SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 13, 2009
"The time of being a boutique movement is gone. The door is open to move through."
-- Shelley Poticha, President Obama's Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities, on bringing transit use, bicycle commuting, and other environmentally friendly practices up from single-digit "market share" to 30 percent or 40 percent usage in most communities, Team Obama Adviser: Here's How to Make Sustainability Mainstream, SF Streetsblog, October 7, 2009
Table of Contents
Lighten Your Load
Kids Walk and Roll with Help From the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Success for Walk to School Day and Launch of Safe Routes to School
The sounds of quieter streets and louder sidewalks graced at least 20 schools on the morning of Wednesday, October 7th for International Walk to School Day 2009 in San Francisco. At Longfellow Elementary School in the Excelsior District, International Walk to School Day marked the start of the weekly parent chaperoned "Walk to Win Wednesdays (W2WW)" Walking School Bus and the official announcement of the new San Francisco Safe Routes to School Program. District 11 Supervisor John Avalos joined the walk and later presented the school and W2WW organizers Jacquie Chavez and Philip Maldonado with a certificate of appreciation for their leadership in promoting student health and the environment. See reports from SF Streetsblog and SF Gate.
SF Bicycle Coalition's 3rd Annual Family Day Gets Families Rolling with Confidence
It was a day full of fantastic bike fun when hundreds of youth and their families rolled out for the SFBC's 3rd Annual Family Day in Golden Gate Park this past Sunday, October 11. Thanks to all the families who made it out to Golden Gate Park to celebrate a Healthy Saturday with the SFBC. Dozens of families enjoyed the spectrum of activities from Freedom from Training Wheels to a Bike Scavenger Hunt to Family Bike Safety Clinics.
A special thanks goes to Clif Bar for their donation of Z Bars, the YMCA for their work on the bike road-eo and Freedom from Training Wheels, Mike's Bikes for wrenching on bikes, MyDutchBikes and Xtracycle for showcasing family-friendly bikes and all the amazing Family Day Volunteers who made such a great day possible. Check out the photos here. Do you have photos you would like to share with us from Family Day? Add them to the SFBC Flickr pool and tag your photos with "SFBC Family Day 2009".
Want to be kept up-to-date on the next Family Biking event? Contact Kate to
be kept informed about upcoming family-friendly bike events. And don't forget to check out the SFBC's newly
launched Family Forum,
the perfect place to ask questions, get answers and have conversations about Family Biking.
Join the Discussion on Market Street tonight
Tues., Oct. 13 | 6pm-7pm | SF Bicycle Coaltion HQ, 995 Market St., SF
It's been two weeks since the transportation changes on Market Street went into effect, and traveling on it is becoming a calmer experience. With the forced right turns for private vehicles at Eighth and Sixth Streets, mid-Market and beyond is proving to be more appealing to bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users. Do you have any feedback on how the trial is going so far? The city is encouraging all Market Street users to report how the changes are affecting their commute. Visit the Market Street website to read more about the project, and to give your feedback. In the coming weeks, additional changes will further enhance the street, including an exciting art-in-storefronts effort and newly installed green pods.
Speak Up for Presidio Traffic Calming
While cyclists were enjoying their smooth commute on Market Street, cyclists in the Presidio were having a car-free renaissance of their own. On Sept. 29, the Presidio Trust closed two roads to auto traffic -- a part of Presidio Boulevard and the uphill segment of Crissy Field Avenue, a well-used bike route leading up to the Golden Gate Bridge. Along with speed cushions and a stop sign, those changes are meant to discourage
drivers from using this National Park as a high-speed shortcut to avoid the rush hour commute. Unfortunately, the noisy minority has caught the ear of Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and are threatening to force the Presidio to end the 28-day trial before data can be collected. Have you ridden through the Presidio and love it? Make sure you voice your support for calmer streets and more car-free space by emailing email@example.com!
Gas-Free Fridays Are Rolling
All October the SF Bicycle Coalition will be celebrating Gas-Free Fridays. Help us 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. Local bike shops will also be providing free bike repair at our Energizer Stations all month long. A special thank you to Mojo Bicycle Cafe for providing coffee at last week's Energizer Station.
This Friday, October 16th, pedal to 7th @ Folsom and "fuel up" with free coffee and snacks to get your day rolling with free bike maintenance from 8-10am. See the "Fuel Up" station locations for all the Gas-Free Fridays. Want to help spread the goodwill at Gas-Free Fridays? Email Tessa or sign up to volunteer at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up
Get Crafty with the SF Bicycle Coalition
Join the SFBC Quilting Bee
Wednesdays thru Oct. 28 | 6-9pm
The SF Bicycle Coalition Bike Quilt top is ready for quilting! Please join us at a weekly drop-in quilting bee. 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 SF Bicycle Coalition. See sfbike.org/wf_crafts_09 for more info on the quilt. Email Nancy to find out the location for tomorrow's quilting bee.
Call for Crafters!
Rec. and Park Dept. Needs Your Input: Where Would You Want a Bike Rack?
Which parks and recreation centers would you want to see bike racks in? The SF Bicycle Coalition is working to increase bike parking at recreation centers, parks, and open spaces throughout the city and the Rec Park Department has asked our members to help them prioritize which destinations should get bike racks first. Our top priorities are public spaces where you can't keep an eye on your bike while doing an activity-- such as tennis and basketball courts, pools, and other indoor recreation centers that currently don't have bike parking. Which public spaces do you wish you had better parking at? Email Marc with your top recommendations.
Treehouse Talks: Driven to Excess and SF's Better Streets Plan
SF Bicycle Coaltion HQ: 995 Market St., SF - bring your bike up!
Tue., Oct. 20 | 6:30pm | Designing Streets for People: SF's Better Streets Plan
San Francisco's 5th Annual Peak2Peak Walk Next Saturday
Sat., Oct. 24 | 9am | Meet at Noah's Bagels, 28 West Portal Ave., SF
The fifth annual Peak to Peak Walk is a 12 mile challenge that will inspire even the most avid walker. You'll get a unique view of San Francisco's skyline, stairways, paths, parks, and monuments -- all while raising money for our sister organization Walk San Francisco's vital pedestrian safety and advocacy work. Meander up and down along the spine of the city from Mt. Davidson to Coit Tower, with 15 different peaks along the way. In addition to dirt trails and stunning vistas, the walk also features a delicious gourmet lunch and the chance to win great prizes. From climbing the slopes of Mt. Olympus in the morning to enjoying the view from Coit Tower in the afternoon, this full-day walk will give you a whole new perspective on San Francisco.
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, raffle prizes, and a year's membership in Walk SF included in the registration fee. Special Low Price this year! SF Bicycle Coalition members get $5 off if you register by Wednesday, October 14th, using discount code sfbc.
Video: A Ride Down Bike-Ped Friendly Broadway in NYC
Enjoy this bike-mounted view of a scenic ride on New York City's Broadway and see the possibilities what experimentation with painted pavement and separated bike lanes could bring to San Francisco's near future.
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