SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 24, 2006
My mother and I have a difference of opinion.
She thinks I should go see a shrink; I think I should buy a new bike.
BETTER BIKING, BETTER LIVING, LESS PARKING
It's not a terribly sexy thing, the sort of wonky notion ("zoning reform?") that can be tough to get people excited about, but there's a big idea moving through City Hall that would help make downtown more livable as more and more people begin to live there. In November, the Planning Commission approved groundbreaking legislation to reform residential parking in the city's C-3 (downtown commercial) zoning districts. As well as significantly enhancing requirements for bicycle parking, this legislation will help reduce traffic congestion downtown, improve the affordability of downtown housing, create more car-free housing downtown, and preserve and enhance the quality of downtown streets for walking, bicycling, and public transit.
Last week the Board of Supervisor's Land Use Committee heard the item and decided it was worth getting more views and opinions before acting; it'll be back at the Land Use Committee next Wednesday, February 1. This legislation needs your support and the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor need to hear from you -- we've set up an easy web form to help you get off a fax to your supervisor and let her/him know you support Supervisor Daly's downtown parking reform legislation:
For more information about the legislation, see Transportation for a Livable City's downtown parking reform page:
CYCLISTS REMEMBER SARAH TUCKER
Last week, more than 100 bicyclists celebrated the life of Sarah Tucker, who was killed while riding her bicycle on Polk Street less than two weeks ago. The memorial ride galvanized not only Tucker's friends, but many other people, including SFBC members, who did not knew her but feel saddened by her death. (To read one account of the memorial ride, see www.sfbike.org/tucker).
The Mayor's Office has established a $10,000 reward for information regarding the suspect in the hit-and-run. Please spread the word to all you know to keep their eyes open for a black Honda CR-V with a large scrape on the passenger door and broken passenger-side mirror.
VOLUNTEER NIGHT & FOLDING PARTY POSTPONED TO FEB 1
No Volunteer Night this week, but the SFBC will be hosting a phone banking night tomorrow: Wednesday 1/25. We'll be calling members whose membership has expired. It's some of the most rewarding phone banking you can do! If you're interested in giving us a hand, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tube Times folding party and bi-weekly Volunteer Night has been postponed until next Wednesday, February 1. It will be an action-packed night with Tube Times folding, Muni-love Valentines card making, and Love on Wheels decoration preparation! Mark your calendar and join in for the good times.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
BAC LOOKING FOR D2 & D11 REPS
The BAC needs you! The San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Board of Supervisors' citizen advisory committee for bicycling matters in SF, currently seeks representatives for its District 2 and District 11 seats. If you're a resident of D2 (Alioto-Pier) or D11 (Sandoval) and are familiar with and care about bicycling issues and conditions in the city, please consider applying for membership on this important policy body. For more information and background on the BAC please see their website www.sfgov.org/bac or contact BAC Chairman and Dist. 7 representative Bert Hill at SFBAC7Bert@aol.com
BIKE RIDES A-PLENTY!
Think a little chilliness puts a chill in the SFBC rec ride and cultural history tour schedule? Think again... This weekend two rides are coming your way - don't miss out!
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Join Brandon Baunach in paying tribute to the movies that drive hippies and gangsters mad with contempt as you snake through a number of the movies' locations. More info at www.bittercyclist.com
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Stretch your legs and get some great city views from the top of Telegraph Hill. As always, have front and rear lights and something to add to our ever-popular snack collection. Rain cancels. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye on the Chain of Events for up-to-date info on all our rides and events:
LIMITED EDITION 'ONE LESS CAR' ZIPPER HOODIES
It's perfect weather to grab a 'One Less Car' hoodie sweatshirt and hit the streets. Get one while you can! The SFBC has -- for a limited time only -- mens' and womens' black 'One Less Car' zip-up sweatshirts. All sizes still available.
Get yours today!
FORGOTTEN MID-MARKET PHOTO EXHIBIT
The SFBC cares for every corner of the city, but we've got a special attachment and fondness for Mid-Market Street, the rough and scruffy stretch of Market where we've had our offices for so many years. These days Mid-Market is shunned by tourists and locals but there was a time when it was a vitally healthy entertainment and shopping district, with four sets of trolly tracks running past thriving theaters and stores and restaurants. Starting today, Red Ink Studios (1035 Market Street, betw. 6th and 7th) will be featuring a wonderful photo exhibit of "The Forgotten Mid-Market", photos of the golden age of Market Street, with an opening reception tonight from 5:30 - 8 pm.
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