SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 8, 2011
"The improvements are bringing more people to Market Street despite the tough economic times."
Biker Bulletin News
Make your friends jealous with bike envy:
Second Street Gets Safer, Smoother Pavement
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Good Roads Campaign is pleased to announce that thanks to our work and partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW), Second Street is getting smoother, safer pavement right now. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been working with the DPW to identify very hazardous stretches of pavement on 2nd Street between Market Street and Harrison Street and we thank the DPW for acting so quickly. Second Street is an important bike route and it's important to ensure that the pavement is safe for everyone who uses this street. Stay tuned for more information from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on getting bike lanes on the ground next year on 2nd Street.
Tonight: Outreach Training and New Member Meet and Greet
If you've been an SF Bicycle Coalition member less than a year, you are invited to join us for tonight's New Member Meet and Greet to learn about SF Bicycle Coalition advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization, and stay for the Outreach Training if you want to learn even more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or just show up. New Member Meet and Greet: 6:30-7:15pm | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St, 10th Floor. Bring up your bike.
Celebrate Good News on Fell Street: Share Our Video
Great news! The bikeway for Fell and Oak streets is gaining momentum. Last week, Mayor Ed Lee voiced his interest in seeing a Fell Street bikeway trial "quickly" on the ground. This week, it was the SFMTA Board of Directors who issued a directive to their staff to move on installing a trial protected bikeway on Fell Street. A bikeway along Fell and Oak streets will help create a safer route for the record numbers of people who use this route to commute to work and the families who want to use this route to get to the park, while also improving the Panhandle pathway for people walking. We look forward to working with the City to get our vision for the Fell and Oak street bikeways on the ground and quickly. Wondering how you can help?
Two Weeks to Win a Dutch Bike
A beautiful Dutch bike, compliments of My Dutch Bike, is just waiting for you if recruit the most people to be SF Bicycle Coalition members. There are only two weeks left for you to grab a friend to join the SF Bicycle Coalition, and win great prizes while you are at it! Simply go to sfbike.org/get-a-member, where you can send an email or get your unique referral URL to post on Facebook, Twitter, or even your blog.
Give Sunday Streets a Strong Start Next Weekend as a Volunteer
Who makes Sunday Streets happen? You do! More than 200 volunteers ensure each Sunday Streets is a fun and safe place for thousands of people to enjoy bicycling, roller skating, hula hooping and more! You can help out in the morning or afternoon volunteering as an Intersection Monitor or an on-bike "Route Rabbit," or enjoy the whole event and then help us break it all down and pack it up at the end. Volunteers get a cool Sunday Streets t-shirt, complimentary lunch, invitations to special volunteer parties, and the great feeling that you helped make Sunday Streets possible! Be part of the Sunday Streets volunteer team by signing up today at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
Freedom from Training Wheels
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is excited to continue our popular Freedom From Training Wheels workshops. It's going to be a great year of teaching kids to bike without training wheels. See our schedule below for upcoming dates in Golden Gate Park and at every Sunday Streets this year! Email Grace if you can help volunteer in this fun and relaxed event.
Donate Your Four Wheels to Keep Us Rolling Forward
Tired of moving your car for street cleaning? Got a clunker that you don't need anymore? Get a tax write-off when you donate your vehicle to the Car Program and designate the SF Bicycle Coalition as the recipient. Last year the SF Bicycle Coalition received $4,000 in funding from car donations -- those donations went a long way to making streets safer for you! Donating your car is easy, simply call 1-800-513-6560 (24 hours/day) to contact the Car Donation Program directly, or download forms here. Your vehicle will be picked up and your tax write-off will support our work to improve San Francisco.
Volunteers Make San Francisco a Better Place
Connect the City: Tue., Mar. 22 | 8-10am | Panhandle, Stanyan at Fell St. Are you outreach trained and excited about Connecting the City? Help us gain support for a continuous, wide and comfortable bikeway on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. Email email@example.com if you want to spread the word and build support so you can ride on this new bikeway in a few short months!
Ensure Connecting the City is a Part of City and Regional Plans
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) has put out a Call for Projects, a tremendous opportunity to commit serious funding to connect San Francisco with 100 miles of continuous crosstown bikeways that are safe and inviting people of all ages. Please take a minute between now and March 24, 2011, to share your ideas with the SFCTA. The best projects (click here for their criteria) will be included in the 25-plus-year San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP). Submit your ideas for the best ways to ensure we connect San Francisco and make it an easier place to live, shop, work and play by bicycle:
Nominate a Bike Commuter of the Year
In celebration of Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 12, the Bike Commuter of the Year Award honors a resident from each county in the Bay Area who is committed to making every day a "Bike to Work Day". This person epitomizes and actualizes the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits of bicycling. Nominate someone you admire by April 14 at youcanbikethere.com/bcoy.
Video: Stephanie's Story is Building Support for Crosstown Bikeways
Wondering how you can help keep the positive momentum for a Fell Street bikeway moving forward and quickly? Share this great video and help us realize our vision for connecting San Francisco with 100 miles of crosstown bikeways. San Franciscans are biking in record numbers, but not all of them read this email so we need you to help us win more hearts and minds by sharing our video, Stephanie's Story. Please take a minute to send this video to three people, and together we can build critical support to connect our city with 100 miles of crosstown bikeways.
** Tuesday, March 8th **
SF Bike to School Day Organizer Meeting
Join other San Francisco Bike to School Day Organizers for food and fun times while planning for this years; event on Thursday, April 7th, 2011. Food will be provided, so bring the little ones and some toys. We'll keep it fun and end in time to get everyone home and to bed on your weeknight schedule. For more info or to RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF Bicycle Coalition New Member Meet and Greet
Been an SF Bicycle Coalition member less than a year? New members are invited to join us to learn about SF Bicycle Coalition advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to Tessa@sfbike.org or (415) 431-2453(BIKE) x301.
SFBC Outreach Volunteer Training
Interested in volunteering to do SF Bicycle Coalition outreach at events all over town, like Bike to Work Day 2011, races, festivals, and SF Bicycle Coalition Service Stations? Then this training is a must! Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! Contact Tessa@sfbike.org to RSVP.
Box Dog Bikes The Bicycle Wheel Class *
Part of a series of maintenance classes. No previous bike repair ability required. See http://www.boxdogbikes.com/blog/?p=2345 for more details
** Wednesday, March 9th **
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.
How to Build a Bike *
Come learn an overview of the different ways of building bikes, design and fitting concepts, the tools required, how to draw a bike plan, component selection, and much more. Free; contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
** Friday, March 11th **
DATE CHANGED: SFBC New Member Meet & Greet
The New Member Meet & Greet has been moved to Tuesday March 8: http://www.sfbike.org/?chain&showmethefuture=1#4289
DATE CHANGED: SFBC Outreach Volunteer Training
The Outreach Training has been moved to Tuesday, March 8: http://www.sfbike.org/?chain&showmethefuture=1#4290
** Saturday, March 12th **
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)
POSTPONED: SFBC Survey Ride: Connecting the City - Bay to the Beach Bikeway
(see ConnectingTheCity.org for the latest survey ride dates)
** Sunday, March 13th **
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
Transit and Your Health *
How do your transit choices impact your health? Come out and hear about the health benefits of Transit Oriented Development as well as tips for taking advantage of the 325 miles of completed Bay Trail and ideas for car-free Bay Area adventures.
** Monday, March 14th **
Wheelbuilding Class *
Over two weeks (March 14 and 21) learn the principles of spoke lacing and tensioning and wheel assembly - bring your own rim, hub, spokes and spoke nipples. Info and tickets: http://bkmar2011wheelbuilding.eventbrite.com/
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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