SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 3, 2008
"It's born out by what I see on the streets every day, and we're reaping the rewards from the city's investment in bicycling over the last several years. More and better-designed bike lanes are producing more cyclists and more first-time cyclists."
- Wiley Norvell of NYC's Transportation Alternatives, Commuter Cycling Is Soaring, City Says, New York Times, October 30, 2008
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Pedal to the Polls: The Final Sprint
VOTE ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH! This election is about much more than the Presidential election. More than half of the Board of Supervisors are up for a vote and we've endorsed some great candidates that need SFBC member support.
The Board votes on citywide issues, so it doesn't matter where you live--the people who will represent the Excelsior (D11 John Avalos), North Beach (D3 David Chiu), Richmond (D1 Eric Mar), and Mission/Bernal (D9 Mark Sanchez) will be voting on important issues in your neighborhood. The Bike Plan will come before the Board of Supervisors next year and we need a bike-friendly majority on the Board to make sure it gets done quickly and correctly. Your work could literally make the difference in these close races.
You can stand on a corner; you can ride your bike with a campaign sign and wave and smile; you can call supporters to get out to the polls; you can help make sure people know where they need to go to vote--and more. Call the campaign of your choice and say "I'm an SFBC member--what can I do to help?"
Kick-off Election Day at the SFBC's Bike Vote Energizer Station from 7:30-9:30am at 12th and Market Street. Roll on by and "fuel-up"
on free coffee and snacks, and grab an "I Bike! I Vote!" button along with
the SFBC's Official Slate Card.
Be A Local Hero as an SFBC Volunteer
If you are a trained SFBC Outreach Volunteer and can help out at one of the below opportunities, contact Tessa@sfbike.org.
The Hottest Event for Cool Weather: Winterfest
Less than five weeks til the hottest night for cyclists in San Francisco, the 13th Annual Winterfest member party, auction, entertainment and fundraiser. Join 1,000 of your favorite friends to celebrate a year of biking with a beer in your hand, and a eye for a great deal on bike goodies, great art and gift certificates for local favorites.
This is a community-driven event and we need your help! Do you know a restauranteur, personal chef, someone who will donate a
cabin or vacation home? Do you have a favorite restaurant, massage therapist, dog walker, personal organizer or local cafe?
Invite them to participate in Winterfest--good perks and loads of bike love. Download the sponsorship materials and pledge form.
Are you crafty? We're looking for creative cyclists--sewers, knitters, beaders, silk-screeners, and more--to contribute their crafts to the ever-popular Craft Table for Winterfest. Handmade items that are bike-themed or can be worn while cycling are always in demand! Contact the craft table goddess Nancy if you would like to donate your craft or drop it off at the SFBC Office by Dec. 1st. We'll be hosting a craft night this Wednesday (Nov 5th) from 6-9pm to help crafters get started. Bring your own project to work on, or just show up and we'll have a few projects and some materials to get you started. Contact Nancy for details.
The SFBC is seeking 200 volunteers to help run the event. Sign up early
to get your dream volunteer job and get into the event free! A great deal, tons of fun, and good way to help out an organization that is near
and dear to your heart.
Get Tix: Gil Peñalosa on Reclaiming Cities for People
We are thrilled to be welcoming Gil Peñalosa -- one of our favorite champions and practicioners 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. Peñalosa on the evening of Thursday, November 13th at the Commonwealth Club in downtown SF.
Mr. Peñalosa 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. Peñalosa, working with his brother, former Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, 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 will 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.
SFBC: Special Request for Stories and Images
The SFBC is in need of your bicycling stories and photographs! We are wanting to generate images and text to help us showcase the face
of bicycling in San Francisco through the real life experiences and real people in our community. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think
might be interested in helping us with this endeavor. Please read a full description of how to participate here.
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea Otter Classic: Special Discounts for SFBC Members
Ride and race some of Monterey California's most gorgeous trails and roads.
Receive a 15% discount on any Sea Otter Classic
event registration when you register online from
November 5-11th using this code (SOCSFBIKECOAL) for SFBC members. Offer not valid for merchandise, lodging, or camping
reservations. Belong to a Bike Club? Offer this same special and more discounts to your members.
for more details.
Video: Is it a Bike? or Socks and Underwear This Election!
The election will soon be over, but we were humored by the sentiment of this video.
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