SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 13, 2010
April 13, 2010
"Despite some unexpected roadblocks in the past few years, we are still experiencing unprecedented growth in the numbers of people choosing bicycling for transportation. Today 53 percent more people are riding compared to just three years ago."
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Have you given your valuable input?
Tomorrow is the last day to take our 2010 member survey.
If You Haven't Yet, Turn 'Em In in April
Volunteer for San Francisco Bike to School Day this Thursday
The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for 15 adult cyclists to help parents chaperone student "Bike Train" groups along various routes across San Francisco on the morning of Thursday, April 15th, 2010 from 7:30-9:00am. If you are comfortable riding with groups to designated areas, please join us. Contact Jason Serafino-Agar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-431-2453 x314 for more information. More details of the second annual Bike to School Day are here.
Last Chance to Take the 2010 Member Survey
There is only one day left to take the 2010 SF Bicycle Coalition Member Survey and the SF Bicycle Coalition wants to hear from YOU. Don't forget: we have a sweet raffle prize attached to the survey, including a messenger bag and the SF Bicycle Coalition's cool new t-shirt. Complete the survey and you've got a chance at winning the bag!
Golden Wheel Awardees are True Leaders of Change
The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to be honoring two 'Leaders of Change' at this year's Golden Wheel Awards on April 27th.
Volunteer for Bicycle Advocacy
Volunteer for Sunday Streets on 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:
Earth Day at Autodesk: Thu., Apr. 22 | 11am-2pm | Autodesk, One Market St. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be talking to Autodesk 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!
We Need Your Stories About Market and Octavia
Have you been the victim of an illegal right hand turn by a motorist at Market and Octavia Boulevard? If so, please email your story to the SF Bicycle Coalition.
Bicycle Coalition Launches "Bay Area Transit" Blog on SF Gate
We're thrilled to announce that the SF Bicycle Coalition and Streetsblog San Francisco have joined forces with the SF Chronicle to create Bay Area Transit, a new blog that will appear on sfgate.com. This blog is an opportunity for us to to write about our work and highlight all of the exciting new bicycling improvements (hello Market Street separated bike lane) that are making San Francisco a better place to ride a bike. We'll certainly be sharing the faces and stories of some of the 120,000 San Franciscans who bicycle frequently and showcasing great biking events and rides that are bound to get even more people riding. You can check it out here: Bay Area Transit
Your Input is Helping to Improve Market Street
It seems that every few weeks, the SF Bicycle Coalition is celebrating another hard-won victory on Market Street. Thank you to all the members who have given feedback to the City on what you want to see for bicycling on Market Street. We applaud the City for their leadership in testing and tweaking strategies to make cycling safer and more appealing on San Francisco's main corridor. How are the improvements working for you? Please take a moment to email firstname.lastname@example.org and thank them for continuing to improve upon the required right turns at 10th and 6th, and the separation of the bike lane between Octavia and 8th Street. Be sure to give your input on how it could be better. Do you want to see more soft-hit posts separating the bike lane? Better enforcement of the required right turns? The City is listening, share your ideas today!
Sunday Streets Celebrates Third Street
Sunday Streets comes back for a second week in a row this Sunday, April 18, 10am-3pm, when it opens up Third Street on a brand new route from AT+T Park to the Bayview Playground. See the full route map here. Come on out and explore the city, pedal on uniquely car-free streets, and check out free yoga classes, hula hooping, and more. The SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA have organized biking activities like urban cycling classes, youth biking and Freedom From Training Wheels. We hope to see you on Sunday enjoying the car-free fun, make sure to stop by our orange tent and say hello.
Throw a Block Party
Block parties are a great way to have fun, build neighborhood spirit and get to know local business owners better. They're low-key and local, and they're a great opportunity to turn your street into a fun, safe play area for kids -- or anyone. Check out Bike NOPA's bike-themed block party for inspiration on how to use a block party to spread the love of bicycling in your neighborhood. Now is a great time to plan an event for your block! Unfortunately, the process of applying for a permit for a block party can often seem confusing and daunting. That's why the SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project created a handy how-to guide to throwing a block party in San Francisco. Download the guide here, and get the party started.
Gear Up Your Workplace for Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work Day is your chance to share your love for the bicycle with your coworkers. The Bay Area's biggest bicycling celebration, Bike to Work Day, is coming on May 13th. The SF Bicycle Coalition is providing free Employer Toolkits so you can be a bicycle ambassador at your workplace. The kit comes complete with an official Bike to Work Day poster, employer resources and more! Request your free Employer Toolkit at sfbike.org/employertoolkit.
Give yourself a pat on the back for pedaling: You could win awesome Bike to Work Day prizes like a shiny new folding bicycle and more, just for pedaling! Simply sign up for the free raffle for your chance to win.
Reminder: SF Bicycle Coalition Offices Moved
The SF Bicycle Coalition offices have moved one block down Market Street to 833 Market Street, 10th Floor. This new office space is a little bit larger, allowing us to continue hosting our informative talks and free classes. 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! We look forward to seeing you at our new office for day-time volunteering, a Treehouse Talk or Volunteer Night.
Video: Safer Riding with Cycle Tracks
Check out this cool video (a mix of live action and animations) about the benefits of cycle tracks, separated bike lanes between sidewalks and parked cars, and buffered bike lanes. In this video, Portland's Transportation Policy Director Catherine Ciarlo narrarates just how they all work to create streets that are more efficient and safer for people on bikes and in cars.
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