SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 1, 2005
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS JUST OVER 2 WEEKS AWAY!
The SFBC is in full swing gearing up for Bike to Work Day on May 19th. We hope you all have it on your calendar to take part in the most exciting bike commuting event of the year! We still need Energizer Station morning and evening volunteers - contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
And don't forget about the Bike Away from Work Party at 111 Minna Gallery that evening from 6-9pm. Free entrance and valet bike parking! Amazing raffle prizes and silent auction for bike goodies. Don't miss it! sfbike.org/btwd
POTRERO CALMING PROJECT HEARING MAY 16TH - GET THE WORD OUT!
The Potrero Avenue traffic calming/bike lane project is coming to the Board of Supervisors' City Operations & Neighborhood Services (CONS) Committee on Monday, May 16th. That's too late to have improvements ready for Bike to Work Day, but we're pushing to have things implemented in time for World Environment Day, the first week of June. Save the hearing date: Monday, May 16th at 1pm at City Hall, Room 263.
We need your help before May 16th distributing flyers in the neighborhood (especially at friendly places like coffee shops, bike shops) and to potential new supporters (such as any of your neighbors or co-workers who may not be on this list, and to bicyclists on other bike routes in the neighborhood). If you can spend a little time distributing flyers, please email Andy Thornley and we'll get you set up for old-school outreach action on this important project! See sfbike.org/potrero for more info.
BIKETOWN IN SAN FRANCISCO - THIS FRIDAY
12:00-1:30pm (press conference at 1pm)
Join rockers Rhythm Matrix, a pedal-powered smoothie blender, and the SFBC for BikeTown - a giveaway of 50 new bicycles to Bay Area residents who submitted winning essays on why they want to use a bike to commute. BikeTown is a national collaboration between Bicycling Magazine, Shimano, and the League of American Bicyclists - they are giving away 50 bicycle in 20 markets throughout the United States. Bikes for the Bay Area are being provided by Giant Bicycles. More details at www.bicycling.com/biketown and www.511.org.
Volunteers needed! Contact Jodie at email@example.com if you can help.
THANKS FOR COMING OUT TO THE GOLDEN WHEEL AWARDS!
If you weren't one of the more than 150 attendees at Thursday's Golden Wheel Awards at the LGBT Community Center, put it in your date book for next year! Check out our photo gallery featuring photos by Chris Gramly and Adam Aufdencamp for images of an inspiring evening of bicycle love, empowerment through bicycling, and community activism. Thanks to all those who helped raise over $14,000 through this fine event to support our continued work and our ability to honor people like our awardees Gillian Gillett and The Bike Kitchen.
GG BRIDGE ACCESS INTERRUPTED THIS WEDNESDAY, 11 AM - 5 PM
Mary Currie of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District writes:
"On Wednesday, May 4, 2005, the Golden Gate Bridge security coalition will be conducting a secured tactical drill under the north approach span of the Bridge. As a result, all bicycle and pedestrian access under the Bridge via Conzelman Road will be closed from approximately 11 am to 5 pm.
Mary Currie, Public Affairs Director
Don't forget - your support is still needed to stop the bike-ped toll on the Golden Gate Bridge! Make your voice heard TODAY at sfbike.org/ggb.
BERKELEY SFBC MEMBERS: PEDAL EXPRESS IN TROUBLE
In an attempt to address massive funding shortfalls, the City of Berkeley is drastically cutting some departmental budgets. One contract on the chopping block is with Pedal Express, which has been delivering interoffice mail to outlying city buildings by bicycle for over ten years.
Pedal Express originally won this city contract as part of Berkeley's Resource Conservation and Global Warming Abatement Plan, which calls for a 15% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2010. In ten years they have proven to not only decrease pollution and traffic with bicycle delivery, but also provide timely, efficient service at significant savings to the city. Delivering by motor vehicle will add ~20,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Please support Pedal Express! If you live or work in Berkeley, write or email Berkeley City Council Members (info at www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/citycouncil) and attend the City Council meeting on May 10th. Wear your helmet at the meeting as a sign of solidarity! Contact Pedal Express for more details, (510) 843-7339.
DON'T MISS VOLUNTEER NIGHT TWO WEEKS IN A ROW!
Two very exciting volunteer nights are cookin at the new SFBC HQ. This Wednesday - May 4th - and NEXT Wednesday May 11th (two weeks in a row!). Both pre-Bike to Work Day Volunteer Nights promise to be fun events. Preparation for new member packets and Energizer Station give-a-ways are on deck. All enthusiastic bodies needed. Bring a friend - better yet, bring your Bike Buddy! We supply tasty dinner. The evening starts at 5pm. If you have questions, contact Jodie.
BIKE BUDDY PROGRAM IN FULL SWING
Thanks to all of you who have committed to being Bike Buddy Mentors. TODAY is the final day for Bike Buddies to sign up with their Newbie to be eligible for the *special* Bike Buddy Raffle. Help us get 100 new people biking to work on May 19th. Go to sfbike.org/bikebuddy to sign up to be a mentor or newbie (if you need a nudge to pedal on your daily commute). We have over 60 mentors and 13 newbies. There's still time! Sign up today!
GOT STUFF? YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS CAN MEAN $$ FOR THE SFBC!
Cleaning out your closets? Making room for that new couch? Getting rid of unwanted clutter? All these goodies can help support local bike advocacy! The Community Thrift Store (located at 623 Valencia St between 17th & 18th) has made the SFBC an official charity. What does this mean? You can designate the SFBC (#181) to receive the proceeds from your donated goods. Donations are accepted 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. It is that easy. Any questions, give Community Thrift a call at 415/861-4910.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SUPPORT LANDS END IMPROVEMENTS
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service are in the process of creating a plan for trail and habitat improvements at Lands End in the GGNRA. Part of that process includes hearing from the people who regularly use the trail through visitor use surveys.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is in need of on-site surveyors for two weekends + Mondays (May 14-16, May 21-23) and a few weekdays in between. Surveyors will work in pairs for four-hour shifts from morning to early evening and will receive training from the SFSU professor managing the process. The results of the survey will help better inform decision-making and guide our strategy for social trail obliteration and restoration. And, your contribution of time will result in funding for the Bike Coalition and in thoughtful trail planning in the Park!
BIKESUMMER: LOS ANGELES
BikeSummer is coming to Los Angeles in 2005! In its seventh year, BikeSummer is a bicycle extravaganza that is hosted by a different city each year. From June 3rd to July 4th, 2005 there will be dozens of bicycle events in the LA area to celebrate biking and energize the local bike community. From art shows and film fests to restaurant tours (by bike of course!) and races there will something for riders of all levels. For more information please see www.bikesummer.org. If you would like to put on an event or help with general organizing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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