SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 15, 2009
"The new and improved Market Street will rival main streets around the world. With input from the community, and the leadership of the five key agencies, we will identify specific solutions that work best for our main corridor."
-- Mayor Gavin Newsom, Market Street Pilot is an Encouraging Move by Mayor Newsom, SF Streetsblog, September 10, 2009
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Excited about the Market Street Improvement Trials?
Better Market Street Trial Improvements Coming Soon
The SFBC is thrilled by Mayor Newsom's announcement that the City will be implementing a series of trial improvements to Market Street starting September 29.
These trials will be an opportunity to test and keep good ideas that improve Market Street and make it more attractive for bicycling, walking, transit
and shopping in anticipation of a complete repaving of Market Street in 2013. Modeled on Project
for Public Spaces "Place Diagram," the trials are the first layer of improvements to be tested over the next six to twelve months. (Project for Public Spaces is a partner in the
SFBC's Great Streets Project.) See the full Better Market Street trial project
The SFBC's Great Streets Project has been a major and active force behind launching these trials. Daily advocacy and extensive volunteering from SFBC members has
helped us get to this point, but there's lots more work to do. Over the next six to twelve months we'll be asking you to get involved in this campaign to
make the most of this great new opportunity to make a great Market Street.
Tour de Fat is Almost Here
It's time to oil your chain, press your polyester and fluff that feather boa because Tour de Fat rolls back into town next Saturday, September 26 (11am-5pm, Speedway Meadow, GG Park),
with its ballyhoo of bikes and New Belgium Brewery beers! Two parts bike rodeo and one part circus, this all-day, all-green festival is full of
fire-jumping bike acts, bicycle games, a bike parade through the park, live music from Sean Hayes,
March Fourth Marching Band, Handsome Little
Devils present: Squirm Burpee Circus, and The Dare Devil Chicken Club Presents: Honeymoon Cabaret, tasty
eats and of course, great beer! Registration for the Bike Parade begins at 10am, the parade departs at 11am, and the show ballyhoo begins at noon!
SFBC's Bike-In Movie Now Showing: Les Triplettes de Belleville
Don't miss the SFBC's last Bike-In Movie of the year tomorrow, September 16, at 8pm when we screen the beautiful animated drama with a toe-tapping
soundtrack, Triplets of Belleville, in the Good Hotel parking lot (7th at Mission Street). Experience the enchantment when the SFBC's free Bike-In
Movie transforms an ordinary parking lot into a magical movie theater in the middle of the city. Don your most dapper attire and join our Tweed friends
for a dashing ride to the Bike-In Movie sallying forth at
6:30pm (more at: sftweed.com).
Pedal Out on Friday for PARK(ing) Day
PARK(ing) Day is happening this Friday (9/18), and you're going to want to spend some time exploring the many
wonderful public-space ideas that people bring to curbside parking spaces (car storage is just so boring!). The SFBC and our Great Streets Project are highlighting some examples of new and innovative uses of ordinary parking spaces.
Enjoy Summer in SF: Volunteer with the SFBC
San Francisco events are in full swing and the SFBC is spreading bike love all over town. We hope you'll check your calendar to see when you can help!
Announcing:"Bike to the Theater" Nights
The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has joined forces with the SFBC's popular Bike Valet service and beginning Thursday, Sept 24th, the SFBC will valet park your
bike at select A.C.T. Theater performances. Plus the A.C.T. is offering an exclusive $10 discount for SFBC members (Not an SFBC
Member? Join today)! To receive your discount,
purchase your tickets online at www.act-sf.org or call 415.749.2ACT and
use promo code BIKE1 for the Sept. 24th performance of Brief Encounter (Orchestra and Dress Circle tickets only, subject to availability).
Envision an Awesome Embarcadero Bikeway
San Francisco's eastern waterfront, from Fisherman's Wharf past the Ferry Building to the Giants' ballpark
and Blue Greenway, is a uniquely marvelous setting for a bike ride,
whether for fun or utility, one of the city's top two-wheeling attractions for locals and visitors. But it's only just okay for
bike traffic -- couldn't it be much better? Carrie Nielsen, 2009 Piero N. Patri Fellow,
has been working on the long-pondered question: What would it take to provide an excellent waterside bikeway from Mission Bay to North Point, separated from the motor
traffic on the Embarcadero roadway and distinct from Herb Caen Way (a.k.a. the Promenade)? Come hear and see what Carrie has put together for a fully-considered
vision of a world-class bikeway on the city's waterfront, a next-generation element of the Citywide Bike Network.
Details: Monday, Sept. 21, 5:30pm reception, 6:15pm presentation, SPUR, 654 Mission St (betw. New Montgomery and Third St); free to SPUR members,
$5 for non-members. Complimentary SFBC valet bike parking will be provided.
Get Crafty: Winterfest is Just Around the Corner
The 14th annual Winterfest is the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's annual Member Party, Fundraiser, Auction and Art Show
held the first Sunday in December. This is the Bay Area's biggest bike bash with over 200 auction items to bid on, over 60 pieces of art to buy
from hot local artists, live entertainment, New Belgium Beer and over 1,000 of your closest bike-loving friends under one roof! Can you help make
this event a huge success?
Build a Better SF: Intern with the SFMTA
Are you studying Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, or Surveying? The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) -- including the SFMTA's Bike Program -- is looking for interns to help design, plan, and implement street and transportation improvements throughout the city. Applicants can get hands-on training with professional planners and engineers and help build a better city! For instructions on how to apply, see this PDF document (sfbike.org/download/mta-internship.pdf) and apply at www.jobaps.com/sf.
Video: Making a Better Market Street
Streetfilms came to San Francisco a few months ago and asked a broad coalition of folks about the potential of realizing Market Street as a premier street
for bicyclists, pedestrians and people taking public transit. With Market Street scheduled to be ripped up and completely repaved in 2013, we have a huge
opportunity to rethink the street and create a thoroughfare that San Francisco can truly be proud of. The newly announced Better Market Street trials are
an excellent way to test and keep good ideas that make Market Street more attractive for bicycling, walking, transit and shopping experience.
Watch the Streetfilms Market Street video here.
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