SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 11, 2009
"People are banging down the doors, community groups and professionals are clamoring to make more (public plazas) happen. That to me is a sign of something good. That's a good problem to have."
-- Ed Reiskin, SF Streetsblog, Demand for Trial Plazas Increases as Lower Potrero Design is Revealed, August 4, 2009
Table of Contents
Lighten Your Load
Bicycles and The Post-Carbon City
Join Leah Shahum, SFBC Executive Director, for a SPUR evening symposium and panel discussion about Eco-Urbanism titled "The Post-Carbon City: Planning for Abundance in an Era of Dwindling Resources." Eco-Urbanism is a movement that emphasizes sustainability,
as planners promote green buildings, "closed-loop" architecture and neighborhood planning, and seek to build robust transit systems (including bicycle infrastructure)
that can play a role in reducing emissions. Panelists include Carl Anthony, founder of Urban
Habitat; Jeff Tumlin of NelsonNygaard; Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; Harrison Fraker,
former dean of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design; and exhibition curator Benjamin Grant. Sponsored by SPUR. Info at: spur.org
Update: Arrest Made in Hit-And-Run
August 6: Streetsblog reported that an arrest of a 16-year-old Santa Rosa girl has been made in the July hit and run of
cyclist and SFBC Member Andrew Bennett and his 4-year-old son Robby. The SFBC is relieved that the SF Police
Department has made an arrest in this tragic hit and run. We worked closely with Lt. Groshong in the Hit and
Run Detail who made this case a priority and are pleased that his department worked with the cycling community
to track down the driver, who will now be held accountable for her dangerous actions.
On the heels of this tragic collision, it's important to note that with more and more people bicycling,
San Francisco is actually seeing fewer collisions, showing that motorists and bicyclists are doing a
better job of sharing the streets. We are encouraged by the comments from San Francisco's new Chief of Police on better enforcement against dangerous driving and and look forward to continuing our work with the SFPD for better enforcement and education for the protection of everyone who uses San Francisco streets.
Graphic Designer Needed for Bike to Work Day 2010
Showcase your work to an audience of 2 million as the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition's Graphic Designer for
Bike to Work Day 2010. Have the skills and the passion to make the Bay Area's Bike to Work Day the best ever?
Check out the details and apply at bayareabikes.org.
SFBC Bike-In Movie Theater next week: Klunkerz
Don't miss the SFBC's next Bike-In Movie, August 19, when we screen the acclaimed
documentary Klunkerz, a great
film about the birth of the mountain bike movement here in the Bay Area. After the movie, mountain
bike legend Gary Fisher will host a question-and-answer session. For more information about the
film go to: klunkerz.com.
Another Fantastic Sunday Streets
Thousands of people headed west this past Sunday to walk, rollerskate, bike and dance at the first of
two Sunday Streets that opened up the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park. People were able to
enjoy car-free streets through Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway all the way to the SF Zoo! Check out the photos.
The SFBC is proud to play a big part in the success of Sunday Streets events by coordinating
the 500+ Sunday Streets volunteers who
make Sunday Streets possible. Thanks Sunday Streets volunteers!
Mark your calendar to come out and play at the final Sunday Streets of the year Sunday, September 6 from 10am-2pm when Sunday Streets
returns to Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway. The SFBC and Presidio YMCA Bike Program will be back with
urban cycling workshops, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth biking.
We hope to see you there enjoying the car-free fun, so make sure to stop by the SFBC's orange tent and say hello.
$42,000 for 20,000 Twitter Followers
Help National Bicycle Advocacy win a gift of $42,000 by following the tweets of the 42 Bike Ride. Right now, 42 bicyclists are pedaling an impressive 4,017 miles
across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, on the 42 Bike Ride.
This group of riders will be swinging through San Francisco on
Saturday, August 15th (join them for a drink at Pier 23). When you sign
up to follow this 42Ride on Twitter,
it will help the Alliance for Biking and Walking,
a national coalition of over 140 bicycle and pedestrian grassroots organizations
(including the SFBC). If 20,000 people become followers, the Alliance will receive a whopping $42,000 gift from 42BELOW. Get the tweets today and you can help increase funding for bicycle
Video: NYC Summer Streets
Like San Francisco's popular Sunday Streets, New York City has its own Summer Streets event where miles of streets throughout that city are
transformed into a playground for biking, walking, dancing and healthy activity. More and more cities across the country are embracing
the Ciclovia concept and that citizens are hungry for the recreational spaces. Watch this Streetfilms video of the first NYC Summer Streets event.
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