SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 4, 2011
"That's what looks fun to me - the urban ride. I don't have time to go to the gym, so I want to incorporate biking into my daily routine."
Biker Bulletin News
Forgot a present for your best biking bud this holiday?
New Bike Lanes Are a Great Start to 2011
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is thrilled that growing numbers of people are now biking along nearly 10 miles of new bike lanes striped in 2010. From Kirkham Street in the Sunset to Townsend Street in SOMA, bike lanes are linking the city and creating safer, more comfortable connections for the hundreds of thousands of San Franciscans who ride a bike regularly, as well as inviting the untold numbers who aren't yet pedaling to come out and give it a whirl. We're excited that SFMTA paint crews are striping lanes on Potrero Ave from 17th St to Division, the first part of the 17th St bike lane project that will connect Upper Market and the Castro to the Mission; a second phase of the project will be completed later this year, forging a link to Potrero Hill and Mission Bay.
Welcome Back Leah
For the past eight months, the SF Bicycle Coalition's Executive Director Leah Shahum has been on sabbatical in Amsterdam, living in, and learning from, this city where nearly half of all trips are made by bicycle. Leah was able to discover firsthand what it felt like for streets to be truly welcoming to people on bikes as every day she found herself biking alongside seniors and children and all ages in between. We're excited to have her back in San Francisco with all of her recent rich experience, especially as our Connecting the City initiative is shifting into high gear. You're invited to hear Leah talk about what she learned during her time in Amsterdam and what it means for our work to bring Connecting the City's crosstown bikeways to San Francisco streets at a talk later this month:
New Artist-Designed Bike Racks in San Francisco
Next time you go to City Hall or Market Street downtown you can lock your bike up to a few unique bike racks. Last year the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition organized a bike rack design contest as part of our work in bicycle and pedestrian planning for Treasure Island. The winning designs use the same square-tubed steel material you see on standard U-racks and if mass-produced, would cost about the same as the standard U-rack, yet offer a Treasure Island flavor to a person locking up or walking by. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to showcase these racks and continue to work toward planning a redeveloped Treasure Island that prioritizes biking and walking, while also helping to meet the growing demand for places to lock your bike in front of City Hall and especially on Market Street! Congratulations to the winners of this contest, Kirk Scott, Todd Gilens, Daly Genik Architects, and Ryan Dempsey, for their great designs and unique reference to Treasure Island, and Laurie Halsey Brown for curating the design contest.
Be an Intern with the SF Bicycle Coalition: Apply Today
The SF Bicycle Coalition is seeking talented and motivated individuals for a variety of exciting hands-on internships. Are you interested in gaining more experience by helping promote our events, campaigns and advocacy work? Apply for a position today.
Show your SF Bicycle Coalition Member Pride at Rainbow Grocery
A favorite SF Bicycle Coalition membership privilege is the 10 percent discount at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. Here are four simple ways you can help the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition show our appreciation for Rainbow Grocery's generous support and honor our discount:
Save the Date: Love on Wheels is February 9
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Love on Wheels is back, Wednesday, February 9 at a new location, Public Works, just in time for two-wheeling singles to go tandem for Valentine's Day.
Watch hot bicyclists pair up and win fabulous date-y raffle prizes: sfbike.org/love.
Our Popular Volunteer Night Seeks Food Sponsor
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is looking for an in-kind food sponsor for our Volunteer Nights. In 2010, we were thrilled to have Bi-Rite Market as our food hero fueling and feeding volunteers with tasty sandwiches for three months -- thanks Bi-Rite! In 2011, we're on the hunt for a source of tasty food to feed our hard-working and dedicated volunteers. In-kind volunteer food sponsorship can be everything from a one-night-only commitment to six nights a year. Sponsorship perks are plentiful, so if you have solid connections to restaurants or caterers, please email Jodi.
Resolution: Directly Improve Your Ride in 2011
Is your New Year's resolution to make a difference in your community, meet new people, have fun and make San Francisco a better place to ride a bicycle? Look no more - you've found the place to do all that! The SF Bicycle Coalition is working hard every day to make the city better, and you can make a difference that you will see every time you ride your bike. Email Tessa for more information on any of these volunteering opportunities:
Video: Marin Celebrates Opening of the Cal Park Tunnel
Over 300 people turned out to celebrate the opening of a new bike and pedestrian Cal Park Tunnel just north of San Francisco in Marin County. Connecting the towns of San Rafael and Larkspur, this tunnel was originally built in 1884 for trains, but has been abandoned and sealed shut for over 30 years. Now, this tunnel can halve the time of a bike trip between the two downtown areas, and provide a quick, flat, direct path for people who are walking or using wheelchairs, as well. A hearty congratulations goes out to our neighbors to the north for this smart investment in biking and walking! See the celebration and hear from some of the people who helped make this project happen at the Marin County Bike Coalition's page!
** Tuesday, January 4th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Banking
Got the gift of gab? Are you a current or past SFBC 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.
** Saturday, January 8th **
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)
In-Class: Intro to Safe Biking (Day 1)
This four-hour, in-classroom introductory course is perfect for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable riding on city streets. This class will cover the basics for how to choose the right bike and fit a helmet. Learn tips for the safest ways to ride in traffic, techniques to avoid or deal with road hazards and emergency maneuvers along with other useful gems of knowledge, like the best way to lock up your bike and how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities. Class is open to anyone over 14 years of age; pre-registration is required - sign up at sfbike.org/edu.
** Wednesday, January 12th **
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.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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