SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 11, 2006
I love to ride my bike, which is great aerobics, but also just a great time for me to think, so it's this terrific double bill.
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Special SFBC Meeting Wednesday: Help Get Bike Plan Back On Track
As you probably know by now, there is an injunction against the City, holding up key bike improvements, including new bike lanes, sharrows, and even lil' ol' bike racks. Think this is ridiculous? Frustrated by the City's lack of action so far? Want to find out more and to join like-minded bike supporters to brainstorm ways to help get this Bike Plan back on track? If so, then please join us for a special emergency SFBC member meeting to discuss the situation & to work together toward progress: This Wednesday, July 12th, 6pm-7:30pm, at the SFBC office, 995 Market St., Ste. 1550. If you can't make it, but want to help, please visit http://www.sfbike.org/network and take 5 minutes to write a letter to City Attorney Dennis Herrera on this issue.
Speak Out Monday for the Bike Plan and "Better Streets"
This Monday, July 17th, is a prime time to publicly urge the City to turn up the heat in fighting the Bike Plan lawsuit. A Board of Supervisors' committee will be considering plans for better & "complete streets" (see details below), and we want to turn out lots of interested folks -- like you? -- who are concerned about the hold on the City's Bike Plan. Let's demand to know what's happening & what our City leaders plan to do to get this Plan rolling again....and better!
The committee will be considering a new ambitious Better Streets policy, which was adopted by the Board & Mayor in February and which calls on the city to make its streets work for everyone -- bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, motorists, wildlife, everyone.
Following on Supervisor Mirkarimi's Complete Streets Policy adopted last fall, the city has a clear order to shape its streets for all users, not just automobiles, and build in real sustainability and "completeness". But what does that mean? Who'll do the work, and how will we pay for it? Speak out for how the citywide bike network is a critical part of this equation.
Monday 7/17, 1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263
Bike lane improvements for Sloat Boulevard are on the agenda as well, so be sure to come out for this critical meeting -- let's get on with completing San Francsico's streets!
SFBC is Hiring Membership & Volunteer Organizer!
The SFBC is currently accepting applications for a key member of our advocacy team, the Membership and Volunteer Organizer. We are looking for a shining star with great organizing abilities, volunteer management experience and someone dedicated to the bike movement. Are you the next staff member of the SFBC? We are also pleased to announce that Rachel will be moving into a new program position in the SFBC!
What is the Citywide Bike Network?: A Bike Tour
What does it mean to have a complete Citywide Bike Network? How close is San Francisco to reaching that goal? Join this bike tour, led by Leah Shahum, SFBC Executive Director, and co-sponsored by SPUR. It's this Saturday, July 15th, meeting at the City Hall Polk St. steps at 1pm. (Please note new start time!) The ride will move at a leisurely pace and include many stops along the city's growing Bicycle Network, focusing on the Mission, SOMA, and Civic Center neighborhoods. Bring your own bicycle & helmet.
Your Help Needed at Tour de Fat!
The ballyhoo of bikes and beer will be bigger and better than ever this year, and we need YOU to help with the fun! SFBC volunteers are behind the smooth operation of this day of bike celebration. We are especially in NEED of valet bike parkers, dedicated tablers, and strong bodies to help break down the party when the beer runs out.
There will be circus tents, fire jumping acts, and kooky bikes for everyone to try. The ballyhoo cannot happen without you! To valet park bikes, email email@example.com. To table or help break down, sign up at http://www.sfbike.org/volunteer.
Volunteer Night at the SFBC
Come for your 1st, 10th, or 25th time! Volunteer night is a great time to polish your bicycle halo and give a little back to the SFBC. Dinner is on the house and the fine conversation is FREE. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org OR just show up.
CEQA and the Bike Plan Lawsuit
Jon Winston's Bikescape blog posted a fresh podcast last week about the Bike Plan lawsuit, environmental review, and how the two get tangled. If you haven't already checked it out, give a listen as current and former SFBC staffers Andy Thornley and Josh Hart and DPH's Director of Environmental Health Rajiv Bhatia discuss this important public policy puzzle.
Does Your Employer Support Bike Advocacy?
Hundreds of companies match their employees contributions to non-profit organizations -- is your company one of them? When you give a contribution to the SFBC Education Fund -- our tax-deductible arm as a membership or individual contribution, your company may very well double that gift! It is pretty easy to increase your support without digging deep into your pockets. To find out if your employer matches gifts check out a partial company list or ask your HR representative. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Check out our online calendar of events at http://www.sfbike.org/chain
Add your bike event to our calendar by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
** Wednesday, July 12th **
SPECIAL SFBC MEETING: HELP GET BIKE PLAN BACK ON TRACK!
As you probably know by now, there is an injunction against the City, holding up key bike improvements, including new bike lanes, sharrows, and even bike racks. (See http://www.sfbike.org/network for more.) Think this is ridiculous? Frustrated by the City's lack of action so far? Want to find out more and to join like-minded bike supporters to brainstorm ways to help get this Bike Plan back on track? If so, then please join us for a special emergency SFBC member meeting to discuss the situation & to work together toward progress. If you can't make it, but want to help, please visit http://www.sfbike.org/network.
VOLUNTEER NIGHT AT THE SFBC!
Join our community of cyclists and stop by this Wednesday night. We provide the tasty treats and yummy dinner; you provide the helpful hands and excellent company. Don't forget to bring your bike up to the 15th floor! Questions? Email email@example.com.
** Saturday, July 15th **
WHAT IS THE CITYWIDE BIKE NETWORK?: A BIKE TOUR
What does it mean to have a complete Citywide Bike Network? How close is San Francisco to reaching that goal? And what impact will it have on improving and increasing bicycling for transportation? Join this bike tour, led by Leah Shahum, SFBC Executive Director. Co-sponsored by SPUR & the SFBC, the ride will move at a leisurely pace and include many stops along the city's growing Bicycle Network, focusing on the Mission, SOMA, and Civic Center neighborhoods. Bring your own bicycle & helmet. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-431-BIKE.
BIKE ED - DAY ONE
These four hour in-classroom courses teach the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. Open to adults 14 and over. Bicycle not required. Note: this is the "day 1" course for League of American Bicyclists' Bike Ed Road I certification.
Each class is free, but you must register — sign up right now online at http://www.sfbike.org/edu
TRIPS FOR KIDS BIKE SWAP *
Come out for the 15th Annual bike swap and benefit! New and used bikes and accessories, swappers' area, grand raffle, all for sale to help fund Trips for Kids and the Re-Cyclery. Rock-bottom prices, great food and drink, and more. $5 admission, children 15 and under free with adult. Visit the Trips for Kids website for more info.
MISSION CORRIDOR TRANSPORTATION & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY WORKSHOP *
Join in this process to review and choose designs for the Mission Corridor (between Randall and Chavez) to improve transportation and pedestrian safety. Translation in Chinese and Spanish as well as food and childcare will be offered. For more information, see the project website or contact Allison Lum, Community Organizing Director for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center at 415/206-2140 x155
** Sunday, July 16th **
AIDS WALK SF *
JFK (and other roads in the park) will be closed to all traffic (bike, car, etc) for the duration of the walk - usually 7am-noon. During this time, there will be emergency vehicles driven by event staff on these streets. Often these vans and buses countermand normal traffic patterns. There will also be about 20,000 or so people tromping around as well replete with baby strollers, dogs, and lots of enthusiastic chaos. Cyclists are advised to use caution and courtesy, walking bikes on the sidewalk if it is unsafe to do otherwise.
** Tuesday, July 18th **
MARIN BASIC STREET SKILLS CLASS *
Free bicycle safety classes are being offered by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and the Marin General Hospital Trauma Program in their ongoing effort to improve bicycle safety in Marin County. View a Powerpoint presentation and demonstrations of essential street cycling skills. See samples of accessories for visibility and lighting. Advanced resgistration required. Visit www.marinbike.org or email email@example.com for more information.
SFBC BOARD MEETING
Everyone's invited! Contact Leah at 431-BIKE x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org for agenda and details.
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