SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 5, 2009
"Nothing compares to the freedom and effectiveness of a bike."
-- Kati Jackson, SF Bicycle Coalition to Host Bike to Work Day, Mission Dispatch, April 16, 2009
Table of Contents
The SFBC is all a tweet and a twitter!
Golden Wheel Awards Celebration is Tonight
The 17th Annual Golden Wheel Awards is tonight, Tuesday, May 5th from 6-9pm at the Green Room in the War Memorial Building (401 Van Ness Ave). We will be honoring local champions of Sunday Streets for their work opening streets to encourage healthy and fun activities that connect neighbors and communities.
The Golden Wheel Awards will connect you with bike enthusiasts, local dignitaries, and SFBC supporters while you nosh on tasty hors d'oervres and enjoy fine vino and New Belgium Brews (along with Honest Tea and Metromint too!). We're delighted to have John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycles, to inspire us and talk about this year's theme, The Year of the Bicycle: Moving our City Forward, and why this is such a big year for bicycles in San Francisco. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Valet Bike Parking provided, of course.
The Golden Wheel Awards is an important mid-year fundraiser for your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
and SFBC Education Fund.
If you are unable to join us, please consider making a special
contribution so we can continue our work to make our streets safer and saner for cyclists from 8 to 80.
Want to Double the Number of Bike Lanes? Speak Up Now
It's been a long slog but the end is finally in sight--the SF Bicycle Plan,
with 50+ projects to improve the Citywide Bike Network (adding 34 miles of bike lanes and other upgrades), is coming to the SFMTA Board of
Directors for Decision Day on June 26, following two key public hearings on May 15 and May 29. Now is the time for all good velocitizens
to do two things to ensure the MTA votes YES on the Bike Plan:
Speak out for better biking in San Francisco--we can't do it without you!
Learn more about all
the Bike Network Improvement projects here.
10 ways to Celebrate Bike to Work Day with the SFBC, Thursday, May 14
...The SFBC is your Bike to Work Day guide: www.sfbike.org/btwd
Help the Next Street Reclamation: Street Surveyors Needed
Be a part of San Francisco's next major neighborhood street reclamation! We're helping to gather baseline data on how the space at 17th Street near Castro and Market Streets--which will soon have a new street plaza and bike lanes--is currenly used. We will be collecting pedestrian counts, bicyclist counts, time lapse photography of the space (to see how it's being used), and surveys of people on the street about their perception of the area.
Volunteers Needed! We need volunteers to help on two days, during both the day and night:
Sign up to volunteer during one or more of these shifts! Snacks provided. Contact Kit Hodge, SF Great Streets Project Director at
kit [at] sfgreatstreets DOT org or 415-431-2453 x313.
Bike to Work Day Rally: Share Your Commute Story
If you're not already planning to catch a
Commuter Convoy to City Hall on Bike to Work Day (May 14th)
and join our City Hall
press conference, get it on your calendar--we need lots of everyday cyclists for our Bike To Work Day morning press rally (Polk and Grove, May 14, 8:15am) to show the City what the Bicycle Plan's 50+ Bike Network improvement projects mean to you. If you're looking forward to riding Townsend St. bike lanes for a
smoother commute to Caltrain, if you're hungry for bike lanes on 17th St for a more mellow trip to your yoga class, if you're hankering for
that Scott St bike lane to make your Wiggle to church even more heavenly, please be there on the City Hall steps on Bike to Work Day morning and tell your
story! Email email@example.com if you can join us and let us know which project
you're excited about.
A Day of Car-Free Fun, this Sunday!
Sunday Streets returns this Sunday, May 10 from 10am-2pm transforming miles of San Francisco's roadways (from AT+T park to the Bayview Opera House) into a people-powered party and opening the streets to healthy activity for people of all ages. Grab your bicycle and your friends and ride the entire route enjoying a range of activities along the way from Yoga to rollerskating to dance lessons. The SFBC and Presidio YMCA have organized great biking activities like urban cycling classes, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth bike rides. There will also be free bike repair stations at 24th St. at Illinois St.
The SFBC is proud to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets! Show your support for Sunday Streets as a volunteer. A three hour volunteer shift means you still have plenty of time to get out and enjoy the car-free space. And volunteers get a free lunch and t-shirt. There's a special treat for volunteers who help on five dates or more. Sign up for a volunteer shift and task today, and have a friend join you! More information about dates and routes, at: sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html. If you are a trained SFBC Outreach volunteer and would like to do SFBC outreach at Sunday Streets email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to help valet park bikes email LisaRuth at email@example.com to find out what shifts are available and to sign up!
We hope to see you this weekend enjoying the car-free fun. Prepare yourself for the fun by watching
a video of Sunday Streets in the Bayview from
last September's event.
Valet Parking + Bike Doctoring: Volunteer with the SFBC Today
SFBC Bike Doctors at Fillmore Farmer's Market: Sat., May. 9 from 11am-1pm at Fillmore at O'Farrell The SFBC's Bike Doctors will be doing free bike maintenance like fixing flats and lubing chains at the Fillmore Farmers' Market every Saturday in May. To wrench or do outreach, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFBC Office Volunteers: Got a few extra hours to spare for bike advocacy? Come into the SFBC office and help us out with Bike to Work Day prep, data entry, mailings and all the other day to day things that keep the SFBC! Email email@example.com to help out.
Call for Bike-Themed Photos for the Winterfest 2009 Quilt
Be a part of SFBC history and have your bike photo used in the second SFBC Bike Quilt. The SFBC and crafting goddess Nancy Botkin are seeking
submissions of bikey photos to be used to create this year's photo-based Bicycle Quilt. The images selected will be developed on
fabric and sewn into a beautiful quilt and raffled off at this year's SFBC's annual Winterfest Auction and Party -- happening on
Sunday, December 6th. Photo submission deadline: June 5th.
Please see sfbike.org/wf_crafts for more details
and examples. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video: Sunday Streets in The Bayview
We hope you come out and enjoy the car-free fun this Sunday during Sunday Streets from AT+T Park to the Bayview Opera House.
Get ready for the fun by watching video of Sunday Streets in the Bayview from
last September's event.
You're reading the SFBC Weekly Biker Bulletin
Get this sent directly to your inbox by signing up here.
Join the SFBC and add your voice to thousands demanding a city-wide network of bike lanes, traffic calmed streets, better access to transit and secure bike parking. Together we can make San Francisco the most bicycle friendly city in the country!