SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 16, 2010
March 16, 2010
"Membership gives us ambassadors, volunteers, revenue -- basically, everything we need to propel our cause."
Table of Contents
One Tweak at a Time
Market Street Changes Abound
The SFMTA has been busy tweaking the ongoing experiment with requiring private cars to turn right off of Market Street at 10th and 6th streets, thanks to your many thoughtful comments about the odd and confusing path of travel for people on bikes at 10th Street. The City's design team, along with SF Bicycle Coalition staff, were out at the 10th street intersection assessing the signage and lane configurations earlier this week. The City has developed a revised design and has made adjustments that should help direct all modes of traffic better. Have you pedaled through this week? Is this new design working for you? Send your comments on whether it's working or not to the Better Market Street project team here or leave a comment on the Better Market Street facebook page.
Parklet Comes to Life
Hop on your bike and ride over to Cafe Mojo on Divisadero between Grove and Hayes, just off the 'Wiggle' route to see something new and amazing. The City's Pavement to Parks program has installed the city's first Parklet, a platform with seating, greenery and -- yes -- bike parking, transforming the street's spaces normally used for car parking. This trial Parklet is the first of many more to come throughout the city. Huge thanks to the many volunteers with SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project who have been out in rain and shine over the last couple of weeks building the installation, and counting and interviewing people about this new project. You've made history! And a huge bravo to the Pavement to Parks program and Mayor Newsom for testing out this great idea for improving public space in our cozy city. You'll remember that the Bicycle Coalition helped business owners and City leaders experience this innovative idea back in September on PARK(ing) Day, the one-day event that re-purposes street parking spots into extra room for cafe tables and chairs, bike parking, and mini-gardens, giving pedestrians and bicyclists more room.
Sunday Streets Fans Flock to the Embarcadero
First Sunday Streets of the Year a Huge Success! Tens of thousands of adults and kids flooded the car-free Embarcadero on this year's first Sunday Streets event! And next month, on Sunday April 11th, you will be able to take part in the second Sunday Streets from Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway. The Sunday Streets route will be hopping with activity from bicycling to dancing and rollerskating, yoga to hula-hooping. Read press coverage of the event at the SF Chronicle.
Help Make Bike to Work Day 2010 Great
Be a Bike to Work Day Volunteer: Last year, over 300 amazing volunteers helped make Bike to Work Day a roaring success, and we're hoping to be joined by just as many volunteers this year. Volunteer for Bike to Work Day on your commute route, where you can meet fellow riders and dispense treats and cycling advice at our neighborhood Energizer Stations. Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 13th, is one of the grandest and most fun bike events of the year. But, we need YOU to make it happen. Sign up today at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Celebrating the Leaders of Change
Mark your calendars for the 18th annual Golden Wheel Awards -- Tuesday, April 27th -- to celebrate the leaders of change who are working to create great streets and a world-class bicycling city. We guarantee a grand evening in the beautiful Green Room in the War Memorial Building where you'll enjoy great wine and beer and tasty hors d'oeuvres while mingling with fellow members and local VIPs.
The Golden Wheel Awards is an important fundraiser for our organization. Buy your tickets today and support our non-profit work creating a more livable and bikeable San Francisco. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a special contribution today.
Pedal Power: Volunteer with the SF Bicycle Coalition
Volunteer for car-free outreach at Sunday Streets: Join the SF Bicycle Coalition under our orange tent at Sunday Streets and talk to people about our work! Your volunteering gets you a free Sunday Streets t-shirt, lunch, and the great feeling that you helped make Sunday Streets possible. If you are a trained SF Bicycle Coalition outreach volunteer and would like be an outreach hero(ine) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holla for Haulers: The SF Bicycle Coalition bikes over 800 pounds of Tube Times newsletters to the post office, and we need you to keep that going! Email Tessa today if you're interested in being one of our amazing strong-legged haulers, helping us bike our upcoming Tube Times mail delivery.
Picnics, Frisbees and Bikes
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition -- and all park fans -- on Saturday, April 3rd (12noon-2pm) for a casual picnic in Golden Gate Park's 14th Avenue East Picnic Area (just west of the Rose Garden) to kick off another six months of car-free Healthy Saturdays. The SF Bicycle Coalition spent years working with a broad coalition of groups to win this car-free space (learn more about our successful work on Healthy Saturdays here). We'll be celebrating this family-friendly victory in the park with a Freedom from Training Wheels program for the kids, and for the adults good ol' lounging and chatting. Bring a frisbee, a blanket, and some snacks or drinks to share at the potluck picnic. We hope to see you there! Rain cancels.
SF Bicycle Coalition's Kate McCarthy Receives National Award
The Alliance for Biking and Walking (a national coalition of over 160 grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations) has honored our very own Kate McCarthy (Membership and Volunteer Director) with the 2010 Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award for her tireless enthusiasm "to harness the power of individuals to better bicycling." Under Kate's leadership, the SF Bicycle Coalition has grown to a powerful 11,000 members who are actively committed to making San Francisco streets more dignified for biking and its neighborhoods healthier places to live. Last year, our member-volunteers donated more than 16,000 hours to keep our office running smoothly and kept bicycle improvements moving forward--thanks, members! Kate also shares her knowledge with bicycle advocacy organizations across North America, so other cities can benefit from our effective strategies and winning campaigns for bikes. Congratulations, Kate. Read more on SF Streetsblog.
Calling All Creatives
Are you a wordsmith on wheels? The SF Bicycle Coalition has blogging opportunities and writing assignments and is in need of talented writers. Whether you've got great ideas for stories, or would be willing to take assignments, your talents will be put to good use helping spread the good word about bicycling. Let us know your skills and areas of interest, and include writing samples to email@example.com.
Take Action: Speak Up for Bike Funding
On the eve of last week's National Bike Summit in Washington DC, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation to make a significant national investment in active transportation, towards safer, easier, and more accessible biking and walking environments for everyone. H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation (ACT) Act of 2010, will create a $2 billion grant program to fund networks for biking and walking that includes creating jobs, reducing traffic congestion, cuting emissions, and promoing healthy living. San Francisco would benefit from this kind of funding source to make serious gains in reshaping our streets for better everyday biking, and we need your help moving this bill forward to law -- call your US Representative today and ask her to co-sponsor H.R. 4722, for public health, for public safety, for our environment, and for the jobs it will create:
Map Your Bike Trip with Google
We're thrilled with the news that Google has added 'bicycling' to its map. This bicycling feature will give turn-by-turn directions and help people map their route via bike lanes, bike-friendly routes and car-free paths or avoid hills. As we know, the route that your bus takes, or the streets you might drive on are not usually the same as the best biking routes.
Video: Bike Camping in the Headlands
As the weather gets drier, opportunities for multi-day trips by bicycle become more attractive. See how easy it is to take your family on a healthy and eco-friendly camping trip. The crew starts from the Ferry Building, heading over the Golden Gate Bridge to their destination in the Marin headlands, carrying themselves, their children, and all their equipment by bike. Cargo bikes are a great way to carry your necessary items, from children to groceries or other heavy material--through the city and beyond. Watch the video from the Xtracycle website here.
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