March 19, 2006
Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers - those people ride a bike.
HEARINGS FOR NEW BIKE LANES -- SUPPORT NEEDED
We'll need supporters to turn out for two important hearings in the next two weeks before the Board of Supervisors. The first hearing - Monday, March 27th - will decide the fate of new bike lanes on sections of Scott St. (yes, the Wiggle route!) and Potrero Ave. (connecting to Cesar Chavez), McCoppin St. (near Valencia St., connecting to Octavia Blvd.), and Laguna Honda Blvd. The second hearing - Monday, April 3rd - is to add Market St. bike lanes between Van Ness and Octavia and is expected to be more contentious because some merchants are opposing the proposal due to changes in existing parking. Both hearings are at 1pm at City Hall, Room 263. Please consider taking a long lunch to join us (especially for April 3rd). Your support is crucial. In the meantime, you can send a letter of support by checking out:
TELL THE SUPES & MAYOR: LET'S FIX SOME STREETS AND PLAN FOR THE REST
This Wednesday the deliberation continues on how to spend an estimated $137 million budget surplus headed to the city's coffers. The SFBC urges the city to use some of these funds to help fix our crumbling streets, and we support Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's proposal to dedicate an additional $27 million toward much-needed road paving in the coming year. While this will only be a drop in the bucket of the city's $340 million backlog of uncompleted work, it's a start. We will work with the Supervisors and the Mayor to help devise a longer-term fix to the problem.
If you haven't yet told the Supervisors that you support this pavement repair proposal, there's still time. Come to City Hall this Wednesday (3/22, 1:00pm, Room 250) for the Board's Budget and Finance Committee meeting and speak up at item 10 (be sure to fill out a yellow public comment card as soon as you arrive). And don't forget to call or email the Supervisors and the Mayor to ask them to dedicate funding from the budget surplus toward street resurfacing. Share your experiences of biking on worsening streets and urge them to find a long-term fix to this problem.
SPRING IS (ALMOST) HERE: TAKE TO THE STREETS FOR THE SFBC!
With spring around the corner, we're looking for volunteers to welcome bicyclists onto the streets with a little educating, a little tabling, and a little streetside outreach. Can you spend a few hours talking up bikes and the SFBC at one of the following events? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
DUBOCE BIKEWAY STREETSIDE OUTREACH
TABLING AT THE CINDERELLA CHALLENGE
TABLING AT THE CALIFORNIA PACIFIC MEDICAL CENTER
SFBIKE.ORG LINK CHECKERS NEEDED!
If you've got an interest in bikes and a little time to spare to surf for the cause, we can use your help! Our links pages under Biking Resources haven't been checked in a while, and we'd rather have people visit them than have a computer do it for us.
Would you be willing to click our links and check that they're working, described properly, and still worthy of being called 'useful'? Notice anything missing?
If you can help, please contact Chris at email@example.com for more info. Thanks!
SURPLUS KIDS' BIKES WANT A GOOD HOME
The Bike Hut has a new source of second-hand bikes that's generating lots of good stock for their shop, but they're overflowing with kids' bikes that they really don't have room or a market for. They're looking for other groups (nonprofits, Shriners, Oddfellows, etc.) that need kids' bikes. Some merely need tires inflated, some need more -- please contact Ted Thomas (415/863-2450) if you can take up this stream of kids' bikes, or have a lead on someone else who might.
SEEKING FOLKS WHO LOVE TO RIDE BIKES AND WORK WITH YOUTH
The middle school bike clubs run through the Presidio YMCA are seeking folks who would like to volunteer to assist in leading rides. Folks who would like to help with rides on a regular basis are welcome, but we are also happy to have one day guest volunteers. Contact Ami Puri at 415/447-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PAID COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR TRANSPORTATION ISSUES -- ON BIKES!
Are you interested in Environmentally Friendly Transportation? The Transportation and Land Use Coalition's (TALC) TravelChoice program is looking for people to visit households and present them with travel information they've requested. All work will be in the Eastern Alameda and Fruitvale, Oakland neighborhoods. A working bicycle is absolutely necessary. TALC will provide bike trailers. Work will be done weekday evenings (3 hour shift) and weekends (5 hour shift). Pay is $12/hour, work starts April 6th. Send resume via email to: TCjobs@transcoalition.org
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