SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 22, 2009
"We really wanted to demonstrate the idea of flexible parking and show that the city could be capable of letting businesses have Park(ing) Day every day, and allow businesses to do what they want with the parking space in front of their businesses."
-- Great Streets Project's Erin Rice, The Sun Shines Down on a Glorious PARK(ing) Day, SF Streetsblog, Sept. 18, 2009
Table of Contents
- Tour de Fat is Saturday
- Market Street Improvements Abound
- Innovative Ideas Showcased on Park(ing) Day
- Get Ready for October Gas-Free Fridays
- Ride yer Bike to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
- Biking Fun and Family Memories
- Have More Fun as an SFBC Volunteer
- Creating Healthy Ways to Get to School
- Help Quilt the 2009 Winterfest Bike Quilt
- Two Bay Area Bike Coalitions Are Hiring
- Video: 2009 Park(ing) Day in San Francisco
- Upcoming Events
Become of a member the SFBC at Tour de Fat this Saturday
and we'll thank you with a free beer token.
Tour de Fat is Saturday
Tour de Fat rolls back into town this Saturday, September 26, 11am-5pm, 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! Show up at 10am to register and get your spot in the
Bike Parade, the parade departs at 11am, and the main ballyhoo begins at 12 noon!
Come on out and have a good time for a great cause (New Belgium Brewery donates the proceeds of the day to the SFBC and the Bay Area Ridge
Trail Council). Don't forget to ride yer bike to the show! Complimentary valet bike parking provided by the SFBC and our wonderful crew of
bike valet volunteers (of course).
Get a FREE beer token at Tour de Fat! Are you, or someone you know, not yet a member of the SFBC? Get a free beer token
AND make San Francisco a better place to bike and live when you become a member of the SFBC at Tour de Fat!
Volunteer and get a free Tour de Fat t-shirt! We need YOU to make it a day to remember! It takes over 150 volunteers to make it happen--volunteer to do outreach at
the SFBC's orange tent, check IDs, and sell drink tokens. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_tdf
Market Street Improvements Abound
As we announced in our email last week, a bold set of Market Street Trials are coming soon. Forced right turns for eastbound private cars off of Market at 8th and again at 6th Street will begin on Tuesday, September 29th. And
sidewalk improvements will begin in October. Join the SFBC's Great
Streets Project for streetside outreach the week of September 28th to
help spread the word about the trial changes. We will be reaching out
to people on Market Street to let them know about the project, and to
encourage them to send feedback to the City. To volunteer, e-mail Kit
Hodge at email@example.com. Information about
the Better Market Street Trials project is on the City's Better
Market Street website.
In another exciting development, the SF County Transportation Authority
(SFCTA) is poised to vote on a second set of trial improvements for
Market Street that will use strategic coloring and symbols to calm the
areas between the transit boarding islands and the sidewalks. If the
SFCTA's Board votes yes on this trial, the "Calm the Safety Zone"
project would be tested at four places on Market Street intersections (at 4th and
5th St. intersections) this Fall. These improvements will likely encourage more
civility in these high traffic zones.
Help get this exciting trial project approved by speaking up for the
"Calm the Safety Zone" project at an SFCTA hearing today, Tuesday,
September 22nd at 11am in City Hall, Room 205.
And another major Market Street improvement involves the SFBC's
Good Roads Campaign
which has leveraged attention from numerous City agencies to fix Market Street's unsafe
pavement conditions. This summer, the Good Roads Campaign
launched an intensive audit of sunken and damaged utility covers on
Market Street. These hazards were reported to the Department of Public
Works (DPW) through 311 and DPW then coordinated these extensive
repairs with a dozen public agencies and private utilities. The result?
58 manholes between 8th and the Embarcadero have been repaired. DPW is
now set to repair Market Street west of 8th Street, where you'll soon
feel the difference with dozens of areas "wide patch paving" and more sunken utility cover repairs. The SFBC is working double time
to give you a much safer (and smoother) commute.
A big thank you to DPW's leadership on these extensive repairs and the priority
they've given to Market St. If you see a sunken utility covers on any
street in the city, report it to 311
by phone or online. And join the monthly First Saturday Good Roads
rides (see our Chain of Events calendar).
Make sure to become a Fan of
a Better Market Street on Facebook
Innovative Ideas Showcased on PARK(ing) Day
The SFBC and our Great Streets Project hit the streets last Friday to showcase two cool innovations,
on-street bike parking and flexible parking spots. Out front of Bi
Rite Market and Four Barrel Coffee we showcased
on-street bike parking, a component of the recently approved 2009 SF Bike Plan, which transforms a single car parking space into 12 bicycle parking
spaces. It's a benefit for bicyclists and pedestrians alike as it opens up the sidewalk space where bicycles would normally be locked to
sign posts and parking meters. See photos here.
SFBC's Great Streets Project got minds churning (and bellies full) by highlighting how a flexible parking spot literally widens
the sidewalk and offers up more room for outdoor dining. We worked
with Renew SF and the
owners of Caffe Roma
and Caffe Greco to place platforms
that extended the sidewalks for additional cafe seating on busy Columbus Avenue in North Beach. This demonstration
project showed what code-compliant flexible parking spot conversions will look like and highlighted
the plan to
increase pedestrian breathing room on crowded Columbus Avenue. SPUR
also hosted a park in front of their Urban Center; the wide, flat streets of SOMA are indeed perfect for sidewalk
If you are a business or know of a business who could benefit from
"on-street bike parking" please contact SFBC Program Manager, Marc
or 415-431-2453 x302. If you are interested in using the sidewalk
platform extension for your business, please contact
Erin Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to Bi Rite Market, Caffe Greco, Caffe Roma, Four Barrel Coffee, Renew SF and SPUR for working with us on these next generation Park(ing) Day spots. And a huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers who made Park(ing) Day a success, especially Great Streets Project Intern Erin Rice for her many hours of planning, Riyad Ghannam (rg-architecture) whose amazing architectural and building skills demonstrated the flexible parking space concept, Geoff Palmer (bikeparking.com) for all of the bike parking racks, Front Porch for donating tables and chairs, SPUR for the work space and San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save our Streets, Friends of the Urban Forest and San Francisco Landscapes for the plants that greened our Park(ing) Spaces.
Get Ready for October Gas-Free Fridays
All October long the SFBC will be celebrating Gas-Free Fridays. You can
help the SFBC promote this simple idea and together we can encourage more people to substitute one short car trip with a bicycle trip just one day a week.
Next Friday, October 2nd, pedal to 12th and Market and "Fuel up" with coffee and snacks to get your day rolling from
the "Fuel Up" station locations for all the Gas-Free Fridays.
Ride yer Bike to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
The SF Bicycle Coalition knows the best way to get to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is by bike. The
folks at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are providing ample amounts of bike parking at this year's music festival.
Following are locations to keep your bike safe and secure while you're off enjoying music:
SFBC Complimentary Valet Bike Parking located on Middle Drive West, closest to the Porch Stage. From JFK Drive: after you pass under Crossover Drive going West, turn left on Transverse Drive, and right on Middle Drive West. 100 yards to your left will be a gate going into
composting area - that's us! Keep your eye out for lots of signs to direct you to SFBC bike valet parking. (Note: There is no bike riding on JFK Dr. after Transverse Drive or through the festival grounds).
- Two self-bike parking locations monitored by Hardly Strictlly Bluegrass Staff: One is located at Fulton Avenue and
Crossover Drive and the second location is across from Spreckles Lake on a service road leading into the Polo Fields.
Please help by being a bike valet attendant. We need lots of volunteers to help park and keep bicycles secure during the weekend, where we will be parking more than 1,500 bikes per day.
Email LisaRuth to volunteer
as a bike valet for a 3 hour shift.
Please do not hang your bike on any fencing as it is a potential crushing hazard and your bicycle will be removed by the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass staff.
Biking Fun and Family Memories
The SF Bicycle Coalition's third annual Family Day is Oct. 11--make Family Day a yearly tradition and join other SFBC families like yours as we enjoy a car-free Sunday in Golden Gate Park. We've planned a fun day with
special bike-y activities like a bike scavenger hunt, a family biking showcase and a family bike parade, as well as our
popular Freedom From Training Wheels effort to get the little
ones on two wheels and the mini-city Bike Road-eo to teach safe riding and rules of the road.
Want to help out on Family Day? Volunteers are needed to help --email Kate to help out.
Family Day details: Sun., Oct. 11th, 11am-3pm, Golden Gate Park off JFK Drive at the Doughboy Picnic Area (North of Stow Lake and east of Transverse Drive overpass). See sfbike.org/familyday for the full schedule of fun.
Have More Fun as an SFBC Volunteer
A.C.T. Showing of Brief Encounter: Thurs., Sept. 24 | 7pm-midnight | 415 Geary St. Volunteer as a bike valet from 9pm-Midnight and get a free ticket
to a future A.C.T. performance. Email LisaRuth to volunteer.
Tube Times Mail Run: Friday, Sept 25. We'll be taking the Fall issue of the Tube Times to the bulk mail facility in Bayview.
Have an extracycle, trailer or just want to help? Email Tessa.
Bridge to Hope Music Festival: Sat., Sept. 26 | 10am-8pm | Fort Mason Great Meadow. While most of the bicyclists in SF will be at Tour
de Fat on Sept. 26th, the SFBC bike valets will also be supporting those who ride to the Bridge to Hope Music Festival ( benefiting Lazarex Cancer
Foundation). Won't you help as a bike valet volunteer? Email LisaRuth if you can.
Folsom Street Fair: Sun., Sep. 27 | 11am-6pm | Folsom Street (between 7th and 12th). Volunteer at the world's largest and best
loved leather/fetish event. To volunteer to do SFBC Outreach email Tessa. To volunteer
as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
Now + Zen Fest: Sun., Sept. 27 | 10am-5pm | Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. The SFBC is providing valet bicycle parking at this
FREE concert and we need you! Headliners this year include Train, Colbie Caillat, Howie Day, and Dashboard Confessional.
Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a
bike valet. Email Tessa if you're trained in SFBC Outreach.
Creating Healthy Ways to Get to School
The SFBC is proud to be a partner in San Francisco's new 2-year Safe Routes to School Program to help more children to walk and ride their bicycles to school.
The program, funded by a $500,000 federal grant and spearheaded by the SF Department of Public Health, will officially
launch on Walk to School Day, Oct. 7th.
The SFBC is thrilled to be working with the SF Dept. of Public Health, SF Unified School District, SF Police Department, and SF Municipal
Transportation Agency to launch the Safe Routes to School Program at five elementary schools including Bryant (Mission District),
George Washington Carver (Bayview), Longfellow (Excelsior), Sunnyside (Sunnyside), Sunset (Outer Sunset). 68% of the students at these schools
live within one mile of their school, so there's an amazing opportunity to increase the number of kids who get to school by bike and foot.
The Safe Routes to School Program involves coordinated efforts with Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering and Evaluation.
Ten additional schools will be selected in the program's second year. Help the SFBC lay the foundation for more healthy transportation
by walking or biking your child all the way or part of the way to school.
Are you a parent with a child at one of these schools? Please email email@example.com if you
are interested in helping with the Safe Routes to School Program, starting with Walk to School Day
on Wed., Oct. 7th.
Walk to School Day Details: Wed., Oct. 7th | 7:30-9:00am | Various San Francisco Schools. Get involved in Walk to School
Day and help the next generation walk and bike to school. For volunteer opportunities, resources, updates, and helpful
tips, see: sfwalktoschool.com.
Help Quilt the 2009 Winterfest Bike Quilt
The SFBC Bike Quilt is ready for quilting! Please join us at a weekly drop-in quilting bee every Wednesday now until October 28.
No quilting experience necessary, but comfort with a needle and thread is helpful. Instruction and snacks provided. The quilt
will be raffled off at Winterfest in December to raise money for the SFBC.
See sfbike.org/wf_crafts_09 for more info
on the quilt. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out
the location for tomorrow's quilting bee.
Two Bay Area Bike Coalitions Are Hiring
Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition is Hiring an Outreach Organizer. The Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition is seeking
a motivated and energized bicycle advocate for the part-time position of Outreach Organizer for approximately 20 hours/week to help grow and maximize
the effectiveness of this bicycle advocacy organization. All applications must be made electronically. Full details online at: bfbc.org/jobs.
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) is hiring an Executive Director. WOBO is working to transform Oakland's streets and promote walking and bicycling
as sustainable and equitable transportation investments and choices and they are hiring their first Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible
for oversight of campaigns, fundraising, membership development, building relationships with key stakeholders and partners, and serving as a primary contact
and spokesperson for the organization. Download a PDF with the job description and application
Video: 2009 Park(ing) Day in San Francisco
Watch the latest Streetfilm to see how San Francisco re-purposed parking spots during last Friday's Park(ing) Day,
featuring our Great Streets Project installations out front of Spur and in North Beach and a showcase of on-street bike
parking on Valencia Street. Watch the video here.
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