SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 17, 2006
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Mobilize Thursday for Action on Bike Plan Lawsuit
Frustrated by the injunction against the City barring it from striping new bike lanes and other bike safety improvements? Wondering how you can help get the City's Bike Plan moving again? Heck yes we are!
---> Please join us this Thursday at lunchtime for a mobilization ride and press event to publicize the backwardness of delaying bike improvements and to urge City leaders to put all necessary resources toward fighting this lawsuit. We'll start at North Point, where bike lanes have have been legislatively approved and funded, but are indefinitely delayed due to the lawsuit. Then we'll ride to City Hall to deliver our message.
Ride with us to City Hall, Polk St. steps, where we'll be around 1pm (or if you can only join for a short while, just join us at City Hall)
More details coming, and other ways to help at http://www.sfbike.org/network
---> We'll need help organizing for this action! Join us this Wednesday night, 7/19 from 5-6:30pm at the SFBC office to help make props. If you can help out in other ways (we need you!) contact email@example.com.
Tour de Fat This Saturday!
Put your party hat on and grab your bike, the best bike and beer festival is hitting town this Saturday from noon-5pm. Tour de Fat, brought to us by the great folks at the New Belgium Brewing Company, is an 85% green event, rolling into SF to help raise funds and awareness for two great local groups--the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. The event is completely free to enjoy, but every beer you purchase puts a little more money into local bike advocacy! So, have a beer, enjoy the music, ride a crazy bike and feel the bike love!
Crazy bike parade begins at 11am. Come early, sign in, and let the SF Bay Guardian help you decorate yourself and your bike. Wear your SFBC t-shirt, get spotted in the crowd and win a prize! T-shirt spotters in the crowd will be giving away prizes all day long.
SFBC Valet Bike Parking provided, so ride yer bike! Wanna help park bikes? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll surely be part of this grand event!
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 email@example.com, and see the Bay in a Day page for more info.
Kids Ride: No More Training Wheels!
This Sunday, July 23, from 10:30-11:30am, join other families with kids learning to ride without training wheels in car-free space in Golden Gate Park for moral and physical support. Meet at McLaren Lodge, GG Park (Stanyan @ Fell).
We won't actually go anywhere; we'll just find some open space and cheer each other on! Contact Jean Fraser at 751-6619 for more information.
And for more family biking resources, see sfbike.org/kids.
Streetside Outreach: 4th & Townsend Caltrain
Some of our most dedicated bike commuters use Caltrain to get to work (not an SUV like so many others)! These pedalers ride to Caltrain, jump on the train and then pedal off to places down south. These multi-modal users should be members of the SFBC! Join other volunteers for an evening of talking to riders about the benefits of SFBC membership while spreading the word about one of our hottest campaigns - bike lanes and dedicated pedestrian space on Townsend St!
There are bikers out there ready to get involved - they need to hear from you! Mon., July 24th, 5-7 pm; Caltrain Station, Fourth and Townsend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Better Bike Maps On the Way
Thanks to ever-more creative and ingenious bicyclists, there's a growing collection of web-based bike route planning tools out there, including http://www.bikely.com, a new Google map mash up that lets users plug in their own routes to share with the world.
On the SF front, work continues on a new regional web tool that will give you turn-by-turn "mapquest-like" biking directions, including user-specified search factors like steepness of hills, traffic volumes, presence of bike lanes and more. SFBC is partnering with the SF Department of the Environment and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to build out the existing Bikemapper application found at 511.org. The plan is to launch a "beta test" version of the system next spring, and go live in time for Bike to Work Day 2007. Stay tuned for details down the road!
Help Pedal Revolution Come to Your Work or School
Please take a quick survey and help Pedal Rev get your bike in gear and make a difference for youth in the community. Pedal Revolution is a full service nonprofit bicycle shop in San Francisco that provides employment and job training to at-risk youth. They'd like to offer bicycle sales and repair services at your place of work or school.
They've put together a quick survey to see what's important to you. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
Click here to take the survey: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB225GZGJH9BK
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