SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 7, 2010
"Dawson loves the ride, but I also think he loves the 'cool' factor of walking into his preschool class with his helmet on."
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Thanks for an Amazing Winterfest
The love and fun of bicycling was felt on Sunday night when 1,000 velo-revelers turned out for our 15th annual Winterfest auction, art show, party and fundraiser and raised a glass to a momentous year for biking in San Francisco. We had a lot to celebrate this year including the striping of projects that will add more than 30 miles of bike lanes across the city, on-street bike parking and the first wave of parklets, Market Street's green separated bike lane and much, much more.
A Stellar Year for New Bike Lanes
San Francisco has enjoyed a flurry of new bike lanes in the last 12 months, linking our city like never before, and there are some exciting projects to carry us through the end of the year. SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) paint crews are finishing up the second phase of the Laguna Honda bike lane project from Portola to Woodside, creating an important link between neighborhoods across Twin Peaks. And they have begun work striping bike lanes and sharrows to create connections on many streets near the Glen Park BART station. Ending the year on a strong note, the SFMTA expects to start on the 17th Street Bike Lanes. This two-mile long project will connect four neighborhoods and intersect numerous bike routes as it travels between the Castro District and the Bay.
New Pavement Improvement Arrives
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign is still looking for feedback on a new pavement treatment the city is testing in neighborhoods across the city. The Flex Seal treatment, which has been successfully used in Los Angeles, is made from recycled materials (like tires), and prolongs the life of a street at a much lower cost than other treatments. You'll know you're riding over it, as it is applied curb to curb for one or more blocks, is very dark in appearance and has a textured feeling. We have just updated our list of streets that have received this treatment on our Good Roads page and the list probably includes a street near your home. Thanks to members who have already sent their feedback, we've alerted the Department of Public Works to some important site preparation and clean-up issues. Take a spin on a new Flex Seal-treated street and email Neal with your thoughts.
Vote Today for Our Board of Directors
We need you to cast your vote today in our annual Board of Directors election. We rely on the voices of our members to decide who'll be responsible for guiding the SF Bicycle Coalition in its mission to promote the bicycle for everyday transportation. Our Board of Directors is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the organization, overseeing management and our financial health, raising funds for our work, and representing us in San Francisco's many communities. Each year, half of the 15-member board is elected to a two-year term by our membership -- that's you. Your vote is an important signal of confidence in the Board. Please read the candidate statements and vote today. Voting ends Friday, Dec. 17th.
Parklet Resource Site Launches
If you or someone you know is interested in installing a parklet near your property or store, check out the newly launched parklet resource site on the Bicycle Coalition's SF Great Streets Project website. The resource center has tools to make it easier to apply for a parklet (including a sample application), a map of existing parklets, before and after photos of existing parklets and even a list of designers and contractors with parklet expertise. The site will evolve as more parklets get on the ground.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bike Lights
Winter is nearly here and the days are getting shorter -- 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.
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with the SF Municipal Transportation Agency and the SF Police Department to distribute lights to people who are biking after dark without them. Last night we distributed hundreds of lights, along with tips for safe night riding. If you would like to be one of our light station heroes and install lights next Mon., Dec. 13, 5-7:00pm, please email email@example.com to volunteer. The locations are being kept under wraps in an effort to light up riders who truly need lights.
Get Acquainted and Get Trained Next Tuesday
If you've been a SF Bicycle Coalition member for less than a year, you're invited to join us to learn about our advocacy, education and community programs that will make San Francisco a model cycling city, and how you can get involved to keep our work moving forward. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization and meet other new members. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-431-2453 x301.
Give Good Tidings, Cheer and Bike Lanes this Holiday
A San Francisco Bicycle Coalition membership is the gift that keeps on giving and includes awesome benefits like:
And your gift lasts all year by improving bicycling for your loved one -- and you! Gift memberships start at just $35/year and come with a special card noting your gift. Make sure to place your holiday orders by Wednesday, December 15 for Christmas and Kwanzaa. Start your shopping today.
Yerba Buena District Charrette
Do you live, work or often visit the Yerba Buena Community Benefits District (2nd to 5th Street, Market to Harrison Streets)? This is your chance to help the District craft a new vision for the streets and public spaces in the district. In a series of three design charrettes -- community planning and design meetings -- YBCBD and CMG Landscape Architecture of San Francisco would like your opinions to help draft a 5-10 year plan to guide Yerba Buena's greening, public space and streetscape efforts. The plan will include both short- and long-term projects to improve Yerba Buena's physical environment. The first meeting will be December 8, from 6-8pm at SPUR (654 Mission Street).
Video: Let's Get Visible
From our friends up in Vancouver, this fun musical number sings the importance of getting visible at night when you bike. The SF Bicycle Coalition wants you to be seen and be safe on the streets in these dark winter months. Not only is it smart, it's also the law -- California requires people biking to have a front white light and rear red reflector or red light when riding in the dark.
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