SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 12, 2011
"We're seeing more and more students and families who feel comfortable biking and walking to school which helps the School District achieve our commitment to improving sustainability citywide."
Biker Bulletin News
Bike commuters are depending on you!
Celebrate With Us at the 19th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
Mark your calendars and buy your tickets today for the 19th annual Golden Wheel Awards on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. We'll be celebrating our vision for a connected city where anyone from an 8-year old child to her 80-year-old grandmother will feel safe, comfortable and confident biking through San Francisco's unique neighborhoods and commercial districts.
Thousands of SF Students Bike To School
Thousands of kids of all ages rode for the 3rd annual Bike to School Day along with their parents, teachers, city staff and elected officials. Nearly 40 schools all across the city participated in this popular and fun event and the huge turnout reflects what we are seeing citywide -- San Franciscans love bicycling. Five San Francisco Supervisors started their mornings celebrating Bike to School Day in their districts:
Bike Boxes Arrive on Market Street
Thanks to the City for continuing to improve bicycling on Market Street by installing six green bike boxes between Van Ness and Eighth Street, getting closer to a continuous, green, separated bikeway the whole length of lower Market Street. The number of people biking on Market Street continues to rise and the green bike boxes add more safe and comfortable space on this busy corridor. Bike Boxes help to improve visibility for the huge number of people on bikes, establish a clear waiting area when bikes are stopped at red lights, and in some locations help position people on bikes when they need to cross another travel lane like at South Van Ness. If you haven't already, take a ride on Market Street and watch how the City continues to fill in the gaps of the green, separated bikeway on Market Street all the way between Eighth and Octavia.
Get Your Workplace Ready for Bike to Work Day
Supply delivery: Do you drive a truck or van professionally and would be willing to lend us your skills? We need your help! Email Tessa if this describes you!
Daytime office help: Do you have a few hours to spare for bike advocacy? We need people to distribute posters, run bike errands, stuff envelopes and prepare materials, just to name a few ways you can help. Daytime volunteers are crucial and help the SF Bicycle Coalition keep the wheels of change moving. Email Tessa if you can help out!
Calling All Bicycle Ambassadors
Gather support for our vision of a city connected with bikeways. See the fruits of your labor when separated bikeways are a reality, making San Francisco an easier and safer city to shop, commute, live and play by bike for an 8-year-old child to your 80-year-old neighbor! If you're a Bicycle Ambassador (a current member who has attended outreach training) and want to share your excitement for the future of bicycling in San Francisco email Tessa.
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 to help in this important way? 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 during daytime office hours.
Join our team as an intern: Want to gain experience in bicycle advocacy, planning, and outreach? Click here for more information on our internship opportunities.
Sunday Streets Heads to the Mission
Sunday Streets rolled through Golden Gate Park and along Ocean Beach this past Sunday and huge numbers of people came out and enjoyed miles and miles of open streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 200+ volunteers for every event. Thanks to the amazing volunteers who made last Sunday's event another huge success. Mark your calendar to come out and play for the next Sunday Streets as it returns to the Mission District on May 8 from 11am-4pm. Three ways you can help make the Mission Sunday Streets a success:
Welcome our Newest Discount Partner: Good Vibrations
We're quite pleased to announce the newest SF Bicycle Coalition discount partner, Good Vibrations! Good Vibrations now offers all card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members 10% off all in-store purchases (excluding kits and gift cards) when you ride your bike and present your current SF Bicycle Coalition membership card. Ride on over and check out what kind of savings your member discount can get you. Good Vibrations has three locations: 1620 Polk St., 603 Valencia St. and 934 Howard St. Discount may not be combined with any other offer.
SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk with Timbuk2 CEO
Please join us this Thursday for "Taming the Bike Commuter Beast," a presentation by Timbuk2 CEO and Marin to SF commuter Mike Wallenfels. Want to start biking to work? Learn from Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels who has learned how to make biking to work a pleasure. Learn about his 38-mile commute from Novato to San Francisco's Mission District. Mike will share his secrets to bike commuting success that will get you off the fence and on your bike.
Video: Designing Streets to Calm Traffic
In this Streetfilm, learn how traffic engineers across the nation are using bulb-outs, chicanes, roundabouts, permeable paving, daylighting and other innovative designs to make streets more welcoming places for everyone! By creating neighborhood streets, San Francisco can make streets safer for neighbors and people biking or walking. Watch this video and if you live on a street that needs improvement, request Traffic Calming in your neighborhood!
** Tuesday, April 12th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Outreach Training
Interested in volunteering to be a bicycle ambassador at events all over town, like Bike to Work Day, festivals, races 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! RSVP to Tessa@sfbike.org.
Bike Touring Skill Share *
Come to this bike touring skill share event to hear stories and share ideas. Afterward, small group discussions will give get in depth about route planning, gear, food and more. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Wednesday, April 13th **
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 members, 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.
** Thursday, April 14th **
SF Bike to School Day Volunteer and Organizer Ice Cream Party
Celebrate this year's Bike to School Day with pictures, stories, food, and make-your-own ice cream sandwiches. Family friendly, but bring some toys to occupy your little ones.
SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk: Taming the Bike Commuter Beast
Taming the Bike Commuter Beast, a presentation by Timbuk2 CEO and Marin to SF commuter Mike Wallenfels. Riding to work can be a daunting endeavor for newbies, but Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels has learned how to make it work. Learn about his 38-mile commute from Novato to San Francisco's Mission District. Mike will share his secrets to bike commuting success that will get you off the fence and on your bike.
** Friday, April 15th **
Balboa Park Station Westside Entrance and Walkway Ribbon Cutting
Join the SF Bicycle Coalition, neighbors, and BART Staff to celebrate this key connection to the Ocean Avenue bike lanes. For years, people wanting to bike or walk on Ocean Avenue had no safe way to get to and from the Balboa Park BART Station. Thanks to advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition, BART was able to receive funding for this great project.
** Saturday, April 16th **
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).
Cycle for Sight Ride *
Join the Cycle for Sight ride in Napa in support of Enchanted Hills Camp, providing resources and a retreat for blind and visually impaired individuals. Register to ride on a 15-, 25- or 50-mile course as a tandem or solo rider as part of Team LightHouse. Info: Call Tony Fletcher at 415-694-7319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Sunday, April 17th **
Golden Gate Bridge Sidewalks Closed to Bike Traffic *
The Annual Presidio 10 Race will close both sidewalks to non-race participants. During this time, bicyclists may use the FREE bike shuttle, which will operate in both directions across the Bridge. The shuttle will stop in the clearly marked designated area SOUTHEAST parking lot and on the NORTHEAST side of the Bridge at the northbound Alexander Avenue off-ramp bus stop area.
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride:
Take a merry ride over the bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts and drop in on their spring Open House. Meet HCA's Artists in Residence and Affiliate Artists in their studios, see and discuss current works-in-progress, and check out this very groovy scene nesting in the former Fort Barry site. The HCA Open House is free, but bring snack money and an appetite for aesthetic intrigue. Contact Andy for more info. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides.
Pedaling the Presidio *
Cycle through scenery, immerse in history on this five-mile, moderate bicycle ride. Helmet required.
Connecting the City Outreach for JFK Drive Bikeway
Help gain support for a continuous, wide and comfortable bikeway on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, making sure you will be riding on this bikeway in a few months! If you're a Bicycle Ambassador (a current member who has attended outreach training) and want to share your excitement for the future of bicycling in San Francisco email Tessa@sfbike.org to volunteer.
** Monday, April 18th **
Freewheel Bicycle Repair Class *
Learn to fix and maintain your own bike! Two four-hour classes for $100, including a six-month membership to Freewheel's community workshop. Please call 415-752-9195 or visit the shop to register.
How to Bike Anywhere Workshop
Just in time for Bike to Work Day, the SF Bicycle Coalition's Bike Buddies will show you the best way to get around town quickly and safely by bike and how to fix a flat tire - the best bike maintenance skill to have.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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