SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 2, 2003
Current SFBC members have an important opportunity to select the SFBC Board of Directors right now! The SFBC Board consists of 14 members, each serving a 2-year term on an alternating basis. This means that 7 Board members will be elected by SFBC members this December for a term ending in December 2005. Our goal is to achieve an SFBC Board that is diverse and provides a variety of professional expertise to fulfill the organization's needs.
Please read the statements submitted by the candidates for the SFBC Board of Directors by going to http://www.sfbike.org/board_statements - each candidate was asked to address the following two questions within 200 words: Why do you want to serve on the SFBC Board of Directors? And, what specifically would you contribute as a member of the Board?
Then cast your vote any time Dec 2-12 at http://www.sfbike.org/board_voting - your username is your email address where you receive the Biker Bulletin, and your password is 'sfbc'. Contact Chris Hayashida Knight, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415/431-BIKE x10 if you need help logging in to vote
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is in the process of revising its Regional Transportation Plan, a blueprint for transportation funding over the next 25 years. Now that the recently adopted Regional Bicycle Plan is in place, we need secure funding to implement the safety and connector projects that will one day lead to a seamless network of bikeways around the Bay. The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC), a coalition of Bay Area bicycle advocacy organizations, including the SFBC, has been lobbying MTC to include a $500 million set-aside over the next 25 years for bicycle projects. Now we need YOUR help to convince the Commissioners that this is a good investment of regional transportation funds. Go to our new web site at http://www.sfbike.org and follow the link to information about the plan and its repercussions on cyclists. Spending five minutes today writing a letter could make millions of dollars difference down the road.
This year's volunteer positions are filling up fast at the SFBC's annual celebration and auction on Sunday, December 14th at the SOMArts Center at 8th & Brannan. We have slots available for everything from serving free beer to working the door, monitoring the silent auction and parking bikes. Admission is $25 for non-members, $5 for SFBC members, and free for volunteers. Complimentary food & beer is provided for everyone, along with hundreds of festive fellow bikers! If you can help, email email@example.com for details.
The Winterfest Craft Table is still accepting donations of handmade items for this year's popular annual party on Sunday, December 14th. Do you sew, crochet, knit, bead, blow glass, make jewelery or other crafty work? You can be creative, attract attention to your talents and support the SFBC at the same time! Contact Nancy@nancybotkin.com or call 290-2405 to coordinate.
Mayor Gonzalez will make it a priority to implement the citywide bike network, and will appoint pro-bicycle and transit commissioners to important planning and transportation commissions. This translates directly into safer, more multi-modal streets. To support this vision, we're all trying to do at least ONE thing every day between now and December 9th for the campaign. If every SFBC member gets at least one person to vote for Matt, that could swing this election. Check out the many available volunteer opportunities directly at http://www.mattgonzalez.com
Remember, you can vote at any time in the Elections Dept. in the basement of City Hall until December 9th!
All SFBC members should have received a letter from our Executive Director, Leah Shahum, during the past few weeks asking for your support through a special year-end donation to the Coalition. Thank you so much to the more than 75 members who have contributed so far. You, too, can help the SFBC continue its crucial and effective work of building the Citywide Bike Network, encouraging more safe bike parking, educating motorists and bicyclists on the rules of the road, and encouraging more people to try biking for transportation. If you haven't had a chance to make a year-end donation yet, we encourage you to go to http://www.sfbike.org/support where you can easily give online and help us ensure a secure 2004. (Yes, donations can be tax-deductible. And we are set up to accept company matches. Read all about it online.) Thank you again for your support! It's the energy, financial support, and determination of SFBC members that makes the Coalition so successful.
Does the legal system properly protect bicyclists and pedestrians?
One report from the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, presented at Walk/Bike California 2003, suggests the answer is-- not really.
To read the report, go to http://www.svbcbikes.org/news/drivers-at-fault.php
Does the state's lead law enforcement agency fairly establish and enforce state laws pertaining to bicycling? Ostensibly, the California Highway Patrol is a neutral public agency whose mission is promoting public safety for all. Instead, the CHP has been exposed as having a strong pro-auto bias, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with AAA against the interests of bicyclists and pedestrians, who are the most vulnerable roadway users and most in need of police protection. Read http://www.calbike.org/chp1408.htm and decide for yourself.
You may contact the CHP public affairs office by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org . In your message, you should firmly but politely remind them that bicyclists are legitimate, vulnerable roadway users who deserve to have laws that clearly and fairly spell out their rights and responsibilities. The CHP should work with Assemblymember Wolk's office to pass Assembly Bill 1408, a bill that would clarify cyclist's roadway rights.
No, the band has not reunited. Instead, the SFBC is producing an instructional video to help train police officers about cyclists legal rights and responsibilities, the proper procedure an officer should follow when a bicyclist is hit or harassed by a vehicle driver, when to write a report, and more. Based on a fantastic script written by SFBC member-volunteers Julie Soller and Pete Verral, we plan to begin production of this instructional video in cooperation with the SFPD film production unit in March. We need actors and actresses for this film. If you are interested in contributing to this project, playing a role, or helping with props and production, please e-mail Josh Hart at email@example.com
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