SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 9, 2008
"We see the benefits in people getting out and walking and biking--from a health standpoint. It's difficult to find time to do these things, but when Sunday Streets comes to your neighborhood it's a lot easier."
- Manish Champsee, Walk San Francisco, Popular street closures to move to other neighborhoods, SF Examiner, December 4, 2008
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A Bike Rack Everywhere You Go?
Did you know that ANYONE can request a free bike rack on ANY sidewalk? Over the next few weeks, anytime you go
somewhere with your bike and can't find any on-street bike parking, make a note of it.
Then, go to our Fix It! page
and submit the quick form to let the city know where--all they need is the address or business name and street.
Right after the injunction is lifted in mid-2009, the city is planning to install nearly 1,000 racks on the sidewalks.
They know that SFBC members are the real experts on where racks are needed, since we ride everywhere--to shop, eat, drink, play, hang out.
Let them know where you want to
see a bike parking rack.
Biggest Winterfest Yet! SFBC Celebrates 10,000 members!
Over 1,000 members, new members, bike supporters, sponsors, artists, and local politicians gathered at the SFBC's Winterfest Auction, Art Show, Party and Fundraiser on Sunday and celebrated the SFBC's huge milestone of reaching 10,000 members--the SFBC is now the largest local bicycle advocacy group in the entire nation.
It was by far the biggest and best Winterfest party yet, featuring the infectious tunes of Brass Mafia and amazing silent and live auctions including 18 new bikes, bike-gear, 60 pieces of local art and a raffle for a Schwinn Tandem and first-ever bicycle quilt composed by 30 Bay Area crafters. See images from the Winterfest photo booth and recap of the event on our website at sfbike.org/winterfest.
A big and special thank you to our 200 Winterfest volunteers who made it all happen (as always!). And a huge 10-sprocket salute to all our sponsors--especially Winterfest Presenting Sponsor Rickshaw Bagworks and Big Wheel Sponsor New Belgium Brewery. Their generous financial support and dedication not only make Winterfest possible, but also help our work in making San Francisco a safer city for the more than 120,000 people who are biking regularly for transportation.
Thanks also to the local politicians who showed up to celebrate and support bike advocacy, including newly elected Supervisor Eric Mar, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and City Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting.
Thanks to everyone who joined us and helped support our work for better biking in San Fransisco. And congratulations to all the auction winners. Reminder: If you didn't take your auction item home with you, it MUST be picked up from the SFBC Headquarters (995 Market St. at 6th) no later than Friday, December 19th. SFBC office is open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm. Please call to arrange pick up at 415-431-BIKE (2453) x305.
Wondering if you won an item? You will be receiving an email and/or call shortly. Hang tight while we sort it all out.
City Proposes Removing Bike Lane
The City Attorney's Office and the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) submitted their second request for relief from the Bike Plan injunction on December 1st. This is something we had high hopes for, given their success with the request to add the new Fell/Masonic bicycle traffic signal (hooray!). Unfortunately we are shocked and disappointed by the City's most recent request. Rather than making the case for meaningful, pro-bike improvements, the City Attorney and MTA instead propose removing--yes removing!--an existing bike lane at the City's most dangerous intersection for cyclists. Find out more here.
Are you as frustrated as we are by this step backward that reduces bike space? If so, please
email City Attorney Dennis Herrerra,
MTA Director Nat Ford,
and Mayor Gavin Newsom to let them know
that we're disappointed with this uninspired request for relief from the Bike Plan. This is hardly relief! This is one
more example of how the City needs to step up its attention to better bicycling. Where's the leadership?
Vote in SFBC Board Elections by Friday
All current members as of Wednesday, December 3rd should have received a special email last week with instructions on how to vote in the SFBC's Board elections. This is an important member responsibility, and one that we hope you'll take act on right now, if you haven't already. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the SFBC achieves its mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation by developing the strategic direction of the organization, overseeing management and our financial health, raising funds for our work, and representing the SFBC in San Francisco's many communities. Each year, half of the 15-member board is elected to a two-year term by our membership--that's you.
Please visit our Board Election web page
to read the candidate statements and vote. Voting ends this Friday, December 12th. (You should have received login instructions in the email
we sent you on Thursday, December 4th. If you have trouble voting,
Seeking Volunteer Bike Valets
38th Annual KPFA Crafts and Music Fair: Saturday and Sunday Dec. 13th and 14th. Come help the SFBC valet park hundreds of bikes at this great event at the Concourse Exhibtion Center. Contact LisaRuth at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer as a bike valet and for more info.
EcoholidaySF: Sunday, Dec. 14th. Bike valet volunteers are needed at this all new event at the
Galleria at the SF Design Center. Volunteers get free admission and hot organic meals and tea. Contact LisaRuth
at email@example.com to volunteer.
Celebrate the 1,000th Pothole Request!
Join us at noon on December 16th as SFBC volunteers and staff take a moment to recognize all we've done to help smooth our streets and plan for bigger fixes in the future! About 100 volunteers have participated in various ways to smooth the roads this past year by being the eyes on the asphalt all around the City. We've come a long way in getting better response from the Department of Public Works to fix problems on the bike network faster and more consistently.
But while we realize that pothole patching is important and good, we are gearing up for pushing for bigger and better
pavement improvements next year and will need support from all 10,000 of you to make those happen! San Franciscans
deserve a smooth and safe ride. Mark your calendars for December 16th and stay tuned for more ways to get
involved. Check out our Good Roads page for location
information in the coming days, and contact Neal if
you have any questions.
Thousands of Cyclists are Now Visibly Blinking
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition teamed up with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency last Tuesday to help cyclists
get visible and be safe when riding in the dark by distributing 2,000 front and rear blinky lights. Thanks to the 50 SFBC volunteers, who installed
the lights and helped thousands of cyclists be visible and safe in the darkening winter hours. Reminder: California law requires cyclists to
have a front white light and rear red reflector or red light when riding in the dark.
Video: Kindergartners Creative for Car-free Streets
Streetfilms recently asked Kindergartners at New York City's P.S. 87 what they would do if there were no cars on the streets. Streetfilms was so impressed with the brilliant, creative responses that they made this short film to share the cute stories!
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