SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 12, 2003
1) $500 MILLION FOR REGIONAL BIKE PLAN - SEND A FAX TODAY!
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is in the process of revising its Regional Transportation Plan, a blueprint for transportation funding over the next 25 years. Now that the recently adopted Regional Bicycle Plan is in place, we need secure funding to implement the safety and connector projects that will one day lead to a seamless network of bikeways around the Bay. The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC), a coalition of Bay Area bicycle advocacy organizations, including the SFBC, has been lobbying MTC to include a $500 million set-aside over the next 25 years for bicycle projects. Now we need YOUR help to convince the Commissioners that this is a good investment of regional transportation funds. We've set it up so that communicating with your Commissioners is easy and quick. Go to http://www.sfbike.org/instant to take action!
Find out more about the BABC at http://www.bayareabikes.org
2) HAVE A BLAST - VOLUNTEER AT VELOSWAP!
Heard about the world's largest bicycle show & swap, coming to the Bay Area this weekend? Yes, the Veloswap is a huge national event held in San Francisco for the first time this year, co-sponsored by the SFBC at the Cow Palace this Saturday, November 15th. Expect to find over 100,000 square feet of bikes, parts, demos, accessories, clinics, samples, and fun! Admission is $8, but you can get in free by volunteering - we need folks to help set up on Friday, check in Vendors on Saturday morning and help throughout the day. Contact Michael at 431-2453x21 or email@example.com to sign up! Also - stop by SFBC HQ for Volunteer Night this Wednesday (tonight from 5-9pm) or anytime this week and pick up a special $2-off-admission coupon: we're at 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (@ 7th St).
3) SUPPORT PESKIN'S 'SAVE THE WATERFRONT' RESOLUTION
Please join neighborhood leaders, environmental organizations, waterfront businesses and the SFBC in support of Supervisor Aaron Peskin's "Save the Waterfront Resolution," which will soon be voted on by the Board of Supervisors. This measure will urge the Port Commission to truly support mixed-use recreation projects on Piers 27-31, instead of extending exclusive negotiations rights held by the international developer Mills Corporation, which plans on building a shopping mall on the site. This proposed development was tentatively agreed to two years ago by the city's Port Commission after heavy lobbying and a major back-room political deal. Since then sweeping changes to the Mills proposal and newly revealed negative impacts on bicyclists and pedestrians, including an estimated 7,000 new car trips on the Embarcadero Bikeway mean that it's time for the city to find a better fit for the unique, historic San Francisco waterfront.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin's "Save the Waterfront Resolution" asks the Port to reissue a request for proposals for mixed-use recreation projects on Piers 27-31. Please support this important measure by urging the following Supervisors to support Supervisor Peskin's resolution.
Supervisor Maxwell: 554-7670
Supervisor Sandoval: 554-6975
Supervisor Ma: 554-7460
For more information, please contact Citizens to Save the Waterfront at SaveSFwaterfront@aol.com
4) SFBC WINS BIG IN NOV. 4TH ELECTION
Bicyclists (and livable city fans) all over the city were celebrating last Tuesday after it was announced that Matt Gonzalez, the SFBC- endorsed candidate for Mayor, won more votes than any other progressive candidate, propelling him into the runoff against Gavin Newsom on December 9th. We're excited to announce that Proposition K, the transportation sales tax that will provide between $60 and $100 million for SF bike projects, was also approved by 75% of voters.
As President of the Board of Supervisors, Matt Gonzalez has strongly supported building the citywide bicycle network. He was a champion for the new Fell St. bike lanes, urging DPT to move forward expeditiously on this key gap closure project. As Mayor, Matt would appoint department heads who understand the true meaning of the city's â€śtransit firstâ€ť policy.
The SFBC has been enrolling our members in the campaign because we know that if Matt is elected, we will have a pro-active partner running city hall, and our work for a safer, more bikeable city will go that much farther. So take a moment and plan to spend time over the next month to help Matt win on Dec. 9th. You can register new voters, do some phonebanking with fellow SFBC volunteers this Thursday (see our calender listing below), walk precincts, distribute flyers on MUNI, organize a bike ride to support Matt, or simply put a sign on your bike or in your window. Read more about Mattâ€™s platform at http://www.mattgonzalez.com
5) HOT OFF THE PRESS - WINTERFEST MOVES TO SUNDAY
The SFBC's popular annual party and auction is moving from a Thursday evening back to our traditional Sunday slot on December 14th. This new date will be better for everyone and more volunteers will be available to make this year's event the best ever!
Check out two pages of photos from last year's event to get a taste of what coming next month! It's all here: http://www.sfbike.org/winterfest
Want to help out? We need more volunteers helping to solicit auction donations. from local businesses. Have a connection to a restaurant or yoga studio? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your lead or offer to help out!
6) POTRERO BIKE LANE ADVISORY GROUP MEETING THURSDAY
Bike lanes are part of a package of traffic safety improvements proposed for Potrero in response to death of 4 year old Elizabeth Rodriguez, who was killed by a Muni truck earlier this year. Help us strategize how we can get these improvements approved by the city at the next meeting of the Potrero Working Group, which will meet this Thursday Nov. 13th at 6pm in the Good Samaritan basement (25th and Potrero). For more information contact Josh at 431-2453x23 or email@example.com
7) MORE DISCOUNTS FOR SFBC MEMBERS!
Being an SFBC member is getting better and better, with several new ways to save money with your SFBC Membership Card! www.Planetbike.com is now offering free shipping to all SFBC members on their wide selection of bike gear and accessories - just type in "San Francisco Bicycle Coalition" under bike advocacy group in their online checkout area. Also, you can get 2-for-1 tickets at new show that's earned raves from the San Francisco Chronicle, titled "Oil!" by Upton Sinclair. Read more about this sweeping California epic chronicling the tumultuous oil boom and how it altered the course of California history under Friday, November 14th in our event calendar below.
Lastly, get in free to Veloswp at Cow Palace this weekend by volunteering or use a special $2 coupon off admission, available at SFBC HQ (see Item #2 above for details). And as always, you can get discounts at oodles of San Francisco bike shops with your SFBC membership card - see the list of participatig shops at http://www.sfbike.org/discounts and join today!
8) GET A FREE BIKE MAP!
Discover all the flat routes around our city's killer hills with a free color-coded street grade map of San Francisco. It's just one of the many benefits of becoming an SFBC member! Find all the details here... http://www.sfbike.org/membership/
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