SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 26, 2010
"If we want to grow as a city, if we want to ever get denser, if we want to protect our environment and make sure that our residents are healthy and make us a more livable city with a higher quality of life, I think this is a goal [20% of trips by bicycle by 2020] that we need to adopt."
Biker Bulletin News
Have you volunteered with one of our endorsed candidates yet?
Final Week to Bike the Vote
This is the final week before Election Day and if you haven't volunteered with a campaign, now is the time! The success of the SF Bicycle Coalition's work and the future of bicycling in San Francisco relies on electing bike-friendly candidates to the Board of Supervisors. Please volunteer with one of our endorsed candidates, for just an hour or two this week to phone bank or distribute literature, and on Nov. 2 consider being a precinct captain! To find out more about our endorsed candidates and how to get involved, go to sfbike.org/vote!
The Links are Really Adding Up
One mile of brand new bike lane will be striped on Ocean Avenue this week. That's in addition to the five miles of bike lanes that have already been installed since August! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to see neighborhoods across the city being linked with these safety improvements. The Ocean Avenue bike lanes, once complete, will connect City College and the Balboa Park BART station to Alemany Boulevard and the rest of the city! To find out where the latest new bike lanes have been painted recently, go to sfbike.org/link.
Connecting the City Gaining Traction
SF Bicycle Coalition staff have been busy bringing our Connecting the City initiative to city agencies, department heads, elected officials and merchant and neighborhood groups to get their input. This visionary plan is receiving positive feedback -- it's clear that more and more people want to create a city where people of all ages will feel comfortable and safe riding a bicycle. Connecting the City is our biggest initiative to date and is going to require a lot of effective inter-agency coordination, as well as outreach to build the public support so our politicians will to turn these bold plans into reality. We're off to a great start! For months, we've been working with a team of transportation planners, designers, and architects to create the visionary road map that is helping win the hearts and minds of decision makers, and this investment is already paying off.
Wine Country Getaways, Shiny Bikes and Hot Bags, Oh My
Winterfest is only five weeks away and the auction catalog is starting to grow! grow! grow!
Fabulous deals on local items and the latest bike products will be up for auction at our annual Winterfest member party and fundraiser on Sunday, December 5th (at SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St. at 8th St.). New auction items are being added daily -- be sure to check the catalog. Winterfest is an important fundraiser for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's efforts in making our city great for bicycling, so bidding and buying is a win-win!
Get into the SF Bike Expo for Free
The SF Bike Expo is back and better than ever with two Pedal Savvy Fashion Shows, BMX Stunt Show, Lowrider Bike Competition, Custom and Vintage Bicycle Show, Bike Swap and more! The event happens Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10am-6pm at the Cow Palace (2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City). Learn more at: sfbikeexpo.com.
Thank You for a Wonderful Season of Sunday Streets
The SF Bicycle Coalition was proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training more than 1,000 volunteers to open over 20 miles of streets on nine Sundays, in six San Francisco neighborhoods, from East to West! Upwards of 20,000 people of all ages experienced these open streets by bicycling, dancing, rollerskating, doing yoga and hula hooping. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition helped dozens of youngsters learn how to ride without training wheels at the Sunday Streets events through our Freedom from Training Wheels program. More than forty other groups provided free programming for the Sunday Streets events including bicycle rentals, free bike repair, youth bike safety skills and more!
Volunteer Night this Week and a Holiday Switch
Wednesday volunteer nights have been happening for as long as we can remember, and the next one is Wed., Oct. 27. Join us to help stuff envelopes, do inventory and whatever else needs to be done to keep your friendly Bicycle Coalition rolling. Newcomers are always welcome, so stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization moving forward. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend -- the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring your bike up to the 10th floor (833 Market St.) for secure parking. Questions? Email Kate or just show up!
Social Media Intern Needed
Always on Facebook? Constantly Tweeting? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is looking for a Social Media intern to enhance our online presence, produce original content for our news page, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Hoodie Season Commences: Get Yours Now
Get one of our fashionable hoodies to show your bike love, stay warm, and support the work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at the same time! From the SF Bicycle Coalition's 2009 limited-edition "Languages" hoodie (pictured), to the bicycle movement's classic "Allowed Use of Full Lane," a hoodie is waiting for your wardrobe at sfbike.org/store_sweatshirts.
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Halloween Comic Book Tour
San Francisco has a long history of comic book culture-- from the seminal underground movement in the '60s to the modern Wonder-Con comic book convention. And in honor of San Francisco's love for great costumes year-round, comic characters included, the Halloween Comic Book Tour will meld the two into one. Costumes and kids are encouraged on this Rec Ride; note that there will be some hills. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated). Rain cancels rides.
Video: The Future of Bicycling in San Francisco
David Chiu, president of the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors and regular bike commuter, called for a presentation on the state -- and future -- of bicycling in San Francisco at the Transportation Authority Plans and Program meeting. In this coverage of the hearing, City staff present the state of biking in the city; then, President Chiu recounts his recent trip to the Netherlands to research bike infrastructure.
** Tuesday, October 26th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
Everyone's invited! Contact Renee at 431-BIKE x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org for agenda and details.
Bike Maintenance Class: Bearing Systems *
In this intermediate level class learn about the basic bearing systems of bikes and perform an overhaul of your headset, bottom bracket or hub; your choice. $35 for the 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 27th **
SFBC Volunteer Night
This twice-monthly SFBC tradition 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.
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
** Thursday, October 28th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk: Taming the Bike Commuter Beast
Come hear Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels talk about his 38-mile commute from Novato to San Francisco's Mission District. Mike will share his secrets to bike commuting success that will get you off the fence and on your bike.
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting *
Come and speak your mind about bicycle issues in San Francisco. This eleven member committee meets once a month and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle. Check the BAC website (sfgov.org/bac) to confirm these dates and read the agenda. Contact Bert Hill (email@example.com), chair of the BAC, to place an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
** Friday, October 29th **
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!
** Saturday, October 30th **
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)
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Halloween Comic Book Tour
San Francisco has a grand tradition of dressing up for Halloween, and an even longer tradition of supporting comic books, from the seminal underground movement in the '60s to the modern Wonder-Con comic book convention. This Rec Ride mashes the two up as it tours the internationally famous SF comic book scene. Costumes and kids strongly encouraged; there will be some hills.
** Sunday, October 31st **
NOPA VELO: The Monster Mash Halloween Ride *
Get your Spook and Ghoul on with NOPA VELO, the North Panhandle's bike group for neighbors and friends. Scare the caffeine out of Mojo folks and spin out to find the forlorn maiden who haunts Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Riders will be Monster Mashing and Ghost Busting all over NOPA afterwards. All level riders welcome, kids on own bike OK if with guardian. Pets on leash too. Lunch follows. Info: Lenore firstname.lastname@example.org or check BIKE NOPA email@example.com
The Bride of Trickster Treat *
Come out for this annual Halloween bike race and scavenger hunt, with all proceeds benefiting Up On Top, a Tenderloin neighborhood afterschool program for low-income elementary school students. http://trickstertreat.blogspot.com
** Tuesday, November 2nd **
Bike the Vote!
It's Election Day, and the SF Bicycle Coalition will getting out the bike vote all over town.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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