SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 14, 2009
"I think that if that path is built it will be one of the most popular walking and bicycling paths in the country overnight, and it will save Caltans money on maintenance because they will be able to stage maintenance vehicles on part of the path during the day."
-- -Dave Snyder, Transportation Policy Director for SPUR, MTC to Award $1.3 Million for Bay Bridge West Span Bike Path Study, Streetsblog, April 8, 2009
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Shore to Shore Bay Bridge Pathway: A Step Closer Towards Completion
Good news for people (like us) who think it should be possible to walk or ride a bicycle from San Francisco to Oakland and back again: next week the Bay Area Toll Authority (the toll-bridge-overseeing personality of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission) is expected to approve the preparation of a Project Study Report (PSR) for a bike-pedestrian-maintenance pathway on the West Span (Treasure Island to San Francisco) of the Bay Bridge. This PSR, when it is completed in about 18 months, will move the West Span Pathway onto the big list of regional transportation projects eligible for funding.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has worked hard for more than a decade to encourage the MTC to build this important shore to shore pathway. This latest development is the result of a meeting with the MTC that was called by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Bicycle Coalition.
The East Span of the Bay Bridge is already being rebuilt with a bicycle-pedestrian pathway, but it will only get self-propelled people half-way across the Bay. The West Span gap in the shore-to-shore pathway is even more apparent with the the soon-to-be-redeveloped bicycle and pedestrian friendly Treasure Island. This West Span Pathway is critical to bridge the gap in sustainable transportation.
17th Annual Golden Wheel Awards Honors Sunday Streets
You are invited to join us at the 17th annual Golden Wheel Awards to help us celebrate The Year of the Bicycle: Moving our City Forward on May 5th at the beautiful Green Room in the War Memorial Building. The Golden Wheel Awards is the night to recognize the SFBC's work and also applaud a local group that is making San Francisco a more livable city. Join fellow members and local VIPs for this great evening, while enjoying complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres.
This year's Golden Wheel Award honors the Sunday Streets Coalition for their work championing the Cicolvia-style temporary street closure as a simple way to encourage healthy activity, connect neighborhoods and create communities with happy neighbors and more livable streets. The SFBC initially introduced the Sunday Streets concept, but we were thrilled when the idea was successfully championed by a broad coalition including the Office of Mayor Newsom, Shape Up SF Coalition, Livable City, YMCA and many other groups. Sunday Streets opened minds by opening streets and moving our city forward.
Buy your 17th Annual Golden Wheel Award tickets today. This is a momentous time for San Francisco and this evening is a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate the SFBC's work in moving our city forward. Every ticket purchased supports the SFBC's work to improve our city for bicycling.
9 Ways to Help 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!
Come Out and Enjoy Car-Free Sunday Streets as a Volunteer
Enjoy car-free fun in San Francisco during Sunday Streets when miles and miles of streets are opened up to healthy activity. Sunday Streets are back beginning Sunday, April 26! Sunday Streets is an amazing opportunity for bicyclists, roller skaters, runners and people of all ages to get out and enjoy healthy activity on San Francisco roads. Watch a video of last year's Sunday Streets events here.
This year, the SFBC is organizing volunteers for this great, car-free event and we hope you will show your support for Sunday Streets as a volunteer. Three hour volunteer shifts are organized so that you will have plenty of time to play and volunteer. Volunteers get a free lunch and t-shirt. Volunteers who help out on five or more dates get a bonus, special treat. It's easy to volunteer, simply go to: sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html and sign up for a task and shift. Invite your friends and co-workers to join you.
The SFBC is also looking for trained SFBC Outreach volunteers to talk to people about our work at Sunday Streets. If you are interested in this, please
Now Online: Free Urban Cycling Workshops Schedule
The SFBC is happy to announce our Spring/Summer calendar of free bike education classes. Street Skills Workshops are ideal for new and more experienced cyclists who want
to be more confident riding alongside traffic on city streets and learn tips to safe cycling. These two-part in-class and on-street workshops are held at locations across the
City. Check out the schedule on our Bike Education page, and don't forget to sign up to reserve
your spot! This schedule is regularly updated, so check back soon to find a class in your neighborhood.
Tonight! Special SFBC Volunteer Night
Come to the SFBC offices tonight for an extra special Volunteer Night tonight (Tuesday, April 14) from 5-8pm.
We'll be working on a 5,000 piece mailer, folding, stuffing and sealing the night away! So stop by, snack on tasty
treats (free dinner provided), chat with fellow cyclists, and help us keep our organization rolling. Don't forget to bring up your bike!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up. SFBC HQ, 995 Market St, Ste 1550.
Party at the Zoo: Get in on the Fun as an SFBC Volunteer!
SFBC Service Station: Wed., Apr. 15 from 5-7pm at Polk and McAllister. Pump up the jams and your tires! Don't miss it when the SFBC Service Station team hits the streets to offer free air for your tires.
SF Zoo Party for the Planet: Sat., Apr. 18 from 9:30am-2:30pm at the SF Zoo. The SFBC will be talking about our work and distributing a $2 discount for anyone who rides their bike to the Zoo. Come celebrate Earth Day and reward fellow cyclists for being so planet-friendly!
Richmond Community Health Festival: Sat., Apr. 18 from 10am-3pm at the Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Ave. The YMCA and the SFBC will be tuning up bikes and providing a kids bike helmet giveaway. Are you trained in SFBC Outreach or a Bike Doctor and want to volunteer? Email email@example.com to sign up!
YMCA Healthy Kids Day: Sat., Apr. 18 from 11am-3pm at the
West end of Crissy Field The SFBC will be helping with the fun bike roadeo at this event and doing outreach. Join the fun.
Interactive: The Street of the Future is a Livable Street
GOOD Magazine just released their latest issue all about the "transportation revolution. Great articles on everything from bicycling, bus rapid transit, congestion pricing. In conjunction with this article, they've also posted a cool interactive feature that walks through all the elements necessary for a livable street. If you're feeling inspired, they are also running a Design a Livable Street contest,
where readers can redesign a problem intersection or street in their community. Winners get a free t-shirt and GOOD Magazine subscription.
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