SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 20, 2006
I love [cycling] because it gives me the vigour of someone 10 years
younger, and according to one study I read about, it should give me
an active life expectancy 15 years longer than someone who doesn't
cycle regularly. We're a slightly anarchic lot, us cyclists, and love
the freedom granted by a bike.
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Bike Plan Lawsuit -- I Brake For Nitwits
You won't believe it, but the city's being sued over the 2005 Bike Plan approved unanimously last year by the Board of Supervisors and Mayor after a lengthy process of community input and collaboration. A lawsuit filed last summer by a couple of lemon-sucking cranks takes up the CEQA environmental review process and cynically uses it as a weapon against the common-sense environmental and social benefits of a bike-friendly city. We're waiting to hear the specifics of a preliminary injunction granted by Judge James Warren that's likely to slow down work on bike safety improvements around the city. We'll let you know as soon as we've got the details; watch sfbike.org for updates and to find out what you can do . . .
Imagine the Way This Saturday
This Saturday we're kicking off the Blue Greenway, San Francisco's southeast waterfront greenway, with a jolly bike tour! Meet on the south shore of China Basin near the Willie McCovey statue (at the north end of Terry Francois Blvd.) for a 10:30 am push-off. REI will have mechanics on hand to top up your tires and tighten your brakes, then we'll roll south past temporary artwork installations along the route as whaleboats and kayaks and fireboats race us down the coast. We'll end up at India Basin Shoreline Park for a community barbeque, music and dance performances by local artists, and much more. Come out and help inaugurate this grand new greenway!
(Unfortunately, we will not be inaugurating new bike lanes on Illinois St. and Cargo Way as part of the Blue Greenway because another set of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) neighbors is challenging their legality based on environmental review issues. See http://www.sfbike.org/illinois for more info.)
SFBC Hiring Operations Director
After three-and-a-half years of outstanding service, the SFBC is sad to bid farewell to Chris Hayashida Knight, our talented Operations Director, at the end of July. Stay tuned for ways to thank Chris and wish him well. This means that we are in the process of hiring a new Operations Director, a key position to help the SFBC run smoothly. Check out the job description at http://www.sfbike.org/jobs
36 Days & Counting... Where's the Mayor on Healthy Saturdays?
It's been more than a month now and still no word from the Mayor about his intent to create more car-free space in Golden Gate Park. Check out this new short video of the Mayor speaking on Bike to Work Day about his position on Healthy Saturdays and on the SFBC's work. When he vetoed the Healthy Saturdays legislation, he also committed to show leadership on the issue and to work out a compromise... but 36 days later, still nothing! Send a note to the Mayor today urging him to put public over private interests in the Park.
Shout Out For Bikes and Pride - Volunteers Needed This Sunday
Celebrate your two favorite things - Bikes and Pride! The SFBC is looking for tablers to talk up better biking in our city at this year's Pride celebration - Sunday, June 25th. You'll be set up with the uber cool bike valets in a super spot (the Hastings College Elevated Plaza) just across from all the fun happenings at City Hall. Happy Bikers will be rolling through - just waiting to hear from you.
We're looking for folks to fill the following shifts - 11-12noon, 12-1pm, 1-2pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Volunteer Training for New Bike Lanes on Townsend, 17th Streets
Want new bike lanes on Townsend St. in SOMA and 17th St. in the Mission? These are two of the SFBC's hottest Bike Network campaigns. The next step for both is building support for new bike lanes and traffic calming by doing door-to-door community outreach -- that's where we need your help! You can exercise your activist muscle by coming to our special volunteer training Tuesday, June 27th, 6-7pm at the SFBC office. Walking door-to-door isti easier than it sounds, and the most important way you can help advance these bike lane projects. For more info., contact Leah at email@example.com
Got the Gift of Gab?
How can you turn your gift of gab into bike lanes? Easy! Come to an SFBC's phone banking night. The SFBC has been wildly successful at renewing members through phone banking. These are folks who forget to renew their membership. We call friendly members to let them know their membership has lapsed (no cold calling!) and ask them to renew their SFBC membership. It's that easy. Hang out with a fun bunch of cool cyclists and enjoy a tasty dinner on us. Next phone banking night, Wednesday, June 28th. Email Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or want to take part.
Time for the Tube Times!
Have you got a beef or a bravo for the Tube Times? Letters to the Editor for our August-September issue are welcome now (and always)!
Also, if you'd like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour, contact email@example.com with all the details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info). All rides welcome - it's easier than you think!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more info - and download the latest issue of the Tube Times at:
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