SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 4, 2007
"In years past, the Bicycle Coalition was making its case from the fringes of the political debate... But the group now has a seat at the table on San Francisco transportation policymaking..."
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Biggest Winterfest Ever Celebrates SF Bicycling
Supervisor Mirkarimi playfully chokes Supervisor Ammiano on the Winterfest stage, along with the SFBC's Andy Thornley. Photo: SFist.
Over 1,100 members, new members, sponsors, artists, and local politicians celebrated the ever-increasing growth of SF bicycling last night at the SFBC's Winterfest Auction, Art Show, Party and Fundraiser. It was our largest Winterfest ever and featured -- along with the thunderous sounds and outrageous antics of the Extra Action Marching Band -- silent and live auctions for new bikes, bike-gear, local artwork and many other goodies.
Check out these stellar Winterfest reviews:
A big, special thanks to all our Winterfest volunteers who made it all happen (as always!).
And a huge 10-sprocket salute to all our sponsors -- especially our Primary Sponsor Rickshaw Bagworks and Big Wheel Sponsors New Belgium Brewery and Timbuk2. Their generous financial support and dedication to bicycle advocacy not only made Winterfest possible but also help advance the SF bicycling movement every day.
Thanks also to local politicians who showed up to support bike advocacy, including SF Supervisors Tom Ammiano, Ross Mirkarimi, Gerardo Sandoval and State Assembly Member Mark Leno and Senator Carole Migden.
For our full Winterfest wrap-up, upcoming photos and party gossip go here.
Breaking News: Bike Plan Slipping -- Call Mayor and Supes Now!
It is shameful enough that it has been a year and a half since the City's Bike Plan was frivolously sued and stopped in its tracks by a Court injunction.
But this news is equally shocking: The SFBC has learned that the City does not expect to complete the required environmental review until Spring 2009, with re-adoption of the Bike Plan scheduled for Summer 2009. That is almost a full year behind the original schedule.
At this rate, it is likely that San Francisco will not see new bike lanes until 2010! This is unacceptable!
Take action now!
Please help us turn this situation around by calling and writing the Mayor and Board of Supervisors as soon as possible. We need all SFBC members to take 5 minutes for grassroots advocacy that could mean the difference between waiting 4 years without new bike lanes.... or completing the Citywide Bike Network. Which will it be?
See talking points and contact info here. Thank you for your advocacy!
Hot New SFBC T-Shirts!
Hot New SFBC T-shirts debuted to rave reviews at Winterfest and are now available for purchase at our online store. These limited edition t-shirts were the winning design in the SFBC's 2008 T-shirt Design Contest. Congratulations to second-time design winner Alex Pleasant whose design was unanimously selected by jury from over 20 excellent submissions. Now you can show the world how much you love bikes -- in German, Spanish, Danish, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), and English!
We are retiring our 2007 Limited Edition Cityscape T-shirt, and we only have a few select sizes and colors, so make sure to get yours before we're out of stock!
Vote in Board Elections
Don't forget to vote in the SFBC's Board of Directors elections. Visit this link to read candidates' statements and to cast your vote. You can log in using your email address that the SFBC has on file, following instructions we sent in a special email last week. Voting ends December 12th, so don't miss out!
Gift Wrap Your Bike Advocacy
Video: The Ethics of Transportation
NY Times "Ethicist" writer Randy Cohen speaks about the "ethics" of transportation, or as the people at Streetfilms call it, the "ethics of urban automobility." This great interview covers the current alternative transportation movement -- including bicycling, PARKing Day, and congestion pricing -- and explains what it's all about. Says Cohen: ""We're not preaching rectitude here, we're preaching hedonism."
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