SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 9, 2005
CRITICAL VOTES ON POTRERO BIKE LANES & BIKE PLAN UPDATE NEXT WEEK
Two major bike projects are at a critical juncture next week, and we need SFBC members' support to make sure they pass at the Board of Supervisors. First, the long-awaited plan for Potrero Ave. traffic calming/bike lanes will go before the Board committee Monday, May 16th at 1pm at City Hall, Room 263. We need to pack the house with supporters. Find out more about the meeting, and how you can help even if you can't attend, at sfbike.org/potrero.
And, after 2 years in the works, the important policy portion of the City's new official Bike Plan will be voted on by the Board on Wednesday, May 18th at 1pm at City Hall, Room 263, just the day before Bike to Work Day! This includes plans for better bike access on transit, more secure bike parking, better education of motorists, cyclists, and law enforcement, and more. Find out more at sfbike.org/bikeplan.
These are two of the most important projects the SFBC has worked on. We need your support!!! Contact Leah at 431-BIKE x306 or email@example.com to find out more about these hearings.
BIKE TO WORK DAY IS NEXT WEEK!
This is it! the FINAL HOURS before Bike to Work Day. The big day is less than 10 days away and the SFBC needs your immediate help to make this year's Bike to Work Day better than ever! Here's what we have cookin at the SFBC...
Thank you for your dedication to making the 2005 Bike to Work Day the best it can be! We couldn't do it without you. See you in the bike lane!
NEW MARKET STREET BIKE LANES STRIPED THIS WEEK!
Notice something new and mysterious during your commute down Market St. this morning? Ah, those must have been the beginnings of our newest bike lanes in town. That's right, the recently approved, SFBC-initiated bike lanes on Market St. between 8th St. and Van Ness Ave. are being striped this very week. Check them out, ride on them, love them! (As of today, there were only the outlines of the bike lanes, not the accompanying bike stencils or "bike lane" words, but those will come this week too.) If you love this project, email a quick note of thanks to Supervisor Chris Daly and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Enjoy!!!
GEAR UP FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY BIKE SHOP SALE
Do you need accessories to make your commute easier & more comfortable? Check out the Gear Up for Bike to Work Day sale at these 10 participating local Bike Shops for sweet Bike to Work Day deals. All participating shops will be giving the SFBC discounts during these sale days. Sale runs May 11-21. Tell your friends. And look out for the ads in the Guardian, SF Weekly & Examiner.
STOP THE TOLL CAMPAIGN HEATS UP ON GG BRIDGE
Thanks to the 300+ members who responded to our special alert last week about the SFBC's Stop the Toll campaign to stop the proposed bike/pedestrian toll on Golden Gate Bridge -- we faxed and emailed hundreds of letters to local and state representatives. And we gathered hundreds of signatures on our Stop the Toll petition near the Bridge on Saturday. (Unfortunately our volunteer signature gatherers were slowed down by rain on Sunday and being "asked to move off state property" on Saturday, but we're working to find a better location for petitions for upcoming weekends.) We still need your help - check out www.sfbike.org/ggb to find out how you can help in less than 3 minutes! And sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive special updates on this issue.
GET EDUCATED FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY
SFBC's FREE Bike Ed Street Skills classes are in full swing. Sign up today to learn all you need to know to ride the streets safe and smart. Next class is Tuesday, May 17 at 5:30pm, Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St @ Cole - pre-registration is required.
FREE BIKES, HAPPY PEOPLE AT BIKETOWN
Last Friday's Biketown event in downtown San Francisco was a raving success, based on the reactions of 50 ecstatic winners of free Giant commuter bikes. Thanks to event sponsors Bicycling magazine, Shimano, Pacific Bikes, and others for organizing such a bike-loving afternoon. To literally see the joy that biking brings to people, check out the beaming smiles in our photo gallery (special thanks to photographer Anita Bowen).
POTRERO HILL 94107
SFBC member Fran Taylor has been covering the winning of bike lanes and other changes on Potrero Avenue for the Potrero View newspaper, and the editor, a cyclist herself, has suggested a piece on biking on the Hill. If you live or work or otherwise pedal around on Potrero Hill, please send Fran your tips on how to conquer the daunting slopes, adventure stories, obscure destinations, and so on. Phone or e-mail, names or anonymous all okay. The object is a light-hearted guide to encourage Hill residents to try getting around on two wheels. Contact Fran at email@example.com or 415/947-6497 (daytime).
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