SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 15, 2007
"Cycling is the fastest, cheapest, most healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around London, which is why we are investing almost £20m this year to improve cycle facilities in the capital. The number of cyclists on our roads has doubled since 2000 and we've already exceeded our cycling targets five years ahead of schedule."
Ken Livingstone, Mayor announces doubling of cycle journeys in London, October 26, 2005
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Getting a new bike in time for Bike to Work Day?
Bike to Work Day is here — Thursday, May 17!
Bike to Work Day is here! Delight in the streets filled with fellow cyclists, and volunteers at Energizer Stations cheering you on. Find the Energizer Station on your route. You may bike to work everyday, but there are still a ton of opportunities to cheer on other cyclists and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues who have yet to delight in commuting by bike. Get involved and show your loved one just how fun their commute can be.
Celebrate with us at the Bike Away from Work Party
After pedaling to work on Bike to Work Day, celebrate a Bike to Work Day well-biked at the free Bike Away From Work Party! Join us for drinks, snacks, dancing and merriment at the Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell St between Van Ness and Franklin) from 5-8pm on Bike to Work Day, May 17. Groove to the tunes of DJ's Toph One and Superchill, Inc as they take us through the night. Free bike valet parking provided. (Of course!)
Be a Bike to Work Day Volunteer!
You can help make Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 17th a roaring success! If you are planning on going to the Bike away From Work Party, why not volunteer? We have two shifts, 4:30-7pm and 6:30-9pm. We would love to have your help! Sign up now at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Free valet bike parking at the Bike Away from Work party (of course) -- but we need your help to park hundreds of bikes! Parking bikes is fun and rewarding. Interested in giving a hand for an hour? Contact Kash.
We are still seeking member-volunteers for Energizer Stations in the morning for City College, the Presidio, UCSF (Divisadero and Post), and Cesar Chavez @ 3rd. Bike to Work Day is one of the grandest and most fun bike events of the year! But, we need YOU to make it happen. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Take Photos on Bike to Work Day
If packing your camera for a ride is as important as packing your patch kit or
lock for you, why not share your photos with the SFBC by posting them to
flickr.com? We will be tagging our Bike to Work Day photos this year
Get on a Bike Bus with a VIP!
If you're not volunteering at an Energizer Station on BTWD morning, get on a Bike Bus with your Supervisor and ride with him/her in to work. VIP rides are converging on the Civic Center from all corners of town, ending up at City Hall for an 8:30 am press event — check the line-up and join a Bike Bus (and if you don't see a Bike Bus in your corner of town, start one of your own).
Pass it on — spread the joy of Bike to Work Day with friends and co-workers
You know the joys of pedaling to the office and now is the best time to get someone you love to find that joy too! The SFBC is asking all of our members to "pass it on" via an email to your friends and co-workers. Click here for a letter to copy and paste.
Learn How to Bike Anywhere in SF and Fix a Flat
Just in time for Bike to Work Day, let the SFBC show you the best way to get around town quickly and safely by bike with this quick workshop: How to Bike Anywhere in SF & Fix a Flat Workshop on May 15, 7-8:30pm and May 19, 11am-12:30pm at REI (Brannan at 7th).
We are Traffic, PARK(ing) Day, SF Bike Shorts at the SFBC Monday Nite Movies!
Next Monday, May 21, come see We Are Traffic, PARK(ing) Day, and other SF Bike Shorts at the Velo Rouge Café (798 Arguello Blvd at Cabrillo; doors at 7pm, show at 7:30; FREE) with the SFBC! A local bike movie night featuring the classic San Francisco bike documentary and our favorite local shorts. We Are Traffic is a must see for San Franciscan's on two wheels, chronicling the birth of the San Francisco cycling movement and the power of direct action on our streets. PARK(ing) Day is a new movie about ReBAR's Golden Wheel award-winning efforts to reclaim parking spots for actual parks. Join us for a great night of SF Bike films. Free bike valet provided.
Holloway Traffic Calming Project Kick-Off Meeting this Tuesday!
Do you pedal on Holloway? Cycle to SFSU or City College? Holloway Avenue is a key east/west route through the southern side of the city, and a major corridor for college students trying to get to school car-free. It's also slated in the city's Bike Plan for Bicycle Boulevard treatment — traffic calming that prioritizes bikes, peds, and rollerskates over high auto speeds so folks can roll through safely and comfortably. Tonight, May 15th, an MTA Engineer will be meeting with neighbors and stakeholders to collect their input on Holloway; MTA needs to hear your support for making this key bike route safe, dignified and delightful.
Holloway-Garfield Traffic Calming Project Kick-off Meeting
To learn more about the types of traffic calming that can be used to make streets more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly (as well as greener — with the addition of landscaping and street trees), you can visit MTA's Traffic Calming Overview. You can also check out this film on Berkeley's Bike Boulevards. Traditional calming treatments include landscaped traffic circles, street greening, and landscaped chicanes: all indicators to drivers that they should drive slowly and consistently — not with fast starts and stops at stop signs with wide open roadway in between. If you can't make the meeting, but are interested in getting involved in planning for a Holloway Bike Boulevard, email Rachel.
First Healthy Saturday: May 26th
Mark your calendars to join in an historic experience: the first-ever Saturday car-free space in Golden Gate, known as Healthy Saturdays, will take place in less than two weeks on May 26th. After years of community organizing, we're thrilled to celebrate this victory for those who enjoy the magic of Golden Gate Park, especially the joy of car-free space. As you know, the SFBC worked with a broad coalition of community groups to win this new car-free space in the Park — on JFK Drive between Tea Garden Dr. (near 8th Ave.) and Transverse Dr. While it's not as much space as we originally wanted, it's an important start, and we want to celebrate it in style on Saturday, May 26th! Hope you'll join us for opening day festivities around noon, and stick around for the fun all day.
New Car-Free Space Downtown
Slowly but surely, car-free space is spreading. Jessie Street between 5th Street and Mint Street will be officially closed to automobile traffic forever this week to make way for Mint Plaza. San Francisco's most ambitious street-to-open space conversion in decades, Mint Plaza will foster a wide range of public uses, including outdoor seating, art, theatre, live music, cafés, and street fairs, while also providing a quiet, green and clean refuge in the middle of downtown to pause, rest and take in the sunshine. Improvement work will begin on the street next week, with project completion planned for this September. We're proud of the role the SFBC played in helping the Mint Plaza project win approval after nearly two years of community organizing and public hearings. When complete, Mint Plaza will be a wonderful, new, car-free space for the public to enjoy. So enjoy!
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