SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 26, 2004
IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT a BIKE-FRIENDLY BOARD of SUPERVISORS
Starting in January, San Francisco will either be led by a Board of Supervisors who supports biking for transportation -- and votes for more bike lanes, paths, traffic-calmed streets, etc. -- or a Board who does not believe biking is part of the transportation solution. A Board that says "No" to new bike lanes that we desperately need to make biking better and more importantly: safer. In the next week, SFBC members can -- and should -- make a difference in which future we see.
We need your help between now and Election Day, Tuesday, November 2nd, to spend an hour or three volunteering for one of the SFBC's endorsed candidates for the Board of Supervisors. If bike-friendly candidates win in *all* of these districts, the SFBC expects to win a better city for biking in the next few years. If not, it's anyone's guess....
Please check out the volunteer activities for each of these campaigns (including lots of help needed this weekend; phonebanking every weeknight; and of course Election Day help!)
Jake McGoldrick - District 1 (Richmond) http://www.jakemcgoldrick.org
(*Lots of help is needed in District 1, where Jake faces a tough challenge from big-money interests who are not interested in better biking. If in doubt of where to help out, this is it! Contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.)
Aaron Peskin - District 3 (North Beach, Downtown, Russian Hill) http://www.peskin2004.com
Ross Mirkarimi – District 5 (Haight, Inner Sunset) http://www.rossforsupervisor.org
Tom Ammiano – District 9 (Mission, Bernal Heights) http://www.ammiano.com
Gerardo Sandoval – District 11 (Excelsior, Outer Mission) http://www.sandoval2004.com
CLEAR OUT YOUR CLUTTER for a GOOD CAUSE!
We adore thrift stores because they offer hundreds of outfit possibilities, instead of a handful picked out for you by corporate fashion marketers. You can try different looks for much less than new or vintage clothing stores, and sweatshop labor is never involved; instead you're saving our planet's resources by recycling clothes.
Now there's yet another reason to love thrift stores... now you can use your unwanted clutter to help support bike advocacy! We're proud to announce that The Community Thrift Store (located on Valencia St, btwn 17th & 18th) has designated the SFBC as an official charity. That means that people making donations of old clothes, furniture, etc to Community Thrift can designate the SFBC as the receipient of any proceeds from sale of their stuff. Just mention "SFBC" or the charity code "181" when making a donation, and Community Thrift will handle the rest.
Now, be good... and donate only your good stuff. Like most thrift stores, Community Thrift doesn't take old computer parts or Reader's Digest condensed books. When in doubt, call ahead to confirm that your mystery item will be welcomed: 861-4910. And why not donate your BEST stuff? Don't sell your cds to Amoeba Records, donate them to Community Thrift instead!
BUILD YOUR RESUME with a SFBC INTERNSHIP!
Work experience is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for any job interview. At the SFBC we approach internships as a learning partnership, where the intern earns valuable job skills (and potentially glowing letters of recommendation), while gaining firsthand knowledge about grassroots movements. Our interns directl support our work to organize people around transportation issues in their backyard while building San Francisco's bicycle community.
We are now accepting applications for Spring & Summer 2005 internships, and encourage people of any age to apply: internships are not just for students! For more information, job descriptions and application instructions, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?
CITY CYCLE CONSIDERS CREATING RIDING CLUB
With regret, but hope for the future, the City Cycle bike shop (located in the Marina at 3001 Steiner St @ Union) will be suspending their popular weekend rides for a few weeks. The good news is that City Cycle's vision of the future includes you!
They would like to form a very inclusive riding club for all types of bikers to start hosting the Saturday rides sometime in the future. The new club will "sponsor" the traditional Saturday morning rides. Road and Mountain, from the tortoise to the hare, representing true "all levels" accomodations. Century riders, mountain and road racers, all would be welcome. City Cycle would love to hear from those of you who have worked in the organizational end of a club for any hints to ease us along the way. Email email@example.com if you hav interest in signing up or any advice for them. You can also visit.
Here's another tidbit: one of our newest Volunteer Night attendees recently reported saving $80.00 at City Cycle with his SFBC Discount Card when purchasing a new set of fancy racing wheels. Practically every bike shop in the city honors the SFBC Discount Card, which is only one of the many benefits of membership... for a full list of participating bike shops, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?discount
MEET ACTIVE, INVOLVED PEOPLE: VOLUNTEER!
Hey folks - like meeting people with active lifestyles, who also enjoy riding a bike to get around town? Volunteering is a great way to mak new friends & get to know your community, while helping a good cause. Here's several ways YOU can have fun while lending a much-needed-hand:
SFBC MEMBERS: GET a FREE TRIAL MEMBERSHIP at the EMBARCADERO YMCA
Enjoy rooftop bike parking, a 25-meter lap pool, access to triathalon training, state-of-the-art strength training equipment, numerous group exercise classes, and more at the newly renovated Embarcadero YMCA! Simply visit the Embarcadero YMCA located at 169 Steuart Street, show your SFBC membership card, and receive a free 10-day trial membership. (Offer only valid to first-time users) For more information go to: http://www.ymcasf.org/Embarcadero
Also - practically every bike shop in the city honors the SFBC Discount Card, which is only one of the many benefits of Bicycle Coalition membership... for a full list of participating bike shops, visit http://www.sfbike.org/?discounts
EXTRA BIKES IN YOUR GARAGE? SELL THEM AT VELOSWAP!
The Bay Area is gearing up again for Veloswap, the biggest bike swap in the region. Scheduled for Saturday, November 13 at the Cow Palace, Veloswap is a great opportunity to reach thousands of cyclists and to sell your extra gear. We're happy to announce that SFBC members get a 20% discount on "Club/Team" or "Individual" booths. And part of the proceeds from Veloswap benefit the SFBC. To book booth space, visit http://www.veloswap.com or call 800-811-4210 x-222. To buy tickets to the Veloswap (special $6 advance price), check out our special site: www.sfbike.org/veloswap. And, finally, to volunteer for the SFBC and get in free, contact Michael Calfee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our online calendar of events at http://www.sfbike.org/?chain
Add your bike event to our calendar by emailing email@example.com. (Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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