March 23, 2010
"This is all about taking the narrative of the 25 percent of our land mass that [is] streets, and begin to take a little bit of that back and open that up for the community and create a framework where there is a stronger community connection, a stronger sense of place and a better community environment as well"
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Big Opening Week for SF's New Parklet
Mayor Newsom and Supervisor Mirkarimi, along with other city leaders and neighborhood residents, gathered to celebrate the opening of the city's first parklet -- landscaped public space that extends the sidewalk in former car parking spots -- in front of Cafe Mojo on Divisadero between Hayes and Grove Streets last week. The parklet, designed by Riyad Ghannam of RG Architecture, a Great Streets Project volunteer and SF Bicycle Coalition member, and built with the help of volunteers from the Coalition's SF Great Streets Project, is an innovative approach to expanding pedestrian space on streets with lots of foot traffic but little room. The parklet features tables and chairs and beautiful greenery that will be managed by Cafe Mojo but available for use by anyone. The Great Streets Project is analyzing this trial project to understand its impact on the street and local businesses. Huge thanks to Riyad and the many wonderful SF Bicycle Coalition volunteers who worked in the rain and hot sun to make this project a reality. It could not have happened without you.
SF's First Green Bike Lane to Fix Fell Street
For years, the SF Bicycle Coalition has been pushing the SFMTA to fix the dangerous conditions at the Arco Station at Fell and Divisadero streets, where motorists illegally block the bike lane to queue in their hunt for cheap gas. The long lines of cars force cyclists heading toward Golden Gate Park out of the bike lane and into the high speed car traffic of Fell Street. We've been working closely with the SFMTA on new street designs and we're thrilled their bold proposal for this dangerous stretch of the popular 'Wiggle' route where over 1,000 people cycle each day. The City will create a queuing lane for cars to help distingush the bicycle space and install San Francisco's first ever green bike lane.
Market Street Continues to Evolve and Improve
The SF Bicycle Coalition is excited to announce more improvements for bicycling on Market Street, through the City's Better Market Street trials. Over the past few weeks, SF Bicycle Coalition staff have worked closely with the SFMTA to recommend and develop additional improvements to the intersection of Market and 10th Street to create a clear design that directs all modes of traffic into and through the intersection in a safer manner.
Healthy Saturdays Kick-Off Picnic April 3
Join the SF Bicycle Coalition -- and all park fans -- on Saturday, April 3rd (noon to 2pm) for a casual picnic in Golden Gate Park's 14th Ave E Picnic Area (just west of the Rose Garden) to kick-off another six months of Healthy Saturdays. The SF Bicycle Coalition spent years working with a broad coalition of groups to win this car-free space. Learn more about the SF Bicycle Coalition's successful work on Healthy Saturdays here.
We'll be celebrating this family-friendly, car-free victory in the park with Freedom from Training Wheels for the kids, and for the adults-good ol' lounging and chatting with other awesome SF Bicycle Coalition members. Bring a frisbee, a blanket, and some snacks or drinks to share at this potluck picnic. This is a very child friendly event. We hope to see you there! Rain cancels.
Bike to School Day Needs You
On April 15, 2010, San Francisco's second annual Bike to School Day will help schools across the city celebrate cycling as a healthy way to get to school -- we need your help! Last year, more than 500 students at 25 Schools pedaled to school, and we're expecting an even bigger event this year. The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for dedicated volunteer parents to: work with teachers and staff to promote Bike to School Day in their child's school and ride with students in 'Bike Trains;' coordinate temporary on-campus bike parking; give out prizes and goodies to biking students; take photos and more. If you can help out, send an email to Jason. Find out more about Bike to School Day at: sfbiketoschoolday.org.
Wear Your Bike Love
Show your bike love 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" designs, 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 bike. Get yours now, while supplies last, at sfbike.org/store.
Two Easy Ways to Help with Bike to Work Day
1. 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, meet fellow riders, and dispense treats and cycling advice at our neighborhood Energizer Stations. Bike to Work Day is one of the grandest and most fun bike events of the year, but we need you to make it happen. Sign up now at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
800 lbs. of Mail Need You: Join the Volunteer Team
Volunteer for Upcoming Sunday Streets on April 11th (along the Great Highway) and April 18th (along 3rd Street to Bayview Playground):
Holla for Haulers: The SF Bicycle Coalition is biking over 800 pounds of Tube Times newsletters to the post office next week, and we need your help to make that happen! 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 next week.
Bike to the A.C.T. Theater Night
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be partnering with the American Conservatory Theater for Bike to the Theater nights. Bike to the April 8th performance of Vigil and let the SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking crew keep your bicycle secure. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and beloved Bay Area actor Marco Barricelli star in this terrific stunner that explores complex emotions of family, friendship, and the human condition. Enjoy the best part -- $10 discount on tickets exclusive for SF Bicycle Coalition members! To receive your discount, purchase your tickets online at act-sf.org and use promo code BIKE6 (Orchestra and Dress Circle tickets only, subject to availability).
Treehouse Talk Friday: Riding the Iron Curtain Trail
Two-wheel across the planet, and through modern history, at this special Treehouse Talk, as Michael Cramer, avid bicyclist and Green Party Member of the European Parliament, tells of his travels on the Iron Curtain Trail. For almost half a century, Europe was divided into East and West by the "Iron Curtain"; now the Iron Curtain Trail invites people to retrace and experience this former division of the continent on a 4,400-mile cycle track from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea along the former western border of the Warsaw Treaty States, combining European culture, history and sustainable tourism. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening exploring this remarkable bikeway through time and space.
Details: Friday, March 26, 6:30pm, SFBC HQ, 995 Market Street (at 6th)
Video: Voices from the National Bike Summit
Check out this new Streetfilms video covering the 10th National Bike Summit in Washington D.C, which happened earlier this month and was the largest attended event on record. "We help folks think about what a great biking environment looks like, and we gain a lot of that from coming here and seeing what our colleagues in other cities are doing," said Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the SF Bicycle Coalition. The summit is an opportunity for legislators to hear what is happening in communities around the nation, and an opportunity for advocacy organizations like the SF Bicycle Coalition to urge them to support legislation like the ACT Act (to increase federal bike funding) and Safe Routes to School act to make communities more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
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