SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 16, 2005Check out this great story on Kash, bike parking guru of the world. From the Friday section of the Chronicle.
BIKE TO WORK DAY--YOU'RE A STAR THURSDAY
You'll be a star this Thursday, May 19th as the Bay Area celebrates annual Bike to Work Day. This is the day to introduce your non-biking friends and co-workers to the joys of commuting! Reward yourselves by stopping at one of the SFBC's 20+ Energizer Stations during your morning or evening commute and get your free musette bag stuffed with bike goodies, free snacks and a well-deserved pat on the back for taking the motor-free commute (click here for a map of the Energizer Stations along your route and other activities). Heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of SFBC volunteers who make Bike to Work Day in SF a reality. If you're not signed up to help yet, it's not too late to pitch in -- please join us for the big Bike to Work Day press conference with Mayor Newsom and members of the Board of Supervisors outside City Hall (Polk St. steps) 7:45am. Show City Hall -- and all the TV news cameras -- the level of support for better biking! (The SFBC is crossing its fingers for good weather...)
BIKE AWAY FROM WORK PARTY
Join the SFBC at 111 Minna Gallery (located off 2nd St, between Mission & Howard in Downtown) for a drink, music, and a chance to win some fabulous prizes (including a new bike!) We also will be doing a bike-friendly silent auction. Free admission & valet bike parking. See sfbike.org/btwd for details. Bring your friends, open to the public, all are welcome!
ANNOUNCING POTRERO VICTORY!
A key Board of Supervisors' committee today unanimously supported the much-awaited proposal for traffic calming and bike lanes on Potrero Ave. between 17th and 25th Streets. Neighbors in this area have worked tirelessly for this victory, and the SFBC is honored to be part of such a strong, successful coalition organizing for pedestrian/bicycle/traffic safety improvements. The first phase of improvements approved today are a "road diet" for Potrero Ave., including removing a traffic lane and adding bike lanes in each direction, adding turn lanes, and creating more space for pedestrians to wait in the center when crossing.
Special thanks to the 20 people - neighbors, SFBC members, representatives from Buena Vista Elementary School, and SF General Hospital - for taking time today to speak out at the hearing: you were great! This project now goes before the full Board of Supervisors, where support is expected. We are pushing to get the changes implemented by early June - stay tuned! Please take a minute to thank Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Sophie Maxwell for their leadership on this important effort to make our neighborhoods safer and more livable.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT BIKE HEARING THIS WEEK
Bike supporters' voices are needed at an important Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee hearing this Wednesday afternoon to consider the first part, or Policy Document, of the long-awaited City Bicycle Plan. If it passes, important policies for better biking -- including setting a goal of 10% of trips by bike by 2010 -- will become part of San Francisco's official city policy. Please come to the hearing Wednesday, May 18th, at 1pm at City Hall, Room 263. To find out more about the plan, see www.bicycle.sfgov.org and http://www.livablecity.org/campaigns/bikeplanupdate or for more info, contact Leah at email@example.com or 431-BIKE x306.
We will be urging the Board of Supervisors to do the following Wednesday:
CITY SWAPS CAR PARKING FOR BIKE PARKING
You're invited to celebrate 30+ new bike parking spaces in front of the Main Library (Grove St. entrance) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Wednesday morning. These spaces are extra-special because they replace two spots formerly known as car parking spots! That's right, we're swapping out car parking for bike parking. Many thanks to the Dept. of Parking & Traffic Bike Program staff and the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA). Celebrate the new spots at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Wednsedsay at 11am on Grove St., just off Market St., with MTA Executive Director Michael Burns.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SFBC TABLING EVENTS
The SFBC has been invited to table at important bike-related events this upcoming weekend and we need SFBC member representatives.
Two to three members are needed at each of these bike-friendly events. If interested, please contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 431-BIKE x305.
RIDE THE CITYWIDE BIKE NETWORK SUNDAY
Join SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum for an up-to-the-minute update of the city's Bike Network on a bike tour this Sunday, May 22nd. What's planned? Where are we winning? Where are we not? Where can you get involved to help fill the gaps? We'll focus on the Top 20 Bike Network projects, scattered throughout the city. Ride meets at 10am on the Polk St. steps of City Hall, and will last about 3 hours. Contact email@example.com for more information. (Rain cancels.)
ATTENTION TEACHERS AND AFTER SCHOOL PROVIDERS:
If you are a teacher of 4th grade and up, or an after school provider, you can sign your students up for the most educational field trip of the school year! The SFBC and Department of Parking and Traffic will be hosting a bicycle rodeo on June 2nd at Civic Center Plaza, immediately following the Opening Ceremony for World Environment Day. Adult leaders will guide students through various fun and challenging stations designed to teach bicycle safety and skills, and the bicycle's role in creating a safe and healthy environment. Registration required to reserve your time slot! For more information contact Susan Silber at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 558-0821.
MEMBER DISCOUNTS EVERYWHERE!
The benefits of SFBC membership never end! Our most recently added discounts include:
Newest Bike Shop Discounts!
And much much more! Get the latest list of discounts for SFBC members at our website: see sfbike.org/discounts.
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