SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 3, 2008
"We basically became like one giant automobile....It was exhilarating to see Toronto from that angle."
- Martin Reis and Nick Syperek on Critical Mass riding on the Gardiner Expressway Torontoist May 30, 2008
Table of Contents
Nostalgic for Bike to Work Day?
Vote Today for Bike-Friendly Leaders: Mark Leno and Tom Ammiano
Just in case you forgot, today - Tuesday, June 3rd - is Election Day. We urge SFBC members and supporters to take the time to vote today and to consider supporting
two SFBC-endorsed candidates: Mark Leno for State Senate
and Tom Ammiano for State Assembly 13th District, both of
whom have been supporting the SFBC and other sustainable transportation causes for decades. Read their responses to the SFBC candidate survey and
find out why we chose to endorse Mark Leno and Tom Ammiano as the most bike-friendly candidates running today:
Calling all Volunteers: Tour de Fat and More!
Bike Plan meetings tonight and tomorrow
The next generation of improvements to the Citywide Bike Network
is coming, and we need your help to make it all happen -- what's your Bike Network project? The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA)
is holding a series of neighborhood workshops on the Bike Plan and the dozens of bike lane projects in it -- last month's Central City
and Southeastern City meetings connected cyclist citizens with project proposals for Second St, Fifth St, Townsend St, Cesar Chavez St,
17th St, Alemany Blvd, Bayshore Blvd, and many more. This week's meetings will examine Bike Network projects in the Western and Northern half of the city:
Better Streets kickoff this Thursday
Celebrate the release of the
Draft Better Streets Plan at this mid-day event in Mint Plaza this Thursday, June 5, 12:00-2:00 pm (Mint Plaza is off 5th St. between Market and Mission).
The Better Streets Plan is creating a unified set of standards, guidelines, and implementation strategies to govern how the City designs, builds, and
maintains its public space and pedestrian environment. Learn more about the Plan and find out how to get involved at this open-air event
(valet bicycle parking will be provided). For more information, see the
Better Streets Plan website.
Treehouse Talk on the TEP June 16
The Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP),
underway at the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, is the first system-wide service evaluation of Muni in over 25 years. The TEP offers a real hope
of giving the city a faster, more reliable Muni system, but how do the TEP's recommendations affect biking in the city? Learn more at a talk on
Monday, June 16, 6pm at the SFBC office (995 Market St., Ste. 1550, bikes welcome inside). We'll hear from the MTA's TEP leader Julie Kirschbaum
and you'll have the chance to ask your burning questions and make suggestions. The meeting is hosted by the SFBC, Walk SF, and Livable City.
Free for members and $5-20 donation requested for non-members (or join one of our groups!)
Southwest Cyclists Meeting - Save the Date!
Do you ride on the southwest side? Pedal to City College, San Francisco State, or Balboa Park BART?
We're organizing a SFBC Southwest Cycling Committee to advocate for the bike facilities those neighborhoods desperately need.
There are lots of important projects in the works -- bike lanes on sections of Ocean Avenue, Phelan Avenue, and better
bicycle connections to the Mission, just to name a few -- and many of these projects are already part of established
neighborhood plans. But they will need the voices and support of neighbors to shepherd them through.
(Plus southwest cyclists are fabulous!) Mark your calendars now and SAVE THE DATE for the inaugural
Southwest Cycling Committee Meeting: Tuesday, June 24, 6:30pm
Last chance for a FREE bike!
You probably already own a bike, but the folks at Bicycling magazine want to give your friends and family one too! June 4th (Wednesday!) is
the deadline to submit a 50-word essay on how a new bike will set you free. The SFBC is keen on ushering
in new everyday cyclists and are partnering with BikeTown as they award 30 bicycles to Bay Area residents.
Visit the BikeTown website to find out more and how to submit your essay.
Parade your Byke Pride with the SFBC
Join other SFBC members to show your Byke Pride and support for LGBT rights in the first-ever
SFBC contingent in the 38th annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday,
June 29th. With over a million expected attendees, the parade promises to be a super fun opportunity to
spread the bike love. Don't just watch Pride, be a part of it! Our goal is to have at least 50 members riding.
For more information or to sign up, contact PopcycleSF@yahoo.com.
Bike Bike Conference 2008 -- Locations Needed!
Bike Bike is an annual conference of community bicycle projects from around the country. Participants come together in order
to explore common values; to create networks for sharing tools, organizational structures, and new skills, and to inspire
ourselves to continue the work we do in our many communities. The Bike Bike 2008 conference will be held in the San Francisco
Bay Area from Thursday, September 25th to Sunday, September 28th. We are looking for locations to hold workshops, meetings,
and most importantly we are looking for a base location that can hold over 200 people. Bike Bike is officially
sponsored by the fabulous Bike Kitchen, though key
community bike organizations throughout the Bay Area are involved. Do you have access to a location that could be used to build the future of community bike projects throughout the country? If you do, please email us.
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