SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 29, 2011
"Our work is making a real difference, I'm seeing so many students and their parents who are now confidently biking and walking to school."
Biker Bulletin News
Wonder how the Dutch got so bike-tastic?
Hundreds of SF Bicycle Coalition Members Recruit Their Friends
Over the past month, more than two hundred SF Bicycle Coalition members recruited their friends through our Get-a-Member campaign to get the most friends to join and win a Dutch Bike, courtesy of My Dutch Bike, and get shout-outs on Facebook and Twitter, while being entered to win other great prizes from Rickshaw Bagworks. A huge thank you to all who participated, and a warm welcome to our newest SF Bicycle Coalition members!
Library Event: Bicycling Towards Greatness
Join David Chiu, President of the S.F. Board of Supervisors, and Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, as they share lessons from their recent trips to Amsterdam, a great city with an inspiring bicycling environment. As we see record numbers of people biking here, how can we learn from the Netherlands' relatively recent successes to help us catch up with the widespread demand for improvements and connect our city through 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.
Thousands of Kids Expected for Bike to School Day
The third annual San Francisco Bike to School Day is almost here! On Thursday, April 7, record numbers of kids and their parents will ride in to more than 40 schools across San Francisco. San Francisco kids love biking to school, and parents are loving the chance to spend time together along the way. This year, the SF Safe Routes to School program, which oversees the event, tripled in size and as a result, we're expecting record turnout.
Kick Off Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park this Saturday
Come enjoy a casual picnic and kid-friendly event this Saturday, April 2, 12-2pm, in Golden Gate Park's 14th Ave E Picnic Area (just west of the Rose Garden) with the SF Bicycle Coalition to kick off another six months of Healthy Saturdays open space. The SF Bicycle Coalition spent years working with a broad coalition of groups to open streets for healthy, fun activities on Saturdays in Golden Gate Park (learn more about the SF Bicycle Coalition's successful work on Healthy Saturdays). We'll be celebrating this recreational street space with Freedom from Training Wheels for the kids and good lounging and chatting with SF Bicycle Coalition members. Bring a Frisbee, blanket and snacks or drinks to share at this potluck picnic. Rain cancels.
Make Bike to Work Day Great by Helping Behind the Scenes
We are gearing up for the biggest and best Bike to Work Day yet on Thursday, May 12. There are so many ways you can help out behind the scenes to ensure this day is bigger and better than ever before:
Help Connect the City by Volunteering
Enter Signatures of Support: We're busy entering all the petition signatures of support we've collected for Connecting the City, and we need your help! Do you have a few hours a week and fast fingers? Help us demonstrate valuable community support by entering the vast numbers of people who want to Connect the City! Email Tessa if you can lend a hand.
Two Ways to Support Better Biking Improvements
Take five minutes today and help give thanks to the City for the more than a dozen miles of 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 across the city, like the separated lanes on Laguna Honda and Division Street, we need you to email your Supervisor and the SFMTA and let them know how these bike lanes make a difference. Click here to find out how to quickly express your thanks and let the city know that bike lanes make a difference to you.
Three Ways to Volunteer for Sunday Streets
Volunteer for the upcoming Sunday Streets on April 10 along the Great Highway! For each of the Sunday Streets events, the SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City by recruiting and training more than 150 volunteers. Be a part of the Sunday Streets team that helps make it happen.
Welcome Our Newest Discount Partner: Department Seventeen
We're pleased to welcome the newest SF Bicycle Coalition discount partner, Department Seventeen! Department Seventeen now offers all card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members 10% off all in-store purchases (excluding watches) when you present your current SF Bicycle Coalition member card and photo ID. Stop by and check out what kind of fly gear and accessories your member discount can get you! Department Seventeen is located at 1218 Pacific Ave in Nob Hill.
Video: People with Disabilities Get Pedaling
Spend a few rewarding minutes with Wheels for Wellbeing, an English program that helps people with physical disabilities get pedaling under their own power, challenging conventional notions of mobility and independence. Using tricycles, handcycles, recumbents and side-by-sides, participants enjoy newfound freedom and the joy of self-propelled "flight" on two, three, and four wheels.
** Thursday, March 31st **
Lessons from Amsterdam: How San Francisco Can Bicycle toward Greatness
Join David Chiu, President of the San Francisco 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. San Francisco is another great city that loves bicycling. 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. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Netherlands. This is not a Library Sponsored program. Free valet bike parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
** Saturday, April 2nd **
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)
Monthly Good Roads Ride
The Good Roads crew will make our usual sweeps through new neighborhoods to make your rides smoother and safer. Our goal is to mark every pothole, crack, and trench with spray paint and report it to 311 for rapid repair. We usually average 50 potholes in just two hours. Following our street action, we'll celebrate with drinks and lunch. First-timers always welcome; we're a friendly group! Visit sfbike.org/goodroads for more information and starting locations. Email Neal to be kept on the email list, or if your neighborhood's streets are in need of a pothole sweep!
SF Bicycle Coalition Healthy Saturdays Kick-off Picnic
Come enjoy a casual picnic and family-friendly event in Golden Gate Park with the SF Bicycle Coalition to kick off six months of Healthy Saturdays. We'll be celebrating recreational street space with Freedom from Training Wheels for the kids and good ol' lounging and chatting with SF Bicycle Coalition members. Bring a frisbee, blanket and snacks or drinks to share at this potluck picnic.
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? Call Neal at 415-431-BIKE x312. See sfbike.org/freedom for more information.
SFBC Architecture Ride: The Reid Brothers in the Richmond
Whether you're a Reid Brothers fan, a Richmond District history hound, or just fancy a nice ride around the neighborhood, come along on this non-athletic, non-academic architecture bike tour. 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. 2 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 Andy.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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