April 3, 2007
"Officer Yoshioka wanted to return the bike personally."
No crime too small in Tokyo, Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2007
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Mega-Huge Volunteer Night
All Points Bulletin: We need your help this Wednesday when our regular Tube Times Folding Party, grows four times its size to a Mega-Huge Volunteer Night! The Tube Times Folding Party is a great SFBC tradition in which we fold, staple, label and mail out our newsletter the Tube Times. Always fun, lots of bicyclists, tasty pizza, and each folding party saves the SFBC hundreds of dollars in mailing costs! This time, though, our Tube Times is a double issues with the usual number of copies. Come help out this Wednesday, April 4, 5-8pm, SFBC HQ, 995 Market St @ 6th. Bring your bike up to the 15th floor. Questions? Email Kate or just show up.
Healthy Saturdays Hearing: next Monday, April 9th
We'll need to turn out as many supporters as possible next Monday, April 9th, when the Board of Supervisors' Land Use committee (1pm at City Hall) hears public testimony and decides on the proposal for a six-month trial of car-free space in Golden Gate Park, just like the popular Sunday program. This is our big chance to influence decisionmakers to do the right thing and to test the expansion of more car-free space in the Park. Is it a Park or a parking lot? Before the hearing, please keep your letters of support coming, especially to Mayor Newsom and Supervisors Dufty, Peskin, and Maxwell (contact info. at sfbike.org/leaders).
And if you can take a late lunch and come to City Hall on a sharper time, we can put you on phone tree standby for Monday's hearing -- give us a phone number (email Andy) and we'll let you know when the item comes up.
Special Volunteer Night: Golden Wheel Invitation mailing
Get out your calendar and save the date for the SFBC's 15th Annual Golden Wheel Awards happening on Wednesday, May 2nd at the LGBT Community Center from 6-9pm. We will be honoring two outstanding recipients for their contributions in grassroots innovative efforts to reclaim public space. This soiree is an important mid-year fundraiser for the SFBC and an all around great party! But we can't have a party without invitations.
The SFBC is hosting a special Volunteer Night Golden Wheel invitation stuffing party on Wednesday, April 11th from 5-8pm. Your hands and help are needed to assist us in getting the invitations in the mail. The SFBC gladly springs for dinner in thanks for your help. If you have questions, please contact Jodie or call 415-431-BIKE x305.
Bike Spring is here!
A fresh breeze is blowing, flowers are popping, birdies are chirping, Bike Spring is here! It's time to celebrate this City Full o' Bikes, for work and play and fitness and art and romance, seven days of the week. We've rolled up a giant calendar of bicycle-flavored events for April and May, let's get it on:
Bike Spring is fascinating! Learn about the SF Bike Plan at a SPUR Forum, survey the Citywide Bike Network (District-focused tours for District One, District Four, District Six, and District Seven), meet the people who are making good things happen for the streets.
Bike Spring is now! Keep your eye on the Chain of Events — get out and have a great Bike Spring!
Improve Your Ride: Volunteer with the SFBC
Want to make biking better in San Francisco? Flex your membership muscle as a volunteer! The SFBC is seeking your help to represent the SFBC at an SFBC staffed table at these local events. We ask for only two hours of your time to talk to others about the SFBC with a chance to meet other great cyclists. If you can help at any of these outreach events, contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
The SFBC and San Francisco Marathon are seeking 20 early risers to be bike monitors on race day. You will be located in the Richmond district to help direct car and runner traffic as well as move light barricades to do accomplish these tasks. Commitment will be on Sunday morning, July 29, 2007 from 5:45am until about 9am. A stipend will be given to bike monitor participants. Sound fun and rewarding? Contact Jodie (415-431-BIKE x305) before Friday, April 20th if interested.
Help Protect Funding for Public Transit!
ALERT: The Governor's proposed budget is stealing money away from public transit! Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed 07-08 state budget would cut $1.1 billion from public transit; the majority of this grab ($617 million) would be Spillover funds, the only source of state funding for transit operations. The Governor's budget also threatens to permanently terminate Spillover funding for transit operations! Unless our legislators say NO to the proposed cuts, this budget would lead to further reductions in service and have devastating impacts to commuters, youth, elderly, people with disabilities, and others who rely on public transportation. A coalition of groups are moving against this set-back for transit with a campaign that aims to protect funding this year and for the future.
Please call your Senator this week and ask him/her to work to:
To get more talking points, find your representative, and learn more about the Governor's proposed cuts to public transit funding, see the Transportation and Land Use Coalition's website or contact Carli Paine.
SFBC members: Pedal to Rainbow and get a 10% Discount!
We are thrilled to announce that Rainbow Grocery has begun offering a 10% discount to SFBC members who ride their bike to the store. Rainbow's decision comes from a dedication to promoting environmentally friendly transportation as well as activism for a cleaner, more livable city. You need to do three things to get your discount:
Three cheers to Rainbow for encouraging more cyclists to use their bikes for everyday transportation (grocery shopping!) Three cheers to them for supporting smart land use (8-10 bikes fit in every car parking spot)! Three cheers to them for reducing their store's ecological footprint by encouraging petroleum-free transport. Please thank Rainbow's worker-owners for providing this benefit when you visit their store.
If you're biking to Rainbow this month and looking for ways to carry fruits, veggies, and grains home on your own two wheels, check out our human-powered hauling resource list: sfbike.org/racks And remember, don't waste a paper bag — put your groceries in your panniers or messenger bag. Or stow a couple reusable bags in your basket.
Bike Ed 4/15 time change
Please note the changed time for the FREE Urban Bike Ed class which will be held at Modern Times bookstore in the Mission on April 15th. The class will be held from 3-7pm, NOT 11am-3pm as originally advertised. The class is free, but pre-registration is required. Check out sfbike.org/edu to sign up or send an e-mail if you previously signed up but can't make the new time.
Live It Up with Livable City
David Baker + Partners is hosting another amazing benefit party, this time for Livable City. This annual event features a silent auction of city-themed art, as well as food and a bar. Suggested donation is $10-20, all of which will support Livable City's work to make the city sustainable, green, and friendlier to pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. Friday, April 6, 2007; 6-10pm; 461 2nd Street (@ Bryant) #127. Bicycle Parking will be provided.
Oakland Bicycle Master Plan
We know many SFBC members live or work across the bay. The City of Oakland is updating its Bicycle Master Plan is seeking your input at a public meeting this Thursday, April 5. At the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, at Grand Ave, there is an open house from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with presentation at 6:15pm. Scheduled for completion in fall 2007, the updated plan contains specific projects and policies to increase bicycling throughout Oakland. For more info, see the Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program page.
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