SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 12, 2013
Want to learn the basics of urban biking? We’re teaching a free one-hour class at Mission Cliffs on November 13. Sign up or suggest it to a friend.
NEWS & UPDATES
Honoring Cheng Jin Lai and Calls for Safe SoMa Streets
Last month, 78-year-old Cheng Jin Lai was tragically hit and killed while biking at the poorly designed and dangerous intersection of 11th and Division Streets. Lai was the fourth person this year killed while biking, the most in a single year in more than a decade. In each of these tragic crashes, the victim was hit by the operator of a large vehicle, in and around SoMa’s dangerous and fast-moving streets.
This Thursday, November 14, there will be a memorial and safe streets action in Mr. Lai’s honor. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will join Mr. Lai’s family and friends, City leaders like Supervisor Kim and fellow safe streets advocates for the event.
Pedal by the event to honor one of the members of our diverse community, and to show your support for SoMa improvements for everyone. Can’t make it to the event, here are other ways you can help.
Bayview Bike Build This Saturday
A bike can be the key to getting to school, work or just exploring San Francisco, but sometimes getting access to a good bike can be a challenge, particularly if you have limited resources. For the past year, we have been working with community organizations to organize Bike Builds and overcome this barrier. Each Bike Build is an opportunity for the community to come together and refurbish donated bicycles for their fellow San Franciscans. Our next Bayview Bike Build is this Saturday, November 16, co-organized with POWER at BCA/Rafiki Wellness. We are still looking for volunteers and donations of tools and u-locks. Sign up here to volunteer and email email@example.com if you have a material donation to make.
We know Polk Street is important to our members and the community. To help us understand what the priorities should be, we have teamed up with Folks for Polk for a Polk Design Weekend. On Friday, come to the Dine-on-Polk gathering at the Crepe House (1755 Polk St) from 7PM and learn from special guests and advocates about how to improve Polk Street. Close up the weekend at our Design Happy Hour at Bitters, Bock & Rye (1117 Polk St) on Sunday from 6PM. SFMTA Director Cheryl Brinkman and other guests will share their vision of Polk Street. Prep for these gatherings by reviewing what has been done so far at sfbike.org/polk.
Richmond District Family Bike Safety Fair This Saturday, November 16
Parents, bring your bikes for the Kids' Bike Rodeo and free, basic bike tune-ups. This event for the whole family also features Freedom From Training Wheels, family biking presentation, information about making SF a bike-friendly city and Safe Routes to School. First 300 families receive free bike safety equipment for children.
Family Bike Safety Fair
Last Chance for Members to Vote for Our Board of Directors
It’s your last chance for SF Bicycle Coalition members to cast your vote today in our annual Board of Directors election. Have you met Carla, Daniel, Jenn, Lawrence, Lee, Lisa, Mark, and Mo? They're running for our Board! We rely on the voices of our members to decide who will be responsible for ensuring that the SF Bicycle Coalition achieves its mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Your vote is an important signal of confidence in the Board. Please read the candidate statements and vote today. Voting ends tomorrow -- Wednesday, November 13. If you have trouble voting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use Your SF Bicycle Coalition Card for Discounts on Holiday Gifts!
As the holiday season approaches, don’t forget to use your member discounts as you shop! Flash your membership card for special discounts at bike shops, cafes and businesses all over town. By shopping at these businesses you’ll not only receive a special discount, but you’ll also support a local business that wants better biking conditions in our city! Visit sfbike.org/discounts for a complete list of participating businesses.
Thanks to Forest City, our sponsor of the week, for their generous Winterfest support.
VIDEO: Largest Bike Valet in America
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s bike valet is world-famous, especially because of our free valet at every Giants home game! But our friends to the north are even outpacing us, thanks to support from the City of Portland and a local university. Check out this Streetfilm on the largest daily bike valet facility in the country!
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Tuesday, November 12
2nd Street Supporters Meet Up
6:30-7:30 PM 21st Amendment Brewery (563 2nd St.) in the Mezzanine Bar
Please join us for an afterwork Meet Up with fellow 2nd Street supporters on Tuesday, November 12th from 6:30-7:30pm at 21st Amendment Brewery. We’ll share a drink (non-alcoholic also available) and chat about the project and how to ensure the City votes for the best design for 2nd Street.
Wednesday, November 13
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember and newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members and bike enthusiasts and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend -- the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring up your bike to the office. No RSVP necessary. Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery for generously providing snacks for our volunteers.
Urban Bicycling Workshop
Has it been a long time since you've been on a bike or are you new to riding in the city? Come learn the basics of Urban Bicycling at our Intro to Safe Bicycling Workshop.
The course is a one-hour presentation covering the most basics of how to pick the right bike for everyday riding in SF, the rules of the road, and route planning. This course is a great introduction for people who are considering bicycling, or looking to brush up on skills.
Thursday, November 14
TransForm 2018: Innovation and Opportunity for All *
Come learn about TransForm's plans to sharpen their focus on climate and social equity and build sustainable communities for all Californians as they take the night to preview their 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a silent auction with exciting items. Tickets are $20 before November 7, and $25 after. Buy your tickets early, as this event will sell out! Event details
Friday, November 15
Folks for Polk Dine-and-Discuss-on-Polk *
Join Folks for Polk at their first event of their Design Brainstorm weekend, a casual Dine-and-Discuss-on-Polk at The Crepe House. Come hear what special guests and advocates have to say about Polk street and how it can be made safer and more livable. Reduced prices on bottles of wine for those attending.
Saturday, November 16
Richmond District Family Bike Safety Fair
Bring your bikes for the kids’ obstacle course and free, basic bike tune-ups. This event for the whole family also features information booths on bike safety and bike-friendly San Francisco, freedom from training wheels, family biking presentation. First 300 families receive free bike safety equipment for children. Host: Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco), with the Presidio YMCA YBike and SF Bicycle Coalition Family Biking program. Questions, contact Anthony: email or (415) 557-2312.
Sunday, November 17
Folks for Polk Sunday Design Happy Hour *
End your weekend with Folks for Polk as they wrap up their Design Brainstorm weekend. Drop by for a pint at Bitters, Bock & Rye and join the conversation with special guests and advocates as they envision a safer and more livable Polk Street.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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