SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 2, 2007
"Unlike in Europe, where advertising agencies have been given premium
space in exchange for running rental schemes, Beijing's bike programme is
being sponsored by the anti-theft arm of the municipal public security bureau
and the Beijing Environment Protection Bureau."
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Feeling run down? Sluggish? You just don't have the same get-up-and-go as you
Wow! That's 1 Out of Every 100 San Franciscans!
We are thrilled to announce that SFBC Membership grew by 25% since January 2007! At 7,500 members strong, we are now the largest bicycle advocacy organization in the country.
Our growing membership allows us to effectively improve our city by promoting healthy, energy-efficient, zero-carbon transportation and to make cycling a viable means of transportation for all San Franciscans. As our membership grows, so does the number of riders and, in turn, the number of bike improvements. Thank you SFBC members for your support for a more bike-friendly San Francisco!
Help us continue to grow! While we work on behalf of all SF cyclists, not all SF cyclists are yet members. If you know someone who rides a bike and is not yet a member, encourage them to join us. Or, give your friend a gift membership and share the bike love!
Help Us This Weekend: Hear Fiddles and Breathe Deeply!
Today is Your Last Chance to Vote for Mayoral Endorsement
Today -- Tuesday by 5pm -- is the last chance to vote for the SFBC's endorsement in this November's Mayoral race. All members should have received a personal email (including one yesterday) with voting instructions. To view the candidates' responses to the SFBC's questionnaire, see www.sfbike.org/?vote. And to vote, use your login and password (sent via personal email) at www.sfbike.org/vote2007. If you're having trouble voting, contact Frank. Thanks for voting!
Video: Prop H qualifies HUMMERS as "Low Emissions" Vehicles???
In addition to providing audacious loopholes for SUVs, Prop H will quintuple commuter parking downtown, cut down landmark trees, and create thousands of new driveway cuts throughout the city, destroying the pedestrian environment and damaging bike routes. The counter-measure, Proposition A, will bring much needed funds to reform Muni and create a Climate Action Plan to lower San Francisco's greenhouse gas emissions. We need your help to get out the vote on these critical livable city measures!
Mobilize: Merchant Walks, Streetside Outreach for Yes on A, No on H!
Grab a Tricycle and Race the Tour de Castro
On Saturday, October 20th, 24 teams of will participate in the Tour de Castro II tricycle race, bar crawl and costume extravaganza hosted by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Come cheer on the SFBC staff while we pedal, push and tug our tricycle as we raise funds for the AIDS Lifecycle. Or, form your own team and race a trike yourself! Sign up deadline is Oct 10th.
Handy with a wrench? The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the SFBC will be assembling the tricycles for the Tour on Friday Oct. 19th starting at 6pm and we'll need some help. Contact Sister Mary Juanita High for tricycle assembly information.
12 Miles! 15 Peaks! It's WalkSF's Peak to Peak!
Looking for a challenge? Sign-up for this year's Peak to Peak Walk, a 12-mile trek up and down SF's highest peaks. Get a unique view of SF's skyline, stairways, parks, and monuments -- all while raising money for WalkSF's vital pedestrian safety and advocacy work. Pre-registration required by 10/17. Early bird discount if you sign up by October 5th! To register online, go here. For more info on the walk see walksf.org/peak.html.
Donate Rain Gear for Youth Bike Clubs
The Bike Clubs at Mission Beacon Center are seeking donations of used rain
gear for the upcoming season. Youth and adult sizes of jackets, rain
pants and gloves are all needed. Donations can be dropped off between
3:30-6pm Monday-Friday at Mission Beacon Center, Everett Middle School, 450
Church St. Or email
to arrange a pickup.
Bicycle Film Festival Thanks
We sure had a wheelie good time at the 7th Annual Bicycle Film Festival, September 19-22, and we hope you had a hoot, too! A special thanks goes out to the amazing corps of SFBC member-volunteers who staffed the entire event and made it all possible. We couldn't have done it without you!!
Congratulations to new member Eric Schmitt, who won the SFBC's free Bicycle Film Festival raffle for a sweet Timbuk2 bag, SFBC Membership and SFBC T-Shirt.
Walk and Roll to School Wednesday
Wednesday is International Walk-to-School Day, a perfect opportunity to make positive lifestyle choices for ourselves and our children. In the United States, the obesity crisis makes daily headlines. Indeed, the Trust for America's Health classifies nearly one in five children ages 6-11 as overweight. In 1969, approximately half of all children walked or biked to school, but by 2001 that number had dropped to only 15 percent. Wednesday is a great day to start your kids on a healthy new habit -- see the SF "Walk and Roll" site for more information.
TALC's 10th Birthday Party
The Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) has been a champion for smart, sustainable development and transportation in the Bay Area since 1997, shaping public policy and connecting communities with tools to help them thrive. Join friends and supporters at a casual evening of live jazz, food, drinks, and photography on October 18th to celebrate TALC's tenth birthday at the Oakland Museum of California. Speakers will include Senator Barbara Boxer and world-renowned planner and architect Peter Calthorpe. Complete details on the event can be found at the TALC website. Come raise a glass to TALC!
Innovations: New Bicycle Anti-Theft Device!
Worried that U-lock may not be enough? Check out this new innovation in bicycle anti-theft devices that discourages bike thieves in a different way -- now, they'll walk right by your ride! Just peel and stick!
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