The Tube Times is the quarterly print newsletter of the SF Bicycle Coalition. Delivered to current SF Bicycle Coalition members, and available at bike shops across the city.
When we dug out the very first Tube Times, then titled the ‘Tubular Times,’ from October 1990, we found a prescient quote from then-president of the Board of Supervisors, Harry Britt.
“Keep getting cyclists down [to City Hall] and that will result in significant changes,” said Britt.
He was right. Today, thanks to the tireless advocacy of people who believe that San Francisco should be safe and welcoming to people on bikes, we are seeing the significant changes Britt promised.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every times I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.” – Susan B. Anthony, 1896
The quote above from an 1896 interview with suffragette Susan B. Anthony still resonates today with anyone who has experienced the liberating and elevating feeling that comes with riding a bicycle. But for women at the time, the role of the bicycle was especially profound. Anthony named the bicycle the “freedom machine” for the way it enabled women to move around autonomously and with complete control.
Noah Budnick is the SF Bicycle Coalition’s incoming Executive Director and officially joins us in early February. We asked Noah a few questions to share with members.
Bikes were historically excluded from our bridges and banned from our public transit, but we’ve made huge progress on this front since advocates began fighting for improvements and inclusion. While there’s still more to be done, take a look at how far we’ve come.
Meet Sindy, dedicated SF Bicycle Coalition volunteer. Sindy has been volunteering with us since 2002 at events including Winterfest, Tour de Fat, Bike to Work Day and more. One of her favorite projects is our Monthly Volunteer Night, where she’s both a regular attendee and a huge help each month by shopping for our snacks (yum!). We caught up with Sindy to learn more about what keeps her coming back to volunteer.
Meet Kevin Dole, SF Bicycle Coalition member since 2011 who lives in the Richmond and also serves on the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC). We caught up to Kevin to hear his thoughts on bicycling in San Francisco, the BAC and his membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition. Members keep us pedaling strong and are helping to improve bicycling conditions all over town!