SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 22, 2009
"The voice that represents cycling, it needs to be more mainstream... It should be mothers with their children, it should be grandmothers, it should be everybody on crappy old bikes, who just want to ride to the shop. That helps now that it is being mainstreamed in a lot of American cities."
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Bike Lane Striping Continues on Kansas and Clipper Streets
Bike network improvements continue rolling forward -- every day we're seeing fresh bike paint on the streets of San Francisco. This past week SF Municipal Transportation Agency crews were striping new bike lanes on Kansas (between 23rd and 26th Streets) and Clipper (between Douglass Street and Portola Drive). And paint crews were out stenciling sharrows on busy Fifth St., from Market all the way to Townsend (bike lanes to come later), as well as other bike routes around town. Along with new sidewalk bike racks appearing daily, these additions create important connections in the Citywide Bike Network making it easier for more people to choose to ride a bicycle. For the latest updates, see sfbike.org.
Do Your Part -- Vote Today for the SFBC Board
We've extended the voting period for our annual Board of Directors election until Thursday, December 24 -- cast your vote today! We rely on the vote of our members to decide who'll be responsible for ensuring that the Bicycle Coalition achieves its mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Board members develop the strategic direction of the organization, oversee management and our financial health, raise funds for our work, and represent the Coalition in San Francisco's many communities.
Invest in the Change You Want to See in San Francisco
Thank you to everyone who has supported our work to make SF streets safe and inviting for people to ride bicycles. 2009 was a year of unprecedented success with a whopping 53% increase in bicycle ridership, the addition of six new bike lanes (so far), over 50 new bike racks, our very first separated bike lane on Market St. and a green bike box on Scott St. This is only the beginning, consider making a year-end contribution to boost the work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
A New Year's Resolution for Better Biking
Make a New Year's resolution to help San Francisco become an even better place to bike and live! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is a volunteer-propelled organization, and we can achieve more in 2010 with your help. If you are interested in volunteering this year with the SF Bicycle Coalition for your New Year's Resolution, check out a full list of volunteer opportunities at sfbike.org/volunteer.
Brave the Storms -- Stay Dry and Visible
This rainy winter season, it's important and easy to stay safe and dry on your bike. There are many simple measures anyone can take that can greatly improve an otherwise harsh ride in the rain. Bike lights, reflectors, and a brightly colored or white jacket are great investments to be seen and stay dry. And be sure to brake early and smoothly, as water on your brakes and the ground can hinder a bike's ability to stop and balance properly. Take extra care on slippery surfaces like grates, MUNI tracks and street paint. For more tips, check out our wet weather riding video.
Save the Date: Biking Book Club
Interested in reading bike and transportation books and engaging in robust discussions with other friendly folks? Join this Treehouse Talk and official launch of our new biking book club. Come to the meeting with ideas for great books to read. We will meet and start a reading list of our favorite books like Traffic, The Parking Myth, and more, and select the next book to be discussed.
Video: Making a Better Market Street
This new Streetfilm provides a great overview of where Market Street has been and where it is going, including the historic Market Street trials that the SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project has worked hard to help launch. See what kind of ideas the Better Market Street Project has been planning and implementing, including the ongoing traffic diversion trials, projects like the Green Pods, and Art in Storefronts. Meet some of the people behind the project and think about what's next. Inspired? Keep these trials moving forward by giving your feedback to email@example.com.
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