressive fun. If you've got the goods and the time to give it, contact Andy Thornley at email@example.com and we'll talk...
SFBC FOLKS NEEDED ON NOV. 14 -- USF WELLNESS FAIR
How can USF bring better bike facilities to campus? How can they inform staff, faculty and students about the benefits of bicycling? They've invited the SFBC to the USF Wellness Fair! Wednesday, Nov. 14th, the SFBC is looking for members to give us a hand in talking to the USF community about bicycling for everyday transportation. If you have the time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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