SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 7, 2009
"While cities all over the country and the world are re-imagining their neglected public realms, for some reason doing so has been hard for San Francisco. This exciting temporary installation in the heart of the Castro will inexpensively and quickly demonstrate one small way San Francisco might begin to rethink its public realm."
-- David Alumbaugh, acting Director of Citywide Planning at the Planning Department, 17th Street Closure Will Be First NYC-style Plaza in San Francisco, SF Streetsblog, March 25, 2009
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Celebrate the SFBC's work at the 17th annual Golden Wheel Awards
Keep your eyes glued to your mailbox for your special invitation to the 17th annual SFBC Golden Wheel Awards on May 5th at the beautiful Green Room in the War Memorial Building. The Golden Wheel Awards is a great opportunity to celebrate the SFBC's work with fellow members and local VIPs while enjoying complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. This is a momentous time for San Francisco and we hope you'll be able to join us to learn more about the SFBC's work in moving our city forward. The proceeds of this event help support the SFBC's work to make San Francisco a great city for bicycling.
This year the SFBC will be celebrating The Year of the Bicycle: Moving our City Forward and we are thrilled that John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycle and board member of Bikes Belong, has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker for the event. Burke has earned a reputation as an inspiring and entertaining speaker, some have dubbed him the the Al Gore of the Bike World. We look forward to hearing his ideas about how the bicycle is uniquely positioned to provide a simple solution to some of San Francisco's toughest problems.
9 Ways to Get Involved with Bike to Work Day, May 14th
The Bay Area's biggest bicycling celebration, Bike to Work Day, is coming on May 14th and the SFBC needs your help to make this day a big success!
Interested in Bike Camping or Touring?
Want to learn more about bike touring, or maybe you are interested in a long weekend of bike camping? Come to the SFBC's Treehouse
Talk tonight and learn how to get your bike ready for a long trip. SFBC member and well-traveled cyclist Vajda
will lead an informative talk about how to travel to and fro (long distances!) on a bicycle. Learn how to choose a bike and
load it up efficiently or pack it to enjoy the open road. Successful long-distance and local trips will be discussed and shared by
all in attendance--bonus outing planned for next weekend!
Celebrate Car-Free Sunday Streets
Sunday Streets is back! Enjoy miles and miles of car-free fun in San Francisco streets starting Sunday, April 26. The SFBC is proud
to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets this year! Show your support for Sunday Streets
as a volunteer. The three hour volunteer shifts are organized so you will have enough time to play when you 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: sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html. If you
are a trained SFBC Outreach volunteer and would like to do SFBC outreach at Sunday Streets
Market Street a Little Less Holey?
You may be experiencing a slightly less bumpy ride on Market Street between 4th and 6th Streets, and for that you can thank the SFBC's Good Roads Campaign, who have partnered with the Department of Public Works to identify large stretches of city streets that are in desperate need of repair. The DPW responded quickly to our request for Market Street first aid; last week repair crews headed out to Market to patch large sections of the street, and we're very excited about the good and smooth fixes we're seeing on the city's most-cycled street (perhaps the busiest biking street west of the Mississippi). And yesterday morning we saw DPT teams already out repainting the "sharrows" (shared road arrows).
We're eager to see this fix applied to other important SF cycling streets like Folsom and Howard and Polk (and a hundred others, of course),
and we'll keep pushing for better short-term and long-term solutions to make city streets smoother and safer for cyclists. For more information
on the Goad Roads Campaign and how you can get involved with the movement for safe smooth
pavement, see our Good Roads page.
Share Your Bike Love: Volunteer!
Zoo Party for the Planet : Sat., Apr. 18 from 9:30am-2:30pm at the SF Zoo. The Zoo's Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration will include entertainment, guest environmental organizations, zookeeper talks, and more! The SFBC will be at the event talking about our work. Bike to the Zoo and get $2 off admission.
New Pedestrian Plaza Coming Soon to 17th Street
The SFBC was excited to hear about plans by the Department of Public Works to transform a small portion of 17th Street where it meets Market Street
(in between Orphan Andy's and the Chevron Station) into a trial pedestrian plaza. The DPW plans to
put out planters and other moderately heavy stone elements
to serve as seating and tables, much like Gansevoort
Plaza in New York City. You can see a rendering of the proposed plaza and
read the full story on SF Streetsblog.
These pedestrian plazas create ideal gathering spaces for patrons of neighborhood businesses and the people of the community.
Wear your Bike Pride
Show off your bike pride with an SFBC T-shirt, Hoodie or Jersey! You will never get lost with a San Francisco Bike Map Jersey,
only $75 in our online store at sfbike.org/store. Or, get
ready to wear layers for Spring--from t-shirts to hoodies, we have the coolest bike wear to keep you comfortable this season ($25-35):
Help SF State with Bike to School Day
The Bicycle Advocacy Group (BAG) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is organizing Bike to School Day on April 22nd to promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun way to get to campus. Volunteers are needed to flyer and do streetside outreach the week before the event, and the day of for valet bike parking and leading a workshop on basic bike repairs.
Over the past few years, the SFBC has been working with the SFSU students, faculty and the Bicycle Advisory Group to improve
bike access on campus and to encourage more people to ride to campus. If you are interested in volunteering or promoting
SFSU's Bike to School Day, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video: Streetfilms: How Well is Your Bike Locked?
A very entertaining Streetfilms video with legendary NYC bike mechanic Hal Ruzal walking the streets in Manhattan grading the bike locking ability of New Yorkers. Laugh your way through the video while learning the best way to lock up your bike.
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