SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 22, 2005
BRING ON THE RAIN! BIKE TO WORK DAY HUGE SUCCESS
The SFBC sends out a million thanks to the riders and volunteers on last year's Bike to Work Day who made the wet-weather event a huge success! A little rain did not deter the thousands of riders who came by our 23 Energizer Stations scattered around the city, nor Mayor Newsom and members of the Board of Supervisors, who pedaled to City Hall. In fact, despite the rain, bicyclists made up nearly one-third of the traffic headed downtown on Market Street during the morning commute hour. The SFBC would like to send a special welcome to the 200+ new members who joined on Bike to Work Day. And thanks to the SFBC Bike Buddies who made the 1st Bike Buddy program a roarin' success. Check out fun Bike to Work Day photos at sfbike.org.
CONTACT STATE SENATORS TO SUPPORT BIKE FUNDING
Please send letters this week to State Senators Carole Migden and Jackie Speier to urge them to support the effort to retain funding for the Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA). State bill 523 (sponsored by Senators Torlakson & Maldonado) is being considered in the Senate Appropriations committee, (which Senator Migden chairs), on May 26th. This is an important bill for bike funding in San Francisco and throughout the state. Unless we pass SB 523, BTA funding will dramatically decrease next year. Given that $50 million in bike project applications go unfunded each year, this decrease would be another a major hurdle for planners, bicyclists, and others concerned about providing safe and clear routes to schools, trails, jobs and shopping. Although we would love to see the BTA increased to a greater percentage of the overall transportation budget, we recognize that funds are limited and are only asking that the funding be preserved at its current level. To find out more, see the California Bicycle Coalition's web page. Please send brief letters supporting SB 523 to Senators Migden (fax:916-445-4722) and Speier (fax:916-327-2186) before Thursday.
OFFICIAL BIKE PLAN & POTRERO AVE. BIKE LANES HEAD TO FULL BOARD
Both the new Citywide Bike Plan and the proposal for Potrero Ave. bike lanes and traffic calming passed unanimously last week at two separate Board of Supervisors committees. They each head for a vote at the full Board Tuesday, where we expect support. Many thanks to the dozens of SFBC members who have spoken at hearings, handed out flyers, written letters, and helped to make these two soon-to-be victories a reality! Please send a special note of thanks to Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Sophie Maxwell for their leadership on the Potrero project. And please send thanks to Maxwell, Gerardo Sandoval and Jake McGoldrick for their support on the Bike Plan.
TWO WEDNESDAYS IN A ROW--VOLUNTEER NIGHTS AT SFBC HQ
The fun never stops! We have our post-Bike to Work Day Volunteer Night scheduled this week -- Wednesday night -- at the SFBC HQ for our bi-weekly envelope stuffing frenzy. But that isn't all! The SFBC will be re-establishing our phone banking efforts. And last, but not least, hundreds of new members need database attention. You supply the energy and we spring for dinner.
Next week is our Tube Times folding party. Mark your calendar and join the party!
All happening at the SFBC HQ at 995 Market St (@ 6th St). Suite 1550. Starting at 5pm. Bring your bike up! If you have questions email Jodie. Hope to see you then!
BIKE-FRIENDLY WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY EVENTS--VOLUNTEERS NEEDED & MARK YOUR CALENDAR
POST BTWD BIKING BENEFITS
Dig deep in that yellow BTWD bag for all kinds of discounts around the Bay Area. We'd like to highlight one of them: the blue 15% off coupon to Sports Basement. It's a full 5% more than your year-round SFBC member discount (regularly 10%) gets you (need a new helmet, pair of shoes, rain gear maybe?), and has the added bonus of kicking back 5% of the sales proceeds to the SFBC when you use it. This is an easy way to support the SFBC's work above and beyond your yearly membership payment. For other ways to include the SFBC in your yearly giving, see sfbike.org/support.
WATCH FOR BIKE STORY WEDNESDAY
We're looking forward to an article on the SF Chronicle website this Wednesday about how (in their words), "San Francisco cyclists have gone from traffic-stopping outsiders to pillars of civic life." Check out the story by Gregory Dicum at SFGate this Wednesday.
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