November 25, 2008
"This car-free bicycle boulevard could restore the neighborhood back to the neighbors. More people and students will use bikes if they have a safe route."
- Micah Posner of People Power, Bicyclists on parade ride for new alternatives, November 24, 2008
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Hot! Hot! Hot! All the Goodies To Be Auctioned at Winterfest
The SFBC's 13th Annual Winterfest auction, party and fundraiser is just around the corner on Sunday, December 7th, at SOMArts Gallery (934 Brannan St at 8th St) where you will have your chance to bid and win the bike of your dreams. Is it a Xtracycle Radish you need to haul all your goods, donated by presenting sponsor, Rickshaw Bagworks? Or the 100% handbuilt in USA, Intense Cycles Tracer VP all mountain full suspension FRAME and rear shock in your size to bomb the hills and enjoy your weekends? Or is it the Simple City 8 to pedal in class around SF streets?
New this year at Winterfest!
This year promises to be one for the history books as we come together to celebrate reaching an amazing 10,000 SFBC members!
We look forward to raising a glass with you at Winterfest.
Call NOW to Stop The Governor's Brutal Cuts to Public Transportation!
It's bad enough that Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing to take another $230 million from public transportation to shore up the state budget. But what's really shocking is that he wants to eliminate the only source of state funding for public transportation operations, the State Transit Assistance program! Call California's legislative leaders RIGHT NOW and tell them to reject the Governor's proposals in the special budget session being held today. As Californians made clear on Election Day, we want and need world-class public transportation in our state to fight climate change and congestion, and state funding for public transportation is part of that solution. Please call the following legislative leaders and tell them to reject the Governor's proposals to redirect state transit funds and to eliminate the State Transit Assistance program:
Don Perata Senate President pro Tempore: 916-651-4009
Also let these leaders know that you support reinstatement of
the Vehicle License Fee (VLF) that used
to pay for roadway maintenance and Muni operations but was tossed out by the Governor on his first day in office as a shortsighted political stunt.
The VLF proposal currently on the table would pay into the state's General Fund, rather than being directed to transportation matters, but
it's still an important revenue source that would help protect transportation funds from ongoing budget raids. Thanks for speaking up for sustainable transit!
Last Week to Vote For Biking. Pass it On!
With a simple click on Bike Transportation in Yahoo! Green's online poll you could help the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition win funding for our work making SF streets safer and more dignified for biking. Based on your votes, Yahoo! is donating the profits from ads on Yahoo! Green to projects that benefit the Earth and its inhabitants. As of last week, bicycle transportation was up by 40% over other causes! If the bike transportation category wins, the San Francisco Bike Coalition would be the beneficiary of the Yahoo! Green's donation, since they recognize our work as a leader in urban biking transportation.
Thanks for voting for Bike Transportation,
and pass it on.
Light Up the Night with FREE Blinky Bike Lights!
Hundreds of free bike lights will be
distributed to cyclists traveling along the city's major bike corridors on Tuesday, December 2nd from 6-7pm by the San Francisco Bicycle
Coalition and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. We want to increase rider visibility in the dark hours and lights are a key
piece of safety gear! Check out www.sfbike.org/lights for locations.
Help spread the word to your friends and neighbors who are riding in the dark! Download a poster
and put it up at your school, library, or neighborhood coffee shop. Please note: we are targeting cyclists who do NOT already have lights. To receive a light, cyclists must have a bicycle present on December 2.
Last Chance for Free Entry to Winterfest: Volunteer!
If you can help out at one of the below opportunities, contact Tessa@sfbike.org.
We Need Your Help with Poster Distribution!
The SFBC needs your help with poster distribution for Winterfest (December 7th) and the Bike Light Giveaway (December 2nd). Can you help hang
posters in stores and businesses in Noe Valley, the Mission, West Portal and Irving Street? If you live or bike through one of these
areas and would like to help email firstname.lastname@example.org or just stop by
the SFBC offices (995 Market Street #1550) to pick up some posters.
One-Stop Holiday Shopping: SFBC Gift Memberships
Give an SFBC Gift Membership to everyone on your holiday gift-giving list this year. Not only will they love your thoughtful gift (healthy, ecological and economical), but an SFBC Gift Membership is the gift that will give back to YOU all year long, making your city more livable and bikeable. Now that is a gift worth giving!
Gift Memberships start at just $35 and come with a special card noting your gift, in addition to all the excellent benefits of standard membership--including
the latest bike news, a San Francisco bike map, discounts at 45 local and online businesses, and all the SFBC member perks you love. Use our
quick and secure online form at sfbike.org/join_renew to
finish your holiday shopping, or contact Tessa@sfbike.org or 415-431-2453 x301
to place orders with special instructions.
December 15th to ensure delivery in time for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
364 Miles and All 200 City Parks
Jared Blumenfeld recently took the helm at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and launched a bicycle tour of all 220 of the City's parks. Blumenfeld, who is also the Director of the City's Department of the Environment, and an SFBC member, started the tour to highlight the ease of biking to the City's green spaces versus driving. Jared is looking for ways to improve bike access to the City's parks.
on his 58-day tour -- there are 4 rides scheduled next week. All rides leave at 8:30am from McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park (at Stanyan).
Be sure to let him know you are an SFBC member and give him your great ideas for how to improve bike access in our City's parks.
See the ParksBike
Tour and Blog website for more information.
Video: Brass Mafia
Get ready for the celebratory and bootie thumpin' tunes of Brass Mafia who will get the party started at this year's Winterfest. Watch this video of Brass Mafia performing at the
Fillmore Jazz Festival.
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