SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 19, 2006
"Bicycle mileage: 1160 miles per gallon."
— Edward Thomas, "Back of the Envelope: The Fuel Efficient Bicycle", theWatt Podcast Episode 57, May 14, 2006
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Save the Date for Winterfest 2006!
Come PARK(ing) with us this Thursday!
Thursday is World Car-Free Day, and we'll be seeking and celebrating car-free public space in the city even more than we usually would. Some of us will be working on or loafing in PARK(ing) interventions all over town. If you want to get involved with the SFBC's 5th Street PARK(ing), drop a line to Nate Rotsko. Watch the SFBC homepage for an updated list of PARK(ing) interventions around town as they pop up. (If you're doing a PARK(ing) thing, let us know and we'll get it listed.)
Bike Plan Lawsuit Update
Superior Court Judge Peter Busch today took final arguments on the lawsuit against the San Francisco Bicycle Plan and is expected to deliver a verdict within a few weeks. Judge Busch acknowledged that the suit was not a matter of "bikes vs. cars" but rather a narrow question of process under CEQA (the state environmental review law) — whether the Bike Plan, adopted unanimously last June by the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Newsom, has the potential to cause significant environmental impacts in and of itself, or is (as the city argues) a set of guiding principles and recommendations to steer San Francisco's progress toward a more bike-friendly city, leaving the specific change-making projects to another process of review and legislation.
We certainly need big changes for better everyday bicycling in this city, but the Bike Plan alone won't make them — to make a real Citywide Bike Network happen we need an Implementation Plan with firm dates and dollars and deliverables, and we look to the Board and Mayor to commit in earnest to an aggressive program to move the plan forward once the lawsuit is settled. 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 for everyone's sake and get on with this important work. Count on us to 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.
Winterfest Kick Off — Get Involved!
Don't miss our first Winterfest Planning Committee meeting, this Wednesday, September 20 from 6:15-7:15 at the SFBC HQ (995 Market St. 15th floor). If you are eager to plan, plan, plan, we need your help! We are looking for committee members on everything from food, decorations, live auction and entertainment. Winterfest is truly a member party — we can't do it without you! This is one of the greatest ways to get involved planning our big-wheel event. Get started from the get-go. Please come with your ideas and ready to roll your sleeves up. Questions? Contact Jodie.
What is Winterfest? Winterfest is the biggest bike bash in the Bay Area. SFBC will host this annual member party, bike and art auction on Sunday, December 3rd at SOMArts gallery from 6-9pm. Last year, we had 750 member attendees who bid, laughed, drank & walked away with smiles with all the goodies they scored from local art to bikes & gear galore! Mark your calendar — this is not a party to be missed!
Chance to Revive Healthy Saturdays: Contact Newsom & Dufty
While we're frustrated that the Mayor vetoed Healthy Saturdays in May, we're encouraged that he voiced his public support of the concept & pledged to find a way to make it work. Now, we need your help in holding him to his word. The Mayor's Office commissioned a study to document any impacts of the 40-year-old car-free space on Sundays vs. the existing conditions of car-filled space on Saturdays. Are there differences in traffic? Parking? Number of people attending the Park? Number of people walking and biking? This is crucial data that should be released within the next few weeks.
Please take 3 minutes this week to contact the Mayor — and Supervisor Dufty, who disappointingly voted against this measure — to remind them that we're watching and urge them to support a six-month trial in 2007 of Healthy Saturdays. (See contact data here.)
Go to the Bicycle Film Festival with the SFBC
The Bicycle Film Festival is upon us, and we want to take you! The SFBC has paired up with the Bicycle Film Festival to give you two ways to to get free passes to the event.
First, if you give the gift of an SFBC membership to someone you love, we will give you a free ticket to the opening show on Friday, September 29 at 7pm! What better gift is there than a year of bicycle advocacy for a more bike friendly city? A gift that also gets you into the Bicycle Film Festival Free! Your friends will love their SFBC membership and all of its benefits: discounts at bike shops, free air travel bike box rental, a year subscription to the Tube Times, and more! Sign up your friends today.
Want another way to see our favorite two-wheeled vehicle on the silver screen? Volunteers at the Bike Film Festival also get complimentary tickets. We need volunteers for bike valet parking, tabling, will call, and ushering. If you would like to volunteer, fill out our volunteer form and we will get you into the show! Questions? Contact Kate.
Save the Date: Neighborhood Rally for Safer Cesar Chavez Sept. 27th
Anyone who's bike or walked across the intersection of Cesar Chavez & Mission St. won't be surprised to hear that it's one of the most dangerous intersections in the city. The SFBC is proud to be part of a growing coalition of groups - C.C. Puede - organizing to make Cesar Chavez safer for all users. Please join us at the intersection of Chavez & Mission next Wednesday, Sept. 27th at noon for a lunchtime rally to demand a safer, more livable street, including bike lanes. We'll be joined by Supervisor Tom Ammiano and other neighborhood representatives fighting for a better community. To help out, contact Leah.
October Classes at Bike Kitchen: Tune Up and Pannier Construction
Learn the basics of tuning up a bicycle — installing cables, fixing flats, overhauling hubs, truing wheels, and more. In this hands-on class, students will work on their own bikes. Or participants can sign up to be guided through the design and construction of their own set of two rear panniers. For more information visit Bike Kitchen or to sign up, email email@example.com. Stay tuned for a Women-only tune-up class in November!
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