SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 24, 2007
Q. Grist: If you could have every InterActivist reader do one thing, what would it be?
A. Bill: Ride your bicycle! And also support your local bicycle-advocacy organization, because they help make sure bicycling is a safe and viable form of transportation.
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Every day is Earth Day!
Gear up for Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 17
Bike to Work Day is coming in just three weeks! There is lots you can do to gear up for Bike to Work Day and to encourage your friends and coworkers to have more fun on their commutes:
Team Up for the Team Bike Challenge!
Get You Rolling at our Urban Cycling Workshops and Classes
Sign Up to Be a Bike Buddy!
Be a Bike to Work Day Volunteer!
Put SFBC Monday Nite Movies on your Calendar
Fix Masonic Walkabout this Saturday 4/28
With its lane configuration changes, speeding drivers, and Road rage, rage, rage, Masonic is one of the city's most harrowing rides for cyclists. Yet it's the only viable direct route through that part of town. The Fix Masonic group knows this critical avenue should work for all users including neighbors, pedestrians and cyclists. Join the Fix Masonic group for a "walkabout" on Masonic to look into the problem's with the street's design, meet like-minded neighbors, share stories about what works and what doesn't, and talk about possible solutions. We'll be meeting at 10:30am at Central Coffee, Central @ Hayes. This avenue won't change without strong community support. Come out for a better Masonic now. For more info on the Fix Masonic group, check out www.fixmasonic.org or email Rachel.
Golden Wheel Soiree: Celebrating local action for global results
The SFBC's 15th Annual Golden Wheel Awards are less than 2 weeks away! Join us for a fun evening with beer, wine & hors d'oevres & great mingling. Randy Neufeld from the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, SFBC's sister organization, will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Golden Wheels are a great way to celebrate positive local change through our cycling community. This year we will be honoring Kash and REBAR for their grassroots organizing to reclaim public space.
Reserve your ticket today. RSVP deadline is this Friday, April 27th. The Golden Wheel Awards are an important mid-year fundraiser for the SFBC to continue our important work promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions about the Golden Wheel Awards, please contact Jodie at 415-431-BIKE x305.
B.A.C. to Hold Forum on Critical Mass
At its regular monthly meeting this Thursday evening, the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) will host a community forum about Critical Mass. This is an opportunity for broader public discussion about the monthly ride, which has gotten a great deal of attention in the last month. Representatives of the SF Police Department will be sharing their perspective. The BAC will take no action on the issue, but hopes to help better inform the public dialogue on this issue. The meeting is this Thursday, April 26th at 6:30pm; this agenda item is scheduled for 7pm. The meeting takes place at City Hall, room 408.
Also, we remind those who do ride in Critical Mass this Friday to do your part to keep things safe and sane. There will probably be extra media attention on (and tension around) this month's event. Though the SFBC does not organize or endorse the Mass ride, we have an interest in everyone biking joyfully and safely all month long!
SFBC Hiring: Extraordinary Individuals Wanted
The SFBC — and our work to make San Francisco a stellar biking city — are growing. That means we need even more dedicated SFBC staff to keep our wheels of progress turning. Check out our jobs page for details on two new staff positions: One is a full-time Communications & Outreach Director, the other is a part-time Community Organizer. If you — or someone you know — has the know-how, interest, and experience to join our talented team of bike advocates, let us know. Please forward this announcement to other worthy folks. Thanks!
Spring? It's Time for Summer Tube Times!
We hope you enjoyed our special Bike Spring double issue of the Tube Times. Believe it or not, it's time to plan for the summer and our June/July issue. Tube Times is seeking a layout and production volunteer, so let us know if you have InDesign wizardry and time throughout the first half of May. Letters to the Editor and Ask Sprocket questions are always welcome, but this week is better than ever.
Inspired by all the Bike Spring events? Would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour in June or July? Contact us by this Wednesday, May 2, with all the details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info) and we'll include it in our next issue and the web Chain of Events. If you come up with the idea and details, we'll handle the publicity!
NEW! BART's 16th Street Bike Stair Ramp
Next time your using the 16th Street BART station, instead of slinging your cycle over your shoulder, check out BART's new prototype bike stair ramp. Gorgeously decorated with chain ring art, these channels were designed to make it easier for cyclists to move their bikes up and down the stairs. Check out a video of Bay Area velocitizen, Bike Dave rolling his two wheels up and down the channel.
BART's looking for feedback on how the ramps work. Would you like to see these in BART station's throughout the Bay Area? Give 'em a roll and email Laura Timothy.
Turning Trash into Art: Bike Tour of the Dump's Artist in Residence Program
This Saturday, April 28th, bike out Tunnel Road to visit the studio and sculpture garden of the Dump's Artist-In-Residence program. This is a program for artists to create work from materials scavenged at the City's trash heap. This insider tour will be co-led by Brad Drda, Environmental Manager and all-around waste expert, and both the current artists will be present to share their work. The ride is about 12 miles round-trip. Bring water, closed-toe shoes, and lunch! Meet at 11am at Pier 14, Embarcadero @ Mission (by the recycled materials sculptures). Contact Nancy for ride info. To learn more about the Artist in Residence program, check out SF Recycling & Disposal's page.
Return of the Freedom Machine
Here's a Bike Spring special you won't want to miss — a sensation at BikeSummer 1999 and the 2002 Women's Bike Extravaganza, the Freedom Machine is back this Saturday to energize and entertain anew. This slide lecture and conversation explores the curious history of the bicycle as a powerful liberator of women, blasting corseted restrictions to the four winds and carrying women on open roads of independence and pride in the strength of their own bodies. Come learn why Susan B. Anthony called the bicycle the greatest single thing that happened to women: Saturday (April 28), 7:00 pm, Mission Police Station, 630 Valencia St at 17th St.
Camp Mather Bicycle Ambassadors Wanted Again
Last summer, several SFBC members carried out helmet checks and good-will ambassadoring to the families who participated in the City's summer camp in the mountains. The ambassadors had a good time, and lots of parents and kids learned about helmet fit and safe and fun bicycling. The camp staff want us back! We need both ambassadors for this summer AND a coordinator for the summer. It's a pretty easy volunteer job — you just need to contact the folks who volunteer and hook them up with the SFBC office to get their box of supplies. Peggy da Silva has all the notes and instructions, but cannot be the coordinator this summer. If you can take on this valuable job, please send her a note.
Ride yer bike and get paid!
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 & runner traffic, & move light barricades to do accomplish these tasks. Commitment will be on Sunday morning, July 29, 2007 from 5:45am until about 9am. A $50 stipend will be given to bike monitor participants. Sound fun and rewarding? Contact Jodie (415-431-BIKE x305) before Wednesday, April 25th if able to commit.
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