SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 14, 2008
"It significantly legitimizes bicycling and elevates it to a credible commute mode, like riding a bus or train."
- Andy Thornley, SFBC Program Director, Bailout gives tax break to bicycle commuters, SF Chronicle, October 9, 2008.
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SFSU Bike to School Day this Wednesday
Bike to School Day at San Francisco State University is Wednesday, October 15! Contests, raffles, bike valet parking in the quad, parts swap, and FREE FOOD for cyclists who ride to class are some of the day's events -- and one lucky person will win a bike from Ocean Cyclery! Besides celebrating bikes and having fun, it's a great day to show university decision-makers that students want to see a more bike-friendly campus with better bike parking and bike routes to and through campus. Bike Parking in the quad begins at 7:30amand the main events will be from 11am-2pm. See you with your bike on campus!
if you are interested in helping to strengthen the voice of bicycling at SFSU email the Bicycle Advocacy Group at SFSU.
Bike Vote08: Get Involved
Transpo-Enviros Party for John Avalos: Tonight, Tuesday, Oct 14th at 6pm. Come support John Avalos at the Green Arcade Bookstore (1680 Market St. @ Gough) and hear SFBC's Leah Shahum, Livable City's Tom Radulovich, and SPUR's Dave Snyder. This is a great chance to meet John Avalos and hear his positions on key issues, especially transportation and the environment.
Bike the Vote!: Wednesday, Oct 15, 5-7pm. Stop by the SFBC's Bike the Vote Service Station at
Fox Plaza (Market at Larkin St) where we will be registering voters and distributing
the SFBC's Bike-Friendly Slate Card.
Are you trained in SFBC Outreach and want to help?
SFBC Phone-Bank Night for David Chiu: Thursday, Oct 16 from 5:30-9:00pm! Come on down to David Chiu's campaign office at 1323 Polk Street for a night of phone-banking with your fellow SFBC members! We'll be bringing our bikes and wearing our favorite SFBC shirts to make calls to District 3 residents in support of David Chiu.
Mark Leno: Save the date for Mark Leno's fundraiser co-sponsored by the SFBC on Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30pm at Medjool (2522 Mission St.). Come out and show support for Mark Leno's long-time commitment to our cause and his recent Complete Streets Bill which makes our roads safer and more convenient for bikes, pedestrians, and seniors while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ease traffic congestion.
For details on all the Bike the Vote events and information on how you can volunteer
for the bike-friendly campaigns of Eric Mar, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Sean Elsbernd,
Mark Sanchez, John Avalos, Tom Radulovich and Mark Leno,
check out our Bike Vote 08 page.
Write Senator Boxer For Better Biking and Walking
Senator Boxer is looking for input from Californians about their priorities for the next federal transportation bill. We encourage you to take a few moments to urge the Senator -- who serves as the Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which is charged with developing this critical bill -- to provide funding and create proactive policies for walking and bicycling. Walking and bicycling are key to addressing the growing problem of traffic congestion, while also improving air quality, decreasing our carbon footprint, and increasing physical activity levels. Ask the Senator to ensure that walking and bicycling are no longer treated as an afterthought in the federal transportation bill and that Complete Streets are prioritized.
Please take a minute to write Senator Boxer today by
visiting her website. Let her know you're a constituent who cares about better biking and walking.
Treasure Island Needs Your Visions
Come out on 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. San Francisco has the chance to build a model community like no other in the Bay Area and we need your participation to make that happen. Come and give your feedback on our recommendations for bike sharing, pedestrian walkways, various connections to and from the island, and help us think about streetscape design guidelines that give priority to cyclists and pedestrians. Find out more on our Treasure Island Page. Contact Neal if you have any questions.
Wednesday Oct. 22, 5:30-7pm, SMWM Architects, 989 Market St., Third floor
Get in on the Fun: Volunteer With the SFBC
Gas-Free Fridays: Emarcardeo "Fuel Up" Station
Week three of our Gas-Free Fridays celebration brings us to the Embarcadero (in front of the Ferry Building) where we'll be 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 about how easy riding a bike can be and pedal by the Embarcadero to "Fuel up" at the SFBC energizer station with free Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and snacks to get your day rolling from 7:30-9:30am. See the locations for all the Gas-Free Friday "Fuel Up" Stations.
Help your friends and coworkers who don't usually bike by leading a
Bike Bus to an SFBC Energizer Station on Gas-Free Fridays
Seeking Talented Graphic Designers + Design Interns
Are you a student or established designer who is interested in getting extra design
experience while helping out a great cause? Do you have a passion for
typography and layout? The SFBC is looking for graphic design interns who can commit to at least 8 hours/week. The intern would have the
opportunity to work on both web-based and print projects from concept
to completion. The position is not paid, but we are happy to work with
any academic requirements to help the intern earn course credit for
their efforts. We're also looking for talented designers who can
volunteer their savvy design skills for projects throughout the year.
If you are interested in either of these possibilities, email Teri and include a link to samples of your work.
Video: Gas-Free Fridays
KTVU stopped by our Gas-Free Fridays "fuel up" station on Market Street. Check out the great coverage and don't forget to encourage your friends and coworkers to "fuel up" this Friday by pedaling by the Ferry Building.
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