bike sd fundraiser

bike sd fundraiser

Today is the last day of the BikeSD January online fundraiser.  For the fundraiser, I wrote a post on the BikeSD blog about how my husband and I were personally affected by the unsafe conditions for people on bikes in San Diego.  Check it out here (or here if that doesn’t work) and donate if you can!

BikeSD is a non-profit organization that’s trying to pay a salary to our Executive Director Samantha Ollinger after her years of amazing, expert advocacy – that she did for free.  If my story can’t convince you to contribute, check out these other perspectives.

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There are some fun BikeSD-related events coming up too.  MJ’s Cyclery celebrates their second anniversary next Saturday evening (2/6), with proceeds going to BikeSD.  The Modern Times Festival of Funk benefits BikeSD and Cleveland National Forest Foundation, and happens on March 5th in Bankers Hill:

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And Bikes and Beers returns for a third year on March 26th, starting/finishing at the Quartyard downtown.   There are some other cool BikeSD rides and events coming up later this year too.  Let’s keep up the momentum especially considering all the bike infrastructure that’s about to be built.  Other stuff going on:

–  We spent last Saturday in National City (check out the recent San Diego Magazine neighborhood writeup) visiting my husband’s family and hanging out with Marcus Bush, who also lives there.  As head of the National City Chamber of Commerce, Marcus led the group in opposing the SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan because it adds general purpose lanes to I-5 there, while killing the Blue Line trolley express track that would have been less expensive.  The result is more air pollution in an area already suffering from poor air quality.  Marcus mentioned two interesting events coming up in the area:

  • The National City Rotary Club meeting at the San Diego Electric Railway Museum. 922 W 23rd St, National City, on Tuesday, Feb 2nd at 12:00pm.  Optional lunch is $10.
  • Gentrification v Revitalization San Diego American Planning Association luncheon panel on Friday, February 19th at the Sherman Heights Community Center.
We met Marcus at Machete Beer House on Highland Ave and I was pretty blown away by their tap selection – lots of obscure sours, IPAs and stouts.  After that Jay and I headed over to the 8th Street Corridor, where SANDAG has invested in connecting the street to the trolley station there.  And then we hit the new Toto’s Grill, featuring $1 skewers of Filipino street food.  It’s across the street from Hanaoka on Sweetwater Road and the line snaked into the parking lot during our visit.
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