SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 4, 2007
"Each weekday at about 5 a.m., the 64-year-old mayor straps on a black cycling
helmet and an arm band with red reflector lights and sets off alone on a
leisurely, 45-minute pedal."
Table of Contents
The daily grind getting you down? Tired of the same ol' humdrum day-to-day?
Well, kickstart your life! Volunteer at the SFBC!
Speak Up Now! Save Safe Routes and Complete Streets
Two important pieces of bike-positive state legislation urgently need your help to keep them on track -- please take a few minutes now and make a few simple phone calls to help save Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets:
Safe Routes to School funding CUT -- ask for the funding
to be restored
Call Senator Don Perata, President Pro Tem, at (916) 651-4009
Call Senator Tom Torlakson, Senate Appropriations Chairman, at (916) 651-4007
Please tell them: "I'm calling to urge the Senator to restore the $24.25 million in funding for AB 57, Safe Routes to School."
Complete Streets Act of 2007 Held in Senate Appropriations Committee
Call Senator Don Perata at (916) 651-4009
Call Senator Carole Migden at (916) 651-4003
Please tell them: "I'm calling to tell the Senator that I support the Complete Streets Act (AB 1358) and urge him/her to pass it out of committee."
And thank you for being an instant activist!
Family Day is Saturday!
Bring the kids and their bikes to our 1st Annual Family Day, a day of free family bike fun on a car-free section of Golden Gate Park! Trike riders, little ones on training wheels and all other "big kids" on bikes are invited to the 14th Avenue E Picnic Area (where the giant purple head is) from 10am-1pm. We'll have games, a basic bike skills course, a Family Biking Showcase and many more bike activities for the whole family. Check out sfbike.org/family_day for a schedule of activities. Come on out and help launch another great SFBC tradition with your family!
Want to help out? Volunteers are needed to help table, and help out during activities. Contact Kate if you are interested!
Help us (and have fun at the same time!)
Join the SFBC in getting the bike word out all September long at great events across the city and have a great time while you're at it! Going to Power to the Peaceful this Saturday? We need you there to spread the bike word with the SFBC! Make a difference and enjoy this fabulous music festival at the same time.
Handy with a wrench or just care about bike access for all? Lend the SFBC a hand at the fun Leland Avenue Street Fair this Sunday, September 9, as we help get kids rolling and gain bike support in an area of town that really needs it.
Stay tuned (or volunteer now!) for more great opportunities to do bike outreach with the SFBC, including the Treasure Island Music Festival (Sept 15 and 16), Family Kite Festival (Sept 15 and 16), the Bicycle Film Festival (Sept 20-22), the Excelsior Neighborhood Festival (Sept 23), and Folsom Street Fair (Sept 30).
Caltrain hosts bicycle workshop Thursday
Do you use Caltrain to get to the South Bay? Now is the time to speak up about bike access to regional transit. This Thursday, at 6pm, Caltrain will host a workshop at its San Francisco 4th and King station. The workshop will be a one-hour walkabout with staff/facilitators to discuss bicycle parking, bicycle access within and to the station area, and way-finding. The workshop is free and open to all, but you must pre-register since space is limited. To register (or make comments or suggestions for bicycle improvements at any other stations), contact:
Fix Masonic Outreach This Week! Volunteer to join us!
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 building community around the cause. We'll be out tabling at the corner of Masonic and Fulton to gather more signatures and spread the word this Saturday. Can you volunteer a few hours for this important cause? Contact Ben to talk up the need for a safer, saner Masonic with other volunteers!
Tabling to Fix Masonic
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.
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!
And now it's time to get involved in PARK(ing) Day in a big way especially
with the dangerous and archaic
H on the November Ballot, a measure which could QUINTUPLE parking downtown
and bring up to 20,000 new cars onto our streets, reversing policy changes
that sustainable transportation advocates have been working on for decades.
Many SFBC affiliated groups will be creating parks in neighborhoods around the city, and could use your energy, far-out schemes, and pedal-power. 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 are interested in working with the SFBC to build a velo PARK on Folsom Street (next to the School of Cosmotology's Beauty Park) email us.
To learn more about PARKing Day, REBAR, and building your own park, check out the PARK(ing) Day website.
How do you get a Green Composting Bin? Just ask!
Did you know composting is a significant way to reduce the global warming gases produced by landfills? In a recent member survey, we discovered that a substantial portion of the SFBC membership wants to compost at home, but doesn't have a green kitchen bin or a green outdoor bin to start. We contacted the Department for the Environment, who gave us this simple Cycle and Recycle tip: "Ask for one!"
So, unless your landlord has squelched the idea, Sunset Scavenger and Golden Gate Disposal will make it easy for you and will drop the green bins off at your home. Call your waste disposal service and tell them you want to start composting now!
AIA's Month of Architecture and the City by Bike
September is the American Institute of Architecture's Architecture in the City month. The SFBC has partnered with the AIA, Build it Green and the SF Department of the Environment to be sure you can enjoy these Architecture and the City events by bike:
September 15 and 16:
Francisco Living: Home Tours highlights a variety of architectural styles,
neighborhoods and residences. Bicyclists who ride this popular tour
receive a 10% discount. Tickets can be purchased at the
on Design Conference + Exhibition at the Concourse Exhibition Center on
the day of the tour. A recommended bike route comes with your ticket.
September 23: Build it Green Home Tour showcases residences built and remodeled utilizing sustainable, durable products. From solar photovoltaic systems to recycled lumber and low-VOC insulation and paints, the homes showcase a wide range of techniques and materials, including a wind turbine, a grey water system and two green living roofs. Led by SFBC member Lauren Seaby and Christy Tao, bicyclists can pedal from home to home. Meet at SF Environment EcoCenter, 11 Grove St. (8th and Market) at 10am for the Bike Tour. Tickets can be purchased at builditgreen.org.
Gems of the City Bike Tour will be led by SFBC Board member and esteemed San
Baker. This is your chance to learn about the most architecturally
significant buildings in SF. Meet at AIA SF, 130 Sutter Street at 10am.
SFBC Members $10, non-members $25 (includes SFBC Membership).
Video: Learning to Ride at 20
In honor of this Saturday's Family Day at Golden Gate Park, here's a video of a 20 year old struggling to learn how to ride a bike. Spare your child this kind of future embarrassment and shame -- bring them to Family Day!
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