SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 28, 2009
"Just because a city is not cycling-friendly today doesn't mean it has to stay that way. With the right mobilization of politicians and citizens, everything can change."
-- Manfred Neun, president of the European Cyclists' Federation, European Cities Commit to More Cycling, New York Times, April 21, 2009
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Celebrate the SFBC's work in Moving our City Forward!
Only 2 Days Left to Buy Your Golden Wheel Award Tickets
Buy your tickets today for the SFBC's fanciest event of the year, Golden Wheel Awards, next Tuesday May 5th. We hope you will join us at this celebration, fundraiser and all around great evening to hobnob with fellow members and local VIPs while enjoying great wine and beer and tasty hors d'oeuvres. This year's awards gala The Year of the Bicycle: Moving our City Forward will be at the historic Green Room in the War Memorial Building. Our keynote speaker, John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycles and board member for Bikes Belong, will inspire us on how one of the world's greatest inventions--the bicycle--can move San Francisco into being a worldclass city.
Join us to celebrate and raise a glass to Sunday Streets for their important work championing car-free streets as a simple way to encourage healthy activity, connect neighborhoods and create communities with more livable 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.
Let the Bike to Work Day Festivities Begin
...And so much more! The SFBC is your Bike to Work Day
Catch a Commuter Convoy Thursday Morning
Looking to ride downtown with a group of friendly cyclists? Whether your just starting out as a bike commuter, or have been doing it for years, you'll
want to join a Commuter Convoy that kicks-off this Thursday morning, with rides starting from every District in San Francisco.
See the map for locations, arrive early, and be ready to depart at 7:45am.
The rides take place this Thursday, April 30 and on Thursdays May 7, and May 14. We are still looking for ride leaders who can commit to all three dates for Districts
6 and 9 - email email@example.com if you can lead either of those.
Volunteer: Macaframa, Bike Doctors
Service Station: Thu., Apr. 30 from 5-7pm at 17th and Harrison.
Don't miss it when the SFBC Service Station team hits the streets to pump up your tires and win support for important bike improvements in this neighborhood!
First 5 See Me Family Event: Sun., May. 3 from 11am-3pm at Civic Center Plaza (across from City Hall) McAllister + Grove Street. The SFBC and the YMCA will be participating at this free, family event - volunteer today!
Bike Doctors: Can you perform basic bike maintenance like lubing chains and fixing flats? Be a hero - be a SFBC Bike Doctor!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help at:
Congratulations to SF Bike Commuter of the Year: Dr. Shirley Johnson
Each year in honor of Bike to Work Day, inspiring cyclists are nominated for the title of San Francisco County's Bike Commuter of the Year. Congratulations to Dr. Shirley Johnson who was nominated by several people this year for her commitment to bicycle commuting and inspiring so many others to do the same. Shirley Johnson is a familiar face around the SFBC as the campaign founder and leader of the SFBC's BIKES ON board campaign to increase bicycle capacity on Caltrain.
One nomination explained, "What makes Shirley worthy of this prestigious distinction is that she is making it possible for hundreds of other Peninsula bicycle
commuters in three counties to take advantage of onboard bicycle carriage by having created and tirelessly spearheaded a grassroots campaign to persuade a
reluctant Caltrain management to increase on-board bike-car capacity for a service so popular that ticketed bicyclists are still routinely denied boarding
due to insufficient bike capacity on trains." Dr. Shirley Johnson will be honored as San Francisco County's Bike Commuter of the Year at the
SFBC's Bike Away from Work Party on Bike to Work Day, Thursday,
May 14 at the Rickshaw Stop. Read more about the incredibly inspiring Dr. Shirley Johnson in the SFBC's most
recent Tube Times newsletter. Congratulations and Thank You, Dr. Shirley Johnson!
Parents: Volunteer for Bike to School Day, May 28
On May 28th, 2009 San Francisco's first Bike to School Day will help schools across the city celebrate cycling as a healthy way to get to school and we
need your help! The SFBC is looking for dedicated volunteer parents to: work with teachers and staff to promote Bike to School Day in their child's school; ride with
students in 'Commuter Convoys;' coordinate temporary on-campus bike parking; give out prizes and goodies to biking students; take photos; and more. If you
are a parent who wants to promote Bike to School Day in your child's school, send an email
to: email@example.com! Find out more about Bike to School Day at: biketoschoolday.org.
Enjoy More Car-free Sunday Streets
Thousands of adults and kids flooded the car-free Embarcadero during this year's first Sunday Streets event! And in two weeks, on Sunday May 10th, you will be able to take part in the second Sunday Streets from AT+T Park to the Bayview Opera House. The Sunday Streets route will be hopping with activity from bicycling, dancing, rollerskating, yoga to hula hooping. See our photos from this Sunday and check out the fun and smiles. Read press coverage of the event at sf streetsblog, SF Chronicle and SF Examiner
The SFBC is proud to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets! Get in on the fun and
how 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. And volunteers get a free lunch and t-shirt. There's a special
treat for volunteers who help on five dates or more. Sign up for a volunteer shift and task today, and have a friend join you! More information about dates and
routes, at: sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html. If you are a trained
SFBC Outreach volunteer and would like to do talk to Sunday Streets goers about the SFBC,
Video: Macaframa Trailer
Join the SFBC at the Independent for the SFBC's Bike Movie Night and a special, FREE screening of Macaframa, a film by Colin Arlen and Colby Elrick
about track bike riding on the streets of San Francisco. Watch the Macaframa Trailer here and make sure to join us on Monday night (May 4th) for a night of bike fun. Free valet bicycle parking will be provided.
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