SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 11, 2006
"It has taken a decade of organizing and lobbying, but bike riders in San Francisco have put themselves into the forefront of city politics."
— Supervisor Chris Daly, "Bicyclists winning a war of lanes in San Francisco", Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2006
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Bike Plan Lawsuit — Decision Day Wednesday
Decision day is here at last for the SF Bicycle Plan lawsuit — on Wednesday Superior Court Judge Peter Busch will hear the case and is likely to hand down a verdict (though postponement is always a possibility). Much important work is waiting to move forward — since June, the city has been blocked from implementing on-street safety and circulation improvements for bikes — so we're very eager to have the case resolved. Please come and witness the proceedings:
Of course we'll share any news via our website — keep an eye on the SFBC home page for breaking headlines, and see our Network page for more information on the Bike Plan and lawsuit.
SFBC Makes National News
In case the recent front-page story in the SF Chronicle about the SFBC's work wasn't enough, we're happy to share a front-page story in tomorrow's national Christian Science Monitor. Check out the story and take a minute to take part in their national online survey. Thank you SFBC members for your commitment and energy that is making the SFBC's work so newsworthy!
One More Staff
The staff at the SFBC is thrilled to announce that we have another star joining the team — Kate McCarthy. She will join us in the SFBC "Tree House" as the SFBC Membership & Volunteer Organizer this week. Kate has a rich background in volunteer management, event coordination and juggling multiple projects (like 8th graders) — not to mention a contagious enthusiasm for making San Francisco a better place to pedal. To send Kate a welcome note, reply to Kate or drop by Volunteer Night to see Kate in action.
Volunteer Night This Wednesday
Your helpful hands + A couple of hours = A Happy SFBC! 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. Dinner is on the house and the fine conversation is FREE. Don't forget to bring your bike up to the 15th floor! Wednesday, September 13th, 5-8 pm; SFBC Headquarters, 995 Market St, Suite 1550. Questions? Email Rachel or just show up.
Support Open Space Downtown
The SFBC is proud to support efforts to create new, much-needed public space in the heart of downtown. We'd appreciate your support this Thursday at a public hearing to support the creation of an 18,000-sq. foot car-free space on Jessie Street between 5th St. and Mint Street (just off Mission & Market Sts.). If passed, this street would be converted to pedestrian-only space to be used for live music, cafes, and a green refuge in the otherwise paved downtown. To support this effort, come to the hearing at the Planning Commission this Thursday, September 14 in Room 400, City Hall at 3pm. To find out more, including where to send letters of support, see www.mintplazasf.org.
PARK(ing) Day Hits SF Streets — Be a Part of PARK(ing) History
REBAR is kicking off Car-free Day with a mass PARK(ing) Day on Thursday, September 21st all over the city. The SFBC will be doing a PARK(ing) installation -- take your bike to the beach -- and we could use some help to make it happen. We will be hauling tarps, sand, plants and beach chairs to a parking spot in SOMA (to highlight SOMA bike lane campaigns), feeding the parking meter and enjoying the serenity. Want to give us a hand to make this happen? Contact Nate Rotsko, our SFBC intern, to get involved.
Rebar is having a volunteer night this Thursday, Sept 14th, 7-9pm at the Southern Exposure Gallery (2901 Mission St @ 25th St.) to brainstorm and organize their PARK(ing) Day event. Check it out.
Volunteers Needed for the Folsom Street Fair
The granddaddy of all leather events is back this year and (of course) the SFBC will be there! We'll be parking bikes for fair-goers and talking up the strength of gears and chains attached to two rolling wheels. We're looking for volunteer bike parkers and volunteer tablers to share information about our campaigns for a better biking city and the benefits of joining the SFBC. Come out and get bikes in on the action! Sunday, September 24th, Folsom Street Fair, 9th St btw Tehama and Clementina. Tabling shifts: 12-2 and 2-4. To sign up to table, email Kate. To sign up to park bikes (Shifts ALL day from 10-6), email the Bike Valets
Thanks for Voting
We appreciate all of our members who voted in the SFBC's endorsements process during the past two weeks. Voting is now closed, but you can still read candidates' responses to the SFBC's survey. Next, the SFBC Board will consider and vote on our final endorsements. Stay tuned for the announcement next week. That's when members' help will be crucial — we'll need to turn out the Bike Vote for our endorsed candidates!
Bikes + Film = Bicycle Film Festival
Come one come all to view some of the hottest films in bicycle history at the 6th Annual Bicycle Film Festival (Sept 27th-30th). The SFBC is looking for volunteers to make the festival run as smooth as possible — everything from ushers to valet bike parkers. If you have volunteered in the past at the festival, you know how fun it is and it is all for a good cause — the love of the bicycle. Plus: you get to go to the movies on us! We need about 50 volunteers to make it happen. On our sign up page, see tasks and shift schedules. Questions? Contact Kate.
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