SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 5, 2011
"I'm seeing more and more women with kids on their bikes. Multiple kids, even."
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Huge Turnout Expected for Thursday's Bike to School Day
Thousands of students at nearly 40 San Francisco schools will bike to school this Thursday, April 7, for San Francisco's third annual Bike to School Day. Record turnout is expected, thanks in part to a tripling in size of the citywide San Francisco Safe Routes to School program, which organizes the event.
Sunday Streets Heads to the Park and the Beach on April 10
This weekend's Sunday Streets is off to Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway, a favorite route for bicycling, walking, roller-skating and fresh air adventures. Come on out this Sunday, April 10, 11am-4pm, to get in on the Sunday Streets fun! Our Freedom from Training Wheels instructors will be on hand at Lincoln Ave. and the Great Highway to help the next generation get balancing on two wheels.
New Bike Lanes and Bike Boxes Link the City!
With last week's sunny weather SFMTA paint crews have been hard at work on the streets, and great new biking links are blooming all around town. If you haven't been out for a ride on 17th Street lately this is a great time to hop on your bike and check out the new improvements, including a buffered bike lane on the westbound stretch between Potrero and Kansas. The 17th Street bike lanes will be completed between Treat and Potrero in the coming weeks. Visit sfbike.org/link to find out where the newest bike lanes will be installed!
Speak Up for Better Biking in the Yerba Buena Area
Come learn and speak up for improvements in the diverse residential, business and cultural arts neighborhood of Yerba Buena. The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District is holding a community workshop this Thursday, April 7, from 6-8pm at Woolf House (801 Howard St.). Yerba Buena has emerged as a vibrant part of the city, and the CBD wants to hear your suggestions on how to improve biking, walking and commercial activity on key streets like Market St., 2nd St., 5th St., and Folsom and Howard Streets. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Four Ways You Can Help Connect the City
Pedal and Win for Bike to Work Day
Here are three ways you can be a Bike to Work Day winner!
The Biggest Bike Event of the Year Needs Volunteers
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 12, is the day you can help energize commuters at one of our 25 neighborhood Energizer Stations, or you can help park bikes at our evening Bike From Work Party. Shifts are filling up fast, so sign up today at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Video: Bike to School Day SF-Style
Check out this amazing video of last year's huge turnout at Monroe Elementary School on Bike to School Day when little bikes nearly encircled the school's balcony. We're excited for record turnout again this Thursday, April 7, when San Francisco celebrates its third Annual Bike to School Day.
** Tuesday, April 5th **
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 provide dinner and good company. Contact email@example.com.
** Thursday, April 7th **
3rd Annual Bike to School Day
Join kids all across San Francisco and celebrate the 3rd Annual San Francisco Bike to School Day. Thousands of students and their parents are expected to bike to school together on this fun day. For more information or to find out which schools are riding or to volunteer go to http://www.sfbiketoschoolday.org.
Urban Bicycling Workshop: 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 properly 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 adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required-- sign up at www.sfbike.org/edu.
** Saturday, April 9th **
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, April 10th **
Golden Gate Bridge Sidewalks Closed to Bike Traffic *
During the temporary sidewalks closure, bicyclists and pedestrians requiring access across the Golden Gate Bridge may ride the FREE shuttle service. Shuttle stops are located on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge: the south side shuttle stop is in the southeast parking lot and the north side shuttle stop is along the northbound Alexander Avenue off-ramp bus stop. Visit http://ushalf2.com for complete race details.
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 a part of this and every Sunday Streets. Bring bike (if you have it) and helmet. We'll take care of the rest. Questions? Email Neal.
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides recreational street space for everyone on second Sundays. Get involved and sign up to volunteer for Sunday Streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City by recruiting and training more than 200+ volunteers for each event. For route maps and to volunteer go to sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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