May 14, 2013
Biker Bulletin News
BART will vote to end the Rush-Hour Bike Ban next Thursday.
This Year’s Bike to Work Day was one for the History Books!
Wow! We can unequivocally say that this year’s Bike to Work Day was the biggest and best yet! Thank you to all of the amazing San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, volunteers and interns who made the big day such a success. Here are some of the highlights:
Come to the the SF Bicycle Coalition's first Polk Street Committee meeting to help bring bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements to Polk Street. SFMTA staff will be here in our office to go over details about the Polk Street designs. We need you to give your input about the current proposals for Polk Street and help us develop a community outreach strategy to ensure your safety needs are met on this critical north-south bike route and thriving commercial corridor.
Come join our first committee meeting tonight, Tuesday May 14, 6-7:30 PM at SF Bicycle Coalition Office - 833 Market Street, 10th Floor. Bring your bike up to the 10th Floor for secure parking.
Apply now for Summer Internships
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is hiring Summer 2013 interns! Positions include Advocacy, Bike Parking & Business Outreach, Communications, Community Outreach, Development, Education, Event Planning, Graphic Design, Valet Bike Parking, and Volunteer Coordination.
In addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest bicycle advocacy organizations in the country, interns are provided with substantial, hands-on projects that are crucial to the success of the organization. Interns receive a one year free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition and are offered a variety of ongoing professional development opportunities. (And did we mention it’s a ton of fun?) Read the full position details and application instructions here.
Bike Share Pilot Re-Expansion in Discussion
We have heard loud and clear from you and many other people that you want a large-scale bike share system, as soon as possible. The pilot program scheduled to launch in August 2013 is currently planned to offer 700 bikes around the region, down from the 1,000 initially promised. But thanks to Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos who are working at the regional and local level to secure funding with the support of the SF Bicycle Coalition, the pilot program has cleared the first hurdle to scaling back up to 1,000 bikes around the region (500 in San Francisco). This funding is in the process of being approved at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Air Management Quality District (BAAQMD) and SF County Transportation Authority. Meanwhile, we are working hard to secure additional funding to scale the program up to its full size in San Francisco, approximately 3,000 bikes. Get involved in the bike share campaign by sending an email Kit Hodge at email@example.com.
Bike Parking Requirements at Planning Comm. Thursday
In San Francisco, all newly constructed buildings are required to provide secure bike parking for tenants -- but the number is currently very low. Thanks to years of advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition, the Planning Department is proposing a big increase in these requirements and a few more tweaks to make your commute better. From stadiums to new housing; commercial buildings to retirement homes, this law will help ensure that buildings being constructed today will have enough bike parking to meet the huge and growing numbers of people who bike in San Francisco.
This Thursday, May 16 at noon, the Planning Commission will vote on these changes. Find out more about the new law and send in a letter of support at sfbike.org/planningcode.
Climate Ride: New York to DC
This Fall, join us on the NY to DC Climate Ride, a fully-supported bike tour from the heart of Manhattan to the steps of Capitol Hill. There are only 60 spots remaining on this ride, so sign up today!
The Climate Ride raises thousands of dollars for organizations that focus on sustainability, environmental causes and bicycle advocacy, including your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Choose the SF Bicycle Coalition as your beneficiary and we’ll help you reach your training and fundraising goals.
All riders must raise at least $2,400, but don’t let that stop you. We’ll help! Got a cool fundraiser? Let us advertise it for you! See what David Baker, SF Bicycle Coalition member and award winning architect, has set up to fundraise for his ride. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or any questions.
Pedal the Trails with Gary Fisher
Come ride with mountain bike legend Gary Fisher on an exclusive fundraiser where you’ll ride and dine, supporting the SF Bicycle Coalition’s work. Mountain bike pioneer and San Francisco local, Gary Fisher, will lead a small group ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to mountain bike trails in the Marin Headlands. Then you’ll return to the city for a gourmet meal at Greens Restaurant in Fort Mason.
Video: Time-Lapse Video of Market Street
This year’s Bike to Work Day we finally did what we’ve been dreaming of for years: set up a time-lapse video on Market Street. With the new bike counter, all eyes were already on Market Street, and as always, tons of bike wheels were as well. Our amazing volunteer photographer Volker Neumann mounted a GoPro camera on the telephone pole and set it to take pictures every five seconds. Here it is, a time-lapse of our busiest bikeway on the busiest day of the year! See if you can find yourself.
Tuesday, May 14
SF Bicycle Coalition Polk Street Committee Meeting
Come to the the SF Bicycle Coalition's first Polk Street Committee meeting to help bring bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements to Polk Street. We need you to give your input about the current proposals for Polk Street and help us develop and execute a community outreach and advocacy strategy to ensure your safety needs are met on this critical north-south bike route. Bring your bike upstairs. See sfbike.org/polk for more information.
A New Castro Street: Community Open House *
Wednesday, May 15
Ride of Silence *
An event to honor and bring awareness for cyclists injured or killed while riding. Please submit locations to visit, names of cyclists we have lost, or other ideas to the Facebook page. Please wear white. Please bring flowers, candles, photos, or other objects to place at stops in honor of our peers.
Thursday, May 16
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
Accept the challenge to chat up your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members! 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. You must be a current or former member to volunteer. Contact email@example.com
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
The SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a one-hour workshop on safe bicycling for everyone. Come learn about types of bikes, the rules of the road, and how to make your bike comfortable for everyday riding, including grocery shopping. All skill levels welcome and no bike necessary. This course is funded in part by SFMTA. RSVP here.
Saturday, May 18
SFBC Rec Ride: The Presidio: Self -Sufficient and Sustainable?
2013 is the year our local National Park achieves self-sufficiency. Has the Presidio Trust found a sustainable way to combine history, nature, and commerce? This tour will criss-cross the park's 1,500 acres, including brief off-road segments of the Bay Trail. Ends with a picnic (bring water and food to share).
Free for SF Bicycle Coalition members; $10 donation for non-members; rain cancels rides.
Budget Town Hall: Districts 2 & 3 with Supervisors Mark Farrell & David Chiu *
Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors are holding a series of town hall meetings to talk about the city budget. This is a rare chance for you to meet with these key decisionmakers in person to speak up for more city investment in biking. Did you know that an incredibly tiny 0.46% of the MTA capital budget is spent on biking, and even less in that agency’s operating budget? Attend your local town hall to speak up for funding for immediate improvements to biking on major bikeways, fixing troublesome hot spots along your favorite routes and keeping our streets smooth and well marked. Learn more
Brews-4-Bikes is a social beer/food event to benefit the SF Urban Riders non-profit organization and the McLaren Bike Park project! Entry includes: Unlimited Beer Samples, Raffle Ticket, and a generous donation The event will feature some of the best 'Food Trucks' cooking Special Menu Items made with Alaskan Brewing Company beer! Buy tickets
Family Biking Workshop: First Trimester to Toddlers
You love to bike, and now you're pregnant -- or already a parent. Do you need to stop biking? How long can you bike while pregnant? When can you begin biking with your baby or toddler? Is it safe? What kind of seat should you get? Is your bike baby- or toddler-ready? Register for this (free) class to learn the medically reviewed facts about biking while pregnant and with a baby and/or toddler, as well as tips and tricks. Meet other parents and parents-to-be who want to bike. This class is funded by the SFMTA and SFCTA. RSVP here.
Sunday, May 19
Climate Ride California
Join this 320-mile, fully supported ride from the redwoods of Northern California along the Mendocino and Sonoma County coasts to the steps of San Francisco's City Hall. This ride has raised over $1 million dollars to date for bicycle advocacy, environmental and sustainability causes. Sign Up Today
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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