SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 25, 2007
"Mint Plaza Project Manager
Michael Yarne acknowledges his debt to those pioneering cyclists: 'Critical Mass called into question how we use our public streets and helped us think differently about how we could use this public resource.'"
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Why did the chicken cross the road?
PARK(ing) Day Transforms the City
From oasis of green, to bike repair stations, to on-street health clinics, parking spots all over the city were transformed into community meeting spaces last Friday. Check out these photos of our involvement in this marvelous reclamation of public space: SF Bike, PARK(ing) Day, and Fix Masonic.
Volunteer in the Name of Bike Love
Volunteer at the SFBC and directly impact bicycle advocacy in San Francisco. Our active member-volunteers are the muscle behind everything the we do, from bike lanes to bike valet. Don't miss out on the extra fun and good karma that volunteering with us provides.
Help us spread the word at these exciting events:
Keep 20,000 More Cars Off Our Streets! No on H! Yes on A!
Proposition H will quintuple commuter parking, slow down Muni, and create thousands of new driveway cuts throughout the city, destroying the pedestrian environment and damaging current and future bike routes. We need your help to get out the vote November 6: Yes on A for clean air and better Muni, and No, No, NO on H, the downtown parking scam.
SFBC Seeking 2 Winterfest Interns -- Apply Today
The SFBC is in need of two shining stars to give us a hand to make the 12th Annual Winterfest, the biggest bike party of the year and an extra-large SFBC fundraiser, a complete success.
Flexible scheduling, great experience, SFBC perks! Apply today.
How to spend $100 billion? Register now for "Transportation 2035"
What will the Bay Area will be like in 25 years? Will people be biking, walking and using transit instead of driving in 2035? Reserve your space now to attend an important regional planning summit on the the Bay Area's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in downtown Oakland, Friday, October 26th.
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation (MTC) are co-hosting the Transportation 2035 Summit, a public meeting to discuss MTC's $100 billion+ blueprint for how transportation funding will be spent over the next 25 years. The revision of this RTP blueprint is our opportunity to shape the future of transportation and the quality of life in the Bay Area. The Summit will offer sessions on transportation, land use, and the link to pricing, equity and climate protection. Come and let your voice be heard! Registration is free but space is limited, sign up online now.
New York City Converts Parking Lane to Bike Lane
In a dramatic reconfiguration of Ninth Avenue -- billed as the "Street of the Future" -- New York City will convert a lane of parked cars into a dedicated bike lane with buffer zone. This "cycle track" will be an exclusive path for bicycles between the sidewalk and parked cars. The plan also also includes traffic signals for bicyclists, greenery-filled refuge zones for pedestrians and signalized left-turn lanes for motor vehicles -- all things we've been pushing for here in SF. Hello, MTA? Some new ideas for Fell and Masonic, maybe? Click for more information and graphics about the new Ninth Avenue project.
Help Revamp the Bike Buddy Program
The SFBC's Bike Buddy Program was originally designed to match experienced San Francisco cyclists with new or hesitant riders to get more people out riding their bikes. Now, the Bike Buddy Program is about to be overhauled to make it even better, and we need your help. We're working on turning Bike Buddy into an interactive, moderated online forum run through our website at sfbike.org. We need mentors, techies, and your good ideas to make it happen. Contact Dominic for more info and to give us a hand.
Do-it-Yourself: Building a Shopping Cart Bike
Is your favorite bike bag stuffed to the limit? Is your bike basket or strapped-on milk crate just not able to carry it all? Well, here's a do-it-yourself project to increase your cargo capacity! And daydream about more do-it-yourself bike building projects, including the U-G-L-Y bike and the Granny's Nightmare Chopper, in Make magazine's Alt Vehicles issue.
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