SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 9, 2010
"It's a neglected part of the street that could use a little love and that's what we're trying to give it."
Biker Bulletin News
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More Bike Parking Corrals Are Coming
With more and more people getting around by bike in SF, there's a growing need for short-term bike parking. So, we're excited to announce that the SF Municipal Transportation Agency will be installing four new on-street bike parking corrals before the end of the year out front of The Butler & The Chef on South Park; Thieves Tavern + Box Dog Bikes in the Mission; Timbuk2 in Hayes Valley and Mike's Bikes in SOMA. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been out talking to business owners all around the city to inform them about this opportunity.
Election 2010 Update
A big thank you to all the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members who volunteered to help get out the bike vote in last week's election. Your dedication, time and energy was greatly appreciated both by us, and by the candidates we endorsed in this election. Your efforts ensured that better bicycling in San Francisco was an important issue in this election.
You Have the Chance to Ride in Style on a Globe Bicycle
Here's another reason to love Valet Bike Parking: you could win a free bike! When you join or renew your membership with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at a valet event (excluding Giants' games and the Ferry Building Farmers' Market), you are automatically entered into a raffle to win a Globe bicycle. That is exactly what happened to Kerry Lange, who used Valet Bike Parking at Outside Lands Music Festival in August and became a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at the same time. Congratulations Kerry! She is our latest Globe Bike Give-a-Way winner!
Winterfest is Packed with More than Just Bikes and Beer
Volunteers are still needed. Be a part of team of over 250 SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers who make Winterfest happen, and get complimentary admission to the party as a thank you for your time and efforts. Sign up today to secure your spot!
A New Link Between South of Market and the Mission
Fresh on the heels of almost a mile of new bike lanes on Ocean Avenue comes the beginning of buffered bike lanes on Division Street between 9th Street and 11th streets. We applaud the MTA for upgrading these bike lanes by putting them on the curb and adding a barrier from moving vehicles. This two-block bike lane creates an important connection between neighborhoods and existing bike lanes (including the recently striped Townsend Street bike lanes!) and getting to and from Gold's Gym, Caltrain and numerous other destinations. The second set of bike lanes on Laguna Honda and around Glen Park BART will be coming up next! The bike lane links are adding up, find out where else new bicycle lanes are due to be striped.
The Perfect Holiday Gift: SF Bicycle Coalition Membership
A San Francisco Bicycle Coalition membership is the gift that keeps on giving and includes awesome benefits like:
Shine Bright at Night
Daylight saving time is over and your friends at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition don't want you to get caught in the dark without bike lights. California law requires a white headlight, a rear red light or reflector and yellow/white reflector on sides and/or pedals (reflective whitewalls count). If you don't have the lights you need, use your SF Bicycle Coalition membership card to get a discount on lights at your favorite bike shop. See sfbike.org/discounts for locations.
Our New Discount Partner PUBLIC Bikes is Hiring
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to announce that San Francisco-based PUBLIC Bikes is our newest Discount Partner. Card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members will get 5% off the purchase of a shiny new hot urban ride.
Video: Smooth Commuting in NYC
Check out this new Streetfilms video where filmmaker Clarence Eckerson, Jr. will take you along on his bike commute from Queens to lower Manhattan. His 11-mile commute takes him through some of the best examples of quality bike infrastructure found in New York City from the standard bike lane and sharrows up over busy bridges, and into some of the more innovative treatments like the ones found in the SF Bicycle Coalition's Connecting the City plan. Physically separated bi-directional bikeways, colored bike lanes and fully separated bike paths make this commute a smooth ride.
** Tuesday, November 9th **
POSTPONED: Cal Park Hill Tunnel Ribbon Cutting Celebration *
Due to rain, and project delays, the ribbon cutting for the Cal Park Hill Tunnel will be postponed until further notice.
** Wednesday, November 10th **
SF Bike to School Day organizer kickoff meeting
Gather up to put on the best SF Bike to School Day ever (on April 7th, 2011). Meet other organizers from different schools across San Francisco, review dates for poster contest, trainings and give input for the 2011 event. Pizza and snacks provided- family friendly event. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bicycle Film Festival SF Kick-off Party *
The 10th Anniversary Bicycle Film Festival arrives in town with a free kick-off party! Four DJs. Lots of cool folks. Bike valet will not be provided. See website for more info.
** Thursday, November 11th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed for Veterans' Day
Bicycle Film Festival BIKES ROCK *
This free, all ages show hosted by the BFF features The Death Set, Colleen Green, and Blood Fountain. Bike valet will not be provided.
** Friday, November 12th **
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/
Bicycle Film Festival *
Program 1 of the Bicycle Film Festival's bike movies. Bike valet will not be provided
** Saturday, November 13th **
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)
Different Spokes Monthly Ride*
Join Different Spokes San Francisco (the SF Bay Area's LGBT Cycling Club) monthly club ride. There are three options (27m/47m/57m) so you can go at your own pace and distance. The rides split and regroup in Tiburon. Meet up at 8:30am, ride out at 9am. RSVP: David Gaus at email@example.com.
SFBC Survey Ride: Connecting the City - North-South Backbone 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 10/23 and 11/6) 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.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Bicycle Film Festival*
The Bicycle Film Festival is 10 years old and celebrating its anniversary this year with tons of new films and greatest hits from festivals past. Saturday's four film programs will be crowd pleasers. Check out the lineup. Free valet bicycle parking provided. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) Bikers Ball *
Join the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) Bikers Ball for live music and dancing, auctions, beer, wine and appetizers. Buy tickets at www.marinbike.org
** Sunday, November 14th **
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: Ecological History *
NOTE: date changed from Nov. 7
Dutch Design Bike Tour
What better way could there be to discover Dutch design in San Francisco than by hopping on a bike? Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week SF begins with a bike tour, led by SFBC members architect David Baker and urban planner Robert Bregoff, making stops at retailers throughout the city showcasing cutting edge Dutch design. This free event is co-sponsored by the SFBC and the Consulate General of the Netherlands. Bring your own bike, or be one of the first 10 to register and reserve a Gazelle or PUBLIC bike for the ride. Stick around for the Seeing Orange Kick-Off event at the G-STAR Store, which is also the last stop on the ride. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register for the ride, visit www.seeing-orange.com.
Bicycle Repair Class *
Learn to fix and maintain your own bike! Over the course of two 4-hour hands on class sessions, learn flat repair, wheel truing, bearing maintenance, brake adjustment, drivetrain cleaning, and derailleur adjustment. Bring working bicycle. Costs $100 and includes a six-month membership to the Freewheel's community workshop. Call or visit the shop to register; space is limited.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Bicycle Film Festival*
After a full day of bicycle films on Saturday, come back to the Victoria Theatre on Sunday for three more programs - one including a live music performance! Enjoy the 10th anniversary of celebrating bike culture through film! Free valet bicycle parking provided. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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