SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 17, 2009
"Guys particularly are suckers for gadget talk. Compliment any given part of his bike and you'll get a "thanks" at the very least, and quite possibly a five-minute dissertation on its provenance. All genders enjoy having their taste flattered, and if you're not a gear-head yourself, there's probably something fashion-related--helmet or messenger bag, for instance--worth mentioning. Also, some women appreciate a man who will ask directions."
Michael Tanner, Low-carbon dating: Biking gets hearts racing, SF Chronicle, February 12, 2009
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Turn your unwanted goods into bike improvements.
The Big 56 for Bikes Kick Off Meeting Tonight!
Our most important campaign starts tonight and we need your help to win it. Please join us tonight as we kick off The Big 56 for Bikes to win all 56 bike improvement projects--and more--that will be up for approval by City decision-makers this Spring. Just because that bike lane or bike parking project is listed in the Bike Plan, doesn't mean the City will go ahead and implement it. We need to make sure that we've done the proper outreach, and we will be working in teams to gather signatures, talk to neighbors and gain support to make sure that all 56 projects of the Bike Plan get approved without delay. And that's why we need you to join us on this campaign, we simply cannot do this without the help of our 10,000 members.
If you want new bike lanes, if you want safer streets, if you're frustrated by the 2-year stall in bike improvements -- Join us tonight to win The Big 56 for Bikes!
Please join us tonight, Tuesday, February 17th for this important all-member meeting and kick-off for The Big 56 for Bikes campaign (6:30pm at the First Baptist Church, 22 Waller Street at Octavia/Market). Join the discussion and find out how easy it is to get involved and leave with concrete tasks to help win more bike lanes. Even if you only have 30 minutes a week, or an hour a month, every little bit will count to win this campaign. It'll be a big push to get all 56 projects approved and legislated by Bike to Work Day, but we know we can do it with your help. Now is the time for you to get involved and help us with The Big 56 For Bikes--our biggest push yet for bike lanes and safety projects.
If you cannot make tonight's meeting, but want to help us win The Big 56 for
Bikes, let us know you want to help!
Keep the SFBC's Wheels in Motion: Volunteer!
SFBC Service Station: Monday, Feb. 23, 5-7pm, Fell and Masonic. Don't miss out when the SFBC Service Station team comes to Fell/Masonic to offer free lube jobs to keep everyone riding smoothly. Are you a trained SFBC Outreach volunteer and want to help out? Email Tessa@sfbike.org
SFBC Phone Banking: Thursday, Feb. 26, 5-8pm, SFBC HQ.
Turn your gift of gab into bike improvements when
you volunteer at the SFBC's Phone Banking Night. The SFBC has been
wildly successful at renewing members who forget to renew their
membership through phone calls. We call friendly members to let them
know their membership has lapsed (no cold calling!) and ask them to
renew their SFBC membership. It's that easy. Hang out with a fun bunch
of cool cyclists and enjoy a tasty dinner on us. Email
Cynthia at email@example.com if you have questions
or want to take part.
Love Abounds at SFBC's Love on Wheels
At least four new couples pedaled off just in time for Valentine's Day after another
round of Love on Wheels this past
Friday, the SFBC's 70's-style Dating Game for Cyclists at the Rickshaw Stop. Check out photos
of our version of the game show. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the SFBC at this bike love
event, Rickshaw Stop for hosting the party,
Constance Cavallas for organizing the event, Jonathan Davis for designing the poster, our awesome sponsors San Francisco Bay Guardian,
Balboa Theater, Maverick,
Metro Kathmandu, Gialina,
Terzo, Hotel Biron,
Thick + Thin Pizza at the Lookout,
Udupi Palace, Yerba Buena
Ice Skating and Bowling Center, Blue + Gold Fleet,
The Marsh, The Exploratorium,
Aquarium of the Bay, and of course our 65 member-volunteers for making this great event possible.
Hot Pink and Hot Off the Press
The February/March issue of the SFBC's Tube Times newsletter showcases the Next Generation of Bike Innovations for a Great Biking City
and interviews the four new Supervisors. Read more in the February/March
issue of the Tube Times. Join the SFBC today and have the Tube Times delivered directly to you.
SFBC Kid-Friendly Event Volunteer Training
Want to volunteer with the SFBC at kid-friendly events like Bike
Road-eos (bike safety skills course) and Freedom From Training Wheels? Join the SFBC and
YMCA Presidio Bike Program for a fun and informative training session on how to help run a successful and
educational youth and family bike event on Saturday, March 21 from 11:30-12:30pm at the Presidio
Community YMCA's Bike Skills Area, on Barnard Rd in the Presidio. This training is recommended if you are interested in
volunteering for SFBC youth and family events. To RSVP or for more info
Wear Your Bike Pride: New SF Cycling Jersey + Hoodies
The SFBC's online store is full of ways that you can wear your San Francisco bike love in the bike lane and beyond. Hot new sellers include a high
quality SF Bike Map Cycling Jersey
and the SFBC's warm and cozy hoodies.
And remember, every purchase benefits the fine bicycle advocacy work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
See sfbike.org/store for all our fabulous merchandise.
Wheels and Reels: Bicycle Film Festival Submissions Wanted
The 9th Annual Bicycle Film Festival is seeking film submissions with
a strong theme or character of bicycles. This includes all mediums and
styles such as animation, experimental, narrative, documentary and
music videos. Deadline for entries is March 7.; For more information
and entry forms, visit bicyclefilmfestival.com
Video: How Paris is Rethinking Streets
Our good friends at Streetfilms produced this great video
about big changes in traffic calming on Paris streets. For example,
raised crosswalks and neckdowns slow traffic and make pedestrians more
visible at intersections and counter-flow bike lanes expand the bike
network. Watch all the traffic calming goodness here.
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