SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 19, 2011
"As a regular transit rider and a daily bicyclist, Joel Ramos will bring valuable experience to the SFMTA Board as he is passionate about all modes of transportation, is a team builder that works with the community, and is focused on a transit-oriented city."
Biker Bulletin News
Bike to Work Day is Around the Corner!
Your SF Bicycle Coalition is Growing and Hiring
As the tremendous demand for a great bicycling city continues to grow, so does our work at the SF Bicycle Coalition. We're excited to be adding two new staff positions to our team: Development Assistant and Operations Assistant.
The Bike to Work Day Dress-Up Challenge
If you already make every day Bike to Work Day, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has a special challenge just for you. Your Dress-up Challenge is to dress to the nines in your business best this year on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 12! Show that every day can be a bike to work day, even in your fancy duds. We know that people who are trying bicycling for the first time are looking to you as a seasoned expert and we want them to know they can get to work on a bicycle and look great doing it!
Request an Employer Toolkit: Get your free Bike to Work Day Employer Toolkit for your workplace, complete with an official event poster, employer resources and more at sfbike.org/employertoolkit.
Volunteers like you make Bike to Work Day the best biking day of the year: Your energy and passion for riding bicycles is needed to 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. Sign up today (and recruit your friends to volunteer with you) at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Do you have a few daytime 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!
Ride Through the Redwoods to Support the SF Bicycle Coalition
"It was truly wonderful. The challenge of the ride, the enthusiasm of the people, and the beauty of the scenery energized me not only during Climate Ride, but also now when I stop to reflect on the experience." - Jessica Coleman, SF Bicycle Coalition Member and SF Bicycle Coalition Team Climate Rider, 2010
Balboa Park BART Station Walkway Grand Opening
With bike lanes striped on Ocean Avenue last year, the street has become a safer connection for people who bike to get to City College of San Francisco (CCSF), San Francisco State University (SFSU), and Lick-Wilmerding High School. And now a new walkway from Balboa Park BART Station to Ocean Avenue creates an even better connection for the huge numbers of people that combine BART with walking and biking to these school campuses, as well as to the station's namesake, Balboa Park. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition worked closely with BART Planners to help this project receive Federal Stimulus dollars and ensure its quick completion. The Grand Opening comes just in time for CCSF's and SFSU's Bike to School Day on Thursday, April 21, so students can choose to add BART to their trip and keep their school commute green!
Special Event: Bicycle Infrastructure in the US and China
Join David Chiu, President of the S.F. Board of Supervisors; Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director of the Sustainable Streets Initiative at the SFMTA; and urban planning consultants Collin Hughes and Yan Xing, as they discuss what can be learned from the successes and failures of bicycle infrastructure projects in China and the US, and whether successes and lessons in the one country can translate to better biking in the other. As we see record numbers of people biking in San Francisco, how can we learn from China to help us catch up with the widespread demand for bicycling improvements? Can learning from China help San Francisco meet the City's goal of 20% of trips by bicycle by 2020?
Flex Your Membership Muscle as a Volunteer
If you're a SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador who has attended outreach training and wants to help make on the ground biking improvements a reality, email Tessa to volunteer.
New Bike Lanes Continue to Link Neighborhoods
Great new bike lane links continue to sprout all over the city and create safer connections for the 7 in 10 San Franciscans that bike. As we've mentioned, the 17th Street bike lane projects continue to be put in the ground, with sections east of Potrero complete and parts west of Treat Street linking you to work, shops, and restaurants. If you haven't been out for a ride on 17th Street lately go check out these new improvements. The 17th Street bike lanes will be completed between Treat and Potrero in the coming weeks. Portions of Portola Drive have also gone in the ground, and long-awaited improvements to Alemany Drive are slated to begin soon!
Bike to School Day: Share Your Stories and Photos
This year's Bike to School Day was a citywide celebration with thousands of students, parents and teachers and we want to hear about your family's ride to school! If you have stories or photos to share, email them to email@example.com. If you plan to post your photos on flickr, tag them with "sfbtsd" and "2011 Bike to School Day" or email Jason a link to your photos. Thanks again to everyone who helped make SF Bike to School Day a success for thousands of pre-kindergarten through 12th graders and their parents!
Video: SF Leads the Nation in Road Diets
Cities across the nation are finding ways to improve safety and increase biking and walking on streets with 'Road Diets' which are highlighted in this Streetfilm. Reconfiguring roads by removing one or more car travel lanes means less weaving car traffic while creating turning lanes, so drivers can take their time when turning, improving crosswalk safety. And the additional space can provide an easy opportunity to add bike lanes and reduce speeding, encouraging lots more people to try riding on the street. The Road Diet phenomenon really took off in San Francisco, where the city has completed over 40 projects, including the seminal Valencia Street. In this video, learn how reducing travel lanes can improve traffic flow for cars while improving safety for people on bikes and people walking while raising property values and improving business!
** Tuesday, April 19th **
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecting the City: Fell and Oak Streets
Share the Connecting the City vision for catching up with the demand for improvements on this popular route. If you're a SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador and have attended outreach training and want to see Fell and Oak Streets transformed email Tessa@sfbike.org to volunteer.
** Wednesday, April 20th **
The Lost Cyclist Book Event *
Author David V. Herlihy will discuss and sign the new paperback edition of The Lost Cyclist. Slideshow of photographs taken by the protagonist, Frank Lenz, 1890-94, before he disappeared during a round-the-world tour. More info.
Re-Cycling the Roads: New Developments in Bicycle Infrastructure in the US and China
What can be learned from the successes and failures of bicycle infrastructure projects in China and the US, and can successes in the one travel to the other? Learn about new developments in bicycle infrastructure in the US and China. How can activists, urban planners, and city officials work together to create livable, viable, and green urban environments? Speakers include Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director of the Sustainable Streets Initiative at the SFMTA, and independent urban planning consultants. Wine and cheese provided; SFBC members $5, Non-SFBC members $10. Co-sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition, the Sierra Club and the Asia Society of Northern California. RSVP to 415.421.8709 or
** Thursday, April 21st **
SF State + CCSF Bike to School Day *
Students and faculty at SF State University have organized their own Bike to Work Day to promote sustainability on their campus. People who commute to SFSU by bike will be provided with free local food, coffee and organic produce, as well as minor bike repairs and games and raffles. Ride on, Gators!
** Friday, April 22nd **
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Macaframa Broken Bones Benefit Race *
This race benefits the SF Bike Messenger Association's Broken Bones Fund. Followed by a 21+ party with live music. Complimentary bicycle parking provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
** Saturday, April 23rd **
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).
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Spring Eggstravaganza *
This SF Park and Rec event features egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatables, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food for sale! $5 per person. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
Ecological History Bike Tour *
Journey through San Francisco's lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline covering the heart of the city, the waterfront and Yerba Buena cove, Telegraph Hill, Black Point, and Crissy Field.
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Cheese, Beer + Bikes
Do you eat cheese? Drink beer? Ride a bike? Yes, yes and yes! Come out for a tour of the city's finest fromageries and an introductory lesson on pairing cheese and beer. Ride is about 2 hours and will finish at a small neighborhood beer bar to sample and share our selections. Bring cash to buy cheese and beer. Ride size limited to 40, 21+ riders; RSVP required.
** Sunday, April 24th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Info Walk: Panhandle Bike Path
Have you ever found yourself wondering how the Panhandle came to be the great bike path it is today? Have you ever wondered what Oak and Fell Streets used to look like 30, 50, or 100 years ago? Find out the history of the Panhandle area and how it relates to biking, walking, and driving and learn what the SF Bicycle Coalition and neighbors have in store to make it even better! Join us for a walk and talk. No bicycle needed-- this is a walking tour.
** Monday, April 25th **
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.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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