SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 5, 2009
"Escaping the rat race this summer doesn't require four hours in an SUV stuffed with backpacking gear. Several levels of wilderness experience are within a few hours' pedaling of San Francisco."
-- Michael Tanner, SF Chronicle, Bike About Town: Bay Area bike camping Trips, July 30, 2009
Table of Contents
Another Step Closer to Striping Bike Lanes
Last night the Board of Supervisors unanimously reaffirmed the Planning Commission's June 25th certification
of the environmental impact report (EIR)
for the 2009 Bicycle Plan, denying appeals brought by two parties last month. This decision means that the SF City Attorney
can now return to the Superior Court and request a lifting of the 3-year-old BIke Plan Injunction.
Sunday Streets is heading west this Sunday
Come on out to play this Sunday, August 9 at the fifth Sunday Streets (10am-2pm) when Sunday Streets links
Golden Gate Park's Sunday car-free streets to the Great Highway all the way to the zoo! 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, make
sure to stop by our orange tent and say hello.
A Brief Affair With Bike Share
San Franciscans got a little taste of modern bike share technology this past Sunday when Montreal-based Bixi stopped by car-free Golden Gate Park
to show off their bike-share system and docking stations. Bike sharing has been
a huge success in Paris (the 20,000-bike Ve'lib system is celebrating its second birthday) and systems in Barcelona, Lyon, Stockholm, and elsewhere are getting lots of attention and putting
millions of new bike trips on city streets around the world. Bixi's visit was part of a West Coast tour to show off their brand-new system and coordinated by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency and City Carshare.
Bike Buddy Route Ride: Downtown to Bayview-Hunter's Point
Learn the best commute route from downtown to Bayview-Hunter's Point with an experienced cyclist as your guide! Every month,
the SFBC Bike Buddies hit the street to acquaint a group of new riders with common or challenging bike commute routes in San Francisco with
a Route Ride. New riders are encouraged to join us for the ride. Heavy rain cancels. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Details: Sat., Aug. 8 at 2pm, meet at the Ferry Building
Volunteer at the Golden Gate Bridge
SFBC Service Station at the
Golden Gate Bridge: Sat., Aug. 8 from 7:30-9:30am at the Golden Gate Bridge South Parking Lot. The SFBC Service Station
will be out at the Golden Gate Bridge with everything you need to ensure a smooth ride: self-service lube and pump for your bike and delicious
fuel for you! Are you trained in SFBC Outreach and want to show your bike love on the bridge?
Email email@example.com to volunteer!
SFBC's Bike-In Movie was RAD
Thanks to the Good Hotel and everyone who made the SFBC's debut Bike-In Movie great. More than 200 people helped transform an ordinary parking lot into
a magical movie theater under a soft blanket of fog. Attendees were treated to a rare screening of the 80's cult classic Rad and an array of
delicious culinary choices thanks to San Francisco's greatest street food vendors. Our amazing bike valet crew parked 150 bikes.
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
Help the Great Streets Project: Street Surveyors Needed
Be a part of San Francisco's street reclamation movement! We're helping to gather baseline data on how the spaces for the next Pavement to Parks sites. Showplace Triangle at 16th St. and 8th St., is currently being used. We will be collecting pedestrian counts, bicyclist counts, time lapse photography of the space (to see how it's being used), and surveys of people on the street about their perception of the area.
Video: Oakland's Scraper Bikes
Watch this great video by Streetfilms
about Oakland's Scraper Bikes --a practical means of greening urban space, a social movement and a rallying point for young people
organizing against violence in their communities. Read a story about Scraper Bikes in the latest issue
of Momentum magazine (SFBC members get a subscription discount and Momentum will donate $5 of each subscription to the SFBC).
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