SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 2, 2009
"By simply removing motor vehicles from Broadway around Times and Herald Squares and inviting pedestrians in with seating, street performers, good people-watching -- and a naked cowboy -- New York City has created two great new public spaces for tourists, office workers and, yes, even jaded residents."
-- Aaron Naparstek, The Crossroads of the World Goes Car-Free, NY Streetsblog, May 26, 2009
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Two ways you can help the SFBC double the number of bike lanes in San Francisco.
Only 23 Days Until Decision Day
In front of a room packed with more than 50 SFBC members and Bike Plan supporters, the City's Traffic Engineering Hearing Officer passed another 13 projects on to the full MTA Board for Decision Day--Friday, June 26--when the full MTA Board will vote whether to double the number of bike lanes in SF! Thanks to the SFBC members who stood up for bikes at this meeting, your attendance was critical, because as we expected there was also opposition to these projects. But, with the room packed full of folks wearing bright yellow 'Double the number of bike lanes!' stickers, the Officer was able to see the strong support for each these projects.
Important projects originally slated for last Friday were delayed to a hearing this Friday, June 5th. If you live, work, or ride in the Glen Park Area or on Second Street or Upper Market Street (between 17th and Octavia), please join us for an hour this Friday from 10-11am at City Hall, Room 416 to support these projects. If you can make it, please let us know. If you cannot make the hearing, show your support by sending an email right away.
And we're asking all members to mark your calendars for Decision Day--Friday, June 26th--when the 50+ projects
will be up for final approval by the SF MTA Board. It will be essential that we have a large group of
people there to speak up in support of each of these projects, doubling the miles of bike lanes in San Francisco.
This is the day we've been working towards for nearly 3 years. Please join us at this final hearing, we cannot do it without you.
See sfbike.org/56 for more background.
Sunday Streets Rolls through the Mission this Sunday, June 7
Come out and play with the SFBC and thousands of people for the third Sunday Streets on Sunday, June 7 from 10am-2pm when miles of the Mission will be transformed into a people-powered party from Dolores Park to Rolph Playground along Valencia and 24th Streets. Come enjoy the car-free route with a range of activities along the way, from dance to yoga to rollerskating, and of course biking. The SFBC and Presidio YMCA have organized biking activities like urban cycling classes, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth biking. We hope to see you there enjoying the car-free fun, make sure to stop by our orange tent and say hello.
Help Make the Mission Sunday Streets a Huge Success
Show your Byke Pride with the SFBC
Get your Pride on with SFBC in our 2nd annual Byke Pride contingent in the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28! It's the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the rebellion in New York City that kicked
off the modern gay rights movement, and with the passage last year of Proposition 8 banning same sex marriage,
this year's parade should be especially poignant. Our inaugural parade contingent last year was a smashing
success, and this year's promises to be even more fun and fabulous. The event is open to all current SFBC members.
To register, email popcycleSF@yahoo.com.
Meet and Greet for New SFBC Members
If you have been an SFBC member for less than a year, you are invited to join us for a special night to learn about SFBC advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bicycle advocacy organization and how you can get involved.
Details: Tue., Jun. 9 from 6:30-7:15pm at SFBC HQ, 995 Market St, Ste 1550. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP
to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-431-2453 x303.
Be an SFBC Rock Star: Volunteer!
Are you trained in SFBC outreach and can lend a hand at these events? Email email@example.com
Youth Eco Unity Festival: Sat., June 6 from 11am-4pm. The SFBC is looking for a very project savvy person for SFBC outreach at the June 6th Youth Eco Unity Festival and 3 more volunteers 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.
SFBC Outreach Training: Tue., Jun. 9 from 7:30-8:30pm at SFBC HQ, 995 Market St Ste 1550. Interested in volunteering to talk about the SFBC's work at events all over town, like Bike to Work Day 2010, races, festivals, and SFBC Service Stations? Then this training is a must! Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
SFBC Service Station: Thu., Jun. 11
from 5-7pm at the Duboce Bikeway. Don't miss it when the SFBC Service Station team hits the streets to offer a little air for
your tires to keep you riding smoothly.
Help the 17th Street Reclamation: Street Surveyors Needed
Be a part of San Francisco's street reclamation movement! We're helping to gather data on how the new public plaza at 17th Street near Castro and Market Streets is being 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! Contact Erin Rice, Research Assistant,
SF Great Streets Project at erin [at] sfgreatstreets DOT org.
Fairfax Foray with Architect David Baker
Join local architect and SFBC Board member David Baker and a group of cyclists for a fun bike ride to the Fairfax Festival on Saturday,
June 13. This 22-mile ride leads through beautiful Marin and takes just under three hours at a reasonable and easy pace with 2 options for the return trip. A great distance for those looking for their
first "ambitious" bike ride across the bridge! To register for this ride and for more information, visit Fairfax Foray.
Bike to School Day a Success
Hundreds of students rode their bikes for San Francisco's first Bike to School Day on Thursday, May 28. Parents, students and teachers joined commuter convoys from various neighborhoods to more than 20 San Francisco schools. Biking students were rewarded with healthy snacks and special Bike to School Day bags filled with all kinds of goodies. Bike to School Day was presented in partnership with the Presidio Community YMCA Bicycle Program, SF Bicycle Coalition, SF Department of Public Health, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, Mayor's Shape Up SF Coalition, and the SF Unified School District's Department of Sustainability. Thanks to all the volunteers who made Bike to School Day a success. Read more about San Francisco's Bike to School Day on SF Streetsblog.
Bike to School Day was also an opportunity to celebrate a new $500,000 federal Safe Routes to School grant that will be in place this Fall in San Francisco schools, encouraging safer riding and walking among
the city's youth. Send an email to Senators Boxer and Feinstein to urge them to co-sponsor the renewal of the Safe Routes to School Program Reauthorization Act!
Submit your Bike Photos for the Winterfest 2009 Quilt
Just a few days left to submit your photos for use on this year's Winterfest Quilt. The images selected will be developed on fabric and sewn into a
beautiful quilt and then raffled off at Winterfest, the SFBC's annual Auction and Party. The photo submission deadline is this Friday, June 5th.
Please see sfbike.org/wf_crafts for more details and photo examples. To round out
our collection, we especially need more photos of SF bicycle destinations and route scenes. Questions? Contact Nancy, the
Bike Quilt Coordinator, at email@example.com
Video: Bike Parking Respsect in Chicago
Chicago's Millennium Park hosts of one of the most incredible amenities for cyclists in the United States: McDonald's Cycle Center.
Watch this excellent Streetfilms video that tours the complex with Bike And Roll's Josh Squire.
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