SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 16, 2010
"This (cycle station) could be a way to turn something closed and hard into something that creates a multitude of positive actions."
-- Justin Lowe, SF's Mid-Market: Small steps point to potential, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 8, 2010
Biker Bulletin News
- New Pavement Treatment Arrives in SF
- Division Street Gets Buffered Bike Lanes
- We're Helping Riders Light Up the Night
- The Perfect Bike for Every Type of Rider at Winterfest
- Be the Pride and Joy of the SF Bicycle Coalition: Volunteer
- The Future of San Francisco Streets: Sound Off
- Video: Portland's Neighborhood Greenways
- Upcoming Events
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New Pavement Treatment Arrives in SF
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Good Roads Campaign is pleased to announce that the city is testing out a new, more affordable pavement treatment in San Francisco, and we want to know what you think about biking on it. The Department of Public Works has already applied the Flex Seal treatment to numerous blocks across the city. The Flex Seal treatment, which has been successfully used in Los Angeles, is made from recycled materials, like tires. It is applied curb to curb, is very dark in appearance and has a textured feeling so you'll know you're riding on this new technology. We're excited about the potential of this material to improve safety and reduce repair costs by eliminating cracks and other hazards.
The Good Roads Campaign is looking to you for feedback on what's it's like to bike on this new treatment. You can find a list of streets that have received this treatment on our Good Roads page. Is braking any different? How does it feel when it's wet? Email Neal with your thoughts and questions.
Division Street Gets Buffered Bike Lanes
Bike lane projects continue to roll out across the city, linking neighborhoods and inviting more and more people to get around San Francisco by bike. The latest addition is on Division Street, between 9th Street and 11th Street, featuring a painted buffer -- with plastic bollards coming soon -- for strong separation from the motor traffic. The Division bike lanes fill an important gap in the route to and from the Caltrain station and are a terrific addition to the recently striped bike lanes on Townsend Street, making commute trips and crosstown rides much more comfortable and pleasant.
What's next? SF Municipal Transportation Agency paint crews are already out working on Laguna Honda Boulevard, striping bike lanes between Portola Drive and Woodside and extending the recently installed bike lanes on lower Laguna Honda and Seventh Avenue; this project should be complete by Thanksgiving. Work on Glen Park area bike lanes (parts of Arlington, Bosworth, San Jose, Lyell and Alemany) will begin after Laguna Honda Boulevard (around Nov. 29) and should be completed by Dec. 10.
Bike lane links are adding up -- find out where else new bicycle lanes are due to be striped.
We're Helping Riders Light Up the Night
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with the SF Municipal Transportation Agency and the SF Police Department to distribute a free set of lights to people who are biking without them. Last week we distributed hundreds of lights along with tips for safe night riding on Market Street. If you would like to be one of our light station heroes and install lights on upcoming nights, please email Tessa to volunteer. The locations are being kept under wraps in an effort to reach those people who are bicycling without 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 partner shops.
The Perfect Bike for Every Type of Rider at Winterfest
Shopping for a new bike? Know someone who is in need of a bicycle? Or are you just itching for that sparkly new ride? We're pretty sure we've got just the bike for you at this year's Winterfest auction from 6-10:30pm on Dec. 5, where we'll have 20 bikes of all shapes, sizes and styles.
- Hottest and smartest all around town bikes: GLOBE Live 3, Velo-Orange Mixte, KHS Urban X-Press, Pashley Princess Sovereign, PUBLIC Bikes and Jamis Coda.
- Riding the train? Find the perfect Bike Friday, Raleigh or Dahon folding bikes for your convenient commute.
- Feel the need for speed? Get out on the open roads on a sweet Scattante R-570 Road Bike or a Surly Long-haul Trucker touring bike.
- Simplify with a customized single speed bike at Mission Bicycles or pick up a Swobo Sanchez.
- Get comfortable on a Sun E1 SX Ergonomic Recumbent.
Check out all the bikes up for grab in our auction catalog. Winterfest has the best deals in town on new bikes and 100 percent of your purchase benefits our work to make your daily ride in San Francisco safer and more comfortable!
Get into Winterfest for free! Be a part of the 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!
Mark your calendars to celebrate with us at Winterfest on Sunday, Dec. 5th from 6-10:30pm at SOMArts Gallery (934 Brannan at 8th St.)
Be the Pride and Joy of the SF Bicycle Coalition: Volunteer!
Phone Banking: Come share in the fun and enjoy dinner on us! No cold calling, just simple reminders to friendly members that their membership is expired. Are you a current or former member and want to volunteer for this important program? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue., Nov. 16 | 5-8pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor.
Volunteer Night: Come on by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization rolling with various volunteer jobs. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend -- the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring your bike upstairs. Questions? Email email@example.com or just show up.
Wed., Nov. 17 | 5-8pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor.
Outreach trained members get exciting perks, like free tickets to music festivals. Interested in volunteering to talk to others about our work at events like Bike to Work Day, festivals, and Service Stations? Not outreach trained yet or haven't been in a few years? Then this training is a must! Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members and more! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Tue., Dec. 14 | 7:30-8:30pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor.
Get complimentary admission to the biggest bike party of the year: Volunteering for Winterfest (Dec. 5) gets you complimentary admission as a thank you for your time and efforts. Shifts are filling up fast so sign up today to secure your spot!
Got Photoshop crop chops? We need Photoshop aces to detail out photos of bicycle riders for our Connecting the City visualizations, if you're good with a magnetic pen (or other Photoshop magic) let us know. Email email@example.com if you can be a velo-hero with a mouse.
The Future of San Francisco Streets: Sound Off
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority -- the agency responsible for everything from running MUNI and regulating taxis, to making new bike lanes, separated bike lanes and much more -- is developing a new strategic plan to guide its work for the coming years. The agency is looking for input from people throughout the city. Please take a moment to take the survey to let them know what you'd like to see.
Video: Portland's Neighborhood Greenways
An impressive number of families and kids are biking on Portland's Neighborhood Greenways. Why is that? It's because transportation planners in Portland, Oregon are making streets safer by adding more routes and stepping up traffic calming treatments.
These newly designed streets are more attractive and inviting for people of all ages who are now biking more often. In this Streetfilm, you can see plenty of interesting and inspiring ideas that are already incorporated in our Connecting the City plan. Watch the video here.
Check out our online calendar of events. To add your bike event to our calendar, simply email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
** Tuesday, November 16th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Banking
5pm-8pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
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 email@example.com
TransForum: A 21st Century Transportation System *
5:30pm-7:30pm | TransForm, 436 14th St, Oakland (at 12th St BART)
Will federal transportation policy help shape the cities of the future, or will we continue to invest in outdated strategies that have led to suburban sprawl and urban decay? Join a panel discussion with some key advocates at this TransForum: Shannon Tracey, Transportation For America campaign coordinator in California; Carli Paine, TransForm's transportation program director; Jessica Zenk, Transportation Policy Director at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and Andy Thornley, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. There'll be time at the end for networking over complimentary wine and snacks. TransForums are free for TransForm members and $5 for non-members. Register for the TransForum by 5:00pm on November 12
(events do sell out!).
Chasing Legends Cycling Documentary and Beer Happy Hour *
6:30pm and 9:00pm | Castro Theatre
Chasing Legends is a new documentary about the Tour de France. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the SF Aids LifeCycle and San Francisco Greater Than 1. Each show features a HAPPY HOUR before the screening on the second floor balcony featuring Beer, Jamba Juice and a local vendor expo including Sports Basement. Tickets are 11.50 in advance, 14 dollars at the door. See http://chasinglegends.com/film_tour/
for more info.
SF Rec and Parks Dept. McLaren Bike Park Community Meeting *
6:30p - 8p| Crocker Amazon Club House on Moscow St @ Italy St
The San Francisco Parks and Recreations Department will hold a community meeting on the McLaren Bike Park Project Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30p to 8pm. The project will create a bicycle skills park at the asphalt patch on Sunnydale Ave by the entrance to the Glen Eagles Golf Course; the San Francisco Urban Riders has proposed to work with SFRPD on making this a reality.
** Wednesday, November 17th **
SFBC Volunteer Night
5-8pm | SFBC HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
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.
** Saturday, November 20th **
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
8am-2pm | Harry Bridges Plaza
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)
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: Labor History *
12pm | Meet at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission at 9th
This is an entirely different look, during a 4-hour bike tour, at San Francisco labor history. From the pre-urban history of Indian Slavery to the earliest 8-hour day movement in the U.S., the ebb and flow of class war is traced. A sliding scale donation of $15-50 is requested to benefit Shaping SF, but pay what you can/will. Info: 415.608.9035
** Sunday, November 21st **
Freedom from Training Wheels
11am-1pm | JFK Drive (just west of Rose Garden), Golden Gate Park
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 on car-free JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. Bring bike (we'll have balance bikes for kids to practice with) and a helmet - we'll take care of the rest. Heavy rain cancels. See sfbike.org/freedom for more information.
Bicycle Repair Class *
12pm - 4pm | Freewheel Bike Shop, 1920 Hayes St. at Ashbury. Contact (415) 752-9195, 11am - 7pm, Tues - Sat.
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.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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