SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 20, 2004
Want More Bike Improvements West Of Twin Peaks?
If you care about bike lanes on the Western side of San Francisco, we've got a Bike Plan Update workshop for you this Wednesday! This week's workshop will showcase options for dealing with dangerous biking conditions on 19th Avenue near SF State, as well as proposed improvements for Portola and the Laguna Honda/Woodside intersecton. We encourage anyone interested in bike lanes in these areas to come review the options, ask questions, give feedback, and make your voice heard!
This important Bike Plan Update workshop is from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 21st at St. John's Church at 501 Laguna Honda (near Woodside). Free valet bike parking will be provided by the SFBC, naturally. This is the fourth in a series of five Public Feedback workshops on the City's Bike Plan Update. For more information, see http://www.sfbike.org/bikeplan
Golden Wheel Awards Gala Next Week!
We hope you can join us to honor the achievements of three extraordinary Bay Area activists, as well as hearing from Michael Burns, Executive Director of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency at the SFBC's annual Golden Wheel Awards next Tuesday, April 27th. You can expect gourmet hors d'oevres, wine, and music that are signatures of the Golden Wheel galas. You can find out more about the party - and RSVP - at http://www.sfbike.org/goldenwheel
Thank you to everyone who has already RSVP'd and supported the SFBC with a contribution during this mid-year appeal to members. We look forward to celebrating the bike community's achievements with you next week! The Golden Wheel Awards gala is next Tuesday, April 27th at the LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market St.
Support The Transbay Terminal
The Transbay Terminal/Caltrain Downtown Extension Project needs our help to continue. After more than 30 years of study, deferral, cancellation and resurrection, this enormously important transportation and redevelopment project is on the verge of approval. However, one property owner seeks to hold the entire project hostage. SFBC members are encouraged the upcoming Joint Powers meeting this Thursday (see below) to show support for this future terminus of High Speed Rail. Ask the decisionmakers to certify the project's Final Environmental Impact Report. For more background on the project, see http://www.bayrailalliance.org/caltrain/dtx/index.html
Important upcoming meeting:
** Special joint meeting of the SF Planning Commission and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), THURSDAY, April 22, at worker-friendly 6:00pm, Board of Supervisors' chambers in City Hall.
Help Us Repair Kids Bikes!!
If you are a bicycle mechanic or simply want to learn more about fixing bikes, please read on to help out with this great volunteer opportunity...
THE CAUSE: The SFBC & Presidio YMCA are hosting a Bike Repair Day! A SFBC volunteer is helping organize upcoming afterschool programs at 5 San Francisco middle schools, which will teach students about riding safely on San Francisco streets.
The Police Department has generously donated a bunch of used bikes, which we will use for the programs. They need some serious fixing up...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!
DATE: Sunday, April 25th, from 10-4 pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION, or to RSVP, email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-558-0821.
Nimble Fingers Needed
Flex those fingers for good instead of evil, by helping the Bike Plan Update! The SFBC needs to input hundreds of comments from the bike planning workshops -- can you help? Daytime or early evening is best. Contact Amy at email@example.com to help out.
We're looking for a few fluent Spanish speakers to help out at the April 28th Bike Planning Workshop in the Mission District (see calendar below). Interpretation will be with small groups, as necessary. Contact Mary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org (rapido) if you can lend your skills. Also, we're hoping to find a Spanish speaker for a quick meeting this Friday morning, let us know if you can help out.
The Exploratorium's Science Of Cycling
San Francisco's Exploratorium has put together a fun website focused on the scientific history of the bicycle, full of interesting facts. For example, did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci is credited with discovering the idea of the chain and cog? Check out this site, which is full of other great tidbits: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cycling/
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