SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 3, 2004
MTC Waters Down Regional Bike Program
At the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Hearing last Wednesday, Commissioners led by Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, voted to approve a "credit" that would allow counties with a transportation sales tax that dedicates more than 5% to bicycle/ pedestrian modes (Alameda and San Francisco Counties) to spend regional bicycle funds on non-bicycle transportation projects, including highways. The only two commissioners who voted against the credit were San Francisco's Tom Ammiano and Pamela Torliatt of the Association of Bay Area Governments. The SFBC will be working to convince San Francisco city leaders to take full advantage of the new regional bike/ped program without swapping out bike money for other projects. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to their commissioners.
Bring On The Bag Stuffing!
Yes folks, it's time to stuff fun bike propaganda into the thousands of canvas bags we give away every Bike to Work Day (Thursday, May 20th this year). The bags just got back from the printer, and they're beautiful! (Special thanks to SFBC volunteer Teri Gardiner for speedy design work and for the SF Department of the Environment for their funding support).
We need LOTS of extra volunteers the next 2 Volunteer Nights to stuff these bags with tasty treats, Tube Times and lots of helpful bike commuting information. Join us - and meet plenty of friendly fellow do-gooders at this bag stuffing social. Did I mention we always have great snacks & that volunteers vote for the hot dinner of their choice? (Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese or Pizza)
Clearly you'll have a fabulous experience helping us do the things that will make Bike to Work Day a fabulous success-- and we can use your help! Volunteer Night is every Wednesday from 5-9ish pm at SFBC HQ, 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (@ 7th St) - do bring your bikes inside. For the full scoop contact Michael at 431-BIKEx21 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Biker Training Course Now Free For SFBC Members!
If you still haven't taken one of SFBC's Urban Bike Training courses, this is an excellent opportunity. The course is intended primarily for beginning cyclists, and those still uncomfortable with riding in traffic, however even experienced cyclists have reported that they learned something new and that the class was worthwhile.
This is a great chance to encourage your friends who aren't as confident about riding in traffic to gain some skills and knowledge so they can ride to work on Bike to Work Day on May 20th. And it's FREE for SFBC members! ($5 for non-members, but no one turned away for lack of funds)
The class will be held Thursday, May 13th from 5:30 to 9pm at the Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th Street on Potrero Hill. To attend, please pre-register for the course by e-mailing your name, address, phone number,and SFBC member status to email@example.com
Caltrain Bike Thefts On The Rise
If you ride Caltrain with your bicycle, keep a sharp eye out. We've heard reports that thieves have been walking off the trains with the more valuable bicycles. They sit in the train, watching riders who do not sit in view of their bikes, and they snag the bikes at the next stop.
Cyclists should always sit in view of their bikes while on Caltrain. The SFBC will be working with the Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee (CBAC) to ensure that conductors enforce the rule that only cyclists are allowed to sit in the bike cars. We'll also be requesting that signs are posted warning cyclists to watch their bikes while on the train.
Got ideas about improving Caltrain bike access? Let Chris Weeks know - he's the SFBC volunteer representative on the advisory committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Car Drivers Desired
Motorized vehicle do indeed have useful purposes in today's world, it's true, especially for making deliveries! We're looking for a few good members with access to a truck or a van (ordinary cars too) who can help us deliver all the Energizer Station fixin's in the days before Bike to Work Day on May 20th. Got an entire afternoon free? Even better, we'd be extremely grateful for your help. Give Michael a ring at 431-BIKEx21 or email email@example.com if you can lend a hand.
Bikesummer 2004 Comes To Seattle
One hundred days, 1000 events, 100,000 participants, riding 1,000,000 miles!! Are you ready for Bike Summer 2004? It's politics, bike culture, rides, speakers, street theatre, art, classes, workshops, music, films, midnight rides and more. Our own San Francisco Bicycle Ballet will be have a special performance. And it's all taking place in Seattle this summer: http://www.bikesummer.org/2004/
Have you made your vacation plans yet? Make it a BikeSummer trip and have a blast!
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