SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 16, 2009
"For the first time, the well-respected Energy Information Administration appears to be joining with those experts who have long argued that the era of cheap and plentiful oil is drawing to a close."
-- Tom Dispatch, It's official--the era of cheap oil is over, Grist, June 11, 2009
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Only Nine days Until the Big MTA Vote: Be There to Help Bikes Win
Decision Day for the SF Bike Plan is almost here, and is without a doubt the single biggest day in years for better, safer everyday bicycling in San Francisco. Next Friday (June 26, 9:00am) the MTA Board of Directors will vote on the Bike Plan and dozens of Bike Network improvement projects and we need SFBC members to come and speak up to support the projects.
Please mark this June 26th hearing on your calendar--we need you to be there to voice your
support to get this massive package of projects approved by the MTA Board, a critical step on the way
to lifting the injunction on the Bike Plan. We'll provide secure valet bike parking and a brief pre-meeting
strategy session to get you energized, focused and 'on message.' Please join us for this truly historic
moment for bicycling in San Francisco (learn more about the Bike Plan and RSVP for the big June 26 MTA Board meeting here).
The SFBC will host an important one-hour workshop the evening before the hearing, Thursday June 25 (from 6-7pm at SFBC HQ), for a primer on how the MTA Board meeting will work and to help you with talking points before you testify so you can pack your 2-minute comment with the most punch. Please plan on coming to this workshop and be sure to read these tips on how to make an effective public comment.
Join us on June 26 for the historic vote--you'll want to be there to help us win a yes vote for bikes.
SFBC Rides Pride Parade
There's a lot of Byke Pride in the ranks of the SFBC, and we're gonna let it shine big and bright again in this year's San Francisco LGBT Pride parade on Sunday, June 28. Join other fun and festive SFBC members for one of the most thrilling rides you'll ever experience down Market Street before an audience of over half-a-million. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and with the fight for marriage equality in California heating up again, the energy in the parade should be powerful!
We'll groove to music from the Trikesaurus and take photos with the Purple Pedals Bike rolling with us. To get you and your two-wheeled friend in the spirit, we'll be hosting a bike and bike float decorating party on Saturday, the day before the parade. This event is open to all current SFBC members. To register, email PopcycleSF@yahoo.com.
The SFBC Pride Parade team also needs a design-savvy volunteer to help create a special SFBC Pride Parade banner.
They have the concept, do you have skills and a couple hours to help?
Email PopcycleSF@yahoo.com to have your design
showcased in the parade.
Action Still Needed to Fund Smooth Streets
Last week, the SFBC voiced our support and concerns regarding a proposed bond measure for 5 years of funding for resurfacing and streetscape improvements. The Budget Subcommittee of the Board of Supervisors heard our comments and are continuing the discussion this week. If you haven't already done so, please email your Supervisors today and request that resurfacing be directed towards priority streets on the bike network. Visit our Good Roads page for more detail on the proposed $388 million bond measure for November's election, and help make the streets safer for all users!
This bond measure could help ensure an overhaul for key components of the bike network. However, we need to make sure that bicycle routes are prioritized in the resurfacing schedule to help ensure cyclists' safety--contact key decision makers today and urge for 30% of blocks resurfaced be on the bike network!
Visit our Good Roads page for more
information on the bond measure and sample emails you can send the
Supervisors. Take action today to ensure
our streets are safe for bicycling and maintained for years to come.
Contact Neal with questions.
Treehouse Talk Tonight: Andy Clarke
Is there a new breeze blowing for bikes in the national power realm? Will our first Hawaiian-American president and his Amtrak-riding veep shake up the Highway Brainlock that has hypnotized transportation politics for generations? Join Bay Area bicycling bigwheels at this briefing with League of American Bicyclists (LAB) executive director Andy Clarke, direct from Washington, DC. Hear the latest about the federal transportation bill and what it could mean for bicycling and livable streets, learn about LAB's legislative and policy initiatives, and explore the intersections between local and national bike advocacy with one of the world's top bike advocates. Free for SFBC members, $5 for non-members; bring your bike upstairs.
Tonight (Tuesday, June 16) 6:30pm, SFBC HQ, 995 Market St (at 6th St), 15th Floor
Celebrate Gas-Free Fridays in July
Starting Friday, July 10, the SFBC will help more people replace one car trip with a bicycle trip on Fridays this July when we celebrate independence from oil on Gas-Free Fridays. Get on your bike, grab a friend or coworker, and "fuel-up" at an SFBC Energizer Station (7:30-9:30am) with coffee and snacks to get your Friday rolling. In San Francisco, half of all driving trips are under two miles in length, a distance easily traveled by bicycle. And with rising gas prices (again!) and global warming, riding a bike is a fun and smart way to get around. See the locations for all the July Gas-Free Friday Energizer Stations.
Encourage your own friends and coworkers to bike on Gas-Free Fridays:
Super Sale: Get a Bike to Work Day T-shirt for only $15
Commemorate the biggest bike celebration of the year with your official Bike to Work Day t-shirt, now only $15
(normally $25) while supplies last! All proceeds directly benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's efforts
to make every day Bike to Work Day! Printed on a high-quality, 100% cotton American Apparel t-shirt in gold
with blue and black ink; printed front and back. S/M/L/XL/XXL. Get yours today!
Be a Bike Hero, Volunteer with the SFBC
Valet Bike Parking at Summerthing: Sun., Jun. 21 from 12noon-5pm at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Bike Valet Volunteers needed starting at 11am for three hour shifts. To volunteer as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
Tue., Jun. 30 from 5-7pm at Market and Octavia. Don't miss the opportunity to spread the bike love
in San Francisco when the SFBC Service Station team hits the streets to offer a little air for
bicyclists tires to keep our fellow bicyclists riding smoothly while gaining support for our
important bicycle projects. Are you trained in SFBC outreach and can volunteer?
Trade Your Car For a Bike at Tour de Fat
Mark your calendar and save September 26 for the return of Tour de Fat, a ballyhoo of bikes and beer, sponsored by our friends at New Belgium Brewery. This all-day, all-green FUNdraiser benefits the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.
Make Tour de Fat a day to remember by trading in your car! The SFBC (along with New Belgium Brewery)
will gift you a brand new shiny bike if you are ready to go car-free. And, not just any bike, a New Belgium,
fully-loaded, hand-crafted, Fort Collins-built commuter bike and trailer! Interested?! Submit a video of two
minutes or less with your story and desire to be car-free. Complete details can be found at newbelgium.com/trade.
Join in the Car-free Fun: Sunday Streets in the Mission
Don't miss the chance to come out and play with the SFBC and thousands of people for Sunday Streets on Sunday, July 19 from 10am-2pm. The route will lead you from Dolores Park to Rolph Playground along Valencia and 24th Streets in the Mission where you can enjoy a range of activities along the way from dance to yoga to rollerskating, and of course biking. The SFBC and Presidio YMCA Bike Program have biking activities like urban cycling classes, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth biking. We hope to see you there enjoying the car-free fun, make sure to stop by our orange tent and say hello.
The SFBC is proud to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets. Help us make Sunday Streets a huge success by volunteering:
BART+bike survey Ends Friday
If haven't yet taken the BART+bike survey, do it now, polls close Friday. Livable City researcher Tony Vi has been conducting a survey of BART's bicycling customers for the past month, so if you're a current bike+BART rider or are considering becoming one, be sure to take the survey today.
Video: Sunday Streets in the Mission
KRON4 reported on the successful June 7th Sunday Streets when thousands of people walked, biked and danced through the Mission. Miles of Mission streets were transformed into a people-powered party
from Dolores Park to Rolph Playground along Valencia and 24th Streets. This record-breaking turnout shows how hungry San Franciscans are for car-free recreational areas. The SFBC was proud to play a big part in the success of the event by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers. Watch the report here
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