SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 20, 2006
The Prime Minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt is a cyclist and a fan of cycle-sport. He said: "In politics, one can learn some things from cycling, such as how to have character and courage. Sometimes in politics there isn't enough of those things."
— The celebs who cycle, Bike Biz, November 9, 2006
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Forgot how to ride in the rain?
We've got over 20 bikes at Winterfest!
Now is the best time to get a new two-wheeled wonder! On December 3rd, you will have your chance to bid and win the bike of your dreams! Have you always wanted a cruiser Schwinn Tango Tandem? What about a new all-around city bike? In need of a slick new KHS Flight 900 road bike? Or a fabulously fun Dahon folding bike? Be a kid again with a Schwinn Grey Ghost Sting-Ray. Look great on a Raleigh Single Speed Commuter. This is only a portion of the fabulous inventory of bikes that will be auctioned off at the SFBC's 11th Annual Winterfest Bike and Art Auction. Over 20 bikes we will be featured this year. We guarantee there is something for everyone! Bring your friends, neighbors, and that special someone who's in need of a bike.
View the entire silent and live auction catalogue today! Winterfest is more than just bikes! The Art Auction is guaranteed to be a winner this year. Over 50 of the Bay Area's hottest artists under one roof.
Take a spin with 5 of your closest friends on Eric Staller's Conference Bike. Live from Amsterdam, just finishing a cross-country tour, this 7-person bike is sure to please! Music by the Squirrelly String Band and DJ TOPH ONE, New Belgium Brew, tasty treats, kid's corner, live and silent auction, and 800 of your closest biking friends all at the SOMArts Gallery on Sunday, December 3rd.
100% of the proceeds from Winterfest benefit your favorite bike coalition and go directly to making San Francisco a better biking city.
The SFBC is seeking a Bike-Friendly Printing Shop
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has always been a grassroots organization, and we count on our amazing members and volunteers to keep us up and running. Unfortunately, good friends of ours working at local print shops have moved on, and we need to establish a new relationship with a full-service printing shop. Are you a printer or do you work for a great printer? Or, do you have a great printer that would want to do some pro bono or discounted work for bicycle advocacy? Printers or employees of print shops should contact Jodie at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
SFBC Membership Card Puts You in the Express Line at Winterfest
Coming to Winterfest this year? Of course you are! Show us your current SFBC membership card and use the express line for entry into the Party. Can't find your membership card? Send an email to admin by Tuesday, November 28th, and we'll mail you a replacement card before the event.
Is your membership up for renewal?
your membership today in order to get your current membership card on time and
avoid the lines. Thanks to all of our 6,000 members. We hope to see you all at Winterfest!
14th Street bike lane — Speak up to make it permanent!
The 14th Street bike lane between Market and Dolores feels like it's been there forever, but in fact when the Board of Supervisors approved this commonsense bike network gap closure last spring it was only for a six-month trial. Now it's time for the Board to act on making the 14th/Market bike lane permanent, and we shouldn't take anything for granted. Please contact Supervisor Bevan Dufty (Bevan.Dufty@sfgov.org, 415/554-6968) and let him know you want to see this important little block of bike lane remain safe and solid for the Citywide Bike Network.
Art for Bill's sake — Help celebrate and commemorate Bill Bliss
Last year, the San Francisco Bay Trail Project lost a dear friend and dedicated board member, Bill Bliss. Bill was killed in a tragic bicycle accident in the mountains of Colorado while retracing the cross-country BikeCentennial ride he made with his two daughters in 1976. The Bliss family designated the Bay Trail Project as the recipient of donations, and plans are in the works for a memorial along the Bay Trail in the City of San Mateo. As part of the memorial, the family is interested in ideas from local artists for an outdoor art piece — a sculpture or mural — that would capture this pioneering bicycle advocate's dedication, enthusiasm and leadership for improving bicycling throughout the state. For more information, please contact Patrycja Bossak, Bay Trail Planner, 510-464-7919, email@example.com.
Tune-Up Sought for Bike-Ped Crossing at Cesar Chavez and 101
A few years ago, walkers and cyclists celebrated the construction of the bridge that allows us to move more safely up Cesar Chavez and under the 101 Freeway. However, when we come to the end of the bridge and try to cross the street, we are faced with a signal which (at best) takes at least 2 minutes to change and (at worst) is frequently broken. The motor vehicle traffic at that intersection is enormous, so walkers and cyclists are stranded. Peggy da Silva, working with the neighborhood group CC Puede, has asked MTA to make a change in the timing of the light: to make it a short and automated signal to allow walkers and cyclists to cross. We may need to put pressure on the MTA and on Caltrans, although so far staff we've talked with at MTA are receptive. If you are interested in, and have had trouble with, the crossing at Cesar Chavez and 101, please let Peggy know at firstname.lastname@example.org. She'll keep you updated on the MTA response and let you know when we need to make more noise!
Wiggle Warning — Mind the cops
We've just had a report that the police are ticketing cyclists on the Wiggle for failure to come to a complete stop and other nit-picky traffic violations. Keep your eyes peeled and have a witness ready to testify in case you get collared.
Volunteering at Winterfest?
Thanks to the volunteers already signed up to give us a hand at Winterfest. There are some tasks and times that still need helpers. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a fun event. Volunteer at Winterfest and receive a complimentary entry to the party. It doesn't get much better than that!
One more thanks
We appreciate the thousands of you who filled out our member survey, as our statistical gnomes are now poring over the data. We're also thankful for all the SFBC members who joined, renewed, or just stopped by our VeloSwap booth. Congrats to Anthony D. who won the bike raffle!
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