Quick Releases

Prop. F for Free Family Fun

Thanks to help from SFBC members, the effort to qualify a ballot initiative - Prop. F - for closing JFK Drive on Saturdays was successful! In an impressive display of grassroots activism, the Advocates for a Safe Golden Gate Park turned in over 18,000 signatures, guaranteeing that Prop. F will come before San Francisco voters at the November 7th election.

The campaign, while exciting, will require a huge commitment of time and energy, particularly now that several politicians, led by Supervisor Michael Yaki, have placed a last-minute opposing measure on the November ballot. Their measure, Prop. G, would delay consideration of Saturday closure until a garage under Golden Gate Park was being built.

What Prop. F (for Free Family Fun!) needs most now is funds, so that we can get our message out effectively and repeatedly to large numbers of voters. Donations from the bicycling community are urgently needed. To contribute, call the campaign's treasurer, Niko Letunic, at 552-7789, or simply send a check made out to "ASGGP" to 277-1/2 Clinton Park, SF, CA 94103. Success on Prop. F will bring not just Saturday closure but a powerful mandate for fewer cars in Golden Gate Park! For more info. about the campaign, visit www.safeggp.org or call 704-3195.

Annual Party Gearing Up

Put on your thinking caps for the renovated, expanded, and renamed SFBC Indoor Bike Festival and Auction (formerly the Membership Appreciation Party). This is a free event for SFBC members that will be held Sunday, December 3rd. There will be great food and beer, silent and live auctions, tricycle races, carnival games, stunt performances, door-prizes, live and canned music, oh and did we mention beer and food. The location this year will be at somArts (formerly Somar Gallery) on 8th and Brannan.

We are soliciting and accepting donated auction items (not just bike items). This year auction items will be available for advance viewing! Also, if you think your workplace may want to help support the SFBC, this is your opportunity. Contact event organizer Joel Pomerantz to strategize a company donation or festival sponsorship: 431-BIKE, x-9

Photo by Vince Vitale
Wanted: Secure Bike Parking in Gyms

Doesn't it seem ironic that many gyms prohibit bicycles inside the building? You would think they'd be promoting the idea of combining fitness and transportation. Valencia St. Muscle and Fitness (see photo) sets a great example, with a wall bike rack directly inside the door by the front desk. You use your own bike lock to make sure it's secure, but the placement of the bike rack by the front desk is probably intimidating enough to would-be thieves. So, encourage your gym to provide good bike facilities, and call us for suggestions at 431-BIKE.

Don't Get Soaked, Get Active

The Panhandle Bike Path will soon be lighted, repaved, and widened by 2' to bring it up to the state standard of 12'. As of press time, however, no plans have been approved to separate bicycle traffic from people walking, to improve safety at the Masonic crossing, or to prevent the sprinklers from spraying passing bicycle riders, which would require moving the existing sprinklers and installing new ones. The gardeners have timed the sprinklers to spray the path only at the least busy hours (10 pm to 4 am) but some members have complained that it's no better to get wet at night than during the day. SFBC volunteers are distributing post cards to the Recreation & Park Commission to make sure these improvements happen. You can contact the Commission at McLaren Lodge, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94117.