SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 6, 2011
"The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to see the west sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge reopen to bicycle traffic, and earlier than expected. The past few months have shown the importance of non-motorized access on this international treasure, and the ongoing need to protect and enhance that access, for all who use it and love it."
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Last Day to Vote for Mayor's Race Endorsements
This Wednesday, September 7th is the final day to voice your opinion on which mayoral candidate the SF Bicycle Coalition should endorse. 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. 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. Member voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday, September 7th, so weigh in and let us know who you think should receive our endorsement.
Tour de Fat Brings Bikes, Beer and Ballyhoo
Tour de Fat, an all-day ballyhoo of bikes and New Belgium Brewery beers, is an all-green FUNdraiser this September 24th from 10am to 5pm that benefits the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council! This year features a DIY booth with button making and silk screening, and music and entertainment by Dovekins, The Daredevil Chicken Club, Yo Yo Squared, Free Energy and Extra Action Marching Band. So, grab your bicycle and your craziest costume, and check details at sfbike.org/fat.
Golden Gate Bridge West Sidewalk Reopens This Weekend
Beginning this Saturday, September 10th, the bike-only west sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge will reopen after nearly four months of closure due to important seismic work that left bike riders and walkers feeling very cramped on the doubled-up east side. The bridge's western sidewalk has been closed since May, forcing crowds -- on bike and on foot -- to share the narrow eastern sidewalk of the bridge at the busiest season for this international attraction. Now workers will switch to the east sidewalk to continue the seismic construction work, allowing bike riders to return to the bike-only west sidewalk. Starting Tuesday, September 13th, foot traffic can go most of the way out on the east side, enough for views but not to cross. For the next four months, in order to ensure bike access across the span, the western sidewalk will be open to bicycle traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Community Meeting to Improve Fell and Oak Streets Next Week
The SFMTA invites everyone who lives, works, shops, and travels through the area around Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets to a community meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30pm at the SF Day School (350 Masonic Avenue). For nearly two decades, community groups and neighbors have come together to try and make the streets near Fell and Oak Streets safer and the SFMTA will be presenting options for a safer and more comfortable bikeway on three blocks of this corridor. Your support and ideas at this meeting are essential for moving this project forward. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be live-tweeting this workshop so check in to our Twitter feed and add your own thoughts by using the #ConnectingtheCity hashtag.
Experience Sunday Streets Both This Weekend and Next
Sunday Streets makes two stops in September! First, this coming Sunday, September 11th, from 11am-4pm in the Western Addition and North of the Panhandle neighborhoods. Then, Sunday Streets presents a "Walking Street" through Chinatown and North Beach on September 18th, 11am-4pm.
ThinkBike Brings Dutch Touch to SF Biking
What happens when you mix Dutch bicycle planners with San Francisco streets? You get ThinkBike, an intense two-day planning and design encounter sparking innovative solutions for better bikeways. ThinkBike is coming to San Francisco later this month -- teams of Dutch and local planners, advocates, agency staff and community members will take a look at the Wiggle, mid-Market Street, and upper Polk Street, developing design concepts for these three essential pieces of SF's bike network, as well as promotional ideas to boost everyday bicycling in San Francisco. This could be the beginning of some great new things for SF bicycling!
We need volunteer Street Analysts to collect data on how improvements like separated bikeways may change the character of a street. Volunteers will be out for our first round of counts and surveys during the week of September 18th after a quick training session. You will need to attend the September 15th training and commit to at least one two-hour shift. Sign-up as a volunteer Bike Counter to help inform future plans!
Video: The Bike Song
We hope you've had a nice long Labor Day weekend -- to ease you back into your work week we offer you this groovy music video by Mark Ronson and the Business Intl. (featuring Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock). Week in and week out we strive to bring you the most up-to-date information on local and national bicycle and streets innovations and inspirations, but every once in a while it's important to give it a spin and just have fun with bikes -- enjoy this stylin' bicycle tune!
** Saturday, September 10th **
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 1)
This introductory course is perfect for anyone who wants to be more comfortable riding. This 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.
** Sunday, September 11th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at Opera in the Park*
You'll find the SF Bicycle Coalition providing complimentary bicycle parking at this event again this year. Music begins at 1:30pm, but we'll be there by 9:30am so you can come early, find the best spot, and relax into the afternoon. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
Freedom from Training Wheels
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for our popular Freedom from Training Wheels workshops. Our group effort to get kids riding without training wheels will be a part of this and every Sunday Streets. Bring a bike (if you have it) and a helmet. We'll take care of the rest. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides recreational street space for everyone on second Sundays. Get involved and sign up to volunteer for Sunday Streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with Livable City by recruiting and training more than 200+ volunteers for each event. For route maps and to volunteer go to sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer. Or, join the SF Bicycle Coalition under the orange tent at Sunday Streets and talk to people about our work! If you are a trained Bicycle Ambassador, email email@example.com to volunteer.
** Monday, September 12th **
Mayoral Forum: From Streets to Parks: Safer, Greener Public Space*
Come hear the mayoral candidates talk about their plans to improve safety on the streets for everyone. The debate is sponsored by Walk San Francisco, the Neighborhood Parks Council, San Francisco Parks Trust, and Friends of the Urban Forest. This will be the first mayoral candidate forum to focus specifically on the public realm. RSVP here.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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