Enclosed in this issue is the SFBC's 1999 Annual Report. It was another good year, marked most notably by a huge leap of the city's commitment to traffic calming and small steps toward completion of the city's bike route network.
It was our first year aided by the guidance of a carefully wrought strategic plan, and for the first time, our Annual Report focuses on the plan's four main goals: (1) the completion of the urban bicycle pathway network; (2) encouraging a long-term comprehensive traffic calming policy for San Francisco, (3) educating all road users about bicyclists' rights and responsibilities, and (4) promoting a policy to shift travel modes from automobiles to bicycles and other alternatives.
The strategic plan has proven a vital asset in keeping us focused. Every three months, I update our Board Of Directors on our progress toward the strategic plan, and in January I updated the members on our strategic priorities for 2000. These reports can be found on our web site at www.sfbike.org/reports.
It was a relatively quiet year, in contrast to 1997-when reporters hovered outside offices waiting for the results of our latest Mayoral meeting-and 1998-when bicyclists hoped for quick implementation of the bicycle network in response to what seemed to be an irrefutable demand for action evidenced by Critical Mass. It didn't quite turn out that way, so 1999 was spent building grassroots support--a slower, less noticeable, but more powerful process.
I'm also happy to report that 1999 was another good year financially. Again, individual cyclists provided the bulk of our funds: 57% of our budget came from dues and individual donations. After the revolution when our basic material needs (not including cars, I would imagine) are considered a human right and provided freely from the excess of modern industry we won't have to have paid staff or fundraising appeals. Until then, we appreciate our members digging deep to support this "velorution."
After reading the Annual Report, I think you'll agree that your investment in a better city is yielding grand dividends.