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Messengers Organize for More Rights
For the first time since the mid-1980s, bike messengers walked off the job in March. Their strike was in support of messenger Clive Lightwood who was demoted for union organizing, according to San Francisco Bike Messengers Association (SFBMA) President Howard Williams. The early morning action resulted in the reinstatement of Lightwood by mid-day. Messengers also stopped work for one hour on tax day, April 15th for a noontime rally.

DMS is the target of a lawsuit by attorneys retained by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), who hope to unionize the city’s on-call delivery industry. A letter from the lawyers to DMS alleges numerous violations of labor law, including failure to pay overtime, illegal payroll deductions for the use of company pagers (which are required), and failure to reimburse for work-related losses (like stolen or damaged bikes). A survey conducted in 1996 found that SF messengers are among the worst paid in the country. The ILWU is hoping to change that.

Cyclist Wins $1,000 For Illegal CM Arrest
SF Superior Court Judge Thomas Mellon awarded bicyclist Howard Besser $1,000 plus court costs for being illegally arrested in last July’s Critical Mass ride.

"The police can’t arbitrarily round up people and arrest them just because they oppose some of the Mayor’s policies," says Besser. "They can’t handcuff and lock people up in order to stifle dissent, knowing full well that the Courts or the D.A. will drop the charges later."

Bikes On Parade
Join fellow bike freaks for the second-ever SFBC contingent in the Carnaval parade! Last year was a bona-fide hoot-and-a-half — wacky bikes, huge puppets, funky music, mechanical wonders, and more! This year we want more crazy bikes, more tricks, fabulous costumes, more synchronized biking. Call Mary at 431-BIKE, ext. 1 to find out about soon-to-be scheduled bike decorating party dates and to RSVP for the May 30th parade.
Marie Williams speaks to the crowd at the 7th Annual Stop Light Run/Walk/Ride in the Bayview in March. Nearly two dozen SFBCmembers attended the event to help raise awareness about traffic safety. Pictured above with Williams are (from left) Bevan Dufty of the Mayor’s Office; Tom Ammiano, President of the SFBoard of Supervisors; Algenon Dedmon, of the SF Neighborhood Safety Partnership; and twin sisters Danielle and Christin, who lost their father in a car crash. PHOTO BY DAVE SNYDER

Ride Urges People to ‘Do Something’
Ride! The SFBC is teaming up with Do Something (the organization of "young people changing the world") for a fun fundraising bike ride June 19th. The ride kicks off the Do Something Coast-to-Coast Challenge, a cross-country bike ride staring June 20th. The ride is a call to action to inspire one million Americans to pledge one day of service to improve their communities.

The June 19th ride will start at Crissy Field or Fort Mason and wind through the Presidio, along Ocean Beach, around Lake Merced, then back to the beginning via Golden Gate Park.

The relaxing 25-mile ride will be an almost traffic-free and family-friendly ride that raises money for a good children’s cause.

Registration is $35. Riders who raise $100 or more in pledges to support Do Something get entered in a drawing for a Schwinn Paramount Phantom bicycle. For more information, call the SFBC at 415-431-BIKE, ext. 7.