SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 1, 2010
"There will be resources for us to promote bike paths, walking paths, streetscapes so that we can paint these bike paths along streets. There's plenty of money for all of this."
-- Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation LaHood Envisions The Future Of Transportation, NPR, May 26, 2010
Table of Contents
- Legislative Update: Market and Octavia Fix Moves to Senate
- Help Shift the SF Bicycle Coalition's Work Into High Gear
- Valet Bike Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
- SF Bicycle Coalition is Hiring a Sunday Streets Volunteer Intern
- Last chance: Take the SF Bike Survey Now
- Mission Community Market Block Party
- Great Discounts When You Bike to the A.C.T. Theater
- The Gift that Makes a Difference
- Show your Byke Pride With the SF Bicycle Coalition
- Volunteer and Kick Start Your Summer Fun
- Seeking Summer Graphic Design, Communications and Membership Interns
- Get Rewarded Through 'I Bike SF': Lower Divisadero
- Video: Green Separated Bike Lanes Transforming Market Street
- Upcoming Events
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Legislative Update: Market and Octavia Fix Moves to Senate
SF Bicycle Coalition staff have been in Sacramento working with our Senators and Assemblymembers to improve the safety of our streets this legislative session.
Assembly Bill 2729 authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has passed the Assembly on a partisan vote and will move onto the Senate in the coming weeks. This bill will allow San Francisco to install a camera at Market and Octavia to catch people who illegally make the right turn onto the highway, endangering people on foot or bike. If you've been hit by a vehicle at Market and Octavia, be sure to share your story with email@example.com. Your story will help sway decision makers to ensure the safety of this intersection.
Assembly Bill 1951, also authored by Assemblyman Ammiano, died in the Assembly's Transportation Committee. This bill proposed to increase penalties for dangerous driving that results in injuries, as well as allowing District Attorneys to charge those careless drivers with a misdemeanor, as opposed to simply a traffic infraction. Assemblyman Ammiano and our partners at the California Bicycle Coalition have committed to moving this legislation forward in the near future.
Senate Bill 1061 brings a bikeable Bay Bridge one step closer to a reality! This bill will authorize the Bay Area Toll Authority to fund the Bike/Pedestrian Pathway on the West Span of the Bay Bridge and is moving on to the full Senate for a vote, after passage in the Appropriations Committee.
Keep an eye on the Biker Bulletin for more action alerts and updates from Sacramento soon.
Help shift the SF Bicycle Coalition's Work Into High Gear
The SF Bicycle Coalition has embarked on an exciting new project to stake out -- with the help of outstanding professional planners and designers -- the next generation of three complete cross-town bikeways for a truly connected city. Imagine separated, clearly designated, safe, comfortable bike space for everyone, every ability and at any age, to move around town by bike.
This project is new, bold and necessary, but we can't do it without the financial support from those who believe in our ability to get it done and take San Francisco to new heights in moving about town by bike.
What do three cross-town bikeways connecting one side of the city to the other, connecting people and places, mean to you? $1 a ride? $5 a week? Be a part of your Bicycle Coalition's next important step by giving a special gift to the Connecting the City initiative today. We need to raise $125,000 for this project, so every dollar you contribute helps us get closer to our fundraising goal.
Valet Bike Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
Biking to the Ferry Building Farmers Market just got a whole lot better. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be providing complimentary Valet Bike Parking for your trusty steed 52 weeks a year on Saturdays. All year long, you can ride your bike to the CUESA Saturday Farmers Market, park it securely with our trusty attendants. Look for our orange tent in Harry Bridges Plaza across from the Ferry Building, and enjoy your time at the market between 8am-2pm.
Thanks to the following sponsors who have made this complimentary service possible: 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 another great reason to ride to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market!
SF Bicycle Coalition is Hiring a Sunday Streets Volunteer Intern
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be organizing the more than 150 volunteers who make each event possible. We are now hiring a Sunday Streets Volunteer Program intern to assist with volunteer program coordination, logistics and volunteer training. If you have great organizational skills, and are a people person who wants to make an impact with Sunday Streets, see sfbike.org/jobs for details.
Want to volunteer for Sunday Streets? Sunday Streets returns to the Mission on June 20! Volunteers get a cool Sunday Streets t-shirt, lunch, goodies, invites to special volunteer parties, and the great feeling that you helped make Sunday Streets possible! Be part of the Sunday Streets volunteer team by signing up today at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
Last chance: Take the SF Bike Survey Now
Have you taken our 2010 Bicycling in SF Survey yet? Don't wait, do it now! We've received a lot of responses but we want to get a really big sample of opinion and experience, so we're giving folks just a few more days to sound off on how San Francisco is doing as a city for 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 the City. If you ride a bike in the city, every day or only once in a while, we want to hear from you -- take the Bicycling in SF survey. Spread the word, share the link and help us collect a nice big sample of SF bike riding opinions and experience!
Mission Community Market Block Party
Volunteer to help at the upcoming block party to support the launch of a weekly community market in the Mission. The party kicks off on Saturday, June 19th from 11-3pm on 22nd Street at Mission Street. Live music, dancing, capoeira, community booths, games, raffle prizes and delicious food! Profits from all food bought at LolÃ³, Cafe Revolution and Escape from New York Pizza will be donated to the Mission Community Market for start-up costs and permits. The SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project has been helping turn this new public street space into a reality. To volunteer for the event, e-mail Kit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Discounts When You Bike to the A.C.T. Theater
Bike in style to the A.C.T. Theater to see Tosca and park your bicycle with the SF Bicycle Coalition's Valet Bicycle Parking crew during the performance. To sweeten the deal, Bicycle Coalition Members receive $10 off each ticket for the June 17th performance of The Tosca Project. To receive your discount, purchase your tickets online at www.act-sf.org and use promo code BIKE8 (Orchestra and Dress Circle tickets only, subject to availability).
This original dance-theater event explores a century in the life of North Beach nightspot Tosca CafÃ©, conjuring a world in which love, betrayal, and hope emerge from the shadows and disappear with the clink of a glass. The Tosca Project brings world-renowned dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, including prima ballerina Sabina Allemann and Pascal Molat, together with such acclaimed actors as The Overcoat's Peter Anderson and A.C.T.'s Jack Willis. This imaginative new work is gorgeously choreographed, achingly moving, and scored with some of the best music ever made, from Hendrix to Stravinsky.
The Gift That Makes a Difference
There is no better way to say happy birthday, happy anniversary or congratulations than by giving an SF Bicycle Coalition gift membership to someone you love. Not only will your thoughtful gift be one that keeps on giving, but a gift membership will give back to you all year long, by making your city more livable and bikeable. Now that is a gift worth giving!
Gift Memberships start at just $35/year and come with a special card noting your gift. Membership includes benefits like the latest bike news, a San Francisco bike map, discounts at 60+ local and online businesses, and other member perks you love. Use our quick and secure online form at sfbike.org/join_renew or contact email@example.com or 415-431-2453 x301 to place orders with special instructions.
Show Your Byke Pride With the SF Bicycle Coalition
Get your Pride on with SF Bicycle Coalition in our Byke Pride contingent in the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27! 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade and we're aiming to create our biggest contingent yet. The SF Bicycle Coalition's parade contingent is a fun and fabulous way for current members to experience the parade firsthand. For questions or to reserve your space in the contingent, email popcycleSF@yahoo.com.
Volunteer and Kick Start Your Summer Fun
If you're trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to help volunteer at these events, email Tessa. Not trained in outreach? Get trained Tuesday, June 8th!
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station: Lube Jobs. Get your bike ready for summer rides with a smooth well-lubricated chain. The SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach team will be at Market and Octavia on Tues. June 1 from 5-7pm, lubing chains for evening riders.
Ferry Building Valet Bike Parking Outreach: The Ferry Building Farmers Market is offering secure Valet Bike Parking every Saturday. The SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach team will be out talking to happy folks and parking their bikes. Be part of the fun!
Daytime Volunteering: Behind the scenes, volunteers keep our work rolling smoothly by running errands, helping out with mailings and uplifting our spirits! Have weekday hours to spare to help the bike movement in this essential way? Contact Tessa if you can help.
Holla for Haulers! Want to ride all over the city on behalf of bike advocacy? Help us bike our mail to the post office or haul supplies to SF Bicycle Coalition events, and receive perks like event tickets and free admission, not to mention strong legs! Email Tessa for details.
Seeking Summer Graphic Design, Communications and Membership Interns
The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for talented and motivated individuals for our Graphic Design, Communications and Membership summer internship programs. 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, the Communications internship and the Membership internship.
Get Rewarded Through 'I Bike SF': Lower Divisadero
Throughout June, reward yourself by shopping at local Lower Divisadero merchants. 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 businesses along the Lower Divisadero corridor all month long!
Video: Green Separated Bike Lanes Transforming Market Street
If the fact that bicycles accounted for 75% of Market street traffic on Bike to Work Day was any indication, then it's obvious San Franciscans are loving the new green, separated bike lanes on Market Street. Watch this video of Bike to Work Day, produced by member Mischa Hedges, who spoke one-on-one with downtown-bound bike commuters about this newly separated and green bike lane.
The Bicycle Coalition attributes Market Street's record-breaking increase in bike ridership to these newly separated, green bike lanes and other improvements that are making Market Street a smoother, more pleasant place to ride. Read more about our plan for a fully separated and continuous bikeway on Market Street from Octavia to the Embarcadero.
Check out our online calendar of events. To add your bike event to our calendar, simply email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
** Tuesday, June 1st **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Banking
5-8pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
Got the gift of gab? Volunteer to phone bank with the SFBC! No cold calling, just simple reminders to friendly lapsed SFBC members that their membership is expired. Come share in the fun. The more the merrier! We supply dinner and good company. Contact email@example.com if you're interested.
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station: Lube Jobs
5-7pm | Market & Octavia St
Don't miss it when the SFBC Service Station team hits the streets providing chain lubing for evening bicycle commuters! If you're trained in SFBC outreach and want to help volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org
** Friday, June 4th **
SF 2 Google First Friday Friendly Frolic *
6:20am | Meet at Ritual Roasters, 1026 Valencia St
Ready to try out your first SF2G (SF to Google)? Want to make sure you get there in one piece and without getting lost? Join SF2G for their No Rider Left Behind (NRLB) First Friday Friendly Frolic rides! Depart at 6:30, arrival in Mountain View area ~9:45am. http://www.sf2g.com/nrlb.html for all details
** Saturday, June 5th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Recycling Factory Ride
10am | Meet at Parklet at 17th and Castro.
Join SF Bicycle Coalition members for a group bike ride to the Pier 96 Recology Recycle Central recycling plant! Embark on a rare and information-filled guided tour of the factory, followed by a Q+A opportunity to learn first hand the answers to such hot topics as whether plastic bags or shredded paper belong in the recycling bin.
For some advanced reading about the recycling facility, try the last chapter in Garbage Land by Elisabeth Royte. This ride is limited to 20 bicyclists. Please RSVP to email@example.com. 10-12 miles, bring your own water and snacks. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides.
Monthly SF Bicycle Coalition Good Roads Ride: Fluff the Pride Parade Route
10am-Noon | Meet in front of City Hall, Polk Street side
Help the SF Bicycle Coalition honor Pride month and buff your GLBT history appreciation in the same ride. The Good Roads Crew will do its best to get Market Street in the pink for the annual GLBT Pride Parade the last Sunday of June. We don't want any performers, paraders, or bykers taking a spill from nasty potholes or cracks. The ride will stop by the site of the 1966 pre-Stonewall riot where queer youth and drag queens stood down the police. First-timers always welcome. We'll spray paint the potholes white but wear any color you want! Heavy rain cancels. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Big Shift Tour Bike Ride *
12:45-3:15pm | Meet at the Baker Street end of the Panhandle
Learn the history of Golden Gate Park and the cultural shift from horses and coal gas balloons to bicycles and motor-carriages, from the spectacle of robber barons to a literal refuge for refugees. RSVP: 415-505-8255, $10 to $40 sliding scale donation.
** Sunday, June 6th **
AIDS/LifeCycle 9 Ride *
Time TBD | San Francisco to LA
AIDS/LifeCycle is a seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles through some of California's most scenic countryside. The world's largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser, the event is co-produced by the SF AIDS Foundation and L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center to support HIV/AIDS services at both organizations. Info: www.aidslifecycle.org, email@example.com, 866.245.3424
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at The Indie Mart*
12pm | 17th and Wisconsin
It's the three year anniversary bash of the Indie Mart, a DIY shopping event with local designers, vintage goods, music, drinks, and live art/silkscreening. Free valet bicycle parking provided. To volunteer as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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