SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 2, 2006
"When man invented the bicycle, he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle."
— Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills
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We're close to reaching our online special appeal goal of $5,000.
Help Win 17th St. Bike Lanes Tuesday
Want to see bike lanes on 17th St. in the Mission? Please join us tomorrow,
Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm for an important SFBC 17th St. committee
meeting. We'll hear from City staff about their progress & we'll plan our
outreach to win critical support from merchants and neighbors. Meeting is at
the digipop office at
Folsom St @ corner of 17th St. Bikes welcome inside.
Good News on Golden Gate Bridge Bike Toll
Congratulations to the thousands of you who signed petitions opposing the
proposed bike/pedestrian toll on the Golden Gate Bridge — our organizing is
working. We have just learned that the GGB Board of Directors has explicitly
agreed that the bike/ped toll is not part of their 5-year financial plan,
which was just approved. Great news considering that the Bridge District still
faces a major funding shortfall. It seems they heard the message
loud-and-clear that charging a toll on bicyclists and pedestrians just won't
fly. Thanks for your organizing work — we did it!
Kickoff Party for Emily Drennen for BART Board
Help elect a bike-friendly voice to the BART Board of Directors by kicking off Emily Drennen's campaign tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 5:30-8:30pm at Sheba Lounge, 1419 Fillmore @ O'Farrell. Enjoy live music, food, and fun to help the SFBC's endorsed candidate. Learn more about Emily & ways to support her campaign at www.emilydrennen.com
Special SFBC Election Volunteer Night Wednesday
We'll need lots of help to get out the Bike Vote in the important November 7th election. Please join us Wednesday night for this special volunteer night to distribute flyers and call fellow SFBC members to remind them to vote. It's all happening Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 5-8pm at the SFBC office at 995 Market St., Ste. 1550. Bikes welcome inside. Dinner will be served! Find out more about our endorsed candidates at www.sfbike.org/vote and watch for upcoming ways to help, including bike rides with the candidates, at www.sfbike.org/chain.
Volunteer! Volunteer! Volunteer!
Did you know that all those amazing things the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition does, were driven by our member volunteers, like you? It is true! Your membership card was processed by a volunteer, your bike was valet parked by a volunteer, the Tour de Fat was brought to you by volunteer, and when you moved across town, your address was updated by, you guessed it: A volunteer!
Now you know our volunteers make little miracles happen everyday, but we can't do it without you! Help us make San Francisco a more bike-friendly city by filling the following volunteer positions:
Contact Kate to volunteer at 431-BIKE x303.
Save the Date - Great Streets Around the World
Hold onto next Tuesday evening (October 10) — Get ready to join the SFBC &
Livable City to learn about innovative and successful efforts across the globe
to build great transportation systems and beautiful public space. We'll look
as close as Davis and Palo Alto and as far as Paris and Bogota for inspiration
for our work at home. We'll also be raising funds for the Prop. E campaign to
increase the parking tax. Mark your calendar with an "X" (10/10/06, 6pm-8pm),
dig out your donation wallet, and prepare for a great evening of visionary
cities and superlative streets!
Web designer needed for Duboce Bike Mural site
Do you have design skills to make the Duboce Bikeway Mural Web site sweet and friendly? We're preparing a big maintenance and restoration effort on the 380'-long bike mural wall in '07, and we're expecting more visitors to the mural Web site. It'd be great to tidy up a bit, and prepare for some new pages to be added. If you have ideas but aren't HTML savvy, or you're tempted to tackle the whole project yourself, please contact mural project manager Joel Pomerantz.
Recruiting Candidates for Citizen Advisory Committee
Interested in safer street and sidewalks? Bike Lanes? Guiding the investment of nearly $1 Billion in transportation funds? We are! So we're recruiting bike-friendly candidates to the Transportation Authority's Citizen Advisory Committee, which is now accepting applications from people in Districts 4 (Sunset), 5 (Haight, Cole Valley, Duboce, Western Addition), and 11 (Outer Mission, Excelsior). To find out more, see www.sfcta.org, or contact email@example.com.
Berkeley Center for Appropriate Transport Seeks New Tenants
Long-time SFBC member Keeeth let us know that the Berkeley Center for Appropriate Transport (C.A.T.) is currently seeking tenants in the field of design, manufacturing, custom fabrication and or development of products & services fundamentally devoted to sustainable human-powered technologies. Berkeley C.A.T. has been a service to the East Bay bicycle culture for over six years and is home to Pedal Express Cargo Delivery Services and other bicycle-related organizations. If you are interested in 200 square feet of divisible space with room for future expansion, see their website.
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