SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 23, 2008
"In the winter, Dubna is overrun with ice fishermen on bikes every weekend. Wobbling over the ice of the Ivankovskoye reservoir, hundreds of men pedal as far as three kilometers into the reservoir with their fishing gear and return at sunset."
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SFBC Plays Cupid at Love on Wheels February 8!
The SFBC plays cupid on Friday, February 8, 6-10pm, 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 as 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be a contestant and tell us which way your wheels spin: Boy-Boy; Boy-Girl (wait-list only); Girl-Girl; Girl-Boy (wait-list only). 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 (or stop by SFBC HQ to pick some up).
Supes ask Mayor for vision on MTA Board, postpone appointments
Last Thursday, the Board of Supervisors' Rules Committee heard from two of the Mayor's three nominees for recently vacated seats on the MTA Board of Directors, but postponed their approval and voiced strong concerns about the Mayor's vision for the city's multimodal transportation agency. We share those concerns. At a time when sea levels are rising, Muni service is lacking, pedestrian deaths are mounting, and bicycle traffic improvements are held hostage to a dragged-out EIR process, we need to see solid, policy-based governance of the MTA.
The Rules Committee meets again this Thursday at 10:00 am. If you haven't yet, please 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, email@example.com
Market and Octavia Improvements Gain Ground
We are pleased to announce that legislation to improve the dangerous intersection at Market and Octavia, (Assembly Bill 23), passed overwhelmingly Tuesday afternoon at the State Assembly Transportation Committee.
This legislation, which is now headed to the full Assembly for a vote, would increase enforcement at the Market/Octavia intersection, allowing for a camera to catch drivers making the dangerous illegal right turn. Special thanks to the lead sponsor Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who has championed this issue locally.
The SFBC is proud to cosponsor the bill as well, and we sent staff and members to Sacramento to speak in support of the bill. Stay tuned for more details on AB23's journey, including a press event being planned for this Sunday. To sign up for updates on Market/Octavia, email us.
Winterfest Clearance Sale Tonight!
Cool yet essential to your biking needs name-brand product left over from our Winterfest auction will be 25% off retail value! In addition, we've got less than 20 remaining copies of the limited-edition, artist-signed, hand-printed Winterfest poster! Get 'em while we got 'em!
What kinds of items will be on sale?
When: Wednesday, January 23rd 5-8pm (please, no early entry)
Questions? Contact Jodie.
SFBC Endorses Prop. A Parks Bond
The SFBC encourages bicycling supporters to vote Yes on Prop. A in the February 5th election. The SFBC Board voted unanimously to endorse Prop. A because it will help fund parks along existing and future bike routes and should help free up future funds to build out important bike and pedestrian improvements such as the Blue Greenway along the eastern waterfront of the city. To find out more about Prop. A and ways to volunteer to help it pass, check out fixourparks.com
Fashion: Urban Riding Requires a Balenciaga Handbag?
What do you wear while cruising down Fashion Ave? Look to New York City for the hippest bicycling threads! Here's the NY Times fashion slide show, On the Street, On a Roll: "Making a fashion statement were a few women who ride in Midtown Manhattan, often seen locking their bikes outside Bergdorf's, Saks and Barneys."
Get 'em while they're young! (College age, that is...)
College campuses are traditional bastions of bike culture. Help spread the word about bike activism around local campuses by tabling for the SFBC at these exciting upcoming college events!
What: Focus the Nation: National Teach In for Global Warming Solutions
What: University of San Francisco's "Green Games" -- USF vs. LMU Women's Basketball
Contact Rachel to volunteer.
School Yourself in Bike Law
Cyclists finally have a resource for the laws that affect them, thanks to Bicycling and the Law, a brand new book by bicycling lawyer Bob Mionske. The book, which is now available in the SFBC store tackles the rights and responsibilities of those who take to the road on two wheels, in easy-to-read non-legalese.
Video: Let the OPECs Keep Their Gasoline...
Years ago, Miller High Life seemed to have had bicycle advocacy all figured out...
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