SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 31, 2004
Bike Parking At Bart Embarcadero Cut Dramatically
The first bike parking station in San Francisco is encountering hard times, to say the least. BART is dramatically scaling back its secure parking for bicycles at the Embarcadero station (open for just over a year), switching it on Monday, September 20th from a full-service facility to having part-time attendants only during commuter hours (weekdays, 7:30-9:30am and 3-7pm), while the remainder of the hours will be accessible by keys to people who register. This is a worrying trend: As the need for linking bicycling and regional transit grows, BART's commitment to secure bicycling parking in San Francisco has been flimsy, at best. We want to make sure that BART does not abandon the Embarcadero station and, just as importantly, commits to secure bike parking at more crucial SF stations. Please take a minute to email the BART Board of Directors with a personal message about the importance of providing bicyclists who ride BART a safe, secure place to park their bikes throughout the regional system -- email@example.com.
And to find out about BART's bike policies, see http://www.bart.gov/guide/bikes/bikeOverview.asp
Don't Forget To Vote For Bike Endorsements
Please take the time to vote in the SFBC's endorsement process for the Board of Supervisors race. No other races are more important than these for the SFBC's top issues. (The voting period lasts only until September 7th at 5pm, and is open to all whose memberships were current as of August 18th.)
The easiest way to vote is to click on the links in the personalized email you received from us earlier this week. (If you don't think you received it, check your spam or bulk mail folder, just in case.) Or follow directions on our endorsements page at http://www.sfbike.org?vote. Thanks for doing your part in keeping a bike-friendly Board for the next four years!
Plans For Potrero Elicit Support...And Opposition
The public meeting held last Thursday at SF General drew out many impassioned citizens to learn more about the traffic calming project planned for Potrero Ave. this winter. Many local residents, including bicyclists, spoke in favor of the project, which includes bike lanes between 17th and 25th Streets, and about their desire to see a multi-modal Potrero that is more safe. But there was also opposition voiced from local residents about the loss of roughly 12 parking spaces (from lengthening Muni stops) and about the reduction of travel lanes. So, this project is going to need more support to stay strong. We are asking the city to include the section from 17th to Division as a priority second phase (the grant that funded this project requires that it be on an official bike route, which the stretch north of 17th is not). We are also asking that the bike lane be extended from 25th to Cesar Chavez in this phase of the project and that the bike lanes be widened (they are currently 5' bike lanes and 8' parking lanes) by narrowing other lanes. If you haven't already done so, you can support the project by by sending an to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and please cc email@example.com
Teach Kids The Basics Of City Biking & Catch Action Of Bike Racing
The SFBC is leading a children's bike learning center at the upcoming Giro di San Francisco's kids festival, and we are looking for help from members. Can you help out for two or three hours at this fun event on Labor Day, next Monday? The "Giro di San Francisco" is celebrating its 30th year of criterion championships with men's & women's races starting at Levi Strauss Plaza. And this year, they're adding a new kids' festival with a "mini city" bike course designed to teach bike safety, courtesy of the SFBC For more information about the Giro race, visit http://www.cyclecouriers.org/events/giro_sf.html To help out as a volunteer with the SFBC, please contact Cynthia at Cynthiapow@yahoo.com. (We're also looking for a volunteer with a truck or van to help us transport the mini-city materials!)
Mechanics' Help Needed On Bike Repair Day
Once again, it's time to fix bikes for youth programs! If you are a bike mechanic and want to see kids riding on S.F. streets, please come join us once again; we've got about 20 donated bikes from the Police Department that need some fixing up, and will be used for YMCA and Beacon Center after school programs. It's happening Saturday, September 11th, 10am-4pm at the Letterman Gym in the Presidio. Find out more about volunteering by contacting Susan Silber at firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Annual Youth Hostel Tour!
Enjoy a great ride from San Francisco through Pacifica and the old Highway One, down to Montara, where we'll spend the night at this beautiful coastal hostel. Happening the weekend of September 18-19th, and costing $30 plus food costs. This is a moderate 30-mile ride (round trip - 60 miles), hybrid or mountain bikes recommended. Must RSVP soon (only 15 spots!): Contact Susan at email@example.com.
Free Bikepacking-101 Session At SFBC Thursday
Are you someone who has dreamed about hitting the open road with your bike but don't know how to begin? Have you ever wondered whether panniers or a trailer would work better for you? Need advice on routes and what to pack? Bikepacking 101 is for you! It's happening this Thursday at 6pm at the Bike Coalition offices, 1095 Market St. at 7th #215. Contact Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Positions For Bike And Trail Advocates Open
First, we're happy to announced that the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) is planning to hire its first-ever Executive Director this Fall. BABC is a coalition of all Bay Area bicycle advocacy groups, including SFBC, that works on issues of regional significance to cyclists. BABC is looking for a dynamic individual with skills and experience in organizational development and a commitment to bicycle advocacy. BABC may also hire one or more coordinators to help plan and implement the next Bike to Work Day event (scheduled for May 2005). BABC is asking interested applicants for either position to submit a resume and letter of interest by September 30, 2004. The BABC job announcement is available at http://www.bayareabikes.org
And also, the Western Regional office of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, based in San Francisco, is hiring a trail development/ administrative assistant. You can visit their Web site at http://www.railtrails.org and click on employment located at the bottom of the page. (Please do not contact the California office.) Send resume and detailed cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to: Elton Clark, Manager, Human Resources, RTC, 1100 17th Street, NW 10th Floor Washington, DC 20036 or email to email@example.com
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