SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 19, 2010
"San Francisco's economy is dependent on our streets and public rights
of way; we must work together now to find a sustainable solution to
improving the condition of these valuable public assets."
Table of Contents
Cruising for a little romance?
Smooth Pavement on 7th Ave. with a Bike Lane to Come
Riding a bicycle from Twin Peaks down to Golden Gate Park just got a lot smoother and safer -- road crews
just finished repaving most of 7th Avenue in the Sunset. The SF Bicycle Coalition knows that properly paved
roads are essential to a safe, smooth and enjoyable ride and that's why our Good Roads
volunteers have been working double-time to identify dozens of streets, like 7th Avenue, that are due to get new bike lanes. Thanks Good Roads volunteers! We're using the information to work with the City to prioritize these routes for repaving before the bike lanes are striped.
The 7th Avenue bike lane will create an important connection between the last four blocks of the existing Laguna Honda-7th Ave bike lane
and Golden Gate Park. It's expected to be striped in time for the busiest biking day of the year in May (Bike to Work Day).
This project is one of the 45 Bike Plan projects that got the green light this past June,
thanks to hundreds of SF Bicycle Coalition members who showed their support at the City Hall hearing and thousands more who wrote letters of support.
Another component of this project will transform 7th Avenue at Lincoln Way and will feature a bike-sized channel in the median
and a bicycle traffic signal allowing bicyclists to safely and easily enter and exit Golden Gate Park without having to use the
crosswalk. Implementation of this portion of the project awaits funding for the new bicycle traffic signal. The SF Bicycle Coalition
is working with the City to locate funding and get the work done as soon as possible. Stay tuned
to sfbike.org for details on the latest bike projects
that are being striped all across San Francisco.
Get Your Employer's Logo on the Bike to Work Day Bag
The greatest bike day of the year, Bike to Work Day, is just around the corner on May 13th and the SF Bicycle Coalition
is asking for your help to boost our ability to make it a stellar event. Does your company support biking
in the workplace? Don't they deserve some recognition for their corporate social responsibility? Do they have budgets to support better biking and events like Bike to Work Day? Wouldn't their logo look great on this year's Bike to Work Day posters
and bags? If the answers are "Yes!" then fill out
this quick and easy form to
get the Bike to Work Day sponsorship opportunity packet sent to you. Help the SF Bicycle Coalition get your company involved in Bike to Work Day.
Market Street Trials Get a Tweak: Your Feedback is Being Heard
The SF Municipal Transportation Agency announced a tweak to the Better
Market Street Project as a result of user feedback. Beginning January 26th, the forced right turn for private vehicles at 8th Street will be moved back to 10th Street. Extensive feedback from Bike Coalition members, drivers and other street users stated that the forced turn at 8th Street created too much dangerous conflict. The forced turn at 6th Street will remain in place.
Meanwhile, the Calm the Safety Zone project is expanding on Market Street (see photos).
The SFMTA and SF Country Transportation Authority have installed a new treatment at 5th and Market streets in addition to the ones at 4th and Market.
The project is intended to trial devices that encourage all people traveling in the area between the MUNI boarding island and the sidewalk to slow down and
look out for one another. Do you think it's working? Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project has
worked hard to help launch these trials in anticipation of a complete repaving of Market Street in 2013. These trials are an opportunity to
test and keep good ideas that improve Market Street and make it more attractive for bicycling, walking, transit and shopping.
Dating Game for Bicyclists Returns Feb. 12
In the name of love, bicycles, and bicycle love, everyone's favorite dating game for
bicyclists -- the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Love on Wheels -- is
back, Friday, February 12 at Rickshaw Stop, just in time for
two-wheeling singles to go tandem for Valentine's Day. Watch hot
bicyclists pair up and win fabulous date-y raffle prizes: sfbike.org/love. Watch the Love on Wheels video and see photos from last year's event.
Be a contestant! Just like on TV, real-life bike bachelors and bike bachelorettes quiz a
blind panel to select a date and then enjoy their first date at a hip local spot courtesy of our fabulous sponsors. Email email@example.com to be a contestant and tell us which way your wheels spin: Boy-Boy; Boy-Girl; Girl-Girl; Girl-Boy. Only SFBC members can be contestants.
Download a poster! Spread the word in the name of bike love
by printing some posters or
stopping by our office to pick some up and hanging one in your favorite cafe, shop, and laundromat.
Volunteer: SF Streets Need Your Help
...And once you are trained in outreach, put your new outreach skills to work at one of these fun events!
Gain Experience While Making SF a Great Place to Bike and Live
The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for talented and motivated individuals for Spring internships. Interns play a significant role in helping promote our events, campaigns and advocacy work. Get great hands-on experience working for a bike cause you believe in! See all of our internship opportunities here.
Help with the biggest biking day of the year:
Get Your 2010 Limited Edition SF Bicycle Coalition T-Shirt
Don't miss the chance to get your hands on the SF Bicycle Coalition's 2010 limited-edition
T-shirt, created by SF Bicycle Coalition member and talented local designer Sara Cambridge.
Sara's design is a celebration of San Francisco cyclists. At San
Francisco's Tour de Fat in September, Sara set up an impromptu photo
booth and took photos of dozens of attendees with their bikes to use as
silhouettes in her design. Look closely -- one of those silhouettes
could be you! Available in men's and women's sizes in two colors. Get yours now while
supplies last at sfbike.org/store.
Seeking Inspiring Bike Stories
Keep the great stories coming. Last week, we asked you to share your great stories about starting bicycling or getting others to try bicycling and we've gotten lots of great responses, but we're hungry for more.
Are you new to bicycling? We're looking for people who have started commuting by bicycle in the last two
years (San Francisco has seen a whopping 53% increase in the number of people biking since 2006 so we know there are
many new people to talk to), if you've taken up biking to get around town or know someone who has, please
let Teri know. We're hoping to feature some
new faces in an upcoming newsletter story.
Star in the Bike to Work Day Commercial
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is looking for volunteers to star in a short video to promote Bike to Work Day 2010.
The video will highlight the Team Bike Challenge, transforming a team of office workers into bicycle heroes. Filming
will take place around San Francisco for two days in March. Both days of shooting will be catered and all our stars will
receive a Bike to Work Day 2010 t-shirt and bag. For more information
Video: A Spirited Food and Cycling Series in NYC
Pedaling (pedaling.tv) is a new, web-based cycling travel series out
of New York City featuring unique characters, regional food and wine activities, special guests, and unexpected curves in the road. Watch the first two episodes "Pizza Fixation"
and "Roadies and Waffles."
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