SVBC: Educators. Advocates. Crime fighters?

SVBC: Educators. Advocates. Crime fighters?

Do you ever wonder what happens when a bicycle is stolen? Was the lock cut with a big pair of bull cutters? Did someone freeze it or have some electric saw in their pocket? I’ve heard lots of theft stories: people being tackled in justice, people stealing the bike back, even destroying the bicycle so no one “wins.” It is hard to imagine what types of motivations bring someone to stealing a bicycle. I am sure you agree that a bicycle is something that is very near and dear to a rider’s heart. At least, all of us who ride know this. During our Sunset Celebration Bike Parking event, we were fortunate enough to actually return a bicycle to its rightful owner. Earlier that day, a young gentleman (or not so gentlemanly) turned in a bicycle to our corral. He seemed a bit out of breath for a Sunday spin, but I didn’t think much of it. Little did I know; he had just stolen this bicycle and was ditching it after his joy-ride! At the end of the day, we were almost all packed up with a few bikes left. In an effort to return them, we went into the festivals with the bicycles and got in touch with Sunset staff to see if they could store the bikes until claimed. Suddenly, a young man came sprinting from behind yelling, “That is my bicycle!” However, he did not look like the individual that I knew turned this bicycle into us. As much as I believed this young man in front of me, I let him know that someone...
Join our Membership and Volunteer Cooridinator for this year’s Climate Ride California

Join our Membership and Volunteer Cooridinator for this year’s Climate Ride California

Two years ago, I rode in the Climate Ride of California. Now, I am a full-time staffer at the organization for which I raised funds in the first place. It sounds serendipitous, but please continue reading about how I went on one of the greatest bicycle tours of my life, raised money for the cause, and found myself pursuing my passion. More importantly, find out about how you can do the same. This year I am back in the saddle for the Climate Ride, but this time I work for the organization. The first time, I rode with my fiance Rose. We are now happily married. Truth be told, she is the one who actually got me into the whole thing in the first place. One day I came home and she said, ” Oh by the way, I am going on a bicycle tour.” I replied, ” Like hell, without me!” So naturally I got online and signed myself up. About four months later I recalled that moment as I rode up and over the hills of San Francisco, a bag full of a week’s supplies on my back. And that was just to get to the starting bus! Honestly, we might have made it a little bit more difficult than necessary on ourselves. Three hundred riders, four hundred miles; we were about to begin our epic journey. Upon arrival at the bus we met up with our team captain, Jen, SVBC’s veteran event coordinator. We had no idea what the next five days had in store for us. From Eureka to San Francisco, we made new friends,...

Meeting my membership team

Advocacy has many different faces. It also works in many different ways. Tonight, it happened to coalesce around a single slice of pizza. It was Hawaiian, in case you were wondering. As the new Membership Coordinator for SVBC, I met my team for the first time at a local bar and restaurant in downtown Mountain View. These advocates and ambassadors of the Coalition have lead the way to doubling our numbers, improving our clout, and establishing SVBC as a force to be reckoned with in the Bay Area. I couldn't have asked for a better team. I am the first Membership Coordinator and the first staff member to have one hundred percent of his time dedicated to this cause. We need to recruit 3,500 new members in the next two years. No one ever said this was going to be easy! I look back at our history and see how far we have come. Bootstrapping – I am familiar with it. From running the organization out of Corinne's house as a one-person show, to a motley crew disguised as business men and women calmly and collectively listening to the voice of our advocates, our agencies, and our community – I believe we will accomplish this lofty membership goal. It's more than a measure of our current strength. It's a way to launch the future success of our...