SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 18, 2004
Bike to Work Week in Full Swing!
It's almost time to say Happy Bike to Work Day! Now is a great time to encourage your friends & coworkers to try biking, as they'll find plenty of support this Thursday, May 20th.
All kinds off great new things are coming this year - we're DOUBLING the number of Energizer Stations, with lots more coffee to pour and people to greet. Everything's bigger and more beautiful - you should see the new earth-tone canvas bags we're giving away - and we have more coffee & treat donations lined up than ever before, thanks to the hard work of Allison Presley.
Find your nearest station and more info: http://www.sfbike.org/?btwd
Working down south? At 7:15am you can join our bike pool to South San Francisco, meeting at our Valencia Street energizer station, and travel together with your fellow pedalers. See "This Week's Events" below for further details.
At 8:30am, watch our beloved local elected officials ride into their workplace, City Hall, with a big SFBC press event on the Polk Street steps.
On your way home after work, stop by one of our evening Energizer Stations to pick up a complementary Red Bull & fresh fruit. That evening, celebrate your urban biking lifestyle as Bike To Work Day culminates in a massive party and benefit, the SFBC's "bike to work NIGHT" at DNA Lounge (see below for details).
THIS IS OUR BUSIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR!
And we need more volunteers than ever to achieve our ambitious goals! Here are the three main categories of volunteering available - please let us know if you can help with:
If you can lend a hand please contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY!
When Safe Bike Parking is MIA...
If safe and sufficient bike parking was widely available, more folks would choose to ride their bikes, and the demand for motor vehicle parking would diminish. But too often, office building managers enforce anti-bike policies that make parking your bike difficult. On this week of bike commuting celebrations, here's a useful how-to guide for employees who'd like to make their workplace better for bikes: http://www.sfbike.org/?parking
Joining together with other biking employees (even in other companies in the same building) can add much needed support to your efforts to change anti-bike building policies. Thinking about speaking up for bikes where you work? Here's a success story to spur you on: http://www.sfbike.org/?tenant_init
Bike Policy Ready for Review
Over a year ago, during the first round of Bike Plan Update workshops, the SFBC collected over 5,000 suggestions from bicyclists on ways to improve and encourage bicycling in SF. About half the comments were for specific street improvements (with a major focus on bike lanes) and the other half were various suggestions for improving policy items such as more education, enforcement, better street paving, promotion, etc.. The DPT has just finished a draft policy document of the Bike Plan Update which will be released for review at the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting this Wednesday, May 19th at 6:15pm in City Hall Room 408. If you've never made it to a BAC meeting, this would be a good one to attend. Now's your chance to help shape San Francisco's official bike policy! For more info, contact Andy Thornley, Bicycle Advisory Committee Board Chair at email@example.com
"bike to work NIGHT" at DNA LOUNGE
On Thursday, May 20th, celebrate your urban biking lifestyle as Bike To Work Day culminates in a massive party and benefit, the SFBC's "bike to work NIGHT" at DNA Lounge. In partnership with the SF Late Night Coalition and Soundsafe, the SFBC will bring you an eclectic evening of live rock bands, funky house DJs, and fierce performances of every stripe!
Headlining the main stage will be three of the best pop rock bands on the local scene, including SubPop Records' newest exclusive artists, Rogue Wave (pictured) , whose music the SF Weekly calls "an effervescent blend of The Byrds, The Kinks, and Simon & Garfunkel"; Giant Value, the trio dedicated to serving up the freshest pop tunes for your listening pleasure; and local hip-hop/garage/funk favorites The Marginal Prophets, whose latest album, Bohemian Rap CD, has been nominated for a 2004 California Music Award. Throughout the night, hostess Heklina will keep things moving with a steady stream of knockout performances by the notorious "girls" of Trannyshack, San Francisco's legendary Tuesday night drag show at The Stud!
After the live sets end at 11 pm, a powerhouse line-up of amazing DJs will take over the stage and spin into the wee hours. On the main dance floor, Bay Area bohemian and psychedelic breakbeat guru DJ Laird will help you get your groove on; then SF's own international superstar DJ Mauricio Aviles (of NakedMusic and LoveSlap! Recordings) will deliver a set of his trademark ethereal, soulful house, followed by DJ Adnan (Survival Sounds) and David Starfire (Mantra). Stay, play & dance your booty off!
"bike to work NIGHT" doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm, at DNA Lounge on 11th @ Harrison. Tickets are only $10 for SFBC members, or FREE if you join at the door! For more info see http://www.sfbike.org/?btwn and to volunteer contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-BIKEx21.
Special BTWD Volunteer Night Tuesday
This week we're hosting a special Volunteer Night a day earlier than usual, as we get ready for Thursday's Bike to Work Day festivities. We have lots of extra things that demand doing, and therefore will have lots of extra snacks and tasty treats for everyone who lends a hand. 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 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 email@example.com.
CORRECTION: The fabulous bike shop mechanic that tuned up everyone's bikes at Volunteer Night last week hails from Hayward's "Cycle Path" bike shop (we had the wrong shop name). Cycle Path is one of the biggest bike shops in the Bay Area, with the space to carry a huge variety of bikes from classic cruisers to lightweight roadbikes and more... check out their online catalog to get a taste of their wide selection: http://www.cyclepathhayward.com/
Did you know that with a few simple accessories, any bike can easily bring joy to your commute? For instance, adding fenders can help you arrive looking polished & professional, and a basket can carry all your work files (or groceries)- hands-free!
Starting last Saturday, savvy shoppers have been saving a bundle on cool commuting accessories at bike shops all over the city. This "Gear Up for Bike to Work Day" Sale continues through this weekend at the following bike shops:
For more information and store locations, see this week's Bay Guardian or visit http://www.sfbike.org/?sale Special thanks to Timbuk2 for their sponsorship of this sale!
Bike Plan Comments: Do It Now, While You Still Can!
Flex your political power this Bike to Work Week by going on line to comment on the Bike Plan Update! The deadline comments on top 20 projects and their various options is quickly approaching. Public comment is extremely important to this planning process, as they help city planners choose which options get implemented for each bike project. Every comment counts! So if you dream of being able to ride on a crash-free Cesar Chavez or cruising down a worry free Masonic, go on-line, look at the plans, and tell us what you'd like to see: https://www.sfbike.org/?bikeplan_comment
Two Great Upcoming Events: DVD Release Party & Bike For Breath
"The Tour Baby!" is a powerful documentary that chronicles Scott Coady's amazing journey following the entire 2000 Tour de France. When this film showed in San Francisco last fall, both screenings were totally sold out! If you missed it then, now's your chance to enjoy this wonderful movie on DVD, which features many additional bonuses, including several outrageous outtakes from the original film.
Join us as we celebrate the release of "The Tour Baby!" DVD, at 8pm on May 27th at the Italian American Athletic Club (1630 Stockton Street in North Beach). Tickets are $50 a person (including a copy of the film on DVD to take home), and every single penny goes straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which works to enhance the quality of life for those living with, through, and beyond cancer. For more information see the SFBC's upcoming events calendar.
BIKE FOR BREATH - THIS CHARITY RIDE ROLLS on MAY 29th!
"Cycling is good for your lungs, good for your body and it's good for the community because it is a zero-pollution mode of transportation," said Les Crawford of the American Lung Association (ALA), which is celebrating a century of charitable work this year.
To mark its 100th anniversary, the Lung Association is showcasing the many benefits of cycling, including the bicycle's ability to improve health and reduce air pollution, at its seventh annual Bike for Breath (formerly Two Rock & Roll) charity bike ride on Saturday, May 29. Cyclists have three routes to choose from, a 65-mile challenging and breathtaking route that passes through Tomales. The ride level is rated moderate to difficult with about 4,000 feet of climb. The scenic 33-mile route has rolling hills; the 10-mile ride is relatively flat.
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