SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 21, 2006
Today I'm celebrating my first year anniversary of 'every day is Bike to Work Day' and would like to specially thank the SF Bike Coalition people for all those new bike lanes - I've been getting to know the city where I've lived for over 25 years in a whole new dimension.
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The fun never ends! Check out the SFBC's Chain of Events for the best parties, rides and more!
Record Breaking Bike to Work Day!
The day's festivities began in the wee hours and lasted well into the evening as SFBC member volunteers cheered on tens of thousands of riders at 24 Energizer Stations sprinkled around the city. Volunteers handed out tasty treats and cups of joe to energize bikers-by. Supervisors Peskin, Daly, Elsbernd, Mirkarimi, McGoldrick, Dufty and Sandoval, as well as Mayor Newsom all rolled into City Hall for the press conference where the SFBC unveiled the first ever Report Card for Bicycling in San Francisco.
Bike to Work Day 2006 was a record breaking SFBC membership drive! A grand welcome goes out to the NEARLY 500 new SFBC members (this is more than double last year's BTWD membership gain!) These new members grow our coalition to over 5,700 strong! The SFBC staff and Board of Directors would like to thank the 150 member volunteers for their stellar job in making Bike to Work Day a smashing success!
A hearty thank you to our local supporters who made this day possible: SF MTA, Timbuk2, Kaiser Permanente, SF Department of the Environment and City CarShare.
A grand round of applause and thanks to Flexcar and Timbuk2 for providing the Bike Away from Work raffle prizes!
Plus, a special thanks to the following generous vendors for their tasty treat support of Bike to Work Day: Arguello Super Market, Arizmendi Bakery, Atlas Café, Bi-Rite Market, Canvas Gallery Café, Chevy's, Coffee Adventures, Goat Hill Pizza, House of Bagels, Katz Bagels, La Victoria Bakery, Noah's Bagels, Park Bench Café, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Safeway, Starbuck's Coffee, Stella Pasticceria, Subway, Trader Joe's, Velo Rouge Café and Veritable Vegetable.
Photo gallery and oodles of thanks will be up on our site for viewing within the week. Check it all out at:
Mayor Vetoes Healthy Saturdays
We are disappointed to report that last Monday Mayor Gavin Newsom chose free parking over the Park in vetoing the Healthy Saturdays legislation for a 6-month trial of car-free space in Golden Gate Park. Though the Mayor claimed in his veto letter that Healthy Saturdays "align(s) with my administration's goals of increasing health and fitness opportunities for local residents," he ultimately gave in to influential donors & NIMBY neighbors to reject the proposal. Interestingly, one of his main arguments was that the idea had not been tested and that more data needed to be collected.....that, Mr. Mayor is exactly what the legislation was proposing with a 6-month trial! (Read the Mayor's veto letter, our response, and media coverage at http://www.sfbike.org/ggp)
This important campaign is not over! You can help by making two calls before tomorrow, Tuesday at 2pm (when the Board of Supervisors votes on whether to override the veto). Please contact the Mayor and urge him to live up to his commitment to be a "uniter not a divider" on this issue by supporting some version of Healthy Saturdays. And please contact Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who voted against Healthy Saturdays but whose District 8 (Castro, Noe, Duboce, Upper Market) has been strongly in support of the concept for many years. Ask Supervisor Dufty to support Healthy Saturdays now - contact info at http://www.sfbike.org/leaders.
2006 SF Bike Report Card is Out - How Did You Grade the City?
Last Thursday morning we released the city's first-ever Report Card on Bicycling in SF, a comprehensive account for citizens and decision makers to help understand and guide the city's efforts to improve bicycling and meet the goals of the 2005 Bicycle Plan. Based on the responses of the more than 1,100 SF bicyclists who took our survey in April, the Report Card lays out the grades and calls the score -- find out how the city stands for cycling and who's got some homework to do:
Important State Election June 6th
Mark your calendars to vote on June 6th for key races for State Assembly and State Senate. Though the SFBC is not making endorsements in these races, we do have some important and relevant information to share about some of the candidates. In the District 12 State Assembly race, read about candidate Janet Reilly's support for our campaign to stop tolls on bicyclists and pedestrians on the Golden Gate Bridge and support for Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT); and about Fiona Ma's opposition to Healthy Saturdays in the Park and lack of support for Geary BRT; and about longtime SFBC member and Green Party candidate Barry Hermanson's platform. In the State Senate race, read about candidate Mike Nevin's very worrisome rants against Healthy Saturdays and against Geary BRT. There are some clear proponents and opponents of sustainable transportation in this race. Read more at http://www.sfbike.org/state
Family Ride Foible - But More Rides to Come!
Our apologies to families who came out for the SFBC Family Ride on Sunday and discovered roads closed and full of odd-looking runners... Bay to Breakers blocked off access to McLaren Lodge and prevented the ride from taking place.
But fear not - there's lots more family fun to come, starting with the June/July Tube Times: Family Biking Edition, hitting the streets just over a week from now. Learn all about biking in the city with kids, and find resources to answer all your questions about bike gear, best practices, and more.
Plus - join us on Sunday, July 23rd for a family biking fiesta in Golden Gate Park - where little ones losing the training wheels can practice with other kids, and their grown up friends can meet other family bicyclists, too!
More info at http://www.sfbike.org/chain#1297
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