SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 9, 2007
"Mayor Marcelo Ebrard proposed the programme last year and was the first to get on his bicycle."
Mexican officials to bike to work, BBC News, April 2, 2007
Table of Contents
"Dooring" is always the motorist's fault, but do you know the CVC number?
Hearing TODAY: Let's Win Healthy Saturdays
Big turnout will make a difference at today's 1pm hearing at City Hall to support Healthy Saturdays. If you support this proposal for a six-month trial of car-free Space on 1.5 miles in Golden Gate Park, just like Sundays, then take a long lunch and join us at City Hall, room 263. Witness democracy in action as we each have 2 to 3 minutes to share our support (and we need *your* help to ensure that there are more supporters than opponents) and to influence the vote of the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee. If you don't have much time, and you want us to call you when it's time for public comment, then call 431-BIKE x306 before 12:30pm today.
If you can't make the hearing, please call the Mayor and as many of the 11 Supervisors as you can (with priority on Supervisors Dufty, Maxwell, and Sandoval) this week. You can see their phone numbers here. Find out more about Healthy Saturdays and our impressive new endorsements at www.goldengatepark.org.
SFBC Helps Calm Critical Mass Media Flurry
There was a lot of talk about bikes last week...and not all of it good. In response to the media flurry about ugly incidents at the March Critical Mass ride, the SFBC helped calm the anti-bike fervor and turn public dialogue back toward the bigger picture. As we told members in a special email message last week, the SFBC does not organize or manage Critical Mass, and we condemn any violent acts that happen on the ride or anywhere on our streets. Through media interviews, we urged cooler heads to prevail by letting the police investigate and handle the reported car vs. bikes incident. Meanwhile, we're asking the Mayor and city leaders to join the SFBC in our efforts to make our streets more civil and peaceful every day of the month. Let's ride peacefully and proudly out there!
This Wednesday: Special Volunteer Night
The SFBC is hosting a very special Volunteer Night Golden Wheel Awards invitation stuffin' party this Wednesday, April 11th from 5-8pm. Your hands and help are needed to assist us in getting 5,000 invitations in the mail. This is a great way to get involved with the SFBC, and we gladly spring for a tasty dinner in thanks for your help. Good company, great conversation, worthy cause. If you have questions, please contact Jodie or call 415-431-BIKE x305.
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.
Bike to Work Day is May 17!
You can help make Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 17th a roaring success! We hope you have it on your calendar to take part in the most exciting bike commuting event of the year! The SFBC is seeking volunteers for our 20+ Energizer Stations in the morning and evening. Volunteer on your commute route, meet fellow riders, and dispense treats and cycling advice at our neighborhood Energizer Stations. Bike to Work Day is one of the grandest and most fun bike events of the year! But, we need YOU to make it happen. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Nominate someone you know as Bike Commuter of the Year
In celebration of Bike to Work Day, the Bike Commuter of the Year Award honors a resident from each country in the Bay Area who is committed to making every day a "Bike to Work Day". This person epitomizes and actualizes the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits of bicycling. Nominate a cyclist you admire at 511.org.
Volunteer for a more Bike-Friendly City 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 great 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.
Volunteer with the SFBC at these great Earth Day Events! Help make Earth Day everyday by promoting the bicycle for transportation: the no-pollute commute! Contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303 to help.
And one more great Volunteer Opportunity: 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.
Are You Drinking Water or Gasoline?
Hey Cyclist! If you're drinking bottled water, you're consuming a lot more gasoline than you may realize. Spurred on by a recent article, we did a quick survey bottled water at a nearby store, and discovered bottles from the Alps, Fiji, Connecticut, and even the Canadian glaciers. (Canadian Glaciers? Global Warming? Connection Anyone?) Without even taking production and disposal into account, there's a lot of gasoline bundled up in those bottles of water.
Among the article's most shocking facts: Supplying Americans with plastic water bottles for one year consumes more than 47 million gallons of oil, enough to take 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. So what to do? The SFBC office is switching to the tap. Instead of having bottled water brought into our workplace, we're working to ensure that all we're drinking is H2O (and not gallons of gasoline). Can you make the switch?
Mexico City's Officials Pedal To Work (Woo-Hoo! It's Required!)
BBC News reports that officials in Mexico City have been ordered to leave their cars behind and cycle to work once a month. The new city regulation is aimed at reducing traffic and pollution in one of the most congested cities in the world. About four million cars travel every day through the city of more than 18m people - and officials say their aim is to cut pollution as well as disease. Tax incentives are envisaged for firms encouraging alternative transport. Those officials who cannot cycle because of health reasons, or because they live too far from work, will be allowed to use public transport, but not their vehicle. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard proposed the programme last year - and was the first to get on his bicycle from his home south of the city to his office in the central Zocalo. At the same time, the mayor says he will improve public transport, including building more special bus lanes. Viva Mexico City! We hope that every one of these officials gets hooked on the joy of pedal-powered transport. San Francisco Mayor take note: it's time to show some leadership and get on two wheels.
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