August 12, 2008
August 12, 2008
"We're going to embark on a grand experiment that could dramatically alter the way we use and look at the streets of New York. Streets that are normally tied up with cars and trucks will be turned over to the public--so that we can experience this city as never before."
- Mayor Bloomberg, Big Apple Goes Car-Free, Environment News Service, August 8, 2008
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Looking for something to do on Labor Day weekend?
Speak up this Thursday!We need you to come out for the Planning Commission's first Bike Plan EIR update this Thursday. The Mayor, MTA, Planning Department, and Board of Supervisors heard our voices loud and clear at the City Hall rally a few weeks ago and they've committed to prioritize work on the environmental review of the Bike Plan and provide monthly progress updates. On Thursday, Planning Director John Rahaim will provide his department's first update towards the beginning of the meeting, and your chance to address the Commission during Public Comment will follow right after. We need you there to show that the San Francisco bicycling community is keenly interested in staying on top of this issue and in keeping the Bike Plan on Track! Let the Planning Commission know just how important the Bike Plan is to you!
What: Bike Plan EIR Update at the Planning Commission.
Help Us Reach Our Goal! Only 10 Days to Go.
Thanks to more than 150 SFBC members, our organization has achieved a tremendous success in the past 10 days through our matching challenge grant. This challenge allows all special contributions made to the SFBC (and to the SFBC Education Fund for tax-deductible contributions) to be doubled up to $10,000. Thanks to two generous SFBC supporters we have the opportunity to raise a total of $20,000 in 20 days to boost our ability to create a city that is safe and enjoyable for cycling.
San Francisco is at a tipping point for cycling, and the next few months are critical to the long-term success of our city's bike
improvements. Contributions from $10 to $1000 will help us with the resources the SFBC needs to raise your voice as a cyclists
to our City's leaders and decision makers. Every contribution makes a difference. Take this extra opportunity to double your
impact without digging deep into your pocket. Every dollar you contribute beyond your membership will be matched one-to-one between
now and August 22nd. Remember, tax-deductible donations are possible through
the SFBC Education Fund.
Thanks for your support!
Car-Free Sunday Streets
The SFBC is excited to be a part of San Francisco's car-free Sunday Streets on August 31 and September 14 when nearly five miles of streets will be opened for cyclists, pedestrians, children, dog walkers, dancers, skaters to use the streets to play! Enjoy the car-free space along Washington Street, the Embarcadero, Terry Francios Blvd. Illinois and 3rd Streets. The route will be lined with activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Learn more at www.SundayStreetsSF.com Check out this StreetFilms video from a similar event that happened this weekend in NYC.
Lead a Bike Bus to Sunday Streets! The SFBC is looking to you to lead group rides to the Sunday Streets on August 31 and September 14. It's a great way for experienced cyclists and newbies to show up in style. Just like Bike to Work Day,
with a little organizing and promotion, you can bring in a group of riders from a coffee shop or other location in your neighborhood
and ride together to enjoy the car-free day along the Waterfront.
Check out our Bike Bus page for more information,
and refer to our handy Do it Yourself Bike Bus kit.
Once you've figured out where you want to start and at what time, let
us know and we'll put it on the map!
Make a difference, have some fun: Volunteer with the SFBC!
Save the Date! Southwest Cyclist Committee
The newly formed Southwest Cycling Committee is rolling, rolling, rolling. We've taken a bicycle tour of several of the major routes in the Southwest section of town--including Ocean, Phelan, and Holloway--and are gearing up for next advocacy steps and outreach. We'll need your help to make the Southwest safe, dignified, and delightful for pedaling (it's got a LONG way to go), so mark your calendars and save the date:
What: Southwest Cycling Committee Meeting
Market St. a little less hole-y
If you've ridden down Market Street in the last week, you've noticed some of the cracks and holes have been smoothed over. That's thanks to the volunteers who came out for our inaugural Monthly Pothole Ride and lunch last weekend. We spent an hour and a half riding in teams on Market from the Embarcadero to Church St., and tagged over 80 pavement hazards and sent these service requests in to 311. After our good roads work we celebrated with lunch downtown. We're pleased that the DPW has already fixed some of these problems, and we are eagerly awaiting all of them to be smoothed over this week! Join in on the fun the first Saturday of every month and take action to fix our roads! Whether it's one Saturday a month or on your ride home from work, you can always help by reporting potholes to 311. Contact Neal or check out our Good Roads page for more information and to sign up for September!
Next ride: South of Market district
Urban Bike Ed this Saturday
This Saturday afternoon, August 16th from 1-5pm, the SFBC's popular Adult Urban Bike Ed class will be at the Golden Gate Valley
Branch Library in the Marina. (Note: this class was incorrectly listed as 10am-2pm at the Crissy Field Center.) This four hour
in-classroom course teaches the basics of safe and enjoyable cycling, including riding in traffic, necessary equipment, crash
avoidance, and cyclists' legal rights and responsibilities. Open to those 14 years of age and over. Bicycle not required.
The class is free, but you must pre-register.
The next Street Skills class at the CCSF Ocean Campus has been moved up from Thursday, September 18 to Thursday, September 4.
Sunday Streets Postcard Volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, August 19 from 5-9:00 pm to help prepare a mailing of postcards promoting the upcoming
Sunday Streets. Help prep 100,000 post cards for distribution to schools, non-profits, churches and more. Dinner will be provided!
If you can help out please email Libby Alpert.
YMCA is hiring Bike Program Staff
The YMCA is hiring a part-time Bike Program Leader responsible for maintaining and operating after-school Bike Club programs for
middle-school youth at multiple off-site public middle school sites; organizing and running one-day bike road-eos at elementary
schools sites as well as other community- and city-wide events and outreach efforts, such as Bike to School Day, the San Francisco
Bicycle Coalition's Family Cycling Day, and the Sunset Neighborhood Festival; leading monthly family and youth bicycling-related
classes at the Presidio Community YMCA; and assisting with other related Outreach Department programs at the Presidio Community YMCA.
Read the full job description here: sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/npo/766718537.html
Video: Summer Streets NYC
New York City hosted its first Summer Streets this past weekend. Watch what happens when New Yorker's bicycle, rollerblade, run,
walk and aerobicize on 7 miles of city streets that were opened to pedestrian and bike traffic only.
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