SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 28, 2006
"The number of Americans who participate in bicycling is double the population of Canada."
— from the "Active Outdoor Recreation Economy", a new report by the Outdoor Industry Foundation
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Vote Now For SFBC's Endorsements
November may seem like a long way off, but now is the time to weigh in on how the SFBC endorses candidates and issues in the upcoming election. Five seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for a vote, and we want to make sure the winners are bike-friendly. In addition, there are two important ballot measures we're considering endorsing. If you're a current SFBC member, you'll receive a separate, direct email within the next day giving you the chance to vote. Please take 5 minutes to check out our easy & informative endorsements page, where you can read candidates' responses to the SFBC questionnaire, then mark your vote for the SFBC's endorsements. Voting runs through Friday, September 8th. Watch for your email with more instructions.
Volunteer Night Is Back This Wednesday
Volunteer night at the SFBC is a great way to meet other cyclists while doing the behind-the-scenes work that keeps our organization rolling. We provide the dinner and snacks, you provide the witty conversation and helping hands. Everyone welcome. Don't forget to bring your bike upstairs! Wednesday, August 30th; 5-8 pm; SFBC Headquarters, 995 Market St, Suite 1550, 15th floor. Questions? Email Rachel or just show up.
Pump Them Up and Let Them Ride: Bike Mechanics and Tablers Needed
The SFBC has been invited to the Leland Avenue Street Fair in Visitation Valley to shout out for bikes in an area of the city where cycling resources are seriously lacking. Our table will be set up near the kids area - can your handy fingers (and bikey know-how) help citizens in this section of the city get rolling? We're looking for tablers and bike mechanics on the Fair day: Sunday, September 10th, 11-3pm, Leland Avenue. Lot of community groups will be there - help represent the SFBC! Email Rachel to help.
Bike Parkers Needed, Lots of Them!
The words of Kash, our Bike Parking Coordinator: "If you volunteer only one day this year, make it this one. Please!" The Power to the Peaceful Festival is a huge event is Golden Gate Park where the SFBC regularly parks over 600 bikes! We need your help to make it happen. We're also looking for folks to table for these SFBC alongside the bike parkers - let's get these folks involved in making a better biking city!
The details: Power to the Peaceful, Saturday, September 9th, 10-6:30, Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park. Shifts available (please note your first and second shift choices): 9:30-11:30, 10-12, 11-1, 12-2, 1-3, 2-4, 3-5, 4-6, 5-7
How You Can Make Your Yard Sale Left-overs Into Bike Lanes
Having a yard sale and don't want to cart those unsold goods back into your house or garage? Drop them off at Community Thrift and let those treasures become bike-lanes! Your donations this year of furniture, clothes, kitchenware, appliances, music, books, and bikes helped raise over $1400 for the SFBC in the past 4 months! It is quick and easy way to boost the cause.
Take it from another SFBC member, Aaron Jude Johnson - he says, "This is an easy way to give more to the SF Bike Coalition -- whom I'm always thankful for as I pedal around all the new and convenient bike lanes in the City."
Volunteer (and Shop for Cheap Gear on Your Breaks)
REI's used gear sales are a great place to spread the word about our campaigns for better biking and to recruit new SFBC members. Can you come out and speak to the sports-minded about getting involved in our biking community? The first step is signing up! Saturday, September 2nd, 9:45am-2pm (two shifts), 840 Brannan Street between 7th and 8th Streets. Email Rachel to volunteer.
Thanks For Cleaning Out Your Garage
Many thanks to Lili and Howell at Fresh Air Bicycles (1943 Divisadero at Pine) and Lee at Get Lost Books for the coffee grinders. We have been brewing away to keep up with our 5,800+ members! Thanks also to Teresa Z. and Ryan W., Glen M., and Mark J. for sharing the computer speakers. We'll have a soundcheck at Wednesday's volunteer night.
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