SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 29, 2004
Vital Soma Bike Lane Workshop -- This Wednesday!
Share your thoughts on proposed bike lane designs for Second, Fifth and Townsend Streets at a vital Bike Plan Update workshop this Wednesday! You'll also be able to check out designs for a contra-flow bike lane on Polk (accessed at Market) and bike improvements for the Broadway Tunnel.
These proposals are far from a done deal and strong support from bicyclists is needed in order to make any of them a reality. Please invest in your commute and come for as long as you like to give your official comments on these projects to the local government folks who'll be recording everything. This critical workshop for SOMA bike lanes is this Wednesday, March 31st, between 6:30 and 8pm (you can drop in anytime between these hours). It's at the SOMA rec center, 270 Sixth Street (at Folsom). For more info, contact Mary Brown at 431-BIKEx24 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the first of five workshops focusing on the top 20 projects of the Bike Plan Update. Check out our Bike Plan page for details on the upcoming Wednesday night workshops.
ENJOY SUNSHINE - Volunteer Outside!
Potholes Got You Down? Do Something About It!
Do you find yourself needing a full suspension mountain bike just to get around the streets of San Francisco? Is your back aching from a rough commute? Our streets are rife with potholes, construction debris, and other road hazards and irregularities. It doesn't have to be this way, though. Cities like Palo Alto have strict compaction standards that they hold contractors to when they dig up the street. If you are interested in being a project leader for this effort to work with the Dept. of Public Works to seek smooth street solutions, simply say so. E-mail Josh Hart at email@example.com for more information.
SFBC Unveils Summer Internship Positions
Job market got you down? We recommend a healthy dose of new, marketable skills, taken with a spoonful of creative and challenging real-world experience -- in other words, a Summer Internship at the SFBC! Our interns rack up quantifiable achievements by directly working on a wide range of interesting projects certain to build resumes and burgeoning careers. SFBC internships are learning partnerships, where the intern donates their time in exchange for a valuable hands-on educational experience. We're now accepting applications for Web, Membership, Program and Graphic Design Internships for Summer and Fall 2004. See the job descriptions and apply yourself here on the jobs page.
Historic New Mural Features Bikes Galore
The same talented people behind the SFBC's Bike Mural that lines the Duboce Bikeway (behind Safeway) are back at work beautifying San Francisco - with a new mural project at 300 Church Street @ 15th Street. This new mural depicts several blocks of Market Street through the decades, with lots of bikes, and is designed and painted by award-winning muralist and illustrator Mona Caron.
Visit the mural - and see if you can spot some folks you know in the painting! You can also add your mural comments, suggestions, questions, ideas and fun stories in the comments book, located on the deli counter inside the corner store at 300 Church Street.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are posted (for the next few weeks, while painting is still underway) on the left side of the mural for you to take a look at when you stop by. If you have questions, or if you'd like to get an invitation to the grand opening party, contact Joel Pomerantz at (415) 505-8255. Joel's historical article on the mural is available by request, for publication, or just for your personal reading.
If you are interested in supporting this mural, you can make a donation of funds, as follows: If no tax deduction is needed, write a check to: Mona Caron, P.O. Box 170191, San Francisco, CA 94117. To make a tax deductible donation, please make check payable to CounterPULSE, 1095 Market St., Suite 210, SF, CA 94103. Please write "Attn. Mona's Market Street Railway Mural" on the check.
Tube Times Seeking New Editor & Designer
Are you interested in lending your extraordinary professional talent to our bi-monthly Tube Times newsletter? Matt Hoover, our current editor (and often designer as well) is having to move on to make room for other things, and we will sorely miss his talent and generosity for all the work he's done over the years. This means that we are looking for a new editor, who will oversee 6 issues/ year from planning to the printer. We are also looking for a designer fluent in Quark and Photoshop to make the Tube Times look pretty. If you have professional experience in either of these areas, or know someone who is bike-friendly and would be interested in these positions, please forward to them. Questions or general interest? Write firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Across the Country For a Sustainable World!
Are you looking for a life-changing summer experience?
Travel with a group of 25 other cyclists in a 'community on wheels' promoting sustainable transportation and learning about community struggles for environmental justice and food safety - that is everyone's right to sufficient, nutritious and non-toxic food - as you ride through the heartland of the country.
House Committee Approves Tea-21 Reauthorization Bill
The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure approved a $275 billion six-year TEA-21 reauthorization bill March 24. There is talk that the full House may consider this important federal surface transportation measure next week. The Senate passed its $318 billion version on February 12.
Both bills contain elements of importance to the bicycling community. Currently, both bills protect the core programs such as Enhancements, Recreational Trails, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, but at varying levels. In addition, both bills contain a national Safe Routes to Schools program, also at different spending levels. The Senate bill contains language that increases bike/ped safety funding. Right now, neither bill contains Bicycle Commuter Act language or Complete Streets language.
The SFBC's national bike advocate partners, the League of American Bicyclists, will continue to work to insure that bicycling interests are maximized in the final legislation. For the latest information, visit the League website.
SFBC Wish List
A big thanks goes out to Michael Lazar of Okeanos DVD Production Services for recently donating a beautiful orange iMac to support the SFBC's efforts to build the Bike Network. As a small nonprofit with a shoestring budget, we depend on generous donors like Michael Lazar to keep our computers and other office equipment up to date.
Here's a short list of items we dearly wish for - contact Chris@sfbike.org or 415-431-2453x10 if you can grant any of the following in exchange for a nice tax deduction:
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