SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 15, 2008
"I think it's the biggest mobile guitar in the universe." -- Dieter Senft, creator of an enormous guitar-bicycle, after he rode the giant musical instrument over fields around the German village of Storkow last week.
World Records Academy, April 14, 2008
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Attack of the Crater Invaders -- This Saturday!
The time is now to join us and stencil the potholed streets of San Francisco! In our ongoing commitment to smoothing our streets, the SFBC invites you to join your fellow cyclists and spray-chalk monster stencil designs on potholes and cracks all over the bike network. The more people we get, the more streets we can plaster with our message that our streets need work!
Saturday, April 19th, 1pm
We will break out in teams and stencil different parts of the bike network, and regroup at 4pm for some drinks and fun! We thank the Department of Public Works and their efforts to fill potholes that plague bicyclists. But we need greater city-wide attention and commitment, so sign up here and join our crusade for smooth streets! Visit our Good Roads page and learn more.
Fix Masonic Slows the Street Down!
We are thrilled to announce that the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) is taking major steps towards making Masonic Avenue more livable for pedestrians, bicyclists, and, yes, drivers too. In response to the Fix Masonic Traffic Calming petition as well as letters of support from community organizations, MTA has decided to move forward with lowering the speed limit on Masonic from 30 to 25mph as a interim step towards a safer Masonic for all users! We thrilled with this news, and are looking forward to working with MTA on a comprehensive redesign of the corridor that will include design improvements for safe bicycle and pedestrian travel. This news follows the recent breakthrough towards a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian crossing light phase at the notorious Fell intersection.
Join us to talk Masonic! This Friday night, April 18th, from 5:30-8pm, Supervisor Mirkarimi is hosting everyone who is interested in Masonic at his monthly art party at City Hall, Room 244. Submissions from the "Picture a Safe Masonic" Poster Contest for schools will be displayed on the office walls and drinks If you cannot come to out this Friday night or if you have more questions about Fix Masonic, visit the Fix Masonic website or email Rachel.
Act Locally: Volunteer with the SFBC for Earth Day
Earth Day 2008: Help out at Earth Day events and have fun doing it! We need you! Contact Kate now if you can help.
Bike Doctors: The bike doctor is in on April 26 and May 11 to help folks get geared up for Bike to Work Day. Help install free bike bells and do minor bike maintenance like fix flats, lube chains, and adjust seats. Email Kate if you can help!
Gear up for Bike Fun: Bike to Work Day is May 15
The best bike celebration of the year is only one month away! Get the bike party rolling now:
Parade with the SFBC in Carnaval and SF Pride
Want to show your byke pride by marching (or riding) with the SFBC in one or both of San Francisco's favorite parades? Current SFBC members can join the SFBC parade contingent for Carnaval, May 25, and SF Pride, June 29, by coming to a meeting on May 1 at 6:30pm at SFBC HQ, 995 Market St, Ste 1550. Have questions? Contact Scott.
Party Like A Walk Star -- Sole to Soul for Walk SF this Friday
David Baker + Partners has been kind enough to throw a spring benefit in the past for the SFBC (2006) and Livable City (2007). This year's annual DB+P fundraiser, Sole to Soul, is putting some spring in the step of WalkSF, your local pedestrian advocates. Come this Friday, April 18, 6-10pm for fine snacks and drinks, music and friends, a silent art auction and a chance to help make walking around your town fun and safe. You can skip the line and make your door donation right now. here. WalkSF is offering a $250 Sports Basement gift certificate as a raffle prize to those people who sign up online before the event! Lastly, if you would like to volunteer for the party, please contact Susan.
Pipe up in the Tube Times
Now's the time to submit your Letters to the Editor or items for the Chain of Events for the June/July issue of the SFBC's Tube Times newsletter. Members can send submissions by next Friday, April 25th. And to see the current, extra-special, double-issue of the Tube Times, click here. Big thanks to uber-volunteer Rhonda Winter for being an amazing newsletter manager.
Bike Bells and Bike to School Day at SFSU next week!
Ring in the spring with a bike bell give-a-way and San Francisco State's Bring Your Bike to School Day! April 24th will be day of cycling celebration and climate change solutions on SFSU campus with bike education workshops, bike valet parking, bike advocacy, and a FREE Bike Bell Give-A-Way! The Eco-Students are hosting this fabulous celebration, and partnering with the SFBC and MTA to spread the bike bling and ring. We need volunteers to table and install free bike bells from 11am-1pm next Thursday. Can you help? Contact Rachel. We also need bike valets! Let's fill the Quad with human powered solutions! Volunteer to park bikes in the Quad for two hour shifts between 8am and 4pm by contacting Suzanne.
Member reports, "My dog ate my SFBC sticker!"
SFBC member Alexis writes, "My dog has nothing against the SFBC -- heck, he'd have his own bike if he could, but contents himself with running alongside for now -- but I guess your stickers taste good!" We at SFBC HQ can't recommend our membership materials as dog food but thought you'd get a kick out of this -- better the sticker than the brake cable, we suppose.
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