SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 14, 2004
Golden Gate Bridge Closed To Bikes This Saturday
On Saturday morning, June 19th, there will be approximately 10,000 people walking across Golden Gate Bridge demanding "Health Care For All" on the sidewalks where you'd normally bike. This means that between 7:00 a.m. and noon bicyclists won't be allowed on the bridge, but instead will be given a free shuttle ride, with bikes carried on the shuttle trailer. The SF pickup point is at the East Parking Lot (near the Tourist Gift Shop), while the Marin shuttle pickup site will be near the Alexander Avenue bus stop & off ramp. As each shuttle van carries only 15-20 people, and hundreds of folks would normally bike over Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday mornings, you can expect considerable delays getting to Marin. The good news? Everything returns to normal on Saturday afternoon. And the good folks at City Cycle are indeed continuing their weekly ride as scheduled despite the bike shuttle issue (see the Chain of Events below for details).
For more info on safe ways to bike over the Golden Gate bridge, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?ggb
SFBC Summer Clearance Sale!
Our entire inventory must go! Long sleeved form-fit SFBC shirts are now the same price as their short sleeved counterparts; priced to sell at only 20 bucks! All sizes still available. Colors include Black, Lemon, Scarlet and Sky Blue - though every size/color combo may not be available - so order soon!
And how much would you expect to pay for the SFBC exclusive limited-edition Black 'Zippy' sweatshirt? $35? $45? We've got them for the scandalously low price of only $20 right now - in both 'One Less Car' and 'Bikes Allowed Use of Full Lane' designs; small and medium still available.
All proceeds benefit our work for better biking in the city - check it out!
Save The Truly Transit-Friendly Transbay Terminal
Last week we told you about a planned vote at the Board of Supervisors to consider the Transbay Environmental Impact Report/EIS, but unfortunately the decision was continued and is back on the agenda this Tuesday, June, 15th. Approval of the EIR/EIS is the first step necessary to realize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a truly functional regional transit hub in San Francisco (www.transbayproject.org). The SFBC strongly supports the project and asks members to contact your Supervisor and urge them to vote to certify the Transbay EIR/EIS (contact info for your Supervisor is at http://www.sfbike.org/leaders). Also, please consider coming to the important public hearing to testify in support of certification this Tuesday, at 4pm, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at City Hall.
"Make Room For Bikes," SFBC Urges Caltrain
Thank you to the many members who contacted us last week about their problems bringing their bike on the new Caltrain Baby Bullet service, and who took time to alert Caltrain directly. Our member alert generated a lot of letters and has really caught attention at Caltrain. The SFBC has also sent an official letter to Caltrain leadership suggesting ways to remedy the unacceptable situation, including adding more bike cars on the new baby bullet trains. (We should mention that we've been working closely with Caltrain for the past 1+ years on building and running a new bicycle parking station at the 4th & King station in SF, which is expected to be built by the end of this year and will help with overcrowding on trains for some riders.) If you're interested in Caltrain service and parking issues, please stay in touch with Leah Shahum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-431-2453, x-22.
Foiling The Bicycle Thief
You always hope it won't happen to you - but you can never be too careful protecting your bike from being stolen. Fortunately, the SFBC has gathered a vast array of tips and tricks to make that much less likely! The theft prevention page in our Biking Resources section will answer all your questions about parking security, like: U-locks vs. cable locks, protection of removable parts, registration and what to do if the worst occurs... essential info for the urban cyclist!
Big Bike Summer Festivals Coming Soon!
Trips for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides bicycling programs for nearly 1,800 low-income youth in the greater San Francisco Bay area each year and another 2,500 across the US in another 35 chapters. On Saturday, June 26th, you can support this fine organization's good works at the Annual Trips for Kids Bike Swap & Sale, hosted by Sports Basement at 610 Mason Street in the Presidio. Admission is only $5, and it quickly pays for itself with all the great, cheap bike gear you'll find. The SFBC is providing free valet bike parking at this event, and we're looking for a few good volunteers. To help park bikes, email email@example.com - or if you'd rather lend a hand at the SFBC's main event table, email firstname.lastname@example.org
And mark your calendars for Saturday, July 31st's "Tour de Fat" - a ballyhoo of bikes of beer in Golden Gate Park, sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, the makers of the acclaimed Fat Tire beer. You can expect fire-jumping bike acts, cycling games, cruiser bike parade, live music, tasty eats and great beer, of course - and all proceeds benefit two great nonprofits: the SFBC & the Bay Area Ridge Trails Council! We'll be looking for lots of friendly volunteers to help make this event sparkle: if you'd like to get a prime spot early, sign up to volunteer now by sending a quick note to Michael at email@example.com.
SFBC Seeks Development Intern
If you have experience with and interest in fundraising for a most righteous cause, we need you. The SFBC is seeking to create a development internship position to help with our major donor and grant research, and which will report directly to the Executive Director. Time commitment is flexible. If you're interested, please contact Leah Shahum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-431-2453, x-22.
No Volunteer Night Next Week
Our weekly Wednesday Volunteer Night is a great way to meet fellow do-gooder cyclists, while helping the SFBC get everything done - from data-entry to envelope stuffing and more. This week we have a lots to do, but we're giving everyone next week off (that's right, no volunteer night on June 23rd). If you'd like to help out this week, just stop by SFBC HQ between 5-9pm, at 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (@ 7th Street).
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