SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 21, 2005
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.
REMEMBERING CLAY MANKIN
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that SFBC Board member Clay Mankin passed away on November 13th. Clay was the long-time owner of City Cycle on Union Street and a tireless advocate for better biking. Clay left us doing what he loved most: riding his bicycle. In anticipation of his 50th birthday, Clay was riding to meet friends in Santa Barbara. He died of natural causes while en route on Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo. He will be sorely missed by many people, and the Bay Area bicycling community will feel his loss. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
All are invited to join in two events being planned to remember and celebrate Clay. First, this Friday morning, November 25th, is the annual Jimi Hendrix birthday ride, which Clay loved and will continue on in his memory. Then, on Wednesday, December 7th, is a memorial at the Great American Music Hall. For details on both of these events and more about Clay, please see http://www.sfbike.org/clay
GO AHEAD, PAINT THE TOWN
It's time to get the word out about the SFBC's 10th Annual Winterfest on December 4. We know you have been putting away spare change for months to bid on a shiny new fender set for the rainy season, or the perfect art piece to hang in your front room, or a hand knit item from a fellow biker. But the rest of the world hasn't heard of what a great auction and party the SFBC throws every year. So go ahead, paint the town with our Winterfest posters and postcards! Come by the office today and tomorrow (and even next week) to pick some up and put up in your favorite store, cafe, or public gathering place. See our Winterfest page for more on this legendary bike bash:
A LITTLE EXTRA TO KEEP OUR PEDAL POWER GOING
The SFBC has done a lot in one year, from winning new bike lanes, to improving bike safety and education, to advocating for bikes on light rail, to launching a huge campaign to stop ped/bike tolls proposed on the Golden Gate Bridge. And all thanks to our members and supporters who keep our work fueled with pedal power. If you've benefited from a more bikeable city, please consider sending a bit of thanks our way in the form of a year-end contribution to the SFBC. Your year-end financial support will help us continue the success you've come to expect from a growing grassroots group like the SFBC. Visit our Special Gift page and give a gift today:
HAPPY HANDS FOR THE CAUSE -- NEVER A DULL MOMENT
If you're one of those people who has a little extra time on their hands, or you are unemployed and need to take a breather from the job search, we'd sure be glad for your help in the SFBC offices. There is a lot of volunteer work to do every day - especially now gearing up for Winterfest - so if you can, please take a couple of hours and come down to 995 Market St. Suite 1550 (at 6th) and give us your nimble computer fingers, able lifting and sorting arms, folding talents, etc. We're here from 9 - 5 this week until Wednesday! Contact Lisa Ruth (email@example.com or 415/431-2453 x302) to help out.
ALEMANY BOULEVARD BIKE LANES -- TELL THE SUPES YOU'RE READY
The long-awaited and -advocated Alemany Boulvard bike lanes are in the works at the Board of Supervisors -- mark your calendar and get out the word! The Supes' City Operations and Neighborhood Services (CONS) Committee will be hearing the item at their Monday, December 5th meeting (1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263). We need all hands on deck to speak up for this Top 20 Bike Network gap closure. If you can make it to the CONS meeting to speak in support of the lanes, that's great, but in any event please try to send a letter or email to the CONS committee members: Jake McGoldrick, Fiona Ma, and Bevan Dufty. You can see the Supes' contact information on the SFBC website:
TIFFANY/VALENCIA CAR CORK GETTING AN UPGRADE
You may have noticed that the traffic barrier across the mouth of Tiffany Street at Valencia is missing, but don't despair -- a new set of calming islands is on its way, along with a bike & pedestrian-friendly rework of that whole intersection. MTA's Traffic Calming section will be building out the new islands over the next two weeks, followed by lovely landscaping to green it all up, a better streetscape for all!
BIKE HUT NEEDS DRIVER
The Bike Hut is looking for a volunteer with a motor vehicle to do weekly pickups from Goodwill on Mission and So. Van Ness. Contact Ted at 863-2450 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
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