SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 7, 2005
POTRERO BIKE LANE HEARING SCHEDULED--SUPPORTERS NEEDED
You've been hearing about the campaign for bike lanes on Potrero Avenue for many months, actually, probably years. We're happy to report that there is positive momentum on this long overdue plan to reduce 2 traffic lanes, add bike lanes, and add pedestrian safety features on Potrero south of 17th St. (Yes, we agree that we also need improvements north of 17th St., but that section is on a separate track, and we'll need advocates' help to make sure it gets jump started this year too.)
Mark your calendar for an IMPORTANT HEARING to support Potrero Ave. bike lanes & traffic calming measures next Tuesday, March 15th at 4pm at the Board of Directors of the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), happening at City Hall, room 400. Also, please send a note of support for the proposal to the MTA Board members at Roberta_Boomer@ci.sf.ca.us (if you live or work or ride in the neighborhood, definitely let them know). We're aiming to get Potrero bike lanes striped *before* Bike to Work Day in May!
VOLUNTEER NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY! LAST ONE IN OUR CURRENT OFFICE
The week we have been waiting for--the bi-weekly volunteer night. This will be a farewell-to-our-old office-volunteer night. Besides some good ol' fashion envelope stuffing we will have some light packing to get done before the big move! All helping hands are welcome. Happening at the SFBC HQ. 1095 Market St, Suite 215 (@7th) from 5-8pm. Don't forget to bring your bike up! Call Jodie at 431-BIKE x21 for more info.
URGENT: WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MOVE OUR OFFICE THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
The SFBC grand office move is happening THIS WEEK on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th! We are moving down the block to 995 Market Street @ 6th and we need volunteers from 10am-3pm to make this pedal power move a success. We will take any and all time you can give. There will be something to do for everyone. Lunch provided. For more info, on our move contact Jodie Medeiros at 415-431-BIKE x21 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WELCOME TO 4 NEW SFBC STAFF MEMBERS & FAREWELL TO JOSH HART
SFBC is excited to welcome four new staff members!
You may know Lisa Ruth Elliott from the fabulous job she did organizing Winterfest 2004, which was a major success in every way. We've got even more to look forward to as Lisa Ruth joins our staff as a part-time Development Director. Her wide experience with fund raising and events planning promises to be an invaluable asset to the Bike Coalition.
Denise Esteves has begun work as our new part-time Operations Assistant. With a strong background in advocacy work both internationally and locally, Denise brings a wide array of skills and experience to the SFBC.
You may already know Jodie Medeiros, our fabulous interim Membership Director, who we're excited to bring on permanently! Jodie brings strong people skills and a great heart for a more livable city, along with a solid marketing and communications background.
And longtime SFBC member Andy Thornley will be joining the team as Community Organizer, helping to lead SFBC volunteers on Bike Network campaigns and other top projects. As well as being an experienced volunteer bike advocate, Andy also served as the Chairperson of the S.F. Bicycle Advisory Committee, whose members are appointed by and advise the S.F. Board of Supervisors on bike issues.
Stop by the office or drop an email to say hello to your new staff members.
We are sad to bid farewell in mid-April to Josh Hart, the SFBC's successful and passionate Program Director of the past two years. Josh's successes at the SFBC have included launching our popular Bike Ed classes; developing and implementing programs to train bus and taxicab drivers on safely sharing the road with cyclists, initiating the popular Fell- Masonic Crossing Guard Program; and leadership on a host of projects ranging from advocating for a shore-to-shore bicycle/pedestrian pathway on the Bay Bridge, a more bike & pedestrian-friendly Golden Gate Park; and influencing many of the city's policies affecting bikes. Josh will continue to teach Bike Ed courses for the SFBC, and is planning on attending graduate school in the United Kingdom after a good dose of bike touring and travel. No doubt he will continue to advocate for positive social change. We thank and commend him for his inspiring dedication and skills toward bike advocacy. We'll miss you, Josh!
SFBC HIRING NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR
We are accepting applications now for the Program Director position, which oversees the Bike Coalition's major programs, including managing Bike Network campaigns and shaping public policy affecting bicycling. Check out the full job description, (and please pass on to interested, talented, advocacy-minded friends), at http://www.sfbike.org/jobs_program
STATE BIKE FUNDS IN JEOPARDY--PLEASE SEND A LETTER OF SUPPORT TODAY
How long has it been since you sat down and wrote a letter to your elected officials? Personal, handwritten letters (with your signature) are the most effective form of communication with political leaders, and the good news is that they need only take five minutes to write. Please take a moment to sit down and write a letter or two to let our elected officials know that you care about better biking in California.
The California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) is gearing up for a major campaign to save a key source of bike funds from being reduced. The Bike Transportation Account is a competitive program of $7.2 million a year, which is granted to cities and counties to make bike safety improvements. This program was established in the mid-70s with funds from the Highway Users Tax Account.
The SFBC strongly supports a new bill (SB 523), being introduced by State Senator Tom Torlakson, because it would insure that these funds remain available for better biking, rather than being reduced to $5 million a year starting in July 2006. San Francisco has won BTA funds in the past two years to add bike lanes in the near future on Alemany Blvd., 14th St., Fulton St., San Jose Ave. and to replace car parking spaces in front of the Main Public Library with bike parking.
Please send a brief note to State Senator Carole Migden to encourage her to support the bill (her contact information is at http://www.sfbike.org/leaders ). And, please send thank you letters to Senator Torlakson (his contact info is available at http://senate.ca.gov)
WALK/ BIKE CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS
The second biennial Walk/Bike California Conference will be held on > Wednesday, September 14 to Friday, September 16, 2005 in Ventura, California. A Call for Presentations, Sponsors or Exhibits is out and due by Thursday, March 24. For information and submittal forms, refer to the conference web site: http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net
Whether your interest is engineering, planning, public health, universal access, livable communities, safety, education, law, transportation reform or marketing, Walk/Bike California 2005 is an essential conference to share your work, network with colleagues, and meet those who are funding and creating an exciting movement that is changing the way Californians live. Walk/Bike California 2005 is hosted by the California Bicycle Coalition and the City of Ventura in association with California Walks.
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL
Bike to Work Day 2005--May 19th--preparation is in full swing, and this year's event is looking better than ever! We need volunteers for 20 Energizer Stations all across the city. And this year, one area of expanded outreach is to non-English speakers. We need your help translating materials for Energizer Stations and would like oral translators at Energizer Stations during BTWD. Do you speak or write Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese or Tagalog?
We made BTWD volunteer a snap this year. All interested volunteers for ALL aspects of Bike To Work Day, go to our website www.sfbike.org/btwd_vol to sign up!
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