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SFBC Grants Boost Bicycle Activism
Have a great idea for an activist project? Want to change the world, if only you had a little cash? Why not apply for an SFBC activists' grant? We have boosted our former "mini-grant" program and now give up to $500 in seed money for promising endeavors.

If your project supports the SFBC's mission of "transforming San Francisco's streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation, and by improving conditions for walking and transit," you are encouraged to apply. This year grants have been given to support the new pedestrian advocacy group, Walk San Francisco; the annual Bayview neighborhood Run/Walk/Ride for Safety; and the Mikes on Bikes ride in the Gay Pride Parade.

Interested project organizers can pick up an application at the SFBC office. Priority will be given to projects which apply to under-represented communities, with particular emphasis on ethnic, geographic, age, and gender diversity, and those which are initiated by SFBC members.

Bay Bridge Needs SFBC Members' Help
You are invited to help build the "Bridge to the Future," the long-awaited, shore-to-shore, bike/ped path on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, set to open in 2004. The Caltrans Bay Bridge Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BBBPAC) is open for membership and is encouraging more SF involvement.

This multi-million dollar facility has the potential to create a fundamental change in how people commute. Over 280,000 cars now cross the Bay Bridge each and every work day. With a user-friendly path, we can expect at least 10,000 of these folks to begin leaving their cars at home and using the bike path instead. With major traffic delays every morning, biking is obviously faster, less expensive, better for the environment, and much more fun.

It's up to us to be at the table to make sure we build THE RIGHT PATH. Please come out, join in the discussion, and make sure that we get the Path that the Bay Area needs and deserves.

BBBPAC meetings take place on the third Monday of every month from 5-7 pm, alternating between Oakland and SF locations. Special meetings are scheduled on an "as needed basis." To learn more, call 431-BIKE, x-2.

The Bike Hut at South Beach Needs You!
Titus Domenique, 14, wields his wicked wrench. PHOTO BY VICTOR VEYSEY
The Bike Hut is a nonprofit youth training and job creation site, as well as a tiny, full-service bike repair and rental center linked to the Bicycle Community Project/Tides Center. This summer lots of kids will be involved in our apprenticeship program, and we could use help, from mechanical instruction to summer school tutoring and general mentoring. You can also support us with your tax-deductible donations of bikes, parts, etc. and through your patronage.

The Bike Hut at South Beach, Pier 40, at the end of Townsend on the Embarcadero, 415-543-4335. Open Wed., Thurs., Fri. 10-4; Sat.,Sun. 10-6. Winter hours vary.

More Lanes & Racks!
Bike lanes on 8th Street have been striped between Market and Bryant Streets, and will soon be continued to Townsend Street. The Embarcadero bike lanes are being widened by one foot, thanks to appeals from the SFBC and DPT to Caltrans, who had to approve narrowing of the other traffic lanes because their funds paid for the road. Another 200 bike racks all over the city will be installed thanks to a cooperative effort by the DPT, the Conservation Corps, and the SFBC. To suggest a location, call 431-BIKE, x-5.