SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 17, 2006
"What if someone invented a vehicle that had a long range and an average speed that matched cars in today's city streets, took up very little space for use and storage, operated in a variety of conditions both on-road and off, and provided phenomenal fuel efficiency?"
— Can the Bicycle Save Civilization?, Ryan McGreal, Raise the Hammer, September 20, 2006
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Want to attend one of the last Bike Ed classes of the year?
2nd Annual Member Party in the Park
Join SFBC staff and members for a casual party in Peacock Meadows (JFK Drive between McLaren Lodge and Conservancy of Flowers) this Sunday from 1-5pm. No campaigns, calls for volunteers, asks for donations, just good ol' lounging and chatting with other awesome SFBC members. Bring a frisbee, or a blanket, and something to share at this potluck party. A great chance to meet the SFBC staff (new and old) and oodles of SFBC members. This is a very child friendly event. We hope to see you there!
Study Shows Bike Lanes = Safer Riding
This probably isn't a shocker to those of us already biking, but it is powerful new evidence to use in our campaign to build support for the Citywide Bike Network. In a new study from the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas, researchers found that lined, dedicated bike lanes are the safest option compared to unlined shoulders and riding on sidewalks. "Bike lanes reinforce the concept that bicyclists are supposed to behave like other vehicles, and make life safer for everyone involved as a result," Ian Hallett, a CTR graduate research assistant stated.
Want Bus Rapid Transit on Van Ness Ave.?
Want to know how we can speed up buses on Van Ness, one of the busiest routes in the City? Then, come out for this special public workshop Tuesday, October 17th between 6pm-8pm at the SFCTA office at 100 Van Ness Ave., 26th floor. They will share the results of Bus Rapid Transit designs for Van Ness Avenue and ask for your inpur. For more info, see the SFCTA's Van Ness page.
Winterfest Planning Committee Meets This Week
One of the greatest ways to get involved in a fabulously fun event to make it a smashing success. Join the Winterfest Planning Committee. The SFBC needs your input on food, decorations, sponsorship solicitation, and creative solutions for a variety of components for the evening to make this the greatest bike event in the Bay Area. The monthly planning committee meeting will be held this Thursday, October 19th, from 6:00-7:00pm at the SFBC office. Join us! Contact Jodie with questions.
Volunteer at Veloswap
Veloswap is nearly upon us! That one day each year when cyclists can come together to ooh and ahh at over 300 vendors' cycling products all in the same place. But, why pay the $8 entrance fee when you can get in free by volunteering two hours of your time at the event with the SFBC? That is $8 more to spend on that new bike, hot fenders, or clipless pedals! Sign up now to be a part of the world's biggest bicycle expo here in San Francisco on Saturday, November 18.
Special SFBC Election Volunteer Night
Meet other SFBC members & help us get out the Bike Vote in the important November 7th election. Please join us for a special volunteer night this Thursday, October 19th from 5:30-8pm at the SFBC offices. Bikes welcome inside. Dinner will be served! Can't make it this week? How about next Wednesday, October 25th? Find out more about our endorsed candidates and ways to help at our Bike Vote 2006 page.
New Bike Racks on Golden Gate Transit
We applaud Golden Gate Transit for unveiling its new luggage bay bike racks on all 52 of its 45-foot-long buses. The new racks are located on a mount that slides out from the luggage bay for easy loading of up to two bicycles. These were the only buses in the GG fleet that did not have front-mounted bike racks because of their length. If you want to know more about how they work, check out the Golden Gate Transit's Bikes & Buses page.
Sentenced to Community Service? Ride it off with the SFBC!
What better way to pay off your ticket running read lights on your bike than by volunteering with the SFBC through a special DPT program called Project 20! Here's what you do to sign up:
For Parking Tickets:
For Community Service:
How crafty are you?
Crafters unite for better biking! Do you knit, sew, decoupage, bead, bind books, or silk screen? Are you a creative crafty person with recycled materials? We're recruiting donations of handmade items by SFBC members for the ever popular craft table at Winterfest. Contact Nancy Botkin if you're interested in participating.
Howard Street closed Oct. 19-28 — Bikes re-routed
Heads up — the block of Howard Street between Third and Fourth Street will be closed to traffic for ten days from this Thursday (10/19) to the following Saturday (10/28), for an Oracle event. Bicycle traffic will be routed to the south sidewalk. Event coordinators assure us that bike and ped circulation will be managed smoothly, but of course if you find any significant problems be sure to notify the DPT authorities at 553-1200.
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