SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 10, 2008
"We've been going at a pretty fast clip, I intend to take the weekend off, and I'm going to take my wife out on a date. I hope to go on a bike ride with my kids."
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Ever think about asking your employer to support your biking habit?
Register for our first Women's Urban Cycling Workshop!
Learn skills and build confidence to bike safely in traffic or encourage a woman you know to get more comfortable biking! This four hour classroom session covers bicycle information and riding strategy, including how-to negotiate intersections and cyclists' legal rights and responsibilities. Bicycles are not needed for this class. Participants of this class are eligible to take a second on-road course. Class is taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. Workshop is free and open to women over 14 years of age. Pre-registration is required.
Details: Thursday, June 12th, 5:30-9:30pm at the Women's Building 3543-18th Street at Valencia
To register for this class or see a complete schedule of other free cycling workshops, visit sfbike.org/edu
Caltrain Bicycle Master Plan - public meetings start Thursday
Good news: Caltrain is developing a Bicycle Master Plan. Bad news: The plan doesn't include anything about carrying bicycles on board, a huge service success for the Peninsula rail line but one which definitely needs serious planning and operational attention to maintain and grow. The Bike Plan focuses on ways to improve bike parking at its 10 most-popular stations, which is a worthy effort, but without "bikes on board" it's only a half a loaf. Please attend one of these public meetings to express the need for a plan for bikes on board trains, and to provide input on bike parking:
30 Lucky People win bikes this Friday the 13th
Join the festivities at Justin Herman Plaza this Friday, June 13th (noon to 1pm) when Bicycling magazine presents 30 lucky people with their brand new bikes.
These lucky winners were selected from their essays on how a new bike will set them free -- all part of the BikeTown project which has already given away 2,500 free bicycles in 3 years. Shimano will have
these Coasting bikes available to demo at the event.
Treehouse Talk on the TEP next Monday, June 16
The Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP),
underway at the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, is the first system-wide service evaluation of Muni in over 25 years.
The TEP offers a real hope of giving the city a faster, more reliable Muni system, but how do the TEP's recommendations affect biking
in the city? Learn more at a talk on Monday, June 16, 6pm at the SFBC office (995 Market St., Ste. 1550, bikes welcome inside). We'll hear
from the MTA's TEP leader Julie Kirschbaum and you'll have the chance to ask your burning questions and make suggestions. The meeting is
hosted by the SFBC, Walk SF, and Livable City. Free for members and $5-20 donation requested for non-members (or join one of our groups!)
It's Tube Times time
Inspired by the Bike to Work month events? Would you like to lead a recreational ride or cultural history tour
in August or September? Contact us
by Friday, June 20th, with all the details (date, time, meeting place, ride description, and contact info) and we'll include
it in our next issue and the web Chain of Events. If you come up with the idea and details, we'll handle the publicity! Also, if you
have a question, concern or comment, this is a great week to send in Letters to the
Fix Masonic Meeting with the Better Streets Plan
Come to the first half of the meeting to learn more about the City's Draft Better Streets Plan. The Better Streets Plan is creating a unified set of standards, guidelines, and implementation strategies to govern how the City designs, builds, and maintains its public space and pedestrian environment. For more information, see the Better Streets Plan website.
Come to the second half of the meeting to see and comment on the Fix Masonic Coalition's design concepts for a livable, walkable, bikable Masonic corridor. These concepts have been developed by the Fix Masonic community group in cooperation with Nelson Nygaard Consulting during our last series of community meetings. We look forward to seeing you there!
What: Fix Masonic Meeting
Ring in Summer as an SFBC Volunteer! Woot!
Parade your Byke Pride with the SFBC
Join other SFBC members to show your Byke Pride and support for LGBT rights in the first-ever SFBC contingent in the 38th
annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29th. With over a million expected
attendees, the parade promises to be a super fun opportunity to spread the bike love. Don't just watch Pride, be a part of it!
Our goal is to have at least 50 members riding. For more information or to sign up,
Video: Obama celebrates Democratic presidential nomination biking with family
Barack Obama joined family and neighbors for a bicycle ride along the shores of Lake Michigan on Sunday. Watch the
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