SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 14, 2007
"The Prop A campaign was an impressive display of unity. Any coalition that includes labor and the Bike Coalition is something to be reckoned with."
-- Sasha Magee, on Left in SF blog after Election Day
Table of Contents
- Victory for Transit Not Traffic!
- And Victory for Car-Free Space!
- It's Almost Time to Party! Sunday, Dec. 2nd is Winterfest
- State Kick-Starts Safe Routes to School
- Designer Needed for Super Hi-Profile Design Project
- Gym Membership? Insulting! SFBC Gift Membership? Inspiring!
- Photo Pop Quiz: Where Are You???
- Family Ride: Freedom from Training Wheels
- Bike Ed Day 2 this Saturday
- Video: NBC Slams SF Bike Sharing; David Byrne Helmet Cam
What? You're going to wait in line at Winterfest because you misplaced your membership card?
Get it replaced right now and spend more time partying!
Victory for Transit Not Traffic! Prop A Winning, H Takes a Beating!
It is time to celebrate! Raise a glass and toast our huge election day win for Transit not Traffic!
Thanks to hard work, door-to-door precinct walks, countless phone calls, and neighborhood meetings, volunteers from the SFBC and other community organizations, environmental groups, and labor united and proved we could stop one of the most deceptive ballot measures in years.
As the final votes are counted, Proposition H is getting steamrolled! This deceptive measure will not be adding 20,000 more cars to our streets everyday, it will not be undermining community planning processes, and it will not be moving Muni stops or degrading bike lanes for private parking spaces. And with Proposition A winning, we will move the city forward, bringing much needed new funds to Muni and requiring the City to create a Climate Action Plan.
A big SFBC "Thank You" to all the volunteers who came out in full force to spread the word, educate, and get out the vote. Cheers!
And Victory for Car-Free Space! Final Healthy Saturdays Legislation Passes
After years of grassroots organizing on behalf of more car-free space for all San Franciscans, we are proud to announce that the Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park legislation passed yesterday at the Board of Supervisors! Yesterday's victory means that car-free space will be a reality every year from April thru September on JFK Drive between Tea Garden Dr. (near 8th Ave.) and Transverse Dr.
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers from the SFBC and our allied organizations who made it happen. Special thanks to Supervisor McGoldrick (the champ on this legislation) and Supervisors Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Maxwell, Mirkarimi, Peskin, and Sandoval who all voted "Yes" for more car-free space. Boo-hiss to Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Chu, and Elsbernd who voted "No." Take a minute to contact your Supervisor now to thank those who supported us, or to share your frustration with those who opposed this family-first effort.
It's Almost Time to Party! Sunday, Dec. 2nd is Winterfest
Love bikes? Love great deals on all the bike gear your heart desires? Love beer, entertainment, and art? Do you love the SFBC? If your answer is Yes, Yes and Yes, then we'll see you at the 12th Annual Winterfest auction, party, and fundraiser!
- Check out this week's feature -- a limited edition New Belgium cruiser made by Felt. Review more gear, local attractions, gift certificates and get-a-ways on our auction catalog.
60+ pieces by the Bay Area's emerging and talented local artists can be previewed at the art auction catalog
- We can't do it without you! The SFBC needs 100+ volunteers to make the event a success! Give us a hand and get in free. Sign up today.
State Kick-Starts Safe Routes to School
Good news -- Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB57 on Oct. 14, keeping California's Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program alive indefinitely. SR2S is a national effort to promote safe bicycling and walking to and from schools. The new law, which was sponsored by the SRTS National Partnership, enables $52 million in existing state SR2S funding to be spent after January 1, 2008 and creates a framework for state SR2S funding to be included in the state budget going forward. The SFBC is one of the approximately 25 state organizations that has pledged support for SR2S -- we're eager to see the program get rolling so that SF kids can safely ride their bikes to school!
Designer Needed for Super Hi-Profile Design Project
Bike to Work Day, the biking-est holiday of the year needs a face lift! The Nine Bay Area County groups that host Bike to Work Day are holding a new logo contest for Bike to Work Day, 2008 (see old logo to the right). The logo will be used across the entire Bay Area region to promote Bike to Work Day.
Imagine your artwork on advertisements, banners, buses, thousands of bags and more this year and possibly years to come. Check out the contest guidelines at sfbike.org/logo_contest.
Gym Membership? Insulting!
SFBC Gift Membership? Inspiring!
Give the ones you love the gift of a clean planet, a healthy lifestyle, a fun, safe commute, and a more livable San Francisco with an SFBC Gift Membership.
Gift Memberships start at just $25: They come with a special card noting your gift, and all of the excellent benefits of SFBC membership. Use our quick and secure online form at sfbike.org/join_renew to buy everyone on your list gift memberships, or contact Kate to place orders with special instructions. Order now to ensure delivery in time for Hannukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa!
Photo Pop Quiz: Where Are You???
MTC and ABAG are planning hundreds of billions of $$) for the next 25 years of Bay Area transportation. Their official PowerPoint presentation illustrated what a bike-networked future would look like with this image (right) of a velo-wired crossroads in San Francisco. Can you name the intersection? Answer below.*
Family Ride: Freedom from Training Wheels
Kids love 2 wheels, too! This Sunday, join SFBC Board Member and biking mom, Jean Fraser, as well as other families with kids, in car-free Golden Gate Park for a group effort to get our kids to ride without training wheels. Bring bike, helmet and maybe some snacks to share. Meet at JFK Drive west of Conservatory Drive from 1-2:30pm. Rain cancels. Call Jean at 751-6619 if you have questions.
Bike Ed Day 2 this Saturday
No matter what your age or experience level you're certain to come away a better, safer cyclist after you've taken one of our Bike Ed classes, taught by a crack team of League Certified Instructors. This Saturday (11/17) we're offering the six-hour Day Two on-road course, to put into practice what was learned in the Day One course, practicing emergency maneuvers, and riding in various traffic conditions. The class is open to adults 14 and over, but you must have completed the Day One class as a prerequisite. The class is free, but you must register -- sign up right now online!
Video: NBC Slams SF Bike Sharing; David Byrne Helmet Cam
NBC News does a report on "fantastique" bike sharing in Paris and how American cities are considering doing the same. But "not in San Francisco", gasps the reporter as he struggles up a Paris grade...
Meanwhile, back in New York City, David Byrne -- yes, he of the Talking Heads -- hosted "How New Yorkers Ride Bikes", an evening of music, film, readings and surprises celebrating the bicycle. Ride along with David Byrne as he braves the streets of Gotham.
* Where are you?
Clement Street at 34th Avenue, just outside of Lincoln Park
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