SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 15, 2010
"Sometimes in life it's better to lose something and get it back. It's the journey, the solving of problems that is what life is all about and this experience is really cool."
Table of Contents
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The Home Stretch: Final Court Date on the Bike Plan Injunction
Are you excited about new bike lanes coming to key Bike Network streets like Townsend, Portola and North Point? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is, so you know we'll be at San Francisco Superior Court next Tuesday when the SF City Attorney submits final arguments to end the Bike Plan lawsuit and lift the four-year-old injunction. This court date should be the last procedural hurdle towards allowing the City to start catching up with the widespread demand for biking improvements in San Francisco (there's been a 53% increase in the number of people biking in the last few years) and striping 20 new bike lanes by the end of this year.
Redesign the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Website
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has issued a request for proposals to identify an agency to completely redesign, build and launch a new website for the SF Bicycle Coalition, creating a dramatically enhanced user experience at sfbike.org that better reflects our energetic, well-organized and member-driven approach. The new website will enable a streamlined workflow within the organization, create new opportunities to promote San Francisco Bicycle Coalition campaigns and events online and better engage and deliver benefits to our members. Are you part of an agency that you think would be a good fit? Learn more about the request for proposal here.
Help Fix Masonic: Community Workshop Tonight
Do you want a safer, calmer and better Masonic Avenue? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Fix Masonic community group have been working together for years to build support for improving this street for everyone who uses it. A few years ago both organizations walked the streets, gathering signatures from neighbors and businesses and building support on a community petition requesting traffic calming. The petition was submitted and we're now seeing the result, the first of three Community Workshops to discuss ways that Masonic can be transformed into a more livable, neighborhood street. If you are someone who bikes, walks or takes transit on Masonic, please join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at this first Community Workshop to show your support for a better Masonic Avenue. SFMTA staff will lead the meeting and will be soliciting feedback and ideas for how Masonic Avenue could work better for everyone and it'll be important to have a good group of people at the meeting to show support for needed changes.
One Final Week for Valencia Construction: Expect Some Closures
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is excited to announce that major construction on busy Valencia Street is almost complete! There is just one last phase of roadway construction, which will literally be a bumpy one. This next week, the top asphalt layer will be ground out and brand new pavement will going down. The street will be especially rough during this time, and may be closed during portions of the day. You may wish to find an alternate route this week -- if you do bike in the construction zone, please ride slowly and with caution.
Researcher Needed to Assemble San Francisco's Biking History
Are you a history buff? Are you interested in learning about the history of biking in San Francisco? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is seeking a research intern to help discover facts and gather information and photos as we prepare for a key milestone in our organization's history. We're looking for a motivated person who can commit to eight hours a week for at least the next 10 weeks. The main job will entail researching, collecting and tracking down history and stories via library and internet research. Candidates should have excellent library, proficient internet and solid writing skills along with good organization. We're happy to work with students who are interested in gaining college credit for this internship. To apply for this position or if you have questions, please email email@example.com.
Love Your Member Discount at Rainbow
The 10% discount current SF Bicycle Coalition members receive when they shop at Rainbow Grocery Coop is a prized membership privilege. Here are four simple ways you can honor the discount and show your appreciation for Rainbow Grocery's generous support:
Put Something Exciting Between Your Legs for SF Pride Month
SF Bicycle Coalition LGBTQ Party:
Mission Community Market Kicks Off Saturday
Roll down to the Mission on Saturday to enjoy a block party to support the launch of a weekly community market in the Mission. The party kicks off this Saturday, June 19th from 11am to 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 Loló, Cafe Revolution and Escape from New York Pizza will be donated to the Mission Community Market for start-up costs and permits. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project has been helping turn this new public street space in to a reality. Complimentary Bike Valet Parking will provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer before or during the event, email Jeremy Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer and Get Your Vitamin D
If you're trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to volunteer at these events email Tessa
Explore Mission Sunday Streets
Come out and play with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and tens of thousands of people for Sunday Streets, this Sunday, June 20 from 10am-3pm. Four miles of Mission District Streets will be transformed into a people-powered party from Dolores Park to Garfield along Valencia, Harrison and 24th streets. Enjoy the open route with dancing, yoga, rollerskating, and of course biking. The SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA have organized biking activities on Harrison street like urban cycling classes, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth biking. Bike maintenance booths and bike rentals can be found on Harrison Street at 17th and 25th streets (in Garfield Park). We hope to see you there enjoying the fun, make sure to stop by our orange tent and say hello.
New Discount Partner: The Helmet Lock
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce our newest member-discount partner, the Helmet Lock. The Helmet Lock now offers all card-carrying San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members a 20% discount off online purchases using code 'SFBC'. Leave your helmet securely when you park your bike with the Helmet Lock.
Video: 24th Street Merchants Love Sunday Streets
With Sunday Streets returning to the Mission District this weekend, check out this great video from the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) interviewing merchants and business owners on 24th Street about how Sunday Streets improved their business. When Sunday Streets was first proposed in 2006, a few business owners were nervous, but all of the nearby merchants quickly realized that this fun family-friendly event drew thousands of potential customers to their area- and those of us on foot, bike, skate, or skuut were discovering or reconnecting with local businesses and parts of the city we might have missed on other days. As the video shows, business owners along 24th Street are asking for Sunday Streets every month. Make sure you head out to the Mission this weekend and play in the streets!
** Tuesday, June 15th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Banking
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.
Masonic Avenue Street Design Community Workshop *
At the meeting, MTA Staff will give a presentation on existing conditions and community members will share their ideas and vision for a better Masonic Avenue, which will help shape MTA future recommendations. Come share your experiences on the road and speak to the importance of safety and comfort for people walking and biking on the street.
** Wednesday, June 16th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk: SF Great Streets Project
A year after its launch, the SF Bicycle Coalition's SF Great Streets Project has made its mark in getting great ideas quickly on the ground all across San Francisco. This project has helped shape the City's trial pedestrian plazas, its flexible parking program which allows businesses to readapt on-street parking spaces into places for cafe seating or bike parking, and its historic Market Street trials which are testing ideas, like forced right turns for private autos, in anticipation of the street's repaving in 2013. Kit Hodge, the project's director will share her ideas for what's next. Looking at examples from city's around the world, you'll learn more about exciting improvements that will create thriving streets that are inviting places to bike, walk, shop and live.
** Thursday, June 17th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station: Pump Station
Don't miss it when the SFBC Service Station team hits the streets to pump up tires for evening bicycle commuters! If you're trained in SFBC outreach and want to help volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org
SFBC Valet Bike Parking at A.C.T. Bike to the Theater: The Tosca Project
Ride your bike to the American Conservatory Theater for tonight's performance of The Tosca Project and let the SFBC volunteer Valet Bicycle Parking crew park your bike. This original dance-theater event explores a century in the life of North Beach nightspot Tosca Cafe, 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 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. $10 discount exclusive for SFBC members! To receive your discount, purchase your tickets online @ www.act-sf.org and use promo code BIKE8 (Orchestra and Dress Circle tickets only, subject to availability).
** Saturday, June 19th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
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)
Mission Community Block Party
The Mission Community Market, a project of the SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project, will be a community marketplace that celebrates the Mission's unique identity by promoting healthy eating, community programs, locally-owned businesses, and lasting improvements for a safe and inviting public space. The SFBC will be there with free valet bicycle parking and outreach. If you're trained in SFBC outreach and want to help volunteer email email@example.com; to volunteer for valet email firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Annual Bicycle Music Festival *
The Bicycle Music Festival is the largest human powered festival in the world, featuring 18 bands, 3 festival stops, 2 bicycle parades (with bands performing live from the backs of cargo-bikes as it rolls down the San Francisco streets and an enormous pedal-powered sound system. Details: www.BicycleMusicFestival.com
** Sunday, June 20th **
Sunday Streets: Mission
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides car-free recreational space for everyone. Get involved and sign up to Volunteer for Sunday Streets. The SFBC will be out in the streets doing outreach and celebrating the car-free space. Are you Outreach Trained and want to volunteer? Email email@example.com
** Monday, June 21st **
SF Bicycle Coalition LGBTQ Meet & Mingle
Start the Pride party early this year at this casual happy hour to raise a glass with other LGBTQ bike lovers and support the SF Bicycle Coalition's work to make better biking conditions in our city!
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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