SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 19, 2010
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Five Miles of New Bike Lanes On the Street
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to announce the completion of five miles of new bike lanes across San Francisco! Thanks to the SFMTA for getting these safety improvements on the ground. In addition to North Point lanes which were completed in August, here's where to find the latest fresh paint:
Newest Parklet on Columbus Avenue: More to Sprout SoonAt Park(ing) Day 2009, the SF Bicycle Coalition's Great Streets Project demonstrated the impact of a parklet on Columbus Avenue and now the City's Pavement to Parks initiative has installed a fully-functioning parklet in front of Caffe Greco on Columbus Avenue near Stockton. It's already being well used, and has spurred even more interest from other Columbus Avenue businesses thanks to outreach from Renew SF, a local civic organization that has been advancing a streetscape plan for Columbus Avenue in conjunction with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
Our Great Streets Project has been hard at work reaching out to businesses and organizations throughout the city, encouraging them to apply for parklets from the city's Pavement to Parks program. We have heard a lot of interest and enthusiasm from all corners of the city and the many entities that applied will soon have their applications reviewed and go through a public notification process. We will keep you updated on the list of approved locations. Expect a healthy new sprouting of parklets throughout the city!
Last Chance to Volunteer at Sunday Streets in 2010
If you haven't had the chance to experience the thrilling fun and freedom of Sunday Streets yet, this weekend will be your last chance to feel the Sunday Streets magic in 2010! The October 24th Sunday Streets will host its season finale with a brand-new route opening streets to a people-powered party through the Civic Center and Tenderloin from 10am-3pm.
Ride in Style with a Free Globe Bicycle
Did you know that when you or a friend becomes a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition member at a valet event (excluding Giants' games and the Ferry Building Farmers' Market), you get entered into a raffle for a free Globe bicycle? That is exactly what happened to lucky John Sanphilippo, who rode his bicycle to the Mission Community Market fundraiser and decided to become an SF Bicycle Coalition member at the bike valet. He was entered into the quarterly raffle-- and won! You or a friend could be the next lucky winner of a Globe Live bicycle by joining the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at an upcoming bike valet event.
Winterfest Pint Glass Gets You Bottomless Brews
The 15th Annual Winterfest Member Party and Fundraiser happening on Sunday, December 5th at SOMArts Gallery (934 Brannan Street) just keeps getting better and better.
Two More Weeks to Bike the Vote
Your help is needed to elect a bike-friendly Board of Supervisors to continue our work making San Francisco a truly amazing place to ride your bicycle. This week, we'll be calling members in Districts 6 and 8, encouraging them to vote for, and volunteer with, our endorsed candidates. The campaigns will provide food, and we'll be calling other members (no cold calls), so come get in the swing of this election season!
Volunteer and Get Free Admission
Winterfest: the biggest bike party of the year, is Sunday December 5th. Join over 250 SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers to make Winterfest a success and get complimentary admission-- sign up today to secure your favorite spot!
Join or Renew Now and Go to the Bike Expo
The SF Bike Expo is back and better than ever with two Pedal Savvy Fashion Shows, BMX Stunt Show, Low Rider Bike Competition, Custom and Vintage Bicycle Show, Bike Swap and more! More information about the Bike Swap is available at sfbikeexpo.com. Sat., Nov. 6, 10am-6pm, Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City.
Video: CicLAvia Brings Life to the Streets of LA
Inspired by San Francisco's Sunday Streets and the worldwide Ciclovia movement, over 100,000 Los Angelenos took to the streets in the city's first ever CicLAvia last week. With biking, dancing, walking, skating, dodgeball and more, the seven-mile route connected historic parks, downtown, and into what some call The Bike District. Just like San Francisco's first Sunday Streets, everyone's first question was "When is the next one?" Don't forget San Francisco's final Sunday Streets of 2010 rolls through Civic Center and the Tenderloin this Sunday, so, come on down and walk, roll, and play in the streets! Watch this video for the highlights of the amazingly successful first-ever CicLAvia!
** Tuesday, October 19th **
Upper Market Bike Lanes at MTA Board
*Please note time change to 10am* Come speak up for Upper Market St. Bike Lanes. The MTA Board will be deciding on this project which will improve the bike lanes on Market St. between Castro and Octavia. This project will help fill in gaps in the bike lane in much of the corridor, especially approaching intersections. If you can come and speak up, Contact Neal to be kept updated on timing for this item.
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Banking
Got the gift of gab? Are you a current or former member? 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.
Bike Maintenance Class: Bicycle Wheels *
Learn how to keep your wheel in good shape in this hands on bike maintenance class. $35 for this class; Take two for $65, three for $90, or four for $120. Contact: email@example.com with questions or call 415-431-9627 or stop by the shop to sign up.
** Wednesday, October 20th **
Bike the Vote: SFBC Phonebank Night for Rafael Mandelman, D8
Come hang out with other SF Bicycle Coalition members at Rafael Mandelman's campaign Headquarters and help make sure SF Bike Coalition members in District 8 know why Rafael Mandelman is the most bike-friendly candidate in the race, and make sure they are planning to vote this November 2. No cold calls-- you'll only call current SFBC members and get a free dinner while you help us get out the Bike Vote. If you've ever wondered what it's like to work on a political campaign, this is a great opportunity to get into the action and help make sure we keep City Hall supporting bike riders! Come by anytime between 5:30-8:30 and bring your bike inside; only 20 phones available, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
SFBC Bike Quilt: Biker Quilting Bees*
Join us for an evening of snacking and yakking while contributing to a work of art that will raise money for the SFBC. The 3rd annual Bike Quilt is ready for quilting! Quilting bees held Wednesdays from September 22 to November 3. No experience necessary, hand-sewing instruction and homemade treats provided. The quilt will be raffled off at the SF Bicycle Coalition's annual member party and fundraiser, Winterfest on December 5th. For more info: http://www.sfbike.org/?wf_crafts_10
SF Bicycle Coalition Annual Member Meeting
Come up to the SF Bicycle Coalition offices for our annual member meeting. The night will kick off with a Treehouse Talk given by the SF Bicycle Coalition's Andy Thornley and Jodie Medeiros and SF Municipal Transportation Agency's Mike Sallaberry. They'll share some of what they saw and learned in Copenhagen at Velo-City 2010 when over a thousand bicycle advocates, planners, and policymakers came together in Copenhagen to take part in this conference dedicated to promoting bicycle transportation and recreation around the world. Following the Treehouse Talk, members of our Board of Directors along with Acting Executive Director Renee Rivera will share more about what we’ve accomplished in the past year and what we have in store for 2011 and beyond. A report on SF Bicycle Coalition programs, finance and membership will be followed by an open Q+A and light refreshment. Bring your bicycle up with you.
** Thursday, October 21st **
Bike the Vote: SFBC Phonebank Night for Debra Walker, D6
Come hang out with other SF Bicycle Coalition members at Debra Walker's campaign Headquarters and help make sure SF Bike Coalition members in District 6 know why Debra Walker is the most bike-friendly candidate in the race, and make sure they are planning to vote this November 2. No cold calls-- you'll only call current SFBC members and get a free dinner while you help us get out the Bike Vote. If you've ever wondered what it's like to work on a political campaign, this is a great opportunity to get into the action and help make sure we keep City Hall supporting bike riders! Come by anytime between 5:30-8:30 and bring your bike inside; only 20 phones available, so RSVP to email@example.com
** Friday, October 22nd **
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 every Friday in October with coffee, snacks and information about the SF Bicycle Coalition endorsements. Email Tessa@sfbike.org if you're outreach trained and can volunteer to make a huge difference in this election!
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/
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at ArtCrank*
After a successful debut in 2009, ARTCRANK's Poster Party for Bike People, returns to San Francisco. The 2010 show features even more posters by Bay Area artists. Admission to ARTCRANK San Francisco is free, and all posters will sell for $30. Free valet bicycle parking provided. To volunteer as a bike valet, email LisaRuth.
** Saturday, October 23rd **
360 Adventure Relay *
The 360 Adventure Relay is an unique 24-hour multi-sport challenge that has teams circumnavigate the Bay Area to benefit the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Course starts and finishes in Crissy Field and takes teams around the Bay Area on 13 different legs connected relay-style and incorporates road biking, mountain biking, running and kayaking. Check out the details at http://baarbd.org/Adventure_Relay.html
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)
SFBC Survey Ride: Connecting the City - Bay Trail Route
What will it take to make San Francisco a world-class bicycling city, where continuous prioritized crosstown bikeways offer safe, comfortable, inviting routes for people of all ages and abilities to ride? With Connecting the City, the SF Bicycle Coalition sets out a road map to the realization of a healthy, happy, sustainable San Francisco that's great for bicycling. What will it look like, what will it take, and where do we start? Come along on one or all of these rides (see Nov 6 & 13) examining three Priority Bikeways set out by Connecting the City to get us from here to there, by bike. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides.
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: Transit *
Discover lost freeways, ghosts of train routes, and a vivid account of how San Franciscans moved around this peninsula through time. Hear about the violent strikes that shaped public transit, the graft and corruption that conquered the Outside Lands. A sliding scale donation of $15-50 is requested to benefit Shaping SF, but pay what you can/will. Info: 415-608-9035
** Sunday, October 24th **
Sunday Streets: Civic Center/Tenderloin
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides car-free recreational space for everyone. Get involved and sign up to Volunteer for Sunday Streets. The SFBC will be out in the streets doing outreach and celebrating the car-free space. Are you Outreach Trained and want to volunteer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom from Training Wheels
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for our popular Freedom From Training Wheels workshops. Our group effort to get kids riding without training wheels will be at this Sunday Streets event. Bring bike, helmet and a snack to share - we'll take care of the rest. Heavy rain cancels. See sfbike.org/freedom for more information.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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