Save SF Bike is proud to endorse the following candidates who are running for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) Board of Directors. Voting will be November 14 through December 4, 2016. You must be an SFBC member by November 4 to be eligible to vote.
- Chema Hernández Gil – Political Coordinator at SF Rising, former SFBC staffer
- Jeremy Pollock – Legislative Aide to San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
- Jiro Yamamoto – San Francisco Firefighter, SFBC member for 17 years
Chema Hernández Gil became the SF Bicycle Coalition’s first Community Organizer in 2012. During his time on staff, he founded the community bike build program and led many of SFBC’s top priority infrastructure campaigns. He is 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 Chema’s time at the SFBC, he 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, his goal would be to support staff in maximizing the power of our member coalition to overcome these barriers and achieve our organization’s mission. Vote for Chema and his fellow candidates on the Save SF Bike slate.
Jeremy Pollock bikes to work as a Legislative Aide to Supervisor John Avalos and brings over a decade of experience with San Francisco politics and government. Through working with the City Attorney’s office and various city agencies, he has gained extensive knowledge of the City’s legislative and budgetary processes. He has worked closely with the SF Bicycle Coalition to successfully pass ordinances for Employee Bike Access, Unclaimed Bikes, and Bike Parking.
Jeremy is on the steering committee of the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters and has helped write their voter guides since 2004. He is a founding board member of a small arts nonprofit and has experience drafting bylaws and setting strategic direction.
In 2015 Jeremy founded “Save SF Bike,” responsible for reinstating SFBC members’ right to vote in board elections. He believes that member involvement to grow and broaden the SFBC is crucial for San Francisco’s future.
Waking up in the hospital in 1999 after being hit by a car, Jiro Yamamoto decided to join the SFBC, the California Bicycle Coalition and the League of American Bicyclists. An active SFBC member, he has volunteered at countless events over the past 17 years.
A firefighter in San Francisco, Jiro sees firsthand the danger of mixing poor infrastructure, ignorant motorists and oblivious cyclists. The injuries and deaths on our streets motivate him to press for positive change.
Employed in a primarily SF-native, unionized workforce, Jiro understands the importance of bridging the cultural and political divide between the membership of the SFBC and the non-cycling population of SF.
Since participating in most board meetings in 2016, Jiro has been alarmed by the disinterest the board has shown in member input. Activating and diversifying the membership are essential to grow the SFBC and change bicycling and our lives for the better.
If you’re considering running for the board and you support our platform, fill out this application form to become a Save SF Bike candidate!