SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 13, 2009
January 13, 2009
"(Commuting by bicycle) is an absolutely essential part of my day. It's mind-clearing, invigorating. I get to go out and pedal through the countryside in the early morning hours, and see life come back and rejuvenate every day as the sun is coming out."
-- James L. Jones, Obama's appointed National Security Adviser and retired marine general, Stars and Stripes, October 2005
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Want to exchange that unwanted holiday gift for a bike lane?
Emergency Rally To Save Market and Octavia Bike Lane
*** THIS FRIDAY: JANUARY 16 - EMERGENCY RALLY TO SAVE MARKET AND OCTAVIA BIKE LANE ***
Join us at the corner of Market and Octavia this Friday, January 16, for an important rally to demand the City stop its plan to remove the bike lane on Market Street at the Octavia intersection. After two and a half years of no new bike lanes, the Municipal Transportation Agency will be asking a judge to remove a bike lane at one of the most dangerous intersections in the city next week. We say 'No Way!' and want to make sure the bike voice is heard this Friday, January 16 with a rally beginning and press conference beginning at 9:00am. Stop by anytime between 7:30am and 10am to sign our petition and lend your support to our volunteers doing outreach at this dangerous intersection.
Instead of removing a bike lane and rolling back bike improvements as proposed by the MTA, we urge City leaders to instead move forward with the Planning Department's superior plan to expand on the improvements--a plan that includes installing raised bike lanes with colored pavement for safety--a great idea that the SFBC fully endorsed--check it out here . We cannot let the MTA take a huge step backwards that will endanger cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike.
Please join us at the Market and Octavia intersection this Friday morning for this important rally to keep our bike lanes! We need volunteers to help prepare this week. If you can help us protect this intersection, please contact Marc right away.
David Chiu: Your New Bike-Friendly Board President
After four new supervisors were sworn into office last week, the Board of Supervisors chose first-term Supervisor David Chiu (District 3, North Beach/Chinatown) to be the President of the Board. President Chiu has been an SFBC member since 2005 and recently sat down with the new SF Streetsblog to discuss his commitment to livable streets.
When responding to the SFBC's candidate questionnaire,
he said, "I look forward to helping the City recognize bicycling as not an 'alternative' form of
transportation, but the most logical and cost-effective form of transportation to help reduce our carbon footprint."
As president of the Board of Supervisors, David Chiu will have the ability to set the meeting agendas,
prioritize legislation, and will have the power to appoint bike-friendly individuals to committees and
councils. With President Chiu's leadership, San Francisco will surely continue to be a great place to
live and bike!
Find Love at Love on Wheels
Everyone's favorite dating game for bicyclists--the SFBC's Love on Wheels--is back for another great year of bikes, matchmaking, and bike love on Friday, February 13 at Rickshaw Stop. See why Love on Wheels won the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay! Watch hot cyclists pair up and win fabulous date-y raffle prizes: sfbike.org/love. Free for members (with membership card); $10 non-members (or free if you join the SFBC). Watch the Love on Wheels video.
Be a contestant! Just like on TV, real-life bike bachelors and bike bachelorettes quiz a blind panel to select a date and then enjoy their first date at a hip local spot courtesy of our fabulous sponsors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be a contestant and tell us which way your wheels spin: Boy-Boy; Boy-Girl; Girl-Girl; Girl-Boy. Only SFBC members can be contestants.
Wear your Bike Pride
Show off your bike pride with one of the SFBC's awesome new hoodies! By popular demand, the SFBC's Languages Hoodie is now available in American Apparel zip hoodies sizes XS-XL in Slate and Forest Green. Get yours now for only $35 at sfbike.org/store_sweatshirts.
Also new for 2009 is the classic Allowed Use of Full Lane t-shirt in Eggplant with Yellow ink, One Less Car
in Kelley Green and a San Francisco Bicycle Jersery. See sfbike.org/store.
Get Involved: 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?
Awesome Deals on Bike Gear: One Night Only
Looking for fenders? A new saddle? How about a bike computer to measure your rides?
Awesome deals on bike gear left over from our Winterfest Member Party and Auction will be
on sale at the SFBC HQ this Wednesday, January 14th from 5-8pm--during Volunteer Night.
These will be the best deal in town-- 30-50% off retail rates. Come by 995 Market St. Ste 1550
on Wednesday, January 14th during Volunteer Night to score. Cash, credit and checks accepted.
Please, no early sales--the SFBC Staff is busy making our streets safe for cycling!
The Reid Brothers Ride Again!
Come out for a fun bike ride this Saturday and learn what the Cliff House, the Fairmont Hotel, the GG Park Music Concourse bandshell and the SFBC's Market St. headquarters have in common -- they're all projects designed by the Reid Brothers, who, in the first few decades of the 20th Century, designed an impressive number of San Francisco's buildings. With scant professional training but plenty of hustle, these Canadian brothers left their mark across the width of our city. Come discover some of their work and hear their story.
Saturday, Jan. 17: Meet in front of the David
Hewes Building, 995 Market St. (at 6th) for a 1:30 pm push-off; 2 hour
ride, longer if we're having fun; have a big lunch beforehand, we'll
stop somewhere for a snack; rain cancels.
Video: Streetfilms interviews San Francisco Cyclists
Watch this great streetfilms video where San Francisco cyclists talk about why we are all so darn excited to have SF Streetsblog in our fair city. Streetsblog is a premier source for news and analysis of transportation, urban planning and environmental policy issues and is now helping to shine some much-needed light on the problems and potential of San Francisco streets.
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