SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 17, 2006
In addition to postering, I would like to help out on the morning of Bike to Work day and quite possibly in the afternoon. This year will be the critical mass of Bike to Work Days. The time has come. I can feel it. Sunshine and bikes everywhere.
"HEALTHY SATURDAYS" IN GG PARK WINS SIGNIFICANT VICTORY
Thank you for helping our efforts to win more car-free space in Golden Gate Park. Thanks to your calls & letters and thanks to more than 100 of us who spoke up at the hearing on Friday, we won unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee for Healthy Saturdays. (Special thanks to Supervisors McGoldrick, Mirkarimi, and Maxwell for their crucial support.)
But it's not over yet...the Healthy Saturdays legislation heads to the full Board next week, on April 25th. We're working for unanimous support from the Board and the Mayor, so your help is still needed. Please contact the on-the-fence city leaders and urge them to support Healthy Saturdays. Check out our website for more details and to see footage from the exciting hearing:
VICTORY FOR NEW BIKE LANES ON MARKET, NORTH POINT, AND MORE!
Today, the Board of Supervisors approved new bike lanes on Market St. -- the spine of the Bike Network -- and on North Point in Fisherman's Wharf, as well as key portions of Howard St. and Potrero Ave. Hooray!!! The Board also passed an important resolution directing the city to reconsider how it considers "Level of Service" for transportation and land use planning, in order to encourage more true Transit-First practices. The most controversial item of the day was the Market St. proposal, which many merchants opposed at a Board committee hearing yesterday. Fortunately, we had even more bike lane supporters at the hearing, and the argument for safety and the complete Bike Network won the day unanimously. Special thanks to Supervisors Mirkarimi, Dufty, and Ma!
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS MAY 18th - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Mark your calendars! Thursday, May 18th is Bike to Work Day and we need your help to make it the biggest and best yet. We need volunteers to cheer on bike commuters, new and old, at 24 Energizer Stations around the city. You'll be passing out tasty snacks, tote bags full of bike goodies, and sharing the word about bike campaigns throughout the city. Bike to Work Day is a key event for the SFBC - hundreds of new folks try out biking that day and we want to support them on their way. It is also our biggest volunteer event of the year - now is the time to spread the joy of two wheels! For more info, visit http://www.sfbike.org/btwd. To sign up for an Energizer Station or to help at our fabulous Bike Away From Work Party, go to:
TAKE THE BIKE SURVEY -- HELP US GRADE THE CITY'S CYCLING STATUS
We're creating the first-ever Report Card on Bicycling in San Francisco, to present to the Mayor on Bike to Work Day, and we need your input -- our 2006 Survey of Bicycling in San Francisco asks you to share your opinions on riding a bicycle in the city. You can take it online right now:
The results of this survey will come together in the 2006 Report Card on Bicycling in San Francisco, which will present a critique of the state of cycling in our fine city. Spread the word, share the link and help us collect the broadest and deepest sample of cyclist sentiment!
ALEMANY CELEBRATION THIS SATURDAY
Rain, rain went away, now it's time to come out and play on the city's newest, nicest bike lanes! Join us as we celebrate the new Alemany Boulevard bike lanes this Saturday afternoon (4/22) from 1-3pm at Cayuga Playground (Cayuga at Naglee). Cheer a safer, greener, calmer Alemany with friends and neighbors and share some treats in the park, plus a celebratory ride up the boulevard. Let Amy know if you can lend a hand (email@example.com).
VOLUNTEER NIGHT IS BACK - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19th
We missed you the last three weeks! Come snack on tasty treats, catch up with fellow bikers, and help keep our office rolling smoothly into spring. As always, the fine conversation and dinner are FREE. Everyone welcome. SFBC HQ, 995 Market Street, 15th Floor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or just show up.
BE A BIKE BUDDY FOR BIKE TO WORK MONTH
Share your bikey know-how with those less savvy! May is Bike to Work month, and we're gearing up to get hundreds of new folks on two wheels. We can't do it without YOU. The SFBC will make it easy and fun for you to invite friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors who don't ride (but should) to be your Bike Buddy for the month of May. We'll team you up with your Buddy via email and send you tips and tricks for getting these newbies pedaling through the streets and loving it. Can you help a friend find the flattest route to work? Help them adjust their bike seat? All your friends need is some loving encouragement from you and the SFBC - invite a friend to be your Bike Buddy today! Sign up online:
YOUR JUNK IS SFBC TREASURE--SPRING CLEAN TODAY!
Spring has sprung. Is spring cleaning is on your calendar? Donate your unwanted stuff (everything from clothes to couches and more) to Community Thrift Store (on Valencia between 17th & 18th) and designate the SFBC as your non-profit charity (#181). Proceeds from your items will go directly to bike advocacy. This is a great way to give to the SFBC without digging deep into your pockets. Donating hours are from 10am-4:45pm, 7-days a week. Have questions about your donation? Contact Community Thrift at 415-861-4910 or email@example.com.
Want to cart your unwanted goods by bike? Use the SFBC bike trailer for free! Details on trailer reservations can be found at http://www.sfbike.org/trailer.
STREETSIDE OUTREACH: SPREAD THE BIKING WORD IN THE MISSION!
The days are getting longer, the evenings are just lovely, and Zeitgeist is just down the block. Streetside Outreach is the remedy for your working day blues! Come out to talk up bikes and the SFBC on Tuesday, 4/25 from 5-7pm at Valencia and 17th Streets. We'll be cheering on bikers, talking about SFBC membership, and calling people everywhere to the biking cause. With spring in full swing, bikers want to hear from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
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