SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 1, 2007
"The political influence of San Francisco's pro-bike movement has risen steadily over the past decade to the point where the chief advocate for cyclists sits on a powerful city commission and elected officials rarely tell them no. It's a long way from the early days, when bike enthusiasts could barely get city officials to return their calls."
Bike advocacy evolves from Critical Mass to political know-how, SF Chronicle (Page A-1), April 27, 2007
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Haven't fully taken the plunge?
Act locally: Golden Wheel Awards Wednesday!
We have the easiest and most fun way to act locally for the environment and San Francisco a more bike friendly city. You don't want to miss the SFBC's 15th Annual Golden Wheel Awards happening this Wednesday, May 2nd at the LGBT Community Center from 6-9pm. Tickets are available at the door. Great food, tasty drink, the best mingling in town and a fantastic key-note speaker — Randy Neufeld, a bike activist veteran from Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, SFBC's sister organization.
The Golden Wheel Awards are an important mid-year fundraiser for the SFBC. If you can't join us at the event, take a second to make a special contribution to our organization.
Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 17!
Bike to Work Day is coming in just two short weeks! You may bike to work everyday, but there is still a tons of opportunities to cheer on other cyclists and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues who have yet to delight in commuting by bike. Get involved and show your loved one just how fun their commute can be.
Come See American Flyers at the SFBC Monday Nite Movies!
American Flyers is being shown as part of the SFBC's weekly Monday Nite Movies throughout May in honor of Bike to Work Month. Join the SFBC for screenings of your favorite classic bike movies, with free Bike Valet, of course! Put the upcoming SFBC Monday Nite Movies on your calendar! May 14: Pee Wee's Big Adventure at the Red Vic; May 21: We are Traffic and SF Bicycle Shorts at Velo Rouge Cafe.
Sign Up to Be a Bike Buddy
Get Rolling at our Urban Cycling Workshops and Classes
Be a Bike to Work Day Volunteer!
Team Up for the Team Bike Challenge
Learn Bike Advocacy Lessons from Chicago Thursday Night
If you missed Wednesday night's dynamic Golden Wheel speaker Randy Neufeld from Chicago, fear not. He'll be sharing his bike wisdom and enthusiasm for a second night in a row. Join us Thursday at the SFBC office for an informal evening with Randy, the Chicagoland Bike Federation's Chief Strategic Officer, to learn about the successful bike movement in the Windy City. Randy has been leading bicycle advocacy in Chicago and around the country for over 20 years and is a wealth of knowledge on our sister-advocacy city's progress and process. It's happening this Thursday, May 3rd, 6pm-8pm at 995 Market St., corner of 6th St., 15th floor. Bikes are welcome and encouraged inside.
Bridge the Gap: Bike/Pedestrian Path Needed on Bay Bridge
The weekend's eerie collapse of the MacArthur Maze freeway overpass reminds us of yet another reason the Bay Area should invest in a fully bikeable & walkable Bay Bridge. How many thousands of people may have chosen to walk or bike between SF and the East Bay during these months (years?) of rebuilding, if only they had the opportunity? Check out the SFBC's campaign to Bridge the Gap to learn more about the benefits of a shore-to-shore bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance pathway on the Bay Bridge. And please take a minute to write a Letter to the Editor and letters to our local and state leaders, urging them to prioritize this project.
Community Garden and Composting Bike Tour this Saturday
After surveying, smelling, and tasting the bounty of local organic farms at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, we'll pedal through the streets towards three SF community gardens — Page Street, Koshland, and the Garden for the Environment. We'll arrive at our final destination, the lovely GFE in time for a short composting workshop, chock full of the info you need to produce the "black gold" that is the basis of healthy soil for growing veggies, all the while saving money and preventing organic waste from ending up in the landfill. After the workshop, it's time to enjoy the peace of the Garden. This joint project of the GFE, the SF Bike Coalition, and SFGRO is FREE. Arrive to browse through the Ferry Building's veggies and fruits before 9:00, we want to leave promptly so we can make it to some of our favorite spots. Push off around 9:00 am, Sat, May 5th, Ferry Building, Embarcadero at Market. Call the GFE at 415.731.5627 or e-mail to pre-register or for more information.
Support Complete Streets across California
We'll be in Sacramento today speaking up for AB 1358, the California Complete Streets Act of 2007, sponsored by San Francisco's own Assemblyman Mark Leno. Complete Streets means designing and building streets to work well for all modes (pedestrian, cyclist, transit, motorist) and making sure streets accommodate people of all abilities and ages with safety and dignity. San Francisco has already adopted Complete Streets policies and is in the process of crafting a Better Streets Plan to make these policies real. AB 1358 would make Complete Streets the law of the land across California, modifying the requirements for developing city and county General Plans to account for the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians when designing their transportation plans. Many thanks to Assemblyman Leno for his leadership on this key issue for healthier, more sustainable land use. Learn more about AB 1358 and other bike-positive legislation at the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) website. If you're not already a CBC member, we encourage you to join to support their efforts at improving cycling statewide!
Layout Help Needed for Tube Times
We are busy writing for our June/July issue of the Tube Times. We are seeking a layout and production volunteer, so let us know if you have InDesign wizardry and time throughout the first half of May.
See the Chain of Events on your Google Calendar
Can't keep track of all the Bike Spring events? As some of you have already figured out, you can subscribe to the Chain of Events through the popular Google Calendar service. See how to add the Chain, and thanks to Sebastian Denef for his help in keeping the two in sync.
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!
Recycle your bikes and parts with the Bike Hut!
Summer is coming, and with it a new influx of apprentices at the Bike Hut, but they need your help — their winter session is coming to an end and your donations of bikes, bike parts and volunteer time keep them going. Contact Ted at email@example.com or the Hut at 415-543-4335. If you're in the City they can even pick them up (by bike trailer of course!)
Check out our online calendar of events at http://www.sfbike.org/?chain
Add your bike event to our calendar by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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