SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 2, 2006
I like to swim and ride my bike.
SFBC IS HIRING! MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
The SFBC is looking for a dynamic and energetic person who can keep our members and volunteers happy and organized in our pursuit to make San Francisco a better biking city. We are currently accepting resumes for this position. For complete details, go to:
START THE YEAR OUT RIGHT - VOLUNTEER!
Did "volunteer" make it on your list of new year's resolutions? Let us help you start the year off right by making it easy for you to volunteer with the SFBC. Weekly? Bi-weekly? Once a month? There's always room for you at the SFBC!
The SFBC staff is especially in need of daytime office help to keep our organization running like a well oiled chain. We need help with data entry, filing, store fulfillment and mailings. All the little stuff that makes the biggest difference in keeping our members happy, making it possible to grow our organization. Don't forget that many companies encourage their employees to volunteer -- take advantage of it in a fun, easy going, mutually beneficial environment! If interested, contact Jodie@sfbike.org.
BIKE EDUCATION 2006 -- BUILDING BETTER BICYCLISTS
No matter what your age or experience level you're certain to come away a better, safer cyclist after you've taken one of our Bike Ed classes, taught by a crack team of League Certified Instructors. We've set out the first few months of classes for 2006 and they're bound to be as popular as ever. The four hour Day One (Street Skills) 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; bicycle not required. Pre-registration required, see our Bike Education page for more information:
CYCLIST STRUCK BY HIT & RUN SUV -- CAN YOU HELP?
You probably know Spider Davila from Volunteer Night, Bike to Work Day, and other bike-friendly stuff around town. He's a tremendous volunteer for the SF biking community, especially the Bike Kitchen, the SFBC, Cyclecide & AIDS/Lifecycle. Recently Spider was asssaulted and struck by an SUV and severely injured, landing in the hospital on a breathing tube with numerous injuries. The good news is his warm personality is entirely intact, but the hit-and-run driver remans at large. Find out how you can help at Cyclecide's "Help Spider Page" at http://cyclecide.com/beer/2005/31/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the assault: http://sfexaminer.com/articles/2005/12/31/news/20051231_ne05_suv.txt
A BETTER MASONIC AVENUE FOR BIKES -- MEET MONDAY 1/9
Identified during the Bike Plan Update as one of the Top 20 Priority Bike Network projects, the Masonic Avenue corridor needs help. Connecting the Panhandle to Geary Boulevard and Laurel Heights, Masonic poses as "Route 55" but the actual bike space is pretty darned miserable. If you've dreamed of a better, bike-able Masonic, join us this Monday, 1/9, 6:30pm, at the Crossroads Cafe in the USF University Center as we look at making Masonic better for everyone: bikes and peds and transit and motor traffic. For more information, contact Andy Thornley at email@example.com or 415/431-BIKE x307.
SUPPORT PARKING REFORM DOWNTOWN!
Supervisor Daly has introduced legislation that would reform parking requirements in new housing downtown. This legislation lifts the minimum car parking requirement, and instead mandates a maximum parking ratio of one space for every other unit. It also requires bike parking in all projects regardless of the number of car parking spaces, and that the bike parking entrance not be shared with cars. The legislation limits garage entrances and curb cuts on the downtown's major bicycle, pedestrian, and transit streets. This legislation, the most important transportation reform for downtown in two decades, will be heard twice next week; the first hearing is at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 10 after 2pm, where the Board of Supervisors will hear an appeal of the environmental exemption for the legislation filed by downtown's pro-car lobby; the second hearing is at the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee on Wednesday, January 11th at 1pm.
Please call, fax, or write the Mayor and your Supervisor, and ask them to 1) uphold the Planning Department's environmental finding on the legislation and reject the appeal; and 2) urge the Supervisors to support this landmark legislation that will reduce downtown traffic, improve housing affordability, and help create a more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly downtown (for City Hall contact information, see http://sfbike.org/?leaders). Check out Transportation for a Livable City's web site later this week for a fact sheet and more information:
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