SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 14, 2010
"There's been a hunger for many years to see better streets throughout the city."
-- Kit Hodge, Director of the San Francisco Great Streets Project, PARK(ing) Day: Celebrating S.F.'s mini parks, SF Chronicle, September 9, 2010
Biker Bulletin News
- Bike the Vote: Endorsements are Announced
- Tour de Fat is Fast Approaching
- Rolling Out Even More New Bike Lanes
- PARK(ing) Day Returns Curbside this Friday
- Don't Miss the Newest Sunday Streets this Weekend
- The Perks of Volunteering
- We're Hiring Interns and an Event Project Manager
- Wear your Bike Love on your Sleeve
- Video: Another Beach-y Sunday Streets
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Bike the Vote: Endorsements are Announced
Five Board of Supervisor seats open this November, and between now and Election Day, November 2nd, members are needed to build support for our endorsed candidates and get out the bike vote. Each of our endorsed candidates is committed to improving biking, walking and transit in San Francisco. Following are our endorsements for the November election:
Board of Supervisors:
- BART Board of Directors: Bert Hill
- Measure AA (Vehicle License Fee): Yes
Beginning in October, volunteers will be doing Streetside Outreach with our candidates across the city and we'll be holding SF Bicycle Coalition phonebank nights where we'll have members calling other members who live in each of these districts. There are lots of ways to help out, so please volunteer for a couple of hours and help us maintain a bicycle friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors. Read more about the candidates and find out ways to get involved at sfbike.org/vote
Tour de Fat is Fast Approaching
It's time to oil your chain, press your polyester and fluff that feather boa because Tour de Fat rolls back into town next Saturday, September 25th (11am-5pm, Lindley Meadow--new location, Golden Gate Park), with its ballyhoo of bikes and New Belgium Brewery beers! Two parts bike rodeo and one part circus, this all-day, all-green festival is full of fire-jumping bike acts, bicycle games, a bike parade through the park, live music from Mucca Pazza, Dovekins, The Daredevil Chicken Club Presents: A Honeymoon Cabaret, The Raspyni Brothers, Americaine: Stupide, tasty eats and of course, great beer! Registration for the Bike Parade begins at 10am, the parade departs at 11am, and the show ballyhoo begins at noon!
Come on out, and have a good time for a great cause (New Belgium Brewery donates the proceeds of the day to the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council). Don't forget to ride your bike, as we'll be providing complimentary valet bike parking (of course).
Get a FREE beer token at Tour de Fat! Are you, or someone you know, not yet a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition? Get a free beer token and make San Francisco a better place to bike and live when you become a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at Tour de Fat!
- Volunteer! It takes over 100 people, just like you to make this day happen. Volunteer to do outreach under our orange tent, check IDs, sell drink tokens or valet bicycles. All volunteers get a free Tour de Fat T-shirt! Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_tdf.
- Help distribute posters! Stop by the SF Bicycle Coalition (833 Market St, 10th Floor at 4th St) or download and print posters to distribute. Have a few free hours to help spread the word about Tour de Fat fun by putting up posters at bike shops and other local businesses? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help!
- Tell your friends about Tour de Fat when you RSVP on Facebook!
Rolling Out Even More New Bike Lanes
These are exciting times on the streets of San Francisco, with new bike lanes arriving every week, linking neighborhoods across the City. The SF Bicycle Coalition is working to keep the City applying maximum energy and resources towards getting 15 bike lanes on the ground before the end of the year. Here's an update on where to find fresh new paint:
Townsend Street: This essential commute route now has a bike lane running in both directions from Second to Eighth Street, including a new-to-SF innovation that should make it even safer for people on bicycles: back-in angled vehicle parking on the south side of the street, between Fourth and Eighth Streets. The SFMTA will add sharrows to the Second-to-Embarcadero segment of bike lanes on Townsend after the Department of Public Works repaves it, which should be completed within the next month.
Laguna Honda Avenue: Beautiful new bike lanes are in place on Laguna Honda Avenue, from Woodside to Plaza, upgrading an important bike network link through the heart of the city. The Portola-Woodside section of Laguna Honda will be striped this fall-winter.
What's Next: Work is already underway for Kirkham Street bike lanes (from 9th Ave. to the Great Highway) and Ocean Ave. bike lanes (from Alemany to Lee).
Want to help spread the joy? We're conducting a lot of outreach for every new bike lane project and need your help to let local business and neighbors know about the improvements to their streets. Email email@example.com if you've got a few hours to volunteer with outreach tasks like door-hangering and letter mailings.
PARK(ing) Day Returns Curbside this Friday
PARK(ing) Day, the annual, worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good, is happening this Friday, September 17th. It'll be a great day to explore the city and see the many wonderful public-space ideas that people bring to curbside parking spaces. This year, we're happy to showcase two innovations that we demonstrated last year, stop by and find out how your favorite business can install one of these in front of their location.
On-street Bike Parking Corrals: Stop by and see the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition out front of Boogaloo's on Valencia Street (at 22nd) at the on-street bike parking corral. Bike parking corrals are a new San Francisco initiative to catch up with the widespread demand for bicycle parking. At 2009's PARK(ing) Day, we showcased on-street bike parking as a temporary installation; now, one year later, thanks to our strong advocacy and coordination with local businesses, the SFMTA has already installed five along Valencia Street and will install an additional five by the end of 2010. If you want your favorite business to have on-street bike parking, stop by and we'll give you a flyer to show them how they can request one for free from the city!
Parklets: Stop by SPUR (654 Mission Street @ 2nd) and learn how to get your very own parklet, at the Parklet permit info session at 12:30pm. Last year, our Great Streets Project demonstrated two temporary parklets in North Beach, each adorned with tables and chairs, outside Caffe Greco and Caffe Roma; they proved so popular that within a few hours 10 other nearby businesses had set up seating areas in their parking spaces. This year, the city's Pavement to Parks program installed three parklets across the city, on 22nd Street in the Mission, Divisadero Street in the Western Addition, and the newest one on Columbus Ave. in North Beach.
Watch a Streetfilms video on PARK(ing) Day and see photos of last year's PARK(ing) Day.
Don't Miss the Newest Sunday Streets this Weekend
Sunday Streets weaves its people-powered party through neighborhoods this Sunday, September 19, 10am-3pm, from the Panhandle to Golden Gate Avenue and Fillmore Street to Japan Center. Check out the newest route at sundaystreetssf.com. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers for every event.
Grab your bicycle and your friends and ride the entire route and enjoy a range of activities, from yoga, to rollerskating, to dance lessons. The SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA have organized biking activities like urban cycling classes, youth biking and Freedom From Training Wheels. We hope to see you on Sunday enjoying the fun, make sure to stop by our orange tent and say hello.
You can still help make this Sunday Streets a huge success:
- Volunteer at Sunday Streets as an Intersection Monitor or Route Rabbit and help Sunday Streets run smoothly! All volunteers get a t-shirt and lunch. Sign up at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
- Do outreach under our orange tent! Volunteers must have attended a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Outreach Training. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be part of the pre-event Street Team: Help do community outreach and canvassing for Sunday Streets. Email email@example.com to help.
- Help the little ones learn to bike: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help train the next generation of bicycle riders in our Freedom From Training Wheels Workshop.
The Perks of Volunteering
Volunteer for outreach in September and October and you'll be entered into a raffle for your choice of a very special item from our grab bag of messenger bags and accessories. Each shift you volunteer for gets you a raffle entry -- volunteer more often for more chances to win! If you're trained in SF Bicycle Coalition outreach and want to volunteer for these exciting events email Tessa today.
Not outreach trained? Attend our next Outreach Training today! Tues., Sept. 14, 7:30-8:30pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
PARK(ing) Day: Showcase on-street bicycle parking with the SF Bicycle Coalition. Email Andy today to volunteer! Fri., Sep 17 | 22nd and Valencia
Folsom Street Fair: Leather and bikes -- what more could you want? To volunteer at the most popular bike valet station all year, email LisaRuth. Sun., Sep 26 | Folsom St.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: San Francisco's biggest and best free music festival celebrates its 10th year! Be a part of the best crew there - the SFBC valet and outreach team! Email Tessa to volunteer for outreach, or LisaRuth for valet. Sat., Oct 2 | Golden Gate Park
Not outreach inclined, but have strong legs? Help us bike our Fall Tube Times -- all 800 pounds of it -- to the post office on Thursday Sept. 23! Email Tessa to volunteer and be rewarded with our eternal gratitude and awe, plus a raffle entry for our grab bag!
More bike valet volunteer fun can be had at these events: Opera in the Ballpark (Fri. Sept. 24), Green Grand Opening at the Presidio (Sat. Sept. 25), Now and Zen (Sun. Sept. 26). Email LisaRuth to find out when and where.
We're Hiring Interns and an Event Project Manager
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is drawing up a visionary roadmap for biking in the city and we're building a team of people to help us get the work done. We're currently looking for:
- Architects or Urban Planners: Help create photo-based renderings of San Francisco-specific streetscapes. Be part of this unique and one-of-a-kind project that will help take San Francisco from a good to world-class bicycling city. If you're interested, please send samples of your rendering work to email@example.com.
- Interns: We're looking for two interns who can work in our office and help us realize this grand new vision on a day-to-day basis. If you are available at least eight hours a week and can help us oversee the many components of this urban design project from photography to researching, please email your interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also work with students who need credit -- this will be a great urban design project to add to your portfolio.
Help the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition with our biggest party of the year!
- Winterfest, the 15th annual bike, beer and art fundraiser is looking for a highly motivated, paid, part-time Project Manager to help make the event a success. If you are interested, check out the full job description on our website.
Wear your Bike Love on your Sleeve
Get one of our awesome t-shirts or hoodies to show your bike love, and support the work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at the same time! From the SF Bicycle Coalition's 2010 limited-edition t-shirt celebrating San Francisco bicycle riders, to the bicycle movement's classic "Allowed Use of Full Lane," a new t-shirt or hoodie is waiting for your wardrobe at sfbike.org/store.
Remember that all profits from merchandise sales go directly toward the SF Bicycle Coalition's work to make San Francisco a better place to live and bike. Get yours now, while supplies last!
Video: Another Beach-y Sunday Streets
Neighborhood blog, The Richmond District, put together a video montage of all the fun at the beach during last month's Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway Sunday Streets.
Experience open streets this Sunday when the SFMTA presents its newest addition to the routes of Sunday Streets -- bike, walk, skate and meander from the Panhandle via Golden Gate Ave. and Fillmore St. up to Japan Center.
Watch the video and get pumped for this weekend's new route!
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