SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 13, 2011
September 13, 2011
"A physically separate bikeway up Fell street would be a tremendous benefit to the Panhandle. Not only would it provide a safe way for bicyclists to commute east and west, but it also calms traffic and would make it more pleasant to stroll in the Panhandle."
Biker Bulletin News
Do you frequently ride the Hairball?
Community Meeting to Improve Fell and Oak Streets Tonight
Tonight, Tuesday, September 13th, 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 at 6:30pm at the SF Day School (350 Masonic Avenue). The SFMTA will be presenting options for a safer and more comfortable bikeway on this key three-block corridor. 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.
Meet and Greet for New SF Bicycle Coalition Members Tonight
If you have been an SF Bicycle Coalition member for less than a year, you are invited to join us tonight to learn about the work of the SF Bicycle Coalition's education and community programs, and our vision for Connecting the City. Learn about how we plan to help San Francisco achieve 100 miles of continuous crosstown bikeways connecting the city's unique neighborhoods. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bicycle advocacy organization and how you can get involved.
Tour de Fat's Bike + Beer FUNdraiser Returns, Sept. 24th
Tour de Fat, an all-day ballyhoo of bikes and New Belgium Brewery beers, is an all-green FUNdraiser this September 24th from 11am to 5pm that benefits the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council! Here are eight reasons why you should grab a costume and a friend and celebrate bicycling with us!
Sunday Streets Takes a Walk Down Grant Avenue
After another successful Sunday Streets in the Western Addition and North of the Panhandle neighborhoods this past weekend (thank you amazing volunteers), Sunday Streets presents Grant Avenue Walking Street this Sunday, September 18th, from 11am to 4pm through Chinatown and North Beach. Experience San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods while enjoying healthy activities at Sunday Streets including Freedom From Training Wheels, a Ping Pong Tournament, hula hooping and more. 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.
Thanks for Supporting the 17th Street Bike Lanes
The SF Bicycle Coalition would like to thank all our members for your help in building support for bike lanes on 17th Street! Parking changes were approved at a public hearing last week, clearing the way for bike lanes on 17th Street between Treat Street and Potrero Avenue. When striped, these lanes will connect to other existing bike lanes on 17th Street heading east to the Bay. Over the years, SF Bicycle Coalition members and volunteers have helped this project by attending community meetings, going door-to-door to local businesses, writing support letters, and speaking at public hearings. Your active support has been crucial. The bike lanes will be striped following the repaving of 17th Street later this fall. Please take a moment to thank your city leaders for helping approve the 17th Street bike lanes and others across the city today.
Be a Street Analyst and Help Connect the City
We need volunteer Street Analysts to count bikes and collect data, which is used for improvements like separated bikeways. Volunteers will be out for our first round of counts and surveys during the week of September 18th after a quick training session. 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: Choosing a Bike
There are many incredible reasons to bike in San Francisco -- a mild climate, great parks and waterfront, and everything is relatively nearby -- just to name a few. So it's no wonder so many people are biking already, or are interested and ready to try. The next time you get asked, "What type of bike should I buy?" or if you are wondering this same question, check out this video. Filmmaker Laura J. Lukitsch offers some great tips from local professionals in her short video Urban Biking: Tips for Buying an Urban Bike, part of her Mind the Gap series.
** Tuesday, September 13th **
SF Bicycle Coalition New Member Meet and Greet
Have you been an SF Bicycle Coalition member less than a year? New members are invited to join us to learn about SF Bicycle Coalition advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 431-2453 x301.
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
Everyone's invited! Contact Leah at 415-431-BIKE x306 or email@example.com for agenda and details.
Fell and Oak Streets Separated Bikeway Community Meeting*
After years of community action, the SFMTA is holding a community meeting to discuss options for separated bikeways on three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets. If you want a safer option between the Panhandle and the Wiggle, come to this meeting and speak up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to be on our direct email list for future meetings about Fell and Oak Streets.
SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador Training
Interested in volunteering to be a SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador? Spread the word about the SF Bicycle Coalition at events all over town, like Bike to Work Day 2011, races, festivals, and SF Bicycle Coalition Service Stations? Come to this Ambassador training session. Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! Contact email@example.com to RSVP.
** Wednesday, September 14th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember. Newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up.
Cesar Chavez/101 Intersection - Bike Improvement Survey Ride
Come on this bike and walk survey of the area around the Cesar Chavez/Highway 101 intersection -- commonly known as the Hairball -- to come up with solutions for improving access. The Planning Department is planning improvements to this corridor in various stages from Sanchez Street to Illinois Street and has an initial set of improvements for this intersection. Join the SF Bicycle Coalition on-site to build upon these ideas and create a safe and comfortable connection to Caltrain, the Bay, and Mission, Bayview and Potrero Hill neighborhoods. See more information here and contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
** Thursday, September 15th **
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.
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station: Polish Your Ride
Ride into fall with a sparkly clean bike! Polish and buff dusty bikes while sharing the work of the SF Bicycle Coalition and sharing the Bicycle Ambassador pride.
SF Bicycle Coalition Street Analysts Training
Volunteer to help count people biking and walking on some of the key Connecting the City routes to help inform how a bikeways and other projects can change the character of a street for both people on foot or on bike. Volunteers are needed for three shifts the following week, and will need to attend this fun, and short interactive training. Sign-up to volunteer and attend the training: sfbike.org/analysts.
** Saturday, September 17th **
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).
SF Bike Coalition Rec Ride: History of San Francisco Sewers Part 2
The Sewer Ride returns! Join this above-ground, member-led biking tour of the San Francisco sewer system. Local historians and storm water enthusiasts will take us back in time, help us understand our watershed, and immerse us in sewer history. Find out what happens when we flush! Focus will be on the Mission District and Mission Creek.
** Sunday, September 18th **
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: Ecological History (North)*
This trip through San Francisco's lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline will focus on the city from downtown going north, covering the heart of the city, the waterfront and Yerba Buena cove, Telegraph Hill, Black Point, and Crissy Field in the Presidio. Sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco. For more info call 415.608.9035.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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