SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 8, 2011
"While confidently schlepping my groceries back home via the new lane on Division, I can definitely imagine other places where separated bike lanes would work -- San Jose Avenue comes to mind, where vehicle traffic begins to reach freeway speeds."
Biker Bulletin News
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Meet Up at Love on Wheels Tomorrow
Wednesday evening, come on out for Love on Wheels, the dating game for bike-friendly people! Watch real-life bike bachelors and 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, hot bike-friendly singles swap phone numbers while everyone -- single and not-so-single -- enjoys the show and cheers on the contestants.
Spread Your Bike Love with an e-Valentine
Send a little bike love someone's way with a bike Valentine. It just takes a second to say you care! Simply go to sfbike.org/valentines, choose from four designs, and send a personalized bike-themed message to that special someone. Then, your custom e-Valentine will be shot like an arrow through the internet by your friendly Cupids at the SF Bicycle Coalition!
Bike to School Day Family Training Comes to a School Near You
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is teaming up with YBIKE to teach people of all ages to ride bicycles in preparation for SF Bike to School Day coming up on Thursday, April 7th!
Market Street Improvements Move Ahead
Thank you to all of the members who voiced their support for the required right turns on Market Street at 10th St. and 6th St. -- because of you, the MTA hearing officer recommended making these turns permanent last week.
Cesar Chavez Greening Gets Thumbs Up
Neighbors of Cesar Chavez got a huge victory to cheer about this week when the SF Municipal Transportation Agency Board unanimously approved the redesign of their main boulevard. Changes include the creation of bike lanes, a permeable green median, and safer crossings along Cesar Chavez all the way from Guerrero to Hampshire Street!
Volunteering Opportunities Help Strengthen Your Ride
Volunteers like you are the backbone of the work the SF Bicycle Coalition does to improve our city. A few hours of your time can produce change! Email Tessa for more information on any of these volunteering opportunities:
Reminder: There is no Volunteer Night on February 9th. Instead, join all your bike friends at Love on Wheels! Ride on over to Public Works, 161 Erie St. (at Mission/Division) at 6pm for dating game fun, hot singles on bikes and raffle prizes galore!
Masonic Neighbors Have Spoken, City Proposes Bold Plan
After three community meetings where over 200 neighbors came together to discuss how they could build a street that connects, instead of divides, the Panhandle area, the SFMTA has released a report recommending the Boulevard Option.
Video: First Annual Youth Bike Summit Inspires Future Visionaries
Bicycle advocates from across the country came together last month to share their knowledge, encourage young people to ride bicycles, and empower youth to achieve the changes they want to see in their communities.
** Wednesday, February 9th **
Note: No SFBC Volunteer Night Tonight
No Volunteer Night tonight -- come to Love on Wheels instead! More information at sfbike.org/love.
Love on Wheels Dating Game
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition plays Cupid for another round of Love on Wheels, the dating game exclusively for people who ride bikes. In this modern-day version of the 1970's game show, bike-friendly contestants quiz a panel to select a mate and pedal off to a first date. Come watch the show and win great raffle prizes. To be a contestant, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ages 21+. $5 for SFBC members; nonmembers pay $10, or join at the door and get in for free! Click here to volunteer for Love on Wheels and get in for free. Complimentary bike valet provided. More information at sfbike.org/love.
** Thursday, February 10th **
Community Meeting: Cesar Chavez East Planning *
The San Francisco Planning Department will hold the kick-off meeting to discuss opportunities to redesign the Cesar Chavez Street, from Hampshire Street to Illinois Street, including the 101 and I-280 freeway interchanges. This stretch of Cesar Chavez was approved to have bike lanes the whole length, but this planning process will allow neighbors and users of the street to develop an even better project, with off-street, or physically separated bikeways. Come to the meeting and have your say in the future of Cesar Chavez Street.
** Friday, February 11th **
Post-Car Adventuring Book Launch Party *
Have you ever wanted to camp, hike, or stay at a hostel, but want to roll in style by bike, bus, train and/or ferry? But you don't know the best sites or routes, or how plan a multi-day trip by bike? Come to the book launch party of Post-Car Adventuring at Gestalt Haus SF for beers, brats. Meet the authors and learn how to roll from SF to tons of great spots in the Bay Area and northern California with ease and confidence. Come and get inspired to plan your first (or next!) post-car adventure. Learn more about Post-Car Press.
Bay Area Derailleurs Bike Cabaret *
The Derailleurs will be meeting up with The Sprockettes and 15 other bike dance teams for a competition and party with Djs, Kissing Booth and more. Tickets $7, Presale Tix:
** Saturday, February 12th **
Emergency Water Sources Ride *
Learn where in the Mission District and surroundings water can be found in a major emergency along with historical issues from past major quakes and water systems.
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)
SFBC Survey Ride: Connecting the City - North-South Bikeway
What will it take to make San Francisco a world-class bicycling city, where continuous prioritized crosstown bikeways offer safe, comfortable, inviting routes for people of all ages and abilities to ride? With Connecting the City, the SF Bicycle Coalition sets out a road map to the realization of a healthy, happy, sustainable San Francisco that's great for bicycling. What will it look like, what will it take, and where do we start? Come along and examine one of three Priority Bikeways set out by Connecting the City to get us from here to there, by bike. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides.
UPDATED: 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.
** Sunday, February 13th **
Bike Kitchen Internal Maintenance Class *
Learn the installation, overhaul, adjustment and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems, freewheels and cassettes The class takes place over three Sundays - February 13th, 20th and 27th. Info and tickets: http://bkfebruary2011internal.eventbrite.com
Bicycle Repair Class *
Four hour class costs $100 and includes a six-month membership to the Freewheel's community workshop. Call (415) 752-9195; or visit the shop 11am -7pm Tues. through Saturday to register.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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