SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 30, 2010
"Today I want to announce a sea change. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized."
-- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, My view from atop the table at the National Bike Summit, Fastlane.dot.gov, March 15, 2010
Table of Contents
- You're Invited: Healthy Saturdays Kick-Off Picnic This Weekend
- SF Bicycle Coalition Offices Are Moving
- Eight Ways to Get Involved with Bike to Work Day, May 13th
- Speak Up for a Better Fell St. Bike Lane
- Arguello Boulevard Bike Lane Gets Smooth Pavement Fix
- Bike to School Day Needs You
- Celebrate the Golden Wheel Awards
- Explore the City by Bike
- Spring Into Volunteering
- Video: Police Chief Gascon Takes a Ride
- Upcoming Events
Celebrate another six months of car-free Healthy Saturdays
with a pedal-powered picnic this weekend in Golden Gate Park.
You're Invited: Healthy Saturdays Kick-Off Picnic This Weekend
Join the SF Bicycle Coalition -- and all park fans -- this Saturday, April 3rd (12noon-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. Email Neal if you'd like to help out during the workshop and train our next generation of cyclists. 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.
Join the Bike to School Day Training at 10am before the Picnic. The SF Bicycle Coalition is hosting a free, 2.5 hour training to empower parents with bicycle helmet fitting, safety checks, and skill-building drills leading up to a group ride in preparation for Bike to School Day (April 15). Pre-register and read more about this training at sfbiketoschoolday.org
SF Bicycle Coalition Offices Are Moving
The SF Bicycle Coalition offices are moving at the end of this week! We're relocating a block down Market Street and during the move, our office will be closed from Thurs., April 1 to Mon., April 5th. Please be patient as our phone lines may be down and other services may be disrupted during this move period. We look forward to seeing you at the new office for day time volunteering, a Treehouse Talk or Volunteer Night. Our new address will be 833 Market Street, 10th Floor and our phone number is the same 415-431-BIKE.
Eight Ways to Get Involved with Bike to Work Day
The Bay Area's biggest bicycling celebration, Bike to Work Day, is May 13th and the SF Bicycle Coalition needs your help to make this day a success!
- Enter to win awesome Bike to Work Day prizes! btwd.bayareabikes.org/register.
- Volunteer for an Energizer Station: Help distribute goodies to bicyclists on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 13, at one of more than 25 Energizer Stations. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
- Request a free Employer Toolkit for your workplace. The kit comes complete with an official Bike to Work Day poster, employer resources for Bike to Work Day and more! Request your free Employer Toolkit at sfbike.org/employertoolkit.
- Daytime office help: Do you have a few hours to spare for bike advocacy? We need people to help with distributing posters, running bike errands, stuffing envelopes and preparing materials, just to name a few. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out.
- Lead a Commuter Convoy: Lead a group of cycling commuters downtown from your neighborhood on mornings the week of Bike to Work Day -- Tuesday-Thursday, May 11-13. We have established one meet-up spot in each San Francisco district, see the map for locations, and email Neal@sfbike.org to lead your neighborhood Commuter Convoy.
- Nominate a Bicyclist you admire as Bike Commuter of the Year. Do you know a dedicated cyclist worthy of Bike Commuter of the Year? Nominate them today!
- Take part in the Team Bike Challenge: Register your team and compete with other Bay Area commuters to win great prizes for bike commuting in May. Go to btwd.bayareabikes.org/tbc for more info.
- Supply Delivery: Do you drive a truck or van professionally and would be willing to lend us your skills? We need your help. Email email@example.com if this describes you!
Speak Up for a Better Fell St. Bike Lane
The proposal for San Francisco's first green bike lane on Fell Street is quickly rolling forward. This project is a bold solution to the dangerous conditions next to the Arco Station (at Divisadero), where cars illegally block the bike lane, and needs support from people who ride this block often. If you can attend the hearing this Friday (April 2nd, 10am-12noon, City Hall Room 416) to speak up for the safety of bicyclists, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know.
The SF Bicycle Coalition has been pushing the SFMTA for years to fix the dangerous conditions at the Arco Station where motorists illegally block the bike lane at Fell Street. The SFMTA's bold proposal will improve safety for people on bikes, and we need you to make sure the voice of bicyclists is heard at this important hearing where the proposal for the new colored pavement and potential removal of seven on-street parking spots will be discussed. We are expecting a few neighbors to oppose this parking removal; this is why it is so important to have SF Bicycle Coalition members and supporters there to speak up to show that the project's safety improvements are essential for people on bikes. If you can add your voice to help improve safety along Fell Street on Friday morning, RSVP to Marc now!
Arguello Boulevard Bike Lane Gets Smooth Pavement Fix
Reports are in from our Good Roads team that the formerly potholed and treacherous bike lane on Arguello from California to Euclid has just been repaved. SF Bicycle Coalition members reported the issue to 311 less than two weeks ago, and SF Bicycle Coalition staff immediately flagged this stretch of pavement to the Department of Public Works (DPW). Thanks to the City's DPW team for their quick response on repairing this dangerous stretch -- it's now the City's smoothest bike lane! The SF Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads volunteers are increasingly winning better pavement on long stretches of the bike network ensuring longer-lasting smooth roads and increasing the safety for people walking and biking.
Join the Good Roads volunteer crew on their next outing, this Sat. April 3 (meet at 10am at Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia at 15th, rain cancels) when they descend on the next Sunday Streets route to mark potholes and report them to '311'. The ride will end at the Healthy Saturdays picnic. Reporting potholes is easy any day of the week, simply dial '311'. If you know of larger hazards on the bike network that are in need of fixing, email Neal.
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, and 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.
Want to feel more confident in leading or having your child participate in a "Bike Train" from home to school and back? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is hosting 2.5 hour training sessions in preparation for Bike to School Day on Sat., Apr. 3 and Sun., Apr. 11. For more information and to pre-register for the trainings, visit sfbiketoschoolday.org.
Celebrate the 2010 Golden Wheel Awards
You are invited to the 18th annual Golden Wheel Awards on Tue., April 27th to celebrate the leaders of change who are working to create great streets and a world-class bicycling city. 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, purchase your tickets today.
The 2010 Golden Wheel Awards will honor two leaders of change.
First, Michael Helquist, SF Bicycle Coalition member and volunteer, for his leadership role in creating smooth pavement on bike routes all across San Francisco. Michael, along with other Good Roads volunteers, conducted an extensive, on-the-ground pavement audit of key biking streets and led our efforts to identify longer stretches of important biking streets, like Arguello, JFK and Market Street that were in need of large repaving fixes. Thanks to Michael's leadership and volunteerism, our Good Roads Campaign is consistently winning smoother pavement to improve the ride for people on bikes.
The second Golden Wheel Award honors San Francisco Streetsblog for their intelligent journalism on bicycling issues. Streetsblog's first story covered our rally to save the Market and Octavia bike lane in January 2009, and ever since they have been leading the conversation and helping more people understand the connection between bicycling, great streets and a livable city.
Come meet these Golden Wheel Award winners and join us at this important fundraiser. Buy your tickets today and support the SF Bicycle Coalition's non-profit work creating a more livable and bikeable San Francisco. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a special one-time donation today.
Explore the City by Bike
Bird by bike or take a waterfront ride with your favorite kid. Led by amazing SF Bicycle Coalition members, Rec Rides are a great way to meet other bicyclists and explore San Francisco. (Free for SF Bicycle Coalition members; a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides. Do you have a passion, hobby or unique interest you want to share with others by bike? Lead a Rec Ride and help more people see how enjoyable riding a bike in San Francisco can be! Email Tessa for more information.
Birding by Bike: Sun., Apr. 4 | 9am | Meet at Velo rouge Cafe; at the corner of Arguello Blvd and McAllister. A half-day biking tour of the Presidio and Fort Mason. The biking will be at a relaxed pace but the birding may be fast and furious! Bring your binoculars and a snack. Email Annie at email@example.com if you have any questions.
North Waterfront Family Ride: Sun., Apr. 11 | 10:30am | Ride will depart from and return to Little Marina Green, located just west of the Ft. Mason parking lot, corner of Marina Blvd and Buchanan. A fun family ride tracing the edge of the waterfront from Ft. Mason to Ft. Point and offering lots of scenic distractions for kids and a flat course for riders of all abilities. Email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Spring Into Volunteering
Volunteer for upcoming Sunday Streets on April 11th (along the Great Highway) and April 18th (along 3rd Street to Bayview Playground). All volunteers are rewarded with a Sunday Streets t-shirt, a lunch, and the great feeling that you helped make Sunday Streets possible. And if you volunteer for five or more events you'll get a special treat! Be a part of the Sunday Streets team that helps make it happen.
- Talk about our work to people at Sunday Streets: Join the SF Bicycle Coalition under our orange tent at Sunday Streets and talk to people about our work! If you are a trained SF Bicycle Coalition outreach volunteer and would like be an outreach hero(ine) email email@example.com.
- Volunteer along the route at Sunday Streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to coordinate 150 volunteers for each Sunday Streets event. Help be part of the volunteer corps that make Sunday Streets events possible. Sign up today at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer!
Pump Up Tires and Support: Tue., Mar. 30 | 5-7:00pm | Market and Octavia streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be out at Market and Octavia pumping up tires and rallying support for upcoming Market Street changes including a separated bikeway from Octavia to the Embarcadero. Are you trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and can volunteer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help out.
Holla for Haulers: Want to ride all over the city on behalf of bike advocacy? Help us bike our mail to the post office or haul supplies to SF Bicycle Coalition events, and receive perks like event tickets and free admission, not to mention strong legs and the good feeling of making a difference! Email Tessa for details.
Video: SF Bicycle Coalition + SF Police Chief Take a Ride
In an effort to show new Police Chief George Gascon just what riding SF streets is like, SF Bicycle Coalition guide Andy Thornley, along with Bryan Goebel of Streetsblog and Streetfilms, teamed up to take Chief Gascon for a ride. In a fairly easy ride around his Marina neighborhood, the video follows the trio and focuses on the impact the ride had on the Chief, who realizes the importance of coexistence between bikes and vehicles. He said he is committed to purchasing a bike with his wife, and said the idea of appointing a liason between the SFPD and biking community is a "no brainer." Check out the ride video here.
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