SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 7, 2008
"We're always talking about being green. Cycling is the ultra-green way to travel. Cycling produces zero greenhouse gases, and it's good for your health and good for your pocketbook."
- Piet Canin of Ecology Action in Santa Cruz, Bike Friendly Employers abound in Country, Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 30, 2008.
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Fuel up during your Friday morning commute.
2 Days Left: Take the 2008 SFBC Member Survey
The SFBC wants to hear how we are doing and learn more about YOU, our member. If you haven't already, please take the next 10 minutes to participate in our 2008 Member Survey. As our thanks for your valuable input, we will have a drawing for an SFBC goodie bag-including new SFBC merchandise, a messenger bag and more!
An email with the survey's URL was emailed to our members on Wednesday, 10/2 from Leah Shahum, Executive Director. If you are a
member, and did not receive the email, please contact Kate
and we'll email you the survey link! If you have problems taking the survey, try using a different browser,
or contact please contact Kate. Survey closes at midnight Wednesday.
Survey results will be published in the Dec/Jan Tube Times.
Caltrain To Explore "Modest" Bike Capacity Boost
The SFBC's BIKES ONboard campaign won a small but significant victory at last week's Caltrain board meeting when Caltrain general manager Michael Scanlon announced that he had asked his operations staff to look at removing seats to make room for more bicycles onboard. Though Mr. Scanlon cautioned that bike capacity gains would likely be "modest." This move is the first action by Caltrain in several years to address the worsening capacity and consistency problems with Caltrain's bike service --bicyclists are routinely bumped from trains. Big thanks to the sizable crowd of SFBC members and cyclists who showed their support at the mid-morning meeting, and to the thousands of cyclists who've signed our Bikes On Board petition and communicated their frustration and dissatisfaction to the Caltrain board and staff so clearly. More bikes, no bumps!
See Danish Urbanist Jan Gehl in SF
World-renowned Danish architect and urban designer Jan Gehl will be in San Francisco to present his ideas for the re-configuring of the Fisherman's Wharf area. His work centers around reclaiming public spaces and streets for pedestrians and cyclists by putting less emphasis on accommodating cars. Jan Gehl's ideas were integral to the recent transformation of NYC's Broadway in Midtown into a public esplanade with a green bike lane, pedestrian walkway and cafe tables. Other cities around the world have sought his advice, including London, Sydney, Copenhagen, and Oslo. See this Streetfilms video with an interview with Jan Gehl in Times Square.
Even if you never visit Fisherman's Wharf, you'll want to attend this workshop and learn about how we can make big
changes and create more livable streets. Wednesday, Oct. 8th from 7-8:30pm, Theater 39 at Pier 39
Get Cash For Your Bike Commute
The SFBC is happy to announce that after seven years of slogging, the federal Bicycle Commuter Benefit suddenly
became a reality last week as part of the $850 billion bailout bill signed by the President on Friday.
The "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008"
contains language (scroll to p. 205) that will amend the U.S. Tax Code to permit employers to reimburse employees, tax free,
for "reasonable" expenses related to bike commutes, including bike and equipment purchases, repairs, and storage if the
bicycle is used as a "substantial part" of the commuter's trip to work for the month. The benefit option will go into
effect for tax year 2009 (so start saving those receipts come January). Thanks to Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer and
Senator Ron Wyden for their years of work on this initiative (though, as it happens, neither Blumenauer nor Wyden
voted in favor of the massive bailout bill!).
Bike Vote 08: Volunteer for SFBC-Endorsed Candidates
Show your support Tonight for Ross Mirkarimi (District 5) and Mark Sanchez (District 9) who will be participating in their district debates. On Friday, the SFBC will be co-hosting the Environmentalists for Eric Mar Fundraiser.
Check out our Bike Vote 08 page for more details on the above events
and how you can volunteer for the campaigns of SFBC endorsed candidates Eric Mar, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Sean Elsbernd, Mark Sanchez, John Avalos, and Tom Radulovich,
Be a Part of the Solution: Volunteer With the SFBC!
Gas-Free Fridays: Fuel Up in the Mission
All October long we are celebrating Gas-Free Fridays, and this week we'll be on Valencia Street fueling up commuters from 7:30-9:30am. With half of all driving trips under two miles in length, the SFBC has a simple idea: let's encourage more people to substitute one short car trip with a bicycle trip just one day a week. So, tell friends and coworkers and together lets get more people on bikes. This Friday, pedal to 17th and Valencia Streets to "Fuel up" with free Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and snacks to get your day rolling from 7:30-9:30am. See the "Fuel Up" station locations for all the Gas-Free Fridays.
Help your friends and coworkers who don't usually bike
by leading a
Bike Bus to a "fuel up" Station on Gas-Free Fridays. See video coverage from the SFBC's first Gas-Free Fridays event on ABC7 and KTVU.
Car-Free Market Street Meeting
Join the Car-Free Market Street meeting next Tuesday (October 14th). This will be our second meeting to strategize how we
can make Market St. a premier street for bicycling, walking, and public transit. More than 30 community and SFBC members
joined our first meeting as we relaunched this important campaign for a safer, saner Market St. Now's the time to get in
on the action and help shape this campaign. Join us on Tuesday, October 14th, at 6pm at the SFBC offices at 995 Market St.,
Ste. 1550. Bikes are welcome inside, of course!
Great Deals: Latest SFBC Discount Partners
The SFBC is happy to announce the latest SFBC Discount Partners to the ever growing list of community partners that support better biking in San Francisco. Flash your current SFBC membership card at over 45 local and online establishments to receive money-saving deals. Your membership will quickly pay for itself!
Momentum Magazine: Get the latest urban bike news from around the world in one great publication. If you ride a bike and are interested in bikes as a smart, sexy and fun form of transportation, you should get a one year subscription to Momentum with your SFBC membership it is only $15 and they will donate $5 to the SFBC.
Go check out the new kids on the block in Noe Valley. Their featured products are Serotta, Seven, Guru, Campagnolo and
Capo clothing. Attention to detail and quality control as well as passion for cycling are characteristics that
Bespoke share with their manufacturers. Flash your SFBC membership card to receive 10% off on parts and accessories.
Treasure Island Needs Your Bike and Pedestrian Visions
Save the dates of October 22 and 23 for the second round of
Community Planning Workshops for the redevelopment of Treasure Island.
The SFBC and Department of Public Health have spent the last year conducting outreach and researching best practices for
ideas on how to build the island to prioritize bikes and pedestrians. Come and give your feedback on our recommendations
for bike sharing, pedestrian walkways, various connections to and from the island, and participate in a charette to help
us think about an optimal streetscape design that gives priority to cyclists and pedestrians. Find out more on
our Treasure Island Page.
Contact Neal if you have any questions.
Video: NYC Bike Rack Design Finalists
Watch this Streetfilms video showing the ten bike rack design finalists for New York City's bike rack design competition that was sponsored by the NYC Department of Transportation along with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Google and NYC's bicycle advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. These bike rack finalists are on the streets in NYC and are also on display at the Cooper Hewitt design museum. Beautiful!
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