SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 26, 2010
"Providing a landscape that encourages multi-modal transportation and shows people how pleasant life can be when we
plan for the human scale, rather than for the car, seems the best way for me to make a positive change."
-- Erin Rice, SF Bicycle Coalition Great Streets Project intern,
The Bigger Picture, Momentum Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010
Table of Contents
- Take Action: Funding for MUNI and the Bay Bridge Bike Pathway
- Smooth Pavement Strikes Again
- Ride Tandem for Valentine's Day
- Give the Sweetest Valentine: SF Bicycle Coalition Gift Membership
- Cleaning Out Closets for Bike Lanes
- Eight Interns Needed for Bike to Work Day
- Geek Out: The Sausage of Making Great Streets
- Improve your Ride by Volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition
- One Night Only: Good Deals on Bike Goodies
- Treehouse Talk: Feed Your Inner Competitive Soul
- Bicyclists Needed For a New Advisory Council
- Video: Lock Your Bike Right
- Upcoming Events
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Take Action: Funding for MUNI and the Bay Bridge Bike Pathway
Two big issues are on the agenda at meetings tomorrow (Wednesday) morning in Oakland, and we need you there for both!
Issue 1: Show your support for a West Span bicycle and pedestrian pathway on the Bay Bridge. The Bay Area Toll Authority is expected to approve toll increases on the seven state-owned bridges in the Bay Area (not the Golden Gate Bridge). The SF Bicycle Coalition and our allies advocated that a portion of these toll increases be used to build a West Span bicycle and pedestrian pathway. We'll be at the meeting to urge the Toll Authority to determine whether a portion of these funds can be utilized for the pathway, or if necessary, to seek appropriate and clear legislative authority so that future toll revenues could be used to build the West Span pathway. Be there Wednesday to show your support for a complete shore-to-shore pathway to bridge the gap for all users, not just motorists (see our Bay Bridge page for details).
Issue 2: Speak up to reallocate $70 million in Federal stimulus money towards regional transit. The Federal Transit Administration has alerted BART and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) that Federal funds for the Oakland Airport Connector project, including $70 million in stimulus money, are in jeopardy because BART failed to analyze the project's impact on minority and low-income riders. The MTC will decide whether to stand by this project and risk losing the $70 million, or reallocate the funds to cash-strapped transit, like MUNI, to avert service cuts and fare increases and save jobs. Learn more about the Oakland Airport Connector boondoggle and how you can help turn it into good news for MUNI and other Bay Area transit on the TransForm website.
Speak up for funding for MUNI and the Bay Bridge Bike Pathway at the Bay Area Toll Authority + MTC meeting:
Wed., Jan. 27 (rally at 9:00, meetings start at 9:30am)
101 Eighth St, Oakland (opposite Lake Merritt BART)
Smooth Pavement Strikes Again
Last week, we told you about how riding a bicycle from Twin Peaks down to Golden Gate Park got a
lot smoother with the repaving of most of 7th Avenue in the Sunset. This week, we're celebrating a
huge stretch of smooth pavement in Golden Gate Park on JFK Drive from Transerve all the way out to
30th Avenue. When it's complete, this repaving project will bring you smooth pavement all the way
from Transverse Dr. to the ocean. Anyone who's ever ridden this stretch of road knows that this is a much-needed and
long overdue improvement. Read the report and see great photos on Bike NOPA.
We know that properly paved roads are essential to a safe, smooth and enjoyable ride and
that's why SF Bicycle Coalition staff, along with our amazing team of Good Roads
volunteers, have been working double-time to identify dozens of streets,
like JFK Drive, that are due to get new bike lanes, and have been
working with the City to prioritize these routes for repaving before
the bike lanes are striped.
Get involved in the next Good Road Ride: Sat., Feb. 6th a group of friendly volunteers will bicycle
to Potrero Hill in search of potholes to circle and report to 311. Ride meets at 10am at Coffee Bar,
NE corner, Florida + Mariposa streets. Rain cancels.
Ride Tandem for Valentine's Day
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.
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-for-Boy category is now full).
Only SFBC members can be contestants.
Too shy for the stage? Be a volunteer! There are lots of ways you can volunteer,
sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_love.
Download a poster! (PDF). Spread the word in the name of bike love by printing posters or picking some up
at our office (995 Market St. Suite #1550) to hang in your favorite cafe, shop, and laundromat.
Watch the Love on Wheels video and see photos from last year's event.
Admission to Love on Wheels is $5 for members (with membership card); $10 for non-members (or free when you join the Bicycle Coalition at the door). As always, it is free to park your bicycle with the SFBC Valet Bike Parking crew!
Give the Sweetest Valentine: SF Bicycle Coalition Gift Membership
Show your love this Valentine's Day by
giving an SF Bicycle Coalition gift membership to your sweetie. Not only will they love your
thoughtful gift, but a gift membership will give back to you all year long, by making your city more livable and bikeable. Now
that is a valentine gift worth giving! Gift Memberships start at just $35/year and come with a special card noting your gift and include benefits like the latest bike news, a San Francisco bike map, discounts at 55+ local and online businesses, and all the member perks you love. Use our quick and secure online form at sfbike.org/join_renew
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-431-2453 x301 to place orders with special instructions. Order by Friday, February 6 to ensure Cupid's timely delivery.
Is your Valentine already a member? Make a special gift to
the Bicycle Coalition in their honor in an amount that is significant to you ($25, $50, $100, $500) and they will
see how much you care everytime they ride: sfbike.org/specialgift.
Cleaning Closets Out for Bike Lanes
Give your unwanted treasures a new home and a second life by donating them to Community Thrift (623 Valencia at 17th Street). When you mention the SF Bicycle
Coalition (#181), Community Thrift will give us a hearty portion of the sale. This is an easy and quick way to turn your unwanted goods into
Thank you to everyone who either donated or bought items at Community Thrift in 2009 -- your donations raised over
$7,300 for the SF Bicycle Coalition and our work to improve streets for bicycling! With 60% of the SF Bicycle Coalition's income coming from
the generous contributions of people like you, this is an easy way that you can donate to keep our work
moving forward. Every dollar counts to bolster our advocacy success.
Eight Interns Needed for Bike to Work Day
The SF Bicycle Coalition is seeking talented and motivated interns to help promote Bike to Work Day. Gain experience and help make the biggest biking day of
the year a success. Apply for one of these rewarding positions today:
Geek Out: The Sausage of Making Great Streets
The City Controller's office just released a report outlining
recommendations to improve the street design and implementation process. If you're curious about how street projects are made, get a strong coffee,
a very large muffin, kick up your feet and dig in.
San Franciscans are hungry for better streets and the Bicycle Coalition works hard to advance and support sensible ideas that will make it
easier for the City to improve our streets. We urge the agencies included in the report to embrace the recommendations that will
deliver better streets, more quickly all across San Francisco.
Improve your Ride by Volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition
Do outreach with the SF Bicycle Coalition and directly impact the quality of your life -- when more people
are riding bikes it means a safer ride for everyone on bikes!
SFBC Outreach at Adobe: Tue., Feb. 16 | 9:30am-2pm | Adobe, 601 Townsend Street. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be talking to Adobe
employees about our bike advocacy work and the benefits of being a SF Bicycle Coalition member. Are you trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach
and can volunteer? Email Tessa to help out!
Not outreach trained? Interested in volunteering to do Bicycle Coalition outreach at events all over town, like Bike to Work Day 2010, races, festivals,
and SFBC Service Stations? Mark your calendar for the next outreach volunteer training on Tue., Mar. 9 | 7:30-8:30pm | SFBC HQ,
995 Market St., Ste 1550. Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! Contact Tessa to RSVP.
One Night Only: Good Deals on Bike Goodies
Now is the time to purchase those great biking goodies that you missed at Winterfest. We have a small inventory of locks, bags, racks,
crafts and apparel remaining from our Winterfest fundraising auction. All items are marked 30-40% off retail prices. This Wednesday
night, Jan. 27, from 6-7:30 stop by the SF Bicycle Coalition Office (995 Market St., 15th floor) to get great deals on your
biking needs. Please no early shoppers and no calls for specifics.
Treehouse Talk: Feed Your Inner Competitive Soul
Interested in bike racing? Come to our Treehouse Talk to learn more about bicycle racing. Join Marissa Axell, a category 2 cyclist and SF Bicycle Coalition member,
for an introduction to the sport of cycling and the NorCal cycling community. She will share insider tips on how to start, how
to improve, what skills are necessary, where to look for a team, and the skills needed for survival in one of the biggest and
most exciting sports in the world.
Details: Tue., Feb. 2 | 6:30pm | SFBC HQ, 995 Market St (at 6th)
Bicyclists Needed For a New Advisory Council
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), which oversees transportation planning and financing for all nine counties of the Bay Area, has
created a new 27-member Policy Advisory Council to provide the Commission with diverse perspectives on its policies with regard to the environment,
the economy and social equity. This important governing body is looking for individuals to represent the bicycle perspective. If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on this panel, please visit
the MTC's website and apply by Monday, Feb. 1.
Video: Lock Your Bike Right
Wonder if your locking your bike the best and most secure way?
Watch this StreetFilms video and follow two bicycle experts on NYC streets as they inspect and grade bicycle locking techniques.
Remember to always lock your bike with a steel U-Lock or heavy chain and secure wheels that have 'quick release' levers.
Never use cable locks (they can be cut with a $5 bolt cutter), they are not a secure way to lock your bike no matter how thick. Find more
tips to keeping you bicycle secure at: sfbike.org/theft.
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