SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 16, 2007
"We don't have to go and take away the muscle cars. We don't have to take away Hummers or SUVs or anything like this, because that's a formula for failure. Instead we have to make those cars more environmentally muscular."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Schwarzenegger's guiltless green, SF Chronicle, April 12, 2007
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Do you know the way to Santa Rosa?
Close to Success on Healthy Saturdays in GGPark
Thanks to the 100+ supporters who showed up at last week's hearing and hundreds of others who've been writing letters and flyering in the Park, we are oh-so-close to winning new car-free space in Golden Gate Park. The proposal, which was approved Monday at the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors, wins new car-free space on Saturdays on JFK Drive between Tea Garden Dr. (near 8th Ave.) westward to Transverse Dr. for six months each year (April thru September) on an ongoing basis. This would all start Saturday, May 26th — Memorial Day weekend!
You may have seen the headlines that Healthy Saturdays champions, including the SFBC, pulled an all-nighter last week to negotiate a compromise with those who oppose Healthy Saturdays. These negotiations, which were mediated by the Mayor's Office, resulted in what we think is a winning compromise. While it's not everything we want for the Park, we are proud that we've helped win new car-free, recreational space on an ongoing basis, not just a trial period.
The legislation, which is expected to pass Tuesday at the full Board of Supervisors, will initially only cover car-free space for this year. The legislation enacting ongoing car-free space needs to jump through a few more legislative hurdles, but we have heard the Mayor's pledge to get it to the Board for approval within a few weeks. On behalf of the SFBC, we thank the Mayor's Office for negotiating a winning solution. And, we send praise and admiration to Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who is the champion and leader extraordinaire of this important issue of ensuring public park space for people. Please take a minute to thank Supervisor McGoldrick and, most importantly, send a Letter to the Editor at the Chronicle, Examiner, and Richmond Review thanking Jake for his commitment and achievement.
Gear Up for Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 17
Be a Bike to Work Day Volunteer!
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.
Spread the news, tell a great BTWD story
We're looking to get tens of thousands of cyclists filling the streets of San Francisco, maybe hundreds of thousands! So that means we need to get the word out far and wide to let people know how fun and easy it is to bike to work, and how especially fun and easy it'll be on May 17. How would you like to write a BTWD story for your local newspaper, or contribute some choice quotes for a story? If you're interested and ready to write, contact Karen today and we'll get your byline rolling.
Get on the Bike Bus from your District
This year as always we'll be encouraging VIPs to pedal in on Bike to Work Day morning, converging on City Hall for an 8:30 am press event. Each Supervisoral district will have a grand bike bus pedaling into the Civic Center, escorting Supervisors, Treasurers, MTA Commissioners, Planning Commissioners, and other Big Wheels, and accumulating other velocitizens along the way. Some districts have a traditional BTWD morning push-off point, others need a meeting place, and all districts need volunteers to step forward and guide the bike bus. If you're interested in helping to organize a morning ride from your district, let Andy know.
Volunteer to Put the Bike into Earth Day with the SFBC
Promote the bicycle as the no-pollute commute at Earth Day Events across San Francisco. Contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303 to help.
If you used to get emails requesting your help valet bike parking, and have gotten none recently, the Bike Valets want to hear from you. Several domains have been blocking sfbike.org email lately. Also, unless you specifically whitelist the sender, several popular spam filtering strategies will kick BCC messages into the trash. We're hoping that these two issues are the cause of a dramatic drop in volunteerism lately and that addressing them will bring us back up to speed. Please send us a note to be put on the special contact list for bike parking until we take care of this.
Golden Wheel Awards — RSVP today!
Invitations are out, the linens have been ordered, the cocktails are on ice, and the awards are ready to be presented! The SFBC's 15th annual Golden Wheel Awards is taking place on Wednesday, May 2nd at the LGBT Center from 6-9pm. This year's theme: "Act Locally, Think Globally" we will be honoring Kash and REBAR for their grassroots organizing to reclaim public space. Join us for a fun evening with beer, wine & hors d'oevres, great mingling, and an engaging guest speaker — Randy Neufeld from the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, SFBC's sister organization. Golden Wheels are a great way to celebrate positive local change through our cycling community. Take this time to RSVP online. We hope to see you at the soiree!
If you have questions about the Golden Wheel Awards, please contact Jodie at 415-431-BIKE x305.
Help Make Cycling Accessible to All
Come out and help disabled cyclists from the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) as they enjoy cycling in Golden Gate Park this Sunday, AND have a great ride with as they visit San Francisco. BORP was founded in 1976 by people with disabilities to create access to the outdoors, to fitness, to sports, and to recreation for a population who'd been left out. Volunteers should meet up in front of McLaren Lodge on car-free JFK Drive (near Stanyan) in Golden Gate Park and be ready to roll at 2:00 pm. Volunteers will ride along with cyclists with disabilities, and assist or get assistance for flats, minor repairs, and give advice to riders, like the best place to get ice cream. If you can help, contact Kate at (415) 431-BIKE x303.
REI SF is hiring Bike Techs
REI SF is hiring bike techs! REI needs a few good applicants to round the shop out for the summer, and this could lead to long-term employment if the applicant is so inclined. They're looking for 20 to 40 hours, so there are a variety of opportunities here. If interested, contact Megan Perkin and tell her the SFBC sent you.
Bike Spring for Wonks
How's your Bike Spring rolling so far? There's more going on than anyone can keep track of, but for the policy wonks among you let us point out a couple of choice events this week:
SF Bike Plan — Where to Now? Tue., Apr. 17, 12:30 pm, SPUR, 312 Sutter St at Grant, 5th floor
San Francisco's master plan for bicycles and bicycling is in limbo, disapproved by a Superior Court decision last year that has the city handcuffed from making any further physical improvements for bicycles till a full EIR is completed. How did we get here, where are we going, and how will we make this long-wrangled plan real at last and fulfill the promise of a bike-friendly San Francisco? Join SFBC's Andy Thornley and Peter Albert of MTA Planning for this SPUR lunchtime forum (free for SPUR members, $5 for the public).
District 7 Bike Network Tour Sat., Apr. 21,10:00 am, Creighton's Bakery, Portola at Teresita
What's happening with the Citywide Bicycle Network in your corner of town? What's new — what's improved — what's on the horizon — what's been left out? This easy-paced ride (approx. 2 hours) will take us around District 7, the largest and most topographically-varied supervisoral district in San Francisco, for a look at the state of the bike network here. Bike Lanes for Portola Drive? Holloway bike boulevard? Scout along and share your thoughts. Contact Bert for more information.
Happy Hour Shopping Party & Movie Pass Giveaway on Thursday
Come out to Sports Basement at 16th & De Haro from 6-8pm for a beer and 15% off anything in the store, with 5% of your purchase total going back to the SF Bike Coalition. The first 50 people that arrive also get a pass for two to the advanced screening of the new bike movie, The Flying Scotsman. Get tickets and ride on down to the Metreon for the 8pm screening. If there are any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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