SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 22, 2004
Today's Alert -- Call Senator Jackie Speier To Support Vital Funding
SFBC members' support is needed today to help make two vital state grant programs a priority in the state budgets this year and future years. Assembly Bill 392 (Montanez) seeks to codify two existing grant programs that fund community involvement in the transportation planning process -- the Community Based Transportation Planning grants (which the SFBC received funding from to support our Citywide Bike Plan) and Environmental Justice grants. This bill will be considered Tuesday, June 22 by the California Assembly. Please take a minute today to call Senator Jackie Speier, who represents part of San Francisco and serves on the Senate Transportation Committee, and ask her to vote in favor of AB 392. Call 916-445-0503 or fax 916-327-2186. Thanks for your help!
Chance To Replace Car Parking With Bike Parking!!
In what we hope is a precursor of reallocating more public space from cars to other users such as bicyclists, the city is proposing replacing several on-street car parking spaces on Grove Street in front of the Main Library with on-street bike parking spaces. Kudos to the S.F. Department of Parking & Traffic's Bike Program for initiating this exciting and innovative (for American cities, that is) project. We are looking for a few bicycling supporters to attend the public hearing next Friday, July 2nd at 10am at City Hall, Room 416. To help out, and for more details, contact Leah at 415-431-2453, x-22 or firstname.lastname@example.org
No Volunteer Night On Wednesday
Volunteer night is canceled for this Wednesday, June 23rd -- which means there will be double the work to do next week. Hope to see you then.
Bike Map Review
Got any corrections, revisions, suggestions for the SF Bike Map? Send them over soon as the map-makers are raring to put out an updated version. Send all general thoughts and specific suggestions by Thursday to Mary Brown at email@example.com.
Ensure Safe Biking And Walking In Golden Gate Park Concourse
As construction speeds along in Golden Gate Park's Concourse area, there are still no firm plans on the future of open space and circulation through the Concourse area. Help is needed to ensure that this beloved area of the Park is not overrun with cars. The Concourse Authority Board of Directors is expected to take action at its July meeting on the future of the Golden Gate Park Concourse area's surface-level transportation. The SFBC urges the Board to live up to San Francisco voters' support for a pedestrian oasis in the Concourse, which would not allow car traffic other than transit and handicapped access. (If any private vehicle traffic is allowed through the Concourse area, it should be extremely limited through a one-way loop from MLK Drive only, blocking car access into the Concourse from JFK Drive.) Supporters are asked to attend the Concourse Board meeting Tuesday, July 13th at 4:30pm at City Hall, Room 408. For more details, contact Leah at 431-BIKE, x-22 or firstname.lastname@example.org before July 2nd.
Earn Great Bike Karma At This Saturday's Bike Swap
The Bay Area's most celebrated Bike Swap & Sale - sponsored by Trips for Kids, a nonprofit group sponsoring bike programs for thousands of low-income youth - is being held in SF for the first time. This Saturday, June 26th, you can support this fine organization, while also finding great deals on new and used bikes and accessories. For more information see www.tripsforkids.org. The SFBC is providing free valet bike parking at the event and hosting an outreach table to meet potential supporters. We're still looking for volunteers for a few hour shifts - here's your shot at earning great bike karma! To help with tabling, contact Leah at 431-2453, x-22 or email@example.com. To help with valet bike parking, contact firstname.lastname@example.org It's all happening this Saturday, 10am-4pm at the Sports Basement at 610 Mason Street in the Presidio.
California Bike Tours Supports Statewide Advocay
Cyclists can support effective statewide bike advocacy and enjoy some of California's most beautiful scenery by participating in Imagine Tours' 15th annual California Tour North on September 18-26th. The exciting new route leaves from Lake Tahoe, through the Sierra Nevada range, the historic Gold Country, the Sacramento Valley, Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Marin to arrive across Golden Gate Bridge to finish in San Francisco on September 26th.
The nine-day California Tour North includes both a low-cost camping option ($595) or a motel package ($1,100). The fully supported tour includes gear transportation, SAG vehicle support, mechanical assistance, breakfasts each day, four dinners, snacks along the way, and all maps and directions.
Imagine Tours will donate a portion of each participant's fee to the California Bicycle Coalition, the SFBC's statewide bike advocacy partners. Register by June 18 for a $50 discount. For more information, call 1-800-924-2453 or visit http://www.ImagineTours.com.
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