SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 12, 2006
"By using a bike instead of a car just one day a week, the average American (who drives 29 miles daily) would save $609 in gasoline, maintenance and depreciation costs per year, reduce auto emissions by 24 pounds per week, and, on that ride, even at a comfortable 12-mph pace, burn an extra 1,315 calories."
SHARE THE BIKE LOVE TUESDAY!
We need members' help to distribute nearly 200 homemade Valentine's cards to Muni drivers around the city! To help out, stop by the office (995 Market St Ste 1550) any time tomorrow, Tuesday, Februrary 14th between 10am and 4pm to pick up some cards. See more at http://www.sfbike.org
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND: LEND A HAND!
For the first time ever, the Tour of California will be kicked off in our city on Sunday, February 19th. An all-day expo will be happening in Justin Herman Plaza with SFBC hosting free valet bike parking, so don't forget to ride your bike to the race.
SFBC is looking for some star members to give us a hand at the expo. Member volunteers are urgently needed to help staff the SFBC table, answer questions, and let people know that SFBC members are the fuel to make SF a better biking city. Sign up to volunteer at:
Interested in helping with valet bike parking? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORT DOWNTOWN PARKING REFORM AT BOARD TUESDAY
The groundbreaking legislation to reform parking and create livable streets in the city's downtown commercial (C-3) zoning districts will be back at the Board of Supervisors this Tuesday, February 14 at 2 PM for its second reading. On its first reading last Tuesday, it was approved by a 7-4 vote, but despite the solid support this legislation received from the Planning Commission and Planning Director, Mayor Newsom is under pressure from certain downtown interests to veto the legislation. Supervisor Dufty's vote is critical to getting a veto-proof majority of the board. Please take a few minutes to contact Supervisor Dufty and Mayor Newsom and let them know you support downtown parking reform and safer downtown streets.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Supervisor Bevan Dufty
WAS IT WHEELY LOVE?
Were you struck by cupid last Thursday evening at the ever-so-popular SFBC Love on Wheels event? Thanks to all the lovely dating game players and attendees for making it an all around bike-love event! Check out the photo gallery of pure bike-bliss at http://www.sfbike.org/love! Stay tuned for Single Exposure photobooth action...
We can't go without sending out a special thank you to the local prize sponsors: The Blue Jay Cafe, Andalu, The Beach Chalet, BATS Community Theater, Precita Eyes Mural Tours, and Ramblas.
HELP FIX VALENCIA STREET
If you bike in the Mission, then you've probably noticed that Valencia Street is not looking so good these days for bicyclists or pedestrians. A group of neighborhood residents and activists (including SFBC members) have formed the Better Valencia Project to enhance Valencia St. as a more people-friendly environment. The BVP is working with the City to improve Valencia St. by getting the sidewalks widened and other streetscaping and traffic calming efforts, including making sure Valencia St. is a great biking street. Please visit the Better Valencia Project website at http://www.bettervalencia.org, and join the email list to stay informed.
APRIL-MAY REC RIDES AND TOURS WANTED
It's been spring in February over the last week - and hopefully that's inspired your ideas for bike rides in April and May! We're putting together a great big issue of the Tube Times for Bike to Work Day, and want to show the world how much fun biking is with a huge selection of recereational rides, cultural history tours, and any other fun, fascinating, whimsical or energizing bike events you can think of. Ready to make your brilliant fantasies a reality? Email email@example.com with all the details!
CALL FOR BIKE ART
Are you an artist/cyclist with creativity to spare? We're seeking bike-themed artwork for a silent auction to benefit the SFBC. Submissions will be auctioned off at an annual party hosted by David Baker + Partners (http://www.dbarchitect.com). To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is February 28th.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR--VOLUNTEER NIGHT THIS WEEK!
Meet your fellow bike commuters, snack on tasty treats and give a little something back to the SFBC by helping us keep our organization running smoothly. It's a great way to spend a February 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. Any questions, contact email@example.com.
"BLUE COLLAR BIKERS" PHOTO SHOW AT SPACE GALLERY
Tour of California may be shoving off this weekend but the real pros will be on the walls at Space Gallery starting Friday evening. Kyle Shepard has been photographing bike messengers in North America, Europe, and Japan over the past ten years, and he's put together "Blue Collar Bikers", an exhibit of the best of the bunch. You're invited to the reception this Friday, 2/17, from 7:00 pm to midnight, featuring music (live performances by The Rustics), beer, and good times. Space Gallery, 1141 Polk St. (betw. Post & Sutter) -- http://www.spacegallerysf.com
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