SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 4, 2008
Table of Contents
- Masonic Rally Brings Community Together
- Biking for Families and the Environment
- Become a member of the SFBC team!
- SFBC's Freedom From Training Wheels Seeks Kid-Friendly Volunteers
- Thunderhead Alliance names new President/CEO
- Check out Urban Velo for more city cycling culture
- Sign the petition to Google Bike Maps
- SFCTA is Hiring for community surveys
Masonic Rally Brings Community Together for Traffic Changes
What a great turnout last Wednesday at the Fix Masonic Rally!
and faculty from neighborhood schools, residents, and community groups came
out to show their support for a major livable street redesign on Wednesday
morning, February 27th. The rally kicked off as volunteer crossing
guards led students from SF Day School across Masonic Avenue as the students
made their daily trek to the University of San Francisco soccer
The crossings highlighted the high speed of traffic on
Masonic, the short pedestrian crossing time, and the general lack of safe
comfortable conditions for the most vulnerable users of the road. Rally
speakers included District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, City College Board
Trustee John Rizzo, representatives from the SFBC, the North of the
Panhandle Neighborhood Association, SF Day School, and the Safety
Network. Following the rally, over 500 signatures calling for traffic
calming, a dedicated bike lane, and pedestrian improvements were submitted
to the Municipal Transportation Agency.
Check out rally coverage in the
Interested in getting involved in the growing movement to Fix Masonic?
Check out more information
here or come to
our next meeting: Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 pm at the SF Day School.
Biking for Families and the Environment: Volunteer!
This weekend the SFBC needs trained
Volunteers to promote the bicycle for healthy families and the environment
at these great SF events. Contact
email@example.com if you would like to volunteer:
Haven't been trained yet, but you are interested in
with the SFBC at Outreach at events like these? SFBC Outreach Training
will be held next Wednesday, March 12, 7:30-8:30pm at SFBC HQ. RSVP to
if you would like to attend.
Become a member of the SFBC team!
The SFBC is looking for talented, motivated individuals to join our growing
staff. We are looking for a full-time Communications Director to oversee the
organization's communications programs. Check out our jobs listings
and please pass this on to friends who may fit the bill.
The SFBC is hiring Spring event interns in time for Golden Wheel Awards and
Bike to Work Day. Check out these descriptions and details:
and Event Planning Internship
Are you a creative cat? The SFBC is seeking a graphics design intern to put
together all the pieces for
to Work Day. If interested, send a link to your portfolio to
The SFBC is hiring bilingual interns in time for
to Work Day. See descriptions and details at
or spread the word to people you know!
SFBC's Freedom From Training Wheels Seeks Kid-Friendly Volunteers
If you love bikes and love kids, there is nothing more rewarding than spending
a few hours volunteering at the SFBC's monthly
From Training Wheels, a group effort to get youth to leave their training
wheels behind. Freedom from Training Wheels generally occurs on one
weekend day per month.
if you are interested.
Thunderhead Alliance names new President/CEO
You've probably heard us mention the
Alliance here and elsewhere (their
2007 Benchmarking Report of Bicycling and Walking in the U.S. is packed with great information), they're a national coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations and a powerful force for more walkable, bikable, "complete" streets (the SFBC and Walk SF are both active members of the Thunderhead Alliance). Thunderhead has just hired a new President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Miller, and will send Jeff into Washington, D.C. in April to establish a national headquarters presence for Thunderhead. Jeff has headed the Bicycle Coalition of Maine since 1996, and serves on the board of directors of Adventure Cycling Association. His profound passion for bicycle advocacy, balanced by an infectious (some even say impish) sense of humor, will serve him and the advocacy family well as we stoke along into an ever-growing, ever-rolling national movement. Cheers, Jeff!
Check out Urban Velo for more city cycling culture
Urban Velo is a new bi-monthly magazine where readers contribute their words
and art about biking in cities. In the latest issue #6, Regina from
Amsterdam is featured in their
Love Riding In The City article. She reflects on her time in the Bay
Area: "I loved riding in downtown San Francisco, maybe because it is so
different from what I'm used to. I loved the speed of traffic and the idea
that I was a part of it, not tucked away safely on a bike path like back
home. And the weather... it's pretty much always great for riding. Hell, I even miss the hills sometimes - though not the steep ones!" We couldn't
Wouldn't you like to 'Bike There'? Sign the petition to Google Maps
While it's good to see the "Take Public Transit" option in addition to
"Drive There" on Google Maps, you know we'd all like to see a "Bike There"
option. If you agree, have a look at the
Maps 'Bike There' website and then
the petition. Thanks to SFBC members Chloe, Emily, Jeremiah, and
Christopher for the tip.
SFCTA is Hiring
San Francisco County Transportation Authority has two employment opportunities to help make San
Francisco more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. We are conducting a
survey for a neighborhood transportation study for Columbus Avenue. We
are also conducting a study aimed at improving transit options to major
shopping areas in the Bay Area. For more information about these
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