SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 11, 2007
"Get a Helmet, Morning Glory! Beautiful -- SCREEECH! -- Roadkill!
Who Are These Schwinn-Pumping, Flower-Shlepping Sirens? Where Do Gisele, Naomi
and Chloe Think They Are? Shropshire?"
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Hmmm... what to do tonight? Should I watch Dr. Phil or Entertainment Tonight?
TRANSIT NOT TRAFFIC! Yes on A, No on H!
This November a dangerous ballot measure will go before the voters: Proposition H. Prop H would have far-reaching ramifications for all parts of our city -- the Planning Department estimates it could bring up to 20,000 new cars onto our streets every day. It will also REQUIRE every new housing unit built outside of downtown to include an off-street parking space, dramatically crippling the ability to build new affordable housing, increasing sidewalk curb cuts (which endanger bike lanes and sidewalks), and potentially moving Muni stops and cutting down landmark trees, all for the sake of more private parking. This is a "parking before people" measure. Please read more about Prop H on our Transit not Traffic page.
Fortunately, there is an antidote to the "Parking for Downtown" initiative. Proposition A, the Emissions Reduction and Transit Reform Charter Amendment, will counteract several of the most dangerous pieces of Prop H, and will also increase the funding Muni receives each year, a critical step towards increasing Muni's speed and reliability.
We have a big fight on our hands. If you've been thinking about volunteering for better biking, and want to protect pedestrian conditions, landmark street trees, neighborhood planning processes, and build a faster, more reliable Muni, NOW is the time to act:
Tuesday - Thursday: Absentee Phone Bank 6pm-8:30
Wednesday - Thursday : MUNI outreach with Pride at Work 8:30-10
Contact Rachel and Natasha to help make a critical difference this November. Even if you can't volunteer this week, contact us, and we'll put you on the list for future outreach!
SFBC's 1st Annual Family Day Thrills Kids (and Parents!)
Hundreds of families enjoyed a great day of biking fun on Saturday, September 8. More than a dozen youth learned how to two-wheel sans training wheels, and dozens more families and youth learned how to pedal safely. Thanks so much to all the families who made it out to Golden Gate Park for a Healthy Saturday with the SFBC.
A special thanks goes to our amazing Family Day Planning Team who made it all possible. Check out the photos and video at sfbike.org/family_day. Do you have photos you would like to share with us from Family Day? Add them to the SFBC Flickr pool and tag your photos with "SFBC Family Day 2007".
Want to be kept up-to-date on the next Family Biking event? Contact Kate to be kept informed about upcoming family-friendly bike events.
SFBC Volunteers Have More Fun
That's right, it is true: SFBC Volunteers have a blast spreading the bike word all over San Francisco, and right now there are so many opportunities to get involved, we need your help!
This weekend the SFBC will be at the Treasure Island Music Festival gaining support for bike projects on Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge. Contact Kate if you are interested in helping out. The SFBC will also be at the Family Kite Festival doing basic bike maintenance and parking bikes. If you are handy with a wrench, let Kate know.
For more upcoming volunteer opportunities, such as the Excelsior Festival and the Folsom Street Fair, check out sfbike.org/volunteer.
Need some encouragement to do SFBC Outreach? Join us this Wednesday Night, September 12, at 7:30pm for our quarterly SFBC Outreach Volunteer Training. This training is recommended for all SFBC Volunteers interested in doing outreach at events. Learn ways to engage people, how to sign-up new members, and more at this fun training at SFBC HQ. RSVP to Kate.
Report Links Obesity, Traffic Fatalities With Lack of Bike/Ped Funding
Our friends at the Thunderhead Alliance have just released their Bicycling and Walking in the U.S. Benchmarking Report 2007 which analyzes bicycling and walking nationwide.
The much-anticipated report compares, for the first time ever, bicycling and walking levels, investment in bicycling and walking, and public health. The most striking findings reveal major disparities between cycling and walking levels, traffic fatalities, and federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. The report also reveals an inverse relationship between walking and biking and levels of obesity: As walking and biking levels have dropped, obesity levels have soared.
Read our full press release and download the full report here.
Join Us to Create a BIKE PARK on PARK(ing) Day!
PARK(ing) Day is coming up! On Friday, September 21st, artists, activists, and citizens will collaborate to transform parking spots into temporary public parks all over the city. 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!
The SFBC is partnering with Road Rage Bikes and Public Architecture to create a park on Folsom Street complete with light repair, bike decorating, and bike wash! But we need your help! We need volunteers to set up, break down, and have fun in the park. If you can help for a few hours between 8am - 2pm on Friday, September 21st, email Grace.
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
group build a park on Masonic, email
work with CC Puede to transform a space on Cesar Chavez, email
learn more about PARKing Day, REBAR, and building your own park, check out the
Weigh in on Our Mayoral Endorsement
All SFBC members will be asked to vote for their preference for the SFBC's
decision in the Mayoral race. Though the election isn't until November 6th,
the race is already on. We've already asked all candidates to share their
priorities and strategies for better biking and more sustainable
transportation in the City. We'll share these candidate surveys with you
and ask you for your vote. Stay tuned for a special email message from the
SFBC later this week with details. If you know a current SFBC member who
has not shared their email address with the SFBC, please fill our
online form or contact
with any questions.
Winterfest Bike and Art Auction -- Save the Date
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 2nd for SFBC's 12th annual Winterfest, the biggest bike bash, member party and fundraiser.
The SFBC is in full swing in planning Winterfest, and NOW is your chance to shape the greatest bike-bash event of the year. We're looking for an event planner intern to make Winterfest 2007 a great fundraiser and party. The Winterfest Intern must be a people person and well organized to help secure sponsorships, coordinate logistics and assist the Development Director. This internship offers a flexible schedule with an eight-hour-a-week minimum commitment (intern must be able to be at the SFBC office for all 8 hours (sorry, no remote work available). The position is not paid, but we are happy to work with any academic requirements and supplying references. This is a fabulous opportunity for folks looking into event planning and career change resume builder. Please see the internship description and how to apply. This position is open to SFBC members and non-members. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 this Architecture and the City event 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.
For more great rideable events and the rest of the month's schedule, go here.
Video: BikeCar, A 2007 Bicycle Film Festival Preview
The Bicycle Film Festival rolls into town next week, September 19-22. Check out the schedule at bicyclefilmfestival.com. Go to the Bicycle Film Festival screening of your choice FREE when you join the SFBC! But act now -- this deal is only available until Friday, September 14 and while supplies last. Already a member? Pass on this great deal to your friends, or buy a gift membership and treat yourself to a screening. Use our quick and secure online form at sfbike.org/join_renew and click the "Special Limited Time Offer" box to receive your ticket.
The SFBC is proud to staff the Bicycle Film Festival with our fine member-volunteers. All volunteers receive a free ticket to the Bicycle Film Festival screening of their choice and must be a current SFBC Member. Contact Kate if you are interested in volunteering at the Bicycle Film Festival.
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