SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 25, 2005
TUBE TIMES FOLDING PARTY TONIGHT!
We love folding - do you? Come one, come all to the Tube Times Folding Party happening tonight! Thousands of newsletters need folding, stapling and labeling, and we need your help to get them out the door! Great people, tasty treats & a whole lot of folding for a good cause. All happening at the SFBC HQ. 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (@7th) TONIGHT from 5-9pm. Call Jodie at 431-BIKE x21 for more info.
FREE SHOWING OF 'END OF SUBURBIA' TONIGHT
***There is a limited supply of indoor bicycle parking, so if you can't lock up outside, make sure to arrive early to get a spot!
Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too the suburban way of life has become embedded in the American consciousness.
But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply.
The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia?
This screening of The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream, is presented by the Transportation and Energy Working Groups of the San Francisco Green Party, and includes a panel discussion featuring Amber Crabbe, Richard Heinberg, Ross Mirkarimi, and Kate White. Visit http://www.endofsuburbia.com for details.
NEW ACTION NEEDED FOR BAY BRIDGE WEST SPAN APPROVAL
Thanks to the hundreds of activists out there who wrote to Gov. Schwarzenegger expressing their support for the implementation of the bicycle/pedestrian path to be added to the West Span of the Bay Bridge! Now we need your help again to tell the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) that West Span funding should be a priority for Bay Area transportation. The MTC is the regional agency in charge of funding transportation projects in the nine-county Bay Area. We are asking MTC to fund the West Span Pathway as part of any funding plan developed to pay for the new East Span of the Bay Bridge.
Please take TWO minutes right now and write the MTC Commissioners a short, personalized fax TODAY at http://www.sfbike.org/baybridge_fax
14TH ST. BIKE LANES TO BE SUBJECT OF COMMUNITY MEETING
As you know, the 14th St. bike lane proposed to fill a gap between Market St. and Dolores ran into some unexpected opposition, and was pulled from a DPT hearing agenda two weeks ago. SFBC has been working to build support among nearby merchants and residents.
We reported last week that Mecca, a bar/restaurant on Market St. at 14th, was opposed to the bike lanes, based on information we received. However, according to Mecca's management, they simply have concerns about auto access that they would like addressed, but that don't rise to the level of opposition. We look forward to working with Mecca, and other businesses in the area, to demonstrate the benefits of a completed bike network and to address any questions that may arise. We expect a DPT-led community meeting sometime in February, and we will be sure to let you know as soon as we hear the date.
In the meantime, especially if you live in District 8, please send an e-mail to Supervisor Dufty to support the 14th St. bike lane at email@example.com. Thanks for your continued advocacy on this project - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
GO GREENBELT! RIDES AGAIN
The sixteenth annual Go Greenbelt! bicycle tour will be on May 8 - 14, 2005. Join Greenbelt Alliance, the Bay Area's leading land conservation and urban planning nonprofit, on this week-long or three-day bicycle ride that raises funds to protect the Bay Area's farmlands and natural areas by stopping sprawl development and promoting smart growth within city boundaries.
The Go Greenbelt! route winds through some of the Bay Area's most scenic back roads during wildflower season. The ride is challenging but rewarding. It begins in San Francisco and heads south along Skyline Ridge to Los Gatos. Over the next six days, the riders pedal over the rolling hills of the South Bay, up Mount Hamilton to Livermore, across the Delta to Fairfield, then through wine country in Napa, and finally down the beautiful Sonoma and Marin coast back to San Francisco. During the ride we hold a series of press conferences with the riders to draw public attention to local greenbelt protection campaigns and other smart growth issues.
See http://www.greenbelt.org/getin volved/events/go_overview.html for more information and to register for the ride. You can also email email@example.com or call 415.543.6771
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