SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 3, 2006
And then to the rarest treasure, Golden Gate Park on a car-free Sunday morning, the air wet and clean, the meadows green with the promise of spring. Not a single automobile: The silence is deafening, you can actually hear the branches dripping moisture, squirrels scrambling through the underbrush -- and the birds! Hundreds of redbreasted robins bobbing across the lawns, now that there are no cars to frighten them. On Stanyan, the families are renting bikes and heading into the winding trails. Slowly it dawns on them that they can use the main drive and the roads. For once the world does not belong to the automobile. The bicycle is king again and the rider may go where fancy dictates without looking nervously over his shoulder. You are even allowed, for a few unrealistic minutes, to reflect on how pleasant life would be if the car were banned from San Francisco.
11 DAYS UNTIL VOTE FOR HEALTHY SATURDAYS - SEND FAX TODAY!
The vote on the "Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park" legislation - to extend car-free space on JFK Dr. to Saturdays for a 6-month trial - has been scheduled for April 14th. We need support at a whole new level for this one. If you think it's reasonable that 1.5 miles of Golden Gate Park is open for safe, car-free recreation two days a week, rather than just one, speak up now.
There are 3 ways you can make a difference in the next 11 days:
---> See http://www.sfbike.org/ggp
GOLDEN WHEEL AWARDS--RSVP TODAY!
The linens have been ordered, the cocktails are on ice & the awards are ready to be presented! The SFBC Golden Wheel Awards is taking place next Wednesday, April 12th at the LGBT Center from 6-9pm. This year the SFBC will be honoring Clay Mankin & Peter Tannen. Come hear about our vision for a vibrant bicycling city and Mayor Newsom's plans for bicycling in San Francisco. This is always a fun event and also a major fundraiser for our organization. Valet bike parking provided. RSVP online today!
Please accept our sincerest apologies for scheduling this event on the first night of Passover. It was the only available night for the Mayor as our featured speaker. We pledge to try to avoid problems like this in the future. Thank you for your understanding.
WANT BIKE LANES ON MARKET, NORTH POINT, HOWARD & POTRERO?
Believe it or not, ALL of these bike lane proposals will be voted on at the same hearing of the Board of Supervisors in two weeks. Please mark your calendars for Monday, April 17th because we'll need to turn out the bike crowd double-time to win all of these bike lanes. Our proposal to add bike lanes on Market St. between Van Ness & Octavia is facing serious opposition from a small but vocal group of merchants in the area. Find out more at http://www.sfbike.org/market, and please take a few minutes to send a personalized email to the Supervisors who will be making this decision. Remind them that Market St. is the most important and busy bike route in the city and deserves bike lanes!
*** If you can help us before April 17th, we still need volunteers to hand out flyers. Please contact email@example.com.
The other proposals - to add bike lanes on North Point in the Marina/Fisherman's Wharf area, and on Howard St. east of Fremont, and on a one-block southern stub of Potrero - all need support at this same hearing. This is a great chance to take a long lunch and speak up for 4 new bike lanes at the same time. Get 4 times the good bike karma. To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ARE YOU READY TO HIT MARKET STREET? STREETSIDE OUTREACH THURS & FRI
Market Street is ripe for bike lanes, and it is our duty to educate and motivate bike riders to rally behind the Market Street bike lane cause. The SFBC will be hosting not one but TWO Streetside Outreach efforts this week on Thursday (4/6) and Friday (4/7) mornings from 7:30-9am. Can you spare an early morning hour or two on your way to work to help win Market Street bike lanes?!? Your help is desperately needed. If interested, contact email@example.com or call 431-BIKE x305 to lend a streetside hand! Bicyclist safety of Market Street needs you!
APRIL/MAY TUBE TIMES HITS THE STANDS
The April/May 2006 Bike to Work Day issue of the SFBC's award-winning Tube Times newsletter is on the street, and on its way to your mailbox if you're an SFBC member! Get the latest on bike advocacy and what your SFBC is up to, plus all the goods on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 18, 2006. Special events abound, including a very special evening with Pee Wee Herman... read the Tube Times for all the info.
Can't wait to get it in your hot little hands? Download the Tube Times from our website - and if you like it better that way, let us know and we'll take you off the (100% post-consumer recycled content) paper mailing list!
PS - Got a word for our readers? Send comments and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLING AT ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL
Get out and talk to our health care workers about why they should jump on bikes and join the SFBC. Show them your calf muscles (and convince them it's the healthiest mode of transport around). Don't forget to chat them up about SFBC safer street successes, benefits of membership & why they should set an example for their patients and jump on bikes. Wednesday, April 5th, 11am-2pm, St. Luke's Hospital, Cesar Chavez & Valencia. Email email@example.com to sign up.
SURVEYORS SOUGHT FOR BICYCLE STUDY
The SFBC is rolling out a month-long survey of San Francisco bicyclists as a central piece of our first-ever 2006 Report Card of Bicycling in San Francisco, and we need your help! We want to collect as many survey responses as we can, from cyclists from all corners of the city, to learn about their experiences with, and opinions about, the state of bicycling in SF. If you've got spare time and energy and a burning curiosity about what the city's cycling population thinks, contact Andy Thornley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll get you on the Survey Squad.
SAVE THE DATE: ALEMANY CELEBRATION!
What: A celebration of the long awaited Alemany bike lanes!
BIKE MECHANICS NEEDED FOR EARTH DAY 2006!
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to get folks riding green and clean on two wheels? We're looking for bike mechanics to set up an impromtu bike repair operation at the 6th Annual People's Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd from 12-3pm at India Basin Shoreline Park in Hunters Point. We need folks who can fix flats, do simple tune ups, and help citizens dust off their bikes and put them to use. Literacy for Environmental Justice is sponsoring this very cool event. Interested in helping out? We need tablers too! Email email@example.com to sign up.
NOMINATIONS FOR BIKE COMMUTER OF THE YEAR
Do you know someone in San Francisco who is committed to making every day a "Bike to Work Day"? Does this person epitomize and actualize the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits of bicycling? Please share his or her story with us! We are seeking nominations for the 2006 Bike Commuter of the Year Awards, and the nomination form will only take you a few minutes to fill out. One person from each of the nine Bay Area counties will receive an award for Bike Commuter of the Year. Nominations are due on April 16th, 2006; visit www.511.org to get your nomination in today!
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