SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 15, 2003
"I'm okay with giving the Bicycle Coalition $600. That's cool."
-- Matt Gonzalez, challenging bidders at SFBC's Winterfest Auction
Help secure new $$ for Regional Bike/PED Projects
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the regional agency in charge of Bay Area transportation funding, is revising its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a blueprint for transportation funding over the next 25 years. The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC), a coalition of regional bicycle advocacy organizations, has been lobbying MTC to include a $500 million set-aside over the next 25 years for badly needed bicycle projects. At the Planning and Operations Committee last week, Commissioners approved $200 million, a great first step.
The CA Alliance for Jobs, a highway construction front group, has argued against funding bike paths at any level - they want bikes to get nothing. Now we need YOUR help to convince the Commissioners to listen to reason- that providing good bike and ped facilities is a good investment of regional transportation funds. Please attend an important meeting this Wednesday and speak up for bike and pedestrian funding! The meeting will be held Wed., Dec. 17 at 1:30pm at the BART Boardroom - 800 Madison, Oakland (Lake Merritt BART). Go to http://www.sfbike.org/instant for more information.
LOS Report Heading to Transportation Authority
What is Level of Service (LOS) you ask? If you haven't read Page 7 of your Tube Times yet, LOS is a standard measure of car movement used in planning and environmental review. Unfortunately, there is no corresponding standard for bicycle service or safety, which creates a myriad of problems when it comes to advocating for new bike lanes. The Transportation Authority, the County agency in charge of transportation funding, has been working on a report that examines this barrier to creating a truly multi-modal transport system.
The SFBC's goal is to enact legislation allowing planners to consider the benefits of a full bikeway network, not just the the speed of car movement- the way things are now. Come to an important meeting and speak out in favor of new bicycle, pedestrian, and transit standards, and balanced transportation planning procedures. The meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday Dec. 16th at 11am in room 250 of City Hall. On Wednesday, the Bicycle Advisory Committee will discuss the matter, and it should be an excellent opportunity to ask questions of city staff and learn more about the issue. BAC meeting 6:15pm room 408 City Hall.
Winterfest Raises Thousands for Bike Advocacy
Hundreds of SFBC members came together for a colorful night of free food, drink and entertainment at the annual Winterfest Auction and party. Dozens of vendors donated great deals on treasures of all kinds, from bikes and bike gear to dinners, cultural events, art and more... with all the proceeds going to support the SFBC's efforts to build the Citywide Bike Network. Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez received a prolonged standing ovation when he appeared onstange midway through our live auction. You can see highlights such as these, plus much more in a short streaming movie documenting the party by SFBC web intern Sebastian Denef. See this fun clip yourself here: http://www.sfbike.org/?winterfest_movie
Winterfest happens each year with the help of dozens of volunteers -- the real heros of the night are these big hearted people who donated their time to help the SFBC raise vital funds for bike advocacy. Big thanks also go to everyone who supported us by attending and bidding on all the fun bike gear up for auction. Thank you!
Build Your Resume with an SFBC Internship
The SFBC is actively seeking talented, motivated students for our Spring 2004 internship program. We're on the lookout for students interested in building sustainable cities and experiencing a vibrant, growing grassroots advocacy organization from the inside out (while earning academic credit toward a college degree).
Each intern will gain firsthand knowledge on the mechanics of nonprofit organizations, while helping create new programs and projects designed to further our bicycle advocacy efforts.
All four internships are currently available for Spring and Summer 2004 semesters. The deadline to apply for Summer 2004 internships is April 15, 2003, while the Spring 2003 internships begin in January. For detailed position descriptions, and to apply, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?jobs
Give the Gift of SFBC Membership
Give your biking friends a gift that supports urban cycling year round!
The SFBC's gift membership package is sure to please your loved ones and help make the streets they ride on safer. Every recipient gets a letter acknowledging your gift, a one-year subscription to the Tube Times , discounts at dozens of bike shops , our fabulous biking map, valuable biking tidbits, reflectors, stickers, and more! More members means more power to advance our bike agenda and build the bike network . Our success is due to our membership base of more than 4,300 bicyclists and bicycle supporters. Give a gift membership today and keep the wheels of progress rolling!
Simply fill out this handy, secure online form for each gift you'd like to give: http://www.sfbike.org/?gift (Order by this 4pm this Friday to ensure it arrives before 12/25)
Sale on SFBC's 2004 Bike Calendar - Only $7.50
Rob Prideaux Photography has created a charming 2004 calendar for the SFBC, full of beautiful black and white images of bikes and bicyclists in San Francisco. It's now available for only $7.50, including shipping costs! Get one for yourself and everyone you know from the SFBC online store: http://www.sfbike.org/?store_resources
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