SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 16, 2008
"It's a virtuous cycle...The likelihood that an individual cyclist will be struck by a motorist falls with increasing rate of bicycling in a community. And the safer cycling is perceived to be, the more people are prepared to cycle."
- Dr Julie Hatfield, an injury expert from the University of New South Wales, Bike Accidents Decline As Ridership Rises, Wired News, September 12, 2008
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Bike Vote 2008: SFBC Endorsements
Let's make sure the growing bike voice is heard in the important election on November 4th. We are happy to announce
that the SFBC has endorsed the following candidates as the most bike-friendly in the Board of Supervisors races:
For the BART Board of Directors District 9 seat, we enthusiastically endorse Tom Radulovich.
And we have taken the following positions on local and state measures:
To read more about our endorsed candidates, check out sfbike.org/vote. And stay tuned for ways you can help with Bike Vote 2008 -- lots of volunteer opportunities coming your way between now and November 4th.
Show Your Support for the Transit Effectiveness Project Today
This afternoon, The MTA Board will hear a presentation on
the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), the first top-to-bottom review of San Francisco's public transit system in over a generation designed to make Muni service more reliable, quicker and more frequent. The MTA will be asked to approve the draft recommendations for further analysis in environmental review. The SFBC needs our members to come out and help move this project forward. Are you a transit user as well as a cyclist? If so, please join us today
at City Hall, Room 400. There are 2 chances for public comment at 3:30pm and 5:30pm (times are certain).
If you can make either meeting, please contact Neal so our messages are in sync.
While there are specific details of the Project that need some attention, we need a large number of people to show their support for this kind of comprehensive planning effort.
Join the 17th St. Committee this Wednesday
Join this newly reformed committee, Wednesday, as we build our support for bike lanes on this important East-West corridor.
This meeting will focus on developing outreach materials and planning our outreach strategies for the coming months.
Join us in the Grotto of Sports Basement (1590 Bryant, at 15th) on Wednesday September 17th, 6:30-8:00pm.
Visit our 17th St. page for background
information. Contact Neal if you have any questions.
Winterfest: Get Involved in Our Annual Party
The 13th Annual Winterfest Auction, Party, Art Show and SFBC Fundriaser will be a festive evening filled with the good cheer of bicyclists, amazing local art, great deals on bikes, plus local bike goodies, entertainment and tasty brew from New Belgium Brewery. Mark your calendar now for Sunday, December 7th, 6-10:30pm, SOMArts Gallery. Here are a couple of ways you can get involved:
Get in on the Fun as an SFBC Volunteer
To volunteer for any of these great events contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thousands Played (again) in Sunday Streets
Thousands of little kids, big kids and adults came out to play in Sunday Streets this weekend.
Bicyclists, rollerskaters, walkers, hula hoopers and dancers celebrated the sunny day in a car-free recreational
space along the Embarcadero. Media accounts of the day are at KCBS Radio and SF Examiner.
Thanks to all of the SFBC members and volunteers who made the day such a success. The SFBC has been working hard to promote successful events on car-free streets, and we are thrilled that Sunday Streets is making such a splash. If you support the idea of making Sunday Streets a permanent, ongoing event (hopefully expanding the hours into the afternoon and trying out new routes), please send a quick email thanking Mayor Newsom and urging City Supervisors to support future Sunday Streets.
Visit the SFBC on PARK(ing) Day this Friday
Whether it's on-street bike parking, a quiet place to sit, or to witness an actual marriage ceremony,
there are lots of reasons to get on your bike and tour all the parks for this
year's PARK(ing) Day. Originally
created by our friends at REBAR,
PARK(ing) Day has spread around the world, as people transform metered parking spots into PARK(ing) spots.
Be sure to visit the SFBC these following locations:
You can visit SFBC friends all over the city: David Baker Architects, in front of their office on 2nd St.;
SFBC member Randall at 24th and Sanchez (email Randall
if you want to help out!); and SFBC members Michael and Jay, who will be getting married in their park near Scott
Bike Tour with SFBC Board Member and Architect David Baker
Curious about the buildings AIA San Francisco finds most architecturally significant? This is your chance to visit
them with Architect David Baker of David Baker + Partners as your guide. You'll learn more about the historical Hallidie
Building by Willis Polk, the new San Francisco Federal Building by Morphosis/SmithGroup, and step inside the Tenderloin's
Curran House, among many other stops. The ride will culminate over a free beer at David Baker + Partners offices.
Sponsored by the San Francisco Bike Coalition. Visit aiasf.org/archandcity
to register. $20 AIA/SFBC Members; $30 Nonmembers (Includes one year membership to San Francisco Bike Coalition).
Saturday, September 20. Ride meets at AIA office at 130 Sutter Street.
Video: The Making of Flickr Bikes
Flickr-enabled bikes are photo-mapping cities around the world. Yahoo has dispatched a handful of GPS-enabled bicycles equipped with cameraphones that automatically shoot and upload photos to Flickr. The bikes come with solar panels which power the camera, and special software that uses the phone's accelerometer to snap photos every 60 seconds automatically when the bike is in motion. Read the full story here.
And watch a video of "The making of a Flickr bike" here
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