SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 25, 2006
"The motivation simply is to get people out of their cars. I want more people using bikes."
— Mayor Newsom brags about S.F. as green city, SF Chronicle, September 21, 2006
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Announcing SFBC Endorsements in Nov. 7 Races
We are proud to announce that the SFBC enthusiastically endorses the following bike-championing candidates in the Board of Supervisors' elections:
We have taken the following positions on local and state measures:
Now we need to get out the Bike Vote! Contact Leah to help out. Or, we encourage you to volunteer for the campaigns directly, and let them know the SFBC sent you! See http://www.sfbike.org/vote for more information on the SFBC's endorsements.
Boost the Bike Lanes — Make Your Donation Today!
Last week you received an email asking for a donation to "Give a boost to bike lanes -- Fight the injunction!" Thank you to those of you who opened up your wallets to support the cause. We are halfway to our goal of raising $5,000 to ensure that the SFBC has the resources we need to fight the Bike Plan injunction and to convince the City to step up its attention to better biking. Won't you help?
If everyone gave just $10-$20 we will easily meet our goal! Donate online now! Not comfortable donating online? Mail us a check, or come by our office — we love to meet our members! Right now, we need your help to continue to make your bike ride better and to encourage more people to try biking.
Not an SFBC member? Join the SFBC today to help fuel the movement!
You're Needed: Rally for Safer Cesar Chavez St. Wednesday at Noon
Join the SFBC and its coalition partners this Wednesday, 9/27, at noon at the intersection of Chavez & Mission Sts. for a rally to demand a safer, more livable street, including bike lanes. In less than an hour during lunchtime, you can help us show the media and city leaders how much support there is to calm the traffic on freeway-like Cesar Chavez St. We'll be joined by Supervisor Tom Ammiano and other neighborhood representatives fighting for a better community. Hope to see you Wednesday at noon!
Free tickets to the Bicycle Film Festival
The Bicycle Film Festival kicks off this Thursday! It looks like it is going to be a blast and we wouldn't want you and your friends to miss it. We have two ways for you and your friends to get free tickets.
For three days only (Monday-Wednesday this week), the SFBC is giving away tickets to the 7pm Friday movies to new members. New members must choose the "Bicycle Film Festival" option on the "How did you hear about us?" question on the membership form. The SFBC will email the new member to confirm the ticket at will call. This is a limited time offer to the first 25 people who reply! Pass it on!
Speak up for Bike Lanes at Inner Sunset meeting Wednesday
The 7th Avenue corridor is the one good way to pedal north-south over the western shoulder of Twin Peaks, from the Inner Sunset to West Portal, Glen Park, and other neighborhoods, but some of it's pretty scary for cycling as it stands right now. The MTA Traffic Calming team has been working on a plan for the Inner Sunset since last fall and they'll lay out their proposal at a community meeting this Wednesday evening (9/27) at 7pm at the 7th Avenue Presbyterian Church at 1329 7th Avenue (at Irving). If you care about safer streets for the Inner Sunset, especially 7th Avenue, be sure to come out and join the conversation. For more information, see the Inner Sunset Traffic Calming project website.
Join us Wednesday Night for our Tube Times Folding Party
It's time again for our bimonthly Tube Times Folding Party! The Tube Times will be hot off the press Wednesday evening, 5-8pm, and we need your help getting it to our volunteers. Enjoy a fun evening with friendly fellow cyclists and pizza while preparing the latest edition of Tube Times for our members. Don't forget to bring up your bike!
PARK(ing) Day 2006 — A Peaceful Green Sensation!
Last Thursday's PARK(ing) Day had San Francisco smiling and scratching its collective chin in wonder as dozens of curbside parking spaces became sweet little parks! Our thanks to the Rebar elves and everyone else who helped reclaim some public space for a little while and make the case for more parks and green room in this crowded town. Be sure to check out this short video account by our friend Clarence Eckerson, Jr., as well as this album of snapshots and this cool time-lapse account of the life of one PARK(ing) intervention. We expect to see more PARK(ing) start popping up around town, no reason to wait a year, get out your sofa and coffee table and start plugging the meter...
We will be hosting outreach events all over the city where we will be doing free minor bicycle maintenance, and fitting kids who bring bicycles with free helmets. If you have wrenching experience and want to make some city kids very very happy, we would love to have your help at these upcoming events: Bayview Commons Apartments afterschool program (September 29), Treasure Island Community Day Festival (September 30), Arte Libre (October 6), and San Francisco Family Festival (October 14). Contact Kate if you would like to help at 431-BIKE x303.
Walk to School Day: October 4
International Walk to School Day is coming up on Wednesday, October 4, a global event that gives children, parents, teachers, administrators and community members an opportunity to work together to make their communities safer and more pleasant for walking. Last year, more than a dozen San Francisco schools hosted a Walk to School event. If you're a parent, teacher, or school administrator, find out how you can get involved — see the SF Walk to School Day website to learn more.
More Bike Love at the Mill Valley Film Festival
If you can't get enough fine bicycle cinema, be sure to check this out — the Mill Valley Film Festival will be screening Klunkerz, a new documentary about the Marin County roots and global rise of mountain biking. Paired with Russian Hill Roulette, a modern classic from the SFBC's own auteur Frank Chan, this program is guaranteed to leave you sucking wind and spitting mud in the happiest way. The Sunday 10/8 show is sold out but there may still be seats left for the Monday 10/9 show (9:00 pm, 142 Throckmorton Theater, MV). Click over to the MVFF website and book a pair pronto.
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