New E.D. at the SFBC
The SFBC's board and staff are thrilled to welcome to Leah Shahum as the organization's new executive director as of September 1. As program director for the SFBC for the past five years, Leah's experience includes media relations, legislative work, grassroots organizing efforts, and building coalitions with other groups in the city and the Bay Area. She has also been the mastermind behind the Tube Times.
As executive director, Leah will oversee a growing staff (six and counting!) in an expanding office space (check out our expansion at 1095 Market Street, second floor), and one of the most ambitious agendas of any advocacy group in the city--most importantly, implementation of the Citywide Bicycle Network. Members are encouraged to call or email Leah with feedback and suggestions on the SFBC's projects, at 431-BIKE, ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thank you to Dave Snyder, the SFBC's trusty leader for the past 11 years, as he moves to the SFBC's sister organization, Transportation for a Livable City (see Community Connections.)
New Ferries, New Bike Opportunities
Two years ago the State of California established the Water Transit Authority (WTA) to develop a plan for greatly increased water transit on San Francisco Bay. One goal was to get people out of cars and onto new, low-pollution (and in the future, zero-pollution) ferries.
A draft of the Implementation and Operation Plan (IOP) that will be presented to the Governor in December has been completed. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, October 10. Public hearings on the IOP will also be held at eight other sites around the Bay Area in October.
We encourage bicyclists to provide their input, especially in regard to the proposed design of new 149-passenger and 350-passenger ferries and terminals being planned. (For instance, there have been recent complaints from cyclists about corrosive salt spray being drafted up onto the stern bicycle storage racks on existing high-speed ferries.)
The draft IOP can be reviewed at www.watertransit.org.
Election Time: Campaign Volunteers Needed
SFBC members living in San Francisco should receive notice in this month's newsletter announcing the candidates the SFBC is endorsing for the November 2002 Supervisors' race. Thanks to everyone who voted.
Now we need your help even more as we turn out the troops in support of the best bike-friendly candidates! We will be organizing phone banks, literature drops, and house parties throughout October. We need a supportive Board of Supervisors now more than ever as we look for backing for the Citywide Bike Network. To help with elections, call Leah at 431-BIKE, ext. 2 or email@example.com.
Keep in Touch with Member Email
Ever wonder how the SFBC is so darn effective in bending decision-makers' ears? One reason is our great system for first bending the ears of our amazingly dedicated membership--through weekly member emails highlighting the hottest issues that need your help (and reminding you about the parties, rides, and other fabulous social events on the calendar).
In response to a member email we sent a few months ago, members sent more than 500 faxes to State Senator John Burton urging him to help stop the Hastings Garage--which he did! So, if you're looking for a fast, easy way to support the cause (and, again, to keep up to date on social events related to the SFBC), sign up for our member email. Send your email address to Membership Director Michael Calfee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hundreds Respond to Member Survey
We are constantly thanking the heavens for having such an involved and active membership base. Since we first announced our intent to collect SFBC members' thoughts and wishes in a special survey, hundreds of people have responded. If you haven't yet, please do! In just ten minutes you'll help us become better advocates for bike lanes and safe cycling throughout San Francisco! Visit www.digisurvey.com (username and password are both "sfbc"). Attention Mac users: be sure to read the special note on the first page.
Pedestrian Safety Bond Rejected
We have unfortunate news to report for those of you following the potential funding for more bike projects in San Francisco. The proposed Pedestrian Safety and Street Resurfacing bond measure, which the SFBC worked on and which would have allocated $8 million to bike projects, was narrowly defeated at the SF Board of Supervisors in mid-July. Those voting against the measure were Supervisors Hall, Newsom, Sandoval, and Yee. Boo hiss to them. The measure needed eight votes to pass. We thank Supervisors Daly, Gonzalez, Leno, Maxwell, McGoldrick, Peskin, and particularly President Tom Ammiano who sponsored the legislation, for their support.
Help Steer the SFBC
The SFBC is looking for talented, committed individuals to join its Board of Directors. Six seats are being voted on for two-year terms beginning in January.
Board members help the organization in a variety of ways including fundraising, financial management, strategic planning, public relations, connections to the bicycle industry, and links to other communities beyond bikes. We are also looking to diversify the racial/ethnic and age composition of our board and to broaden the spectrum of neighborhoods represented.
If you would like to seek election to the board, please email or mail a brief candidate statement (no longer than 125 words) to the SFBC by November 1, 2002. Please include a description of what strengths you bring to the Board and what your top priorities will be through your leadership of the SFBC. Email your candidate statement to email@example.com or mail to ATTN: Board Elections, SFBC, 1095 Market St., Ste. 215, SF, CA 94103. The next Tube Times will include candidates' statements and a ballot.