August 1, 2006
Cycling is enjoying a renaissance in Scotland, its growing popularity driven by soaring fuel prices, increasing congestion and health concerns. Figures reveal the number of cyclists using one of Edinburgh's main cycle paths has risen by more than half in just one year...Sustrans, which is developing the national cycle network, said 348,500 cyclists used a route junction in Leith last year, up from 226,000 in 2004.
— Alastair Dalton, Why Scots are getting on their bikes, The Scotsman
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Bike Plan Lawsuit — Pushing, Pulling, Pedaling
Thanks again to everyone who came out and joined the Bike Plan lawsuit rally on 7/20 (read the SF Examiner story). The injunction still stands, blocking important work on bike lanes, sharrows, and even sidewalk parking racks, but we've been having good conversations with the Mayor's office, Board of Supervisors, and the City Attorney, and feel there's a real commitment from the City to resolve this crazy roadblock and get back to work.
If you haven't yet, please drop Mayor Newsom and the Board of Supervisors a line and urge them to dedicate all necessary resources to resolving the Bike Plan lawsuit and redoubling the effort to make San Francisco a great cycling city — look for a handy postcard in the new Tube Times now heading to your mailbox, or use our website's Leaders page for contact info.
Welcome to Frank Chan, New SFBC Staff
We are pleased to welcome Frank Chan as the SFBC's new Operations Director. Many of you probably already know Frank, who is a longtime SFBC member and volunteer, and who brings a wealth of experience, skills, and passion to the position. Frank will be officially joining the staff next week. And we wish Chris Hayashida Knight a fond farewell on his last day today. Chris has done a dynamite job as our Ops Director over the past three-and-half years of keeping the SFBC ship sailing smoothly. We'll miss him greatly and genuinely appreciate his contribution to the SFBC's success. Thank you Chris!
Sexy SFBC Scores Another Best of the Bay
This week's SF Bay Guardian celebrates another year of the Best of the Bay, and once again the SFBC is on the list — we blush at their recognition of Love on Wheels as the city's Best Sex Party for Cyclists, but it's just another of our earnest efforts to make San Francisco a biking paradise in all respects! Other SF biking bests to check out: Best Secret Shimmy - Exposed! (The Wiggle), Best Urban Cycling Adventure (the Blue Greenway), Best Lovely Bike Route for Masochists (17th Street over the top), Best Bike Route for Stargazers (Hawk Hill), and a couple of out-of-town road rides, Best Hi-Cal Burn (Tiburon loop) and Best Bart-To-Bart on Spokes (Orinda BART to Castro Valley BART). You'd best get out and verify all these SF cycling superlatives . . .
SFBC Bike Trailer Caravan Needs You!
The SFBC just received a generous donation of children's bike helmets from AAA. They asked us how we would pick them up — by bike, of course! The SFBC will be forming a bike trailer caravan with the three SFBC bike trailers down to the AAA offices this Thursday, August 3rd, leaving the SFBC office at 4pm. We need 3 volunteers to hook up an SFBC trailer and we could use another bike trailer or a couple of extra-cycles to complete the caravan of bike trailers. All interested parties, contact Rachel Kraai at email@example.com to take part in the SFBC bike caravan for children's bike safety!
SFBC Tabling Event — Volunteer this Saturday
REI's used gear sales are a great place to spread the word about bicycling in the city, recruit new SFBC members, and shop for cheap gear on your breaks. These monthly outreach events have been a huge success as SFBC membership drives. Can you come out and speak to the sports-minded about getting involved in our biking community? Saturday, August 5th, 10am-2pm (two shifts), 840 Brannan Street between 7th and 8th Streets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Volunteer Ops Abound for Stadium to Stadium Walk
Ride Monitors Needed: The Stadium to Stadium Walk/Run is looking for volunteer cyclists to be monitors for their event Sunday, August 13th. Monitors will lead and tail the run from Monster Park to AT&T Stadium, helping stragglers along and keeping cars safely away. Come out and enjoy a morning ride while supporting walkers and runners of all ages! The walk/run starts at 8:45am (but we need you earlier!) and ends with a celebration and awards ceremony at AT&T Park
Help Kids Learn to Ride! The celebration would not be complete without the Bike "Roadeo". For those of you that have never seen the "Roadeo" - it's a kid-size city used to educate the little ones in the ways of safe riding. We're hoping to set up the Bike Roadeo at the Stadium to Stadium finish line, but we can't do it without you. Can you come out and share your tips and tricks with the next generation on two wheels? 11am-3pm (two shifts), Sunday, August 13th, AT&T Park.
AM Streetside Outreach on Valencia — Volunteers Needed!
Let bikes be your cup of coffee and the spring in your step — Start your day out right by joining us at this AM Streetside Outreach, Thursday, August 10th! We'll be talking up bikes and the SFBC from 7:30-9:00 AM at Valencia and 17th Streets. We'll be cheering on bikers, giving out treats, and calling people everywhere to the biking cause. With summer in full swing, bikers want to hear from you! Contact email@example.com to help.
Faster Muni On A "Complete" Geary Corridor?
A nearly full house at this past Saturday's Richmond District Town Hall meeting heard about the Geary Boulevard bus rapid transit (BRT) study and asked questions of Mayor Newsom, Supervisor McGoldrick, and SF County Transportation Authority's Jose Luis Moscovich. It's not just a matter of planning faster and more reliable Muni service along Geary, but also working to make the corridor a "complete street" with greener safer space for bicyclists and pedestrians and everyone who uses the street, not just cars. If you'd like to learn more about the Geary BRT study, click over to GoGeary.com — get a briefing on the big ideas and find out how you can get involved.
Save the Date: SFBC Benefit Concert Next Saturday
For the second year in a row, El Rio (3158 Mission St. @ Cesar Chavez) is kind enough to dedicate one of its prized Saturday afternoon outdoor parties to the Bike Coalition. Join us Saturday, August 12th, 4pm-7pm for bikes, bands, raffle, and more. We'll welcome New Wave rockers Sid Luscious and the Pants and local indie stars Send For Help. Sliding scale admission: $5-$10 or join at the door and get in free. The party benefits the SFBC's work to get the Bike Plan back on track!
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