SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 6, 2010
"I think it's going to be very helpful. 90 percent of the staff here, including myself, we ride our bikes to work. This is going to be a lot better for us and a lot safer for us."
-- Josefine Gylleback, a manager at Caffe Trieste, SFMTA Installs More Soft-Hit Posts on Market Street Bike Lane, SF Streetsblog, April 1, 2010
Table of Contents
- Newly Separated Bike Lane on Market Street
- SF Bicycle Coalition Offices Have Moved
- Miles and Miles of Car-Free Streets This Sunday
- You're Invited: 18th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
- Bike to Work Day: Volunteer, Win Prizes, Compete For Miles
- SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteers Have More Fun
- Turn 'Em In All April Long
- 2010 Member Survey Hits Email Boxes Tomorrow
- Kids Get On Two Wheels for Bike To School Day
- Spring Tube Times is Hot Off the Presses
- Video: Sunday Streets Mission Style
- Upcoming Events
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Newly Separated Bike Lane on Market Street
Innovation for bicycle traffic in San Francisco took another big step forward Thursday when the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) began installing the city's first physically separated bike lane on Market Street,
between Octavia Blvd. and 8th St. White, soft-hit posts have been added to the existing bike lane on Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and Eighth Street, creating an exclusive path of travel for bicycle commuters and deterring cars from illegally parking in the busy bike lane. This innovation will have huge benefits for bicycle safety and will increase the number of bicycle commuters on this already busy bicycling street. This addition is the first step forward towards a fully separated and continuous bikeway along Market, all the way from Octavia to the Embarcadero.
One block of westbound Market St. between 8th and 9th streets has been physically separated with soft-hit posts for a few months, and the response from cyclists and businesses along the corridor has been overwhelmingly positive, which made the case for the current expansion. In a February survey, 90% of bicyclists said the one-block separated bike lane on Market St. made them feel safer, and 80% of respondents said they would bike on Market Street more often if the separated bike lane was expanded farther. The SF Bicycle Coalition has worked closely with the SFMTA to install this innovation and is leading the charge for a world-class bikeway when the street is repaved in 2013.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is working with City officials to plan an event to officially unveil the completion of the new physically separated bike lane on Market Street in the coming week. Please stay tuned for an announcement.
SF Bicycle Coalition Offices Have Moved
We are thrilled to announce that the SF Bicycle Coalition offices have moved one block down Market Street. Our new space provides a little more square footage, so we can continue offering our talks and classes as our staff grows. In the five years that we were at our former location, our membership more than doubled from 5,000 dues-paying members in 2005 to 11,000 today, and our staff grew from six to 11 people. This growth is echoing the overall bicycling trends in the city -- ridership increased a whopping 53% between 2006 and 2009. We're excited to still be located on Market Street, one of the busiest and most important bicycling routes in the city and a street that is at the heart of our work! Our new location will be conveniently located along key biking, BART and Muni lines for all of our volunteers and interns and who visit our office regularly.
We look forward to seeing you at our new office for day-time volunteering, a Treehouse Talk or Volunteer Night. Our new address is: 833 Market Street, 10th Floor (between 4th and 5th street), San Francisco, CA 94103, and our phone number is the same 415-431-BIKE.
Miles and Miles of Car-free Streets This Sunday
Come out and play with the SF Bicycle Coalition and tens of thousands of people for Sunday Streets, this Sunday, April 11 from 10am-3pm, when miles of the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park will be transformed into a people-powered party. See the full route and watch a video of Sunday Streets here.
Grab your bicycle and your friends and ride the entire route enjoying the new, smooth pavement on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, and a range of activities, from yoga, to rollerskating, to dance lessons. The SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA have organized biking activities like urban cycling classes, youth biking and Freedom From Training Wheels (find out how you can help with this unique program!) and a training to empower parents and youth with bicycle helmet fitting, safety checks, and skill-building drills in preparation for Bike to School Day (April 15). Pre-register and read more at sfbiketoschoolday.org. We hope to see you on Sunday enjoying the car-free fun, make sure to stop by our orange tent and say hello.
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be organizing volunteers for Sunday Streets! For each of the nine Sunday Streets events, including this Sunday, April 11 on the Great Highway, and next Sunday, April 18 along 3rd Street, we will be coordinating more than 150 volunteers to make each event possible. Volunteers get a cool Sunday Streets t-shirt, lunch, goodies, invites to special volunteer parties (next one is after the April 18 Sunday Streets), and the great feeling that you helped make Sunday Streets possible! Be part of the Sunday Streets volunteer team by signing up today at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
You're Invited: 18th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
Please join the SF Bicycle Coalition in honoring local leaders of change at our 18th annual Golden Wheel Awards on Tue., April 27th. The Golden Wheel Awards is an important fundraiser for our non-profit organization and every ticket purchase propels our work to the next level.
This year, we are celebrating leaders of change who are working to create great streets and a world-class bicycling city. This year's keynote speaker is Board of Supervisors president David Chiu, a regular city bicyclist, who understands our important issues around sustainable transportation and regularly extols the benefits of public transit and cycling. Come meet Supervisor Chiu and mingle with other members and city VIPs at this great event. Enjoy great wine and beer and tasty hors d'oeuvres amidst the grandeur of the beautiful Green Room in the War Memorial Building.
Buy your tickets today and join us at the event to raise a glass to our work building world-class bicycling city. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a special contribution today to support our non-profit work creating a more livable and bikeable San Francisco.
Bike to Work Day: Volunteer, Win Prizes, Compete For Miles
The Bay Area's biggest bicycling celebration, Bike to Work Day, is coming on May 13th and the SF Bicycle Coalition needs your help to make this day a big success!
- Enter to win awesome Bike to Work Day prizes! btwd.bayareabikes.org/register.
- Volunteer for an Energizer Station or as a Bicycle Valet: Help distribute goodies to bicyclists on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 13, at one of more than 25 Energizer Stations or help park bikes during the day and in the evening. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
- Request an 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. Daytime volunteers are crucial and help the SF Bicycle Coalition keep the wheels of change moving. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out.
- Lead a Commuter Convoy: Lead a group of cycling commuters from your neighborhood downtown 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if this describes you!
Bicycle Coalition Volunteers Have More Fun
Volunteer for 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 by:
SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach at CPMC's Employee Fair: Wed., April 7 from 12-4pm at CPMC, Davies Campus. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be doing outreach to CPMC employees about bike advocacy and the benefits of being a SF Bicycle Coalition member. Are you trained in outreach and want to volunteer? Email email@example.com to help out!
Turn 'Em In All April Long
Is there a pothole you pass every day on your bike ride in to work? A rough spot you see every time you bike to the grocery store? The time is now to pull over, get out your phone, and call 311 to report that hazard using the 'SFBC' tag. To inspire you to be your own hero of the bike lane, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has partnered with Family Style artists Jonas Madden-Connor and Francois Vigneault to show just how easy it is for you to get the smooth ride you deserve. Check out our Good Roads page every Tuesday in April for the latest comic installation. What will happen to our bicycling heroine? Will the hero be able to save her bike lane? Check sfbike.org/goodroads to find out!
Email Neal if you have any questions, and start reporting those hazards now! Don't forget to say that 'SFBC' sent you!
2010 Member Survey Hits Email Boxes Tomorrow!
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wants to hear how we are doing and learn more about YOU, our members! Every two years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition surveys our amazing members to find out how to serve you better, and now is the time. Tomorrow, look out for an email with the online link to the survey that is being sent to all current members. The survey usually takes about twelve minutes, time well spent. Please, do your part, and let you voice be heard.
As our thanks for your valuable input, we will have a drawing for an SF Bicycle Coalition goodie bag-including new SF Bicycle Coalition merchandise, a messenger bag and more! If your membership isn't current, please take a moment now to join or renew at sfbike.org/join_renew.
Kids Get on Two Wheels for Bike to School Day
Next week, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be celebrating the second annual Bike to School Day at schools all across the city. Our goal is to help the next generation and their parents see that bicycling is a fun and healthy way to get to school. Last year, more than 500 students at 25 schools pedaled to school, and we're expecting an even bigger event this year.
Get Involved! The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for dedicated parents and volunteers 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.
Spring Tube Times is Hot Off the Presses
The SF Bicycle Coalition's 2010 Spring Tube Times newsletter is hot off the presses with 16 pages full of the latest news and events. Get our complete Bike to Work Day guide, learn why biking to work is better this year, meet the new faces of bicycling and much, much more. Download your copy today or have this fabulous piece of journalism delivered to your doorstep by joining the SF Bicycle Coalition today -- one of the many perks of membership.
Want to see your name in print? The Tube Times is a volunteer-driven publication and we are always looking for talented writers, graphic designers and photographers to contribute. Interested? Email Teri.
Video: Sunday Streets Mission Style
Gear up for Sunday's activity-packed event by watching this fun video produced by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network at last year's hugely successful Sunday Streets in the Mission. Join the SF Bicycle Coalition and tens of thousands of people this Sunday, April, 11th for miles of car-free fun along the Great Highway and through Golden Gate Park.
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