SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 30, 2007
"The lesson for big-city mayors: If you're going to squeeze the cars, first primp the public ride."
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Q: How do I satisfy my inner desire to change the world?
Action Needed Today - Monday - for Better Transit
Muni needs your help TODAY. The City's leaders are wrangling over much-needed Muni reform, and they must decide by tomorrow whether to place an important charter amendment for Muni improvements on the ballot this November. If every SFBC member takes a minute to send an email or make a call TODAY, we can make a difference. Please call
the Supervisors and the Mayor TODAY, and tell them (1) you support improved Muni service and (2) urge them to put the Muni charter amendment on the ballot. This measure would give significant new funds to Muni -- an estimated $30 million a year -- and create important structural changes that will help Muni be more responsive to riders' needs. All of this means more people taking transit and fewer people driving, good for biking too!
Please take a minute today to call the Supervisors and the Mayor with this message. And when you call YOUR district Supervisor, (see the district
map to check who that is), be sure to identify yourself as a resident of
that Supervisor's district. Thanks for your help -- please make those calls
and send those emails!
Last Big Push to $10,000
The SFBC has been fortunate to have two generous donors match your
contributions up to $10,000 combined, and we are almost there! Only 4-days
left to give a
matched contribution to the SFBC or
Education Fund. Your gift will give the SFBC the boost we need to hold Mayor Newsom accountable in achieving the City's
10 Biking Milestones. Who doesn't want better pavement? 20 new bike lanes? 300 more bike racks? And 50% of bike injuries are reduced? We do! All of these bike improvements will ensure the city achieves its 2010 goal of 10% of all trips to be made by bike. We're super close to our goal -- help get us there. Thanks to all our members who have given $15-$500 toward this challenge. Together, we can make a difference!
Come out for Bike/Ped Improvements on Masonic! Volunteers needed!
So, why DO bicyclists ride on the sidewalk on Masonic? Maybe it's the speeding? Maybe it's the varying number of lanes -- from four lanes to six, then back to five... or is it four? Or, maybe it's the lack of significant bike accommodations on the single direct route through that part of town? One thing's for sure, Masonic needs to be fixed: for residents, pedestrians, students, bikes and even the drivers who hate the inherent road rage.
The Fix Masonic group launched into July with some good old-fashioned community outreach calling for traffic calming improvements along Masonic. We started flyering last week and will continue this week; we'll also be gathering signatures for our new Traffic Calming petition. Among the many requests on the petition are a lower speed limit, bike lanes, and bike/ped improvements at Fell/Masonic and Oak/Masonic. Help us build community around these changes by distributing flyers and canvassing along this critical section of the Bike Network. Email Rachel with questions or if you can help flyering or canvassing this Tuesday.)
Only 3 Weeks until SFBC Planning Session
Help the SFBC plan its top priorities and action plan for the next 5 years at this important Strategic Planning Session. All members are encouraged to come out on Monday, August 20th, 6-8pm at the Women's Building on 18th St. between Valencia and Guerrero. Check out our current Strategic
SFBC Family Day is September 8
Save the date -- Satuday, September 8th -- for the SFBC's first Family Day in Golden Gate Park. Bring your little ones and their bikes (or bike seats or trailers or extend-a-bikes) to join other biking families in the Park's car-free space. We'll need help planning this event and getting the word out to families around the City. To help out, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycle and Recycle! Ride Your Bike to this Composting Workshop
In addition to pedaling for everyday transport, you can reduce your impact on
our earth's eco-system by composting in your home. Why toss all your valuable
foodscraps into the landfill forevermore when you can turn them into "black
gold" for your house plants or garden? This hands-on class teaches methods for
backyard and worm composting for home and community gardens. And you don't need
to have a backyard to have a worm bin! (If you don't compost at home, remember
to use your green bin through the
composting program.)The workshop is this Saturday, August 4th at the
for the Environment: 10am-12noon; 7th Avenue and Lawton
Photo Contest: Picturing the Future of the Bay Area
Attention amateur and professional photographers! Do you have photos of
trains, bicyclists, open space, streetscapes and social justice in the
Bay Area? The
and Land Use Coalition (TALC) is looking for images that capture their vision: a region with world-class public transportation connecting communities that are great places for everyone to walk, bike, live, work, and play.
The grand prize for the photo contest is a lifetime free SmugMug Pro account (the online photo service worth $150 per year) and $250 cash. Six other winners will win prizes from Patagonia, Photoworks, A1 Photo and Video Labs, Caffe Venezia, and others. Contest photos will be on display at TALC's ten-year anniversary event on October 18, 2007 at the Oakland Museum of California. Learn
more and enter the contest here, but don't delay, entries are due
Video: Spandex meets Project Runway
According to Heidi Klum, in the cut-throat world of fashion, you're either in or you are out. Check out this bicycling fashion show for proof. As Tim Gunn says, "Make it work!"
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