SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 9, 2006
"A radical idea is sweeping the world of American bicycle manufacturing: building bikes that people will use for actual transportation."
— Makers Push Comfy Bikes Aimed at Commuters, Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2006
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Golden Gate Park cut-through traffic at Board of Supes next Monday
The Golden Gate Park Music Concourse project was supposed to bring us a serene "pedestrian oasis" in the City's premiere park, but over the years the de Young and other powerful interests have defied the promise of Prop. J at each turn and won every decision on cars vs. people, and the eastern end of the Park is as plagued by cars as ever. Last August the Board of Supervisors approved a circulation plan for the Concourse that pretended to close the Concourse to cut-through traffic, hoping that some paint and signs would keep out cheaters, but a year later the skeptics' fears have come true and cut-through traffic is rampant.
Next Monday (10/16/06, 1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263) the Board of Supervisors' City Operations and Neighborhoods Services Committee (CONS) will hear a report on the status of the Concourse circulation plan and consider adjustments and improvements to that plan. If you care for the park and want to see the promise of a pedestrian oasis kept, please come down and speak up for a real solution to stop cut-through traffic. If you can't make it in person, please contact CONS committee members (McGoldrick, Dufty, and Ma; see our website's Leaders page for contact info). Drop Andy a line for more info.
Sloat Boulevard bike lanes at Board next Monday
Also on the bill at Monday's CONS committee at City Hall: Bike lanes for outer Sloat Boulevard! A proposal to stripe bike lanes on Sloat from the Great Highway to Skyline Blvd. This is a great start to a southern connection from the beach to West Portal and beyond. Be sure to show up and sound off in support (10/16/06, 1:00 pm, City Hall, Room 263), and if you can't make it in person, please contact CONS committee members (McGoldrick, Dufty, and Ma; see our website's Leaders page for contact info) and let them know you think this is a good idea. Ask Andy for more info.
World's Great Streets come to SFBC Tuesday evening
Boosting the tax on parking must be a terrific idea. Anxious opponents of Proposition E have already raised more than $130,000 to defeat the measure, which would help fund Muni and other city services, encourage commuters to walk, bicycle, and use public transit, and reduce congestion, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Come out tomorrow evening and help raise a little cash for the Prop. E campaign, learn about innovative and successful efforts across the globe to build great transportation systems and beautiful public space, and chat with SFBC and Livable City folks about how we can move SF streets towards greatness. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6 pm-8 pm, SFBC HQ, 995 Market @ 6th, Ste. 1550. Suggested donations: $5-$5,000. Contact Andy for more info.
Volunteer Night is this Wednesday!
The best Wednesday night party that gives you that sweet feeling in your heart instead of a hang over (much better, we think) is happening this Wednesday, October 11, 5pm-8pm. Hang out with the coolest, friendliest biking advocates the Bay Area offers, while putting your hands and heads to work for a better cycling city. We'll feed you dinner, and bring your bike up with you! SFBC HQ, 995 Market St. Ste 1550.
Shop By Bike Kickoff Meeting
Frustrated by car-choked parking lots where you shop? Wonder why bike-loving friends use their autos to go to the store and leave their two wheels behind? We need to change this paradigm! The SFBC is kicking off a Shop by Bike campaign with a two-pronged approach: showing bikers how easy it can be to shop by bike AND making stores around the city more bike-friendly. The campaign is in the early stages and now is the time to get your ideas out on the floor. Come to a brainstorming meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6-7:30 PM at SFBC Headquarters, 995 Market St, Suite 1550. RSVP or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Show off your panniers or basket in the next Tube Times!
As part of our new Shop by Bike campaign, we want to showcase the wide variety of options all you bike shoppers use to carry your goodies to and from the store. We know there's genius out there - whether its a bucket, a cardboard box, or a good old set of panniers. Help us show folks all the genius ways there are to get goods to and from the store (without using a car). If you have a rig we can showcase, email email@example.com ASAP. If you have tips on the ways you shop by bike, please send them along as well.
Shape It: Winterfest + You = One great event
Winterfest planning is in full swing! But there is something missing....YOU. To guarantee Winterfest is infused with local SF flavor, the SFBC is asking our members to ask their favorite restaurant, bar, bakery, yoga studio, massage therapist and bookstore for gift certificates as Winterfest sponsorship. All the materials necessary (FAQs, solicitation letters, sponsorship levels & pledge forms) can be downloaded from the SFBC Winterfest website to help you make that pitch to your neighborhood favorite. Put your thinking caps on — Where do you like to go? What would you like to walk away with at Winterfest? Get creative! Thanks for your helping hands! Winterfest wouldn't be a blast without you.
The SFBC is still looking for creative event thinkers and social butterflies who love to plan and host great parties. The Winterfest Planning Committee is the driving force behind Winterfest, SFBC's big member party and auction. The committee is working on securing food and beverages, scoring entertainment, and coordinating the silent auction. The next commitee meeting is Thursday, October 19th at 6pm. Join us! E-mail Jodie for more information.
Help Win for Bikes in November Election
How do we get great bike legislation passed & enforced? Here's party of the answer: We help elect bike-friendly candidates! We had great turnout last week for our first-ever special Election Volunteer Night, so we're planning more - please join us. First, you can support SFBC member Emily Drennen's campaign for the BART Board this Thursday night, Oct. 12th, from 6-8pm at the SFBC office. Then help all four of the SFBC-endorsed candidates on Thursday, Oct. 19th & Wednesday, Oct. 25th, from 5-8pm at the SFBC office. We also need help handing out Bike Vote '06 flyers to cyclists *every* day during a.m. & p.m. commute hours — contact Leah to volunteer for an hour. Finally, join our special bike ride with Supervisor Chris Daly around District 6 this Saturday at 11am. Meet at Chris' headquarters at 2973 16th St. near Mission St.
Youth Bike Program seeks Donations and Volunteers
To create a new bicycle based culture we need to start young. At the Presidio Community YMCA they are bringing bikes into schools and inspiring a love of riding among the youth of San Francisco. Currently they serve 4 schools with bike riding programs, teaching safety skills while taking kids on bike trips around SF and the Bay Area. Two of the schools, Francisco and Marina, also have bike shop classes, where youth learn bike mechanics and can build their own bike. Both programs are largely fueled by donations of bikes, bike parts, tools and volunteers. To donate any supplies please call Justin Valone at 415 850 1584. To volunteer with any of the programs please call Jena Lee at 415 447 9643.
Daytime Volunteer Help
Do you have time to spare during the day? Maybe the job hunt is wearing you down and you need a little boost. Or, you are a student and could really use some internship credits. Perhaps all your post-retirement time is just a little too much time. Up at the Treehouse (how we refer to the SFBC office) we have a ton of work to do from design and computer work to stuffing and stamping envelopes — there's something for everyone. Give us your lunch break or stop on by afterwork to unwind, and we will give you a sense of accomplishment: making San Francisco a better biking city. Contact Kate to schedule a time to come in at 431-BIKE x303.
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