Bike the Vote 2010
The Board of Supervisors are very important in deciding funding priorities, and set city policies that promote biking, walking and transit. And the next Board of Supervisors may be called on to appoint an interim mayor, if Gavin Newsom moves on to higher political office next January. This election is crucial — the 11,000 members of the SF Bicycle Coalition have an opportunity to help shape the city for years to come.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is the largest local advocacy group in the city — our endorsement means a lot to candidates. So, please take a moment to review the candidate responses and cast your vote for the best bike candidates. Only current members can vote, and you can only vote once, but each member (you) votes for endorsements in each supervisoral district.
Once we've made our endorsements, we'll be asking our members to hit the streets, dropping literature, door knocking, and phone-banking to make sure our endorsed candidates get elected. So, check back here and the Biker Bulletin for events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to help build a better San Francisco.
The SF Bicycle Coalition will make endorsements for candidates in the Board of Supervisors races. Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Which District is Which?
District 2 covers most of the Marina.
District 4 covers the Sunset.
District 6 covers SOMA, the Tenderloin, and Northern Mission.
District 8 covers the Castro, Noe Valley and Glen Park.
District 10 covers Bayview and Hunters Point.
No other race is more important than the Board of Supervisors' elections in November for the SFBC's top issues -- including building a complete Citywide Bike Network, increasing the number of bike trips in the city, and increasing bike parking and access to transit. The outcome of this election will influence San Francisco's bike friendliness for years to come.
No decision-making group in San Francisco holds as much sway over bike issues -- from deciding on bike lane proposals to funding choices for bike projects -- as the 11-member Board of Supervisors. As you're probably aware, the race is already gearing up, with five of the seats on the Board up for consideration. In order to have a bike-friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors, it is essential that bike-friendly candidates win these races.
How Does The Process Work?
We've asked all of the declared candidates about where they stand on our issues by asking them to respond to our questionnaire. For those who responded, we've posted their questionnaires online to share with SFBC members and the public. (We also encourage members to visit the candidates' own campaign websites -- which we've posted -- to learn about their positions on other issues.)
All current SFBC members had the chance to review the candidates' questionnaire responses and to cast your votes for the SFBC's endorsements in the elections. Only candidates who responded to the questionnaires are eligible for the endorsement.
Online member voting is open between Monday, August 23rd and Monday, September 6th (by midnight). After that, the SFBC Board reviewed the members' recommendations and made the final decisions on endorsements for the November races, announced in the Biker Bulletin.
SFBC members may vote in all of the races, regardless of where they live.