SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 21, 2010
"We're celebrating the city's first wave of on-street biking corrals. A year ago we were out on Valencia with temporary (on-street) bike parking and we were telling people, imagine how great this would be. Here we are a year later and you don't have to imagine."
-- Andy Thornley, Program Director Scenes from PARK(ing) Day 2010 in San Francisco , Streetsblog San Francisco, September 17, 2010
Biker Bulletin News
- A Full Day of Bikes, Beers and Music this Saturday
- Sunday Streets is Off to Civic Center
- Volunteer and Win
- We're Hiring a Project Manager, a Graphic Designer and Interns
- Get 'em: Bike Parking Corrals and Parklets
- Mark your Calendars for Family Day in October
- Lend a Hand and Needle to the 2010 Winterfest Bike Quilt
- 17th Street Plaza Premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival
- Video: 20's Plenty for All of Us
- Upcoming Events
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A Full Day of Bikes, Beers and Music this Saturday
Tour de Fat rolls back into town this Saturday, September 25, 11am-5pm at Lindley Meadows, 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! You can even silkscreen bikes on a clothing item at the DIY booth. Show up at 10am and register to get your spot in the Bike Parade, the parade departs at 11am, and the main ballyhoo begins at 12noon!
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 to the show! Complimentary valet bike parking will be provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition and our wonderful crew of bike valet volunteers.
Get a free beer token at Tour de Fat! Are you, or someone you know, not yet a member of the Bicycle Coalition? Get a free beer token when you become a member at Tour de Fat!
- Volunteer and get a t-shirt and beer token: It takes over 100 people just like you to make this day happen. We still need volunteers to do outreach under our orange tent, check IDs, sell drink tokens or valet bicycles. Sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_tdf.
- Trade in your car for a beautiful bicycle and make Tour de Fat a day to remember! You will get a brand new shiny bike if you are ready to go car-free. And it's not just any bike, it's a New Belgium, fully-loaded, hand-crafted, Fort Collins-built commuter bike and trailer! Interested?! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Help distribute posters: Stop by the SF Bicycle Coalition (833 Market St, 10th Floor at 4th St) or download and print posters to distribute.
- Welcome the SF Bicycle Coalition's Climate Rider Team back to San Francisco! Our team of seven will be rolling in around 2pm after pedaling for 5-days from Fortuna, CA and raising over $7,000 for local bicycle advocacy!
- Tell your friends about Tour de Fat when you RSVP on Facebook!
Sunday Streets is Off to Civic Center
Sunday Streets rolled through the Fillmore, Western Addition and Japantown this past Sunday and tens of 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 each and every one of the amazing volunteers who made last Sunday's event a huge success.
Mark your calendar for the next Sunday Streets on October 24th when it opens streets along a new route through the Civic Center and the Tenderloin from 10am-3pm.
Three ways you can help make the Civic Center Sunday Streets a 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 email@example.com.
- Be part of the pre-event Street Team: Help do community outreach and canvassing for Sunday Streets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
Volunteer and Win
Volunteer for outreach in September and October and be entered into a raffle for your choice of a very special item from our grab bag of cool messenger bags and accessories. Every outreach volunteer shift will get 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.
Green Grand Opening: Be there to help celebrate the opening of San Francisco's first "green" neighborhood. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet. Sat. Sept. 25 | 14th and Lake, the Presidio
Folsom Street Fair: Leather and bikes -- what more could you want? Email Tessa to volunteer for outreach, or email LisaRuth for valet. Sun., Sept. 26 | Folsom St.
Mission Bicycle Festival: The first-ever Mission Bicycle Festival includes a mercado, street party and Pedal Savvy fashion show. Email Tessa to volunteer to help with outreach. Sun. Sept. 26 | The Women's Building
Now and Zen: Radio Alice's annual free concert in the park. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet. Sun. Sep 26 | Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Bike the Vote Fridays: Help get out the bike vote to maintain a bike-friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors. Email Tessa to volunteer to help with outreach.
Friday mornings, Oct. 1 (12th and Market); Oct. 8 (Market and Guerrero); Oct. 15 (Market and 6th Street); Oct. 22 (16th Street and 7th Street); Oct. 29 (12th and Market)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: San Francisco's biggest and best free music festival celebrates its 10th year! Email Tessa to volunteer for outreach, or LisaRuth for valet. Sat., Oct. 2 and Sun. Oct. 3 | Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Have strong legs? Help us bike our latest Tube Times to the post office this Thursday, Sept. 23! Email Tessa to volunteer and be rewarded with our eternal gratitude.
We're Hiring a Project Manager, a Graphic Designer and Interns
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is drawing up a bold and ambitious road map for biking in the city and we're building a team of people to help us with this visionary project. Be part of this unique and one-of-a-kind project that will help take San Francisco from a good to a world-class bicycling city. We're currently looking for:
- Project Manager: We're seeking a highly motivated and organized project manager to help us realize our most ambitious plan to date. If you are interested in this paid position, check out the full job description here.
- Interns: Want to 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 email@example.com. We can also work with students who need credit -- this will be a great urban design project to add to your portfolio.
- Architects or Urban Planners: Help create photo-based renderings of San Francisco-specific streetscapes. If you're interested, please send your interest along with samples of your rendering work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking a Tube Times Designer: The Tube Times, our quarterly newsletter is in need of a talented and energetic Graphic Designer to layout four issues/year (small stipend is available). This is an exciting opportunity to lead the design on our most popular and widely distributed publication. The ideal candidate will have publication experience, a love of typography and a great eye for detail. Knowledge of and access to Adobe Indesign CS3 or CS4 is required. If you are interested, please send a letter of interest and a portfolio link to email@example.com.
Get 'em: Bike Parking Corrals and Parklets
PARK(ing) Day may be over, but the real fun is just beginning. The City has launched a public application process for both on-street bike parking corrals and parklets. We need your help to get the word out about these opportunities to businesses and organizations that would be good hosts. Print out flyers for bike parking corrals here and for parklets here, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for copies. Hand the flyers to businesses you patronize to let them know that about the opportunities, and encourage them to apply.
You can apply for a bike parking corral anytime -- but why wait? The parklet application is due October 18th, so get the word out now! Love both corrals and parklets? Not sure which one to recommend? Tell your favorite businesses about both! There's tremendous pent up demand for both facilities around the city.
If you're as excited as we are about these opportunities, please email Kit Hodge, the Great Streets Project Director, to get involved in doing on the street outreach to businesses and other organizations who might be a good match.
Mark your Calendars for Family Day in October
The SF Bicycle Coalition's fourth annual Family Biking Day is 10/10/10! Make Family Day a yearly tradition and join other Bicycle Coalition families like yours as we enjoy a car-free Sunday in Golden Gate Park. We've planned a fun day with special bike-y activities like a bike scavenger hunt, a family biking showcase and a family bike parade, as well as our popular Freedom From Training Wheels effort to get the little ones on two wheels and the mini-city Bike Road-eo to teach safe riding and rules of the road. Want to help out on Family Day? Volunteers are needed -- email Kate to help out.
Family Day details: Sun., Oct. 10th, 11am-3pm, Golden Gate Park off JFK Drive at the 14th Avenue East Picnic Area (North of Stow Lake and east of Transverse Drive overpass). See sfbike.org/familyday for the full schedule of fun.
Lend a Hand and Needle to the 2010 Winterfest Bike Quilt
The SF Bicycle Coalition is fortunate to have our famous quilters at it again for the third year in a row. This year's Winterfest Amish-themed quilt will be raffled off at Winterfest on Sunday, December 5th with the raffle proceeds being donated to the SF Bicycle Coalition. The quilt top was designed by talented SF Bicycle Coalition members Pam DeLuco and Nancy Botkin. We can't thank them enough for their generous gift to Winterfest.
Be a part of this quilt project. If you can use a needle and thread while gabbing at the same time, you can be a part of this year's quilt. Like the Amish quilts, the real detailed decoration will be the hand-stitching done by the participants of the quilting bees -- designs have been created by various local artists. Quilting bees start this Wednesday evening and happening weekly through October, see the online calendar for details.
17th Street Plaza Premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival
SF Bicycle Coalition member Greg Rodgers and Operations Director Frank Chan are honored to have the world premiere of 17th Street Plaza at the 33rd Mill Valley Film Festival. The slightly experimental short documentary combines still images and video footage of the first few weeks of the plaza's use with the music of SF Bicycle Coalition member Andrew Van Wart. Check out the film's website or Facebook page for more info including showtimes in early October.
The plaza in the Castro was the very first of four Pavement to Parks projects that have since been implemented in San Francisco. Before and after the opening of the plaza, the Great Streets Project collected pedestrian counts, street perception surveys and timed photographs to help analyze how the space was being used by the community. Learn more about our Great Streets Project and how you can help efforts in your neighborhood.
Video: 20's Plenty for All of Us
In this Streetfilm, the town of York is profiled as one of many in the U.K. that have pioneered slowing traffic speeds to accommodate pedestrians, bicycle riders, and car drivers alike. The 20's Plenty for Us campaign has gained ground over the last few years and has changed speed limits in 12 towns as well as the mindsets and behavior of almost three million residents in those areas. The campaign reports that 80 percent of the public support the 20mph initiative -- and in the town of York, it is the single most petitioned issue. Watch this video to learn more about how calming speeds creates safer, greener, and cheaper streets in the place you call home.
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