SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 10, 2007
"Decision makers themselves ... have internalized the auto-centered world view. 'The lobbyists don't need to be in the room. They are inside of legislators' heads,' says Gordon Black of the Bicycle Alliance."
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Four years until a new bicycle lane in San Francisco? No way!
Rally at City Hall Tuesday: Get the Bike Plan Back On Track!
We need your help tomorrow -- Tuesday -- at the SFBC's rally at City Hall to push the Mayor and City leaders to get the Bike Plan project back on track:
It's appalling enough that it's been eighteen months -- a year and a half -- since the City was handcuffed from making further bike network improvements by a Superior Court injunction. Now we've learned that the City doesn't expect to bring the Bike Plan back to the Board of Supervisors until sometime in the spring or summer of 2009, almost a FULL YEAR behind the original schedule (the original timeline had the Supes acting on the plan in October 2008, and an accelerated schedule got it to them by April 2008; see our website for details).
At this rate, it's likely that San Francisco will not see new bike lanes until 2010! This is unacceptable!
Take action now! Join us at City Hall Tuesday at 1pm to demand that the City prioritize the Bike Plan effort and see to it that the job gets done without any further delay.
If you can't make it to City Hall, please help us turn this situation around by calling and/or writing the Mayor as soon as possible -- see our site for details and contact information. We need all SFBC members to take 5 minutes for grassroots advocacy to complete the Citywide Bike Network -- four years with no bicycle improvements is a great shame for a "green" city.
Thanks for joining us at the 12th annual Winterfest bash. It was an amazing party and successful event all around.
Bay Bridge Update: New Photos and a Fresh Leader?
The bicycle-pedestrian pathway on the brand-new East Span of the Bay Bridge is coming along, you can almost roll over from Yerba Buena Island to Oakland (though it's still a few years from being totally ready to ride). Check out these photos taken by SFBC Board member Riyad Ghannam during a special preview visit he made last week.
Of course, even when that eastern part is done it'll only be half a bridge as far as we're concerned until the West Span, from SF to YBI, has a pathway for bikes and peds. Last week we were thrilled to hear State Assemblymember Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) speak up confidently for the completion of the whole Bay Bridge bike route by providing a West Span pathway; you can listen to her statement here on KCBS radio.
The Gift that Keeps Giving: SFBC Memberships
Give the ones you love the gift of a clean planet, a healthy lifestyle, a fun and safe commute and a more livable San Francisco with an SFBC Gift Membership. Could there possibly be a better gift???
Gift Memberships start at just $25 and come with a special card noting your gift and all of the excellent SFBC membership benefits. Use our quick and secure online form at sfbike.org/join_renew or contact Kate to place orders with special instructions. Order by December 13 to ensure delivery by Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Put the SFBC on your Resumé
Work for one of the City's most influential advocacy groups, learning the ins and outs of a successful non-profit as an SFBC Membership Intern. Work in the name of bike love this Winter and Spring while getting lots of hands-on experience in a membership-based advocacy organization. SFBC Interns commit a minimum of 8 daytime hours/week. This position is great for college students and professionals alike looking for a career in advocacy or nonprofit work. Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume to Kate by December 18.
Video: Turn a Key, Melt a Glacier...
The riders up in Chico have sent us their clever new PSA.
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