SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 26, 2011
"And we need more public realm improvements to make the city generally more welcoming for people so it's less that the city's built for cars and everyone else is an afterthought. We want to flip that around. The more this happens the more welcoming it will be for bikes. It will slow all traffic and improve safety for everyone -- it's indirect but that's the long-term change,"
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What's going on at the SF Bicycle Coalition?
Neighbors Discuss Separated Bikeways on Fell and Oak Streets
The City is embarking on another planning study to improve three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets with proposals for a separated bikeway on these three blocks. There is of course a long history of neighborhood interest in improving biking on these critical three blocks. You can read more about the 17-year history to improve this area here. The SF Bicycle Coalition wants to see this project on the ground this year, as part of three continuous miles of comfortable bikeway on the popular Bay to Beach Route.
Welcome Ed Reiskin, the New SFMTA Chief
The SF Bicycle Coalition applauds the appointment of Ed Reiskin to lead the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, a city department that is critical to our work as it oversees all aspects of the transportation system. As the Director of the SF Department of Public Works, Reiskin has been a strong supporter of better streets by championing the prioritization of street repaving on bicycle routes, supporting Sunday Streets and a better Market Street, and advancing the city's Pavement to Parks program. Reiskin also regularly rides a bicycle, walks, and takes public transit in the city, so he knows the potential we have to make our streets and public spaces far better. He even participated in a Bikes Belong study trip to the Netherlands last summer that the SF Bicycle Coalition helped to organize, so he has experienced firsthand how cities like Amsterdam have grown their bicycling mode share to nearly 40%. Find out more about Ed Reiskin's approach to leading the city's transportation system here, including recent interviews, which signal an exciting opportunity for our work to make San Francisco an even better and more bikeable city.
Bike Happy Hour Special Deal
We've reclaimed the idea of Happy Hours to celebrate biking in San Francisco. You're invited to a streetside party this Thursday, with snacks, air for your tires, and high fives. Celebrate biking in San Francisco at Bike Happy Hour this Thursday, July 28, at Duboce Park from 5-7pm. Nearby Duboce Park Cafe will be offering a free draft beer with any sandwich or salad purchase for SF Bicycle Coalition members. Stop by the orange SF Bicycle Coalition tent for your ticket for the Bike Happy Hour deal!
Sunday Streets Rolls to the Tenderloin and Civic Center
Experience Civic Center and the Tenderloin in a whole new way -- on your bike, walking, roller skating, hula hooping and more. Sunday Streets heads to the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods on August 14 from 11am-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.
Your Dinner Tonight Helps Support Separated Bikeways
Tonight, Tuesday, July 26, Patxi's Pizza in Noe Valley will donate 10% of all sales from the day to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition! Ride over to Patxi's in Noe Valley to enjoy pizza or order delivery from the comfort of your couch, all to 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. Noe Valley location only but they do deliver to Noe Valley, Glen Park, Bernal Heights, the Mission, and the Castro.
Tour de Fat Returns to San Francisco
Tour de Fat is rolling into San Francisco again on Saturday, September 24, and you are not going to want to miss out on the ballyhoo of bicycles and beer. Hundreds of amazing volunteers help make this bicycle party and fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition happen! Don't delay! Secure your favorite volunteer spot today.
Volunteers and Interns Needed
Volunteer with the Great Streets Project! Love to people watch or explore the streets of San Francisco? Have an outgoing personality and enjoy talking to strangers? Maybe you have nimble fingers and are a pro at using pedestrian counters. We rely volunteers with a variety of talents to collect data and evaluate the impact of streets projects around the city. Read more about upcoming volunteer opportunities at sfgreatstreets.org/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a shift.
Video: Neighborhood Greenways in Portland
This Streetfilms video shows some of the interesting biking and walking infrastructure improvements going on in Portland. The city has set a goal of getting 25% of all trips taken by bicycle by the year 2030; to that end, Portland is developing a system of Neighborhood Greenways -- biking and walking focused routes that span the city. The greenways feature prominent bike and pedestrian signage and traffic-calming designs. By 2015 Portland plans to have 80% of residents living within one-half mile of a Neighborhood Greenway. This is great inspiration as we move forward with our own Connecting the City project!
** Tuesday, July 26 **
Eat Pizza to Benefit the SF Bicycle Coalition
On Tuesday, July 26th Patxi's Pizza in Noe Valley will donate 10% of all sales to the SF Bicycle Coalition. Invite your friends over and order in, or ride to Patxi's in Noe Valley to enjoy pizza and benefit the SF Bicycle Coalition. This includes all dine-in, take-out, delivery, and gift card purchases throughout the day. Purchases can be made in person or by phone. Noe Valley location only but they deliver to Noe Valley, Glen Park, Bernal Heights, the Mission, and the Castro.
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
Everyone's invited! Contact Leah at 415-431-BIKE x306 or email@example.com for agenda and details.
North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association Meeting*
Please join your NOPNA neighbors, Panhandle Park Stewards, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the SF Bicycle Coalition at this regular neighborhood group meeting. The SFMTA will introduce the Fell and Oak Street Separated Bikeway project and the SF Bicycle Coalition will present our Connecting the City vision and what it means for Alamo Square residents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to be on our list for future meetings about Fell and Oak Streets.
** Wednesday, July 27 **
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember and 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 to the office! Questions? Email email@example.com or just show up.
** Thursday, July 28 **
Bike Happy Hour
Celebrate biking in the city with the SF Bicycle Coalition with 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.
The Duboce Park Cafe will be offering a free draft beer with any sandwich or salad purchase to SF Bicycle Coalition members -- stop by the orange SF Bicycle Coalition tent for your ticket for the Bike Happy Hour deal!
** Saturday, July 30 **
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).
** Sunday, July 31 **
Ridge to Bridge Ride*
Experience National Parks and the Bay Area Ridge Trail on a strenuous 12-mile loop that begins in the Presidio, spans the Golden Gate Bridge, and descends into the peaceful valley in the Marin Headlands. Led by SF Bicycle Coalition member and Ranger James Osborne. For experienced riders with hybrid bikes; 10 miles paved and 2 miles dirt trail. For reservations and information call 415-561-4323.
** Monday, August 1 **
SPUR Forum: San Francisco's Transportation Plan *
San Francisco is in the middle of updating its 25-year transportation plan, which includes policy goals such as shifting more travel away from cars and making better use of streets as public space. Come learn what investments are included in the plan, how they are funded and how San Francisco's overall transportation funding priorities compare with other major cities. With Tilly Chang, deputy director for planning, and Zabe Bent, principal transportation planner, both from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Free to SPUR members, $5 for non-members; okay to bring lunch.
(Events not sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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