SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 22, 2011
"The thing I like best about biking is that people smile at us."
Biker Bulletin News
One Down, Seven to Go!
Lead a Bike Train on Bike to School Day
We are looking for volunteers across the city who can lead "bike trains" on Bike to School Day, Thursday, April 7. Bike Trains are simply groups of parents and kids that meet up at a set location and bike together to school. Make your commute more fun by organizing your bike train today, go tosfbiketoschoolday.org or email email@example.com to sign up! And a very big thank you to the volunteers who together stuffed a record 3,000 Bike to School Day bags last week!
Show Your Love for New Bike Lanes
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be working with the City to get new bike lanes on the ground, linking neighborhoods across San Francisco and creating safer connections for the record numbers of people who are already biking. As we celebrate improvements like the separated lanes on Laguna Honda Boulevard and Division Street, we need you to email your Supervisor and the SFMTA and let them know how these bike lanes make a difference. Do the bike lanes on North Point make getting to work by bike more comfortable? Is dropping your kids off at school safer with the Kirkham Street bike lanes? Click here to find out how to quickly express your thanks and let the city know that bike lanes make a difference to you.
Lessons from Amsterdam: How SF Can Bicycle Toward Greatness
Join David Chiu, President of the SF Board of Supervisors, and Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the SF Bicycle Coalition, as they share lessons from their recent trips to Amsterdam, a great city with an inspiring bicycling environment. As record numbers of people are biking here, how can we learn from the Netherlands' relatively recent successes to help us connect our city through great bikeways and safe streets that help more people of all ages to move around by bicycle? Find out more as these city leaders share their ideas on how we can make San Francisco an easier place to shop, live and play and meet the city's goal of 20% of trips by bicycle by 2020.
Last Day to Recruit a Friend and Win Great Prizes
Today is the very last day for you to grab a friend to become a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition, and win great prizes while you are at it! You get entered into the raffle for each friend you recruit for great prizes like a custom Rickshaw Bagworks Zero Bag, and your friend saves $5 on a one-year membership. It is win-win! Simply go to sfbike.org/get-a-member, where you can send an email or get your unique referral code to post on Facebook, Twitter, or even your blog.
Celebrate Bike to Work Day as a Volunteer
Bike to Work Day is the biggest bike event of the year and YOU make it happen. Last year, over 300 amazing volunteers helped make Bike to Work Day a roaring success, and volunteers like you will make 2011 the biggest celebration yet. Thursday, May 12th is the day you can have fun helping energize commuters at one of our 25 neighborhood Energizer Stations or parking bikes at our evening Bike From Work Party. Sign up today at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd
A Few Hours and a Change for the Better
Community Hubs Outreach The SF Bicycle Coalition and the YBIKE program are partnering to host family bicycle and pedestrian safety training at Community Hubs. If you're outreach trained and would like to be a part of these family fun events email Tessa.
Sunday Streets Fans Play in the Streets
Amazing volunteers help make the year's first Sunday Streets a Success! Thanks to hundreds of volunteers who helped open the Embarcadero for people to enjoy walking, skating and bicycling at the first Sunday Streets event of 2011! And next month, on Sunday April 10th, take part in the second Sunday Streets from Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway (read coverage of last Sunday's event on Streetsblog).
Ride for the SF Bicycle Coalition on this Year's Climate Ride
We're thrilled that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition was just named a full beneficiary of Climate Ride's 2011 charity bicycling events! The Climate Ride is a 5-day 300-mile ride of stunning coastline, towering redwoods, and picturesque wine country, finishing in San Francisco in October. Last year was the first year the Climate Ride came to the West Coast, and we've heard nothing but great stories about this fully supported bike tour. Now, we need YOU to make it a great ride. When you sign up to ride the Climate Ride, designate the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition as your charity and you'll be helping to raise money that will support our work to make streets safer. Don't miss this opportunity to meet inspiring people, learn about the latest climate science, enjoy some of the most scenic biking in the country and improve your commute. Learn more and register at climateride.org.
Video: Connecting Our City with Crosstown Bikeways
Record numbers of people are bicycling in San Francisco. More San Franciscans want to bike, and we all know how to make that possible: connecting the city with separated bikeways that let people just like you get anywhere in the city and beyond. Please take a minute to share our sweet video about a Richmond District family who wants to bike more -- share the video with with three people, and together we can build critical support to connect our city with 100 miles of crosstown bikeways. With 12,000 members joining together to share this video and spread the word, we can keep this powerful momentum rolling ahead.
** Tuesday, March 22nd **
Connecting the City: Panhandle Outreach for JFK Separated Bikeway
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to spread the word and build support so you can ride on this new bikeway in a few short months!
** Wednesday, March 23rd **
SFBC Tube Times Folding Party
It's time to get the Spring issue of the Tube Times out on the street! The SFBC office will be hopping with friendly folks - chatting, snacking, and folding away until the folding is done. Can you come out and help spread the news about biking in the city? Dinner is provided. Bring your bike up to the 10th floor. Questions? Email email@example.com or just show up to volunteer.
Workspace Bicycle Movie and Art Show *
Bicycle Bride, a movie by a local filmmaker, uses the bicycle as a metaphor to show the changing face of Muslim women in America. Q and A w/ the filmmaker following the film both evenings (March 23 and 26); $5-$10 donation requested for beverage, popcorn, and filmSalon style art show - bicycle theme, info and to reserve your art space, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
** Thursday, March 24th **
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Disposable Film Festival *
The SFBC will be parking bikes for the third year at this collection of the best disposable films made on everyday devices like cell phones, pocket cameras, and webcams. Rated one of America's "coolest film festivals," San Francisco is the first stop on its world tour. To volunteer as a bike valet LisaRuth.
** Saturday, March 26th **
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)
** Sunday, March 27th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Birding by Bike
Meet SF Bicycle Coalition members Annie and David Armstrong for Birding by Bike! Ride through the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, looking for winter residents and early spring arrival species. The route follows mainly bike routes and is around 20 miles with a total elevation of about 1300 feet so you'll get a good workout too. Please bring water and a snack and don't forget binoculars! David is an amateur ornithologist who has been birding and leading trips in the city for the last 12 years.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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