SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 29, 2008
"... A journalist describes how a 'young lady' ignored a traffic warden, rode on and waved defiantly. The article tells with relish how a motorist gave the warden a ride to set off in pursuit."
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Looking for love in all the wrong places?
SFBC Campaign for Safer Market/Octavia Wins Support
One of the most dangerous intersections in the city for bicyclists may be getting safer soon, thanks to the State Assembly's overwhelming support last week of Assembly Bill 23, which allows for new camera enforcement at the Market and Octavia intersection.
And the SFBC was proud to join local and state decision makers last Sunday for a press event heralding the importance of AB 23 to prioritize bike and pedestrian safety over automobile convenience. Check these links for media coverage and photos:
Props to Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (speaking in the SF Examiner photo, above) for leading this effort and to Assemblyman Mark Leno and Senator Carole Migden for their support, as well as Supervisors Bevan Dufty, Chris Daly, and Ross Mirkarimi for coming out to Sunday's event.
We need your help: Now AB23 heads to the State Senate for consideration. Please contact State Senator Leland Yee, who has not yet committed his support for AB23. Yee represents San Francisco and sits on the powerful Senate Transportation Committee. Use the e-mail form on his web site to urge him to vote YES for bicycle and pedestrian safety and YES for AB23.
Celebrate Bike Love 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: Watch hot cyclists pair up and win fabulous date-y raffle prizes: sfbike.org/love. This bike-love event is a blast for both singles and couples. Don't miss out on the fun and games! 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. While our straight categories are full, if you spin boy-for-boy or girl-for-girl, you still have a chance to be a contestant: email firstname.lastname@example.org to play! Only SFBC members can be contestants.
Too shy for the stage, but you want to help out? We still need clean-up heroes: Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_love and get a free ticket to the Balboa Theater for your good deeds! Or, help spread the love by distributing posters all over town. Pick up a pile at SFBC HQ or print posters from your computer.
Spread the Bike Word Among Student Activists
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!
Focus the Nation: National Teach In for Global Warming Solutions
University of San Francisco's "Green Games" -- USF vs. LMU Women's Basketball
Contact Rachel to volunteer.
Bike-O-Vations: The Water-Purifying Trike
A group from Silicon Valley won first prize in the Specialized Innovate or Die contest -- which invited pedal-powered ideas that benefit humanity and the environment -- with their water-purifying trike. Video of it in action.
Treehouse Talk Tonight: Bicycle Networks in 4 European Cities
Tonight, join David Baker, cycling advocate and award-winning architect, on a virtual tour of cycling in four European capitals: Budapest, London, Paris, and Vienna. Each of these cities has made great strides recently to transform itself into a better place to bicycle by redesigning city streets, and making rental bikes and bike parking ubiquitous. David will offer his firsthand experience cycling around these cities, and explain how cycling is integral to these cities' commitment to becoming healthier, less polluted, and more livable places.
Tonight at the SFBC Treehouse! 6-8pm, SF Bicycle Coalition/Livable City/Walk SF offices, 995 Market St, Ste 1550 (bring bikes into the office). Free to SF Bicycle Coalition, Livable City, and Walk SF members; $5-20 for non-members -- or join at the event!
San Francisco Screening of Unnatural Causes
If you build it, will they be healthier? To answer that question, join the SF Department of Public Health for a Town Hall Meeting on the connection between land use and health in San Francisco. Also catch the SF premiere screening of Place Matters from the new documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? A panel discussion will follow with representatives from a wide spectrum of city agencies, community organizations, developers, and researchers.
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 4:00pm - 7:30pm.
Visit the SF Department of Public Health's announcement for more information.
Video: Too Much Rain? Commute by Bike-Yak or Waterbike!
Is all the rain and flooding cramping your bike commuting style? Need to beat the BART blackout to get to Oakland? Maybe you need to pull out the Bike-Yak. Or perhaps you can make like these two Seattle-area guys who commute by water bike and conventional "land" bike (one of them works as a safety-and-training instructor with a local transit agency, so there).
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