SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 9, 2008
"With the road construction, the traffic, it takes 15 to 30 minutes to get here [stadium] sometimes, and I live a mile and a half away. On my bike, it takes five to 10 minutes at the most...I like it, I like riding the bike. I like getting outside."
- Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles pitcher and regular bike commuter who also sports a "one less car" sticker on his locker. Biker Chic: O's players using two wheels, Mlb.com, Sept. 4, 2008
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What do Chinatown and the Bayview have in common?
Organize for a car-free Market St. Tonight
Join other SFBC members tonight to strategize how we can make Market St. a premier street for bicycling,
walking, and public transit. All interested members are invited as we relaunch
this important campaign
for a safer, saner Market St. It's happening tonight, Tuesday, September 9th, at 6pm at the
SFBC offices at 995 Market St., Ste. 1550. Bikes are welcome inside, of course!
Don't let Caltrain leave you behind--last day to email comments!
Caltrain's rail-plus-bicycle service has been a huge success for the Peninsula rail line but one which definitely needs serious planning and operational attention to maintain and grow. Unfortunately Caltrain's Bike "Master" Plan, renamed Bicycle Access and Parking Plan, does not address present or future bike-car capacity needs, in fact, the Plan barely even acknowledges there is a capacity problem. Instead, it focuses exclusively on ways to improve bike parking at Caltrain's ten most-popular stations.
If you ride Caltrain with your bike, or you've given up riding because you're sick of getting bumped, be sure to email Caltrain today and tell them we need more bike space on trains! Caltrain will accept comments on the Plan until 5pm today (Sept 9). Send comments to Caltrain at email@example.com
Help the SFBC work with Caltrain to draft a real Bicycle Master Plan (not just a Bicycle Parking Plan).
See our Caltrain BIKES
ONboard page for more information.
Free Lube Jobs
Stop by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Service Station at Market and Octavia, Thursday, September 11,
from 5-7pm when a team of volunteers will provide FREE chain lubing in the name of bike love.
Want to get your hands dirty? Join the SFBC Streetside Outreach team. Email Tessa@sfbike.org to help!
Help California be the first state to get Complete Streets
California is one step closer to becoming the first state to enact Complete Streets legislation for all local streets and roadways. On Aug. 28th the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill 1358, the Complete Streets Act, and sent the bill to Gov. Schwarzenegger for his signature. Authored by San Francisco's own Assemblymember Mark Leno and sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition and AARP, AB 1358 calls for cities and counties, when updating the circulation elements of their general plans, to ensure that local roadways are designed to accommodate all those who use them, including bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders, as well as motorists.
Sunday Streets: A day of car-free fun this Sunday
More than 10,000 adults and kids flooded the streets during the first hugely successful Sunday Streets event! And this Sunday, September 14th, will be another amazing day. The Sunday Streets route will be hopping with activity from bicycling, dancing, rollerskating, yoga to hula hooping. See our 200+ photos from the first event and check out the fun and smiles. And come on out and play this Sunday, from 9am to 1pm and make the second Sunday Streets an even bigger success!
Visit the SFBC's bike area on Illinois St. which will be packed with great bike activities including: Adult Bike Ed to help adults learn new skills and gain riding confidence, Freedom from Training Wheels to help get our kids rolling on two wheels, a Kids Bike Road-eo to educate little ones on the ways of safe riding, free minor bicycle repair by mechanics from the Bike Kitchen, REI and Sports Basement and free bicycle rental courtesy of Bike and Roll. Watch the Sunday Streets video.
Help the SFBC do outreach at Sunday Streets from 9am-1pm at SFBC booth either in the Bike Pod on Illinois Street, or alongside our bike valet at the Ferry Building. Help Bike and Roll rent free bicycles and be a part of getting everyone out on bikes! Contact Tessa@sfbike.org to volunteer.
And have more fun in numbers by joining or leading a Bike Bus
down to Sunday Streets. So far two Bike Buses are coming in from Richmond and Bernal Heights, and it's super
easy to start your own from
your own neighborhood!
PARK(ing) Day is coming fast!
It's time to roll out the sod and pull out the lawn chairs for PARK(ing) Day on Friday, Sept. 19th. PARK(ing) Day is an international one-day event that calls all artists, activists, and citizens together to take over parking spots and turn them into temporary public parks. Not only does it make us rethink the way streets are used, but it calls attention to the need for more green space in our urban environments. Watch the Streetfilms video of San Francisco's PARK(ing) Day.
Last year San Francisco had 58 PARK(ing) spots. Where would you most like to see a PARK?
Contact Neal to join the SFBC
in sprinkling Parks around the city in the name of better bicycling.
SFBC Volunteers have more fun!
Be a part of San Francisco's best events--and get sweet volunteer perks! See complete volunteer opportunities at sfbike.org/volunteer.
17th St. Committee Rolls On
Join our newly energized 17th St. Committee Meeting next Wednesday and help get bike lanes striped on this important
East-West Corridor. We will focus on developing outreach materials and strategies, so those with an eye or interest
in messaging or design are highly encouraged to attend. Wednesday September 17th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Sports Basement (1590 Bryant).
Check out our 17th St. page for
a project overview, and contact Neal if you have any questions.
Two-Wheeling Families Roll Out for Family Day
It was a fantastic day of fun in the sun when hundreds of youth and their families rolled out for the SFBC's 2nd Annual Family Day in Golden Gate Park last Saturday, September 6. Thanks to all the families who made it out to Golden Gate Park to celebrate a Healthy Saturday with the SFBC. Dozens of families enjoyed the spectrum of activities from Freedom from Training Wheels to a Bike Scavenger Hunt to hourly Family Bike Safety Clinics.
A special thanks goes to Clif Bar for their donation of Z Bars, the YMCA for providing the bike road-eo, Mike's Bikes for wrenching on bikes and all the amazing Family Day Volunteers who made such a great day possible. Check out the photos here. Do you have photos you would like to share with us from Family Day? Add them to the SFBC Flickr pool and tag your photos with "SFBC Family Day 2008".
Want to be kept up-to-date on the next Family Biking event? Contact Kate to
be kept informed about upcoming family-friendly bike events. And don't forget to check out the SFBC's newly
launched Family Forum,
the perfect place to ask questions, get answers and have conversations about Family Biking.
Video: Lock your bike right!
Wonder if your locking your bike right? Watch this StreetFilms video and follow two bicycle experts on NYC streets as they inspect and grade bicycle locking techniques. www.streetfilms.org/archives/hal-and-kerri-grade-your-bike-locking
Find out more theft prevention tips at sfbike.org/theft
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