SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 3, 2008
"For me, doing something to reward people who burn calories instead of fossil fuel is a way to start leveling the playing field and give people choices for what's right for them."
- Representative Earl Blumenauer, Lacking Incentives, Commuting Cyclists Turn Bikes into Bucks, Detroit Free Press, August 28, 2008
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Looking for a great car-free event to enjoy with your kids?
Your Vote needed by Friday!
Friday is the last day to weigh in on how the SFBC endorses candidates and issues in the
November election. With seven seats on the Board of Supervisors and two BART directors up
for vote, it's really important to make sure our members endorse candidates who support our
mission. If you're a current SFBC member, you should have received an email last week with
instructions on how to vote. Please take 5 minutes to check out our endorsements page at www.sfbike.org/vote08.
where you can read candidates' responses to the SFBC questionnaire and decide on your
endorsements. The voting deadline is this Friday, September 5 at 5pm. If you are
a current SFBC member and didn't receive a special email last week,
Join us for Family Day this Saturday!
Bring the kids and their bikes to our 2nd Annual Family Day, a day of free family bike fun on a car-free section of Golden Gate Park! Trike riders, Like-a-Bikers, little ones on training wheels and all other "big kids" on bikes are invited to join us for Family Day at 14th Avenue E Picnic Area (Just off JFK due West of the Rose Garden, East of the Transverse overpass) from 10am-2pm. We'll have games and a scavenger hunt, Freedom from Training Wheels, a basic bike skills course, a Family Biking Showcase and many more bike activities for the whole family. Check out sfbike.org/family_day for a schedule of activities.
Come on out this Saturday, Sept. 6th and make Family Day a great tradition with your family! Want to help out? Volunteers are needed to help table, and help out during activities. Contact Kate if you are interested!
SFBC's Facebook fans, let all your friends know you're coming in your RSVP to this FB event .
Thousands come to play in Sunday Streets
Thousands of adults and kids took to the streets to play during the first very successful Sunday Streets event! The route from Chinatown along the Embarcadero all the way down Third Street to the Bayview became a huge playground full of hoola hooping, yoga, dancing, rollerskating and of course bicycling. It was fantastic to see so many people participating, especially so many parents and kids--we lost count of the number of kids out learning to ride their bicycles on the car-free streets. Thanks to all the SFBC volunteers who helped make this day such a success. And don't forget to come out and play on the second Sunday Streets event in two weeks on Sunday, September 14th.
It's back to school time--Bike Ed this Thursday
Everyone is welcome at this week's Bike Ed Street Skills class at City College (Thursday 9/4, 5:30-9:30pm, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave, Science Building, Room 311.). 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. Graduates of this class are eligible to take the second on-road class. See the full class calendar for Bike Ed Classes.
And read an article that was just published highlighting our Bike Ed classes in the Christian Science Monitor
New bike commuters hit the classroom, then the road
Get in on the action as an SFBC Volunteer
Be a part of San Francisco's best events--and get sweet volunteer perks! See complete volunteer opportunities at sfbike.org/volunteer.
Ride for smooth streets in SoMA!
The potholes in SoMA got you down? Join a group of SFBC members this Saturday for our monthly pothole ride when we'll mark as many road hazards in the South of Market as we can. We'll meet up at 10am and ride in small groups to circle potholes and report them to 311. Afterwards, we'll celebrate with a group lunch. On our August ride, we marked over 80 road hazards on Market Street--let's see how many we mark this Saturday! Join in on this fun ride and know you're helping smooth the ride for thousands of SF cyclists!
When: Saturday September 6, 10am-12 noon
Where: Meet in front of the SFBC office (995 Market St., at 6th)
Organize for a safer Market Street
Almost everyone considers Market Street the most important bicycle route in the city, as well as the one most in need of a
major safety overhaul. With renewed interest
in the idea of a car-free and people-first Market St., the SFBC is excited to organize for a safer, saner Market. If you're interested
in helping us to strategize how we can make Market St. a premier street for bicycling, walking, and public transit,
please mark your calendar for an organizing meeting next Tuesday, September 9th at 6pm at the SFBC office.
Find out more about what a car-free
Market Street means and about our past grassroots work that included working with a Coalition of representatives from the Sierra Club to the
Chamber of Commerce. If you can't join us on Tuesday, but want to be added to our Market Street email list,
Design in mini-park for PARK(ing) Day!
PARK(ing) Day is the perfect day to bring together your creative energy and your activist spirit to help transform parking spaces into fabulous parks. Let your imagination run wild and design a mini-park with your friends or colleagues in the name of reclaiming our streets for public use and recreation. Check out photos and a Streetfilms video of PARK(ing) Days past to get your creative juices flowing. PARK(ing) day was started in San Francisco by the Rebar Group and has spread around the world. This year is likely to be the biggest yet.
The SFBC is looking to organize a few PARK(ing) spots around the City, highlighting SFBC projects and streets in need of bike improvements.
Contact Neal if you have ideas or want to help organize a Park in your neighborhood.
Get experience in bicycle transportation studies!
The Bicycle Environmental Quality
Index (BEQI) is a new tool from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) used to quantitatively assess roadways and how they can
be improved to make bicycling safer. Volunteers are needed to do trials of this tool on Treasure Island and in the Southwest portion of the City.
This involves attending a training session on September 8, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the SFBC office and then surveying certain street segments
in the weeks following, noting the presence or absence of factors that make cycling safer. Visit
the BEQI page for more information, and
contact Jennifer McLaughlin at DPH to sign
up or if you have any questions!
SFBC Seeks Volunteer Programmer
Do you have html and Java experience? The SFBC is looking for a talented volunteer who could donate some time and coding for an upcoming project,
about 2-3 hours of work. Work can be done from any location.
Email Teri if you can help out.
SFBC Seeks Winterfest Event Planning Intern
Get in on the action to help plan one of the funnest parties of the year--the
The SFBC is seeking a 3-month intern to help plan and execute a night to remember, where 1,000 of our members and guests come together
to eat, drink, bid and be merry at our largest fundraiser of the year. Our intern will be integral to procuring auction items and assisting
with event logistics. This is perfect for someone interested in non-profit development who's looking for college credit or a career change!
Read the complete job description.
If interested, email Jodie.
Video: SFBC Family Day Bike Parade
Thinking of going to the SFBC's Family Day on Saturday? Happy, smiling kids and dinging bells are showcased in this video from the 2007 Family Day Bike Parade. Watch the fun here
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