January 9, 2007
— Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time
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We need you to help represent the SFBC at a couple of great events this week and next. If you can help at either of these awesome events, contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Learn about Green Capitals: A Livable City/SFBC Event
Join Livable City's Tom Radulovich for a slide show on what London, Paris, and Madrid are doing to promote walking, bicycling and public transit, urban greening, and public space. It's happening Monday, January 22nd, 6-9pm at the SFBC/Livable City offices (995 Market St. @ 6th St., Ste. 1550). This is part of a series of Livable City/SFBC events to highlight innovations from around the world. Free to Livable City and SFBC members; $5-10 for non-members (or become a member!).
Reminder: SFBC Member Meeting in Two Weeks
Please join us on Tuesday, January 23rd for a kickoff to a big new year in bike advocacy. We're hosting an all-member meeting — that means all members are invited and encouraged to join in — from 6-7:30pm at the SFBC offices (995 Market, 15th floor, corner of 6th St.). This is a great chance to hear about the SFBC's goals for 2007, to find out how we're making the best of the lawsuit against the City's Bike Plan, and to raise your ideas and questions.
CCSF Has Big Plans — Community Meeting This Thursday
City College has big changes in the works with plans to expand the Ocean campus into the giant reservoir on Phelan Ave. Thursday's meeting will focus primarily on the proposed Performing Arts Education Center, the Joint-Use Facility (with SFSU) and the Advanced Technology Learning Center to be built in the Balboa Reservoir. Come out to learn about the plans, and speak up with your two cents — including of course, making sure that they're considering bikes in the mix. Anyone who bikes to or around Ocean Campus knows that there's a long way to go to make routes safe and comfortable for bikes; to make meaningful accommodations for bikes in their new space, City College should start planning now. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Student Cafeteria located in Smith Hall on the Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave.
The SFBC is working with students, faculty, and staff at CCSF to advocate for better bike facilities. If you want to get involved, contact Rachel.
Separate but better bike space?
Last week we were pleased to find a new video by Clarence Eckerson posted at the NYC Streets Renaissance Streetsblog (a good one to bookmark). If you haven't already watched it, take a look at The Case for Physically Separated Bike Lanes, an 8 1/2 minute examination of protected bikespace around the world. From Copenhagen to Bogota to Berlin and even Boulder, cities have found a way to provide bike routes that are separated from auto traffic, sometimes simply by swapping curb parking with a bike lane and using parked cars as a barrier between the nonmotorized realm at the sidewalk and motor traffic in the street. It's not always the right solution — intersections need special care in design to avoid "crossflow conflict" (think of the Fell / Masonic / Panhandle Path intersection) — but it seems to us that there's a place for separated bike space here in San Francisco. The bayside Embarcadero jumps to mind, but let us know where else you think a separated bikeway treatment could work.
SFBC is Seeking Development Intern
The SFBC is looking for a student, recent college graduate or individual seeking entry into the non-profit sector to work with its Development Department. The intern will perform eight hours of foundation research per week and work with the Development Director to build the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's pool of funding prospects (grants, individuals, foundations, sponsors, etc). The intern will learn critical skills for finding, researching, and understanding prospective funds. Hours are flexible, and some work can be done remotely. Send cover letter and resume to Jodie.
Cycle and Recycle Office Tips
As part of our year-long Cycle and Recycle program, the SFBC has been taking a closer look at the waste our office generates — including what goes out in the recycling. We're stockpiling paper that's been used on one side, and saving it up for reuse. We've designated a tray in one of our printers for paper that can be reused on one side- and it seems to be working well. In fact, we can't keep up with the demand for reused paper! Try this simple reusing trick in your office or home — just make sure the paper you use is still in good condition to avoid jams — and check out more tips for cutting down on office waste at www.reduce.org and www.informinc.org/fact_office.php. Thanks to the SF Department of the Environment for sponsoring our Cycle and Recycle program.
Escape Travel is Hiring Road and Mountain Bike Guides for 2007
Escape Travel is looking for road biking guides for 2007 day and overnight road and mountain biking tours. Most rides will start from SF and Marin. Guests will sometimes need roundtrip transportation from their hotel to the ride start. Pay is $10/hr, minimum 5 hrs for all tours. Interested? Check out www.EscapeSFTours.com and contact John Gill, President/Founder, Escape Travel Inc. Please send resume via email.
M.C. Thornley at Ocean Film Festival
If you didn't get enough of Andy on the microphone at Winterfest, he'll be M.C. at the Ocean Film Festival next weekend, January 19-21. Before he was Program Director, Andy helped found the three-day event that runs at the Cowell Theater of Fort Mason Center. Ring your bell to let him know you're there!
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