SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 27, 2010
"I'm seven months pregnant and ride my bike around San Francisco. Seeing me in action engenders one of two responses from people: 'You go girl!' or 'You shouldn't be doing that, girl."
-- Regina Hope Sinsky, Pedaling Pregnant, SF Bicycle Coalition News, April 21, 2010
Table of Contents
- Golden Wheel Awards Celebration is Tonight: Tickets Available at the Door
- Be the Hero of the Bike Lane: Turn 'Em In!
- Bike to Work Day is Bigger and Better in 2010
- Help Win a Fully Separated Bikeway on Market, Raise a Glass on Friday
- Ride and Cheer a Smooth JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park
- Volunteer to Celebrate the Market St. Separated Bike Lane
- Welcome Mission Workshop: Our Newest Discount Partner
- Video: Long Beach Places in Top 50 Major U.S. Bicycling Cities
- Upcoming Events
Are you a Good Roads Hero?
Report that pothole you see everyday
by calling 311 using the 'SFBC' tag.
Golden Wheel Awards Celebration is Tonight: Tickets Available at the Door
The 18th Annual Golden Wheel Awards celebration is tonight, April 27, from 6-9:00pm in the Green Room at the War Memorial Building (401 Van Ness Avenue). This social (and important fundraising) event will bring together enthusiasts, local dignitaries, business leaders and supporters to celebrate "The Leaders Of Change." You can expect an evening of food and fine beverages all donated by Mas Wine, New Belgium Brewery and Izze Beverage. This year, we're delighted to have David Chiu, President of the Board of Supervisors as our keynote speaker.
Get your tickets at the door. The SF Bicycle Coalition is a leader of change and important events like the Golden Wheel Awards propel our work improving San Francisco streets for bicycling. Complimentary valet bicycle parking will be available out front of the War Memorial Building on Van Ness Avenue.
Be the Hero of the Bike Lane: Turn 'Em In!
Now we know that we don't need superheros to help give us a smooth ride -- we can do it ourselves by turning in those potholes to 311 using the 'SFBC' tag. Check out the grand conclusion of our comic, and visit our Good Roads Page to look at all 4 comic panels. All Spring long, don't wait for another hero to give you a smooth ride, do it yourself by reporting hazards to 311 using the 'SFBC' tag (this tag allows us to track overall DPW performance). If a reported hazard goes unfixed for too long, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and the SF Bicycle Coalition will follow up. A big thanks to artists Francois Vigneault and Jonas Madden-Connor for their creativity on these inspiring comic strips.
Celebrate the Good Roads Campaign with us, Thursday, April 29, 8-10am! SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach Volunteers will be out looking for heroes by encouraging bicycle commuters to report a hazard to 311 this Spring and help spruce up our bike lanes. We will be pumping up tires to make sure you can bike along smoothly at our Service Station on Thursday. Are you trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and can volunteer? Email Tessa@sfbike.org to be a hero!
Bike to Work Day is Bigger and Better in 2010
What makes this year's Bike to Work Day, May 13, 2010, bigger and better this year?
Complimentary Bike Valet Downtown: Even if your employer doesn't provide secure bike parking, you can still participate in Bike to Work Day! The SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting complimentary Bike Valet at Market and Battery on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 13, from 8am-6pm so you don't have to worry about your bicycle while you are at work.
Volunteer to be a Bicycle Valet: Help park bikes during the day and in the evening on Bike to Work Day, and at the Bike Away from Work Party.
Commuter Convoys heading downtown and the South Bay: Do you enjoy riding with others, or know someone who could use a hand to get more comfortable commuting by bike? Commuter Convoys provide the enjoyment and safety of riding with a group and are led by experienced cyclists. Check out details about celebrating Bike to Work Day by riding with a Commuter Convoy. Email email@example.com to lead your neighborhood Commuter Convoy.
27 Energizer Stations, free bike maintenance at 10 of them! Volunteers cheer on people riding bikes around San Francisco and provide free snacks, fair trade certified coffee, and convenient reusable tote bags for future commutes. This year, local bike shops will be providing free bike maintenance at 10 of our Energizer Stations and four Energizer Stations will be bilingual (English/Spanish and English/Chinese). Check out the map to find your Energizer Station!
You can win sweet prizes: Sign up for the free raffle for your chance to win a cool new bike, or pull together some friends or coworkers and take the Team Bike Challenge to pedal and win.
Volunteer at an Energizer Station in the morning or evening close to where you work or live. There is no better way to see the impact of Bike to Work Day than as an Energizer Station volunteer. Volunteers are still needed for City College, SF State, Outer Mission, Polk Street and more. To get in on the fun, sign up for a shift at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd! 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!
Help Win a Fully Separated Bikeway on Market, Raise a Glass on Friday
If you bike to work on Market St., 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. Letters are already flooding his mail box, but we need many more to be sent by Bike to Work Day. 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 email@example.com for the simple tools and instructions you need to write your company's letter today.
This Friday, join the SF Bicycle Coalition to raise a glass and celebrate our efforts in winning the newly separated bike lane on Market Street. The SF Bicycle Coalition and its members worked hard to win this amazing improvement that extends from Octavia Boulevard all way to Eighth Street. Come toast this victory from 5-8:00pm at the Buck Tavern (1655 Market Street at 12th) a few paces off the bike lane, and cheer on the work that will be pushing for a fully separated and continuous bikeway from Octavia all the way to the Embarcadero. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more ways you can help with improvements on this busy bicycling street.
Are you not yet a SF Bicycle Coalition member, but would like to see a fully separated bikeway on Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero? Help make it happen when you join the SF Bicycle Coalition today! sfbike.org/join
Ride and Cheer a Smooth JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park
On Monday May 3, come join the SF Bicycle Coalition, Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg, and Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin for a fun ride through Golden Gate Park to celebrate the joys of riding on the newest and smoothest pavement on JFK Drive. The SF Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign worked with the city to prioritize this and other pavement improvements on San Francisco's busiest bike routes. Join us at 5:30pm at McLaren Lodge (Stanyan at Fell) as we pedal our way down to the Ocean, filled with smooth roads and fun facts about Golden Gate Park. Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Volunteer to Celebrate the Market St. Separated Bike Lane
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station/Turn 'Em In:
Thu., Apr. 29 | 8-10:00am | Seventh and Folsom streets.
SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach Volunteers will be out looking for heroes by encouraging bicycle commuters to report a hazard to 311 this Spring and help spruce up our bike lanes. Are you trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and can volunteer? Email Tessa@sfbike.org to be a hero!
SF Bicycle Coalition Energizer Station/Separated Bike Lane Celebration:
Fri., Apr. 30 | 5-7:00pm | Market and Gough St.
The SF Bicycle Coalition will be celebrating the city's first separated bike lane on Market with an Energizer Station for evening commuters. Are you trained in SFBC outreach and can volunteer to celebrate with us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the fun!
Spread the word about Bike to Work Day! We need people to help hang Bike to Work Day posters all over the city, at coffee shops, bike shops and everyplace in between. Share where you've posted a Bike to Work Day poster! We also need folks to help pass out Bike to Work Day postcards to morning and evening transit commuters in late April and early May. Do you take BART or MUNI, or have an hour in the morning or evening to share your joy of bicycling to work? Email Tessa to volunteer and be a Bike to Work Day ambassador!
Daytime office help: Do you have a few hours for bike advocacy? We need fantastic 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 Tessa if you can help out.
Welcome Mission Workshop: Our Newest Discount Partner
We're excited to announce the newest SF Bicycle Coalition discount partner, Mission Workshop! All card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members receive 20% off all Mission Workshop purchases. Stop by and check out what kind of great deals your member discount can get you. Mission Workshop is located at 40 Rondel Place (off 16th Street in between Valencia and Mission).
Not a member yet? Join the SF Bicycle Coalition and our 11,000 members who are working for biking improvements all across San Francisco and who are reaping the rewards of great member perks like great discounts at 60+ local and online businesses. See the full list of all the SF Bicycle Coalition's discount partners.
Video: Long Beach places in Top 50 Major U.S. Bicycling Cities
Southern California isn't somewhere typically known to attract bicyclists, but the city of Long Beach is attempting to change that image. Placing 23rd in Bicycling Magazine's top 50 most bike friendly cities, the Mayor hopes to one day make Long Beach the most bike-friendly city in the America (as touted on the sign at City Hall). Watch the video from Streetfilms detailing the initiatives and effort behind the first Southern California bike boulevard, colored bike lanes, sharrows and other projects Long Beach has implemented to encourage more riders and get to the top spot.
While Long Beach is well on their way, San Francisco ranked 6th in the nation, according to the same poll. Thanks again to our many supporters and volunteers, and the collaboration with the City of San Francisco to keep rolling on the path to becoming the best cycling city in America. Read the story from SF Streetsblog here.
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