SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 26, 2009
"If we drive to school, it's too short and we have to sit in the schoolyard and it's cold, but when we bike to school, it's easier because we get to warm up and when we get to school, it's already time to go in."
-- Hannah (age 9), Bike About Town: Kids and Biking, SF Chronicle, May 21, 2009
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We Need You *This Week* to Double the Number of Bike Lanes
The long-awaited SF Bicycle Plan, with 50+ projects to double the Citywide Bike Network (adding 34 miles of bike lanes and other upgrades), is heading to a key public hearing this Friday, May 29. Then, if all goes well, it's on to the SFMTA Board of Directors for Decision Day on Friday, June 26.
But first, we need to turn out lots of supporters--that's you!--this Friday, May 29th at 10am (City Hall, Room 416) for this critical hearing. This is one of the final hearings to double the number of bike lanes in San Francisco, so please come out and speak up in support to help us balance the inevitable opposition. This hearing will address some of the most important projects including: 17th Street, 2nd Street, 5th Street, Cesar Chavez (east), Holloway, Laguna Honda, Portola, Townsend Street, and many more. These projects need to advance past the hearing Friday if they're to get final approval at the June 26th MTA Board of Directors meeting (Please mark your calendars to join us for that 9am hearing, hope you can arrive to work late that day).
We especially need your presence or written support if you live or work on one of these project areas, so please emphasize that when you speak up.
If you can make it to City Hall betwen 10-11 this Friday, please let us know. If you cannot make the
hearing, show your support by sending an email right away. These projects *could*
double the number of bike lanes in San Francisco--but only if we make sure the City keeps its word to fill all of the gaps! Visit sfbike.org/56
for the full list of projects coming up on May 29, and save the date for the full MTA Board meeting on June 26!
Kids Get on Two Wheels for Bike to School Day: Thursday
San Francisco's first-ever Bike To School Day is happening this Thursday, May 28th and hundreds of students across the city will be biking to school. There are confirmed Bike to School Day events happening at the following schools: Lakeshore, Leonard Flynn, Longfellow, SF Friends School, McKinley Monroe, and Sunset Elementary Schools; Francisco, Marina, and Roosevelt Middle Schools; and Lowell High School. If your child's school isn't listed but wants to participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Bike to School Day needs volunteers. If you are a parent, a teacher or someone who wants to help the next generation learn the joys of biking,
we can use your help. Parents, school staff and students will be meeting throughout the city and riding in morning
Commuter Convoys to school. We'd love to have SFBC members come along for the ride and stick around to help with bike parking
and general bike-excitement at the schools. If you can volunteer,
email: email@example.com and for more info see: www.biketoschoolday.org!
Push for Bicycle Priority in Street Resurfacing
The Department of Public Works is proposing a $388 million bond measure this November to fund street resurfacing and streetscape improvement projects for the next five years, and we need your help to make sure bicycle routes are prioritized. Rough and potholed streets are a real safety hazard for cyclists, and this bond measure can make a lasting improvement of the surface quality of much of the bicycle network. However, we need to make sure that bicycle routes are prioritized in the resurfacing schedule to help ensure cyclists' safety.
Email your Supervisor today to urge that at least 30% of streets resurfaced are part of
the Bike Network! Visit our Good Roads page for analysis of the proposed bond
measure and sample emails you can send your Supervisor. This bond measure presents a crucial moment for bicycle safety--take action today to ensure our streets
are maintained for years to come.
Treasure Island Bike Rack Competition Winners Announced
Congratulations to Kirk Scott (design pictured at right), Todd Gilens and Kody Kellogg for their winning designs in our Treasure Island Bike Rack Design Competition. In conjunction with the community-based planning efforts for a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly redevelopment of the island, the SFBC and SF Department of Public Health challenged the public to design a bike rack that was functional and that referenced Treasure Island. These racks will be fabricated and exhibited at a number of locations around the city before final installation on Treasure Island.
Visit our Treasure Island page to see the winning designs as well as
details for a June exhibition of the winning designs.
Sunday Streets Comes to the Mission
Celebrate car-free streets in the Mission on June 7 and July 19 (10am-2pm), all the way from Rolph Playground at 26th and Hampshire to Dolores Park at 19th and Dolores! The Sunday Streets route will be hopping with activities from bicycling, dancing, rollerskating, yoga to hula hooping.
The SFBC is proud to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets! Get in on the fun and show your support for Sunday Streets as a volunteer, and you will still have plenty of time to get out and enjoy Sunday Streets. 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 talk to Sunday Streets goers about the SFBC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read a great story about the Sunday Streets Mission Route on SF Streetsblog.
Have More Fun as an SFBC Volunteer
SFBC Service Station: Thu., May. 28 from 5-7pm at Market and 5th. Don't miss it when the SFBC Service Station team hits the streets to offer a little air in your tires to keep you rolling smoothly! Are you trained in SFBC outreach and can volunteer? Email email@example.com
Valet Bicycle Parking at the Momentum Magazine Bay Area Launch Party: Thu., May 28 from 7-11pm on
7th at Mission. Meet the folks behind Momentum Magazine and park their bikes and many more at this great party. To volunteer as
a bike valet, email LisaRuth.
SFBC Bike Doctors at the Fillmore Farmer's Market: Sat., May. 30 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 outreach, email Tessa@sfbike.org.
Daytime Office Help at the SFBC: The SFBC loves our volunteers and we need you to help out during the day. Come in for a few hours and help do data entry, run errands, stuff envelopes and the like. Email tessa@sfbike if you're interested!
Youth Eco Unity Festival: Sat, June 6, 11am-4pm. The SFBC is looking for a very project-savvy person for SFBC outreach at the June 6th
Youth Eco Unity Festival. We are also looking for 3 more volunteers who are interested in teaching new riders age 13-18+ how to ride a bicycle from 1:30-4pm.
For more information and to sign up, contact Jason
Agar at bike[dot]education[at]gmail[dot]com.
Eat, Meet, Learn, Pedal
The SFBC hosts a wide range of bike rides where you can meet fellow cyclists, learn about San Francisco history, and eat fun foods all while pedaling around the city. We're scheduling a bunch of great rides for the summer. If you have a secret knowledge of San Francisco, a special interest, or an idea for a ride that you would like to lead, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are upcoming rides, for a full list of rides see our Chain of Events calendar.
Bullitt Bike Tour: Sat., Jun. 6 | 11am | Meet at Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Join us on a ride through many of the scenes from the 1968 San Francisco thriller, Bullitt.
Tour de Fromage: Sat., May. 30 | 11am-3pm | Meet at the Panhandle Statue, Fell and Baker
Take Your Commuting to the Next Level, Try Bike Racing
Come to the next Treehouse Talk when Team Roaring Mouse member, SFBC member and category 3 cyclist, Marissa Axell, will give a
great intro on the sport of cycling and the NorCal cycling community. Marissa will share insider tips on how to start racing and where to look for a team. She will also
share the basic skills needed for survival in one of the biggest and most exciting sports in the world.
Video: Brooklyn Students Paint the Pavement
Watch the latest Streetfilms video on street paintings. In a neighborhood where it wasn't safe for kids to cross the street, the community got together and painted the pavement beautiful vibrant colors. These types of street paintings create a personality for the neighborhood and help slow traffic which makes the street safer for kids, and everyone. The project was made possible by the NYC Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program which is bringing life to streetscapes through temporary art installations.
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