SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 8, 2003
"Gonzalez promises his win will transform San Francisco... he envisions a citywide network of bicycle lanes.... [and] rides his bicycle to work. He's very authentic. That's what the city prides itself on. "
Anyone who was out on the street this weekend witnessed an almost unprecedented mobilization for Matt Gonzalez for Mayor. The momentum is there, the energy is there. Now all we need to do is translate that momentum into actual votes. That last step is critical, as this election is extremely close, and could go either way.
Have you voted yet? You can vote early today (Monday) from 8am to 5pm in the basement of city hall. Early voting is important and ensures that nothing unforeseen prevents you from going to the polls on Tuesday, open from 7am-8pm on Tuesday. Please vote and encourage your friends, too!
Are you wondering what more you can do today and tomorrow to help Matt get elected? The answer is- lots! If you have signs, t-shirts, buttons, fliers, NOW is the time to wear them, distribute them, show them off with pride! Let's make Matt Gonzalez so visible over the next couple of days that people won't be able to forget to vote!
Look up YOUR POLLING PLACE here: http://220.127.116.11/PollLookup41.nsf/SearchData?openform
There has been an extraordinary amount of national and international press coverage of this Mayor's Race. Even the UK Telegraph and the Washington Post are reporting on the role that bicyclists are playing in this important election. See http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com or http://www.mattgonzalez.com/ for news updates - better yet, type "San Francisco Mayor" in Google News! (and have you seen Matt's new TV commercial - download it now from his website!)
VOTE FOR HOPE - VOTE MATT!
Don't miss the SFBC's annual auction and membership appreciation party THIS SUNDAY at 5:30-10:30pm at SomArts Cultural Center at 8th & Brannan (next to Trader Joe's). Come and peruse the many bikes and accessories that will be auctioned off as well as fabulous BIKE ART from established and emerging bay area artists. There will be many great deals to be had, live music, food and beer. Admission is $25 for non-members, $5 for SFBC members, and free for volunteers. Volunteer slots are available for everything from serving free beer to working the door, monitoring the silent auction and parking bikes. If you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you have time on election day, please come to the Concourse Authority Meeting and support prioritizing parking removal in places where it is needed to install bicycle lanes (such as on MLK Dr. between Lincoln and 19th Ave.) The Concourse Authority will also be considering different designs for JFK, from splitting the street down the middle, and providing 7/ day a week car-free space to providing bike lanes and speed humps. Your input is important to this process. The Concourse Authority meets at 4:30pm in room 408 of city hall. Vote for Matt Gonzalez in the basement, then come upstairs to the Concourse Authority meeting!
A special hearing this Friday, December 12th is a great opportunity to have your voice heard by bay area decisionmakers who are considering a historical first-time set-aside of $500 million for bike facilities. This would mean more bike lanes, new bike paths, and safer streets!
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC), a coalition of bicycle advocacy organizations from each of the nine Bay Area Counties 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. Please attend this meeting (see calendar below for location info) and speak up for bike and pedestrian funding! Go to http://www.sfbike.org/?instant for more information, or email email@example.com
The city's biggest biking street is slated for major changes - and they're significant. Learn about proposed changes to the Market St. transportation system - including bike lanes on the western half and car restrictions on the eastern half - at this public workshop Thursday, Dec.11th, 5pm-8pm at the Ramada Plaza at 1231 Market St. @ 8th St. (Near Civic Center BART/Muni station & valet bike parking will be provided.) You're invited to stop by this ongoing, interactive workshop at any time for as long as you'd like.
This is the last of four public workshops in an extensive planning process started last year at the request of the SFBC and other community groups for major improvements for biking, walking and transit on Market. St. To find out more, see http://www.sfcta.org/marketstreet.htm
Bicyclists will join officials from the Golden Gate Bridge District for a press event this Thursday, December 11th at 11:30 am to officially roll-out a new public safety awareness campaign, "Ride Safe on the Golden Gate", and to celebrate the recently completed GG Bridge Public Safety railing. The event, which is being co-sponsored by the SFBC, Marin Co. Bike Coalition, and the Golden Gate Bridge District, will be happening on the southeast side of the Bridge at the flag pole area, near the concession stand.
SFBC Executive Director and GG Bridge Director, Leah Shahum, will be one of the speakers underscoring the community's commitment to public access and safety on the Bridge, where bike use ranges from 1,600 people on weekdays to 5,000 on weekends. Bicyclists are encouraged to join us, and volunteers are needed on upcoming weekends to distribute safety flyers to Bridge cyclists as part of the awareness campaign. To help out, contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-BIKE, x-23.
Please take a few minutes to register your vote for the SFBC's Board of Directors, which plays an important role in the SFBC's effectiveness and direction. Current members can vote until this Friday, December 12th at 5pm. Please read the statements submitted by the candidates by going to http://www.sfbike.org/board_election. Then cast your vote. (Important: Your username is your email address where you receive the Biker Bulletin, and your password is 'sfbc'.) Contact Chris Hayashida Knight, Operations Manager, at email@example.com or 415/431-BIKE x10 if you need help logging in to vote.
Do you have an idea for a great story in the next Tube Times? Want to lead a tour of San Francisco? Want to send a letter to the editor? Please send all of this to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, December 18th.
Sudden appliance death haunts the SFBC office this week, with the demise of both our old donated microwave and aged vacuum cleaner. :(
Help us stay tidy and feed volunteers by granting our wishes for hot food & clean floors - if you can donate one of the following please contact Chris @ 431-2453x10 or email@example.com
+ Vacuum Cleaner **
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