SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 23, 2011
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Bike the Vote: Weigh in on Mayoral Endorsement
It's time to Bike the Vote! Election day is November 8, and the voters will select San Francisco's next mayor, a critical decision in so many ways for the future of everyday bicycling in SF. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be making an endorsement in the mayor's race. We're calling on you -- and all of our members -- to help us determine who should receive that influential endorsement. Click over to sfbike.org/vote to read the candidates' responses to our questionnaire on bicycling issues, and then let us know who you think should receive the SF Bicycle Coalition's endorsement. Current members can log in and cast your vote for the candidates you think would be the best. Your voice is essential in guiding us, so please weigh in and let us know who you think should receive our endorsement.
Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer
Volunteer with the SF Bicycle Coalition! We rely on volunteers to collect surveys and conduct bike/pedestrian counts that help us evaluate the impact of streets projects around the city.
Celebrate Sunday Streets Twice in September
Sunday Streets makes two stops in September, first in the Western Addition and North of the Panhandle neighborhoods on September 11, and then Sunday Streets presents a Walking Street through Chinatown and North Beach on September 18, 11am to 4pm both days.
The City Needs You: Advisory Committee Openings
In order to ensure residents of San Francisco have a voice in city policies, the Board of Supervisors convenes Advisory Committees for lots of issues, including decisions relating to biking, pedestrian safety, and land use. With 12,000 members all over the city, the SF Bicycle Coalition is encouraging you to take a look at all the different committees and represent your neighborhood on one of the committees. There are currently openings in the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, Central Market/Tenderloin CBD, and Western SoMa Planning Taskforce. If you are interested, the best way to get involved is to attend the committee's next meeting and introduce yourself to the other members, then apply using the links above. Help share the SF Bicycle Coalition's vision for 100 miles of crosstown bikeways and safe streets for everyone of all ages in one of these community leadership roles.
Support Bike Projects on Cesar Chavez, 17th St., Fell and Oak
Members and volunteers of the SF Bicycle Coalition have spent years, and sometimes decades, to work with neighborhood groups to bring bike improvements to their communities and commute routes -- now, we need you to help carry these projects through a few important milestones in the next few weeks.
Make Tour de Fat a Day to Remember
Make Tour de Fat, September 24, a day you will never forget when you trade in your car for a shiny new bicycle as your reward! And not just any bike. A New Belgium, fully-loaded, hand-crafted, Fort Collins-built commuter bike and trailer! Interested? Submit a video of two minutes or less with your story about why you have decided to trade your car for a bicycle. Complete details can be found at newbelgium.com/trade.
Hundreds of Members Help Shape Our Strategic Plan
Thank you to the hundreds of SF Bicycle Coalition members who gave their time and savvy thinking to help us with our strategic planning at two member-only meetings last week. You helped create ambitious, achievable, clear and measurable goals that we can then use for our Strategic Plan for 2012-17 and in our day-to-day advocacy work promoting bicycling for everyday transportation. See our current Strategic Plan here.
Video: Walking Tour of Cesar Chavez East
This Wednesday, August 24, there will be a Community Meeting to discuss biking and walking improvements on Cesar Chavez East. Cesar Chavez is a vital East-West link for those walking and biking between the Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods and the Waterfront. Check out this video from the SF Planning Department's Walking Tour of Cesar Chavez East in December 2010 to get a more clear idea of the challenges facing this heavily trafficked, industrial part of the city. Come to the Community Meeting from 6-8pm at the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center at 1294 Potrero Avenue to voice your support for separated bike lanes and improved sidewalks along Cesar Chavez East.
** Tuesday, August 23 **
SPUR Forum: New Models for Bike-friendly Streets *
Join Andy Thornley of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Bridget Smith of the SFMTA Sustainable Streets program and Michael Moule of Nelson+Nygaard to learn about upcoming projects and new models. As long-awaited bicycle improvements take shape across the city, check on the state of the art at home and abroad with advocates and practitioners who are bringing innovative street design to fruition. Free to SPUR members, $5 for non-members; okay to bring lunch
** Wednesday, August 24 **
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This is a twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition that depends on people like you! 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.
Cesar Chavez East Community Design Plan *
Help develop a community plan for a complete Cesar Chavez Street that's safe, comfortable and accessible to all. At this workshop the Planning Department will discuss and seek your feedback on design alternatives for the Cesar Chavez East corridor (from Hampshire Street to Illinois Street), and the SFMTA will give an update on the latest design of the near-term bicycle project for the corridor. Come hear what's next for Cesar Chavez Street and help shape better biking on this essential connection. See the Cesar Chavez East Community Design Plan website for more information.
** Saturday, August 27 **
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-road experience, this Day 2 course is a great way to put your knowledge into practice on the streets of San Francisco. This 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 SF Bicycle Coalition is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age who have completed the Day 1 Course. Sign-up for Urban Bicycle Workshop Day 2 at sfbike.org/edu2
** Sunday, August 28 **
Service Station: Pump up the Jams on the Wiggle
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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