SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 17, 2009
"If we're going to invest all this money and create all this disruption, we have a great opportunity. We can rip up the street and pave it exactly as it is, or we can come up with something much better."
-- Ed Reiskin, Director of the Department of Public Works, Do We Have to Wait for the Next Mayor for a Car-free Market Street?, SF Streetsblog, March 9, 2009
Table of Contents
Doing a little Spring Cleaning?
1,001 Days With No New Bike Lanes
Like the National Debt Clock in Times Square last year, our own Bike Plan Injunction counter overflowed into 4 digits yesterday when it marked a whopping 1,000 days that the City has been frozen from making physical improvements for bikes, a great shame for a "green" city. In contrast, New York city has completed over 150 miles of bike lanes in the same timeframe. 1,000+ days with no bike network improvements is a stark indicator of how much catching up San Francisco has to do.
Help us get San Francisco back on track and join our biggest and most important campaign to date, the Big 56 for Bikes Campaign -- 56 bike improvement projects that will fill some of the most crucial gaps in the Citywide Bike Network are up for approval this Spring. The SFBC is working double-time to win business and neighbor support for each of the Big 56 for Bikes projects. Help us win these important projects by becoming a Big 56 for Bikes campaign member today.
Come out this weekend for one of these great survey rides to learn more about Big 56 projects:
There's a lot of work to do to win the Big 56, but we know we can do it with your help.
It's time to get back to re-shaping our streets to make them safer for
everyday bicycling and break the curse of this 1,000+ day injunction. Join us today to help win the Big 56 for Bikes by Bike to Work Day!
Be a Part of Sunday Streets
Sunday Streets is back for another year with six (yes, six!) scheduled dates for miles and miles of car-free fun in the streets from April through September. Last year thousands of people came out for two Sunday Streets events and we expect an even bigger turnout for this year's events. The SFBC worked with the Mayor's Office and a coalition of groups including Shape UP SF Coalition, Walk SF, Livable City and many others to launch the first successful Sunday Streets events. We're excited it's back for another year and will visit so many different neighborhoods to open streets and encourage people of all ages to take to the streets and play.
Help make Sunday Streets happen as
volunteer staff. Volunteer shifts are about three hours, so you will have plenty of time to play AND volunteer! A free lunch
and t-shirts are provided to all volunteers, and there is a special treat for any volunteer who helps on five dates or more.
To sign up to volunteer and for more information about dates and routes, go to:
Longer Days = More Time to Volunteer
Are you trained in SFBC Outreach and want to volunteer at these upcoming events?
Email Tessa@sfbike.org to sign up!
SFBC Service Station: Free Bike Wash! Wed., Mar. 18, 5-7pm, Market and Octavia. The SFBC Service Station crew will be out offering a free bike wash to keep bikes clean and shiny after all the rain!
Baarbd Season Kick Off Party: Saturday, March 21, 8:30-10:30pm, 2150 Folsom Street. Baarbd, the Bay Area's premier Adventure Racing resource, is throwing a party with snacks, music, a raffle and lots of cool people, including the SFBC!
SFBC Youth and Family Bike Event Volunteer Training: Sat. March 21, 11:30-12:30pm, Presidio Community YMCA's
Bike Skills Area, Barnard Road in the Presidio. Want to volunteer with the SFBC at a Bike Road-eo (bike safety skills course) or at Freedom From
Training Wheels? Join the SFBC and YMCA Presidio Bike Program for a fun and informative training session on
how to help run a successful and educational youth and family bike event. This training is recommended if you
are interested in volunteering for SFBC youth and family events. Email Kate@sfbike.org for
Bike With a City Supervisor + Get Ready for Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work Day is on the horizon (May 14!) and at least one member of the Board of Supervisors can't wait to try a fresh new way to get to work -- join the Richmond District's own Eric Mar this Friday, March 20, on his inaugural commute in to City Hall:
Where: Velo Rouge Cafe, Arguello at Cabrillo
In 2008, over 300 amazing volunteers helped make Bike to Work Day a roaring success, and we're hoping
to be joined by just as many volunteers this year. Volunteer for Bike to Work Day on your commute route, meet fellow riders, and dispense
treats and cycling advice at our neighborhood Energizer Stations. 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 NOW at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Old Bike Gloves Get New Life
It's time to gather up your old bike gloves and give them a new home
by participating in the SFBC's Bike Glove Drive on March 31 from 5-7pm.
The SFBC will be collecting your used bike gloves at our SFBC Service
Station at Cesar Chavez and Valencia St. and then donating them to the
Department of Public Health for use in clinics and senior centers for
wheelchair and walker users. It's okay if the fingers are frayed, so
long as the padding is intact. Spread the word! For more information
Video: Making a Better Market Street
The amazing Streetfilms team was in town asking a broad coalition of folks about Market Street and what can be done to make it a premier street for bicyclists, pedestrians and people taking public transit. With Market Street scheduled to be ripped up and completely repaved in the next few years, we have a huge opportunity to rethink the street and create a thoroughfare that San Francisco can truly be proud of. Market Street has the potential to be a great, people first street. Watch the Streetfilms Market Street video here.
Find out more about what a car-free Market Street means and about our current campaign and past grassroots work that included
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