SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 11, 2006
"One of the most common questions we get asked is, 'How do you stand each other?' "
— Cindie Travis, who, together with her husband Tim, has bicycled over 20,000 miles over the last 4 1/2 years. Marriage on Wheels, Winston-Salem Journal, December 11, 2006.
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Are you a current SFBC member and haven't voted for the Board?
Tell City Hall to Get the Bike Plan Back on Track - NOW!
While we do not doubt that City Hall is interested in getting the Bike Plan back on track after the Judge's recent decision to halt improvements while Environmental Review is conducted, we DO have real concerns about how much priority City leaders are giving to this issue. To put it plainly, we're hearing the right talk, but not enough action yet. What do we need from the City? A strong plan to start the Environmental Review as soon as possible; an aggressive timeline that ensures quality and efficient work; the funding to make it happen; and a real commitment from City leaders to ensure that bureaucracy does not unnecessarily slow this process down. This process should not stretch out over two years.
Help us deliver this message tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th at a meeting of the Transportation Authority Plans and Programs Committee. If you can carve a half-hour out, please join us from 10:30-11am (it really should only take half an hour) at City Hall in Room 263. We don't need everyone to speak, just to join us in bike solidarity in the audience. For more info., contact Andy 431-BIKE x307 or Leah at 431-BIKE x306. If you can't make the hearing, please email the Mayor to let him know you're watching this issue and urge him to make sure this Bike Plan Environmental Review does not stretch out for two years: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have You Been an SFBC Member Less than a Year?
If you said "Yes!" you are invited join our host, Board Member Amandeep Jawa, for our New Member Meet & Greet this Wednesday night at 6pm to find out more about our advocacy work and hot campaigns to make San Francisco a model cycling city and how you can get involved. Learn about the awesome benefits of your membership, meet other members, and when your New Member meeting is over, take the opportunity to share in the enthusiasm and productivity of our legendary Volunteer Night (and enjoy a free dinner with our friendly volunteers). You won't want to miss this great opportunity to learn more about your friendly San Francisco bicycle advocacy organization. If you can't make this one, stay tuned for the next one, March 14, 2007. All SFBC members who joined in 2006 are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Kate at 431-BIKE x303.
The Last Volunteer Night of 2006!
Celebrate your last Volunteer Night of the Year or start off your year of Volunteer Nights in 2007 early! This SFBC tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow cyclists, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is on the house, and don't forget to bring up your bike! Bring a friend - the more the merrier! 995 Market Street, 15th floor, (at 6th street). Questions? Email Kate or just show up.
Comment on the SFSU Master Plan
Bike routes to, from, and around the San Francisco State University campus are currently cut up, scary, or missing - the developing Master Plan is the chance to make sure that fixing the campus for bikes is written into the future for SF State. Come out to this open house on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lowell High School Auditorium Lobby, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive to learn how the Master Plan proposes to change the campus. SFBC members have been attending open houses and commenting at community meetings about the need for designated bike routes through campus, more plentiful bike parking, and, of course, better connections to the bike network. Have you weighed in with your thoughts and ideas? Contact Rachel with questions, or if you want to get involved in the campaign to make SFSU better for bikes. We want to work with SFSU for long-term solutions, but also to focus on how to make it more bike-friendly now.
We hope you had a grand time at the 2006 Winterfest event! The numbers have been crunched and we are thrilled with the event outcome. Attendees who came, saw, bid, bought and walked away happy campers helped the SFBC raise over $50,000 for our organization! To top it off, we gained over 150 members at the event! Three cheers to all of our members who helped make Winterfest not only FUN but very successful event. You may find yourself in our photo gallery!
Did you win stuff at the auction? We are contacting everyone via email and phone to let you know the loot you won at Winterfest. We beg that all auction items be picked up and paid for at the SFBC Office (995 Market St @ 6th St 15th floor) from now until Friday, December 15th. Our office will be hosting extended hours until 7PM to accomodate these pick ups. Questions? Email or call Jodie at 431-BIKE x305.
Looking for that Perfect Holiday Gift?
SFBC has a great gift that keeps on giving throughout the year... beyond an SFBC membership! The 2007 Green Zebra guide is a new annual directory and coupon book for environmentally conscious and community oriented local businesses includes more than 250 exclusive offers from organic restaurants and markets, eco-friendly retailers, spas, yoga studios, independent bookstores, bike shops, museums and more. PLUS, the SFBC has a great article on page 10 on how biking is good for San Francisco!
The SFBC is selling these fabulous guides in our SFBC store for only $25. 100% of the proceeds benefits the SFBC. Happy shopping! Happy saving! And happy supporting your favorite local bicycle coalition. Merry holidays.
Fun in Golden Gate Park this Weekend
Two fun events this weekend in Golden Gate Park: First, back by popular demand, it's Freedom from Training Wheels! Join SFBC Board Member and biking mom, Jean Fraser, and other families with kids, in car-free Golden Gate Park for a group effort to get our kids to ride without training wheels. Happening this Sunday, December 17th from 10:30-11:30am on JFK Dr. in front of McLaren Lodge. Bring bike, helmet and maybe some snacks to share. Rain cancels. Call Jean @ 751-6619 if you have questions.
Then, come celebrate the brand-new JFK Drive pavement in Golden Gate Park. Smoooooooth, baby, like black ice. Join Park lovers for special activities celebrating cycling and skating and strolling and general car-less recreation on JFK Drive. Join the fun between 10am-4pm on 8th Ave. @ JFK Dr.
Bay Area Bicycle Coalition Seeks Bike to Work Day Assistant
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) is actively seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, and dynamic individual to join them as a part-time Assistant Coordinator in the implementation of the Bay Area wide Bike to Work Day event occurring on May 17th, 2007. Interested candidates please visit www.bayareabikes.org for a detailed job description.
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