SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 14, 2006
Last month, Vanity Fair featured Mayor Gavin Newsom in their 'Green Issue,' lauding him as a public official at the vanguard of improving the environment. It's an image the Mayor often presents, and one he's cultivated since taking office. Yet recently, Newsom remains strangely silent on a policy decision that would seemingly be a slam dunk for any Mayor considered 'green' - whether to stop car use in parts of the city's largest park on Saturdays. It's a policy decision New York Mayor and Republican Michael Bloomberg, who didn't make the cut for Vanity Fair's feature, apparently had no problem making when he signed a similar ordinance related to Central Park last week. And it's a decision that could be a make-or-break event for Newsom maintaining his environmental-friendly credentials.
Happy Bike To Work Week!
Roll, pedal and cruise into Bike to Work Day with these activities happening this week!
+ Pee Wee's Big Adventure on the big screen! Free movie night with the SFBC. Tuesday, 5/16 doors open at 7:30pm @ the Independent
+ Bike to Work Day! Thursday, 5/18 Energizer Stations open at 7:30am all around the city. Find the Energizer Station near you: download the map!
+ Bike Away from Work Party, 5/18 @ 111 Minna Gallery from 6-9pm
See you in the bike lane!
Healthy Saturdays Vote Expected This Week: Is Mayor Green Or All Talk?
Will Mayor Newsom kick off Bike to Work Week with good news for the environment and open space by supporting the Healthy Saturdays 6-month trial in Golden Gate Park, or will he side with NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) interests who oppose change? This is the Mayor's chance to show real leadership for the city -- on behalf of the environment, public health, safe open space, and to help make SF a more family-friendly place. This may be your last chance to make your voice heard!
ACTION NEEDED --> Please take a few minutes before 12:30pm today to fax a brief letter to the Mayor. See http://www.sfbike.org/ggp for talking points and contact info. Thank you!
Market Street And The Wiggle Get Big Boosts!
Have you seen 'em? Our push for a complete "Bay to the Beach" bike route is paying big dividends -- inner Market Street has sprouted a thick series of shared-lane "sharrow" markings, from 8th Street to Spear, as many as four per block, and most of the worst potholes and cracks are getting patched (and the rest are marked to help you avoid 'em). West of Van Ness, brand-new Market Street bike lanes are striped and paint crews are putting the finishing touches on this critical bike route gap closure, another Top 20 Priority project ready to check off the list. And the Wiggle's got its own official signs, to complement the new sharrows and Scott Street bike lane and bike box (at Oak). Our thanks to the MTA and DPW folks who've been getting this work done promptly for a great Bike to Work Day and a great ride across town every day. Woo-hoo!
Biking On The Big Screen: Pee Wee's Big Adventure
The SFBC needs a hand at our Bike to Work Week Movie Night -- Pee Wee's Big Adventure this Tuesday starting at 7:15 at the Independent. The SFBC will have tees for sale and membership sales. Can you help? Give Rachel a jingle: 415/431-BIKE x 302.
Valet parkers also needed! Contact Kash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Suits In The Bike Lane?
Biking is great, but you can't do it in a skirt or heels, right? Wrong. Just in time for Bike to Work Day, the Diva's Guide to Biking will direct you on the path of pedaling pretty with helpful tips and tricks to bicycling in style.
Check it out - you may be surprised at how easy it really is!
And check out 'What to Wear?' for what to do with those pesky pant legs and more...
How Does It Look? New Biker Bulletin Format Is Here
Thanks to those readers who took the time to comment on the new HTML format for the Biker Bulletin. We're excited to be rolling out this new look, and hope you are, too!
An important detail that didn't make it into last week's message was that the Biker Bulletin (including this one) will be sent in 'multi-part MIME' format, meaning there will be both a plaintext and an HTML version in the same message. If your email application is not capable of viewing HTML, or if you have it set to not display HTML because you prefer text, you can see the BB just as you always have. Take a moment to play with your email app, and you'll probably find you can choose which way you prefer to read this (or any) message.
We're watching for bumps in the system, and do appreciate hearing from you if you notice any problems: email@example.com - thanks!
Lend A Hand Post-Bike To Work Day - Office Help Needed!
Bike to Work Day is not over this Thursday, May 18th! Post-Bike to Work Day our office will need your steel, smiles, and smarts to help us wrap up after the event. We will be swamped with incoming materials, new members, and data, data, data from folks interested in getting involved in biking campaigns. Can you spare an hour or two the week of May 22nd to help us wrap up and get us rolling into summer? All skill levels welcome - we'll plug you in - email firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
Biking Is Blissful -- Bike To Harmony Ride
Bike to Harmony is a fully supported bicycle ride from San Francisco to the 2006 Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa. The Bike to Harmony ride begins on Thursday, June 8th with a 35 mile stretch leaving from San Francisco. On Friday, riders will complete the 40 remaining miles to Santa Rosa, arriving at their exclusive campsite at the Harmony camping grounds. Festival headliners include: Cake, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ozomatli, WAR, Zero, Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon and dozens of local favorites. Enjoy organic food, great music and sleeping under the stars on this wonderful ride. For more information, a complete schedule, or to register, visit http://www.biketoharmony.org or call 707/360-8511.
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