SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 26, 2007
"Gore says he plans to walk up the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in his bicycle shorts, and change into his formal wear in the lobby men's room."
Gore Biking to Academy Awards, The Fabricator, Nashville Scene, February 22, 2007
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Your company gone green?
It's time to try Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park!
More than just a very good thing for kids and families, more than just wholesome fresh-air fun for thousands of locals and visitors, car-free Golden-Gate Park Sundays are good for local business and good for the park's other attractions (like the de Young Museum). According to an independent study released on Valentine's Day, car-free Sundays more than doubles Park usage and boosts visitors to the de Young museum and local businesses, while causing no significant negative impacts on parking or traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods. (You can read the full study, commissioned by the Mayor and Supervisor McGoldrick and conducted by the S.F. Transportation Authority, at the GoldenGatePark.org website).
So we're thrilled to announce that Supervisor Jake McGoldrick plans to reintroduce legislation for a 6-month trial of Healthy Saturdays tomorrow (Tuesday, 2/27). We need everyone's help to get it done this time, here's how you can lend an important hand:
Visit the GoldenGatePark.org website for more information about the campaign for Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park.
Volunteer for Better Bike Parking at SFSU
More and more, students, faculty, and staff are pedaling out to San Francisco State University only to find... there aren't enough bike racks! A survey of campus shows bikes locked to every available railing, fence, and post, especially on the southeast side of campus. SF State's developing Master Plan claims a dedication to reducing single occupancy automobile trips through providing better biking facilities (among other improvements) - SFSU should start now by providing cyclists with convenient decent places to lock up. (While we love the Bike Barn, it's not convenient for many bike trips...and c'mon racks are a pretty simple fix.)
Can you come out to agitate for more bike racks and other bike improvements to SF State? We'll be out with petitions talking to students, faculty, and staff from 11-2pm on Thursday, March 8th. Email Rachel if you can help!
Market / Octavia / Freeway — SFPD chats up drivers Wednesday
We're glad to know the SFPD Traffic Company has been paying close attention to the infamous Market / Octavia / Freeway intersection, writing tickets and showing a positive enforcement presence. This Wednesday morning (2/28) they'll be stationed just west of the intersection, conducting an informational traffic stop, reminding motorists about the prohibited right turn onto the freeway and passing out safety information about cars and bikes coexiting safely on the city's streets. We'll be out there, too, helping with the outreach and awareness-building and meeting commuters and neighbors. Please join us if you can, we'll be there from 7:30 am to 9:00 or so.
Call for submissions for Livable City Benefit Party
Attention artists, craftspeople and makers of all types and stripes: David Baker + Partners annually hosts a benefit for a local non-profit. This year they are seeking city-themed artwork and objects for a silent auction at the annual party on April 6, 2007 to benefit Livable City. Last year the event raised more than $5,000 for the SFBC. Livable City works to create more great streets and complete neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, where public spaces are beautiful, well-designed, and well-maintained, and where housing is more plentiful and more affordable.
Artists determine starting bid and value of the work and can donate the full amount or split the winning bid with Livable City. All media welcome, as long as the piece — whether massive or modest — is able to be displayed in the DB + Partner loft office space. Non-thematic artwork is also welcome. Please put your creative energies toward supporting this great organization. Please forward this email to your imaginative, prolific, and generous friends. Contact Jessica with any questions, comments, or intentions of donating. Submission deadline: March 30, 2007.
Donations for Jennifer "Jenna" Merritt
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Friends of Victim Witness, a non-profit organization coordinated by the SF District Attorney's Victim Witness Unit and incorporated to render aid and assistance to victims of crimes. You can read more details about Jenna's life and sign her guestbook here.
Bike Spring — Let a hundred bike events bloom!
Daffodils are poking up from the damp green earth and young folks' minds are turning lightly to thoughts of two-wheeled romance, can you feel it? Bike Spring is in the air! But it won't happen without you. Tell us what you're doing to celebrate our beautiful bike-loving city in April and May. Visit BikeSpring.org right now and submit an event (or two or three) and get ready for a sweet and joyous season of cycling spectacle!
Speaking of spring, how about Spring Cleaning?
Our IT department started spinning on the original 1984-issue Macintosh 128K, but it takes a lot more than that to process the data of our 6,000+ members now. If you can unload any of these office needs at SFBC HQ (995 Market @ 6th, 15th floor), please let Frank know the specs of what you have. Our volunteers, interns, and staff thank you in advance.
Office mate Tom is trying to create a livable office space, so please let him know if you have 8"+ wide terra cotta planter pots that are uncracked. (We already have leaky ones here.)
Bikestation Palo Alto reopens
Here's some great news for Peninsula pedalers: after closing in November 2004 for building renovations, Bikestation Palo Alto is reopening! Strategically located in the historic Palo Alto Depot baggage building, Bikestation provides cyclists a haven for parking and safeguarding their vehicles with convenient connections to and from the Caltrain Commuter rail and both Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and SamTrans bus systems, as well as downtown Palo Alto and Stanford University. An advanced entry system allows members of the facility exclusive 24/7 access with a proximity device to secure indoor parking and shared-use bicycle kiosk. If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by for the Grand (re)Opening, Tuesday, February 27, at 12:30 pm.
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