SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 19, 2011
"This past Sunday, I attended the packed SF Bicycle Coalition’s Urban Cycling Workshop at the Richmond District Police Station along with over 40 of my neighbors. With so many people wanting to bike more often, I encourage every San Franciscan to take this great course and learn how to bike with confidence and respect,"
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Some people avoid hills, some climb them for fun.
Bike Happy Hours Roll Through July
We've reclaimed the idea of Happy Hours to celebrate biking in San Francisco. You're invited to a streetside party every Thursday in July, where you'll get treats, air for your tires and special local deals. Celebrate biking in San Francisco at Bike Happy Hours!
More Links to the Southern Neighborhoods
A few weeks ago we let you know that the City has completed half of the network projects in the current Bike Plan, after tireless community outreach and planning dating back to 2002. But never fear, things aren't slowing down! More new bike lanes are linking some of the southern neighborhoods in San Francisco. In addition to existing new bike lanes on Alemany Boulevard and Illinois Street, new lanes will be taking shape on Bayshore Avenue and Portola Drive soon. Be on the lookout for these improvements helping San Franciscans to get home, the Farmer's Market and out and about in Bayview, Portola, and Excelsior neighborhoods. Find the latest update at sfbike.org/link to see which lanes are coming next.
Experience Sunday Streets in Civic Center and the Tenderloin
There is no better way to make local discoveries than when walking or riding your bike on a Sunday Streets route. Experience Civic Center and the Tenderloin in a whole new way -- complete with dancing, roller skating, hula hooping and more -- when Sunday Streets heads to the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods on August 14 from 11am to 4pm. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City and the SF Municipal Transportation Authority for Sunday Streets by recruiting and training 100+ volunteers for every event.
Be Part of the SF Bicycle Coalition Office Team
Internships: Looking for a summer/fall internship where you'll be challenged, learn valuable skills and work with a team of passionate staff and volunteers? Apply for the Grassroots Organizing Internship or Event Planning Internship.
Sustainable Commuter Benefits Bill on the Governor's Desk
Good news: the California state legislature has approved a law to help expand commuter benefits for sustainable transportation modes, including bicycling. Senate Bill 582 would authorize regional agencies (like the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Air Quality Management District) to require employers with twenty or more employees to provide one of the following commuting options:
Take action -- sign this petition and tell Governor Brown that you support transit benefit legislation!
Have a Slice and Support Separated Bikeways
On Tuesday, July 26, Patxi's Pizza will donate 10% of all sales from the Noe Valley location to the SF Bicycle Coalition. Invite your friends over and order in, or ride to Patxi's in Noe Valley to enjoy pizza and directly benefit the SF Bicycle Coalition's work. This includes all dine-in, take-out, delivery, and gift card purchases throughout the day. Purchases can be made in person or by phone. The Noe Valley location also delivers to Noe Valley, Glen Park, Bernal Heights, the Mission, and the Castro. Patxi's Noe Valley location, 4042 24th Street, 415-285-2000, patxispizza.com.
Your Mid-Year Cleaning Will Help 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: What Separated Bikeways Could Look Like in SF
We talk a lot about separated bikeways in our Connecting the City campaign, but they can be tough to envision if you haven't had the chance to ride one in real life. If you can't afford a plane ticket to New York City, Long Beach, Portland, Chicago or any of the other cities leading the way with these great facilities, this short video shows the new half-mile Queens Plaza Protected Cycletrack just after its completion. Check out how nice the ride is. Do you want to learn more about our vision for 100 miles of crosstown bikeways? See connectingthecity.org.
** Thursday, July 21 **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
Got the gift of gab? Are you a current or former member? Volunteer to phone bank with the SF Bicycle Coalition! No cold calling, just simple reminders to friendly lapsed SF Bicycle Coalition 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.
Bike Happy Hour
Celebrate biking in the city with the SF Bicycle Coalition at Bike Happy Hours. We've reclaimed the idea of Happy Hours to celebrate biking in San Francisco and we're throwing a streetside party every Thursday in July, handing out treats, pumping up tires and offering special local deals for SF Bicycle Coalition members. Want to be the reason for smiles on the faces of your fellow bicycle riders? Email email@example.com if you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to sign up to volunteer.
** Saturday, July 23 **
SF Bicycle Coalition 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: Seven Hells of San Francisco
This year's ride will revisit some favorite old monster climbs including Dalewood, 21st Street and Divisadero. Expect some surprising new nasties that will make it hard to keep two wheels on the ground. And yes, extra credits are back as well.
SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SF Bicycle Coalition members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides. Questions? Email Dan.
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