SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 14, 2009
"People tend to think sidewalks are relatives of streets, because they
live next to each other. But in fact, sidewalks are not for
getting from one place to another. Sidewalks are for talking, for doing
business, for playing, for kissing. Sidewalks really are relatives of
-- by Enrique Penalosa (during his visit in San Francisco), Enrique Peñalosa Urges SF to Embrace Pedestrians and Public Space, SF Streetsblog, July 8, 2009
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Want to double your gift to the SFBC?
Sunday Streets is this Sunday!
Come out and play with the SFBC and tens of thousands of people for Sunday Streets this
Sunday, July 19 from 10am-2pm. Enjoy a range of activities along the route from Dolores Park to Rolph Playground
along Valencia and 24th Streets in the Mission. The SFBC and Presidio YMCA Bike Program will host biking activities
like Urban Cycling Workshops,
Youth Biking and Freedom From Training Wheels. Stop by the orange SFBC
tent on Valencia Street and pedal out on one of
the Purple Pedals fleet
bikes that take photos every 60 seconds. We hope to see you there enjoying the car-free fun!
Help make Sunday Streets another huge success:
Take the SFBC's $30,000 challenge
The SFBC is ready to move beyond bike lanes in San Francisco and we need your help. Catapulting off our latest mammoth success -- 45 bike improvement projects approved by the City -- the SFBC is
gearing up to take San Francisco to the next level. We envision separated bike paths, bike boulevards, ample amounts of bike parking, and more street-openiings like Sunday Streets.
But, we need your help to get there.
Join the SFBC's Pavement to Parks Tour
Did you know that San Francisco is now on the cutting edge of reclaiming underused street spaces through
its Pavement to Parks initiative? Much like New York City,
San Francisco is testing trial plazas and other types of reclaimed street spaces in neighborhoods around the city in order to create more
areas for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy their communities. The first trial plaza is already being tested at 17th Street in the
Castro. Join the San Francisco Great Streets Project for a bike tour of the next three sites: 16th and 8th Streets in Lower Portrero, Geneva and Naples Streets in the Excelsior and San Jose
and Guerrero in the Outer Mission. This is a chance to learn about the initiative and to brainstorm new location sites.
Watch a Streetfilms video of San Francisco's
first Pavement to Parks location.
Enrique Peñalosa Inspires San Franciscans
Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, internationally acclaimed consultant to world leaders and, now, recipient of the
prestigious Goteborg Award, inspired crowds
of San Franciscans in a whirlwind three day trip last week. The San Francisco Great Streets Project, a campaign of the SFBC in
partnership with SPUR and the support of other national groups, organized meetings for Peñalosa with Mayor Newsom, key city decision-makers, the Chamber of Commerce and, of course, SFBC members, and many more. Peñalosa is well known for his role in creating Transmilenio, Bogota's Bus Rapid Transit System, and
for expanding his city's version of Sunday Streets (the Ciclovia) to 120 kilometers of Bogota every Sunday for seven hours.
Every Friday is Gas-Free in July
This Friday, pedal out for Gas-Free Fridays,
a campaign to get more people to try just one car trip by bicycle one day a week. Get on your bike, grab a friend or coworker, and "fuel-up"
at an SFBC Energizer Station (7:30-9:30am) with coffee and snacks to get your Friday rolling. In San Francisco, half of all driving trips
are under two miles in length, a distance easily traveled by bicycle. And with rising gas prices (again!) and global warming, riding a bike
is a fun and smart way to get around. See the locations for all the Gas-Free Friday Energizer Stations.
SFPD Seeks Clues in Hit and Run of Cyclist and Child
On July 1, at 11:30am, cyclist and SFBC Member Andrew Bennett and
his 4-year-old son were hit by a gray car or SUV with a partial license plate of 'KAY' and a heart-shaped symbol. After striking the cyclist, the driver (described as as a female, late 20s, with dark hair)
fled the scene. Mr. Bennett suffered serious injuries, including a fractured spine, but his son was thankfully uninjured. The SF Police Department (SFPD)
is asking for your help to track down this dangerous driver.
If anyone has any more information about this collision, you are encouraged to call Inspector Jim Custer of the SFPD's Hit and Run Detail, 415-553-9516, or to call
the Confidential Tip Line, 415-575-4444. The SFBC is continuing to press the SFPD to prioritize solving this crime and wishes a speedy and full recovery to Mr. Bennett.
The Bicycle Film Festival is Back in Town
The Bicycle Film Festival, is back in San Francisco this week, July 14-18th, with movies, art and music! See Blonde Redhead perform on July 14-15th, check out the Joyride art show on July 16th featuring works from local
greats like Mike Giant and Maya Hayuk, and of course you can't miss all the great bike movies. Check out the packed schedule of Bicycle Film Festival events here.
The SFBC will be offering free valet bike parking at most of the events, see where bike valet parking will be on our Chain of Events.
Take the SFBC's FREE Urban Cycling Workshop
The SFBC's popular Urban Cycling Workshops are in full swing this summer. This Thursday evening, we're hosting our popular Intro to Safe Cycling course at the Taraval
Police Station. Join us for this four hour in-classroom course and learn the basics of bicycling and how to feel more comfortable riding on city streets. This workshop is FREE but you need to pre-register to secure your seat. Sign up for this free class today!
Welcome Good Hotel, Good Pizza and Custom Burger: SFBC's Newest Discount Partners
We're excited to announce the newest SFBC discount partners, Good Hotel, Good Pizza and Custom Burger! Good Hotel now offers all card-carrying SFBC members a SFBC Preferred Rate of $69/night! Hungry? Stop by Good Pizza or Custom Burger and receive 25% off any menu item with your SFBC card! Stop by and check out what kind of deals your member discount can get you - they are located at 112 Seventh Street.
Video: Streetfilms 17th Street Plaza
The SFBC and our SF Great Streets campaign are happy to announce that San Francisco's first temporary Pavement to Parks plaza just received another four month extension, (read the SF Streetsblog story here). Streetfilms made a video about the 17th Street Plaza in the Castro,
you can watch it here.
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