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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
** Wednesday, December 8th **
Yerba Buena District Street Design Charrette *
If you live, work or frequently visit Eastern SOMA (2nd to 5th Street, Market to Harrison Street), be sure to be part of this charrette to re-imagine the streets and public spaces of the district. Organized by the Yerba Buena Community Benefits District: yerbabuena.org.
** Thursday, December 9th **
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), chair of the BAC, to place an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
** Friday, December 10th **
Ride to Cal Park Tunnel
Join SF Bicycle Coalition Board Member David Baker for a ride to Fairfax for the Cal Park Tunnel opening. Bring $$ for ferry and lights as most likely pedaling to ferry in the dark and should be back to SF by 6pm.
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/
** Saturday, December 11th **
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 - Bay Trail Route
** Sunday, December 12th **
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 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.
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: Ecological History (South) *
This 4-hour social, critical, and historical bicycle tour through SF's lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks, and coastline will focus on the City south of downtown and SOMA, including several new public parks. Sliding scale $15-$50 to benefit Shaping SF, but pay what you can/will. Info: 415-608-9035.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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