SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 20, 2010
"As I biked, I only thought of the good things that have happened to me. Let's just say I felt everything that I wouldn't feel when I'm stuck in the car."
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Show Your Company's Support for a Separated Bikeway on Market St.
If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of people who bike on lower Market Street on your way to work, we need your company to tell Mayor Newsom that it supports a fully separated bikeway on Market from Octavia Boulevard all the way to the Embarcadero. Your direct letter and email writing has already won great improvements for bicycling and transit on Market Street, like the required right turns for private cars and the installation of San Francisco's first separated bike lane. But this is just the beginning. Mayor Newsom needs to hear from companies and organizations in San Francisco that a fully separated, continuous bikeway on lower Market Street is good for business, good for employee health and safety, and key to a vibrant future for our city's main street. Email Neal Patel for all the tools you need to get your company to write a letter to the Mayor. If you bike on Market Street to get to work, we are counting on your help to flood the Mayor with letters before Bike to Work Day.
On Friday, April 30 from 5-8:00pm, help us celebrate the city's first separated bike lane Market by raising a glass at Buck Tavern, at the heart of the improved bike lane. SF Bicycle Coalition members will enjoy a discount on each drink. We'll be conducting outreach to passing cyclists at Market and Gough from 5-7, so swing on by.
Last Days to Buy Golden Wheel Award Tickets Online
The Golden Wheel Awards is an important mid-year social event to connect Bicycle Coalition members with enthusiasts, local dignitaries, business leaders and fellow supporters. Enjoy an evening of food and fine beverages donated by Mas Wine, New Belgium Brewery + Izze Beverage. This year, we're delighted to have David Chiu, President of the Board of Supervisors, as our keynote speaker to hear his inspiring words on how bicycle advocacy is the local leader in the creating a cleaner environment, great streets and urban sustainability.
We would love to have you join us at this event. The SF Bicycle Coalition relies on the funds raised through tickets sales to continue our work improving San Francisco streets for people riding bicycles. We are leaders of change and can only do our work with member support through important events like the Golden Wheel Awards. On April 27th we will be honoring two SF Bicycle Coalition local heroes, Michael Helquist, who has championed our Good Roads Campaign, and SF Streetsblog, which is leading the conversation about bicycles and the livability of San Francisco.
The Turn 'Em In Campaign: Tell Your Friends How It's Done
Experience the Magic as an Energizer Station Volunteer
There is no better way to see the impact of Bike to Work Day, Thurs., May 13, than from the perspective of an Energizer Station volunteer! On a fun-filled 2.5 hour volunteer shift, be a bicycle ambassador when you cheer on scores of people peddaling by your Energizer Station, help give away snacks, Fair Trade certified coffee, and hundreds of reusable shopping bags filled with bike-y goodies. To get in on the fun, sign up for a shift at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd!
Pedal and Win: Sign up for the free raffle for your chance to win a cool new bike! youcanbikethere.com/register
Sunday Streets Volunteers Make Another Great Sunday
Huge cheers and thanks go out to the 250 amazing people who have made three Sunday Streets events possible. This past Sunday along Third street in the Bayview was a fun day in the sun with bicycling, hula hooping, roller skating and more, thanks to the volunteers who assisted with the opening of the streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA organized biking activities like urban cycling classes, youth biking and Freedom From Training Wheels. Sunday Streets volunteers who had given their time and energy at the first three Sunday Streets events of the year were toasted for a job well done at a special party hosted by Rickshaw Bagworks after a great day of healthy activities in the streets.
Seeking Writers for New Online Blog
Are you a wordsmith on wheels? The SF Bicycle Coalition has started contributing to a new Bay Area Transit blog in partnership with Streetsblog San Francisco and the SF Chronicle and we're looking for talented writers. If you are passionate about biking in the city and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity for us to share positive stories about bicycling in San Francisco.
Share your Bike Love: Volunteer
EPA Earth Day Festival: Thu., Apr. 22 | 11am-3pm | Yerba Buena Gardens. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be doing outreach to EPA employees about bike advocacy and the benefits of being a SF Bicycle Coalition member. Are you trained in SFBC outreach and want to volunteer? Email Tessa to help out!
Bike to School Day a Huge Success
Scores of students at 33 schools rode their bikes for San Francisco's second annual Bike to School Day last Thursday, April 15. Parents, students and teachers pedaled in with groups of kids from various neighborhoods and made the day an overwhelming success. Biking students were rewarded at energizer stations with healthy snacks and special Bike to School Day bags filled with all kinds of goodies. Supervisor Carmen Chu celebrated the day and pedaled with students to Sunset Elementary for a special rally at that school. Bike to School Day was presented in partnership with the SF Bicycle Coalition, SF Department of Public Health, Presidio Community YMCA Bicycle Program, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, Mayor's Shape Up SF Coalition, and the SF Unified School District's Student Support Services Department and the Office of Sustainability to help show the next generation the joys of bike commuting. Thanks to all the volunteers who made Bike to School Day a success. Read more about last Thursday's Bike to School Day on our news page.
Welcome Greens to Go: Our Newest Discount Partner
We're excited to announce the newest SF Bicycle Coalition discount partner, Greens to Go! Greens to Go (Fort Mason, Bldg. A) now offers all card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members 15% off yummy Greens to Go purchases, excluding alcohol, gift certificates, books and merchandise. Pedal by and check out what kind of deals your member discount can get you.
Spring Cleaning for Bike Lanes
Give your unwanted treasures a new home and a second life by donating them to Community Thrift (623 Valencia at 17th Street). When you mention the SF Bicycle Coalition (#181), Community Thrift will give us a hearty portion of the sale. This is an easy and quick way to turn your unwanted goods into bike improvements!
Video: Four Men and a Bike Trailer
Check out this video from SF Bicycle Coalition member Adam Greenfield and friends as they put together a bicycle trailer in less than six minutes, through a series of time lapsed frames. They pooled their money, and pitched in for a trailer to share. Sharing a trailer is a convenient way to carry groceries, furniture or other heavy items. (If you're a Bicycle Coalition member, you can rent one of our trailers for free at: sfbike.org/service_trailer.) Watch the video here, and see bike trailer options from the SF Bicycle Coalition here.
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