SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 3, 2010
"We realized there were all these other cities that wanted to do bike-sharing so we all got together. It doesn't make sense to have a different system in San Jose or Santa Clara."
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Your Wiggle is about to get even better.
Market Street Wins Best Emerald Trail
Market Street's new green, separated bike lane won the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Editors Pick as Best Emerald Trail. Hooray! We love it too. Big thanks to Mayor Newsom and the SFMTA for beginning to experiment with green color in bike lanes to improve safety and comfort. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition staff continues to notice many a happy face riding in these green bike lanes on Market Street. We aim to make you even happier by continuing to work with Mayor Newsom and his staff to expand the use of soft-hit posts and green paint on all of lower Market Street -- and around the city.
SF Bicycle Coalition is Hiring: Part-Time Office Position and Internships
Fell Street Goes Green This Week
Keep an eye out on your commute through the top of the Wiggle! Green paint will be gracing the block of Fell Street between Scott and Divisadero this week. For the past month, the City has been monitoring driver and bike rider behavior at the hazardous entrance to the Arco gas station and is now ready to move ahead with their experiment with green paint.
Help Fix Masonic: Community Workshop Next Week
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. At the first workshop, over 50 neighbors broke into small groups and designed a cross-section of what they would like to see in their ideal street; the City took that information and spruced it up.
Golden Gate Bridge Construction Coming Soon
News that the Golden Gate Bridge west path will be inaccessible to bike riders for a few months this winter has garnered a fair amount of concern from members. The Golden Gate Bridge District remains committed to 24-hour access for bike riders, and has already scheduled a joint meeting with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, and the owners of bike rental companies to ensure that bike riders aren't treated like second-class road users.
Sunday Streets Heads to the Beach in August
The next Sunday Streets hits the beach August 22 on the Great Highway from 10am-3pm. Get in on the fun as a volunteer! The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers for every event.
Share Your Passion: Lead a Rec Ride
Do you have a passion for birds, buildings or local brews? Do you have a vast knowledge of Hitchcock scenes shot in SF? Lead a SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride and share your unique interests with others! The SF Bicycle Coalition's recreational rides are a great way to meet fun people while exploring this great city! We are always looking for members to lead these rides, and currently seeking rides for October, November and December. If you have an idea for a fun recreational ride that you would like to lead, contact Tessa.
Bike Wash and More -- Volunteer for Fun!
Bike Wash: 5-7 pm, Duboce Park at Steiner The SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station team will be hosting a bike wash, getting bikes shiny for new Steiner St pavement and SF summer! If you are trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to volunteer, email Tessa.
SF's Better Streets Plan is Ready
The City's Better Streets Plan is an effort to create a unified set of standards, guidelines, and implementation strategies to govern how the City designs, builds, and maintains its built environment. The final draft is released and ready for your review. Soon, there will be public hearings about the plan and, most importantly, once it is adopted, the hard work of meeting the goals and standards established in the document. The SF Bike Coalition has worked with the Planning Department and other agencies to ensure that this new standards guide will require the City and developers to include excellent facilities for biking and walking in all projects. While the plan lays out some great ideas, it remains to be seen whether this plan will have the teeth to help make meaningful improvements to the bicycling environment. Keep an eye on the Biker Bulletin for the announcement of public meetings, and get a first look at the plan now.
Seeking Furniture Donations
Following are a few items that we could really use in our office:
If you have something you can donate, please send a photo along with the overall dimensions (depth/width/height) to Teri. Please also indicate whether or not you could deliver the item. We can supply you with a letter confirming your in-kind donation (for tax purposes).
Video: Muni is the Pulse of the City
Using data from Nextbus, San Francisco photographer Eric Fischer compiled all the Muni in the month of June. The video shows our city waking up, thriving and slowly falling back asleep, all in the span of one minute. With transit agencies opening up their data, people are able to take this information and transform it into a beautifully eerie vision of the city, otherwise unseen. We often take our transportation choices as a given, rarely stopping to enjoy the flowing pulse of our streets -- Muni's 80 routes carry over 200 million people each year, with stops within two blocks of 90 percent of all residences in the city. Check out this short video showing Muni as the pulse of San Francisco at the Pedestrianist Blog.
** Tuesday, August 3rd **
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Green Drinks*
Join the Climate Ride at the monthly Green Drinks meet and greet for green professionals. Free valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
** Wednesday, August 4th **
Wiggle to the Market *
Bring your bike and a helmet and receive reusable bags, coupons for free produce and frequent biker cards. The group will then ride he Wiggle to the Upper Haight Farmers' Market to redeem coupons, shop and enter a raffle. Info: email@example.com
** Friday, August 6th **
SF 2 Google First Friday Friendly Frolic *
Ready to try out your first SF2G (SF to Google)? Want to make sure you get there in one piece and without getting lost? Join SF2G for their No Rider Left Behind (NRLB) First Friday Friendly Frolic rides! Depart at 6:30, arrival in Mountain View area ~9:45am. http://www.sf2g.com/nrlb.html for all details
** Saturday, August 7th **
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)
Monthly Good Roads Ride: Summer of Smooth
The Good Roads crew loves smooth bikeways, and what better time to groove on the smooth than an early August day? Join us for a Lovin' the Haight ride as we embrace lurking potholes with spray paint and show them a better way. First-timers always welcome (and they get first chance with the paint). Drinks and lunch follow. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
** Monday, August 9th **
Bicycle Repair Class *
Over the course of two 4-hour hands on class sessions (August 9 and Monday August 16) learn to fix and maintain your own bike. Bring your own working bicycle to work on. Cost: $100 and includes a six-month membership to the Freewheel community workshop. Contact: (415) 752-9195
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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