SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 6, 2005
I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!
WINTERFEST -- A SMASH!
Thanks to all who came and made our 10th Annual Winterfest fundraising party on Sunday a huge smashing success! Over 750 attendees bid, laughed, drank & walked away with smiles with all the goodies they scored from local art to bikes & gear gallore! BIG thanks to more than 100 SFBC volunteers who made it all happen!
View hundreds of pix & a cool video from the event at http://www.sfbike.org/?wfest_05
Won stuff? Pick up your goodies at the SFBC HQ (995 Market St--at 6th St 15th floor) beginning Wednesday 12/7. Please have all items picked up and paid for no later than Thursday, 12/15. Questions? Email or call Jodie at 431-BIKE x305 firstname.lastname@example.org
ALEMANY BOULVARD BIKE LANES -- ON TO THE FULL BOARD!
Good news! On Monday the Board of Supervisors' City Operations & Neighborhood Services Committee unanimously approved legislation to stripe bike lanes on Alemany Boulevard -- now it'll be taken up by the full Board next Tuesday (12/13). Thanks much to everyone who came out and spoke in support of the Alemany lanes, and thanks to everyone who called and wrote City Hall to speak up for this Top 20 Bike Network project, we made a strong showing and the committee was solidly behind the measure. If you haven't already contacted your Supervisor, please drop him/her a line and voice your support, and we'll see this important network segment through to success!
MEMORIAL FOR CLAY MANKIN TONIGHT
Clay Mankin was an SFBC Board member, tireless advocate for better biking, and longtime owner of City Cycle on Union St. Sadly, Clay passed away on November 13th. He will be deeply missed by so many people, including many of us in the bike community. If you knew Clay -- or have just heard about what a special person he was -- please join us to celebrate his life at a memorial happening tonight, Wednesday, December 7th. Many of us who miss Clay will be gathering at the Great American Music Hall at 859 O'Farrell in the Tenderloin at 6pm. With questions AND to RSVP, please contact Dianna at DWaggoner@pobox.com. The SFBC will provide valet bike parking, so we encourage you to ride.
LESS THAN 1 WEEK LEFT TO VOTE
As a member, YOU elect the SFBC's Board of Directors, who then make important strategic, financial, and other organizational decisions on behalf of us, the members. Voting ends in less than a week--Monday, Dec. 12th--for this year's Board election. Please take 5 minutes (actually, it should take even less thanks to our super-efficient online voting system!) to cast your vote at
LAST VOLUNTEER NIGHT FOR THE YEAR--NEXT WEDNESDAY 12/14
Say goodbye to 2005 at the last bi-weekly volunteer night for the year next Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Meet your fellow commuters, snack on tasty treats & give a little something back to the SFBC by helping us keep our organization running smooth. It is a great way to spend a winter Wednesday night! Bring a friend. The more the merrier. Begins at 5pm at the SFBC HQ. 995 Market Street (@ 6th St.) Bring your bike up to the 15th floor.
HELP MOVE GEARY CORRIDOR TRANSIT (AND BIKE?) IMPROVEMENTS
The SF County Transportation Authority (TA) and MUNI are taking a big look at the Geary Corridor, planning for major transit improvements on heavily-travelled Geary St/Blvd (over 54,000 riders served daily). Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Geary will mean faster travel times, more reliable service, and improved passenger comfort, and bring important streetscape improvements including potential bike lanes on Geary. We're especially eager to have bike lanes considered as part of the BRT development -- depending on how transit lanes are placed, this is a great opportunity to establish a useful crosstown bike route that complements the BRT line.
The TA will be holding four public workshops this week (12/6, 12/8, 12/10), each coving the same material, so pick one and be sure to ask about alternatives that include bicycle facilities. See the TA's website for more information:
PARKING INTO PARK, AT LEAST FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS
More than 70% of San Francisco's downtown outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is allocated to the public realm. Local creative collaborative Rebar recently carried out a refreshing project to address this, temporarily converting a parking space to a park in the heart of the city -- check it out:
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