SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 11, 2011
"The idea is to make the street safe and inviting, and to knit back the community that it cleaves."
Biker Bulletin News
Regift at Community Thrift
Create this Year's Winning SF Bike to School Day Poster
San Francisco's 3rd annual Bike To School Day is Thursday, April 7, 2011 and our annual poster contest has just launched, taking on the theme of "My Family Bike Ride." The winning poster design will be used as the official 2011 Bike to School Day poster and distributed throughout the city. Any student in K-12, at a public or private school can enter the contest.
Sunny Skies Mean More New Bike Lanes
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is excited to announce that SFMTA paint crews are back out striping bike lanes on 17th Street now that the sun is shining again. The 17th Street bike lane project will ultimately create a safer and easier bike connection across half of the city from Mission Bay through the base of Potrero Hill and the Mission to the Castro.
On-Street Bike Parking Makes it Easier to Get Around SF
We've been scouting out businesses across the city to talk to them about on-street bike parking and are thrilled that so many are taking advantage and helping the city catch up with the widespread demand for bike parking. New on-street bike parking corrals have recently been installed in five neighborhoods. Thanks to the SFMTA you can now easily park your bicycle in ten corrals along: 14th Street (at Guerrero), Howard Street (at Eighth) South Park, Hayes Valley, Folsom Street (adjacent to Rainbow Grocery) and Valencia Street (five corrals were installed in May!). Soon, three more corrals will be installed on Upper and Lower Haight Street and the Inner Richmond on Clement Street.
Help Improve Ocean Beach and the Great Highway
Ocean Beach and the Great Highway are an important piece of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a wild landscape, an urban sea strand, and a grand public open space. SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research) and various city, state and federal agencies want to know how you want this area improved -- and you can tell them during a workshop this Saturday from 9am to 2pm (you can stop by at any point). Learn about the Ocean Beach master plan and weigh in on where you want to see changes. Do you want safer biking on the Great Highway? More bike parking at Ocean Beach? Get more information about the workshop at spur.org/ocean-beach.
A Hearty Welcome to our New Board of Directors
Thanks to all the SF Bicycle Coalition members who took the time to vote in our December Board of Directors election. The results are in and we'd like to welcome back returning board members: David Baker, Ben Caldwell, Maureen Devlin, Brooke DuBose, Jenn Fox, Jean Fraser, Justin Fraser, David Gartner, Amandeep Jawa, Holly Minch, Lainie Motamedi, Dan Nguyen-Tan and Zack Stender.
Sunday Streets Returns for its Fourth Year
The City has announced the return of Sunday Streets for 2011 and we couldn't be more thrilled to have this fun recreational event back for a fourth year. More than 20,000 San Franciscans enjoyed car-free streets at each of last year's Sunday Streets by participating in healthy activities from bicycling to dancing, and rollerskating to hula hooping. With Sunday Streets' growing popularity, we expect even more people to enjoy the event this year, beginning March 20, then continuing every second Sunday of the month, through October 9. Check out www.sundaystreetssf.com for the schedule and route details.
Get a Hot Date at Love on Wheels
You could meet your new, bike-riding lover at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Love on Wheels just in time for you two-wheeling singles to go tandem for Valentine's Day. Just like on TV, at Love on Wheels, real-life bike bachelors and bike bachelorettes quiz a blind panel to select a date and then enjoy their first date at a hip local spot courtesy of our fabulous sponsors. And YOU could be one of our lucky Love on Wheels contestants. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to be a contestant and tell us which way your wheels spin: Boy-Boy, Boy-Girl, Girl-Girl, Girl-Boy.
Build Your Resume and Gain Experience as an Intern
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.
Volunteer to 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 lights to people who are biking without them. This season, we've 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 on Mon., Jan. 24, 5-7pm, please email Tessa to volunteer. The locations are being kept under wraps in an effort to target light-less riders.
Job Openings at the SFMTA
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is hiring for a number of new positions that can make bicycling better in San Francisco.
Video: Lights Turn Heads
The SF Bicycle Coalition has been out all winter distributing lights to riders who are riding without them as part of the Light Up the Night campaign with the SFMTA. California law requires a white headlight, a rear red light or reflector and yellow/white reflector on sides and/or pedals (reflective whitewalls count). Plus, it's the smart thing to do! 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. Watch this cute Public Service Announcement reminding you to light up the night and be seen when you ride in the dark!
** 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 email@example.com or just show up.
** Saturday, January 15th **
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)
Ocean Beach Master Plan Public Workshop *
SPUR is leading a new long-range planning effort for Ocean Beach - Contribute your ideas at this Open House. For more information, please contact Benjamin Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org
SFBC Architecture Ride: The Reid Brothers in SF
From the turn of the 20th Century through its first few decades, James and Merritt Reid designed an impressive number of San Francisco's buildings, from theaters to hotels, office towers to townhouses, bandshells to barns. With scant professional training but plenty of hustle, these Canadian brothers left their mark across the width of our city. Come discover some of their work and hear their story (catch the "Reid Bros in the Richmond" ride on Feb. 19 for even more). Two-hour ride, longer if we're having fun; have a big lunch beforehand, we'll stop somewhere for a snack. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides. Questions? Email email@example.com.
** Monday, January 17th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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