SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 11, 2011
"...the computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with — it's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds..."
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Have you ever biked to the Headlands Center for the Arts?
Governor Vetoes Three-Foot Passing Law
We are sad to report that last Friday, Governor Brown vetoed the "Three Foot Passing Law", that would require drivers to give people on bike at least three feet of clearance when passing. This much-needed law, which has been enacted in 20 other states, helps ensure the safety of those of us on bicycle. The governor's veto message expressed concern that slowing to 15 miles per hour and giving a person on bike three feet room would cause rear-end collisions among cars. However, among the 20 states that passed this important law, there has not been one case cited where a crash was caused by a motorist adhering to a new safety law. Frankly, there's no sound explanation for the veto. Read more about the veto and bill at Streetsblog, and know that we'll continue pushing for this important legislation.
Final Push for Fell and Oak Street Bikeways
We're very close to reaching our $12,000 goal with the support of many of our generous members. Your contribution enables our team of door-to-door bike ambassadors to undertake the broad community outreach necessary to get businesses, community groups and political decision-makers on board about the need for a buffer between you and fast moving traffic on Fell and Oak Streets.
Get Involved in Bike the Vote
Call Your Fellow Members: Beginning this Thursday, October 13, and every Thursday in October, SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers are needed to help call your fellow members to help encourage them to vote for our bike-friendly candidates and give a Yes on Prop B! Head down to the Avalos for Mayor HQ (1750 Market Street, at Valencia) between 5:30-9:30pm and volunteer with a group of fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members. We'll be calling current members -- no cold calls -- to talk about issues important to the SF Bicycle Coalition and how important this election will be for people who bike. Contact Marc if you want to join the Bike Vote 2011 team!
Restaurants, and Bikes, and Trips, Oh My!
The 16th Annual Winterfest Member Party, Auction and Fundraiser is an event that is not to be missed. This is where you can bid and buy some of the hottest gift certificates for top restaurants and get the best deal on bikes and mini-vacations in the Bay Area. We are seeking auction items for this year's Winterfest. Are you a chef, sommelier, own a home in wine country, work at a local restaurant or hotel? Get your business in front of the best bike loving audience by being a Winterfest Sponsor. You can view and download sponsorship materials here. Sponsorship deadline is October 20th. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Separated Bikeway on JFK Drive Under Threat
The SF Bicycle Coalition wants to give our deepest thanks to over 200 members who have shared their stories and support for a separated bikeway on JFK Drive; and to the more than a dozen members who spoke up at last week's Concourse Authority Hearing and expressed their frustrations dodging cars and not feeling safe biking on JFK Drive. Along with the support from Mayor Lee, Supervisor Mar, and staff of the SFMTA and Recreation and Parks Department, this project was approved unanimously by the Authority!
Speak Up for Safe Biking on Eastern Cesar Chavez
After news of the delay in the near-term bicycle project for Cesar Chavez Street from Highway 101 to Interstate 280 in June, the SF Bicycle Coalition is working to ensure the bike lane project isn't delayed further. The SFMTA will be deciding on parking changes on and around Cesar Chavez Street between 101 and 280. The city is proposing removing parking on both sides of Cesar Chavez and relocating some on adjacent blocks. This would allow for a curb-side separated bikeway on each side of Cesar Chavez from Interstate 280 to Highway 101!
Discount Partner News -- Timbuk2's Bike Share
There are lots of reasons SF Bicycle Coalition members might need a free loaner bike in San Francisco -- maybe your bike is being repaired, your friends are visiting from out of town, or you want to show a co-worker all the wonders of biking to work. Now you can grab a Globe city bike for the day through the Hayes Valley Timbuk2 Store's bike share program. Each bike comes with a Timbuk2 bag, helmet, bike map, and lock. Best of all -- it's free to use! All you need is an ID and credit card.
5th Annual Family Bicycling Day Got Families Rolling
Thanks to the hundreds of youth and their families who made it out for our 5th annual Family Bicycling Day this past Sunday. A full day of bike fun was enjoyed by all who participated in Freedom from Training Wheels, a Bike Road-eo skills course and lots of other fun bike-y activities. A special thank you to Clif Bar/Z Bar for donating snacks, the YMCA for coordinating the Bike Road-eo and Freedom from Training Wheels, Sports Basement for wrenching on bikes and Xtracycle for showcasing family-friendly bikes.
See Treasure Island Music Fest for Free
San Francisco Bicycle Ambassadors are in high demand for the Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22nd and Sunday, Oct. 23rd. One Bicycle Ambassador volunteer shift, next to our free bicycle valet, gets you a free one-day island ticket to the day of your choice! Acts this year include Yacht, Beach House, Death from Above 1979 and The Oh Sees.
Close Out the 2011 Sunday Streets Season on a High Note
Love Sunday Streets? You can show your appreciation for a fantastic season of Sunday Streets when you volunteer for the last event of the season on October 23rd in the Mission. It's your last chance to get your limited edition Sunday Streets t-shirt and free lunch, all just for helping make Sunday Streets possible for thousands of San Franciscans. Sign up now at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
Video: Steve Jobs ponders computers and bicycles
The world lost a legendary entrepreneur and visionary creator last week when Steve Jobs passed away. Here's Jobs sharing his thoughts about the incredible leverage a bicycle lends the human body, and the incredible leverage a computer lends the human mind, from a 1990 documentary, Memory & Imagination: New Pathways to the Library of Congress.
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