SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 18, 2010
"I don't know if there are any sharrows left to put in the streets," he laughed. "They seem to be everywhere. Up my steps, in my living room, there's a sharrow. It's amazing, they're ubiquitous."
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Bike to Work Day Breaks All Records
Everyday bike commuters were joined in the bike lane by first-timers, occasional riders, and a host of city officials including Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisors Eric Mar, Carmen Chu, Chris Daly, Bevan Dufty, David Campos, Sophie Maxwell, and John Avalos as well as SFMTA Director Nathaniel Ford, SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Director of the Department of Public Works Ed Reiskin, and General Manager of Rec + Parks Phil Ginsburg!
Market Street Teeming With People on Bikes
It wasn't your imagination. Market Street was packed with people on bikes last Thursday for Bike to Work Day. According to the SFMTA, people on bikes accounted for three out of four vehicles on our city's main street that day. The number of people biking on Market Street has been growing very rapidly over the last five years, and it shows. The diversity of people using a bike on Market Street to commute, shop, sightsee and run errands has similarly increased, as captured by the SF Chronicle's photo gallery of the day. But as diverse as the people who ride on Market Street are, they are nearly unanimous in wanting a fully separated, continuous bikeway for the entire length of the street. Thanks to everyone -- including Mayor Gavin Newsom -- for signing our petition in support of the bikeway. And a round of applause for everyone who has helped their employer send in a letter of support for a Market bikeway. We're getting closer and closer to a truly bike-friendly Market Street! Stay tuned for more ways to help move this forward.
On-Street Bike Parking Installed on Valencia
Just in time for Thursday's Bike to Work Day, the SFMTA installed five, yes five, new on-street bike parking areas on busy Valencia Street. The SF Bicycle Coalition is excited to see the city install this innovation on a vibrant commercial and bicycling street like Valencia. On-street bike parking is a smart solution that helps the city catch up with the growing demand for bicycle parking -- in the past few years, San Francisco bike ridership has increased a whopping 53 percent! 120,000 San Franciscans regularly bicycle to shop and run errands and more of them will now have a convenient place to lock their bicycle on Valencia Street. The SF Bicycle Coalition is helping to identify other locations and businesses across the city to recommend more on-street bike parking to the SFMTA. Do you know a business that would want to request on-street bike parking? Email email@example.com with your recommendations.
Valet Bike Parking Now At Ferry Building Farmers Market
The Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market just got a little greener. Starting this weekend, you can ride your bike to the Ferry Building Farmers Market every Saturday and have your bike securely parked by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition! We are proud to present the year-round complimentary Valet Bike Parking program during the Saturday Ferry Building Farmers Market from 8am-2pm in the Harry Bridges Plaza starting on May 22nd. Thanks to the following sponsors who have made this complimentary service a reality: Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, Arlequin Cafe, Alix Marduel + Tom Lockard, Rickshaw Bagworks, Pacific Waterfront Partners, and Walkup, Melodia Kelly and Schoenberger. Thanks to the Port of San Francisco for providing the space. Valet Bike Parking is now another great reason to ride to the farmers market!
SF Bicycle Coalition is Searching for Summer Interns
The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for talented and motivated individuals for our Graphic Design and Communications summer internship program. Interns play a significant role in helping promote our events, campaigns and advocacy work and get great real-life experience and portfolio projects along the way. Be a part of the momentum for the next round of new bike lanes and innovations by applying for a position today. Read more about the Graphic Design internship and the Communications internship.
Does San Francisco Deserve an A or an F? -- Let Us Know
We want and need your opinions on how San Francisco is doing 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 Bicycling in SF 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!
Get Rewarded Through I Bike SF
Have you shopped by bike in Hayes Valley this month? Throughout May, over 25 businesses in Hayes Valley will be sweetening the deal with discounts and rewards 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 all month long!
Video: Streetsblog's 2010 Bike to Work Day
This year, bicyclists accounted for over 75% of traffic on Market Street for the 16th annual Bike to Work Day. Watch this fun short video about 2010's Bike to Work Day from SF Streetsblog here. Featuring SF Bicycle Coalition members, Mayor Newsom and members of the Board of Supervisors, this video is a testament to the increase in biking over the years and shows there is more support than ever to continue to make Market Street a world-class biking and walking street.
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