SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 17, 2007
"The computer conducted a complex genomics analysis at a rate of billions
of calculations per second while being powered by a team of 8-10 bicyclists
riding generator-equipped bicycles."
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"Master, I am satiated. But yet, something is missing."
The Bicycle Film Festival Rocks SF this Week
The 7th Annual Bicycle Film Festival rolls through San Francisco this week, September 19-22, for four days of fantastic bike-centered movies, a parade, a bike race, a block party, and a free concert Wednesday Night. Films from over ten countries, including Romania, Italy, Portugal, and Denmark, will screen at the Victoria Theater at 16th St., between Capp and Mission Streets.
Featured films include Monkey Warfare, the Toronto Film Festival Special Jury Award Winner, BikeCar, the story of a pedal-powered, snowboarding road trip, and Klunkerz, the history of Marin mountain biking (see trailer below). Check out the full schedule at bicyclefilmfestival.com.
Get a Free Ticket to the Bicycle Film Festival screening of your choice! The SFBC is proud to staff the Bicycle Film Festival with our team of member-volunteers. Volunteer positions include SFBC Outreach, Will Call, Ushers, and Street Party Gate Monitors. If you would like to volunteer at the Bicycle Film Festival and get a free ticket, sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_bff.
Vote Now for SFBC Mayoral Endorsement
The Mayoral election is just over 6 weeks away. Now is the time to cast your vote on the SFBC's endorsement decision in the November race. Do you think our organization should put energy into this race and, if so, which candidate should we endorse as the most supportive of our mission and vision?
Current SFBC members should have received an e-mail or postcard last week with voting instructions, and thanks to you who have already voted. If you are a current SFBC member and did not receive voting instructions, please contact Frank and Dominic (or 431-BIKE x304 or x314, respectively). You can read the mayoral candidates' responses to the SFBC questionnaire here: http://www.sfbike.org/?vote. And, when you have reviewed that, please cast your vote here, using your password sent via email: http://www.sfbike.org/vote2007.
*** Please note that voting ends October 2nd. Also, since we've received many questions about this, please note that there is a "no endorsement" option on the list of choices online.
This Friday is PARK(ing) Day!
This Friday, September 21st, artists, activists, and citizens will transform car parking spots into temporary public parks all over the city. Stop by one of the many PARKS and celebrate!
The SFBC is partnering with Road Rage Bikes and Public Architecture to create a park on Folsom Street complete with light repair and bike decorating. We also need volunteers to set up, break down, and have fun in the bike park. If you can help here for a few hours between 8am - 2pm, email Grace. SFBC affiliated parks are also popping up in other parts of the city! 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.
The community is also invited to celebrate the day at the PARK(ing) Day After Party from 6:30-9:30 at David Baker Architects at 461 2nd St. Loft c127. Admission is Free! REBAR is looking for volunteers to help park bikes and bartend at the After Party. To volunteer for the After Party, email Denise.
Timbuk2 Joins the SFBC Discount Partner Community
The SFBC is excited to announce the newest SFBC Discount Partner, Timbuk2. They will be offering current SFBC members, with valid SFBC membership cards, a 10% discount on bag purchases. This offer is good in their 506 Hayes Street store only. Go on by their shop and welcome them into the SFBC community.
Welcome, Neal Patel, the SFBC's new Community Planner
A big hearty SFBC welcome to our new Community Planner, Neal Patel. Neal will be doing community outreach and develop a plan for a bike and pedestrian friendly Treasure Island. Prior to the SFBC, Neal worked on health and education projects at Stanford University and with the Peace Corps in Madagascar. He recently worked on the Biking and Walking Report for Thunderhead Alliance.
If you have any questions or ideas on how to make SF's newest neighborhood a model of sustainability, contact Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 415.431.BIKE x312.
Join the SFBC Streetside Outreach Team!
Next Monday, September 24th during the evening commute (5-7pm), at the Bike Station (the bike parking at the Caltrain Station at 700 4th St), we will be meeting fellow cyclists, chatting about pressing bike issues and telling riders about SFBC's progress on improving bicycling conditions around the city. Help us bring bike energy into our commutes! Interested in taking part next week? Contact Dominic and Grace. Thanks, and happy pedaling!
Video: Klunkerz, A Bicycle Film Fest trailer
Before dual suspension, riser bars and baggy shorts, Marin locals flew down the trails with balloon tires, coaster brakes and work jeans. Klunkerz, one of this week's Bicycle Film Festival's featured films, tells the history of Marin mountain biking and how it changed -- and maybe even saved -- the bike industry. Check out the trailer here. For the complete Festival schedule, go to bicyclefilmfestival.com.
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