Slate of Candidates 2016

Save SF Bike is proud to endorse the following candidates running for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) Board of Directors. Voting is open November 14 through December 4, 2016. SFBC members as of November 4 are eligible to vote. Please vote now for our eight endorsed candidates who are indicated on the ballot with an [S].


nic_jay_headshotNicholas Aulston

Recommended by the SFBC board

As an advocate intent on establishing a safe haven for community members to develop their own bike mechanic, bike safety, and bike activism skills, I co-founded the Bicis del Pueblo community bike project in the Excelsior. Through my advocacy work, I have learned a tremendous amount about the state of biking in San Francisco. I want to apply my talents as an urban planner, cartographer, and organizer to tap into the inherent genius of SFBC members as we continually improve the state of biking in SF.

VOTE FOR ME! — if you believe that the board of the SFBC should reflect and value the diversity within the biking community from commuters to weekend warriors, messengers, and youth to elders. If voted onto the board, I will be dedicated to expanding the membership to reflect diversity and ensuring that the wealth of voices in the biking community is heard through the SFBC.

I’ve been endorsed by both the SFBC board and Save SF Bike.


Chema_headshotChema HernÁndez Gil

I became the SF Bicycle Coalition’s first Community Organizer in 2012. During my time on staff, I founded the community bike build program and led many of SFBC’s top priority infrastructure campaigns. I am currently the Political Coordinator for SF Rising, a powerful alliance of community groups dedicated to building the political power of the city’s working-class communities of color.

During my time at the SF Bike Coalition, I continually demanded better, safer infrastructure from the SF Municipal Transportation Agency and witnessed time after time how much-needed projects — from 2nd Street to Polk to Masonic — were weakened or delayed due to political meddling. As a member of the SFBC Board of Directors, my goal would be to support staff in maximizing the power of our member coalition to overcome these barriers and achieve our organization’s mission. Thank you for voting for me and my fellow Save SF Bike candidates.


keats_photoAdam Keats

Recommended by the SFBC board

I’m a lifelong political and environmental activist and a 19-year nonprofit environmental lawyer, first with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and now with the Center for Food Safety. I have extensive experience in nonprofit law, including serving as general counsel of CBD, where I dealt with compliance, best practices, liability, personnel, and crisis management.

I’ve oriented my life around bicycling, including 30 years of daily bike commuting and now, with my wife, riding our two little kids to school every day. I’ve been an SFBC member since 2004.

I’d like to put my experience and skills to work for the political cause of bicycling and to help make bicycling safer and more universal in San Francisco. I’m both a consensus-builder and a fierce advocate, and I’m proud to be recommended by the SFBC Board and endorsed by Save SF Bike.

I’d be honored to earn your vote.


lindy_headshotLindy Kae Patterson

Recommended by the SFBC board

A bike coalition member since moving to SF in 2009, I’ve seen so many positive, tangible changes to the livability and bikability of our streets thanks to the great work of our SFBC. With the board moving into a strategic planning process this term, I’m excited by the opportunity to help map out a path toward making SF’s streets even safer and more accessible for all San Franciscans. I bring to this task 10+ years of experience as a nonprofit brand strategist/creative director, helping mission-driven organizations align their strategic directions with their essential cultural and organizational identities.

I’m passionate about the SFBC’s work for so many reasons: I ride a bike for everyday transportation, it’s my favorite way to travel and be outside, I’m co-owner of a bike-centered business (Pedal Inn Bike Tours), and I believe deeply in the role bikes play in achieving greater social and environmental justice.

I’ve been given recommendations from both the current Board of Directors and Save SF Bike.


Jeremy PollockJeremy Pollock

Recommended by the SFBC board

I bike to work as a Legislative Aide to Supervisor John Avalos and bring over a decade of experience with San Francisco politics and government. Through working with the City Attorney’s office and various city agencies, I have gained extensive knowledge of the City’s legislative and budgetary processes. I have worked closely with the SF Bicycle Coalition to successfully pass ordinances for Employee Bike Access, Unclaimed Bikes, and Bike Parking.

I am on the steering committee of the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters and have helped write their voter guides since 2004. I am a founding board member of a small arts nonprofit and have experience drafting bylaws and setting strategic direction.

In 2015 I founded “Save SF Bike,” responsible for reinstating SFBC members’ right to vote in board elections. I believe that member involvement to grow and broaden the SFBC is crucial for San Francisco’s future.


mars_headshot_4Marnie (Mars) Regen

Fundraising is the lifeblood of a non-profit. The acute need for the SFBC is to close a $100K funding gap. I’m qualified to assist, being experienced in the financial and strategic planning of non-profits, including fundraising, event planning, and cause marketing.

I’m the Chief Development Officer for Education Outside, a non-profit that teaches science to under-resourced public school students in outdoor garden classrooms. I volunteer with SFBC and Yellow Bike, and have dedicated my career to the non-profit sector, with 20 years experience working for environmental, harm reduction, anti-poverty, and educational organizations.

My goals as an SFBC Board member are to improve the financial health of the organization, increase and diversify membership, improve public safety, and forge the coalition into a new era of influence and representation. As a full-time bicycle commuter, Tenderloin resident and mother of a preteen cyclist, I understand personally the needs of families and urban riders.


lauren_headshotLauren Sailor

I’ve known how to bike since childhood, and in 2004 I (finally!) discovered biking was the best way to get around. A 2007 cross-country tour with Bike & Build further deepened my appreciation for bicycles as everyday transportation.

After moving to SF in 2011, I became an SFBC member and volunteer. I’m a passionate supporter of Vision Zero and help organize the Ride of Silence to honor fallen cyclists. An intersectional feminist, I’m also sensitive to accessibility issues after spending three months on crutches in 2014.

I’ve worked on and with bikes for 7+ years, doing everything from bicycle delivery to my current role in marketing/events. Aside from the cycling industry, my background includes education, fundraising, communication, and grassroots advocacy. I studied sociology at University of Chicago and wrote my bachelor’s thesis on structural organization within Chicago Critical Mass. I strongly support Save SF Bike’s platform to improve our organization.


jiro_headshotJiro Yamamoto

Waking up in the hospital in 1999 after being hit by a car, I decided to join the SFBC, the California Bicycle Coalition and the League of American Bicyclists.

As a 17-year member, I have volunteered at countless SFBC events. In 2016, I participated in most board meetings. My primary goal as a board member would be to activate, diversify and increase our membership to move us forward.

As a firefighter, I see firsthand the reality of our complex mix of infrastructure, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The injuries and deaths on our streets motivate me to press for positive change.

At work, I learned of the cultural and political divide between cyclists and SF natives who dominate the police and fire departments. I can offer insight and connections to bridge that gap, increase our social and political power, and gain standing in the city.


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