SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 30, 2006
"So there is no misunderstanding -- there's a lot of people that are concerned about this -- let me make this clear. That ill-conceived lawsuit that's holding up our bike plan will not stop us. Whatever the judge's decision, we will continue our long-term planning efforts to create that citywide bicycle network, uniting our current patchwork of bike lanes into a unified and comprehensive system."
— Mayor Gavin Newsom, State of the City address (0h:29m), October 26, 2006
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Your Help Needed on Bike Vote '06 — Now or Never
With only one week until Election Day, we're asking SFBC members to step up and commit an hour or two to help our endorsed, bike-friendly candidates and ballot measures win. You can affect the future of city for decades to come by volunteering this week. Won't you say yes?
Here are 5 ways you can contribute to Bike Vote '06 in the next week:
Volunteer Night is Back this Wednesday!
If you have been missing your favorite SFBC tradition, Volunteer Night, you will be both relieved and delighted to know that it is back! This Wednesday evening, 5-8pm, get your folding fingers ready for a night of good company, dinner on the SFBC, and lots of volunteer fun to help you through your Halloween candy hang-over. This is a big one, folks, we'll be mailing out 5,000 pieces and need your hands and help to get it all done! As always, we will see you at the world SFBC headquarters, 995 Market Street, 15th floor, 5-8pm (we hope!). Don't forget to bring your bike up. Contact Kate with questions at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Cyclists come together for Bus Rapid Transit on Geary
If you live in or travel to the Richmond District by Muni, you know how slow and unreliable the transit trip can be. Thanks to SFBC member Meg Lynch for hosting a Go Geary House Party earlier tonight at SF's #1 bike cafe, the Velo Rouge Cafe. Learn more about the Geary Corridor Study and how bicyclists can support Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Geary, and be sure to mark your calendars for some important public meetings on BRT this week:
For more info, see the SF County Transportation Authority's website.
Get Your Ride in the Dec/Jan Tube Times
Believe it or not, we're already planning our December/January Tube Times issue. Would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour? Contact email@example.com by this Thursday, November 2, with all the details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info) and we'll include it in our next issue and the web Chain of Events. All rides are welcome — it's not that hard!
Ride the Tour de Toxic Waste
And roll your toxics to their proper disposal. This Saturday, November 4th, join the SFBC member-led tour out to the dump. You can pedal along just for the education or you can bring leftover waste that can't be safely thrown in the trash. Did you know that your toxics include computers, phones, iPods and everything electronic? So bike these out! Other items that should never be thrown in the trash include: paint, pesticides, aerosols, and resins like epoxy. You can also bring your batteries out to be recycled. The ride includes a short tour given by cyclist and Environmental Manager of the waste facility, Brad Drda. So pack your panniers, load up your racks, or borrow one of the SFBC's trailers, and learn how to do it right. The 12 mile round trip ride meets at 10am, 6th St. @ Market, outside SFBC HQ. For more info on the tour, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out sfenvironment.com for more info on how to safely dispose of your waste.
Volunteer at Green Festival 2006
Want to spread the bike love at the Green Festival? The SFBC needs volunteers to table at Green Festivals, one of the world's largest environmental festivals, November 10-12. What's more environmentally friendly than sharing your love of the SFBC and the positive impact we make in San Francisco's environment? If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Veloswap Volunteers Still Needed: Get in FREE
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.
Web guru needed for Winterfest site
Winterfest, the fabulously fun SFBC auction, is happening on Sunday, December 3rd. SFBC is seeking an immediate web intern for the Winterfest website for posting Winterfest sponsors and to feature live and silent auction items. Looking for max. 8 hr/wk commitment for next 4 weeks. If interested, see full description on our Internship page.
Kitchen-Warming Party at the Bike Kitchen
The Bike Kitchen, San Francisco's amazing Do-It-Yourself Cooperative Bike Shop, is celebrating the autumnal call of the bike shop and their brand new location in SOMA with a party. The Bike Kitchen reminds us that the turning back of the clock is the best time to do some post-summer tune-ups, build panniers and trailers, or build-up next year's champion bike. The Bike Kitchen's shop has after-dark hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9pm. Come to this Saturday's party at the new location at 1256 Mission at 9th St (enter on Laskie St) 6-10pm. Enjoy music from SF bands Tartufi, Ghost Family, Bluegill, the Tomorrow Men, and more. Everyone is welcome!
Volunteer at the Treasure Island Triathlon
Do you rarely get to San Francisco's only zip coded island? The Treasure Island Triathlon needs volunteers, and they will donate $5 per volunteer to the SFBC if at least 20 volunteers sign-up. Volunteers can sign up at http://www.impex.com/TI.
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