SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 20, 2007
"Some might argue that depending on bicycles to solve our energy crisis is
naive, perhaps ridiculous. Some might even say Congress should use this energy
legislation to create new energy, bring new nuclear power plants on line, use
clean coal technology, energy exploration, but no, no. They want to tell the
American people, stop driving, ride a bike. This is absolutely amazing."
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Got kids? Got bikes?
Join us for Family Day!
Calling all members: Strategic Planning Meeting Monday
Don't forget to join us tonight for an important, all-member meeting to help shape the SFBC's next Strategic Plan. We'll be gathering tonight, Monday, starting at 6pm at the Women's Building at 3543 18th St., between Valencia and Guerrero. Valet bike parking provided, of course. Please bring your membership card for quick check-in.
And take a quick look at our current strategic plan at www.sfbike.org/?strategicplan
SFBC issues Report Card on Urban Transportation
With transportation being responsible for 20-60% of carbon emissions in major US cities, the SFBC and three other leading transportation advocates from four large cities (San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Seattle) rated our cities' progress on greening our transportation systems.
Our Urban Transportation Report Card compares the four cities' green transportation efforts -- from how each city is fighting congestion and cutting carbon to how they are improving alternatives and trying to prevent pollution from the start.
Volunteering is a Blast with the SFBC!
Get in on the FUN and make a difference in San Francisco when you volunteer with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. There are tons of events coming when we need your help! Join us September 1st for the REI Used Gear Sale, or enjoy race day with the SFBC at the Metromint Giro di San Francisco on September 3. Check out our list of upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at sfbike.org/volunteer.
Want to do outreach with the SFBC? Join us for SFBC Outreach Training at SFBC HQ on September 12, 7:30-8:30. RSVP to Kate@sfbike.org.
On Sunday, September 23, London goes traffic-free, with a 9-mile ciclovia route in the heart of the city. As the organizers of the Hovis London Freewheel say: "All Londoners -- from mums on shoppers to old folks on rusty relics -- will be coming from far and wide to ride down the city's most famous roads, seeing sights like London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge." Portland and New York City have similar city-wide bicycling rides.
So, now, when's that city-wide San Francisco ride going to happen?
First Annual SFBC Family Day is Saturday, September 8!
It's almost time to gear-up the bikes and pack up the family for a great day of family biking fun with the SFBC! We are excited for the first-ever SFBC Family Day, complete with a Family Biking Showcase, Freedom from Training Wheels -- a group effort to get kids two-wheeling, the Bike Roadeo -- a "little city" bike course to teach two-wheelers basic bike skills, Bike Games, LTI Certified Instructors to help your family stay safe when they ride, and bike mechanics will be offering free basic bike maintenance to get your family's bikes tuned up and ready to roll! It is a day not to be missed!
We still need your family to show-off how you get around by bike! Contact Kate if you would like to be a part of the family biking showcase!
Bike traffic booms in the Wiggle
You see it with your own eyes every time you pedal around the city, but the MTA's latest counts make it official -- bicycle traffic continues to grow dramatically on the Citywide Bike Network. At the Fell/Scott intersection, at the west end of the Wiggle, recent bike counts conducted by the MTA Bicycle Program show bike traffic more than doubling in the past four years. The counting is still underway at intersections all around town, expect to hear further reports of healthy, multiplying bike traffic soon...
Video: Congressman derides bicycles as a "19th century solution to 21st century problem"
On August 4, in opposition to an energy conservation bill, H.R. 1498, that included a tax break of $20 per month for bicycle commuters, Congressman Patrick McHenry, (R) North Carolina, was incredulous that bicycles were considered part of an energy solution. McHenry's own web site hails his speech, saying "Congressman McHenry Slams Democrats' Antiquated Energy Plan." Er, Pat, the automobile was also a 19th century invention...
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