SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 7, 2011
"It's a nice way to see how the landscape of the bay changes as it goes from the baylands out the sea and connects to the bay itself."
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Celebrate at the SF Bicycle Coalition's Annual Golden Wheel Awards on June 15.
Just Announced: Mayor Lee to Attend the Golden Wheel Awards
Grab your fancy clothes and your best friend and head to the 19th Annual Golden Wheel Awards, an important mid-year soirée to connect Bicycle Coalition members with enthusiasts, local dignitaries, business leaders and fellow supporters. Come enjoy an evening of food and fine beverages while rubbing elbows with guests like Mayor Ed Lee and the Supervisors!
Meet and Greet for New SF Bicycle Coalition Members
If you have been a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition for less than a year, you are invited to join us for a special night to learn about the work of the SF Bicycle Coalition, our education and community programs, and our vision for Connecting the City -- 100 miles of continuous, crosstown bikeways connecting San Francisco's unique neighborhoods. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bicycle advocacy organization and how you can get involved.
Help Gain Support for Three Miles of Separated Bikeways
Do you want to be riding on three miles of safe and separated, continuous bikeways from the Bay to the Beach this year? Projects on Market Street, Fell and Oak Streets, and JFK Drive are moving forward, and the SF Bicycle Coalition needs you to support, speak up, and energize people for Connecting the City, carrying the message of safe and continuous bikeways far and wide.
Pedal to the Fairfax Festival this Weekend
Get out of town on Saturday, June 11th on a casual, guided ride to check out the Fairfax Festival in Marin. This guided bike tour is an easy day trip and fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition. Cruise from the Ferry Building, pedaling over the Golden Gate Bridge and up the coast to Fairfax. This ride offers a great change of scenery at a relaxed pace: a perfect jaunt for those looking for their first "ambitious" bike ride. This 22-mile ride takes just under three hours at a reasonable pace, ending at the 33rd Annual Fairfax Festival. Sign up at sfbike.org/mingle today!
Sunday Streets Heads South this Sunday
Explore the Bayview, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill at Sunday Streets, June 12, 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. Or, enjoy the event as a volunteer and get a free lunch and a t-shirt. It takes literally hundreds of people like you to help make Sunday Streets possible. Be a Sunday Streets hero and volunteer. Here are four ways you can help make Sunday Streets a huge success:
Celebrate Pride on Two Wheels
SF Bicycle Coalition LGBTQ Meet and Mingle, June 17: Come join the SF Bicycle Coalition for a drink and great conversations with like-minded commuters in the LGBTQ community. Support the SF Bicycle Coalition's vision for Connecting the City at this casual LGBTQ happy hour fundraiser on Friday, June 17, 6-8pm at the Lookout Bar, 3600 16th St (at Noe). SF Bicycle Coalition staff will be on hand, so bring your questions and your special donation to give the SF Bicycle Coalition a boost for their work to get three continuous miles of bikeways on the ground by the end of the year.
Member Discount Changes: Rainbow Grocery Co-op
As of January 1, 2012, Rainbow Grocery will no longer offer a 10% discount to members of the SF Bicycle Coalition. Through the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's partnership with Rainbow Grocery Co-op, we have been able to support the missions of both our organizations by helping more people shop by bicycle and expanding bicycle parking at Rainbow Grocery Co-op, including an on-street bike parking corral.
Clean Your Closets to Connect the City
Drop off your unwanted treasures at Community Thrift (623 Valencia Street at Sycamore Alley), and allocate your goods to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (#181). When your goods are sold, Community Thrift will give a hearty portion of the sales to the SF Bicycle Coalition, providing funding for bicycle advocacy and making San Francisco a better place to live and ride.
Video: Sunday Streets in the Mission
This fun video posted on the Mission Mission website shows all the fun on Valencia and 24th Streets last month for the Mission Sunday Streets! This Sunday, June 12, Sunday Streets bikes, walks and dances through the Dogpatch, Bayview and Potrero Hill. Come enjoy over two miles of car-free City streets with music, food, and local merchants! See sundaystreetssf.com for more information.
** Wednesday, June 8 **
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.
** Thursday, June 9 **
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 of 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, how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities. The class is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required. Sign up at www.sfbike.org/edu.
** Saturday, June 11 **
Get out of town on your bike! The Fairfax Foray is a free-wheeling bicycle adventure from San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin led by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Board Member, David Baker.
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, June 12 **
Internal Bicycle Maintenance Class *
Over three weeks learn installation, overhaul, adjustment and maintenance of bicycle bearing systems (headsets, bottom brackets and hubs), freewheels and cassettes. Info and tickets: http://bkjun2011internal.eventbrite.com.
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 a bike (if you have it) and a helmet. We'll take care of the rest. Questions? Email email@example.com.
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.
Ecological History Bike Tour *
This trip through San Francisco's lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline will focus on the city south of downtown and SOMA, traversing the Mission, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Bayview, and the southeast coastline, including several new public parks. Bring a snack and water, and reserve your spot: 415-608-9035, sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco.
Pedaling the Presidio Ride *
Cycle through scenery and immerse yourself in history on this five-mile, moderate bike ride lead by SF Bicycle Coalition member and Ranger James Osborne. Helmet, bike and reservations required. Contact: 415-561-4323.
** Monday, June 13 **
JFK Drive Separated Bikeways Community Meeting
Please join your neighbors, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and San Francisco Recreation and Parks staff to discuss options and ideas to create 1.5 miles of separated bikeways on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. Come speak up and add your thoughts on how to make biking on JFK Drive safe and comfortable for you, your neighbors, and anyone from 8 to 80-years-old. Visit connectingthecity.org/2011/jfk for more information and options the SF Bicycle Coalition has put forth. Attend the meeting or speak up for comfortable bikeways through connectingthecity.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
External Bicycle Maintenance Class *
Over three weeks learn installing and removing tubes and tires, installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, truing wheels, and chain maintenance. Info and tickets: http://bkjun2011external.eventbrite.com.
** Wednesday, June 15 **
2011 Golden Wheel Awards
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for this special evening to watch the premier our latest Connecting the City video and honor individuals who are already working to connect San Francisco. Full event details.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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