SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 13, 2007
"The most valuable part of person-powered transportation is that it encourages a collective reassessment of how we want to organize society. We need to decide together how we want to construct urban space so that people can readily get to where they need to go without contaminating their community."
Hybrids, Biofuels and Other False Idols: What's Being Left Out of Solutions to Fossil Fuel?, Don Fitz, CounterPunch, February 14, 2007
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Not going fast enough on your commute?
Bike Ed coming to CCSF next week, citywide in 2007
Our FREE Urban Bike Ed class is coming to City College's Ocean Campus next Tuesday, March 20, 5:30-9:30pm. The course teaches the basics of safe and delightful cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. Taught by bike champ Bert Hill, this class is for experienced riders and newbies; no one goes away without some new bike know-how. If you've already taken this class, please forward this to others. Pre-registration is required. To view the complete list of 2007 Bike Ed classes, click here.
Save the date: Golden Wheel Awards
Wednesday, May 2nd, the SFBC will be hosting the 15th annual Golden Wheel Awards celebration. We hope you join us in praising two awardees for their local work in their grassroots innovative action in reclaiming public space in our city (Stay tuned: awardees to be announced soon). We are excited to have Randy Neufeld, Chief Strategic Officer at the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation as our key-note speaker at the event. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. This annual fundraiser will take place at the LGBT Center, Market at Octavia from 6-9pm. All are welcome. Official invitations to follow in the weeks ahead.
Bicycle stair ramp coming to 16th St BART Station
At long last, construction crews will begin work on a bicycle stair ramp at the 16th Street Mission BART Station this Wednesday (3/14); the work is scheduled to conclude Monday, March 26. This prototype bicycle stair ramp project will include new, lighted, handrails on the center stairway as well as bike ramps on each side of the stairs. BART will observe and evaluate how people will use the ramps for the next six months, so sure to check it out and give it a test roll.
Volunteer to Improve SF for Cyclists
Want to make biking better in San Francisco? Flex your membership muscle as a volunteer! We need your help representing the SFBC at a couple of great events. Give just two hours of your time while having fun and meeting other great cyclists! If you can help at either of these awesome events, contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Been an SFBC Member Less than a Year?
If you said "Yes!" you are invited join us for our New Member Meet and Greet this Wednesday night at 6:30pm 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 in June. All SFBC members who joined in the past year are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Kate at 431-BIKE x303.
New bike/ped signage coming to Aquatic Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, at the foot of Hyde Street at the northern bay shore, will soon begin a program to smooth the flow of bicycle and pedestrian traffic in the Aquatic Park Historic District. They'll be posting a 10mph speed limit on all District pathways, marking pedestrian right-of-ways more clearly, and installing directional signage to help locals and visitors find their way from Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. Keep your eyes peeled as you pedal along the promenade and let Lynn Cullivan at the NPS know what you think.
Bike Kitchen: New Wednesday hours and Neighborhood Greening meeting
The Bike Kitchen is adding new hours on Wednesday night! You can now stop by the bike shop Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night between 6 and 9 PM, or Saturday from noon to 5pm. In addition, the Bike Kitchen will join neighbors on Friday March 23 at the Quaker Meeting House to talk about opportunities to plant trees and other green things between 8th and 10th Streets on Mission. Please feel free to stop by if you are interested in participating. This is the first meeting so come with lots of ideas.
TALC Summit coming up March 24 — register today
This year's TALC Summit is going to be more engaging and energizing than ever, pointing the way towards a region of great, walkable communities and world class transit. We'll build upon the amazing work that our members and affiliates are engaged in and connect it to the climate change movement. The TALC Summit is a great way to get involved, strategize, network, and hone your advocacy skills — breakout sessions are a chance to explore what we can do at the local, regional, and state level. The Plenary includes two dynamic speakers: Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, and Michel Gelobter of Redefining Progress. Registration for this year's Summit is filling faster than ever, so register today and qualify for $15 early-bird registration (on-site registration costs $30, if space is available).
Contra Costa Can Help You Bike
If you live or work in Contra Costa Co., and you've always wanted to bicycle to work but need a little nudge to make it happen, 511 Contra Costa can help you get started with training, resources (including $$), and rewards. Check out www.511contracosta.org for more info. The program welcomes people who combine their biking with BART of a bus. Interested participants must sign up before this Friday, March 16th.
Bay Area Women's Cycling Clinic next weekend
Join us at the annual women's and girls' road cycling clinic on March 24-25 in Palo Alto! Improve your bike handling skills, learn how to start road racing, or develop your racing strategy. For beginner and intermediate racers, triathletes, endurance riders, and cycling enthusiasts. Instructors include Nicole Freedman — former professional cyclist who was a two-time U.S. National Champion, member of the U.S. Olympic Road Team, and founder of the Ford-Basis Women's Cycling Team. For pricing and additional information, visit http://bawcycling.com/Clinic.html or contact SFBC Board member Brooke Kuhn at BrookeKuhn@gmail.com or 415-252-9047.
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