SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 12, 2008
"Courteney Cox has given best pal Jennifer Aniston a big push start in her new cycling obsession after buying her a designer $12,000 bike. The actress has reportedly bought her former 'Friends' co-star a one-of-a-kind Chanel bicycle after Aniston expressed an interest in hitting Los Angeles' bike lanes."
-- Cox Helps Aniston Get On Her Bike, SFGate Daily Dish, February 5, 2008
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SFSU Commits to Major Bike Improvements!Good news for southside cyclists! San Francisco State University recently reached an agreement with the City of San Francisco regarding the proposed expansion of their main campus. To encourage their growing population to use sustainable modes of transportation, SFSU's administration has officially agreed to a whole bundle of bike, pedestrian, and transit improvements, including a dedicated cross campus path for cyclists. The bike path will run through campus from Buckingham to Holloway, and will be a major step forward for cycling at SFSU as the core of the campus is currently closed to bikes. While the exact alignment of the path is still being decided, SFSU has committed to building the path by November 2009. We tip our helmets to everyone at SFSU working to make the campus more bike-friendly - we can't wait to roll down that path!
Do you attend SFSU or pedal around that part of town? Help the SFBC's ongoing campaign for SFSU bike improvements. Email Rachel to get on our list for updates.
Bike Ed Classes Abound this Week -- Sign up Now!
This Saturday, the SFBC's popular Adult Urban Bike Ed class is coming to the Bike Kitchen in SOMA (2/16, 9am-1pm). This four hour in-classroom course teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable city cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. Open to adults 14 and over. Bicycle not required, but please bring your lunch. The class is usually free, but because the City has not yet renewed its funding for this important safety effort, we are asking all participants to contribute $10-$20 to help us defray costs. (Though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.) Pre-registration is required -- sign up right now online! (Photo by Dave Campbell.)
And, our good friends at the Presidio YMCA are also offering regular bike education classes. This week you can catch them Wednesday, 2/13 at 6:30pm and Saturday, 2/16 at 9am. Find out more here about the Presidio YMCA classes.
Love Abounds at SFBC's Love on Wheels
At least four new couples pedaled off into the sunset after another round of Love on Wheels, the SFBC's 60's-style Dating Game for Cyclists this past Friday at the Rickshaw Stop. Check out photos and a video of our version of the game show. Thanks to the Rickshaw Stop for hosting the party, judy b. for organizing the event, our awesome sponsors, and of course our 65 member-volunteers for making it possible. (Photo by Anita Bowen.)
Work in Bike Advocacy with the SFBC
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), as well as a full-time Communications Director to oversee the organization's communications programs. Check out our jobs listings here, and please pass this on to friends who may be interested.
The SFBC is hiring interns in time for Bike to Work Day. See these descriptions and details:
Extra Golden Gate Ferry trip for Tour of CA Sausalito Stage
While we're bummed that the Tour of California won't be climbing Telegraph Hill up to Coit Tower this year, Golden Gate Ferry has added an extra departure from San Francisco to Sausalito on Monday, February 18 (Presidents Day). The special ferry leaves the Ferry Building at 9:30 am and arrives in Sausalito at 10:00 am, so you'll have plenty of time to find a great spot to watch the race starting at 11 am. Bicycles are permitted on all trips. There might be a crowd, so don't be late! See the Golden Gate Ferry page for more ferry info or the Tour of California Sausalito Stage website for more race info.
Mayors call for more and better biking in Chicago and London
Last week Chicago mayor Richard Daley introduced his 2008 Bicycle Safety Ordinance, calling for new fines for drivers who endanger bicyclists. Specific provisions of the ordinance define three feet as the minimum safe distance to pass a bicyclist, prohibit opening a vehicle door into moving traffic (already illegal in California), increase the fines for parking in bike lanes or marked shared lanes, clarify that left-turning motorists yield to oncoming bicyclists and prohibit motorists from turning right in front of a bicyclist. Violation of the proposed rules will result in a minimum fine of $150 and no less than $500 when the violation results in a bicycle crash.
And in London, Mayor Ken Livingstone laid out his vision of "bicycle highways" and a 400% increase in the number of people pedalling 'round the British capital by 2025. At a cost of £400 million ($780 million), the 12 routes are intended to zoom cyclists through motor-choked traffic jams quickly and conveniently and are likely to be emulated by other cities across the UK. Planners hope the changes will encourage a "critical mass" of cyclists (their words) to use the routes, creating a safe and accessible environment as well as cutting congestion and pollution across London.
Video: Norway Bike Lift
You may have heard about the "Trampe" or seen the pictures from Trondheim, Norway. It's another thing to see it in action. Wouldn't this be great on Clipper or 17th Street? Thanks to SFBC members Kelly and Deep for the tip.
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