November 23, 2004
WANT BIKE ART, CIRCUS SPECTACLE & FRUITY SODA-POP?
Many people will privately confess for a deep, hidden longing for good art that features bicycles. Thank goodness for the SFBC's annual once-a-year opportunity to view and bid on dozens of pieces of colorful locally produced art, with many works featuring bike subjects. Our list of participating local artists is too long to include here; you'll just have to visit our Winterfest webpage for the full list: http://www.sfbike.org/winterfest
Yes, free beer is also a Winterfest tradition (we serve Fat Tire Ale from the New Belgium Brewing Company), but you can also expect plenty of festive non-alcoholic fare including fun, fruity pop from Izze Soda. It'll help you select from a wide variety of great bike gear for sale in our silent auction at incredibly cheap prices.
But most exciting for many of us are the spectacular circus performers that the Bay Area Reporter called "cheaper than Cirque du Soleil and equally amazing." This year we are proud to present circus troupe "Circo Zero" for your entertainment, featuring flying dancers, extreme acrobatic feats and colorful shamanic clowns. On bikes, of course!
This is one Sunday night you won't want to miss - and it's coming up soon! Join us on Sunday, December 5th, from 6-10pm at the SomArts Center (934 Brannan @ 8th). We're now looking for colorful folks who with COSTUMES in their closet to volunteer at the door. If you're feeling glittery, or have spare boas to loan, contact Michael at email@example.com or 431-BIKEx21.
YOUTH BIKE PROGRAM NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Presidio YMCA and Everett Middle School Beacon Center have teamed up with the SFBC to get youth riding bikes! With an emphasis on traffic safety, nutrition, environmental awareness and advocacy, the SFBC's After School Program has kids learning about bikes at four different San Francisco schools.
`Interested in helping out with the program? Here's how you can lend a hand:
If you can help with any of the above, please contact Susan Silber (sus_si@Yahoo.com) or 510-558-0821.
UPDATE on GG PARK ROAD WIDENING - w/ ACTION ITEMS
The plan to widen Martin Luther King Dr. in Golden Gate Park to 4 lanes (without bike lanes), opposed by the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, the Bay Guardian, Supervisor-elect Ross Mirkarimi, the Alliance for Golden Gate Park and the SFBC, is scheduled to be approved at the Recreation and Park Commission Meeting to be held Monday, November 29th. However, the Board of Supervisors have taken a keen interest in this issue, and we need to encourage them to translate this into action that will protect our Park.
SFBC members have generated a record 600 individual faxes and letters to the Recreation and Park Commission since last week, and a successful protest was held on Saturday at the 9th Avenue entrance to the Park. But we need to do more to ensure that this plan gets reconsidered before it's too late.
Here are some NEW ACTIONS you can take to DEFEND OUR PARK:
GOT the BART BIKE BAN BLUES? THINK SHUTTLE INSTEAD!
Many people are familiar with BART's policy of allowing bikes on any uncrowded trains during non-peak hours. That's great, unless you need to cross the bay during rush hour, when bikes are banned on BART. A cheap solution is the Bay Bridge Bicycle Shuttle, which will take both you & your bike over the bridge for only one dollar!
Operated by Caltrans to help cyclists affected by the BART bike black-out periods, the Bike Shuttle runs approximately once per hour during both morning & evening rush hour. A basic, yet effective service, the shuttle only makes one stop at either end; MacArthur BART in Oakland and the Transbay Terminal at Fremont & Mission Streets in San Francisco. Be forewarned: the van that operates the Shuttle can only carry about 12-20 people & bikes in any one trip, so get there early to make sure you have a space (and have a Plan B in case you get bumped).
You can view the Bike Shuttle schedule and get more information on the Caltrans website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/shuttle.htm
Visit the SFBC's "Bikes on Transit" page to learn more about BART's bike policies: http://www.sfbike.org/?transit
NEW BOOK ROLLS THROUGH BICYCLE HISTORY
Did the bicycle spawn the automotive industry? During the peak year of production in 1896 some three hundred firms in the United States alone produced nearly two million bicycles, and many of these companies went on to make automobiles using the same highly advanced production systems. Little-known facts such as these populate a great new book titled, "Bicycle: The History," which is now available at "A Clean Well Lighted Place For Books," an independent bookstore where SFBC members always get 10% off any book purchase.
Superbly illustrated with 96 color and 117 black & white images spanning two centuries, author David Herlihy's lively, expertly researched book shows us why the bicycle captured the public's imagination and the myriad ways in which it has reshaped our world. "Publishers Weekly" calls this book a "vivid account...filled with eye-catching illustrations and photographs spanning nearly two centuries... a story to tell your friends about."
For more detailed information about "Bicycle: The History" and to read reviews and an interview with author David Herlihy, please visit the Yale Press at: http://yalepress.yale.edu/YupBooks /viewbook.asp?isbn=0300104189
To save some money, bring your SFBC Discount Card to "A Clean Well Lighted Place for Books," located in Opera Plaza at 601 Van Ness Ave, for a 10% off any book. Not a SFBC Member yet? Join today and save money in bike shops all over town! For more information, see http://www.sfbike.org/?discounts
MEMBERS SAVE $$ at THESE GREAT EVENTS
Two more reasons to join or renew your SFBC membership!
BIKES OF THE SEA, PART DEUX: It was so much fun last time and so popular that half the people who called didn't get to go - so CityKayak is doing another trip just for us this Sunday, Nov 28th, and SFBC members get a whopping 25% discount this time. After some basic kayak training, you'll take to the water to see the city's shoreline from a whole new perspective. This is a supported ride, beginners are welcome and all equipment is provided. The whole trip takes approximately 3 hours. Bring water, towel, swimsuit, snacks and sunscreen to Pier 38 (even numbered piers are SOUTH of Market St). Cost: $40 - SFBC members get 25% off this price, so join today @ http://www.sfbike.org/membership! To make things run smoother, preregister directly with City Kayak at 357-1010. Rain date is Saturday Dec 4, 10-2pm.
FAST FREDDY RODRIGUEZ APPEARING AT CITY CYCLE: Three time and reigning U.S. Professional Champion and winner of Stage 9 of the 2004 Giro d'Italia, Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon-Lotto), will be at City Cycle, Thursday, December 2, 2004 from 5 to 7 pm. Fred will be available to meet you, answer your cycling questions, sign autographs and present complimentary samples of his new Fast Freddie Turbo Blend Coffee. City Cycle offers SFBC Members 10% off parts & accessories, and is proud to be one of the first bike shops in the Bay Area to offer the Turbo Blend - Freddie's own blend of choice Arabica beans roasted right here in the Bay Area. See more about Fast Freddie Turbo Blend at http://www.fredrodriguez.com. Please join us to meet Fast Freddie and sip this one-of-a-kind coffee. City Cycle is located at 3001 Steiner St @ Union, 800/88ELVIS.
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