SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 6, 2009
"Countries with the highest levels of active transportation generally had the lowest obesity rates. Europeans walk three times as far and cycle five times as far as Americans." (Europeans on average walk 237 miles and cycle 116 miles per year; U.S. residents walk 87 miles and bike 24 miles. Bassett and Pucher calculated that translates into burning off 5 to 9 pounds of fat annually for Europeans compared to only 2 pounds for Americans.)
-- David Bassett of the Univ. of Tennessee and John Pucher of Rutgers Univ., Obesity rates lower in nations that bike, walk and use mass transit, Associated Press, December 15, 2008
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Happy New Year from the SFBC Staff
As we roll into a new year, the SFBC would like to wish all our 10,000 members a happy 2009! Thank you to all our members for keeping our wheels turning with your annual membership contribution and year-end giving. Your support and belief in our organization allows us to be successful in making San Francisco Streets healthier and safer for all that ride. We can't do it without you!
2009 is guaranteed to be a pivotal year in San Francisco's biking history. If you are currently not a member of the SFBC, we ask you to join us in our cause. If you are an SFBC member, we urge you to keep your membership current and volunteer with the SFBC (see below for ways you can help this year). Your membership support helps make our work possible. We look forward to working with you to make our city a model for the rest of the nation, and a pleasant place to ride. Thank you in advance for your support this year. Here's to a safe and happy bike-friendly 2009.
Bike Ed at SFBC Thursday
No matter what your age or experience level you're certain to come away a better, safer cyclist after you've taken one of our Bike Ed classes, taught by a crack team of League Certified Instructors. This Thursday, January 8, join us in the cozy confines of the SFBC's headquarters for the four hour Day One in-classroom course, which teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash avoidance, and legal rights and responsibilities. The class is open to adults 14 and over; bicycle not required. Every Bike Ed class is free, but you must register -- sign up right now online!
New Year, New Resolution: Volunteer with the SFBC
Make a resolution to volunteer in 2009 with the SFBC and see your impact every time you ride. The SFBC is proud to be a grassroots organization supported by our member volunteers. How can you lend a hand?
Caltrain wants to hear from cyclists
If you ride Caltrain with your bike you know that 1) it's an excellent service most of the time and 2) getting "bumped" is a giant drag that seriously compromises the excellence of the service. After much advocacy by the SFBC's BIKES ONboard campaign, Caltrain staff have agreed to a "modest" increase in capacity per bike car by spring, and they've asked to hear from cyclists as they prepare their proposal for the Caltrain board of directors meeting on February 5. Act now -- send an email to Caltrain by January 15 telling them we need 80 bikes per train, so we won't get bumped anymore! See the BIKES ONboard web page for background and details.
Post-Winterfest: Fenders, Pumps & Gear, Oh My!
Great deals on bike gear left over from our Winterfest Member Party and Auction will be on sale at the SFBC HQ on Wednesday, January 14th from 5-8pm. If you are looking for bike fenders for wet weather riding, a bike computer to time your rides, or a bike pump, we can help you get the best deal in town. Merchandise will be going for 30-50% off retail rates. Come by 995 Market St. Ste 1550 on Wednesday, January 14th during Volunteer Night to get the deals. Please, no early sales -- the SFBC Staff is busy making our streets safe for cycling!
Celebrate Supe-r Thursday
After November's amazing election where 5 of the 6 supervisor candidates we endorsed were elected to office, we're ready to celebrate! The official Swearing In Ceremony will be at noon in the Legislative Chambers at City Hall, followed by office warming parties in many of the new Supervisors' offices. These events are a great time to introduce yourself and let these fresh faces in City Hall know that you care about making SF a more bike friendly city. Wear your SFBC gear and introduce yourself and let them know why you are an SFBC member. Later that evening, some of the supervisors will celebrate from 8-10 PM at Temple Bar (540 Howard St, between 1st and 2nd St) at an informal event with some comedy and libations at The People's Inauguration featuring 'Roasted Supe'. 2009's City Hall is looking bright!
Video: Streetfilms interviews Jan Gehl (again!)
Streetfilms interviews Jan Gehl about the promising changes for pedestrians and cyclists in New York City. New York City is rapidly transforming their streets to better accommodate all modes of traffic. Watch the video here. And remember Jan Gehl is consulting with San Francisco on the makeover of Fishermans Wharf. We can hardly wait!
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