SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 13, 2010
"If it's just city staff with a few opponents it's very difficult to get anything done. So the advocates are essential and having them there speaking in favor of the changes."
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Win a Bike Trailer at Gas-Free Fridays
Stop by one of the SF Bicycle Coalition's Energizer Stations on Gas-Free Fridays in July and become an SF Bicycle Coalition member (or renew!) for your chance to win an awesome urban Burley Travoy bicycle trailer -- a great way to make more trips by bicycle! The SF Bicycle Coalition is hosting a month of Gas-Free Fridays in an effort to make it easier for more people to try biking just one day a week. Did you know that half of all driving trips in San Francisco are under two miles in length, a perfect distance for biking? Plus, riding a bike is a fun, smart and easy way to get around San Francisco.
Thousands Enjoy Sunday Streets in the Mission
Another successful Sunday Streets was celebrated in the Mission this past Sunday when tens of thousands of people came out and enjoyed miles of Mission streets that were transformed into a people-powered party. The SF Bicycle Coalition was proud to play a big part in the success of the event by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers. Mark your calendar to come out and play for the next Sunday Streets on the Great Highway, August 22, from 10am-3pm. The SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA Bike Program will be teaming up along the route to host urban cycling classes, Freedom From Training Wheels and youth biking.
Be a Bicycle Advocacy Superhero
Are you an organizing pro? We are looking for someone who can help us develop systems, give us tips and determine the right kind of storage for our new office space. Do you have the skills to help us get organized and stay organized? Email Kate.
Got a Knack for Writing? Blog for UsThe SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for people with writing skills who are interested in contributing to our online blog. Whether you've got great ideas for stories, or would be willing to take assignments, your talents will be put to good use helping spread the good word. Let Elizabeth know your skills and areas of interest and include some writing samples.
Summer Tube Times Hot Off the Presses
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Summer Tube Times newsletter is hot off the presses with 16 pages of the latest news and events. Learn about the future of fully separated bike lanes in San Francisco, meet a mother who started biking with her kids on Market Street, and much more. Download your copy today or have the Tube Times delivered to your doorstep when you become a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition today -- one of the many perks of membership.
Exploring Hills, Water and Reclaiming Land
Join one of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's fun and educational Rec Rides that are happening in the next few weeks: Seven Hells of San Francisco, Lots of Abundance, and Water, Water, Everywhere. These rides are a great way to explore the city on bike and a fun way to meet other people who share your interests.
Correction: Mission Community Market Opens on July 22
A correction to our email from last week, the Mission Community Market will be up and running starting next Thursday, July 22nd from 4:00-8:00pm on Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd Streets. Experience the unique diversity of the Mission out in the streets at this new market! Every Thursday, emerging Mission businesses will be out selling their goods and youth, arts and cultural organizations will be performing and sharing their programs for the whole community. The market has been supported by the SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project. To be a part of the weekly market, email email@example.com.
Video: Bike Planners Brainstorm in Boston
Through trials and experiments and innovations on our streets, San Francisco is leading the way and helping to improve biking across the nation. From Green paint on Fell Street (coming soon!) to the physically-separated lanes on Market Street, to on-street bike parking along the busy commercial corridor of Valencia Street, San Francisco is documenting successes and working with other leaders in New York City, Portland, and Berkeley to show how more cities can build streets that will encourage more people to bike and improve safety for those already biking. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) created 'Cities for Cycling' to help promote all the great work happening in bike-friendly cities and provide state-of-the-art practices to motivate other cities to catch up. Check out this video of a recent gathering in Boston featuring the San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency staff talking up San Francisco's most recent improvements.
** Tuesday, July 13th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk: Biking Book Club
Interested in reading bike and transportation books and engaging in robust discussions with other friendly folks? We will be discussing our recent picks: Bike Snob, and two optional books: The Lost Art of Walking and The Death and Life of Great American Cities. If you haven't made it to a meeting, it's not too late to join the conversation in person and online at www.sfbike.org/books. We'll also be choosing the next book(s) to read, so bring your ideas.
** Wednesday, July 14th **
SFBC Volunteer Night
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.
Fix Masonic Meeting
Fix Masonic, supported by the SF Bicycle Coalition, is a community group working to create a calmer, safer and more pleasant Masonic Avenue for neighbors and commuters. This neighborhood-based group is working to improving biking and walking and improve safety along this important corridor. The SF MTA is holding community meetings discussing Traffic Calming, and Fix Masonic is doing outreach to bike riders and walkers to participate and ensure a great street for everyone.
** Thursday, July 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.
** Friday, July 16th **
Gas Free Fridays
Get on your bike and celebrate Gas-Free Fridays! In San Francisco, half of all driving trips are under two miles in length -- a distance easily traveled by bicycle. So, grab your bike and a friend or co-worker and pedal by one of the SF Bicycle Coalition's Service Stations to fuel up on free coffee and snacks.
** Saturday, July 17th **
SFBC Valet Bicycle 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)
Team In Training Info Meeting*
Train for a century cycling event and raise funds to fight blood cancer. Learn more at a Team In Training Information meeting http://www.teamintraining.org/sf/
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Seven Hells of SF
Are burning calf muscles something you just can't get enough of? The Seven Hells of San Francisco are back! The ride will hit some favorite hills from previous years, including Twin Peaks and 21st Street, as well as take on a few new monsters. With breaks and a moderate pace, this 30-mile ride (map, route) should take around 4 hours. Strong riders only, please. Granny gears highly recommended. We'll make every reasonable effort to stay together as a group. Rest stops announced on day of the ride. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides. Questions? Email Dan.
** Sunday, July 18th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Lots of Abundance
What happens to abandoned lots and former freeways? Learn about reclaiming land for public use and restoring connections to food. TransitionSF and the San Francisco Permaculture Guild are leading these Transition Tours showcasing local efforts that create community and support both the environment and economy. 2.5 hour ride.
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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