October 23, 2006
"Punctured bicycle / on a hillside desolate / Will nature make a man of me yet?"
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Have an inquiry, tale of woe, or romantic failure with your bike?
Pledge 2 hours in the next 2 Weeks for Bike Candidates
The SFBC needs YOUR help to keep (and hopefully expand on) our bike-friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors. The election on Tuesday, November 7th is heating up, and the SFBC's endorsed candidates are looking for some bike love to help them succeed. It all starts this Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 5:30-8pm, at our office with our special Election Volunteer Night. Then Thursday, help candidate Emily Drennen win a seat on the BART Board. (And check our her cool, pro-bike shirts!) Things heat up this weekend with a major rally for Chris Daly (and check out his new bike video!) on Saturday and volunteer opportunities all weekend long for Daly, Alix Rosenthal, and all our candidates. None of these times work for you? How about helping before or after work by passing out SFBC Bike Vote '06 flyers to cyclists? Contact us to help get out the Bike Vote '06.
Gathering the Local Flavor at Winterfest
The Winterfest Planning Committee needs your help to make this year's Winterfest fundraising auction a success. Do you have a talent to share or a vacation home to lend for a weekend? Do you patronize a restaurant or shop that benefits from biking business? Do you work some place (restaurant, bookshop, theater company, museum, health spa, etc.) that could donate a fabulous auction item or gift certificate? Local businesses love the attention they get as Winterfest contributors. All it takes is an easy ask! Donation tools and forms are available from the Winterfest website or contact event planner JC Rafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Ed classes build better bicyclists (and they're free!)
No matter what your age or experience level you're certain to come away a better, safer cyclist after you've taken one of our Bike Ed classes, taught by a crack team of League Certified Instructors. This Thursday (10/26) we're offering the four hour Day One in-classroom course, which teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. Then on Saturday (10/28) we're offering the six-hour Day Two on-road course, providing an opportunity to put into practice what was learned in the Day One course, practicing emergency maneuvers, and riding in various traffic conditions to test your knowledge of vehicular cycling skills.
Both classes are open to adults 14 and over; bicycle not required for Day One. The Day One class is a prerequisite for the Day Two class, so if you haven't already completed the Day One class, sign up for Thursday's class before registering for Saturday's session. Each class is free, but you must register -- sign up right now online!
Bicyclists support Bus Rapid Transit on Geary (and more coffee!)
Live or work in the Richmond District? Ever visit the Richmond and get frustrated by unreliable transit? Come out to learn more about the Geary Corridor Study and how bicyclists can support Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Geary, all happening at SF's #1 bike cafe! SFBC member Meg Lynch's Café Velo Rouge will be hosting a Go Geary Houseparty on Sunday October 30th at 6:00pm! Great coffee, snacks and company. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Sarah Karlinsky.
Also, please mark your calendars for some important public meetings on BRT on November 2nd and November 4th. For more info., see http://www.sfcta.org/gearytxt.htm#Workshops
The Volunteer Night Tradition is Back November 1st
In October, our Volunteer Night tradition got a little bit off track when our Tube Times publishing date pushed the schedule off of our normal every-other-week format, but have no fear! Volunteer Night is back November 1, and we need your help! We will be folding, stuffing, and sealing in the name of all things bike into the night and we need you to keep our assembly line hopping! As always, we will enjoy dinner, the good company of the stars of the San Francisco bicycling community, and the satisfaction of working for better cycling. Bring your bike up to the office at 995 Market Street, Suite 1550, at Market and 6th Streets, November 1, 5pm-8pm. Call Kate for more info (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Design the Next SFBC T-Shirt
The SFBC wants you to design our next T-shirt! The organization that brought you "One Less Car" and "Allowed Full Use of Lane" shirts needs a new champion to shoulder up with our classics. Design submissions should be made by November 14 at 5pm. Winners may receive fame, fortune, a date with the SFBC, their name in lights, or enticing life-changing intrinsic benefits. For more information check out www.sfbike.org/?shirt_contest or contact Kate.
Community Youth Bike Festival!
Come one, come all, and celebrate in the love of bikes with festivities on Sunday, October 29th, from 12 noon to 4pm at Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park!!! The Youth Bike Program is collaborating with local organizations such as Cycles of Change and the Bike Kitchen to host a fabulous event for your enjoyment:
Come and join in the fun, we hope to see you there! Volunteers are always welcome! Sunday, October 29th, 12 noon to 4pm at Peacock Meadow at Golden Gate Park (on JFK Drive, next to the Conservatory of Flowers) hosted by Presidio Community YMCA Youth Bike Program. For a schedule of events, or for questions or directions, call 415-447-9673.
Go to Veloswap FREE: Volunteer!
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.
Job Opportunities in Bicycle Advocacy
Want to go to work making Bay Area biking better? Check out these two exciting job opportunities:
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) is seeking a Director of Planning. The Director of Planning is the "technical" person on MCBC's staff, and communicates MCBC's infrastructure and policy platforms. The position includes direct communication with public works directors, elected officials, MCBC members, and the public about bicycle needs, design issues, priorities and more. For more information on how to apply, please see the MCBC website.
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) is seeking an Advocacy Director. This is a 20 hour/week position working on regional bicycling issues such as Complete Streets, the Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Bike Plan updates, bridge access, and other hot topics. For more information on how to apply, please see the BABC website.
Josh Hart keeps rolling (but not flying)
Former SFBC Program Director Joshua Hart, international velocitizen and bon vivant, continues to make news across the pond as he pursues a higher education and a smarter, smaller environmental footprint. See how the UK media screamed, "Train, boat, but not a plane for Joshua," and read more about Josh's car-free adventures on his groovy blog.
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