SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 19, 2008
"Gasoline usage for the minivan is down by 50 percent. I've lost nearly five pounds. The dog is happier and getting more exercise. I'm having great conversations with the kids as we walk and bike together."
- Jennifer Perrow, Seattle mother of two on being less car dependent, Making Do Without the Minivan, Newsweek, August 18-25, 2008
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Wishing you had purchased the official Winterfest 2007 poster?
Your Donations are keeping the Bike Plan Rolling -- Final days of our Challenge Grant!
This is the final week for our $20,000 in 20 days challenge grant. This 1:1 matching grant will help us reach our goal to raise the necessary funds to keep bike improvements on track in San Francisco.
Just last week, the SFBC turned out a dozen passionate cyclists at the Planning Commission meeting to speak up for a fast timeline for the Environmental Review of the Bike Plan. Planning Director John Rahaim confirmed that the Bike Plan is his agency's top priority, and attested to its importance in the community. Through your support, SFBC staff were able to dedicate countless hours to solicit letters from over 20 community and environmental groups to send to key City departments, encourage members to send hundreds of emails and letters to the Mayor, SFMTA, and Planning Directors, organize 50 members to speak up at recent meetings, and rally over 100 concerned cyclists at City Hall last month. Through SFBC leadership and our members' support, City leaders have heard our message loud and clear and have publicly committed to finishing the EIR in the Spring.
It's through your contribution that the SFBC will have the necessary power to keep the City's attention on these essential projects.
The final day to take advantage of this 1:1
matching grant is this Friday, August 22nd. Thanks to the 150+ members who have made a special contribution over the past two weeks.
It's through your contribution that the SFBC will have the necessary power to keep the City's attenion on these essential projects.
Come out and Play on car-free Sunday Streets
The SFBC is excited to be a part of San Francisco's car-free Sunday Streets on Sundays Aug. 31 and Sept 14 (from 9am-1pm) when nearly five miles of streets will be opened for cyclists, walkers, dancers, skaters and anyone else who wants to use the streets to play! Enjoy open space from Chinatown along Washington Street, the Embarcadero, Terry Francois Blvd. Illinois and 3rd Streets to the Bayview. The route will be lined with fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Learn more at www.SundayStreetsSF.com
Help get the word out about Sunday Streets. Stop by the SFBC office and pick up Sunday Streets postcards to hand out and flyers to hang up in your local coffee shop, dry cleaner or book store. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Interested in helping out the day of? The SFBC is looking for volunteers to help out with various bike related activites on Sunday Aug. 31 and Sept 14. Contact Tessa@sfbike.org to volunteer.
Interested in leading a group of cyclists to Sunday Streets? The SFBC is looking for people, like you, to lead Bike Buses
from your neighborhood to the waterfront. Check out our Do it Yourself Bike Bus page for more information and resources.
Help improve cycling in Southwest San Francisco
The newly formed Southwest Cycling Committee is rolling, rolling, rolling. We've taken a bicycle tour of several of the major routes in the
Southwest section of town -- including Ocean, Phelan, and Holloway -- and are gearing up for next advocacy steps and outreach.
We need your help to make the Southwest safe, dignified, and delightful for pedaling (it's got a LONG way to go). It's time to connect
the Southwest with the rest!
Organize for a better 17th Street
Join the SFBC's newly re-energized 17th Street Committee as we work to bring a much-needed cross-town bike lane to the City.
We will need to build a strong coalition of support for this exciting project to happen and need your help! Come to our next meeting
on Wednesday August 27, from 6:30-8pm. Our main goal for this meeting is to come up with promotional materials for this campaign -
flyers, handouts, posters, etc. Join us to make sure 17th becomes one of San Francisco's newest bike lanes!
Visit our 17th Street page for background information.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Get in on the action as an SFBC Volunteer
Be a part of San Francisco's best events--and get sweet volunteer perks!
Share your vision for a better Mission District
The Planning Department received a grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development to create a comprehensive plan for
street design in the Mission District. This Mission Streetscape Plan will develop a comprehensive strategy for streets in the Mission District,
based on community needs and priorities and will create designs for a system of neighborhood streets stressing well-designed pedestrian ways,
bike connectivity, public space and more. Come and speak up at a second workshop put on by the Planning Department. Find our more by visiting the project's
or contact Lisa Bender at the Planning Department.
Review the draft SF Bike Plan
Everyone's talking about the SF Bicycle Plan, but do you know what's in it? This month's SF Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting will review the latest draft of the Bike Plan, containing policies and priorities for better bicycling in San Francisco, as well as near-term and long-term improvements to the Citywide Bike Network. This 11-member committee meets once a month and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle, especially the city's Bicycle Plan. Contact BAC chair Bert Hill at SFBAC7Bert@aol.com or visit the BAC website.
What: SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting
SFBC Seeks Winterfest Event Planning Intern
Get in on the action to help plan one of the funnest parties of the year--the
The SFBC is seeking a 3-month intern to help plan and execute a night to remember, where 1,000 of our members and guests come together
to eat, drink, bid and be merry at our largest fundraiser of the year. Our intern will be integral to procuring auction items and assisting
with event logistics. This is perfect for someone interested in non-profit development who's looking for college credit or a career change!
Read the complete job description.
If interested, contact Jodie.
Housing and Food Needed: Bike!Bike! Conference 2008!
The Bike!Bike! Conference 2008 -- an annual conference of community bicycle shop organizers and educators from across the country
(think San Francisco Bike Kitchen) is coming to San Francisco Sept. 25th-28th. Bike!Bike! is looking for food donations and free
places for participants to stay. If you are part of an organization that can donate food, please
email Courtney. If you know of leads on places for participants to
stay, email Justin. If you want to help orchestrate this community convergence,
email the organizers.
Rail~Volution coming to San Francisco
Rail~Volution is coming to San Francisco (Oct. 26-30), bringing together over 1,400 attendees and speakers from across the country to share experiences and lessons learned in building livable communities with transit. The conference will feature over 80 sessions, workshops, mobile tours and networking receptions. The Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) is working with conference organizers to make sure there will be broad representation
by Bay Area community and advocacy groups with experience in these issues. Register now at Rail~Volution website.
Note: If you are a Bay Area community activist who needs financial assistance, you can
apply to the Local Scholarship program (hurry, scholarship deadline is Friday, August 22, 2008).
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