SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 14, 2007
"A protected bicycle path is a symbol that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important as one in a $30,000 car."
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Bottled Water: Are you drinking water or gasoline?
We like this article in the NY Times.
Calling all members: Strategic Planning Meeting Monday
The SFBC needs your input on where our organization should go during the next five years. Join us on August 20th for an important member meeting that will shape the priorities and effectiveness of the SFBC for years to come. Please take part in this all-member meeting on Monday from 6-8pm at the Women's Building at 3543 18th St., between Valencia and Guerrero. (See our current strategic plan at www.sfbike.org/?strategicplan )
Since this meeting is limited to SFBC members, be sure to have your membership card ready for speedy entry. Misplaced your membership card? Simply contact Kate by Wednesday, August 15, and we will drop a new card in the mail for you.
New video schools the SFPD on bike traffic
The SF Police Department has recently added a new training video to their curriculum, explaining bicyclists' legal rights and illustrating some common San Francisco cycling situations and the appropriate police attention they require.
The SFBC, which proposed the idea several years ago, worked closely with the SFPD in producing the video (you might spot some familiar faces rolling through it), and we're pleased to see it deployed in use throughout the SFPD, from the Police Academy to District Stations around the city. It's got useful information for everyone on the road, not just police officers -- take a look and share the link!
Fix Masonic Meeting Next Tuesday
The Fix Masonic group has lots of news on the road to a safer, saner Masonic. The number of signatures on the Fix Masonic traffic calming petition is growing, and thanks to the Safety Network, we have an online version as well. If you haven't already signed it, visit: www.fixmasonic.org We'll also need your energy in our next outreach efforts!
Fix Masonic Meeting
We'll be discussing next steps for neighborhood outreach, as well as creating
parks in parking spots on Masonic on PARKing Day, September 21st. In the
meantime, we still have blocks to flyer in the neighborhood, if you have a
couple of hours to donate to Fix Masonic, email
Race Fans Get Ready!
The Metromint Giro di San Francisco is fast approaching on Monday, September 3, and the SFBC will be there, of course, with our free bike valet parking and San Francisco-style bike love. Join us for the action at the SFBC booth as we cheer on the pedal pushers and gain support for our bicycle advocacy work among our speediest fellow cyclists. Contact Kate if you would like to volunteer!
Are You A Cab Driver who also Bikes?
We need your help! The SFBC workshop has been humming away on a campaign to get information on driving safely around cyclists out to cab drivers. We're working on getting "Watch for Bikes" rearview decals required in all cabs, bike education curricula in new taxi driver education courses, and other outreach. Drop us a line if you're a cyclist who drives a taxi. We'd love get your input and help as we move forward.
Regional cycling pioneer passes
The bicycle community bids farewell to Alex Zuckerman, who passed away last week at the age of 86. Alex founded the East Bay Bicycle Coalition in 1972, helped to win bike access on the BART system, and played a pivotal role in winning the bicycle and pedestrian pathway being built today on the east span of the Bay Bridge. That pathway will be named in his honor. In 2004, the SFBC honored Alex with a Golden Wheel Award for his lifetime of bicycle advocacy. We will always remember Alex for his quick wit, his ability to work with diverse stakeholders, and for his decades-long commitment and passion for bicycling. Thank you Alex.
Recycle Your Used Electronics... By Bike!
Don't throw your old computer away! The Computer Recycling Center (CRC) and the Clean City Coalition (CCC) will be accepting working and non-working computers, phones, and office electronics at several drop-off spots around the city in the next few weeks. If you've never used one of the SFBC's bike trailers, now's the time to do some worthwhile schlepping by bike. You can reserve a bike trailer online, pick it up at our office, strap your old monitor on, and do some late summer cleaning. The Computer Recycling Center works to repurpose used electronics and get them to folks who need them; when the machines are beyond repair, they take them apart to recycle the metal, plastic, PC Board, and cables. Click here for some upcoming drop off points for your used electronics.
Marin Headlands: NO MEETING this week
The National Park Service is considering car-free days in the Marin Headlands. The final day to submit written comments was Monday. In our Biker Bulletin earlier this week we stated that a public meeting to discuss the plan would be Wednesday evening at the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito. There is NO MEETING on Wednesday. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For more about the NPS plan go here.
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