SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 8, 2010
"We are terribly saddened by this tragedy, but we must remember that San Francisco streets are safe and getting safer every day."
-- Renee Rivera, Executive Director of the SF Bicycle Coalition, Mayor Newsom Condemns Driver Who Assaulted Cyclists, SFPD Seeks Help, SF Streetsblog, June 3, 2010
Table of Contents
- Our Response to Last Week's Tragedy
- The SF Bicycle Coalition Celebrates Pride in June
- New Member Meet + Greet Tonight
- Volunteer for Sunday Streets in the Mission
- Valencia Streetscape Project Nears Completion
- Show Your Support for SF Biking and Look Good Doing It
- Help Improve Cycling in San Francisco-- Become an SFBC Intern
- Summer Volunteering Fun
- SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: 2nd Annual Fairfax Foray
- Video: Bicycle Advocates Thank DOT for Prioritizing Bicycling
- Upcoming Events
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Our Response to Last Week's Tragedy
The SF Bicycle Coalition was shocked and saddened by the hit and run collisions last week, injuring four men riding their bikes, and sending three of them to the hospital. Our thoughts are with these men, and we wish for them the very best care and a quick recovery. In the days after the collisions, we were in close communication with Mayor Newsom's office and the San Francisco Police Department and we commend the Police Department for their quick response and hard work on this case.
The Mayor condemned the assault, stating, "I'm proud that San Francisco is one of the bike-friendliest cities in the nation and we work hard to keep our City safe for cyclists and pedestrians every day. Cars and bikes share the road and must coexist. We will not tolerate violence or rage against cyclists or pedestrians."
On Friday, the San Francisco Police Department arrested the man allegedly responsible and charged him with eleven counts total, with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and three counts of battery causing serious bodily injury. We thank the Police and the Mayor for their proactive response, and for treating this case with the seriousness it deserves.
On the cusp of this tragedy, it's important to remember that San Francisco streets are safe and that through our work they are becoming safer every day.
The SF Bicycle Coalition Celebrates Pride in June
SF Bicycle Coalition LGBTQ Meet and Mingle
Network with other leaders of change in the community and support bicycle improvements that are being led by the SF Bicycle Coalition at this casual LGBTQ happy hour fundraiser on June 21, 6-8pm at Duboce Park Cafe, 2 Sanchez St (at Duboce).
Ride the Pride Parade as an SF Bicycle Coalition member!
Be a part of the 40th Anniversary San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27, in the SF Bicycle Coalition's Byke Pride contingent! We hope to gather a fun and fabulous anniversary-worthy contingent. For questions or to reserve your space in the contingent, email popcycleSF@yahoo.com.
New Member Meet + Greet Tonight
If you've been an SF Bicycle Coalition member for less than a year, you're invited to join us to learn about our advocacy, education and community programs that will make San Francisco a model cycling city, and how you can get involved to keep our work moving forward. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization and meet other new members. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to email@example.com or 415-431-2453 x301.
Details: Tue., June 8 from 6:30-7:15pm at SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
Volunteer for Sunday Streets in the Mission
Sunday Streets returns to the Mission June 20, and you can be a part of the fun as a volunteer! The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be organizing the more than 150 volunteers who make each event possible. 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! Sign up now at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer. If you like working with kids, volunteer with Neal to help coach our newest generation of cyclists at our Freedom From Training Wheels session on the Sunday Streets route. If you are trained in SFBC outreach and want to do outreach under our orange tent, email Tessa to volunteer.
Now Hiring! The SF Bicycle Coalition is hiring a Sunday Streets Volunteer Program intern to assist with volunteer program coordination, logistics and volunteer training. If you are a people person, have great organizational skills and want to make an impact with Sunday Streets, see sfbike.org/jobs for details.
Valencia Streetscape Project Nears Completion
The SF Bicycle Coalition has just received word that major construction on Valencia Street is in its last two weeks! The SF Bicycle Coalition is excited to see wider bike lanes and sidewalks in this vibrant corridor come to completion. The SFBC has brought our members together to win these improvements along with new on-street bike parking on other parts of Valencia Street- making for a much more bike-friendly corridor. We are thrilled to see these major streetscape improvements on the ground.
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign has been having regular on-site meetings with DPW project staff and Ghilotti Brothers contractors throughout the construction phase and helped to make this street safer to bike on in this interim period, winning better signage, temporary bike lanes when possible, and safer barriers between the bike lane and workzone. During the next two weeks, the top asphalt layer will be ground out and brand new pavement will be applied- the road will be especially rough during this time, and the SF Bicycle Coalition encourages all users to ride slowly and with caution.
Show Your Support for SF Biking and Look Good Doing It
T-shirts and hoodies in a rainbow of colors will help you show your support for bicycle improvements in San Francisco. From the SF Bicycle Coalition's 2010 limited-edition t-shirt celebrating San Francisco cyclists, to the bicycle movement's classic "Allowed Use of Full Lane" and "One Less Car" designs, there is something for every type of rider. All profits from merchandise sales go directly towards the SF Bicycle Coalition's work to make San Francisco a better place to live and bike. Get yours now, while supplies last, at sfbike.org/store.
Help Improve Cycling in San Francisco - Become an SFBC Intern
Do you dream of transforming San Francisco's streets into great places? Do you like to get things done and see the results of your work on the ground? Apply to intern with the SF Bike Coalition's Great Streets Project. We are interviewing for two positions, a street project intern focused on helping get projects like parklets on the ground, and a design intern focused on creating tools that anyone can use to improve their own streets. We're looking to hire ASAP.
The SF Bicycle Coalition is also 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.
Summer Volunteering Fun
If you're trained in SFBC outreach and want to help volunteer at these events email Tessa. Not trained in outreach? Get trained tonight - Tuesday, June 8th!
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station: Pump Station Get your bike ready for Pride with fresh air in your tires. The SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach team will be at the 17th Street Plaza in the Castro on Thurs. June 17 from 5-7pm, pumping up tires 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.
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: 2nd Annual Fairfax Foray
Join SF Bicycle Coalition Board Member and renowned local architect David Baker for a bike ride up the coast to the Fairfax Festival on Saturday, June 12. A perfect jaunt for those looking for their first ambitious bike ride. This 22-mile ride takes just under three hours at a casual pace. Details and registration: dbarchitect.com/FairfaxForay
Are you interested in leading your own SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride? Want to share your love for cookies, local murals or anything else riders may appreciate? Email Tessa for more information!
Video: Bicycle Advocates Thank DOT for Prioritizing Bicycling
Last week, members of America Bikes and Transportation 4 America thanked U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in this video for his commitment to making walking and bicycling viable means of transportation across the nation. "Biking is now a part of DOT's top policies," he said in the video to a crowd of cyclists in Washington, DC who gathered to show their appreciation to his work. The SF Bicycle Coalition is a partner of Transportation 4 America and the League of American Bicyclists, helping the Department of Transportation and Secretary LaHood continue to improve bike policy and funding to make our streets safer.
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 8th **
SF Bicycle Coalition New Member Meet and Greet
6:30-7:15pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
Been an SFBC member less than a year? New members are invited to join us to learn about SFBC advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to Tessa@sfbike.org or (415) 431-2453(BIKE) x301.
How To Ride Anywhere and Fix a Flat
6:30pm | REI, 840 Brannan St. (at 9th)
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Bike Buddies will show you the best way to get around town quickly and safely by bike and how to fix a flat tire (the most important bike maintenance skill to have). All this great information in just 90 minutes.
SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach Volunteer Training
7:30pm-8:30pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
Interested in volunteering to do SF Bicycle Coalition outreach at events all over town, like bike to Work Day 2010, races, festivals, and SF Bike Coalition Service Stations? Then this training is a must! Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! RSVP to email@example.com.
** Wednesday, June 9th **
SFBC Volunteer Night
5-8pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
This SFBC tradition every second and fourth Wednesday has been happening for as long as we can remember, but newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow cyclists, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend - the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring up your bike! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up.
** Friday, June 11th **
Ride the Divide Film Premiere*
7pm | The Red Vic, 1665 Haight Street
Ride The Divide is a documentary of the world's toughest mountain bike race, traversing over 2700 miles along the length of the Continental Divide. This is the San Francisco premier of Ride The Divide and a benefit for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. ridethedividemovie.com/
** Saturday, June 12th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: 2nd Annual Fairfax Foray
8am | Meet at Ferry Building Plaza
Join SF Bicycle Coalition Board Member and renowned local architect David Baker for a cruise up the coast to the Fairfax Festival. A perfect jaunt for those looking for their first ambitious bike ride.
This 22-mile ride and takes just under three hours at a casual pace. Details and registration: dbarchitect.com/FairfaxForay
Different Spokes Monthly Ride*
8:30am | Peets Coffee 2247 Market Street, between 16th and 17th
Join Different Spokes San Francisco monthly club ride. There are three options (27m/47m/57m) so you can go at your own pace and distance. The rides split and regroup in Tiburon. Meet up at 8:30am, ride out at 9am. RSVP: David Gaus at email@example.com.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
8am-2pm | Harry Bridges Plaza
Pedal to the Ferry Building to fill up your panniers with local bounty and park your bike with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. All 52-weeks a year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be providing complimentary valet bike parking in Harry Bridges Plaza (look for the orange tent).
** Sunday, June 13th **
SF Bicycle Coalition New Network Route Ride: West Of Twin Peaks
10am | Meet at Waller and Stanyan
Join the SF Bicycle Coalition on a relaxed ride visiting some of the most newest bike lanes in town. This edition will look at new segments on Claremont Boulevard, Clipper Street, Seventh Avenue and JFK Drive on a lovely ride in the west end of town. We'll also be on the lookout for new sharrows, and visit streets with bike lanes that are coming soon. Come join us for fun, slow riding, and to see the network grow! Great for new and experienced riders, though this ride is moderately hilly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Radical History of San Francisco Ride *
10:45am-3pm | Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza - Front of Ferry Building on the Embarcadero
Learn about the radical history of San Francisco from the 1800's through the more recent past, visiting sites of protest and dissent. All proceeds benefit the National Lawyers Guild-SF chapter, $15 to $50 sliding scale donation. RSVP to email@example.com.
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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