SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 29, 2010
"Why the Danish people bike is not because they have honey running through their veins. No- it's because they have a great infrastructure for biking."
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Help a coworker try biking!
A Good Fix for Fell Street
In response to continued advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency is reconfiguring Fell Street by Divisadero to keep the bike lane clear of queuing autos and provide a bigger buffer for bike traffic. The city will be out re-striping the bike lane and buffer this week, and after collecting traffic data over the next few weeks, the city will paint the bike lane green to clearly delineate the bike space from the rest of the street. Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Newsom, Market Street has shown that the public loves green bike lanes and we're happy to see the green paint continue to spread across the city's bike routes, improving safety and encouraging more people to ride. This green lane will help connect the popular Wiggle bike route and the Panhandle mixed-use path. We're ready to see a smoother ride on your way to Golden Gate Park, so let us know how these changes are working for you!
Bike Valet Now Brought to You by Globe
Starting in July, your most beloved SF Bicycle Coalition service has just gotten better! We are proud to partner with Globe Bikes for the next three years on our Valet Bike Parking program. Through their support of this popular program, Globe is showing their commitment to help make San Francisco a more bikeable city, and helping us keep your bikes safe and secure at hundreds of events throughout the year. Our complimentary Valet Bike Parking service is offered at many events in the city-- from street fairs all around town and music festivals in Golden Gate Park and, of course, at SF Bicycle Coalition parties. Look for the Valet Bike Parking Banner at events and check what events will have valet bike parking at sfbike.org/chain.
Gas-Free Fridays Begins Next Week!
Kicking off a month of Gas-Free Fridays, Friday, July 9, the SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting an Energizer Station at Market and 12th Streets to encourage more people to take short trips by bike. Get on your bike, grab a friend or coworker, and "fuel-up" with coffee and snacks and get your Friday rolling at the SF Bicycle Coalition Energizer Station (8-10am). In San Francisco, half of all driving trips are under two miles in length, a distance that's easy to travel by bicycle. Plus, riding a bike is simply a fun, smart and easy way to get around San Francisco. See the locations for all the Gas-Free Friday Energizer Stations this month.
Permaculture and Green Living Bicycle Tour
Cycle from San Francisco to Davis, visiting organic farms and eco-villages while learning about sustainable living, permaculture, organic food and get your hands dirty doing service projects at each place you visit on this 8-day bike tour with Common Circle Education. Be part of the fun and support the advocacy work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at the same time! This tour is designed for beginner and intermediate cyclists and includes lodging and organic, vegan meals. More information and registration: http://commoncircle.com or call 510-400-8152. When you use coupon code SFBIKE, you save $25 off the registration fee and Common Circle Education will make a donation to the SF Bicycle Coalition.
Upper Market Bike Lane Project Moves Forward
Improvements are likely coming soon to the Upper Market bike lanes improving the rides for thousands of people heading to and from Castro and Duboce Triangle areas every day. The Upper Market bike project was one of the projects that was put on hold for further outreach when the Bike Plan was approved last year, and the MTA is bringing the updated project back to the public for review, and will hold a community meeting this Wednesday, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center (100 Collingwood Street). This updated proposal will help close gaps and address deficiencies within the existing bicycle route and is intended to improve safety at key intersections while enhancing the street for all road users in the neighborhood. Email Neal@sfbike.org if you can attend, and if you have any questions.
Bike Plan Injunction Hearings Completed
This past Tuesday the San Francisco Superior Court held the final hearing on the Bike Plan lawsuit. This was the last procedural hurdle towards allowing the City to start catching up with the widespread demand for biking improvements in San Francisco. After final documents are submitted by both sides on July 13th, the Court has 90 days to reach its decision, but we expect a decision in August. Check SF Bicycle Coalition's homepage for the latest news.
Play in the Mission with Sunday Streets
Sunday Streets returns to the Mission July 11, 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 bike riders at our Freedom From Training Wheels session on the Sunday Streets route.
Video: Copenhagen: Creating a Bike Friendly City
A few of your SF Bicycle Coalition staff spent last week in Copenhagen building the international cycling movement and sharing ideas with some of the brightest bike advocates and urban planners in the world at this year's Velo-City Conference. With 'Bike Super-Highways' which help suburban commuters get to downtown and 'Pre-Greens' which give bike riders priority at intersections, Copenhagen continues to set the standard of a bike-friendly city worldwide. With all these great improvements, it's no wonder that nearly 40% of people bike to work regularly- but they aren't coasting on that: the city has committed to an ambitious goal to have 50% of all commuters riding by 2015. While we welcome back Andy and Jodie to our thriving bike city, take a look at how Copenhagen is investing in biking and 'Creating a Bike Friendly City' from Current TV.
** Wednesday, June 30th **
ROMP Ride to Santa Cruz *
Come cycle with the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) as they cycle from Eugene, Or to Guatemala to raise money for amputees and people living with disabilities. Come join for the day's ride from Crissy Field to Santa Cruz. RSVP: http://www.rompglobal.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-334-9852
Come hear about the MTA's latest proposal for improving the bike lanes on Upper Market St. between Octavia and 17th St. This updated proposal will help close gaps and address deficiencies within the existing bicycle route and is intended to improve bicycle travel while enhancing safety for all users in the neighborhood. Email Neal@sfbike.org if you can attend, and if you have any questions.
** Thursday, July 1st **
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.
This four-hour in-classroom, introductory course is perfect for new cyclists and those want to feel more comfortable riding on city streets. Class will cover the basics for how to choose the right bike and properly fit a helmet. Learn tips for the safest ways to ride in traffic, techniques to avoid or deal with road hazards and emergency maneuvers along with other useful gems of knowledge, like the best way to lock up your bike and how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and cyclists' legal rights and responsibilities. Adults and anyone over 14 years of age are welcome, preregistration is required. Bring your lunch or dinner. No bicycle is needed for this class. Sign up at sfbike.org/edu. Note: This class is the 'day 1' course for League of American Bicyclists' Bike Ed Road I certification.
Learn how to replace cables and adjust brakes and gear shifting in this hands on bike maintenance class. Classes are limited to 5 people, so there is plenty of time to ask questions. Only $35 for this class or sign up for the series of three classes for $90. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-431-9627
** Saturday, July 3rd **
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)
** Monday, July 5th **
4th of July Observed: SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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