SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 8, 2006
Urban drivers endured an average of 47 hours of rush hour traffic delays in 2003, a threefold increase from two decades earlier. The worst problems were in Los Angeles, where the average driver suffered almost 100 hours of traffic delays. That's about four full days of waiting for the car in front of you to move.
— Stephen Ohlemacher, "Love Affair With Cars Starts to Skid", The Examiner, Aug 1, 2006
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The SFBC has TWO traveling bike cases for loan thanks to a generous donor.
Update on the Bike Plan Injunction
Our friends at SPUR are hosting a lunchtime forum Wednesday (8/9) to discuss the Bike Plan lawsuit. This is an opportunity to find out how the injunction has halted implementation of key parts of the Bike Plan and what the city is doing to make bicycling a plausible transportation option in the face of lawsuits and transit crises. How will the city deliver on its commitment to bicycling? Join us this Wednesday, August 9th, 12:30-1:30pm, at 312 Sutter St., 5th floor. Feel free to bring lunch. Panel members include the SFBC's Executive Director Leah Shahum, MTA Planning Director William Lieberman and Mayor's Office Representative Wade Crowfoot. Free for SPUR members, $5 for non-members.
Toast Bikes and Bands at the El Rio SFBC Benefit!
Rock out at El Rio on Saturday and help support the SFBC! Join New Wave rockers Sid Luscious and the Pants and local indie stars Send For Help and The Firecracker Tragedy. on the fabulous El Rio patio this Saturday at a benefit for the SFBC. Sliding scale admission: $5-$10 or join the SFBC at the door and get in free. Proceeds support the SFBC's work to get the Bike Plan back on track! Many thanks to El Rio for donating their space for the second year in a row.
We're looking for volunteers to work the door and sell raffle tickets and SFBC Tees! Lend a hand and earn your SFBC angel wings. Contact Rachel to help.
Valet bike parking provided, of course.
SFBC Volunteer Night This Wednesday
Meet fellow bike commuters, snack on tasty treats and give a little something back to the SFBC by helping us keep our organization running smoothly. Bring a friend — the more the merrier, and enjoy dinner on the house. The evening begins at 5pm; SFBC Headquarters, 995 Market Street, Suite 1550. Bring your bike up to the 15th floor. Any questions? Contact Rachel.
Streetside Outreach on Valencia Street — Come Out!
Let bikes be your cup of coffee and the spring in your step! Start your day out right by joining other SFBC volunteers at this AM Streetside Outreach in the Mission, Thursday, August 10th. You'll be cheering bikers on and talking up the SFBC from 7:30-9:00 AM at Valencia and 17th Streets. With summer in full swing, pedalers new and old are ready to hear from you. Email Rachel to help.
SFBC Board Seeks Dedicated Members
It's that time of year, when the SFBC is looking for passionate, dedicated members for our 15-person, member-elected Board of Directors. Could you be that person? Interested & skilled in strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising and overseeing finances? The SFBC has an active, engaged Board that meets monthly, as well as additional committee meetings. Board members serve a two-year term starting this January. The election for Board members takes place this November/December, but we'd like to hear from interested candidates now. Please contact us by September 1st if you're interested, or if you'd just like to know more about this responsibility. Contact David Soward or Leah Shahum.
SFBC Reps Needed: You'd Be a Fool To Miss The Fool's Gold
This kooky group of fixie-riders is holding bike festivities all weekend including an 8 checkpoint race this coming Saturday, August 12th. The race starts at high noon in SOMA and ends at 5pm in Potrero Hill with an after party, prizes, and catered dinner (featuring the only fixed gear rider-owned and operated taco truck in SF) at Thee Parkside — see Fool's Gold Rush for details. They've put in a special request to have SFBC folks at the after party talking about our campaigns for better biking, signing up new members, and joining the celebration. Contact Rachel to represent!
Speak Up for Mint Plaza!
Mint Plaza is a proposed new car-free public open space in the heart of downtown. If all goes well, the block of Jessie Street next to the Old Mint, near the corner of 5th and Mission, will be transformed into a beautiful public plaza, with new trees and landscaped arbors, public art, and spaces to eat, enjoy outdoor entertainment, and play. The plaza design can be seen at the Mint Plaza website.
This new plaza will provide a car-free haven in the heart of downtown, and help improve the bike route on 5th Street by eliminating an automobile conflict. Unfortunately, the plan is being opposed by some development interests across 5th Street, and needs a show of support at the Planning Commission on Thursday. The Planning Commission Hearing will be held on Thursday, August 10 in Room 400 of City Hall. The hearing begins at 1:30, and Mint Plaza is item 14 on the Agenda, which may be heard around 3 PM. Letters or emails of support may be sent to the Planning Commissioners care of Commission Secretary Linda Avery or faxed to (415) 558-6409.
Help Kids Learn to Ride with the Bike Roadeo
The City's Stadium to Stadium Walk/Run is quickly approaching, this Sunday, August 13th. The city is dedicate to incorporating bikes into the health and fitness equation and will be giving away tons of bikes and setting up the Bike "Roadeo" at the finish line Health Fair. For those of you that have never seen the "Roadeo" - it's a kid-size streetscape used to educate the little ones in the ways of safe riding. But the Roadeo won't ride without the help of volunteer teachers! 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.
Transportation Study — Earn $75 Cash
Researchers from George Mason University will be in the Bay Area next Tuesday, August 15th conducting a study on how pedestrian, bicyclists, and auto users perceive the service provided by urban streets. They are looking for more bicyclists to take part in the study. You'll be asked to watch videos and rate urban streets from the perspective of a bicyclist, pedestrian, and auto driver. The details: Tuesday August 15th, 10am-12:30pm or 6:00-8:30pm; Marriott Oakland City Center 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA. For more information, contact Dr. Aimee Flannery of George Mason University at (703) 993-1738 or by e-mail.
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