SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 15, 2011
"It's really nice because we always bike on 17th Street and the [car] traffic is not that high."
Biker Bulletin News
Late is better than never.
Register Your School for San Francisco Bike to School Day
There's nothing more fun than riding your bike through the San Francisco landscape with your family. Whether you've packed up a picnic or you are just riding to school, your family bike ride is an easy, fun and healthy way to get to around town.
17th Street Bike Lanes Begin Linking Neighborhoods
After years of organizing and outreach led by volunteers and staff of the SF Bicycle Coalition, bike lanes on 17th Street are taking shape! This project will ultimately connect neighborhoods from the Castro to the Bay with bike lanes -- many segments are already on the ground now.
Extend Your Voice for the Market Street Use Survey
The San Francisco Bike Coalition's Great Streets Project and the SFMTA have partnered up to survey the people who commute by bike along Lower Market Street (Octavia Boulevard to Steuart Street). This use survey, targeting why riders choose Market for their commute, will inform the City's Better Market Street Project, which is creating a vision document for the resurfacing of the street beginning in 2015.
Feeling the Bike Love from a Wonderful Love on Wheels
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is feeling the bike love after hundreds came out to Love on Wheels, our annual dating game for bike-friendly people, last Wednesday at Public Works. At least four new couples pedaled off just in time for Valentine's Day with hot date spots provided by our amazing sponsors. Check out the Love on Wheels web page for photos of the event and the photo booth snapshots that were generously taken by Orange Photography.
Join the Crehan Family in Supporting the JFK Separated Bikeway
This Richmond District family has sent their letter to Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg supporting the JFK Separated Bikeway. Read their story below, and get started on yours today:
Dear Mr. Ginsburg,
As a parent of two girls in the Richmond District my wife and I would like to strongly endorse the idea of a separated bikeway along JFK through Golden Gate Park. We use the park for recreation and transportation on a daily basis. I'm sad to say that some days, particularly Saturdays and during rush hour, we avoid JFK and choose Cabrillo Ave. The Park is simply too congested with speeding commuters for us to feel safe biking, much less with our children. The Park is meant to be a back yard for my children and all the residents of San Francisco. A separated bikeway would do a lot to help restore the sense of safety and security, and help restore the Park to its stated purpose, a SAFE place for all San Franciscans!
The Crehan Family supports this improvement for biking in Golden Gate Park. Join them by voicing your support for the JFK Separated Bikeway!
Take Action to Save Caltrain
Caltrain is proposing to eliminate weekend, evening, midday, and Gilroy trains due to budget shortfalls. The agency needs more money to survive, but Caltrain has been turning away paying customers since 2006 when routine 'bumping' began due to insufficient bike capacity.
While Caltrain staff is considering cutting service to save money, we see an easy way to increase revenue. By converting empty seats to bike more racks, Caltrain can bring in more ticket revenue and provide more reliable service for customers who combine their trip with biking. Caltrain's own surveys show that even on rush hour trains, there are empty seats while staff turns away customers who need to bring their bikes on board. Caltrain should provide a consistent 80 bike spaces per train to help save the railroad. Speak your mind at the public meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday, Feb. 16th, and send an email to Caltrain. For a sample letter and more information, visit sfbike.org/cuts.
SF Bicycle Coalition Interns Needed: Apply Today
The San Francisco 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?
Volunteer to Transform SF Streets
If you're an outreach trained San Francisco Bicycle Coalition member and can volunteer a few hours to change San Francisco streets, email Tessa today!
Video: Moving Beyond the Automobile
This Streetfilms video kicks off a 10-part series on how cities and their residents can begin to transform their urban environment into people-oriented spaces where everyone feels safe and confident biking, walking, lounging, and playing. We all know the personal benefits of biking -- from the fresh air and sunshine while we ride to the worldwide environmental benefits; it's important to remember that biking is one of many tools to help make city-life even better. As more and more people bike, the less traffic congestion, more green space, less noise, and savings on the city's bottom line. But, as this video shows, there are other important policies to help encourage a greener, safer, and more efficient cityscape. Watch and learn how your choice to bike affects everyone else in the city for the better.
** Tuesday, February 15th **
SFBC Phone Bank
Got the gift of gab? Are you a current or former 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.
Box Dog Bikes Know Your Bike Class *
The first of a series of maintenance classes. No previous bike repair ability required. See http://www.boxdogbikes.com/blog/?p=2345 for more details
** Saturday, February 19th **
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 Architecture Ride: The Reid Brothers in the Richmond
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. We'll take a look at nine of the Reids' Richmond District projects that help round out the collection (catch the fourth annual "Reid Bros in SF" ride on Jan. 15). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Sunday, February 20th **
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 in Golden Gate Park on JFK Drive just west of the Rose Garden. Bring bike, helmet and a snack to share. We'll take care of the rest. Questions? Email Neal@sfbike.org
** Monday, February 21st **
Pedaling the Presidio *
Cycle through scenery, immerse in history on this five-mile, moderate bicycle ride. A unique program in a unique national park. Helmet required. Meet Ranger James Osborne at Crissy Field Center, corner of Halleck and Mason streets.
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed
Bike Kitchen External Maintenance Class *
Learn installing and removing tubes and tires, installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, chain maintenance and truing wheels. The class takes place over three Mondays, February 21st and 28th and March 7th. Info and tickets http://bkfebruary2011external.eventbrite.com
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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