SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 21, 2009
"While there's no shortage of lung-burning climbs or dramatic hilltop views in San Francisco, if you just need to get to work without breaking a sweat or enjoy a weekend meander without performance-enhancing drugs, leave the mountains to the goats and cruise the flats."
-- Michael Tanner, Bike about town: Flat routes in San Francisco, SF Chronicle, April 9, 2009
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Miss the Tour d'Espresso?
A Day of Car-Free Fun, this Sunday!
Come out and play with the SFBC and thousands of people for Sunday Streets this Sunday, April 26 from 9am-1pm. Miles of the Embarcadero (from Aquatic Park to AT+T park) will be transformed into a people-powered party. Watch this fun Streetfilms video from September's Sunday Streets.
The SFBC is thrilled that this car-free event is back for a second year opening streets for bicycling and healthy activity to people of all ages. Grab your bike and your friends and ride the entire route enjoying a range of activities along the way from yoga to rollerskating to dance lessons. The SFBC and Presidio YMCA have organized biking activities like urban cycling classes, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth biking. Stop by a free bike repair station or park your bike with SFBC's popular and free bike valet at the Ferry Building and at Pier 39. We hope to see you this weekend enjoying the car-free fun, make sure to stop by our table and say hello.
The SFBC is proud to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets! Show your support for Sunday Streets as a volunteer. A three hour volunteer shift means you still have plenty of time to get out and enjoy the car-free space. Volunteers get a free lunch and t-shirt, and there's a special treat for volunteers who help on five dates or more. Sign up for a volunteer shift today, and have a friend join you! More information about dates and routes at: sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html. If you are a trained SFBC volunteer and would like to do SFBC outreach at Sunday Streets email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SFBC is proud to honor Sunday Streets as the recipient of this year's presitigious Golden Wheel Award. Join us on the evening of May 5th when we present the award.
Join Us To Honor Sunday Streets at the Golden Wheel Awards
Come join us at 17th Annual Golden Wheel Awards gala--our fanciest affair--a great evening to hobnob with fellow members and local VIPs while enjoying great wine and beer and tasty hors d'oeuvres. This year's celebration The Year of the Bicycle: Moving our City Forward will be on May 5th at the historic Green Room in the War Memorial Building.
We hope you will join us for this special evening when we present Sunday Streets with the 2009 Golden Wheel Award for their important work championing street closure as a simple way to encourage healthy activity, connect neighborhoods and create communities with more livable streets. Join us to celebrate and raise a glass to Sunday Streets.
The Golden Wheel Awards gala is a great San Francisco celebration, and it's also an important SFBC fundraiser with every ticket purchase supporting the SFBC's work to make San Francisco a better city for bicycling.
Celebrate Bike to Work Day as an SFBC Volunteer
The Bay Area's biggest bicycling celebration, Bike to Work Day, is coming on May 14th and here are three easy things you can do to to make Bike to Work Day great!
The SFBC is your guide to Bike to Work Day festivities, rides, and resources:
SFSU Bike to School Day is Wednesday
Bike to School Day at San Francisco State University is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22! Stop by the quad and enjoy games, raffles, group rides, and free food for students who ride to class. One lucky person will win a bike from Ocean Cyclery! The Trunk Boiz of Scraper Bike fame will perform at noon. This is the perfect day to celebrate bikes and a great opportunity to show university decision-makers the demand for a more bike-friendly campus with better bike parking and bike routes to and through campus. Valet Bike Parking in the quad begins at 7:30am and the main events will be from 11am-2pm.
The SFBC has been working with SFSU biking students to organize for better bike facilities, including more bike racks and a better connection between
campus and 20th Ave. If you'd like to get involved in SFSU's bicycle advisory group, visit groups.google.com/group/sfsubag or
stop by the SFBC table tomorrow and say hello!
The SFBC Needs YOU to Volunteer!
Daytime office help: Do you have a few hours to spare for bike advocacy? We need people to help with distributing posters, running bike errands, stuffing envelopes and preparing materials, just to name a few. Daytime volunteers are crucial and help the SFBC keep the wheels moving. Email email@example.com if you can help out.
SFBC Seeks Talented Graphic Designers
The SFBC is looking for talented designers who can volunteer their design skills for print and web projects throughout the year. Are you a skilled designer who has a little extra time to donate to a great cause? Do you have a passion for type, layout and better biking? We would love to have you help us with some upcoming projects. If you are interested, email Teri and include a link to samples of your work.
The SFBC is also offering a graphic design internship for a student
who wants to get real experience working on both web and print projects. Email Teri for more information.
Help MBA Students Design a Better Bike Lock
Take a minute to take a quick survey and help MBA students gather information for a product idea for better biking. A team of graduate students at the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco (one of the world's only schools dedicated
entirely to environmental and social sustainability) is working to combat the ongoing scourge of bike theft by developing a hi-tech bike security product
that goes beyond the traditional bike lock approach. Your survey information will be used in the design phase of this new bike security device.
Register Now for the TransForm Summit
Join hundreds of active, engaged citizens for the TransForm 2009 Summit,
Windfall for All: Saving Our Economy, Pocketbooks, and Planet with World-Class Public Transportation and Walkable Communities
(Saturday, May 16, Laney College, Oakland). This year's summit focuses
on the critical role of transportation and land use in the health of our economy, pocketbooks, and planet. Whether you're new to these issues or a longtime TransForm
supporter, a citizen activist, elected official, or planner, TransForm's Summit is
the place to get involved, strategize, network, and hone your advocacy skills in the movement for a better
Bay Area. Register now for Early Bird rates (ends May 1).
Video Animation: The Idaho Stop Law
Bike advocates in Oregon are working to gain passage of an "Idaho Stop" law of their own. This great animation by Spencer Boomhower does a great job
of explaining the concept. Check it out here.
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