SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 2, 2011
"This week I rode The Wiggle. It only reinforced the inevitable conclusion: Bikes are the future. We need to do a better job of dealing with it,"
Biker Bulletin News
Slow and steady keeps folks rolling --
Members Invited to Help Shape Our 2017 Strategic Plan
The SF Bicycle Coalition's priorities are guided by our Strategic Plan, our roadmap for advancing our mission to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. As we wind down on our current five year plan, we are thinking about how to set ambitious, achievable goals for the next five years.
Coming Together to Fix Three Blocks of Fell and Oak Streets
Thank you to the Panhandle Park Stewards, North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, and Alamo Square Neighborhood Association for hosting forums on the SFMTA's plans for three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker, and the larger Connecting the City vision of the SF Bicycle Coalition. These groups have joined many others over the years in advocating to improve these three blocks, and we're excited this project is gaining traction.
Join Team SF Bicycle Coalition on the Climate Ride this Fall
"The California Climate Ride was everything I had hoped for, times 10. It really was a peak life experience. It was extremely well organized, it was a gorgeous route through the redwoods and down the California coast, with wonderfully down-to-earth, interesting, funny people to ride and hang out with. As a bonus, each night in camp I gained new and important information from listening to preeminent climate change scientists, nonprofit leaders, academics and entrepreneurs give talks." -- Deb Janes, SF Bicycle Coalition member.
Save the Date for Tour de Fat: September 24
Tour de Fat, your favorite bicycle festival with beer returns to Golden Gate Park on Saturday, September 24, 10am-5pm, and you are not going to want to miss out on the ballyhoo. Enjoy the morning bike parade through the park and stay for the bicycling circus of sensory splendor, featuring sideshow acts, a DIY booth and the Extra Action Marching Band -- and we're just getting started.
Love Sunday Streets? Give Back by Volunteering
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.
Volunteers Earn a Free Outside Lands Ticket
Are you a current SF Bicycle Coalition member and a trained Bicycle Ambassador? If the answer is yes, you are awesome and your trained volunteer skills come with the opportunity for a free one-day ticket to Outside Lands the weekend of August 12-14. You will be a Bicycle Ambassador alongside the popular Bike Valet, talking to concert attendees about projects like Connecting the City and the benefits of SF Bicycle Coalition membership, and attend one day of the concert for free! See your favorite bands like Arcade Fire, MGMT, The Roots and Muse and do your part to help make San Francisco a better place to ride a bike! Email Tessa to find out more information about volunteering. Volunteers must be a trained Bicycle Ambassador and Current member.
Interns Needed: Bike the Vote and More
With the November Mayor's Race heating up, the SF Bicycle Coalition is gearing up to Bike the Vote! We plan to engage and activate members all across the city to help elect a bicycling-friendly mayor and we need an energetic dedicated intern to help coordinate this campaign. A member vote and a Board of Directors vote in early September will determine whom we will endorse. Then, hundreds of SF Bicycle Coalition members will hit the streets and phone lines helping to get out the vote for our candidate or candidates. Elections work is a fast-paced, exciting way to help achieve a better San Francisco and we are looking for a skilled Political Intern to help coordinate our efforts and make sure San Franciscans Bike the Vote in 2012. Read more and learn how to apply.
Video: The Connecting the City Vision
If you haven't seen our latest Connecting the City video then be sure to take a moment now. See how 100 miles of continuous, crosstown bikeways will make getting around San Francisco by bike comfortable and safe for everyone from an 8 year-old to his 80 year-old grandmother. Hear from a dozen San Franciscans how we can keep this bold initiative rolling forward!
** Tuesday, August 2 **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
Chat up the SF Bicycle Coalition! Join the volunteers who keep the SF Bicycle Coalition membership strong. No cold-calling, just calls to friendly lapsed members offering an easy way to renew. Plan to stay for the thank-you dinner afterward and get to know your fellow volunteers. You must be a current or former member to volunteer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Thursday, August 4 **
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking (Day 1)
This introductory course is perfect for anyone who wants to be more comfortable riding. The four-hour, in-classroom course will cover the basics on how to choose the right bike and properly fit a helmet as well as tips for the safest ways to ride in traffic. You'll also learn techniques to avoid or handle street hazards and emergency maneuvers along with the best way to lock up your bike and how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities. This free class, hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required. Sign up at sfbike.org/edu.
** Saturday, August 6 **
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).
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking (Day 2)
If you've already completed Day 1 of the Urban Bicycling Workshop and want to gain some on-street experience, this Day 2 course is a great way to put your knowledge into practice on the streets of San Francisco. The six-hour course will reinforce the skills learned in the in-classroom portion and will continue with an organized bike ride with instructors and students riding together to help you feel comfortable riding in traffic. This free class, hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age who has completed Day 1. Sign-up for Urban Bicycle Workshop Day 2 at sfbike.org/edu2.
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Southeast Bikeways Survey Ride
San Francisco's southeastern corner has great neighborhoods and waterfront open spaces -- how can we do a better job of connecting them by bike? Come out and explore ideas for bikeways from the Mission to Islais Creek and southward, ride the Bayview Wiggle, and check out other opportunities to connect the southeast by bike. Expect a two hour ride, maybe longer, more leisurely than athletic but you'll get a workout for your imagination as you help visualize the future of bikeways in the southeast.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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