SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 6, 2006
When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart.
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Bike Network Campaigns Keep On Rolling
Even with the ridiculous injunction on the city's Bike Plan, make no mistake, there's still plenty going on for better bicycling in San Francisco. Member-led campaigns for bike network improvements are cooking all over town, hotter than ever -- the SoMa committee is canvassing Townsend Street for merchant support, 17th Street campaigners are working the mid-Mission, CC Puede cadres are organizing the Cesar Chavez Corridor, campaigns for Masonic and Holloway and Jefferson are all coming together. Learn how you can get involved and keep the movement moving -- see our Current Actions page and activate yourself! http://www.sfbike.org/actions
Two Workshops for Better Mission/Excelsior Streets
The next two Saturdays will feature workshops for safer, more livable streets in the Outer Mission/Excelsior and South Mission neighborhoods, be sure to make time for one or both of these meetings and help shape the streets:
This Saturday (7/8) the SF County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is conducting the second of three Mission-Geneva Transportation Study Community Workshops, from noon to 2:00pm, at the Corpus Christi Church Hall, 62 Santa Rosa (corner of Alemany and Santa Rosa). Visit the study website at http://sfcta.org/mission-geneva.htm for more details, or email Cristy Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then next Saturday (7/15), the SFCTA will be leading a workshop for Mission Corridor Transportation & Pedestrian Safety starting at 10:00am, Bernal Gateway Apartments, 3101 Mission St. (southeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Mission). This study looks at Mission Street between Cesar Chavez Street and Randall Street, a healthy slice of this important road. See http://sfcta.org/missionchavezntp.htm for more details, or email Allison Lum at email@example.com.
A Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer - Volunteers Needed!
Join the SFBC on Saturday, July 22nd for the Tour de Fat - an afternoon of bands, beer and fire jumping bikes! New Belgium Brewery, maker of Fat Tire Ale, will be coming to SF with a ballyhoo of bike fun. It's a bike circus! A bike rodeo! A big bike state fair! Costumes encouraged, required, supplied. All proceeds from the event go to two great organizations, the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and the SFBC.
And volunteers, oh volunteers! We're looking for members who want to give us a hand - The ballyhoo cannot happen without you. Set up, tabling, merchandise sales, bike parade & clean up. Sign up today at http://www.sfbike.org/volunteer.
Win Rapid Transit on Geary
Tired of waiting for the 38-Geary bus? Think a bus route that carries more than 50,000 people a day deserves better? Whether you live near the Geary corridor or just occasionally travel there, please join our broad coalition's Go Geary efforts to win rapid transit on the busiest corridor in the Bay Area. There are 3 ways you can help:
Help the Bay in a Day Ride Roll Smoothly
Last year's Bay in a Day double-century circumnavigation of SF Bay (a benefit for the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition) was a big success, and this year's ride on July 22 is going to be even better -- a single-century option is on the program for riders who think a hundred miles is plenty, and the full 200+ mile course is waiting for those who want to be complete! We need to assemble an SF support team to help make our segment of the ride work smoothly, operating the Presidio rest/lunch stop and providing sag service and other coordination. If you can lend a hand, please contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org, and see the Bay in a Day page for more info.
Cyclists Wanted for SF Marathon
The San Francisco Marathon is looking for volunteer lead and tail bicyclists for July 30, 2006. The lead bicyclists will ensure the runners understand the course route and will be required to have extensive knowledge of the city and/or have taken a pre-ride of the course. The tail bicyclists will ensure that lagging runners move to the sidewalks or are picked up by a medical vehicle.
Bicyclists will check-in 20 minutes before the start of the race to receive all necessary gear, safety vests and maps.
More details regarding shift times and instructions can be obtained by emailing email@example.com with the subject line: VOLUNTEER BIKES
Watch the Tour at Velo Rouge
Velo Rouge Cafe is the only cafe in San Francisco dedicated to Tour de France coverage! Doors open at 6:30am during the week but they've pledged to let die-hard fans roll in at 6:00am (weekends hours start at 8:00am). Live action replay at 8:30am. Come to 798 Arguello Blvd @ McAllister for the tour, coffee, breakfast, beer or lunch. Bring your SFBC card and you'll receive a 10% savings on your purchase. They look forward to seeing you! http://www.velorougecafe.com
Walk SF's 2nd Annual Peak to Peak Walk
Want a challenge? Sign-up for this year's Peak to Peak Walk, a 12-mile trek up and down SF's highest peaks. Walkers get a unique view of SF's skyline, stairways, paths, parks, and monuments - all while raising money for Walk SF's vital pedestrian safety and advocacy work. Lunch, snacks, raffle prizes, and a year's membership in Walk SF inc. in the reg. fee. 431-WALK or www.walksf.org Sat., Aug. 19, 8:30am-4pm, Pre-registration required by 8/11. Walk begins at West Portal. $70 for SFBC members ($5 off!)
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