SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 12, 2009
-- Gary Fisher, Looking sharp on Bike to Work Day, SF Chronicle, May 7, 2009
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Pedal Out and Celebrate Bike to Work Day this Thursday, May 14th!
Bike to Work with Your Supervisor and Top City Officials
This Thursday morning on Bike to Work Day, you'll have the unique opportunity to bike to City Hall with local elected officials and department heads. Biking is catching on all around town and local VIPs want in on Bike to Work Day, including Supervisors Eric Mar, David Chiu, Carmen Chu, Ross Mirkarimi, Bevan Dufty, David Campos, and John Avalos, as well as MTA Director Nathaniel Ford, MTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan, DPW Director Ed Reiskin, Assessor Phil Ting, and City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Visit our Commuter Convoy page for gathering spots and push-off times.
These convoy rides are a great opportunity to meet city leaders and talk to them about the
challenges of bicycling in your neighborhood--we'll be giving them a firsthand look at upcoming bike projects that are poised to double the number of bike lanes in San Francisco.
All rides will converge at City Hall in time for the SFBC's rally at 8:30am. Join us on the steps of City Hall and declare your
support for upcoming bike projects. Email Neal if you'll be joining a commuter convoy ride into City Hall or the
City Hall Rally. It's a fun way to kick-off Bike to Work Day.
Stand up for Bikes at our Bike to Work Day Rally
On Bike to Work Day morning we need you at City Hall to show support for the 50+ bike projects that will double the Citywide Bike Network. Rally with us on City Hall steps and show your support for the bike project near your home
or your work. The rally starts at 8:30am and we'll be joined by City Supervisors, Department Heads, and other key elected officials and the local media.
This is the perfect time for us to stand together and show the city the mass support for all of these 50+ projects. The morning's activities will be over by 9:00am.
Please contact Neal if you know you can join us.
Speak Up Now to Double the Number of Bike Lanes
While it seems like forever since we had a new bike lane, the SFBC is excited that the end is finally in sight-- the SF Bicycle Plan, with 50+ projects to double the Citywide Bike Network (adding 34 miles of bike lanes and other upgrades), is coming to the SFMTA Board of Directors for a big vote 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 SFMTA votes YES on the Bike Plan:
Help bikes get a YES vote by speaking out for better biking in San Francisco--we can't do it without you!
about all the Bike Network Improvement projects here.
Celebrate the Opening of San Francisco's Newest Street Plaza
The Mayor, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefits District, the San Francisco Great Streets Project and many other community and city groups will be celebrating the opening of a new, trial street plaza this week with safe space for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders on 17th Street at Market and Castro Streets. Details of the Mayor's press conference and the official community weekend opening are still being worked out. Keep your eye on sfgreatstreets.org for the latest information.
The San Francisco Great Streets Project was out last week collecting baseline data on the space and neighborhood pre-plaza, and will be doing the same study in a few weeks to understand whether the trial plaza should be continued.
Read more and see great photos of
the plaza's transformation at sf.streetsblog.org.
DIY: Make Your Workplace More Bike Friendly
Come to a treehouse talk tonight at the SFBC's office and learn how to get bike facilities at your workplace. Workplace-based Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) are the driving force behind great bike facilities that make it easier and more convenient for more employees to bike to work. Hear about great employee-led bike improvement successes in San Francisco and learn how to start your own BUG.
Tue., May. 12, 6:30pm, SFBC HQ, 995 Market St. Ste 1550 (at 6th). Bring your bike up for secure bike parking.
A Big Night For the Golden Wheel Awards
250 people gathered at the historic Green Room for the 17th annual Golden Wheel Awards on Tuesday, May 5th to honor Sunday Streets for their work opening streets to healthy activity. The event brought together city leaders like David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Tom Nolan, Chairman of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Ed Reiskin, Department of Public Works Director, local mountain biking legend Gary Fisher along with various community leaders, decision-makers and bicyclists to celebrate Sunday Streets and the Year of The Bicycle. The Golden Wheel Awards ceremony and fundraiser is an important mid-year event and raised $55,000 for the SFBC's work to make city streets safer and more inviting for bicyclists.
John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycles was the keynote speaker and urged the crowd to get involved at this critical time when San Francisco is on the cusp of adopting a Bicycle Plan that will move forward 50+ bicycle improvements. Burke sees the bicycle as a simple solution for San Francisco's health, congestion and environmental problems: "Getting more people to ride bikes more often by creating bicycle-friendly communities is the biggest opportunity we have to make this city and the world a better place. As bicycle people we have a lot to do and not much time to do it. The time is now in San Francisco," said Burke
Read all about the Golden Wheel Awards at SF Streetsblog.
View great photographs of the event by Dustin Jensen and Orange Photography.
A special thanks to all the amazing volunteers and sponsors who made this evening so successful.
Be Indispensable: Volunteer With the SFBC!
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, data entry, mailings and all the other day to day things that keep the SFBC rolling! We really need people this week and next for pre and post Bike to Work Day fun! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFBC Bike Doctors: Sat., May. 16 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. To wrench or do
SFBC outreach, email Tessa@sfbike.org.
Take the Bikes on BART Survey
With Bike to Work Day bringing out hundreds of thousands of bicycle commuters, this is a prime time to check in on how BART's bike service is working for cyclists
making regional trips, whether to work, shop, or play. Livable City
researcher Tony Vi is conducting a survey of BART's bicycling customers, so if you're a current bike+BART rider or are considering
becoming one, be sure
to take the survey.
Video: Bike To Work Day
Streetfilms produced a great video on Bike to Work Day last year and the first part is all San Francisco bike commuters! We can hardly wait 'til
Thursday when we anticipate seeing hundreds of thousands of new and long-time commuters in the bike lane. Did you know that a recent City report shows that more than 128,000 San Franciscans ride bike regularly to get to
work or run errands in San Francisco?
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