SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 28, 2008
"If I had a magic wand I would want to see a couple of streets be turned over to cyclists, free of vehicles, all day every day."
- Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Pedal Power, SF Chronicle, October 21, 2008
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Streetfilms Goes Big Screen Wednesday
Join us this Wednesday evening as the celebrated Streetfilms will be on the big screen at the Main Library! The New York-based Streetfilms has documented great San Francisco street stories like Park(ing) Day and the amazing removal of the Embarcadero Freeway, as well as inspiring tales from other cities, from Portland to Bogota. It will be a thrill to see these stories told larger-than-life and to 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.
Details: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5:30-7:30pm at the Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library, Grove St (near Market) FREE for everyone. After the screening, join us at a mixer with our Streetfilms friends at Sugar Lounge at 377 Hayes St.
NYC's rock star Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, is also in town
for Rail~Volution and might just make an
appearance at this event.
Watch Streetfilms' newest release, an interview with Sadik-Kahn and get a flavor for the amazing things that she and her team have been able to accomplish
in just one New York year!
Final 7 Days: Help an SFBC Candidate Today
Campaigns critical to the SFBC's work are going at full steam, and they can use all of our help in these last 7 days. It's important that we secure a bike-friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors if we want to see real improvements for bicycling in San Francisco. Supervisors make decisions for the entire city, so these elections will affect you -- no matter where you live. Volunteering just a few hours, on the phone or walking a precinct or doing visibility at key locations during these last 7 days, will be the critical push these campaigns need.
One easy way to help: We are looking for members who can commit to 2 hours to call and recruit fellow SFBC members to help out with campaigning in this final week. You can make the calls at home or in the SFBC office, whichever you prefer. If you can help, email email@example.com.
Besides campaigning this week, volunteers will also be needed for Get Out the Vote efforts on Election Day, next Tuesday! Each of our SFBC-endorsed campaigns will need our volunteer help to call supporters to make sure they show up at the polls. There are so many different ways to help during these crucial last days! Find out how you can volunteer for the campaigns of Eric Mar, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Sean Elsbernd, Mark Sanchez, and John Avalos. And, no matter which district you live in, remember to vote for Tom Radulovich for BART Board, Yes on A, and No on P!
If you still haven't made up your mind, be sure to read the SFBC questionnaires from each of our candidates
Bike Vote 08 page.
Review the SF Bike Plan
Maybe you know that the SF Bicycle Plan
is receiving a full environmental review, but do you know what's in the
Plan? This Thursday's SF Bicycle Advisory
Committee (BAC) meeting will review and consider endorsing the Bike Plan, which contains 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 monthly
and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle, especially the city's Bicycle Plan. For more information, visit
the BAC website or email Bert Hill.
Go Gas-Free on Halloween!
Halloween will be the final Friday of our hugely successful month long Gas-Free Fridays
campaign. Pedal by 7th and Folsom and "Fuel up" on free Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and snacks to get your day rolling
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.
Get Tix Now: Gil Penalosa on Reclaiming Cities for People
We are thrilled to be welcoming Gil Penalosa -- one of our favorite champions and practitioners for making streets and cities work for people, not just cars -- to San Francisco, and we hope you'll join us to hear him speak. The SFBC will be co-hosting an inspiring presentation by Mr. Penalosa on the evening of Thursday, November 13th at the Commonwealth Club in downtown SF.
Mr. Penalosa is the key leader of the Ciclovia movement in Bogota, Colombia, on which our popular Sunday Streets program was modeled. Today, he travels to cities around the world, helping them to understand how to make streets work for people. He makes clear the critical connections between how we create and use our streets and the vitality, health and sustainability of a city's people and economy. Mr. Penalosa, working with his brother, former Mayor Enrique Penalosa, was instrumental in the Bogota miracle to reclaim the city for people by building hundreds of kilometers of bike paths, widening sidewalks, and rejuvenating the City's transit and parks systems after the World Bank threatened to build elevated highways throughout his city to fix the city's traffic congestion.
Tickets are $12 for Commonwealth Club members and $20 for non-members. Tickets go on sale soon (we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance as
the event is expected to sell out) at tickets.commonwealthclub.org
and at the door. The SFBC is co-sponsoring the event with INFORUM (the Commonwealth Club's under-40s group), SPUR, Shape Up SF, Livable City, and Walk SF.
SFBC Volunteers! Halloween and Election Excitement!
If you are a trained SFBC Outreach Volunteer and can help out at one of the below opportunities, contact Tessa@sfbike.org.
Nearing 1,000 potholes: SOMA Part II
Take a break from election canvassing and Halloween-ing to help the SFBC's pursuit of smooth roads.
November's "first Saturday of the month" pothole ride takes us back to the streets of SOMA. Everyone is
welcome to join in this effort. We'll disburse in teams, find potholes, circle them with paint and report
them to 311. After the circling and reporting, we'll all regroup for lunch! Help us smooth our roads as we get closer
to our 1,000th pothole report! Visit our Good Roads page for more
information. Sat., Nov. 1, 10am-12pm, meet in front of SFBC HQ (995 Market, at 6th)
Mark your Calendar for the 13th Annual Winterfest--December 7th
Where can you find over 1,000 bicyclists of all stripes -- SFBC members, artists, business supporters and local politicians -- under one roof? Plus, all the bikes and bike gear your heart has desired and works from 65 of the hottest local artists? At the 13th Annual Winterfest Member Party, Auction, Art Show and Fundraiser, of course. New Belgium brewery will open the taps and Brass Mafia will be cranking out the butt-shaking tunes.
When: Sunday, December 7th from 6-10:30pm
The SFBC needs 100 volunteers to make it happen. Volunteer your help in advance to distribute posters and prep auction materials or
volunteer at the event doing everything from valet bike parking, silent auction monitor and welcoming attendees. All volunteers receive
complimentary admission to Winterfest and the undying thanks of the SFBC. Sign up today to get the volunteer task of your dreams!
Now Hiring: Bay Area Bicycle Coalition
Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) is seeking a Bike to Work Day Assistant Coordinator for Bike to Work Day 2009 (May 14th).
The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic supporter of bicycling, has experience with event planning and is highly organized,
detail oriented, and self-motivated. Application deadline is November 7th. More information at www.bayareabikes.org.
Video: Biking to Work
Watch this great video of Michael Vare, local cyclist, who shares his story about biking to work from Marin to San Francisco. Michael saved $5,000 in one year in gas and bridge tolls and lost a whopping 40lbs!
If you have an inspiring bicycling story to share, we'd love to hear it, email Teri.
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