SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 7, 2007
"All bicycles weigh fifty pounds. A thirty-pound bicycle needs a twenty-pound lock. A forty-pound bicycle needs a ten-pound lock. A fifty-pound bicycle doesn't need a lock."
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Make Treasure Island a Bike/Pedestrian Heaven: Forum Today
Imagine building a new community in the middle of the Bay with a priority on sustainable and healthy living, on bicycling and walking over driving. Join us today, Tuesday, August 7th, for a lunchtime forum hosted by SPUR to find out more about the SFBC's exciting project to plan a model bicycling and walking community on Treasure Island.
Along with the SFBC, you'll hear from representatives of the Dept. of Public Health, the Mayor's Office, and the Island's developers. The SFBC is leading an ambitious community-based planning effort to make Treasure Island a top-tier walking and bicycling environment -- come learn more! Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm at 312 Sutter St. (at Grant), 5th floor. Feel free to bring a lunch; open to the public, free for SPUR members and $5 for non-members.
Bicycle Music Festival this Saturday
This Saturday is the fantabulous Bicycle Music Festival! This pedal-powered, 5-stop rolling festival begins at 10:30am at the Alemany Farmer's Market and continues through the evening. Come out for a day of fresh produce, group bike rides, and, of course, great music! Go here for more details including times, locations, and the amazing lineup.
The SFBC will be there (of course) and outreach volunteers are needed! Come out and mingle with your community, meet fellow cyclists, and help educate folks about the importance of biking and the SFBC. We'll have a table set up full of SFBC info and we'll also be holding a $1 raffle! Interested in helping out? Contact Dominic. Hope to see y'all there!
Hey! Where'd that bike rack go? Report lost racks
It's bad enough that the city is forbidden to install any new sidewalk bicycle parking racks until the Bike Plan lawsuit injunction is lifted (we've got to make sure there's no adverse environmental impact caused by U-racks, sheesh). Worse yet, it seems we've been losing some of the precious supply of racks that were already installed.
An old favorite U-rack in front of the donut shop on Market and Van Ness got "disappeared" when a new multiplex newsbox was installed on top of it, and the U-rack in front of the Public Utilities Commission (1155 Market) had a multiplex newsbox plopped so close by as to make parking a bike there problematic. If you've noticed a bike rack gone missing, or compromised by obstacles, report it to the MTA Bike Program with our handy Fix It web form. Of course, you can use the Fix It page to report other problems as well, potholes and pavement hazards, faded bike lane stripes and sharrows, missing signs, et cetera.
Bikeway mural touch-ups: Grants awarded, volunteers needed to prep walls
The Duboce Bikeway Mural by Mona Caron is capping its first decade of beautifying the bikeway with an infusion of funds and fun. Project Manager Joel Pomerantz just snagged a grant from the city for $6,875 to repair small blemishes before they become big ones. And we're hoping to raise a few more dollars (donate here) so the original art team and other experts can touch it up after we've repaired the wall.
Meanwhile, Joel and Mona pulled in $65,000 for a completely new set of murals in Noe Valley, co-sponsored by the SFBC and SF Clean City Coalition. The two murals will surround the site of the Saturday Farmers' Market near Sanchez Street on 24th Street. The design is being finalized now. It uses the theme of farm produce to connect the Mission and Noe neighborhoods, the past and future, and the transportation topics Mona is so famous for celebrating and innovating.
You're invited to a work party to prepare at least one of the walls this weekend, on August 12, but there is much to do on both projects from reaching out to neighbors to wall cleaning and repairs. To get involved in either mural project, or both, contact LisaRuth Elliott.
SFBC parents! Family Day needs your help!
Are you a SFBC member and a parent? We need some parental guidance to get the word out about our first annual Family Day in Golden Gate Park, Sept. 8. This exciting, family-fun event features a Bike Road-eo (a mini-city where kids learn bike safety), Freedom for Training Wheels classes (teaching children how to ride on two-wheels), and much, much more.
Can you tell us where should we place our posters? Or who should we e-mail? Or what community calendars, publications or other information networks are best? All suggestions, advice, or assistance greatly appreciated! Contact Gus.
Thanks! Together We Raised Over $20,000 for Bike Advocacy
Three weeks ago, we asked for your help and you as members (along with 2 generous matching donors) rose to the challenge. Thanks to the 100+ SFBC members who contributed $15 to $500 to help us meet the double-match challenge. You met our goals and raised $20,752 towards bike advocacy! We'll be putting your contributions to work keeping pressure on the Mayor to make sure we get 20 new bike lanes striped, 300 new bike racks and 50% of bike injuries reduced by 2010. We have a lot of work to do, and your support will make it possible.
Submit your letters or calendar items for the next Tube Times
Believe it or not, it's time to plan for our October/November issue of the Tube Times. Would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour in October or November? Contact us by Wednesday, Aug. 27, 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! Also, Letters to the Editor are always welcome, but this week is better than ever.
Video: Bike me out to the ball game!
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