"We ask for your support of Connecting the City—a blueprint for a 100 mile citywide bike network that is designed for everyone, from an eight-year-old child to an eighty-year-old grandmother, and provides door-to-door access to shop, commute and play by bicycle … Specifically, we ask that the Office of the Mayor prioritize critical improvements along these three crosstown routes: Market Street, Fell & Oak Streets, and JFK Drive."
-- Leah Shahum, SF Bicycle Coalition's Open Letter to Mayor Ed Lee, January 14, 2011
Growing numbers of people, like this Richmond District mom and her family, are already biking to the park and at events like Sunday Streets, but in the not-too-distant future this family and many others will also feel confident and safe biking to school, the library and the grocery store. Why? Because of Connecting the City, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's visionary plan for 100 miles of bikeways that are designed for everyone, from an eight-year-old child to an eighty-year-old grandmother. Watch this short new video and hear how one San Francisco mom imagines biking with her family.
It's time to start Connecting the City. With the promise of positive biking change in the wind, we've written an open letter to newly appointed Mayor Ed Lee and we'll continue our work with the new Board of Supervisors, asking for their commitment on improvements that make San Francisco a city that is an easy place to shop, play, work and live in, with continuous crosstown bikeways that are designed for people of all ages. Are you ready to help make this vision a reality? If you answered yes, then please help right now by sharing this short video with ten people you know.
Share this video by email, Facebook or Twitter with your friends, neighbors or co-workers, and help us spread the word about this visionary plan -- it's time to start Connecting the City!
Sponsors Get Seen on Bike To Work Day
Is biking a part of your company culture? Do you wish the company you work for was represented on Bike to Work Day? This year's Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 11th, and the greatest way your company can show their support of better biking for their employees and customers is through a Bike to Work Day sponsorship.
Help us make this year's Bike to Work Day the best it has ever been. Find our how your company can be represented on posters, t-shirts, canvas give-a-way bags, websites and more. Find out what sponsorship opportunities are available for San Francisco and all nine Bay Area counties at sfbike.org/sponsorship.
Volunteers Get the Hottest Dates at Love on Wheels
Did you know the secret to getting a hot date is to volunteer at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Love on Wheels event? Volunteers get to mingle with other bike-minded attendees while helping out their favorite San Francisco Bicycle Coalition -- it's a win-win! There are lots of ways you can volunteer, from helping out at the door or working the bike valet, to selling raffle tickets …So sign up at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_love.
At Love on Wheels, just like the '70's TV show, real-life bike bachelors and bike bachelorettes quiz a blind panel to select a date and enjoy a night out at a hip local spot courtesy of our fabulous sponsors. Meanwhile, phone numbers and emails are swapped by hot bike-friendly singles while everyone -- single and not-so-single -- enjoys the show, wins sweet raffle prizes and cheers on the contestants, all for the cause of making your bike rides even better.
Want to be a contestant? Simply email email@example.com to be a contestant and tell us which way your wheels spin: Boy-Boy or Girl-Girl (Girl-for-Boy and Boy-for-Girl categories are full). Note: Only SF Bicycle Coalition members can be contestants.
Watch hot bike-loving people pair up and win fabulous date-y raffle prizes:sfbike.org/love. Wed., Feb. 9 at Public Works, 161 Erie St. (at Mission/Division); Admission to Love on Wheels is $5 for members (with membership card); $10 for non-members (or free when you join the Bicycle Coalition at the door).
Kick-Start Your Career with the SF Bicycle Coalition
Our interns go on to great jobs after gaining the necessary experience at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, launching great careers at places like City Hall, the SFMTA, the SF Planning Department, Cambridge Systematics, Rickshaw Bagworks, City CarShare, Yelp!, SF Streetsblog and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition!
The SF Bicycle Coalition is once again 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.
Bike to Work Day Internships Galore: Event Planning, Volunteer Organizing, Media, Graphic Design, Employer Outreach, Spanish-speaking Community Outreach, and Chinese Community Outreach
SF Sketchfest is hosting a 25th anniversary screening and tribute to the Talking Heads movie musical True Stories, and David Byrne will be there for an onstage conversation. Are you an outreach trained Bicycle Coalition member who wants to volunteer and see some of the show for free? Email Tessa today to sign up! Details: Sat., Feb. 5 | 5pm | The Castro Theatre
Is your New Year's resolution to make a difference in your community and make San Francisco a better place to ride a bicycle? The SF Bicycle Coalition is working hard everyday 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:
Got strong legs? The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to do our delivery and events by bike. You can make a difference by being one of our amazing strong-legged haulers and helping us bike supplies, our mail and run bike errands all over town.
Daytime Fun: Daytime office volunteers keep our work rolling smoothly making membership kits, helping out with mailings and uplifting staff spirits! This is a great way to help the bike movement and gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day work of the SF Bicycle Coalition.
Got speedy computer skills? Do you have a few hours a week to help us enter information into our database? We are looking for some talented folks for important data entry on an ongoing basis.
Welcome Green Apple Books, Our Newest Discount Partner
We're excited to welcome Green Apple Books as the newest San Francisco Bicycle Coalition discount partner and future host of a recently approved on-street bike parking corral! Green Apple now offers all card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members 10% off all full-price purchases when you present your current SF Bicycle Coalition membership card. Ride over, admire the generous space where you'll be parking your bike in the near future and check out the great deals your member discount can get you. Green Apple Books is located in the Richmond District at 506 Clement Street (at 6th Ave).
Join the SFBC and add your voice to thousands demanding a city-wide network of bike lanes, traffic calmed streets, better access to transit and secure bike parking. Together we can make San Francisco the most bicycle friendly city in the country!