SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 29, 2006
I biked to work for 25+ years when I lived in SF... My daughter tells me how much progress has been made since I left and how more and more folks are commuting by bike - all due to your good work! Wish I were still there to enjoy the commute now as never before. Keep it up. And celebrate your victories!
HELP WIN BIKE LANES ON 17TH ST. IN THE MISSION
If you've been frustrated by having no east/west bike lanes through the Mission, join the club. Literally!
SFBC members are kicking off the campaign for new bike lanes on 17th Street (and perhaps some on 16th St.). We're meeting this Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm at 321 Potrero Ave., between 16th & 17th Streets (bikes welcome inside). We'll need volunteer help to reach out to neighbors and businesses in the area to ask for their support for new bike lanes. Please join us Tuesday night (we even have a BBQ planned for the beginning of the meeting!).
To be added to our special email list for this project and/or to find out more, contact Hitesh at email@example.com.
DOWNTOWN PARKING REFORM AT LAND USE THIS WEDNESDAY
This Wednesday (2/1/06, 1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263) the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee will be taking up 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.
This measure needs your support -- 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!
Of course, if you can come and comment at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, please do -- the opinions of car-free families are especially important, but everyone who'd like a more livable downtown should speak up now. For more information about the legislation, see Transportation for a Livable City's downtown parking reform page:
EXTRA SPECIAL VOLUNTEER NIGHT -- WEDNESDAY
This week, we have an extra special (extra-big!) Volunteer Night planned! It's our bi-monthly Tube Times folding party, plus Valentine Card making extravaganza & Love on Wheels decoration creation. So come out and give us a hand! Let your creative juices flow, and fold to your heart's content! It is guaranteed to be a fun night for all. Dinner provided. Additional questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to bring your bike up!
LOVE ROLLS INTO TOWN...
The SFBC's new spin on the old Dating Game is back! Join us next Thursday, February 9, at Cafe du Nord, 6-9pm, for music, drinks, fun and -- of course -- LOVE...
We'll choose one person in each "cycle" (W4W, W4M, M4M, M4W) to be the person looking for a date. After interviewing three candidates, the date-seeker chooses one for a night on the town.
But that's not all!
Audience members too shy to go onstage still have the chance to walk away with dinner for two. We'll ask everyone to fill out a card, answering a date-y question. Our host, Mr. Andy Thornley (also the SFBC Program Director) will pull several out of a hat and the audience will vote on the most date-worthy. Three winners will have to find their own dates - hopefully at the event, because they're going to be called onstage to tell us who they picked...
FREE for SFBC members - $7-10 sliding scale for non-members, or join at the door and get in free, too! Get all the details and check out the Love on Wheels 2004 photo gallery at:
TELL YOUR STORY -- WHAT GOT YOU PEDALING?
Whether you're a recent convert to two-wheel transit or a long-time everyday cyclist, we're interested to hear what got you into the saddle. Maybe it was the economic equation ("I got sick of paying for car insurance and gas and parking"), or environmental awareness ("Nothing clears the air like a good bike ride"), or health and fitness ("I got sick of that spare tire around my waist"), or another reason altogether. Whatever got you pedaling, we'd like to hear your story -- write it up and send it in to Andy Thornley (email@example.com) and we'll add you to our scrapbook of velo-harmony...
HOODIES ARE HERE... GET YOURS TODAY!
Limited Edition "One Less Car" zip up hoodie sweatshirts are going fast. Mens' and Womens' sizes available. Don't miss out on this fashionable offer -- show your bike-pride and support your favorite worthwhile organization!
CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS
The Bicycle Film Festival is seeking submissions for its sixth annual film fest! The event will feature dozens of different films on a variety of bicycle styles - from BMX to urban bike culture, cycling to commuting. The 2005 Bike Film Fest was attended by 15,000 people with many sold out showings. This year's festival is larger then ever before and will include 10 cities throughout the world including last year's cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, and London!
SATURDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: TABLING SEASON HAS BEGUN!
The SFBC has been invited to table at REI for their Used Gear Sale this Saturday, Feb. 4th. We're looking for energetic SFBC member-volunteers to table from 9:30am-2pm. Tabling involves talking to folks about the work of the SFBC -- bike lane successes, projects in the works, membership perks and the importance of growing the bike community for the good of the city. Can you make a two hour commitment to promoting the SFBC? Interested folks, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get the full scoop.
LOOKING FOR WORK? TWO SFBC ALLIES ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!
Two of the SFBC's Bay Area comrades are looking for fresh faces in their offices:
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council is hiring a part-time Volunteer Coordinator: details available at http://www.ridgetrail.org/about/news_detail.cfm?id=39
The Marin County Bike Coalition is looking for a new part-time Advocacy Outreach Coordinator; a complete job description is available online at http://www.marinbike.org/Jobs/AdvOutrchCoord.htm
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