SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 7, 2014
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NEWS & UPDATES
Top Five San Francisco Bike Wins in 2013
San Francisco magazine proclaimed 2013 the “Year of the Bicycle,” and with good reason! Thanks to our tenacious members, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition won huge victories for better biking, opening up more safe bikeways, secure bike parking and lifting restrictions on regional travel by bike. Thanks to our members, we were also able to respond to unexpected and critical campaigns — like our work in response to the fatal crash on Folsom Street and holding the police accountable for fair and equal enforcement. Here are five key wins for better biking last year.
Crucial Enforcement Hearing on January 16
We need your voices next week to speak up for Fair and Equal enforcement for people biking and walking. Thanks to your commitment in the past, the San Francisco Police Department has made commitments to improve enforcement and safety, but we need to make sure we hold them to their promises.
Come and share your voice at the Joint Hearing of the Police Commission and Public Safety Committee on Thursday, January 16, 5-7PM at City Hall, Board Chambers Room 250. This special hearing only has one item on the agenda. This is a critical opportunity to have a hearing dedicated to this important issue. RSVP at sfbike.org/enforcement.
In addition to this important hearing, the SF Bicycle Coalition has formed an Enforcement Committee and will be holding our second meeting on Thursday, January 9, 5:30-6:30 PM to discuss how your SF Bicycle Coalition can advocate for fair and equal enforcement. RSVP at sfbike.org/enforcement.
New Year’s Resolution: Bike More as a Family!
Is there a bicycle beginner in the family? Does someone have a new bike? Perhaps you have simply resolved: we’ll bike more as a family in 2014!
Make a commitment to build a healthy habit into your family routine. Turn trips you take now into bike trips — to school, work or nearby errands. Enjoy quality family time with bike outings and biking play dates. Join the SF Bicycle Coalition! You’ll help us promote the bicycle as everyday transportation and bicycle education for all ages. Volunteer to be a biking champion for your child’s school, or advocate for better infrastructure on routes where your family wants to bike.
Lead a Bike Month Event in May!
Calling all planners, May is Bike Month and we're packing it full with events to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area! Join us for a brainstorming and how-to session for celebrating the momentous bike milestone.
From Rec Rides and neighborhood happy hours to fashion shows and clinics, the bike-themed event possibilities are endless! No RSVP needed. Questions: email@example.com
Tue., Jan. 14 | 6:30-7:30PM
New Gals with Gears Rides for 2014!
Have you heard about Gals with Gears? It’s a growing riding group led by SF Bicycle Coalition members designed for women over 50! Join Gals with Gears for fun, healthy and practical cycling in San Francisco with women your own age! Check out the three new rides posted for 2014:
Yo! Love on Wheels is Going 90s Style
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-9:30PM at DNA Lounge
Gather your homies to watch the show and get jiggy on the dance floor with DJs shOOey, Aaron Pope and Sinned!
Calling contestants for San Francisco’s favorite bike dating game! Join the fun as a bike bachelor or bachelorette for the chance to find love and win a great night out on the town!
Take your choice: Girl-for-Girl, Girl-for-Boy, Boy-for-Girl or Boy-for-Boy. The first 10 contestants to sign up in each category also get a free event ticket! Must be a current SF Bicycle Coalition member, 21+. Sign-up online at sfbike.org/love
Welcome New SFBC Board; Thanks to Departing Members
We welcome two new members to the SFBC Board of Directors – Lisa Fisher & Mark Slavonia – who begin their two-year terms this month. Congratulations also to the following Board incumbents re-elected by SFBC members: Jenn Fox, Carla McKay, Mo Devlin, Lawrence Li, and Daniel Silverman. Extra thanks to three departing members – Lenore McDonald, Karren Shorofsky, and Nik Kaestner – who brought strong skills, experience and passion to their time on the SFBC Board.
VIDEO: The Metamorphosis of NYC Streets
Like San Francisco, New York City streets have changed a lot in the last ten years. Thanks to the advocacy leadership of Transportation Alternatives and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City is a much more livable and bike/ped friendly place today. Check out this terrific montage of street changes over the years. Wow!
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Tuesday, January 7
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
Join the volunteers who keep the SF Bicycle Coalition membership strong. No cold-calling, just calls to friendly lapsed members offering an easy way to renew. Plan to stay for the thank-you dinner afterward and get to know your fellow volunteers. Sign up
Thursday, January 9
Enforcement Committe Meeting
SF Bicycle Coalition has formed an Enforcement Committee and will be holding our second meeting on Thursday, January 9, 5:30-6:30 PM to discuss how your SF Bicycle Coalition can advocate for fair and equal enforcement. RSVP at sfbike.org/enforcement.
Sunday, January 12
Gals with Gears Rec Ride: Golden Gate Park around Lake Merced
Want to cycle in the city but feel uneasy about it? Join the Gals for an enjoyable, easy-going ride. We'll start and end at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse.
Gals with Gears is a fun group of women 50+ years young seeking fun, healthy and practical bicycling in San Francisco - with women our own age! Distance: About 13 miles, mostly flat, hill on Great Hwy by the Zoo. We won't leave anyone behind. We ride at a relaxed pace. Rain cancels. RSVP Required
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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