SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 16, 2010
"We want to activate the streets and create a more European atmosphere that brings a lot more business, a lot more energy and vibrancy to the streets."
Table of Contents
Last season's purse, next season's bike lane.
SF Bicycle Coalition Director to Take Sabbatical in Amsterdam
What could be more exciting than leading the biggest bicycle advocacy group in the country? How about living among and learning from the locals in one of the best bicycling cities in the world! The SF Bicycle Coalition's longtime Executive Director, Leah Shahum, has announced that she will be taking an eight-month sabbatical starting this May to live, learn and bicycle (everywhere) in Amsterdam.
(PARK)ing Day Concept to Become Everyday
page of Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle highlighted the popularity of the "flexible parking" trials the SF Bicycle Coalition facilitated
in September in North Beach as a part of PARK(ing) Day (the popular one-day, annual event that transforms metered parking spaces into engaging public spaces). Working with Caffe Greco and Caffe Roma, civic groups, and amazing volunteers, our Great Streets Project team helped transform a whole block of busy Columbus Avenue into a different place -- parked cars were replaced by people. Volunteers constructed raised-wooden platforms that the
cafes used in the parking spaces to extend the sidewalk. All day long customers sat under umbrella-clad tables experiencing and enjoying the new outdoor space;
in fact, the demonstration was so successful that the city extended this one-day event through the weekend.
of September's PARK(ing) day demonstration here.)
Otis Street Bike Lane Striped
The SF Bicycle Coalition is celebrating another new bike lane on Otis Street which has created an important one block link between
South Van Ness and Gough Street. We'll be out tonight (Tues., Feb. 16th from 4:30-6:30pm) to share our love of this new bike lane with evening
commuters. Stop by and say hello and learn about new biking improvements that are coming to streets all across San Francisco.
Love Abounds at Love on Wheels
At least four new couples pedaled off just in time for Valentine's Day after another round of Love on Wheels this past
Friday, our annual dating game for cyclists at the Rickshaw Stop. Check out the Love on Wheels web page for photos
of the event and the photo booth that were generously taken by Orange Photography.
Now Hiring: Sunday Streets Volunteer Coordinator and Interns
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to coordinate the volunteer corps that make the car-free Sunday Streets events possible. We are now hiring a part-time Volunteer
Coordinator and three Volunteer Leadership interns for Sunday Streets. Do you have the experience and passion for Sunday Streets to lead hundreds of volunteers over
nine events across the city? Information and instructions for applying at sfbike.org/jobs.
Wear Your Bike Pride on Your Sleeve
Show your bike pride and look good doing it in one of the SF Bicycle Coalition's awesome t-shirts and hoodies. From the SF Bicycle Coalition's 2010 limited-edition t-shirt
celebrating San Francisco cyclists to the bicycle movement's classic "Allowed Use of Full Lane" and "One Less Car" t-shirts and hoodies, there is something for every
type of rider. All profits from merchandise sales go directly towards the SF Bicycle Coalition's work to make San Francisco a better place to live and ride.
Get yours now, while supplies last, at sfbike.org/store.
Happy Biking Stories Air on Bay Area Radio
The SF Bicycle Coalition is excited to announce a series of new bicycling Public Service Announcements that are airing on seven Bay Area regional radio stations. Tune in to 98.1 Kiss FM, Star
101.3, 106.1 Kmel, Wild 94.9, 103.7 The Band, Green 960AM, and Knew 910AM to hear the good word.
Volunteer and Celebrate New Bike Lanes and Car-Free Space
Service Station: Tue., Feb. 16 | 4:30-6:30pm | Otis St. at Gough St. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be at the new Otis Streeet bike lane to energize
evening commuters with snacks and chat about new and upcoming bike improvements. Are you trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to join the fun?
Interactive Charrette: Creating Our Own Market Street
Join SF Bicycle Coalition staffers for an interactive charrette to examine what it takes to make a great street -- then use those principles to re-envision Market Street. Neal Patel, SF Bicycle Coalition Community Planner and Kit Hodge, Director of our Great Streets Project will be leading small groups through the charrette, along with Jeff Tumlin of NelsonNygaard, Tim Papandreou of the SFMTA, Jill Manton of the Public Arts Commission, Kim Havens of Wilson Meany Sullivan and Karin Flood Eklund of MJM Management. This event is a collaboration of SPUR, Next American City and the American Institute of Architects.
Video: Mayor Newsom Showcases 175 Bike Rack Installations
Last week, Mayor Newsom took his weekly YouTube show to the Mission and met up with the SF Bicycle Coalition's Leah Shahum to highlight all the biking improvements hitting SF streets. And what better thing to celebrate than the 175th sidewalk bike parking rack installed (since December) outside Flour+Water restaurant. Bike racks are being requested at record pace -- upscale restaurants, banks, and hair salons are not unusual on a list of 1,000 sidewalk parking rack requests that the SF Municipal Transportation Agency has received. The city plans to install an additional 600 bike racks by the end of the year. Well-located and convenient sidewalk bicycle racks are an important link when riding a bicycle to work, to the store, or to a restaurant. Request a free bike rack at your favorite location today. Watch the YouTube show here.
You're reading the SFBC Weekly Biker Bulletin
Get this sent directly to your inbox by signing up here.
Join the SFBC and add your voice to thousands demanding a city-wide network of bike lanes, traffic calmed streets, better access to transit and secure bike parking. Together we can make San Francisco the most bicycle friendly city in the country!