SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 21, 2009
"Walking or biking to work, even part way, is linked with fitness, but very few Americans do it, according to a study of more than 2,000 middle-aged city dwellers."
-- Carla K. Johnson, Walking, biking to work linked with better fitness, SF Chronicle, July 13, 2009
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Double your gift to the SFBC and help us meet the 30K challenge
$30,000 Challenge: We're Only Halfway There
The SFBC has a grand opportunity to raise $30,000 to keep us fiscally healthy and to give us the resources we need
to kick off the next phase in creating a great biking city. But, we need your help do get there. We have
only a few more days to raise $7,500 to take advantage of a handful of members' generosity
to double your
special gift to the SFBC or SFBC Education Fund.
a boost to take our advocacy beyond bike lanes. San Francisco is ripe for bike boulevards, separated bike lanes,
colored pavement and on-street bike parking corrals. Your extra financial contribution to your favorite bicycle advocacy
organization will help us make these possibilities a reality. Give what you can today -- every dollar makes a difference
in the enjoyment of your ride.
Mission Streets Packed for Sunday Streets
A beautiful sunny day
greeted tens of thousands of people who walked, biked and danced to celebrate Sunday Streets in the Mission this past Sunday. A people-powered party filled miles of Mission streets from Dolores Park
to Rolph Playground along Valencia and 24th Streets. The SFBC was proud to play a big part in the success of the event
by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers. Visitors to the SFBC's tent were able to take a spin on
the Purple Pedals photo bicycle. See photos of the amazing day here.
Mark your calendar to come out and play for the fifth Sunday Streets on Sunday,
August 9 from 10am-2pm when Sunday Streets heads to Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway. The SFBC and
Presidio YMCA Bike Program will back with urban cycling workshops, 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.
This Friday, pedal out for Gas-Free Fridays, a campaign to get more people to try just one car trip by bicycle one day a week. 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 Gas-Free Friday Energizer Stations.
SFBC seeks Phone Bank Contractor
The SFBC is now seeking a talented, organized contractor to run our volunteer Phone Bank program. The SFBC's Phone Bank program is an integral part of our Membership Program and helps keep the SFBC's bike advocacy work rolling forward with friendly reminders to lapsed members to renew their memberships. The Phone Bank Contractor runs two Phone Bank nights a month, including recruiting and training phone bank volunteers. Read the full job description here.
Wrench with the SFBC Bike Doctors
SFBC Bike Doctors at the
Bayview Farmer's Market: Wed July 19 from 9am-1pm at Third Street and Oakdale Avenue, across from the Bayview Opera House. The SFBC's
Bike Doctors will be doing free bike maintenance like fixing flats and lubing chains at the Bayview Farmers Market. To wrench or do outreach,
Presidio Detour Wednesday
You'll need to make a little detour if you're riding through the upper Presidio tomorrow (Wednesday, July 22) -- Washington Boulevard will be closed to all traffic for pavement work in two key places, from the fork at Arguello Blvd to Deems Rd, and between Kobbe Ave and Compton Rd (see a map here). You can still get where you're going via the Bay Area Ridge Trail and other posted detours, keep your eyes open and you'll be fine.
Welcome Dolores Park Cafe and Duboce Park Cafe: SFBC's Newest Discount Partners
We're excited to announce the newest SFBC discount partners, Dolores Park Cafe and Duboce Park Cafe! Both cafes now offer all card-carrying SFBC members 10% off all menu items. Stop by and check out what kind of deals your member discount can get you -- they are located right by Dolores Park at 501 Dolores @ 18th and Duboce Park at 2 Sanchez @ Duboce.
Calling All Crafters For Winterfest
Show your support for the SFBC by being crafty! The SFBC is seeking limited quantities and/or limited edition bike related and hand crafted items for this years Winterfest Craft table. Come to a brainstorming and planning session Wednesday, July 29th at
Rickshaw Bagworks (904 - 22nd Street) from 6-7:00pm. Interested? Please contact Nancy Botkin or Kati Jackson
Relive the Licks of the SFBC's Ice Cream Ride
Over 150 cyclists with a sweet tooth licked cones, scooped sundaes, and rode their bikes around town on a sunny Sunday for the
SFBC's Ice Cream Sunday recreational ride last week. Visiting 5 shops, cyclists
had the opportunity to socialize and meet other bike-riding ice cream aficionados. Photos of the event are available from SF Weekly, the Yahoo! Purple Pedals photo bicycle and SFBike's Flickrstream.
Video: Tour NYC's New Pedestrian Plaza on Broadway
Take a tour of Broadway in the heart of NYC's midtown with Streetfilms to see the two-month-old pedestrian zone. See the new car-free squares and boulevard-style blocks, where conditions have improved dramatically for pedestrians, cyclists, and, yes, even delivery truck drivers.
Watch the video here.
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