SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 5, 2010
"I heard from [SFMTA CEO] Nat Ford Market Street is a top priority. We heard from the Mayor on Bike to Work Day that Market Street is a top priority, but the question is, when is it going to happen?"
-- Renee Rivera, Acting Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Bike Advocates to SFMTA: Time to Fill the Gaps on Lower Market Street, SF Streetsblog, Oct. 1, 2010
Biker Bulletin News
- Speak Up: Finish the Market Street Bikeway
- Family Flavored Bike Fun in the Park this Sunday
- Every Friday in October, We Bike the Vote
- Treasure Island Tickets: One of Many Volunteer Perks
- Last Chance to be a Part of Sunday Streets this Year
- We're Seeking a Few Good Interns, and You Should Apply
- Market and Octavia Safety Bill Vetoed by Governor
- Winterfest, Our Biggest Bike Party, is Around the Corner
- Treehouse Talk: Connecting the City
- Video: The Market Street Metamorphosis
- Upcoming Events
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That's the amazing tally of volunteer hours donated this year.
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Speak Up: Finish the Market Street Bikeway
Please send an email to Mayor Newsom today asking him to complete the separated, green bikeway on Market Street -- now. Thanks to letters from over sixty businesses in support of the idea, sent to Mayor Newsom last May before Bike to Work Day, the Mayor signed our petition calling for a fully separated, green bikeway for the length of Lower Market Street. City staff has implemented one intermittent section of the bikeway, between 8th and Valencia Street, but the bikeway is missing pieces in that section, and is almost completely missing east of 8th St.
The newly separated green bikeway, as well as the trial private car diversions at two intersections on Market Street, have led to a big boost in the number of people biking and walking on Market Street, as reported in the SF Examiner recently, and faster transit travel times. It's been a clear success story for Mayor Newsom's administration. And yet City staff continue to stall on completing the rest of the bikeway. Why not invite even more people to Market Street by truly making it inviting to people on bicycles of all ages, from parents and children heading to and from daycare to seniors on their way to meet friends for lunch? Mayor Newsom has much to gain from continuing this tremendous success story. Please e-mail or call him today to tell him why completing the Market Street bikeway -- now -- is important to you. Your voice is crucial!
Family Flavored Bike Fun in the Park this Sunday
Bring the kids and your bikes to the SF Bicycle Coalition's 4th Annual Family Day, a day of free family bike fun in the car-free section of Golden Gate Park this Sunday, October 10th. Trike riders, Like-a-Bikers, little ones on training wheels and all other "big kids" on bikes are invited to join us for Family Day at 14th Ave E Picnic Area (just off JFK Drive, west of the Rose Garden and east of the Transverse overpass) from 11am-3pm. We'll be hosting special bike-y activities like a bike scavenger hunt, a family biking showcase and a family bike parade, family biking games 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. See sfbike.org/familyday for the full schedule of fun.
Want to volunteer on Family Day with the Bike Road-eo, Freedom from Training Wheels or SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach? Email Tessa to help out.
Every Friday in October, We Bike the Vote
Help get out the bike vote and help us maintain a bike-friendly majority on the Board of Supervisors. We'll be out from 8-10am next to the bike lanes with coffee, snacks and information about our endorsements. Email Tessa if you're outreach trained and can volunteer on one of the following dates:
- October 8 (Market and Guerrero) District 8: Meet Rafael Mandelman
- October 15 (Market and 6th Street) District 6: Meet Debra Walker
- October 22 (16th Street and 7th Street) District 10: Meet Eric Smith
- October 29 (12th and Market)
Treasure Island Tickets: One of Many Volunteer Perks
Did you know that now is the SF Bicycle Coalition's busiest time of year? It is indeed, and a huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers who have stepped up and helped man events like Tour de Fat, stood under the orange tent at Sunday Streets and manned Streetside Outreach. You are amazing and passionate and you make the SF Bicycle Coalition what it is. Thank you!
If you haven't volunteered yet this year, now is a great time to roll up your sleeves and get involved. Volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition has many perks, including:
- Actively improving your daily bike ride through advocacy, community outreach and membership support
- Free tickets and special invites to events like Treasure Island Music Festival and parties
- Opportunities to meet new and interesting people who share your bike love
- Learn new skills and build your resume
- Gratitude and love from SF Bicycle Coalition staff and our 11,000 members
Following are three upcoming volunteer opportunities:
- Volunteer Night: Wed. Oct. 6: 5-8pm at the SF Bicycle Coalition Offices, 833 Market St, 10th Floor. Stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is provided. Bring up your bike to the 10th floor! Questions? Email Tessa or just show up.
- Battle of the One-Man Bands Funraiser Sun. Oct. 10 at Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St. Help this fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition by working the door, earning yourself free admission and chatting with lots of cute boys and girls passing through those doors! If you're outreach trained and want to volunteer, email Tessa to secure your shift: 6:30-9pm or 8:45-11pm.
- Treasure Island Music Festival: Sat. Oct. 16 and Sun. Oct. 17. Die Antwoord, The National, and LCD Soundsystem will rock Treasure Island, and volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition gets you a free ticket! If you're outreach trained and want to volunteer email Tessa; for bike valet volunteering email LisaRuth.
Last Chance to be a Part of Sunday Streets this Year
If you haven't had a chance yet to be a part of the Sunday Streets Volunteer Dream Team, there is only one more opportunity before Sunday Streets goes into winter hibernation. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers for every event. Mark your calendar for the Sunday Streets finale on October 24th when a new route opens streets through 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 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.
We're Seeking a Few Good Interns, and You Should Apply
We're seeking a few good Membership Interns. Here's what you'll gain from a SF Bicycle Coalition internship:
- Real world grassroots "movement" experience
- Project management skills by helping organize larger projects
- Experience building new marketing and outreach plans
- Opportunity to create great writing samples for future job interviews
- Inside experience with a highly active and growing grassroots movement
- Academic credit, by working with your academic institution's internship program
Market and Octavia Safety Bill Vetoed by Governor
The SF Bicycle Coalition is disappointed that the Governor vetoed Assembly Bill 2729 (authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, which passed both the House and Senate) which would have allowed the City of San Francisco to use a red light camera to enforce, ticket and discourage the illegal right turns that continue to endanger people walking and bicycling at Market and Octavia. On the heels of this veto and with the growing number of people bicycling in San Francisco, especially on Market Street, we are urging the SF Municipal Transportation Agency to work with the SF Police Dept.'s Traffic Company to step up their enforcement to improve the safety of this intersection.
The SF Bicycle Coalition thinks this red light camera would have been a smart solution to enforcing the illegal right turns and making Market and Octavia intersection safer. SF Bicycle Coalition staff have been in Sacramento working with our Senators and Assembly Members to improve the safety of this intersection, and it is disheartening that Gov. Schwarzenegger didn't see the value that this camera would have in enforcing the illegal right turn and protecting people walking and biking. Our work on this intersection continues, stay tuned to sfbike.org/octavia for updates.
Winterfest, Our Biggest Bike Party, is Around the Corner
Mark your calendar for the 15th annual Winterfest member party and fundraiser happening on Sunday, December 5th. Winterfest is our premier member party, where we celebrate the year's successes with beer and entertainment. Plus, you can score amazing deals in the silent auction and art auction, buy unique handmade crafts, and you have a chance to win the 2010 bicycle quilt. It is an event not to be missed.
We would love your help making Winterfest great:
- Do you know the chef of a local restaurant, a masseuse, someone with a rental home or a local celebrity? Use your connections to help us build our auction catalog for this important end of year fundraiser! Sponsorship is a great way for local businesses to show support of our work creating a better biking city. Information about being a Winterfest sponsor can be found here.
- We are seeking a lead coordinator for this year's craft table. This requires someone who is organized, a people person, and interested in assisting us with running one of the most creative and fun parts of Winterfest. Interested? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Treehouse Talk: Connecting the City
What will it take to bring San Francisco to a world-class level for biking? With Connecting the City, our boldest initiative to date, the SF Bicycle Coalition sets out a road map for a complete system of crosstown bikeways that are designed for everyone from an eight-year-old child to an 80-year-old grandmother. What will it look like, what will it take, and where do we start? Come to this talk and get a sneak peek at what Connecting the City has in store (you can also read about this initiative in our Fall Tube Times). Free to SF Bicycle Coalition members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); bring your bike upstairs.
Details: Tue., Oct. 12 at 6:30 pm, SF Bicycle Coalition Office, 833 Market Street, 10th Floor
Video: The Market Street Metamorphosis
Remember that day in May when Market Street transformed into green wave of people on bikes following Mayor Newsom's promise to implement fully separated, green bikeways running the length of Market? Watch this video taken on Bike to Work Day to jog your memory. Produced by SF Bicycle Coalition member Mischa Hedges, the video captures the thoughts of downtown-bound bike commuters about the newly separated and green bike lane just after it had been painted.
The Bicycle Coalition attributes Market Street's record-breaking increase in bike ridership to the separated, green bike lanes and other improvements that are making Market Street a smoother, more pleasant place to ride. Now's the time to hold Mayor Newsom and his staff to their word -- email the Mayor now to remind him that a continuous bikeway on Market Street from Octavia to the Embarcadero is still a top priority.
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