SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 9, 2004
VELOSWAP BIKE EXPO TAKES OVER COW PALACE
This Saturday, indulge your wildest bike fantasies at Veloswap, the biggest bike expo in the Bay Area! This once-a-year event is your chance to check out a wide variety of bike gear: Veloswap is the place to see, buy, sell, show and swap every imaginable bicycle, bike part, and accessory.
In addition, the 2004 San Francisco VeloSwap is pleased to welcome John Wilcockson, the world's premier cycling journalist and veteran of nearly four decades covering the Tour de France. John will introduce his new book "23 Days in July", an account of Lance Armstrong's record sixth Tour de France victory. Classic bike enthusiasts will enjoy the "Vintage Lightweight Expo" at VeloSwap. The Expo features classic racing & touring bikes from the 1960's-1980's. Entry in the Expo is open to the public ($10 per bike), with a $200 first prize for the "Best in Show" vintage road bike.
All this goes down 9am to 5pm, this Saturday, November 13th at the Cow Palace, just outside San Francisco. Advance VeloSwap tickets are available online for $6 from the SFBC website (or $8 at the door): http://www.sfbike.org/?veloswap
We're also looking for quite a few volunteers to help staff the SFBC table and valet park bikes; if you'd like to volunteer & get in free, contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-BIKE x21.
LIGHT UP the NIGHT! HELP GIVE AWAY BLINKY LIGHTS!
In order to encourage safe nighttime bicycling in low income neighborhoods, the SFBC is excited to organize a "Light Your Bike" event to install hundreds of free bike lights in the Mission, Excelsior, SOMA, and Bayview. We're looking for about 20 volunteers for the night of Wednesday, Nov. 17th to help install the bike lights and distribute safety info from 5:30-7pm. Contact Mary Brown at 431-BIKEx24 or email@example.com if you'd like to help out ith this fun event. Also our shipment of lights was delayed, so we're in need of daytime volunteers later this week and early next, who can come in to fill the lights with batteries. Let us know if you can help.
Also, it's getting darker earlier, so the need to make yourself visible to driver is especially important. If you can afford a light, go support your local bike shop right now and get yourself equipped with bike lights. Lights only cost about ten bucks and you're worth it!
VICTORY: ALL SFBC-ENDORSED SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES WIN ELECTION!
Got the ballot box blues? Well, just look locally for a bit of good news: every SFBC-endorsed candidate for the Board of Supervisors won their race handily! Our pro-bike majority on the Board will be preserved, ensuring that our new bike lane proposals will get a fair hearing. And that's important; we have several important bike lane projects coming up in the next few weeks (stay tuned)!
This local victory happened in large part because of volunteer turn-out, especially in District 1, where dozens of SFBC volunteers supported Supervisor Jake McGoldrick's re-election campaign. Jake's been with us on several important bike issues, from Market St bike safety legislation to supporting new bike lanes on Howard St, San Jose Ave, Folsom St and more. Our newest Supervisor-to-be, Ross Mirkarimi, won his District 5 race handily, in a crowded field of several quality pro-bike candidates. We're especially excited about Mirkarimi's Bicycle Plan; it's a detailed blueprint that includes several items that have been on the SFBC wishlist for years, including full implementation of the Citywide Bike Plan Update, streamlining the EIR process for bike projects, European-style colored pavement in bike lanes and more: http://www.rossforsupervisor.org/a rticle.php?id=90
Congratulations to other SFBC-endorsed candidates who won their seats, including Tom Ammiano, Gerardo Sandoval and Aaron Peskin. Now, how did we choose these folks? We asked each candidate to fill out a survey on local bike issues, posted the results on our website and asked all SFBC members to vote. The people with the most SFBC member votes won our endorsement, and the SFBC Board ratified the results. Looks like you all chose wisely!
SFBC MEMBERS BECOME BUBBLES; PHOTOs CONFIRM
In early October, dozens of SFBC members became bunnies and bubbles on bikes, as part of some very silly, suited cycling. Inspired by a love for bikes, city cruising, costumes, silliness + things that inflate, New York City artist Jessica Findley created the "Aeolian Ride," a mass participatory event with a sense of humor. The resulting bubbles on bikes thrills those riding and delights those watching, while transforming the landscape into a playground of windfilled shapes.
SFBC members got a special perk: an early, exclusive chance to ride as a bubble or bunny at no cost, illustrating one of the best parts of being a Bicycle Coalition member: fabulously fun and unique events! Throughout the year SFBC members get discounted or free admission to concerts, parties and events like the Aeolian Ride, one of the many reasons why thousands of San Francisco bicyclists renew their SFBC membership each year.
Check out these surreal shots of bubbles biking through Golden Gate Park and San Francisco streets: http://www.sfbike.org/?aeolian
CALLING ALL CRAFTY CYCLISTS
Winterfest, the annual SFBC party & fundraiser, is fast approaching on Sunday, December 5th. This year we're featuring circus acrobatics, a bike art auction, live music, all the free Fat Tire Ale you'd ever want, and yes, once again, the Winterfest craft table is back by popular demand!
So get out your knitting needles, crochet hooks, beads, sewing supplies, and glue guns! Think of a new way to recycle inner tubes! Encourage your creative friends to donate their handmade goods, too. Now's the time to show the world crafty cyclists can create... previous years have showcased amazing handmade bike greeting cards, bike jewelery galore, wire-based wonderfulness, and... you get the picture.
Did we get your attention? Nancy Botkin, the talented craft diva we all know & love, is eager to know if you're interested in helping or have something to donate. If you're not feeling crafty this year- you can still help by volunteering for a shift at the table. Contact Nancy directly at 290-2405 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THIS WEEK's VAST VOLUNTEER NEEDs
Want a quick rundown? Here's what's on our plate this week.
REASON #234 to RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP: RHYTHM & MOTION DANCE LASSES!
At the Rhythm & Motion Dance Center, located in SOMA, you'll find a broader choice of dance and movement classes than in any other studio in the city. Not your neighborhood? Well, you can also enjoy Rhythm & Motion classes in Glen Park, the Castro, Mission District and Bernal Heights. And you'll also save a bundle with your SFBC Discount Card!
Rhythm & Motion offers an exhilarating dance-based workout program featuring a huge genre diversity; expect anything from Belly Dancing and Hip Hop Jazz to Caribbean Percussion and Afro-Brazilian Contemporary. They also offer Hatha Yoga, Pilates and Salsa classes, as well as a 10% off all adult/teen dance classes for current SFBC members.
And don't forget to have a good time! Rhythm & Motion fosters a non-competitive and open environment where we can share our love of music and dance through an inspiring workout. Find out more here: http://www.rhythmandmotion.com/
Why pay retail? You can also use your SFBC discount card at dozens of bike shops: http://www.sfbike.org/?discounts
Need to renew your membership? Joining for the first time? Do it online, and help support our efforts to make biking better: https://www.sfbike.org/?join_renew
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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