Bicyclists Really Are the Best! By Stephanie Alting-Mees

Local Poll Results Prove It

Bicyclists and bike supporters were big news in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2002 Reader's Poll and Editor's Picks. Finally the world will know what SFBC members have long suspected...

BEST WAY TO MEET SEXY BIKE NERDS
SFBC Volunteer Night!
Says the Guardian, "If you want to join the legions of irresistible hotties on bikes, look no further than the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, where you can volunteer in any number of pro-bike capacities--and meet like-minded folks while you're at it." Join us every Wednesday (see calendar).

BEST CIVIC IMPROVEMENT
Howard Street Bike Lanes!
And if that doesn't make you proud enough to be an SFBC member, read this: "We can't say thanks quite enough to the folks at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which has consistently pressured city hall to stripe new lanes for bikers from the ocean to the bay. The coalition's latest achievement is the Howard Street bike lane, which makes trips through SoMa more bearable. Next step: getting those smelly four-wheeled vehicles off Market Street." We're working on it! See article, this issue.

BEST ACT OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE THAT'S GOTTEN THE WORST PRESS
Chris Daly protesting the Hastings Garage!
Supporting the city's transit-first policy isn't easy, but Supervisor Daly stood his ground against the Hastings College parking garage, which the SFBC and other community groups fought hard against as well: "Chris Daly, who represents District Six, did a public service by disrupting a meeting of the Hastings College of the Law trustees and getting forcibly removed from the scene. He was protesting the school's decision to build a huge parking garage in the Tenderloin--where affordable space for human beings to live is a much more pressing need than affordable space for law professors to park their cars."

BEST GRASSROOTS POLITICAL MOVEMENT
Critical Mass!
Ahhh, Critical Mass: "What's the best way to help the environment, decrease traffic, and keep your money from going into the hands of oil corporations? Riding a bicycle, of course! Maybe that's why Bay Guardian readers say Critical Mass is their favorite grassroots political movement." Last Friday of every month (see calendar).

LOCAL HERO
Serenity Enriquez, Courier Disaster Response Team
SFBC member Serenity Enriquez founded the Courier Disaster Response Team--an all-volunteer group of cyclists trained in first aid, CPR, and disaster response who work with the city emergency services in the event of an earthquake or terrorist attack.

For the full text, visit www.bestofthebay.com/2002