SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 8, 2008
"The industry-funded Cycling Promotion Fund has today released figures showing a record 1.47 million bicycles sold in 2007 -- outselling cars for the eighth consecutive year."
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Warm Planet Bikes Grand Opening Celebration at Caltrain!
Join the party at Wednesday's grand opening of the new Warm Planet Bikes bike valet service at Caltrain's San Francisco station! The festivities start at 11:30am and feature a celebratory ribbon cutting and speeches from regional transportation officials and politicians. Come during your lunch break to tour the new facility and enjoy some complimentary lunchtime snacks!
See you at the Grand Opening!
Mayor Removes SFBC Rep. from MTA Board
You may remember that Mayor Newsom made news a year-and-a-half ago when he appointed the SFBC's Executive Director Leah Shahum to the Board of Directors of the Municipal Transportation Authority (MTA), the 7-person governing body for the City's transportation system. This news just in: The Mayor announced that he will replace Shahum on the powerful MTA Board, along with other changes on various city boards and commissions. This was surprising because the Mayor won kudos from the environmental community for appointing someone with a proven sustainable transportation record. As the Mayor points to environmental advancements as one of the top priorities for his second term, this move to replace a strong voice for sustainability raises some questions.
Most importantly now, supporters of sustainable transportation can help remind the Mayor of his commitments to sustainability and, specifically, to significantly expanding bicycling for transportation by emailing him and asking him to: (1) appoint someone else to the MTA Board with a strong record on sustainable transportation, and (2) act now on his 10 Milestones for Better Bicycling, announced last May but yet to be acted upon.
Of course, the most important of these milestones is to speed up the lagging schedule for the Bike Plan EIR. Let the Mayor know you want real action on green commitments -- there will be no third term to fulfill his many noble promises.
Weekend Rides: SF's Past, Present and Future
Saturday: Architecture Ride - The Reid Brothers
Saturday, Jan. 12: Meet in front of the David Hewes Building, 995 Market St. (at 6th) for a 1:30 pm push-off; 2 hour ride, longer if we're having fun; have a big lunch beforehand, we'll stop somewhere for a snack; rain cancels.
Sunday: Blue Greenway / Eastern Waterfront Ride
Sunday, Jan. 13: Meet at Herons Head Park (east end of Cargo Way, near Jennings) at 10:00 am; for more information or if rain is forecast, please call 415/240-4150.
Bike Ed classes build better bicyclists (and they're free!)
No matter 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 our crack team of League Certified Instructors. This Thursday, we're offering the four hour Day One in-classroom course, which teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. The class is open to adults 14 and over, and no bicycle is required. The class is free, but you must register -- sign up right now online!
Go to OpenEco Energy Camp with the SFBC
The SFBC is excited to be participating in the OpenEco Energy Camp this Thursday, to share our important bike advocacy work with attendees. If you would like to join us, trained SFBC Outreach volunteers are needed to spread the bike word from 9am-1pm at the Mission Bay Conference Center. Volunteers will receive free breakfast and can participate in the conference. Contact Kate@sfbike.org if you can help.
Wet Weather Video: Riding in the Storms
Are you keeping dry while riding through the wind and rain? Check out some wet riding tips in our wet weather video. Stay dry, stay upright and stay visible!
Fix Masonic Update
Does someone you love attend a school near Masonic Avenue? Such as USF, City College's John Adam's Campus, Wallenburg High School or the San Francisco Waldorf School? The Fix Masonic group is drumming up support for a safer Masonic Ave. among neighborhood schools, and we'd love to make contact with teachers, students, parents, and staff. Put us in touch with the folks you know!
You can also help us plan a Neighborhood Rally with the schools up and down the corridor to improve this chaotic avenue. Our next meeting is tomorrow night:
Fix Masonic Meeting
For more information on the Fix Masonic effort: www.fixmasonic.org.
Build a Bike: Bike Kitchen offers One-on-One Bike Building Class
The Bike Kitchen is offering an experimental one-on-one class for a single student. In this class, you will build a solid bike from the ground up, including building the wheels. The resulting bike will be a durable, all-weather steed good for getting around town.
The class fee is $450 and includes all of the parts and two private 3-4 hour sessions at the Bike Kitchen during January. If you are interested, please email Brian and they'll determine if this class and the bike are right for you!
Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is Hiring for Bike to Work Day
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) is hiring a part-time Assistant Coordinator who will aid in the implementation and coordination of Bike to Work Day 2008 Bay Area wide. To see the full job description please visit the BABC's website. Cover letter, resume, and one writing sample are due by January 18. No phone calls, please.
Video: Bay Bridge Bike Lane Update
Here's a video report on the current status of the new Bay Bridge, that includes some footage of the new bike lanes. Not too much on the lanes -- it's mostly about the new bridge's internal construction -- but there are a few great shots of what these lanes will look like.
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