SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 26, 2005
"Among the prettiest sites in Bejing were the ubiquitous bicyclists, wearing ponchos of yellow, purple, light green, navy blue and red, a whole rainbow set against the splashy streets and gray sky, creating the fleeting feeling of an impressionist painting."
- Madeline Albright
TAKE ACTION BEFORE JULY 5th TO STOP GG BRIDGE TOLL
We have growing support at the state level to stop tolls on cyclists and pedestrians. Assembly Bill (AB) 748, which would prohibit tolls for bicyclists and pedestrians on highways and bridges in the State, passed the State Assembly just weeks ago. The next crucial stop for AB 748 is the State Senate Transportation & Housing committee. This is happening next week--July 5th! Please take two minutes today to send a personalized fax to key State Senators, asking them to support AB 748. It's fast, easy, and free on our simple-to-use Instant Activist page: http://www.sfbike.org/ggb
OAKDALE BIKE LANES STRIPED!!
San Francisco's newest bike lanes are here, hooray -- Oakdale Street has just been striped with swell new bike lanes from Bayshore to Selby/Industrial, connecting with an already-striped segment from Selby to Phelps. Props to our pals at DPT who got this done, it's one of the Top 20 priority bike network improvements identified in the Bike Plan Update, and it closes an important bike route gap in the southeastern neighborhoods. As we forge onward to tame and stripe Bayshore and Cesar Chavez, there's a pretty good path shaping up to Bayview and beyond!
This calls for a celebration -- want to help us throw a party? Get in touch with Andy Thornley (415-431-BIKE x307 or email@example.com) and he'll get you on the balloon-blowing and cake-cutting program . . .
THIS WEDNESDAY: BI-WEEKLY VOLUNTEER NIGHT--PRODUCTIVE & SOCIAL
Interested in doing some volunteer work, but don't usually have time? SFBC makes it easier by having it at night! This Wednesday, June 29th at 5pm is the SFBC bi-weekly volunteer night. Assist us in keeping your organization running smoothly. This week, we will be doing some general mailings and light data entry. You vote on dinner and we pick up the tab in thanks for your efforts! Happening at the SFBC office at 995 Market Street Suite 1550 (@ 6th) from 5-8pm. Bring your bike up! Everyone encouraged to participate. Questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See you Wednesday.
HELP KEEP THE PEDESTRIAN OASIS FROM BEING FLOODED (WITH CARS)
The Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority and the Rec & Park Commission have approved a Concourse circulation plan that stops far short of creating the Pedestrian Oasis we were promised -- traffic will be allowed through the Concourse from both the north and the south! Although signs will state that only drop-off traffic is allowed, the only real deterrent to cut-through traffic will be a few stop signs and some pavement treatment (colored paint?) to keep cars traveling under 15 MPH.
The SFBC and allied groups are asking for physical barriers to prevent cars from entering the Concourse ~at all~ during the hours the museums are closed (before 10 am and after 5 pm) and allowing only Muni and emergency vehicles to access the concourse from the north other hours. These barriers could be electronic bollards that would allow Muni to enter the concourse, but keep other cars out. Electronic bollards are used in many European cities, and closer to home at Stanford University, to allow bus or emergency service access to pedestrian zones that are closed to private cars.
Now the Concourse Circulation Plan is headed to the Board of Supervisors. Please send an e-mail to your supervisor and them to ask for a true pedestrian oasis in the Music Concourse that will have physical barriers to prevent cut through traffic, and will be closed to private auto traffic when the museums are not open. See our handy web page to find your supervisor's contact info:---> http://www.sfbike.org/leaders
TWO HOT BIKE MEETINGS THIS WEEK: CESAR CHAVEZ & MARKET ST
Cesar Chavez corridor campaign is being kicked off at the SFBC office this week on Tuesday night. And the first AMBLE (Active Market Bike Lane Enforcement) Meeting will be taking place on Thursday night at the SFBC HQ. See the Chain of Events for full details.
WANTED: SFBC MEMBERSHIP INTERNS
Have you got a mind for membership, and a passion for growing the bike movement? SFBC's Membership Intern will gain first-hand experience in grassroots membership acquisition and retention by working directly with the Membership Director. Tasks will include assisting in and in some cases leading projects in direct email, membership outreach, bike shop relationship building & expanding SFBC's presence in local bike shops, prospect acquisition, volunteer management and more.
Internships start immediately and will conclude in early fall (though they can be extended). SFBC offers flexible schedules and require a minimum of 8 hrs/wk. This a non-paid position, but we are happy to work with any academic requirements to help interns earn college credit for their efforts.
If interested, please send a letter of interest and experience to email@example.com
BIKE HUT FOUNDATION BECOMES OFFICIAL NON-PROFIT
On May 13th Bike Hut Foundation became an official non-profit, assumed the lease and the running of the Bike Hut at Pier 40 with aim to return the Hut to its' roots as a youth mentoring program and a bike recycling site. Ted Thomas has stepped in as Executive Director, and Victor Veysey will stay on as a staff member. Board members are Pi Ra, Norm McAllister, Mike Klett, and Mattias Derynck. As always bike donations, as well as parts, helmets and your time, are greatly appreciated. See our website for more info. www.thebikehut.com
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