SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 1, 2009
September 1, 2009
"I've joked that if our economy was based on appreciation, the bike valets would be living in our dream homes."
-- Liam Casey, Bike About Town: Valet bicycle parking, SF Chronicle, August 27, 2009
Table of Contents
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Mural Unveiling, Party and Fundraiser
David Baker, local architect and SFBC board member, is hosting "art.streets.life" to unveil a new mural by highly regarded
local artist Andrew Schoultz. This exclusive opening
and fundraiser will be hosted by David Baker at his Mission District home with all proceeds benefiting
Francisco Great Streets Project.
Update on the Bike Plan Injunction
Last Friday the SF City Attorney delivered three large boxes of documentation to the SF Superior Court, including the June 26
approved SF Bicycle Plan, the environmental impact
report (EIR) for the Bike Plan, and most importantly a request that the court lift the 3-year-old injunction, which has prevented
the City from making any physical improvements for bicycles.
Volunteer at Power to the Peaceful
Pedal West and Enjoy Sunday Streets This Sunday
Come out and play this Sunday, September 6 from 10am-2pm, at the final Sunday Streets
of the 2009. Enjoy the car-free streets all the way through Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway and on to the SF Zoo. The SFBC and Presidio YMCA Bike
Program will be hosting Urban Cycling Workshops, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth biking programs.
We hope to see you there enjoying the car-free fun, so make sure to stop by our orange tent at Taraval and the Great Highway and say hello.
Valencia Street: Big Improvements Coming Soon
Valencia Street is an important corridor for bicycling in San Francisco and we want to let you know about some exciting street changes
that are in the works. Construction began today on four blocks of Valencia Street (between 15th and 19th Streets) to
bike lanes and sidewalks, and a number of other enhancements like cafe style seating and new tree plantings. The Valencia Street we all know
today is the product of years of SFBC advocacy. Back in the 1990's we pushed city leaders to do a "road diet", which transformed four
travel lanes into two travel lanes with bike lanes and a center turn lane. And it is SFBC advocacy that is creating the Valencia
Street of tomorrow.
You Can Help Make Winterfest Spectacular
The 14th annual Winterfest is the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's annual Member Party, Fundraiser, Auction and Art Show held
the first Sunday in December. This is the Bay Area's biggest bike bash with over 200 auction items to bid on, over 60
pieces of art to buy from hot local artists, live entertainment, New Belgium Beer and over 1,000 of your closest bike-loving
friends under one roof! Can you help make this event a huge success?
Be Part of Tour de Fat
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26 when Tour de Fat rolls back into town with its ballyhoo of bikes and New Belgium Brewery beers!
This all-day, all-green FUNdraiser benefits the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.
Show your Summer Love with the Gift of SFBC Membership
Feeling the love this summer? Give the ones you love the gift of a clean planet, a healthy lifestyle, a fun and safe commute and a more
livable San Francisco with an SFBC Gift Membership.
Could there possibly be a better gift?
New Member Meet and Greet
Have you been an SFBC member less than a year? New members are invited to join us on Tuesday September 8th from 6:30-7:15pm at the
SFBC office (995 Market St, Ste 1550) to learn about SFBC advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you
can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP
to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-431-2453 x301.
Video Contest: Go Car-Free and You Could Win a Bike
Submit a video of two minutes or less with your story and desire to be car-free and you could win a new bike. The SFBC (along with New Belgium Brewery) will gift
you a brand new shiny bike for going car-free. And, not just any bike, a New Belgium, fully-loaded, hand-crafted, Fort Collins-built
commuter bike and trailer! Watch
the video compilation of the variety people who were gifted bikes in 2007. Now, don't you want to go car-free? Complete contest details
** Tuesday, September 1st **
SFBC Treehouse Talk: Peak Oil and Local Communities
After years of debate, many scientists tracking energy supplies believe we're past the peak rate of oil production. Statistics show that output
peaked in 2008. Will the gap be filled using different energy sources? How will declining oil supplies impact societies dependent on cheap,
convenient energy? What about our own families and communities? Join SFBC member, Michael Poremba, and get the skinny on peak oil, and learn
how local communities are responding to peak oil and related global issues, such as climate change.
** Saturday, September 5th **
CANCELLED : Monthly Good Roads Ride
Due to the Labor Day holiday, September's Good Roads Ride is canceled. We'll be back in action on Saturday October 3.
Visit sfbike.org/goodroads for location information.
** Sunday, September 6th **
Sunday Streets is back for another year with miles and miles of car-free fun in the streets for six dates from April through
September. We're excited it's back for another year and will visit so many different neighborhoods to open streets and encourage
people of all ages to take to the streets and play.
Help make Sunday Streets happen as volunteer staff. A free lunch and t-shirts are provided to all volunteers, and there is a
special treat for any volunteer who helps on five dates or more. Sign up to
volunteer and for more information about dates and routes.
SFBC Freedom from Training Wheels
Join the SFBC along the car-free Sunday Streets route on the Great Highway for a group effort to get our kids riding without
training wheels. Bring bike, helmet and a snack to share. We'll take care of the rest. Heavy rain cancels. Questions? Call Neal at
Labor History Bike Tour *
From the pre-urban history of Indian Slavery to the earliest 8-hour day movement in the US, the ebb and flow of class war is traced.
SF's radical working class organizations are shaped in part by racist complicity in genocide and slavery, but from the 1870s to
the 1940s there are dozens of epic battles between owners and workers, culminating in the 1934 General Strike and its aftermath.
This is an entirely different look, during a four hour bike tour, at San Francisco labor history. Reservations helpful: 415-608-9035.
Sliding scale: $15-50.
** Monday, September 7th **
Official SFBC Holiday. Offices Closed.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Giro di San Francisco *
Enjoy professional racing in San Francisco. Free valet bicycle parking provided. To volunteer as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
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