SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 22, 2007
"A bike is the universal answer to a lot of society's ills, including foreign oil, cars and overweight people. I'm not one of those, by the way."
Wayne Krill, Bike to Work freebies, SF Chronicle, May 17, 2007
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Have a friend who's still not convinced?
Thank You for a Record-Setting Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work Day 2007 was an over the top success last Thursday, May 17.
City bike counts on Bike to Work Day showed that bikes exceeded cars and other traffic on Market Street during the morning commute with 677 bikes compared to 477 cars, 35 buses and 14 taxis. SFBC Membership was boosted by a jaw-dropping 10% in one day — more than 640 folks joining or renewing in one day! Thanks to over 150+ super star member-volunteers who hosted over 25 Energizer Stations citywide, cheering on other cyclists and fueling them up on their rides to work. And, of course, thank you to the thousands of folks who saddled up for Bike to Work Day.
At a press conference on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced an ambitious set of milestones for better bicycling in the city. The Mayor's Bike SF 2010 Milestones represent the city's first-ever comprehensive road map of goals with target dates to measure San Francisco's progress in making bicycling a routine transportation choice.
See photos and read the press release at sfbike.org/btwd. Thanks also
to our Flickr friends
for photographing energizer stations throughout the city. It's never
too late to tag yours
An extra special thanks to our local sponsors who made Bike to Work Day possible: MTA, 511.org, Emergency Ride Home program, Kaiser Permanente & Timbuk2.
The following local businesses made Bike to Work Day special with local favorite treats & superb raffle prizes. Patronize these businesses to thank them for their Bike to Work Day participation: Zoya, Suppenküche, Absinthe, Specialized, Mike's Bikes, Arguello Super, Arizmendi Bakery, Atlas Café, Bi-Rite Market, Café Gratitude, Chevy's, Fruit Guys, House of Bagels, Java House, Katz Bagels, King's Coffee Shop, La Victoria Bakery, Little Star Pizza, Modern Tea, Momi Toby's Café, Noah's Bagels, Ocean Cyclery, Park Bench Café, Paxti's Chicago Pizza, Peet's Coffee & Tea, The Rickshaw Stop, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Safeway, Seven Hills Catering by Chartwells, Subway, The Beanery, The Fruit Guys, Trader Joe's, Velo Rouge Café, and Veritable Vegetable.
Celebrate First Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park
Join us this Saturday, May 26th, for the much-awaited celebration of car-free space in Golden Gate Park on Saturdays, for the first time! The space on JFK Drive between Tea Garden Drive (roughly 8th Ave.) and Transverse Drive (roughly 21st Ave.) will be open for fun, safe recreation all day long. Join supporters of Healthy Saturdays, including Supervisor Jake McGoldrick of the Richmond who has led this important effort, to officially kick off this momentous occasion with a party at noon at the bridge on JFK & Tea Garden Dr. We've reserved a field on the south side of JFK Dr. near 14th Ave. for an all-afternoon party. So, bring your bikes, your skates, your kids, your picnic basket, your frisbees & enjoy the Park as it was intended to be enjoyed. (If you want to help organize & promote the party, please contact Leah. We've got great new posters that we need help posting.)
Make Bike to Work Day Every Day with Streetside Outreach
Join the SFBC as we take the Bike to Work Day spirit beyond Bike to Work Day and cheer on cyclists while promoting bicycle advocacy everyday! The SFBC will be hosting Energizer Stations during the evening commute (5-7pm) Thursday, May 31, at the Duboce Bikeway. Contact Kate and volunteer now to be a part of the Bike to Work (Every) Day Streetside Outreach Team (415) 431-BIKE x303.
Win a Bike Trailer at Rainbow Grocery
Rainbow Grocery is stepping up to the plate. As part of their work to promote alternative transportation to Rainbow, they're supporting shopping by bike by raffling off a bicycle trailer throughout the month of May. Stop by Rainbow, load up your backpack, panniers, or basket and sign up to win this excellent human-powered hauling tool. "The Shopper" by BicycleR Evolution is roomy enough to hold four large grocery bags, full to the brim! Don't forget your canvas bags when shopping at Rainbow (and don't forget that card-carrying SFBC members who arrive by bike receive a 10% discount.) In addition to the "Shopper", you can check out other human-powered hauling options.
The SFBC salutes stores who promote shopping by bike. Not only are these businesses reducing their ecological footprints and promoting a more healthy, livable city, they are also supporting smart land use. 8-10 bikes fit into one car parking spot.
Act Locally: Be a Volunteer Bike Valet
Volunteering as a Bike Valet is a fun and easy way to act locally with the SFBC's world famous free Bike Valet parking. Join the amazing volunteers who share the responsibility of providing this important service at events all over the city, year round. Those who sign up now will be contacted about upcoming volunteer opportunities with the Bike Valet team. Find out what the buzz is all about by contacting Kash.
SF Bike Plan at the BAC Thursday evening
By now you know about the Bike Plan lawsuit and the injunction handed down last summer that forbids the City from making any physical improvements described in the Plan until the City completes a full environmental review of it. That review is underway, so this is a perfect time to take another look at the Bike Plan itself. The San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee will be doing just that at its regular May meeting this Thursday evening (6:30 pm, City Hall, Room 408), be sure to come out and get caught up on what's in the Bike Plan and where we're going from here (for background on the Bike Plan, the lawsuit, and environmental review, see our Bike Network page).
Take the Caltrain Bicycle Survey
Caltrain-riding cyclists, and those who would be if they weren't getting bumped, be sure to check this out: as part of their Bicycle Master Plan process, Caltrain is conducting an online survey about bike usage on the train and the experiences of passengers who use their bikes as part of their Caltrain commute. Here's your chance to let them know what you think about the state of cycling and Caltrain, now and into the perfect future. The survey runs through June 1, so click on over and take it today.
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