SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 15, 2006
"China's Vice Minister of Construction, Qiu Baoxing, has lashed at city authorities for making it harder for cyclists to get around, saying the country should retain its title as the 'kingdom of bicycles'."
— Xinhua News Agency at the first International Conference on China's City Planning and Development, June 2006
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Stripe It And They Will Ride!
We find that most cyclists agree, a street with a bike lane is safer and more pleasant to ride on than one without. The appeal of a bike-striped street can be striking — recently released counts from the MTA show that in the past five years bicycle traffic on Howard Street has quadrupled (that's 400% to you number-heads), a dramatic trend! As with so many cycling success stories in San Francisco, Howard Street bike lanes happened thanks largely to the energy and action of SFBC members, powerful agents of a growing Citywide Bicycle Network. If you want to be part of the Next Big Biking Thing (or even a couple of little things), check out our Current Actions page and get involved in a campaign today!
Walk for Better Walking
Want to improve pedestrian conditions in the City while enjoying an excellent walk around the City? Sign-up for Walk San Francisco's second annual Peak to Peak Walk on Saturday, August 19th, 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 included in the registration fee. $70 for SFBC members. Sign up at www.walksf.org by Tuesday 8/15.
SFBC Seeking Creative Cat for Communications Internship
The SFBC is currently seeking a Communications & Graphics Intern to help shape and style the SFBC's membership, campaign and advocacy materials, producing print and electronic pieces to support and promote our work. This internship offers a flexible schedule with an eight-hour-a-week minimum commitment. The position is not paid, but we are happy to work with any academic requirements the intern may have to help them earn course credit for his or her efforts. Please visit the full internship page for complete details. This position is open to SFBC members and non-members. Applications are due by this Friday, August 18th.
Volunteers Needed to Bring on the Bikes!
Bike lanes on Townsend Street? YES! Come out on Tuesday morning and talk to Caltrain's bike commuters about the best way to get bike lanes on Townsend Street — joining the SFBC and starting work on this critical piece of the bike network! Join other SFBC volunteers as we cheer bike commuters on, hand out bike goodies, talk up SFBC membership and GET FOLKS INVOLVED in making a better biking city! Tuesday August 22nd, 7-9am; 4th St. and Townsend. Email Rachel to start your morning out with a little bike advocacy!
Get Your Ride in the Oct/Nov Tube Times
Believe it or not, we're already planning our October/November Tube Times issue. Would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info) and we'll include it in our next issue and the web Chain of Events. All rides are welcome — it's easier than you think!
Letters to the Editor are also welcome now (and always)!
Treehouse Library Needs Office Furniture
The combined SFBC / Livable City library is growing and we need another bigger bookcase to help make better use of it — we'd love to have someone donate a couple of three-foot by seven- or eight-foot high bookcases to house the collection in suitable dignity and utility. If you've got something you can spare, or would like to buy us a new set of shelves, let us know and we'll get our Dewey Decimals circulating.
Also on our wishlist are an office cubicle, namely just the partitions, and a tall, letter-size filing cabinet. Let Dave know if you can help us out.
While You're Cleaning Out the Garage...
SFBC staff are as excited as ever, but we could always use a little pepping up. Do you have a coffee bean grinder and/or espresso machine that you aren't using? (It doesn't even have to be a conical burr grinder — we'll gladly take it.) Also, any powered computer speakers would help keep our volunteers cranking away. Contact Frank or just drop them off.
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