SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 5, 2008
Sheldon Brown, the human encyclopedia of bicycling knowledge and a legendary bicycle mechanic, passed away Sunday evening, February 3. Learn more about Sheldon (and bicycles) here at his massive website of bicycle lore and wisdom.
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Check out the 2008 edition of the SF Bike Map!
Show Your Bike Love at Love on Wheels This Friday, 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 and boy-for-boy categories are full, if you spin girl-for-girl, we need you to be a contestant and take a chance on love! Email email@example.com to play! Only SFBC members can be contestants.
Too shy for the stage, but you want to help out? We still need help! 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.
Fans of Facebook, you can let all your friends know you're attending the Love on Wheels Event ! You can also become a Fan of the SFBC . We are just trying this out, so don't Poke us too hard and let Frank know if you have any particular insights.
Vote Yes on A Tuesday
Don't forget that Tuesday, February 5th is Election Day! The SFBC supports Proposition A -- the measure to fix our city's neighborhood parks. Read more about Prop. A here. Prop. A 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.
SFBC Membership Perks -- Four new Discount Partners
Being a member of the SFBC always has its perks, but those perks keep getting bigger and better! We are thrilled to announce four new businesses that give great discounts to SFBC members. Drum roll please....
Thanks to all our 40+ Discount Partners! For all details and important codes that you need to get your online discounts at these fine establishments, visit Discounts.
SFBC Hiring Communications Staff
The SFBC is looking for talented, motivated individuals to join our growing staff. We are looking for a Communications Assistant on a part-time, temporary basis (1-to-3 months). This position will begin as soon as possible. See the full Communications Assistant job description here.
We are hiring a full-time Communications Director to oversee the organization's communications programs, including our website, Biker Bulletins, newsletters, as well as graphic design projects for events and programs. See the full Communications Director job description here. And a big thanks to outgoing Communications Director Gus d'Angelo for his energy and commitment to spreading the SFBC word. We wish you well, Gus!
Save the Date! Fix Masonic Rally on February 27th!
Join representatives from local schools, community organizations, neighbors, and more on Wednesday, February 27th from 11am-12noon for a neighborhood rally for a safer Masonic Avenue! Meet in front of SF Day School: 350 Masonic @ Golden Gate. Local leaders and reps from schools along the corridor will speak briefly about the need for a safe, dignified, and delightful Masonic for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers too. You'll also have a chance to check out the first submissions from the Fix Masonic group's Picture A Safe Masonic Avenue poster contest. Winning entries will be displayed in Supervisor's Mirkarimi's office and shown off at his March 21st Art Party. Do you want to enter? We'll take a submission from you too!
Bicycle Advisory Committee Seeks New Reps
The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) needs you! The San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Board of Supervisors' citizen advisory committee for bicycling matters in SF, currently has a vacancy for three seats: Districts 4, 6 and 9. We need strong advocates for better biking in San Francisco to fill these positions! If you're a resident of one of these Districts and are familiar and care about bicycling issues and conditions in the city, please consider applying for membership on this important policy body.
The BAC does require a time commitment: in addition to meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month, some additional meetings and research are part of the job. For more information and background, see the BAC website. If you are interested and have further questions, e-mail BAC Chair Bert Hill.
Basic Brown: Willie Moans About SF Politics and the SFBC
To The Washington Post, he's "The Last Political Showman of the 20th Century." To Bill Clinton, he's "the real Slick Willie." And to us here at the SFBC, Willie Brown was the beleaguered Mayor during the famous Critical Mass meltdown in 1997.
Well, good 'ol Mayor Brown is back, with his autobiography, Basic Brown -- My Life and Times, and as you'd expect, there's a healthy ego displayed in the 368 pages. Though in this excerpt in the SF Chronicle, he talks about how he -- the seasoned politician -- misread the homelessness and MUNI issues due to special interests, such as "the demands of the very active bicycle coalition advocacy". Hey, would that be us?
SFBC Membership Dues Increase -- First time in 5 Years!
SFBC's standard annual Membership Dues increase to $35 for the first time since 2003 as of this month. With 60% of the SFBC's operating funds coming directly from membership dues and individual donations, the modest increase in annual dues means more and better SFBC programs, and the staff resources to do it! Of course, barter memberships are always available to those interested (contact Kate to barter a membership). We appreciate your continued membership support that keeps our wheels spinning!
Make a Bike Movie for the Bicycle Film Festival
The 8th Annual Bicycle Film Festival is seeking film submissions with a strong theme or character of bicycles of all mediums and styles such as animation, experimental, narrative, documentary and music videos. The deadline for submissions is February 19, 2008.
The BFF is held in over 15 cities, and your film could go around the world to Tokyo, New York City, Los Angeles, Milano, London and beyond. In 2007 the BFF was attended by up to 100,000 people. For more info and the entry form go to bicyclefilmfestival.com.
Bike-O-Vations: Australians Signal Their Turns With a Flick of the Wrist
From Down Under comes a new portable bicycle signal light, that when attached to your glove or a wristband tells drivers behind you which way you're going with the flick of the wrist. The Safe Turn video and the web site are here.
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