SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 30, 2011
"Bike to School Day this past year inspired my family and our neighbors to try biking to school for the first time [...] None of us had been regularly biking on city streets until then, so it was a new adventure."
Biker Bulletin News
Who will be best for biking in City Hall?
Help Fill In the Bike Lane Gap on 17th Street
After nearly of decade of community planning and outreach, the 17th Street bike lanes are still not complete. While portions of this bike lane project have been striped in the last year, you can help fill a critical gap between Treat Street and Potrero Avenue. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Engineering Officer and Board of Directors will decide on parking changes on 17th Street (and adjacent streets) between Treat Street and Potrero Avenue, in order to provide comfortable bike lanes in this section. If you can come to the September 2nd Public Engineering Hearing or MTA Board Meeting, contact Neal. Get more details and find out how you can send in an email of support here.
Vote for Mayoral Endorsements
The next Mayor of San Francisco will be elected on November 8th and we want to know who you think would be most effective in moving San Francisco toward our goal of Connecting the City, making our streets inviting and comfortable to bike for people ages 8 to 80. We're calling on you -- and all of our members -- to help us determine who should receive our 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. Your voice is essential in guiding us, so please weigh in and let us know who you think should receive our endorsement.
Tour de Fat Volunteers Get a Free T-shirt and Drink Token
That is right! Not only do Tour de Fat volunteers help raise tens of thousands of dollars to improve bicycling in the Bay Area (last year volunteers helped raise $40,000 for the SF Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council), but volunteers also get a cool 2011 Tour de Fat T-shirt free, and a free beer token. Now that is a great volunteer gig! Volunteer now to pour beer, sell merchandise, check IDs and valet park bicycles. What are you waiting for?! Sign up here.
September is Full of Bike Love
Bicycle Ambassador volunteers directly impact better bicycling in San Francisco! Our active member-volunteers are the muscle behind everything we do, from bike lanes to bike valet. Don't miss out on the good times and good karma that volunteering with us provides. If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador, email Tessa to find out about shifts and volunteer! Not a trained Bicycle Ambassador yet? Mark your calendar for the upcoming training -- Tuesday, September 13th from 7:30 to 8:30pm at our office, 833 Market Street, 10th Floor.
Sunday Streets Introduces First-Ever Grant Ave. Walking Street
In addition to Sunday Streets' return to the Western Addition and North of the Panhandle neighborhoods on September 11th, 11am to 4pm, the event will also present a Walking Street through Chinatown and North Beach on September 18th, from 11am to 4pm.
Winterfest Seeks an Event Intern
Winterfest, our organization's largest member party and big bike bash, is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for the first weekend in December -- watch for details on a new location!
Turn Your Bike Story and Photo Into Bikeways
Good Magazine has partnered with Clif Bar's 2-Mile Challenge with the goal of replacing 100,000 car trips with bike trips. In addition to preventing hundreds of pounds of carbon emissions, the 2-Mile Challenge will award $100,000 in grants to nonprofits doing inspiring, impactful work for bicycle advocacy and fighting climate change -- like your SF Bicycle Coalition.
Construction on Lincoln Blvd. in the Presidio Through November
Lincoln Boulevard between Bowley and Washington will be undergoing repaving work and other roadway improvements, including the installation of new bike lanes, from August 26th through November. Lincoln Boulevard will remain open during construction but pavement conditions will be rough at times and detours will be provided. Expect loose gravel to be on the roadway -- especially between August 26th and September 7th. Throughout construction please ride cautiously, particularly in the downhill direction, and follow the instructions of flaggers.
Video: Capital Bikeshare
The City has announced its plan to launch a public bikeshare program here in San Francisco in 2012 and over the past couple of months we've taken a look at the bikeshare programs in Hangzhou, China and in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. This Streetfilms video shows off Capital Bikeshare, Washington D.C.'s version 2.0 of public bikeshare. Capital Bikeshare has expanded to 114 stations complete with 1,100 bright red bikes -- all featuring three speeds, baskets, bells, and built-in lights. Capital Bikeshare even has its own smartphone app, Spotcycle, that allows users to look at nearby stations and see how many bicycles are available. And have you ever wondered what happens when there are too many bikes at a station? This video shows you!
** Thursday, September 1st **
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.
** Friday, September 2nd **
17th Street Bike Lanes Public Hearing*
Speak up for bike lanes on 17th Street between Treat Street and Potrero Avenue. Many sections of the 17th Street bike lane project have already gone in, but your support is needed to fill in this essential gap and further improve the link between the Castro, Mission, Potrero Hill and Mission Bay neighborhoods and businesses. Find out more background information here, and show your support by coming to the hearing to speak up (contact email@example.com if you can attend), or send an email.
** Saturday, September 3rd **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
Pedal to the Ferry Building to fill up your basket 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, September 4th **
Internal Maintenance Class *
Over three weeks (September 4th, 11th and 18th) learn installation, overhaul, adjustment and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://bksep2011internal.eventbrite.com.
** Monday, September 5th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at Giro di SF*
Park your bike safely and for free with the SF Bicycle Coalition while you watch riders whip around North Beach corners and compete for the title of winner of the Giro. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
External Maintenance Class *
Over three weeks (September 5th, 12th and 19th) at the Bike Kitchen learn to fix a flat, install brake and shift cables, adjust brakes and gears, chain maintenance and to true wheels. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://bksep2011external.eventbrite.com.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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