SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 20, 2010
"As the guy who's responsible for the city's streets, there is no better way to get a flavor of the condition of the streets than to be on a bicycle. I think every Public Works Director should have to ride around their city on a bike. It's a great way to know your roads."
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Great Streets, Cheap Dogs, and Cold Beer
Join SF Bicycle Coalition staff and friends as we party at Show Dogs on Market Street on July 22nd from 6-8 pm. Show Dogs Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark are partnering with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to raise money and awareness about our Great Streets Project's work to improve Market Street. For only $20, you'll enjoy unlimited signature dogs and cold pints on tap, onion rings and more, while you learn more about the Great Streets Project. Imagine a Market Street that's fun, lively and safe with thriving sidewalks, public spaces and shops, supported by a fully continuous and separated bikeway the length of lower Market Street and excellent transit service! Fun for a good cause. Stop by!
Get in the Election Action: Political Intern Needed
Do you love the thrill of elections, door knocking, phonebanking, and 'lit dropping'? Do you want to help elect a bike-friendly Board of Supervisors? Then we need you. Help the SF Bicycle Coalition keep up our track record of getting our endorsed candidates elected by applying for the Political Internship and coordinating actions and events with campaign staff this November. The Intern will work closely with experienced SF Bicycle Coalition staff and campaigns to encourage members to volunteer, vote, and attend events for candidates. The ideal candidate will have a general familiarity with election work and San Francisco politics with a knack for written and verbal communication. This role is expected to take between 8 and 16 hours a week in the lead up to the November election. If you've ever wanted to rub shoulders with future Supervisors and help strengthen the bike movement by getting our supporters elected, this is the internship for you. Read a more detailed description and learn how to apply.
Celebrate Gas Free Fridays at North Point and Embarcadero
Stop by North Point and Embarcadero for Gas-Free Friday this week to fuel up on free coffee and snacks with the SF Bicycle Coalition. 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! 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. So, get on your bike, grab a friend or coworker, and get your Friday rolling at the SF Bicycle Coalition Energizer Station. See the locations for all the Gas-Free Friday Energizer Stations this month here.
Got Mad Skills? Share Them with Us!Bikes and Dogs Outreach: Thu., Jul. 22 | 6-8pm | Support the Great Streets project and party on Market Street with outreach at the Show Dogs fundraiser. Are you outreach trained and want to volunteer? Email Tessa
Got the gift of gab? Join the phonebank team! No cold calling, just simple reminders to friendly lapsed SF Bicycle Coalition members that their membership is expired, plus dinner and good company! Contact Juli to find out more.
Are you a data entry pro? We are looking for some talented folks with fast fingers. Do you have a few hours a week to help us enter important data? Email Tessa
Sigg Bottles: A Great Way to Cool Off this Summer
Between now and August 31st, head to any San Francisco Sports Basement location for a new snazzy Sigg Water Bottle or accessory and 20% of the purchase will go to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's work to make San Francisco a better place to ride a bike! Thanks to Sigg, a leader in Swiss made reusable bottles and Sports Basement, a long-time SF Bicycle Coalition discount partner, who have teamed up to give back to local bicycle advocacy. Your purchasing power will help make your daily commute safer and more fun.
We're Looking for Donations to Keep our Office Running
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition moved into bigger offices a few months back and we are in need of a few things to help us settle in. We are looking for working and sturdy items to be donated.
Hop on a Fun Multi-Day Bike Tour this Fall
Climate Ride California: Join Team SF Bicycle Coalition or Donate Today
Ride and Learn: Bicycles and the Human Machine
The Exploratorium and SF Bicycle Coalition are teaming up to show you the science of biking. You don't need to be Lance Armstrong to know how important your legs are in powering a bicycle. But what do those muscles look like? What else is going on in your body when you haul yourself uphill and stop to catch your breath at the top? Join Exploratorium educator Ken Finn and Exploratorium writer Robin Marks, Saturday, July 31 at 10:30am, as they lead an 8-10 mile excursion through the physiology of exercise. Along the way we'll dissect chicken legs to identify muscle groups, trace the path of blood flow through a pig's heart, and take some measurements on ourselves as we challenge our bodies and take in some scenery on San Francisco's up and down (and sometimes flat) streets.
The ride is $20 and participants must be current members of either the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition or the Exploratorium. This excursion requires a bicycle in good working order, a helmet, and the ability to ride ten miles in a group. The ride is limited to 30 people. Each participant over 18 will need to sign a release of liability form in order to take part in the ride. Parents of children under 18 agree to the waiver for themselves and their children. The meeting point will be in San Francisco, and registrants will receive an email several days before the ride with exact details. To register, download the registration form (PDF).
Sunday Streets Heads Out to the Great Highway August 22
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers for every event. The SF Bicycle Coalition is already gearing up for the next Sunday Streets on the Great Highway on August 22 from 10am-3pm. Here is how you can help make the Great Highway Sunday Streets a success!
Video: Introducing the Dunsmuir Separated Bikeway
Vancouver, Canada -- a city much like San Francisco in size, topography and people -- just celebrated the opening of a new separated bike path through on their main downtown corridor, Dunsmuir Street. Not content with a mere ribbon cutting, they Mayor and City staff have put together an excellent short video about the project which is helping to make downtown Vancouver an easier place to visit, shop and travel. The video shows innovative ways that the city is using green pavement and easy ways it created the two-way separated bikeway. These changes are making this street more comfortable and inviting to more people, and no doubt play a big part in why bicycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Vancouver. Watch the video!
** Thursday, July 22nd **
BEER & BITES Party at Show Dogs
Show Dogs Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark are partnering with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to raise money and awareness about the Great Streets Project's Market Street improvements.
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting *
Come and speak your mind about bicycle issues in San Francisco. This eleven member committee meets once a month and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle. Check the BAC website (sfgov.org/bac) to confirm these dates and read the agenda. Contact Bert Hill(email@example.com), chair of the BAC, to place an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
** Friday, July 23rd **
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.
WTF Night at the Bike Kitchen *
WTF night at the Bike Kitchen is for women, trans/gender queer folks, femmes, or anybody else that has had gender be a barrier to learning mechanics. No one turned away! Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. http://www.bikekitchen.org/
** Saturday, July 24th **
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)
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Water, Water Everywhere
How can waste water be reused? Visit public projects and private residences to learn about greywater systems, rainwater harvesting, and the history of water in San Francisco. 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.
** Sunday, July 25th **
Golden Gate Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Sidewalk Access Change *
Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk access will be altered by SF Marathon. East and west sidewalks will open at 5 am. The public is advised not to access the sidewalk until after 10 am as the parking areas and exits on both sides of the Bridge will be closed until 10 am.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at SF Marathon*
Once again, the SFBC will be parking bikes for marathon runners with legs left to pedal home, and for interested onlookers at the SF Marathon. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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