SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 21, 2008
"For 50 years we were completely obsessed with making room for cars. We need to show respect for people who are moving about on foot or by bicycle."
- Jan Gehl, Urban Designer and Architect, Urban expert offers advice on San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, October 13, 2008
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Bike Vote 08: 14 Days and 8 Great Candidates
Recently, SFBC-endorsed candidates--Eric Mar (District 1), David Chiu (D3) and John Avalos (D11)--were the targets of a costly smear campaign by big developer and real estate interests, including an ad so egregious that it was yanked from the airwaves by Comcast! These three candidates, along with Ross Mirkarimi (D5) and Mark Sanchez (D9), are in a tight battle to control the Board of Supervisors at a time in which it is critical to keep a pro-bike majority.
Why should you care? With the Bike Plan Injunction nearing its end, we have the potential now to champion a Bike Plan that could finally make San Francisco the most bike-friendly big city in the nation. But we cannot do it without a strong, pro-bike Board of Supervisors. To make sure that happens, we need SFBC members like you to volunteer for one of these bike-friendly candidates in the next two weeks. We ask you to pick one Saturday to precinct walk or one evening to make phone calls. These are critical ways that you can make sure biking improves in the city. Even if you've already voted by mail-in ballots...even if you don't live in one of the contested districts...your volunteer help is critical to ensuring a bike-friendly City Hall.
See a list of volunteer opportunities
at our Bike Vote 08 page. If you can't take time, please consider making a contribution to one of these key campaigns.
TONIGHT! Join other SFBC members at a party hosted by the Ross Mirkarimi campaign to support three of the most critical races in the city. John Avalos, David Chiu, and Eric Mar campaigns -- all SFBC endorsed candidates -- come together at Club Waziema (543 Divisadero) to support each other for Supervisor! Come down tonight (Tuesday) between 7-9pm to support four great candidates in one convenient location!
Spread the word about the SFBC's slate card! Volunteers are leaving our half page slate card in spokes and on handlebars across the city! If you would like to help -- without having to door-knock or make phone calls -- all you have to do is pick up some flyers at the SFBC office (or print your own) and ride your bike around town, leaving flyers for your fellow cyclists when they come to unlock their bike! Contact Marc@sfbike.org to sign-up for a shift this week!
There are so many different ways to help during these crucial 14 days!
Find out about all the events and how you can volunteer for the
campaigns of Eric Mar, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi,
Sean Elsbernd, Mark Sanchez, and John Avalos
at our Bike Vote 08 page.
Treasure Island Needs Your Visions
Put your bike and pedestrian-planning minds to work and join us for our second round of Community Workshops as we plan for the future of Treasure Island. The SFBC and Department of Public Health have been hard at work the last year on a Community Based Planning for a Walkable and Bikeable Treasure Island Project. From our previous outreach, we've further refined our recommendations for planning a pedestrian and bicycle focused island and will be presenting them and encouraging more feedback. For these workshops we will also focus on getting ideas for the streetscape of Treasure Island. We are looking to our stakeholders and community members to help envision how the streets might be built from the ground up. How can a bike sharing program work on the island? What kinds of bike parking are best for different locations? How can we design streets to to encourage more trips by bike and foot? Join us this week to help us answer these questions and more! Contact Neal if you have any questions. Please join us at either of our next workshops:
Wednesday Oct. 22, 5:30-7pm, SMWM Architects, 989 Market St., 3rd floor
SFBC Volunteers! Amazing Autumnal Opportunities
If you are a trained SFBC Outreach Volunteer and can help out at one of the below opportunities, contact Tessa@sfbike.org.
October Gas Free Fridays Still Rolling
Week four of our Gas-Free Fridays campaign brings us to the steps of City Hall on Polk and Grove 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 your friends and coworkers about how
easy riding a bike can be and together lets get more people on bikes. This Friday, pedal by the City Hall and "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.
Streetfilms in SF, and Lots More Next Week
Urbanists and velocitizens take note -- next week will be packed with great events for great streets and great cities! Wednesday evening the celebrated Streetfilms will be on the big screen at the Main Library. Streetfilms has documented great San Francisco street stories like Park(ing) Day and the amazing removal of the Embarcadero Freeway. Thrill to see these stories told larger than life and be part of a fascinating conversation with the filmmakers. Presented by the SFBC and the Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom; co-sponsored by the Stegner Environmental Center at SF Public Library. And absolutely FREE.
What: Streetfilms in SF!
Also next week, be sure to catch Jon Orcutt, Director of Policy for the NYC Department of Transportation and a
longtime community activist (former head of our counterpart in NYC, Transportation Alternatives), as he discusses
how NYC has transformed into one of the country's leaders for sustainable streets. Jon will
be at the SFBC Monday evening
and he'll be presenting a
SPUR Forum during Wednesday lunch hour.
And of course Rail~Volution will
be in town, with fascinating sessions about sustainable transportation and building livable cities and mobile workshops that
explore unique Bay Area communities that showcase innovations in sustainability.
Visit the Rail~Volution
website for more information.
SF Streetsblog Now Hiring
If you're like us, you've been reading the NYC Streetsblog with envy and hope
that this smart and successful blog promoting livable streets would one day come to our fair city. We're thrilled to
report that Streetsblog is coming to San Francisco. This influential blog is a premier source for news and analysis
of transportation, urban planning and environmental policy issues and is heading West to San Francisco to help
shine some much-needed light on the problems and potential of SF streets. Streetsblog is searching for an experienced,
savvy SF editor to lead the way.
Check out the job description here, and forward it to people who may be interested. Apply ASAP, as
things are moving fast!
Trips for Kids Needs Ride Leaders
Trips for Kids, a nonprofit that
provides mountain bike outings and environmental education for kids who would not otherwise be exposed to such activities,
is seeking volunteers to help take groups of inner-city youth between the ages of 10 to 17 to either China Camp State Park,
Phoenix Lake or the Marin Headlands. TfK supplies bikes and gear for the kids. For more information or to sign up as
a ride volunteer, call at 415-458-2986 or visit the Trips for Kids website.
Video: Removal of the Embarcadero Freeway
Last Friday was the 18 year anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. This Streetfilms video documents how as a result of this earthquake the Embarcadero Freeway--an ugly, double-decker highway that was a physical and visual barrier between the bay and the city--was replaced with a grand boulevard which emphasizes access to the waterfront and provides people with transportation options like walking, mass transit, and bicycling instead of an emphasis personal vehicle use. See more Streetfilms videos just like this one next Wednesday in the Koret Auditorium at the SF Public Library from 5:30-7:30pm.
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