SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 1, 2008
"Drivers could pay $3 to enter, leave or pass through parts of San Francisco during morning and evening commutes under a proposal designed to push motorists out of their cars."
- by Michael Cabanatuan, S.F. considers congestion tolls on cars, SF Chronicle, November 26, 2008
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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
Winterfest Party and Fundraiser is this Sunday
The beer is chillin, the art is being framed, and the bikes, gift certificates, get-a-ways and bike gear are being cataloged! We hope you've saved Sunday, December 7th for one of the best nights for the San Francisco Bike community--come party with your friends and raise a glass to a successful year of biking at the SFBC's 13th Annual Winterfest member party, auction, art show and fundraiser.
There's something for everyone at Winterfest to purchase at every price level, view the complete auction catalog to see what's perfect for you!
You can preview the amazing art quilt until December 4th in the window of 867 Valencia. (Many thanks to our host Scott Ellsworth!) This quilt will be raffled off at Winterfest. And there's also a special art preview on Saturday night from 6-8pm
The Winterfest party gets started this Sunday, December 7th at SOMArts Gallery (934 Brannan St at 8th)
when the doors open at 6pm,
Get in to the party quick--flash your current SFBC membership card at the door for express entry. Not sure if your SFBC membership is current? Email Tessa and she'll let you know!
Winterfest is your party! All proceeds from Winterfest benefit your favorite local bike advocacy organization (the SFBC!) working everyday to make San Francisco a better biking city. The SFBC would like to thank all of our sponsors for believing in and investing in local bicycle advocacy.
The complete details about Winterfest are here.
City releases draft EIR for SF Bike Plan
The SF Planning Department has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the SF Bicycle Plan. The Planning Department will accept comments on the Bicycle Plan DEIR for the next month and a half, towards producing a Final EIR that will allow the City to adopt the Bike Plan itself next spring.
The DEIR is an important milestone toward lifting the Bike Plan injunction that has prevented the City from installing any safety improvements or accommodations for bicycles including new bike lanes, sidewalk bike racks, or safety signage since June 2006. We're more relieved than pleased to note the occasion, and there's still a lot of
folderol to get through before we're striping bike lanes, but no doubt it's a big deal — now let's get on with the Bike Plan!
Light Up the Night with FREE Blinky Bike Lights!
Thousands 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. Our goal is to give away lights to those who cannot afford or do not have access to them. (If this isn't you, you can use your SFBC membership card for discounts on bike lights at bike shops all over town.) The SFBC wants to increase rider visibility in the dark winter hours and lights are a key piece of safety gear! California law requires cyclists to have a front white light and rear red reflector or red light when riding in the dark.
SFBC Volunteers will be attaching front and back blinkies to bikes that do not already have lights at these five San Francisco locations (view the map):
Stop by and get illuminated! And please forward to those you think could benefit from this giveaway and safety
campaign. Please note: you must bring your bicycle to receive a light. Lights are for those who do not already have lights.
Local Giving for Everyday Changes
Next year will be the biggest and most exciting in San Francisco's bike history--but it will not happen without the SFBC's involvement and your financial help! Because of our 10,000 members support beyond yearly membership, the SFBC will be able to weather financial storms, and head into the next year fiscally healthy for a year of historic local bike progress. Your year-end contribution--$20, $50, $100 or $1000--will provide us with the resources necessary to build political and public support for the 50+ bike projects coming out of the Bike Plan EIR--and quickly finish the Citywide Bike Network!
Our success in 2009 depends on you. Give locally to the organization making the biggest day to day changes in your urban life. When you give to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition--or SFBC Education Fund--you see your contributions in action on your daily commute and in your community. Take a moment now to give a gift today to launch us into a healthy 2009. Thank you to those that have already given a year-end contribution.
Tax-deductible donations are possible to the SFBC Education Fund.
Spread the Holiday Cheer: Volunteer
If you can help out at one of the below opportunities, contact Tessa@sfbike.org.
Express 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. Order by December 15th
to ensure delivery in time for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Give your Pavement a Face-lift for the Holidays
We've got one month left in 2008 to give our Good Roads Campaign a final boost! We have come a long way on our mission to smooth our roads this year, and we've got a few ways you can help:
A Better Columbus Avenue Workshop and Design Demonstration
Interested in a better, safer Columbus Avenue, more pleasant to stroll and bike and relax on? Come out to this workshop and design demonstration Thursday, 12/4 and learn more about what's being considered for this classic corridor. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority and RENEW SF are developing a community based plan of transportation improvements for Columbus Avenue--see proposed designs for Columbus Avenue and give your feedback.
Prior to the workshop, you can participate in a live streetscape design demonstration (4pm, Columbus at Stockton, north side)--check out the feel and proportions of wider sidewalks and other design concepts, right on the street! See the SFCTA website for more information.
Details: Thursday, Dec. 4th workshop at 6pm; streetside demo at 4pm. Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton (between Union and Filbert), 2nd floor
Video: Gary Fisher and the Future
Gary Fisher enthusiastically talks about the Bike revolution that is happening in the U.S.
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