SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 22, 2008
"We're not a special-interest group the City can just brush off. There are 125,000 of us out there, regularly biking. I'm most offended that our city leadership would sit by and let this happen while touting their green credentials."
- Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the SFBC, San Francisco Examiner July 22, 2008
Table of Contents
How can my little one show her bike pride?
Huge Turnout at Rally and Hearing - City Officials Commit to Prioritize Bike Plan
Yesterday we showed the City's political leadership, in no uncertain terms, the breadth and depth of support for better bicycling
in San Francisco. Thank you to the more than 100 SFBC members who turned out for our energetic rally at City Hall and the dozens
of people who spent the entire afternoon at the Board of Supervisors hearing, where City staff got called on the carpet for their lack
of urgency in moving critical bicycle projects forward. After yesterday's showing, there can be no one at City Hall who is not impressed
by the diversity of the bike community and the strength of our passion. (Check out photos of the
and today's stories in the Chronicle
There's good news to report -- City leaders did commit publicly yesterday to get the Bike Plan back on track by refusing any more delays in completing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is needed to lift the injunction. Bad news on the EIR schedule was looming last week, but the leadership of the Municipal Transportation Agency and the Planning Department committed publicly to stay on schedule to release the draft EIR this Fall, to give this issue higher priority, and to publicly report on the Bike Plan's progress every month at their respective Commission meetings (which we'll attend in force!). Also, the Mayor released this letter directing these key city departments to stop dragging their feet.
And we witnessed a renewed awareness among City leaders of just how backward the environmental review
process is for something as clearly pro-environment as bicycling! The SFBC's
longer-term work of reforming the environmental review process to encourage, not penalize, sustainable bicycling, walking, and
transit projects should be getting a big boost of attention.
So, what's next?
Southwest Bike Network Tour!
Join your southwest cycling compatriots this Saturday, July 26th for an investigative tour of future bike facilities in the southwest
corner of town. We'll be taking a look at several major bicycling corridors and discussing plans and next steps to improve them with
bike lanes, traffic calming, and other infrastructure changes. Bike lanes on Ocean? Phelan? Better connections to SFSU? This ride is
for everyone who pedals the southwest side of town! We'll start at the Balboa Park BART (lower level by the concession truck) and
finish up with a picnic in a grassy park along the way. Bring lunch or something to share. Everyone welcome! Email
Rachel with questions or to be added to our Southwest Cycling Committee
The Bicycle Film Festival Cranks through SF this Week!
The 8th Annual Bicycle Film Festival
rolls through San Francisco this week, July 23-26, for four days of fantastic bike-centered movies,
an art show, and even a street party
with super-fun bike activities on a car-free block of Capp St.
Featured films include The Way Bobby Sees It, about a blind Bay Area cyclist, Road to Roubaix telling the story of one of the toughest races in the world, and San Francisco's own Cyclecide even has their take on the Road Warrior, The Loaded Warrior at the festival this year. Films will screen at the Victoria Theater at 16th St., between Capp and Mission Streets.
Saturday's Street Party will be host to tons of bike fun, from BMX ramps and Cyclecide's wacky bike toys to performances from Macaframa and artistic cyclist Ines Brunn. This year's Bicycle Film Festival is not to be missed! Check out the full schedule at bicyclefilmfestival.com. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be providing free valet bike parking.
Get a free ticket to the Bicycle Film Festival screening of your choice! The SFBC is proud to staff the Bicycle Film Festival
with our team of member-volunteers. Volunteer positions include SFBC Outreach, Will Call, Ushers, and Gallery Monitors, and Street
Party Gate Monitors. If you would like to volunteer at the Bicycle Film Festival and get a free ticket, sign up
Get in on the fun: Volunteer with the SFBC
New monthly Pothole Ride and Brunch
Coming off of April's Attack of the Crater
Invaders and persistent volunteer pothole reporting, the SFBC Lane Stewards are pleased to announce a new monthly group ride.
Our goals are to have fun, mark every pothole, crack and trench with spray
paint, report them to 311, and repeat!
On Saturday, August 2nd, we launch another attack on unsafe streets with a smaller, more geographically-focused endeavor on one of
the bumpiest roads around: Market St. Following our heroic undertaking, we'll celebrate with brunch at location TBD.
Care to join us? We expect a good time and great company, and a smoother ride for all San Franciscans. Check out
our Good Roads page or
email Neal for more information. If you can't come this month, check
back for updates to find out where we are going next month!
Sign Up for CCSF's First Bicycle Planning and Practice Class!
Interested in bicycle transportation planning? Interested in the mechanics of the bicycle? Imagining a world without cars?
No soaring gas prices, no toxic fumes, no obesity -- just the quiet whirr of the freewheel? Sign up for City College of San
Francisco's new class, BIO 92 (Alternative Transportation: Bicycle), a two-unit class focusing on all things bicycle -- cycling
history; urban planning; cycling laws and safety; bicycle advocacy; and a significant amount of hands-on time at City College's
own bicycle co-op, the Bikery. Lecture every Monday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ocean Campus; students will log hours in the
Bikery at their convenience.
Sign up on the web: www.ccsf.edu/AR/
A Fat Thanks for a Fantastic Tour de Fat
Tour de Fat rolled through town this past Saturday and was
the ballyhoo of bikes and beer it promised to be. Thousands of folks braved the chilly fog to celebrate bikes and
enjoy New Belgium Brewery's tasty line-up of beer.
A big FAT thanks especially to our dear friends at New Belgium for making the whole kit and caboodle possible, raising over $9,000
each for the SFBC and our co-beneficiary, the Bay
Area Ridge Trail Council! Thanks, also, to New Belgium for bringing along their talented friends and throwing an amazingly
entertaining show, not to mention sharing their deliciously thirst quenching beer! And over 300 awesome volunteers made Tour de
Fat roll on smoothly. Hi-fives all around!
Were you seeing green at Tour de Fat? Thanks to the Clean City Coalition for helping us keep the event green by handling our recycling and compost! Not only was our trash kept from the landfill, but the entire event was solar-powered, and over 900 bikes were parked at the SFBC's Bike Valet. One car was even taken off the road for good when Stephen Naylor committed to living car-free, donating his car to the SFBC to be turned to scrap metal! Congratulations, Stephen, on getting rid of that car! (You, too, can rid your car and benefit the SFBC, at sfbike.org/cardonate)
Video: Artistic Cyclist Ines Brunn
See german artistic cyclist Ines Brunn in person this weekend at the Bicycle Film Festival. She'll be performing tricks on a fixed gear bike -- from wheelies on her back wheel with the front wheel spinning as she goes round in circles to front wheel wheelies with her hands in the air to headstands on the saddle as the bike
circles round and round. Watch this amazing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pChGFDlwSXo
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