SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 28, 2007
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Help Needed at These Fun Events! We Need Your Volunteer Love!
You could help fill one of over 200 volunteer positions coming up in September. That is right, over 200 SFBC volunteer positions! The SFBC is going to be all over town getting the bike word out, and we need you to help make it happen. This Monday, September 3, we need you at the Metromint Giro di San Francisco this to raise support for bicycle advocacy among race fans.
Can't make those events? There are lots more opportunities to help!
Check out our complete Volunteer Calendar at
SFBC Family Day is September 8!
Join us for a day of family bike fun at the SFBC's 1st Annual Family Day, September 8, at Golden Gate Park's 14th Avenue E Picnic Area from 10am-1pm. We will have games, a Family Biking Showcase, and bike activities for the whole family. Come on out and help launch another great SFBC tradition with your family!
Does your family get around by bike? Showcase your family's ride at Family Day's Family Biking Showcase. Contact James if you would like to participate. We are looking to showcase a wide variety of family biking gear.
Want to help out? Help distribute posters in your neighborhood or volunteer at Family Day! Contact Kate.
On the Street: Fix Masonic Volunteers Needed
The Fix Masonic group has developed an official traffic calming petition to submit to the Municipal Transportation Agency calling for changes on the Masonic freeway; petition requests include lowering the speed limit, safety improvement for pedestrians, and BIKE LANES. We've been walking door to door talking to neighbors, and will be out tabling to gather more signatures and spread the word. Can you volunteer a few hours for this important cause? Contact Ben if you can talk up the need for a safer, saner Masonic with other volunteers on Saturday, September 8th.
Tabling to Fix Masonic
Cyclists act against Climate Crisis, in the UK and US
Josh Hart, international velocitizen and former SFBC Program Director, continues to speak out and act up about the climate crisis and its relationship to transportation choices. Josh made the scene at Heathrow Airport last week for Camp for Climate Action 2007, along with a thousand other activists, protesting a planned expansion of the massive airport (with a carbon footprint larger than many countries) as well as other climate-hostile targets (a nearby nuclear power plant, oil firm BP, two carbon offsetting companies, and airline BAA were hit by direct action as well). Catch up with Josh and other UK cycling news on Jon Winston's always-fascinating Bikescape blog.
Meanwhile, Ride for Climate USA, a bicycle journey across the USA to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other solutions to global warming, is headed our way. David Kroodsma and Bill Bradlee started their ride in Boston on April 21 and are currently in Portland, Oregon. They'll be arriving here in SF on Sept. 15 to conclude their transcontinental consciouness-raising trip (watch the Chain of Events to see how you can join them on their final approach). You may remember David's recent solo bike ride from California to the tip of South America to raise awareness of the international consequences of global warming.
Trek's newset product: bicycle advocacy
At its annual Trek World dealer event in Madison, WI, Trek launched a new product -- a commitment to support bicycle advocacy. Called "One World, Two Wheels" the campaign partners with retailers to invest more and support bicycle advocacy. Says Trek president John Burke, "Bicycling is a very simple solution to many complicated problems in the world." Read more here
PARK(ing) Day is BACK! Reclaim our public space!
PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to transform parking spots into temporary public parks. Spearheaded by REBAR working with the Trust for Public Land and Public Architecture, the event rethinks the way our streets are used, calls attention to the need for urban parks, and improves the quality of urban human habitat... at least until the meter runs out!
Lots of SFBC affiliated groups will be creating parks in neighborhoods around the city, and could use your energy, far-out schemes, and pedal-power to reclaim our streets, and draw attention to the need for permanent change. To help the Fix Masonic group build a park on Masonic, email Karen. To work with CC Puede to transform a space on Cesar Chavez, email Rosi. If you have ideas for building your own park around the city, and want to harness some SFBC volunteer power, email us.
To learn more about PARKing Day, REBAR, and building your own park, check out the (awesome) PARK(ing) Day website.
Audio: Secretary of Transportation says bike paths "not transportation"
On August 15, during an interview with Gwen Ifill on the PBS NewsHour, US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters expressed this narrow opinion: "Well, there's about probably some 10 percent to 20 percent of the current spending that is going to projects that really are not transportation, directly transportation-related. Some of that money is being spent on things, as I said earlier, like bike paths or trails." To listen to the interview go here. The League of American Bicyclists responded last week with this strong letter.
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