SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 4, 2004
Support for a safe and complete waterfront bike route is growing, with over 40 merchants recently signing the SFBC's Jefferson Street bike lane petition. Despite this progress, the SFBC was recently notified that the public hearing about Fisherman's Wharf Bike Lanes on April 14th (as seen in a bright green Tube Times insert) has been cancelled by the Port and Bay Conservation & Development Commission (BCDC).
These agencies are in the process of preparing a summary report illustrating Jefferson Street alternatives that have been studied to date. The Port and BCDC may recommend that this study be transferred to another City agency for further review, as most of the alternatives being studied have impacts and involve decisions beyond the Port's jurisdiction. We will notify you when the report is available and announce the schedule of any future hearings.
All of this means that we need SFBC members to speak out NOW more than ever! If you haven't already, please send a polite, handwritten letter to Mayor Newsom, asking him not to let the City drop this important planning process, which could result in a safe, complete waterfront bike route from the Giants Stadium to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Send your letters to:
Mayor Gavin Newsom
We'd also appreciate copies of your letter, which the SFBC can use to demonstrate public support down the road. You can also send a fax to the Mayor and find more background information on the Jefferson St bike lanes. We still need volunteers to help with Jefferson St outreach; to help out, contact Josh at email@example.com or 431-2453 x23.
Get Serviced - Online!
Need to update your address or add a spouse/housemate to your SFBC membership? You can easily do both these things, and a lot more at the "Member Services" section on the SFBC's website. This area automates several common SFBC member requests, so our hardworking staff & volunteers can focus on our mission: building the Citywide Bike Network. Some of the member services available online include:
Do all this on our member services page.
Got Skills? Help Us Repair Kid's Bikes
The SFBC & Presidio YMCA are hosting a Bike Repair Day! We will be fixing up used bikes for upcoming afterschool programs at five San Francisco middle schools, which will teach students about riding safely on San Francisco streets. If you are a bike mechanic or just interested in learning about bike repair and want to help out a great cause, please join us! This festival of bike repair is on Sunday, April 25th, from 10-4 pm, at the Presidio YMCA, lunch provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact SFBC volunteer Susan Silber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-8955.
Bike Shops Offer More Than Just Bikes
It's true - many bike shops will happily show you how to repair your own bike, help you train for a triathalon, and show you the best bike routes on group rides. In San Francisco, it's not just about buying crap - most bike shops here want to support & encourage you to have fun using your bike more often. And with your SFBC Membership Card, you can save money at most bike shops in the city!
Here's a few great bike shop resources on the web, starting with a great article in this week's Bay Guardian about the many free bike repair classes offered at bike shops.
The SFBC's online "Chain of Events" is a great place to look for free rides, seminars & classes at bike shops (this week alone has free events at City Cycle, Lombardi Sports, American Cyclery & Sports Basement).
Lastly, here's the list of bike shops & other businesses that honor the SFBC Discount Card.
SFBC Jobs & Internships - Apply Today!
Are you interested in giving the bike advocacy movement a taste of your extraordinary talents? Then you should consider applying for one of our jobs or internships! Here's a quick rundown on what's available:
Tube Times Editor &/or Designer
Program Intern: focused on legislative issues...
Membership Intern: interested in marketing or volunteer management?
Graphic Design Intern: for creative folks only!
Web Internship: make a good website even better...
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