SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 26, 2006
Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.
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Bump in Bike Lane - You Can Help Smooth the Way
As we mentioned in last week's Biker Bulletin, a few individuals are causing a bump in the bike lane, so to speak, by twisting well-intentioned environmental rules in an attempt to slow bike improvements. Last week, an S.F. Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction against a portion of the City's bicycle improvement plans, which will hold up the addition of new bike lanes and more. The case deals with a procedural question about the environmental review of the City's Bike Plan, which was approved last year with unanimous support from Mayor Newsom and the Board of Supervisors.
We need your help to ensure that the City stays on track with the Bike Plan. Please contact your district Supervisor and the Mayor and let them know that you're concerned about the legal challenge to the City's Bike Plan and that you want to see City leaders' stronger commitment to timely implementation of the bike improvements called for in the Plan, particularly speeding up installation of the Citywide Bike Network. Urge these local leaders to put all needed resources -- funding and staff -- toward getting the Bike Plan back on track!
Lend Your Steel to Tour de Fat 2006!
Oil your bike chain and press the polyester, Tour de Fat will be back in San Francisco on Saturday, July 22nd at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Come join us for a ballyhoo of bikes and beer sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of the acclaimed Fat Tire beer. Two parts bike rodeo and one part circus - you can expect fire-jumping bike acts, cycling games, cruiser bike parade, live music, tasty eats and great beer, of course - and all proceeds benefit two great nonprofits: the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trails Council.
And this event cannot, will not, should not happen without your help! Tour de Fat is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, so join the party people and lend your back-bending, mind-boggling, bike love to the event by volunteering! There are all kinds of ways for you to help out.
Downtown Parking Reform Brings Better Streets For All
Success! Last week the Mayor signed one of the most important reforms of off-street parking into law. The ordinance, sponsored by Supervisors Peskin and Daly, eliminated off-street parking requirements and makes it harder to build new driveway cuts on major bicycle, pedestrian and transit routes in the city's downtown (C-3) zoning district. It also requires that new housing in any building with more than four units provide one secure bicycle parking space for every other unit. Congratualtions to Livable City on this victory! For more information see Livable City's website:
Volunteer Night This Wednesday
A long standing SFBC tradition! Join bicyclists from all over the city for an evening of fine conversation and tasty treats while giving a little back to the SFBC. We provide dinner; you provide the helpful hands and excellent company. Don't forget to bring your bike upstairs!
Questions? Email email@example.com or just show up! This Wednesday, June 28th: 5-8 pm; SFBC Headquarters, 995 Market St, Suite 1550, 15th floor.
Your Ideas Needed for Better Bicycling in the Tenderloin
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is conducting a community-based transportation planning process for the Tenderloin and Little Saigon neighborhoods, and they want to hear from you at a public meeting tomorrow (Tues 6/27) from 5:30-7:30pm in the Saint Boniface Auditorium, 133 Golden Gate Ave (@ Jones). This will be the final meeting, so be sure to come out and share your ideas and concerns about biking, walking, Muni, parking, driving, and anything else you think they need to know about transportation issues in the Tenderloin. Projects will be funded based on your input! For more information contact Casey Mills at 415-771-980 x116, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Biking Discussion Forum Live at sfbike.org
If you haven't checked out the latest addition to the sfbike.org website, take a look at our new Family Biking resource section: http://www.sfbike.org/kids - where you'll get the scoop on how to bike with kids, what equipment to use, and how to teach your favorite small person how to ride their first bike.
** And just added: ** The SFBC Family Forum discussion board! Post a question, answer or opinion on family biking and equipment in our new bulletin board just for family bikers. Visit http://www.sfbike.org/kids and click 'Family Forum'.
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