SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 6, 2005
SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT TO PREVIEW CITY'S 5-YEAR BIKE SCHEDULE!
The SF Bicycle Advisory Committee has scheduled a special meeting > tonight for presentation and review of the 5-year plan for Prop. K-funded bicycle projects in San Francisco. We're encouraging interested SFBC members to check out the plan - see http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org/site/dptbi ke_index.asp -- and attend to give your input. This is important because the plan will dictate which bike projects compete for our local sales tax transportation dollars -- and when. The meeting is tonight, February 7th, at 6:15 PM, at City Hall Room 421.
UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR BIKE PLAN AT PLANNING COMMISSION
Thanks to the nearly dozen SFBC members who came out Thursday night for a long meeting at the Planning Commission. We're thrilled to report that there was unanimous support among the 5 Commissioners present for the Bike Plan's Policy Document, which was presented by the Department of Parking & Traffic and which incorporated a lot of ideas from SFBC members.
But, the success was not without some surreal moments, including harsh comments towards bicyclists from a handful of community members opposing the Plan. Believe it or not, they asked the Commissioners to oppose the Plan because, they claimed, it was "delusional" to think more people would or should be biking in San Francisco! That people who promoted more biking - yes, that's us! - are "cult-like." And that this Plan is too "radical" for San Francisco. (Perhaps so, if you think promoting bike safety, better education of motorists and cyclists sharing the roads, and decreasing bike theft are radical ideas.) It was a good reminder that we still have a lot of work to do educating some about the benefits of biking. But, for now, we'll just savor our victory!!! (Stay tuned for the next step, which will be a hearing before the Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee in about a month. We'll need more supporters!
*SPECIAL* VOLUNTEER NIGHT-THIS WEDNESDAY!
It is that time again! This Wednesday (2/9) is the SFBC bi-weekly Volunteer Night, and we have a super special one planned this week. Not only do we have the usual folding, stuffing and stamping to do, we aspire to create 200 handmade valentines for MUNI drivers! (see description below) In addition, members of the McGuire Racing Team will be at volunteer night to answer all your burning questions about racing! We have an exciting night planned. Don't miss it. We can't do it all without your help! All happening at the SFBC HQ. 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (@7th) from 5-9pm. Call Jodie at 431-BIKE x21 for more info.
WE LOVE MUNI DRIVERS-VALENTINES DAY LOVE*FEST
Valentines Day gives us a chance to show MUNI that we appreciate them sharing the road with bikes on our busy city streets (**or create a loving reminder that we are all out there together!) SFBC will be teaming up with member volunteers to deliver 200 handmade valentines cards in thanks for sharing the road! We are looking for volunteers to 1) come and make a valentine for MUNI drivers on Wednesday Feb 9th Volunteer Night. 2) Deliver the valentines to a MUNI driver on your favorite route on Valentines Day! All interested volunteers can come by the SFBC office on Thursday and Friday to pick up a valentine for your driver. For more info on this wacky MUNI-love campaign, please contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 431-BIKE x21.
CONTRACT POSTIONS: BAY AREA BICYCLE COALITION (BABC)
The BABC represents the nine Bay Area bicycle coalitions on a regional level promoting bicycles as a safe and healthy form of transportation. BABC is in the midst of planning Bike to Work Day 2005 and has (2) contract positions open-Webmaster & Graphic Artist-to support the planning of this Bay Area wide event. Deadline for applications: Feb 11th. For complete details, please go to http://www.bayareabikes.org
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