SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 21, 2011
"I need to thank the Bicycle Coalition for bringing fun back onto our streets. When I hear good data, like the 58 percent increase in bicyclists in the city in the past four years, I get excited. We want that vision of Connecting the City with 100 miles of bikeways for everyone from 8 to 80."
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Golden Wheel Was the Place to Be Last Week
At last week's Golden Wheel Awards gala, Mayor Ed Lee, six members of the Board of Supervisors, and other local leaders joined hundreds more who support a better city through better bicycling. Mayor Lee shared his enthusiasm for the SF Bicycle Coalition's vision for Connecting the City with the crowd of over 350 people as we presented Golden Wheel Awards to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) Livable Streets team for their inspiring work creating the Market Street green, separated bikeway; and the Union Square Business Improvement District (BID) for their leadership in building the Powell St. Promenade.
Our Vision for 100 Miles of Bikeways in Two Minutes
Celebrate Pride This Weekend with the SF Bicycle Coalition
Gay Pride Freedom Ride and LGBTQ History Bike Tour: Sat., Jun. 25, 1:45-5pm, Meet at Cupid's Arrow on the Embarcadero. Celebrate Gay Pride Weekend with this eight-mile bike ride through San Francisco's LGBTQ history. Visit sites and neighborhoods of historic and cultural significance. Come Out!... and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the LGBTQ community to San Francisco. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides. RSVP on Facebook or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Volunteers Keep Us Rolling Forward
Pump up the Jams: Tonight, Tue., June 21 | 5-7pm | Duboce Park. Are you a trained Bicycle Ambassador and excited about Connecting the City? Help gain support for Connecting the City and give low tires a boost at the same time, carrying the message of safe and continuous bikeways far and wide. Email email@example.com if you want to volunteer tonight and pump up the jams!
Welcome Abbey Levantini as Operations Assistant
The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to have Abbey Levantini join the staff as Operations Assistant. Previously, she's worked as a librarian, bookkeeper, accountant, and administrator for various organizations in San Francisco and Boston. She is passionate about bicycling, community building, and making San Francisco the best biking city in the nation. Abbey received an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Welcome, Abbey!
Golden Gate Bridge Construction Update
Since May 31, the Golden Gate Bridge's west sidewalk has been closed for seismic construction and all non-motorized traffic is sharing the eastern sidewalk while enjoying this legendary attraction. The SF Bicycle Coalition has worked for years to maintain bicycle access on the Golden Gate Bridge. and we continue to work with the Bridge District staff to find ways to improve everyone's experience on the bridge during this 4-month detour. If you've been on the bridge since the temporary closure and have recommendations on how the Golden Gate Bridge District can help improve safety and comfort for everyone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your ideas. With so many people biking and walking, it's a tricky place to ride and it's important that everyone be able to enjoy this beautiful attraction, so please email your suggestions for improving safety today!
Volunteer When Sunday Streets Returns to Ocean Beach
Another great Sunday Streets in the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and the Bayview was made possible by 100+ awesome volunteers this past weekend. At the fourth Sunday Streets of the year attendees enjoyed hula hooping, roller skating and more while the SF Bicycle Coalition hosted Freedom From Training Wheels for the kids. Next up on July 10, Sunday Streets returns to the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park. 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:
We're Hiring: Communications Director
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is hiring a Communications Director to help us promote our work for safer streets and more livable neighborhoods by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. This important, full-time position will manage our ongoing communications work, including media strategy and outreach; development of the printed newsletter; member email bulletins; website and social media updates; and graphic design oversight. Learn more about this opportunity at sfbike.org/jobs and please share this announcement with talented communications professionals you think would be a good fit for our dynamic, hard-working organization.
** Tuesday, June 21st **
Service Station: Pump up the Jams
Help gain support for Connecting the City and give low tires a boost at the same time, 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 email@example.com to volunteer.
** Wednesday, June 22nd **
SFBC Tube Times Folding Party
It's time to get the Summer issue of the Tube Times out on the street! The SFBC office will be hopping with friendly folks - chatting, snacking, and folding away until the folding is done. Can you come out and help spread the news about biking in the city? Dinner is provided. Bring your bike up to the 10th floor. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up to volunteer.
** Saturday, June 25th **
Golden Gate Bridge Events Likely to Cause Delays *
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Cycle for Life will cause Delays on the open sidewalk for people traveling by bike.
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)
Ride the Blue Greenway
Come out and explore the Blue Greenway, a 13-mile greenway/waterway network on San Francisco's Southern Waterfront, and help shape a premier bicycle route for the city's southeast. The ride will stop at 6 locations along the Blue Greenway to define the vision for bicycle access. Enjoy breathtaking views of the SF bay, celebrate the history of southeast SF, and enjoy a thrilling ride! Hosted by the Neighborhood Parks Council and the SF Bicycle Coalition, the ride is free to all (and there will be a raffle!) -- reserve your spot or learn more information at the NPC website or call 415-621-3260.
Food History Bike Tour *
NOTE: DATE CHANGE (WAS 26th) This ride will go north to explore the old Italian food industries, before turning south to explore the multiple food histories of the Mission and with luck, making it to Alemany Farm for the final stop, with special food stops along the way. Bring a snack and water, and reserve your spot: 415-608-9035, sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco
SFBC Rec Ride: San Francisco Gay Pride Freedom Ride And LGBTQ History Bike Tour
Celebrate Gay Pride Weekend with this eight-mile bike ride through San Francisco's LGBTQ history. Visit sites and neighborhoods of historic and cultural significance. The ride begins at the Embarcadero and pedals down Market Street exploring North Beach, Polk Gulch, Civic Center, Tenderloin, SOMA, Mission, and Castro Neighborhoods. Come Out!...and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the LGBTQ community to San Francisco. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides. Questions? Email hankcancel at sbcglobal.net
** Sunday, June 26th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rides Pride Parade
There's a lot of byke pride in the ranks of the SF Bicycle Coalition, and we let it shine big and bright for San Francisco's annual LGBT Pride parade. Join other fun and festive SF Bicycle Coalition members for one of the most thrilling rides you'll ever experience pedaling down Market Streets before an audience of over half a million. This event is open to all current members. To register, email email@example.com.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at SF Pride*
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide complimentary valet bicycle parking in our usual spot: Hastings Plaza at Hyde and McAllister. Weave your bike through the masses, park with us, and enjoy the celebration! Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet. If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador & want to share your pride alongside valet, recruiting members and sharing our vision for Connecting the City email Tessa to volunteer.
Bike Day at Fort Mason Center *
Come out and celebrate great new bike parking at Fort Mason Center on Bike Day. This is a family friendly event, with the YMCA hosting a bike roadeo for kids, and REI providing free bike adjustments, maps and adventure journals.
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Summerthing*
Once again, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be out at Speedway Meadow to valet park your bicycle - for FREE! - at Radio Alice's Summerthing. Enjoy a leisurely ride to the park for this free concert. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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