SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 15, 2008
"A valet service for bicyclists who commute on Caltrain gets an official welcome Wednesday in yet another acknowledgement by Bay Area transportation officials that pedal-power has arrived as a viable alternative to the private automobile."
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Free Bike Valet at SF Caltrain Now Open!
Cutting the opening ribbon, er, tire tube: The SFBC's Leah Shahum, Nathaniel Ford of the MTA, Jose Cisneros of Caltrain, Jose Luis Moscovich of the SFCTA, Damian Breen of the Air District, and District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly. Photo: J. Hueckstaedt/JennaBeth Photography
Now you can drop off your bike, leave it there for free and hop on the train. Come back later to get it, safe and sound! Warm Planet Bikes also offers bicycle repair services for a fee and a retail store specializing in commuter bikes and gear.
The grand opening featured speeches from proud transportation officials and politicians. The new 1,600 sq. ft. facility is funded by a coalition of the region's largest transit agencies. More on the Grand Opening (and photos!) on our web site and...
A big SFBC thanks to all the funders and individuals who worked so hard to make this all possible. Special thanks also to Kash, the tireless proprietor of Warm Planet Bikes, and Eliote Durham, who made the grand opening celebration a unqualified success!
Ask Supes to Make Sure MTA Board is Up to the Job
Mayor Newsom's second-term changes at the MTA Board of Directors are unfortunate on a number of levels, seeming to put politics above policy right where smart, politically-neutral policy is needed most. Reforms brought by recently-enacted Proposition A put the burden of shaping better, safer, sustainable streets almost fully on the agenda of the MTA Board, and we have serious concerns that the removal of three strong voices for sustainable transportation leaves this important body in a weakened state.
Thursday, the Board of Supervisors' Rules Committee will hold confirmation hearings on the Mayor's three replacement nominees in City Hall in Room 263 at 10:00 am. Take a minute to write or call Committee members and ask them to hold a strong line on the MTA Board nominees to make sure they are qualified to direct and guide the MTA as it works to implement the long-delayed Bike Plan, the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), the Better Streets Plan, the Pedestrian Master Plan, and just plain old Muni operations. Do these nominees have the experience, aptitude, and energy demanded by appointment to the MTA Board of Directors? Are they the best people to realize the Mayor's promises for a green, sustainable San Francisco?
Contact the Rules Committee members:
Aaron Peskin: (415) 554-7450, Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org
Sean Elsbernd: (415) 554-6516, Sean.Elsbernd@sfgov.org
Tom Ammiano: (415) 554-5144, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Love is in the Air! Love on Wheels is February 8!
The SFBC plays cupid on Friday, February 8, at the Rickshaw Stop for another round of Love on Wheels -- the dating game exclusively for two-wheelers. See why Love on Wheels won the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay: Watch hot cyclists pair up and win fabulous date-y raffle prizes: sfbike.org/love. Free for members (with membership card); $10 non-members (or free if you join the SFBC).
Be a contestant! Just like on TV: Real-life bike bachelors and bachelorettes quiz a blind panel to select a date -- some hip local spots courtesy of our fabulous sponsors. Email email@example.com to be a contestant and tell us which way your wheels spin: Boy-Boy; Boy-Girl; Girl-Girl; Girl-Boy. Only SFBC members can be contestants.
Too shy for the stage, but you want to help out? There are lots of ways you can volunteer: Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_love and get a free ticket to the Balboa Theater for your good deeds! Or, spread the love from the convenience of your own computer by printing posters and distributing them widely.
Ride: Bike and Walk Treasure Island Tour
Head to the middle of the Bay with the SFBC and friends on a tour of Treasure Island. We will discuss some of the island's redevelopment plans -- which include bicyclist and pedestrian facilities -- and interesting bits of the natural and human history of this unique island. And as an added bonus, we'll enjoy amazing views of downtown San Francisco, the East Bay, and a glimpse of the progress of the new East Span of the Bay Bridge.
We will provide lunch and bring you and your bike back to the city at the end of the ride. A van will also follow the group, so people who do not wish to ride can still join the tour. Please RSVP with Neal Patel (415/431-2453 x312) with any dietary restrictions and a phone number in case of heavy rain.
Winterfest Clearance Sale!
Wish you had a set of fenders for wet-weather riding? Got a new steed and need a lock to make sure it stays your forever? Well, we got the goods -- locks, lights, fenders, racks, and helmets -- at our post-Winterfest clearance sale!
Great gear that didn't get claimed at Winterfest is now 25% off retail value! In addition, we've got only 20 remaining copies of the limited-edition, artist-signed, hand-printed Winterfest poster! Get 'em while we got 'em!
Burning questions? Contact Jodie. Note: There will not be a post-sale sale. Please come during the sale hours. Thank you!
Video: Bike Boxin'
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