SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 24, 2011
"Alemany Boulevard is such an important connector in the city, and with these new bikeways we will see even more people riding comfortably to work or school or the farmers market or simply for fun."
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Got Byke Pride?
Take the $20,000 Challenge
We are on the brink of something huge in San Francisco -- a bikeway explosion! At Bike to Work Day on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Lee, City Supervisors, and business leaders clearly stated their support for the SF Bicycle Coalition's Connecting the City crosstown bikeway vision. Now, your SF Bicycle Coalition is swinging into action, moving beyond our daily work to step up the urgency and make sure we Connect the City, starting with 3 miles of great new bikeways on the Bay to the Beach Route -- from JFK Drive, to Fell and Oak Streets, through the Wiggle to connect to the new Market Street green bikeway -- all by the end of the year.
Celebrate Sunday Streets as a Volunteer
Sunday Streets June 12 is a great way to explore the Bayview, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill while enjoying healthy activities like walking, biking, roller skating and hula hooping, and of course the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Freedom from Training Wheels. It takes literally hundreds of people like you to help make Sunday Streets possible. Be a hero and celebrate Sunday Streets as a volunteer. Here are four ways you can help make Sunday Streets a huge success:
Bicycle Ambassadors Pump Up the Jams
Help gain support and energize people for Connecting the City, carrying the message of safe and continuous bikeways far and wide. If you are a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to be a part of gathering support, email Tessa to volunteer. Not a trained Bicycle Ambassador yet? Mark your calendar for the next training on Tuesday, June 14 at the SF Bicycle Coalition HQ from 7:30-8:30pm.
The 19th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
Mingle with politicos, city leaders, community builders, and your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members alike as we as we celebrate our vision for a connected city where anyone from an 8-year old child to her 80-year old grandmother will feel safe, confident and comfortable biking through San Francisco's unique neighborhoods and commercial districts.
Golden Gate Bridge Bike Access Update
The Golden Gate Bridge is a legendary attraction for bicycle riders both local and from around the world. But it can be a tricky place to ride, and it's about to become trickier, as the Golden Gate Bridge District closes the west sidewalk for four months starting May 31 for seismic retrofit construction work. The entire west sidewalk will remain closed for a 4-month period through the end of August during which time bicycles and pedestrians will share the east sidewalk, with bike access 24 hours/day (pedestrians have access sunrise to sunset). Learn more about the sidewalk closure and seismic work here at the GG Bridge District website. Please remember to exercise due caution on the East side of the bridge, while people on bikes and on foot enjoy the beauty of this amazing national treasure.
Ride the SF Pride Parade with the SF Bicycle Coalition
Get your Pride on with SF Bicycle Coalition in our Byke Pride contingent in the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26! The SF Bicycle Coalition's parade contingent is a fun and fabulous way for current SF Bicycle Coalition members to experience the parade firsthand. There is nothing quite like the thrill and exhilaration of riding down the center of Market Street in one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the world. For questions and to reserve your space in the contingent, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Your Voice to the Better Market Street Project
If you missed last week's Better Market Street workshops, don't worry: there is still time to learn and help steer the Better Market Street Project. The City will be repaving Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero in 2015 and wants to know what you believe will make Market Street the City's premier street to commute, shop, and spend time on. Workshops and webinars take place this week and next, and we need you to speak up for what you like and don't like about biking, walking or taking the bus on Market Street now, and what you want to see in the future. After listening to members' input over the years, the SF Bicycle Coalition is working towards a continuous, green separated bikeway the full length of Market Street that is safe and inviting for you and everyone from your 8 year-old niece to your 80 year-old neighbor to bike on. There are lots of ways to share your vision for Market Street:
Video: Mayor Ed Lee Celebrates Bike to Work Day
If you missed the huge show of support from Mayor Ed Lee and 10 of the 11 City Supervisors along with San Francisco business leaders, check out this video of the Mayor's comments. Hear the Mayor share his thoughts on how to improve the popular Bay to Beach route, including the three miles of new bikeways connecting Golden Gate Park to Market Street, through Fell and Oak Streets and the Wiggle route in the Lower Haight. The SF Bicycle Coalition thanks Mayor Ed Lee and all the other City leaders who rode to work and voiced their support for helping Connect the City, including these key three miles by the end of 2011. In this video, hear Mayor Ed Lee kick-off a huge City celebration of biking, along with many City leaders!
** Tuesday, May 24th **
Better Market Street Open House and Presentation *
The City's Better Market Street Project kicks off with these important presentations and webinars. The City will be looking at ways to improve Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to the Embarcadero by improving transit flow, walking, and biking while ensuring Market Street becomes a vibrant public place. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been hard at work bringing improvements to Market Street in the short term (improved surface bus speeds, more people walking in the area, and a green, separated bikeway between Octavia and 8th Street) and we need you to come speak up for all these improvements at one of these upcoming workshops and webinars. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. Visit www.sfbike.org/Market for more background information.
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
Everyone's invited! Contact Leah at 415-431-2453 x306 or email@example.com for agenda and details.
** Wednesday, May 25th **
Better Market Street Webinar *
Come to the SF Bicycle Coalition Office (833 Market Street, 10th Floor) to participate in this webinar as a group. We will discuss the SF Bicycle Coalition's role in the Better Market Street Project starting at 11:45.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up.
A Pies for Parklets Celebration and Fundraiser
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition along with community groups, NOPNA, Sunday Streets, and St. Cyprian's Church to raise a glass to the 2010 Golden Wheel Award Winner, Michael Helquist, this year's District 5's June Person of the Month, while raising some funds to transform the SE corner of Turk and Lyon into a new parklet. Free treat with each $15-$20 donation (slice of pie, drinks and more. RSVP at email@example.com
** Saturday, May 28th **
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)
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: City Tour of Literary History
Ride through the literary history of San Francisco. Tour neighborhoods as varied as North Beach and the Mission while learning facts, tid-bits, and heresy about the City's writerly past. Be prepared to meet some authors along the way. Expect a two-hour, fairly easy-going ride (minimal hills!). Eat beforehand, but time permitting (and desired) we will stop in a coffeehouse for refueling.
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.
** Monday, May 30th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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