SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 24, 2010
"After a four-year legal fight with a tiny group of opponents, the city is finally beginning the job of marking streets for safe riding and driving … Bike riding, popular and healthy, is overdue for the protection and public awareness that such a network provides. The important safety work can't come soon enough."
Biker Bulletin News
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Bike the Vote: Member Voting Starts Now
The November elections may seem like a long way off, but now is the time to weigh in on which candidates the SF Bicycle Coalition should endorse. Five seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for a vote and we need to make sure the winners are in sync with our work to make San Francisco a world-class bicycling city. All candidates had the opportunity to respond to our questionnaire, and you can read their responses on our easy and informative endorsements page. Please take a few minutes to mark your vote for the candidate you think will best promote biking, walking and great streets. If you're a current member, use your email to log in and vote for your preferred candidate for the Board of Supervisor races in the Marina, Sunset, SOMA/Tenderloin, Castro, and Bayview. Voting runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 6th.
Please Take Our $20,000 Green Light Challenge
We are so excited that San Francisco has been given the green light to complete over 30 miles of new bike lanes! The SFMTA has already made some progress in striping these bike lanes, but the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wants to make sure you are pedaling on over 13 miles of new bike lanes by year's end. Help us keep the pressure on the SFMTA to stay on track with bike lane implementation before the wet weather hits and slows down their progress by taking the $20,000 Green Light Challenge today.
The City's Newest Bike Lanes Roll Out
It's been two weeks since the City got the green light to start striping approved Bike Plan projects, which will add over 30 miles of new bike lanes across San Francisco. So how are they doing so far? Here's the first of a regular series of status reports on those long-awaited bike lanes:
Art Street Life, Great Streets Party and Fundraiser this Thursday
Award-winning, local architect, David Baker, invites you to his home for an evening to celebrate San Francisco's burgeoning street revolution and the work of our Great Streets Project this Thursday, August 26 (6-9pm). The party will feature a silent auction with prints by 15 notable architectural photographers, a raffle for a new 8-speed diamond frame PUBLIC Bike, music by DJ Powerserge, and we'll be honoring the first-ever Street Champion with an award. If you want to see more public space improvements like plazas, parklets and improvements on Market Street, buy your ticket to this party today. All ticket sales are tax-deductible and will directly benefit our Great Streets Project. Tickets include complimentary New Belgium beer, wine and valet bike parking.
A Big, Big Thank You
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition would like to extend a hearty thank you to a team of talented people who have been quietly at work revamping our office space. Frank Merritt, a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition member and local architect, generously donated hours of architectural services and helped us design a unique office space that keeps our team efficiently working, parks dozens of bicycles, and has ample space for volunteer nights, lectures and classes. And the team at Johnstone McAuliffe Construction built these beautiful plans into our every day, happy reality.
Another Good Roads Victory on the Wiggle
Parts of the Wiggle are on their way to smooth pavement ahead of schedule thanks to the hard work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign. Sanchez Street between 17th St. and Duboce Ave is undergoing final sewer work and will be repaved next month -- a welcome addition to the stretch of Steiner St. that was repaved earlier this summer. The Good Roads Campaign is partnering with the Department of Public Works to ensure that these construction sites are safe for everyone, but we still need you to be the eyes on the street and report any hazardous conditions. Visit our Good Roads page to find out what you should expect when construction is taking place on streets you ride on. If you see an unsafe construction site, report the hazard to 311, and email Neal with the details. We applaud the Department of Public Works for their efforts to keep work zones safe.
Wanted: A Few Great Interns
Bikes, Beer and SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteering
The Metromint Giro di San Francisco is fast approaching on Monday, September 6, and the SF Bicycle Coalition will be there with our free bike valet parking and San Francisco-style bike love. Join us for the action as we cheer on the pedal pushers and gain support for our bicycle advocacy work among our speediest fellow cyclists. Contact Tessa if you're outreach trained and would like to volunteer! Email LisaRuth if you would like to volunteer as a bike valet.
Sunday Streets Heads to the Western Addition
Sunday Streets rolled through Golden Gate Park and along Ocean Beach this past Sunday when thousands of people came out and enjoyed miles of a people-powered party. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers for every event. Thanks to the amazing volunteers who made last Sunday's event another huge success.
Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is Hiring an Executive Director
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is hiring an full-time Executive Director with experience in developing, leading and managing a non-profit advocacy organization. The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition coordinates Bike to Work Day in all nine counties of the Bay Area and advocates for regional bike projects from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
Video: Traffic-Calming Contraflow Lanes Hit D.C. Pavement
Looking to cities like New York and Montreal for inspiration, the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation has planned and implemented its first contraflow bike lane, which is physically separated using both soft hit posts and on-street car parking. In big cities like San Francisco and Washington D.C., there are numerous one-way streets and sometimes, the most direct path for bike commuters heads in the opposite direction. Watch this Streetfilm to see how the reverse-flow bike lane, protected by a lane of parked cars, keeps our nation's Capital moving.
** Tuesday, August 24th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Energizer Station: Upper Market *
Learn more about plans for Upper Market as the SF Bicycle Coalition energizes morning bicycle riders with snacks and advocacy! Are you trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to volunteer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
Everyone's invited! Contact Renee at 431-BIKE x306 or email@example.com for agenda and details.
** Wednesday, August 25th **
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.
Candlelight Walk and Community Vigil for Nils 'Yannick' Linke *
** Thursday, August 26th **
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting *
The August meeting has been cancelled. Check the BAC website (sfgov.org/bac) for more information, and contact BAC chair Bert Hill (email@example.com), to place an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
** Friday, August 27th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed
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, August 28th **
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)
Free Urban Cycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Cycling (Day 1)
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.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Party on Block 18 *
It's the second bi-annual block party on 18th Street featuring the tastiest neighbors in Gourmet Gulch. Locally made and crafted food and beer, children's entertainment, a pie contest, DJs and of course SFBC's own free valet bicycle parking. All proceeds benefit the Women's Building, BuenDia Family School, 826 Valencia, Next Course & Pie Ranch. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
Sages, Saints, and Spirits AIA Guided Bike Tour *
Join AIA SF for a guided architectural bike tour of San Francisco's sacred and worship spaces. The tour will focus on notable structures which house daily rituals and special life events. Looking at both historic and modern places of worship, you will be able to see works by Lewis Hobart, Julia Morgan, Stanley Saitowitz and more.
(Events not sponsored by the SFBC are marked with an *)
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