SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 30, 2006
I enthusiastically endorse the campaign to close Central Park’s loop drive to regular automobile traffic. We had the same sort of fight in Washington Square Park in the late 1950s and in my neighborhood here in Toronto a couple of years ago: same prediction of traffic chaos, same result of no chaos... Isn't it curious that traffic engineers are so loath to learn something new even after repeated demonstrations?
CALLS NEEDED *TODAY* TO WIN HEALTHY SATURDAYS IN GG PARK!
This is the final countdown: Will the Mayor support or veto the Healthy Saturdays 6-month trial effort? While the Board of Supervisors did pass the legislation at the Board meeting last week (and is expected to do the same at the Board's procedural second vote tomorrow), the fate of this historic, family-friendly initiative is 100% in the hands of the Mayor as of tomorrow (Tuesday). We have heard that his office is receiving a lot of calls in opposition, so we need YOUR help today to generate calls of support.
*** Please CALL the Mayor's office today at 554-7111 ***
Briefly express your support for the Healthy Saturdays legislation. (Leaving a message is fine.) Spread the word... email friends... let's generate hundreds of calls in support today!!!
FINAL DAY -- TAKE THE BIKE SURVEY
The response has been terrific and we've heard from lots of cyclists of all sorts and speeds, but if you haven't yet taken the 2006 Survey of Bicycling in San Francisco, please click over and do it right now, it only takes a couple of minutes and it ends tomorrow:
We need your input on where the city stands for cycling and cyclists. The results of this survey will come together in the 2006 Report Card on Bicycling in San Francisco, which we'll be presenting to Mayor Newsom on Bike to Work Day (May 18). Spread the word, share the link and help us collect the broadest and deepest sample of cyclist sentiment!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY - SIGN UP NOW!
Our biggest volunteer day of the year! What better way to start your May 18th (or end it) than with the vision of thousands of elated bicyclists, new and old, rolling happily through the streets of San Francisco? We need you to help cheer these pedalers on at one of our Energizer Stations this Bike to Work Day!
You'll be handing out tasty treats, cups of joe, and convenient totebags for future commutes - let's show these folks how supportive our bike community can be! We are especially in need of volunteers for the Energizer Stations at Caltrain in SOMA, Howard Street in SOMA, and the Inner Sunset and Inner Richmond.
Click the link below and sign up now!
HOW WEIRD FAIRE: SFBC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
This Sunday the How Weird Street Faire kicks off summer street festivals in the city! Music, art, dance, celebration and fun. Come join the SFBC at Howard and 12th Streets, May 7th, 12pm-8pm: we'll be valet bike parking and tabling (so ride your bike!). This is an all-day affair, so give us a hand for an hour or two and get into the faire for free! Contact Rachel at email@example.com.
GET THE WORD OUT -- BIKE TO WORK DAY, MAY 18TH!
Bike to Work Day is only a couple of weeks away! The SFBC needs your help to spread the word about Bike to Work Day (Thursday, May 18th). Let's make this year's Bike to Work Day the model of a perfect day in the city: bikes! bikes! BIKES!
Come by our office starting Thursday morning to get a poster for your office, your favorite watering hole, bike shop, book store and cafe. Questions? Contact Jodie 431-BIKE x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE-JULY TUBE TIMES IN THE WORKS
It's that time again - time to let us know what's working, what's not, what you love and what gets your goat about biking in SF. Your letters to the editor help keep the Tube Times (and the SFBC) on the right track!
If you've got a beef or a bravo, please email it to email@example.com no later than 12 noon this Friday, May 5.
Got a rec ride or cultural history tour in the works? Send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org - same deadline: this Friday at noon!
HELP WIN BIKE LANES ON ILLINOIS & CARGO WAY
Support the SFBC's work to win bike lanes on Illinois St. and Cargo Way in the Central Waterfront/Bayview corridor. Please come out and speak in support of these bike lanes at an upcoming Port Commission hearing: Tuesday, May 9th (new time!) at 3pm at the Ferry Building, 2nd floor. We know there are opponents, so your voice is important! For more info, please contact email@example.com.
BRING A BUDDY BIKING BLISS THIS MAY
We're still looking for new bike buddies for the month of May, so share your bikey know-how with those less savvy!
So many people don't ride because they need a little help finding the safest route to work, fixing that flat, and getting that bike seat just the right height. YOU can help! 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. PLUS, we'll enter you and your Buddy into our Bike to Work Day raffle - with chances to win free Timbuktu bags and more!
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:
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