SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 4, 2010
"Mobility, as opposed to traffic, addresses the question of moving the most people, most efficiently."
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Ride to work on Market Street?
Welcome Renee, Bon Voyage Leah
Join us in a hearty hello and welcome to Renee Rivera, the SF Bicycle Coalition's acting Executive Director while our long-time Executive Director Leah Shahum takes a sabbatical to live, learn and bicycle (everywhere) in Amsterdam. We're excited for Leah to take advantage of this unique opportunity to immerse herself in a city where nearly half of all trips are made by bicycle, cyclists are respected on the roads, and bike paths connect the entire country.
John Murphy is San Francisco's Bicycle Commuter of the Year
Each year in honor of Bike to Work Day, inspiring cyclists are nominated for the title of San Francisco County's Bike Commuter of the Year. Congratulations to SF Bicycle Coalition member John Murphy who is the 2010 Bicycle Commuter of the Year!
Commute with a Convoy for Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 13
Enjoy the comfort and safety of riding with other bicyclists on Bike to Work Day in one of our Commuter Convoys! We'll help you and your friends get comfortable on your morning commute-- whether you are riding from your neighborhood to the downtown area, or from San Francisco to the South Bay, no Commuter Convoy rider is left behind. We have eleven Commuter Convoys departing from various neighborhood meet-up spots.
Are you an experienced bike commuter interested in leading your neighborhood Commuter Convoy? Email Neal for more information.
A Big Night for the Golden Wheel Awards
More than 275 people joined us at the historic Green Room in the War Memorial Building last Tuesday to celebrate our work as leaders of change and honor those who are creating great streets and a world-class bicycling city. The event brought together city leaders like Nathaniel Ford, Director of the SF MTA; Tom Nolan, Chairman of the SF MTA; Johanna Partin, Director of Climate Protection Initiatives in the office of Mayor Newsom; Jose Cisneros, City Treasurer; and mountain-biking legend Gary Fisher, along with various community and business leaders, decision makers and members.
How is San Francisco Doing? Take the SF Bike Survey
We want and need your opinions on how San Francisco is in regards to bicycling-- are we getting better, losing ground, or just coasting? As part of our ongoing series of report cards on bicycling in San Francisco, we're eager to learn about your experiences and opinions on bicycling in San Francisco. If you ride a bike in the city, every day or only once in a rare while, we want to hear from you- take the survey online. We'll be surveying during the full month of May, and keep an eye on our website in June to see the results. Spread the word, share the link and help us collect the broadest and deepest sample of cyclist sentiment!
More Letters Needed to Win a Fully Separated Bikeway on Market
Mayor Newsom is already receiving letters from companies who support a fully separated bikeway on Market Street, but we need hundreds more to be sent to build support for an expansion of the bikeway. If you bike to work on Market St., we need your company to write Mayor Newsom and tell him they support a fully separated bikeway on Market from Octavia Boulevard all the way to the Embarcadero. We need to show critical support by Bike to Work Day, May 13. 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.
Save a Few Bucks: Shop by Bike in Hayes Valley This Month
We all know that riding a bike can rewarding, but all May long over 25 businesses in Hayes Valley will be sweetening the deal by offering discounts when you shop by bike. The SF Bicycle Coalition is partnering with Mayor Gavin Newsom to promote biking to local businesses in a new program called I Bike SF, where neighborhood businesses will be offering biking customers special discounts when you show your bike lock key or helmet. Each month, I Bike SF will move to a new commercial area in San Francisco to connect you with unique and local businesses. I Bike SF is a great way to explore the city and save money along the way. See the map of participating Hayes Valley businesses at iBikeSF.org and hop on your bicycle and save in May!
Bay Area Transit Blog Covering Bicycling
Have you been reading the new Bay Area Transit Blog? The SF Bicycle Coalition and Streetsblog San Francisco joined forces with the SF Chronicle to create this new blog. It's a great opportunity for us 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've already posted stories about pedaling while pregnant, a family that bicycles to school everyday and our biking Board President, Supervisor David Chiu. We're excited to continue to show the faces and share inspiring stories of everyday 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
Volunteer to Make Bike to Work Day the Best It Can Be
Last chance to get trained as a Bicycle Ambassador for Bike to Work Day 2010: Thinking of volunteering at an Energizer Station for Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 13? We are proud that all of our San Francisco Energizer Station volunteers are trained Bicycle Ambassadors. There are two more opportunities to get trained before Bike to Work Day! Please RSVP to Tessa@sfbike.org
Video: 'Traffic' Talk with Tom Vanderbilt
In a recent Streetfilms video, author Tom Vanderbilt talks about his great book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), which explores how the built environment and transportation options shape our lives. This accessible, enlightening book chock-full of anecdotes, fun facts and interesting studies was a hit in the SF Bicycle Coalition Book Club last month and Mr. Vanderbilt continues to educate and elighten in this Streetfilms interview.
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