SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 20, 2011
"Whether commuting to work, running errands or taking a family outing, more and more San Franciscans are choosing to bicycle."
-- Mayor Ed Lee, Lessons from Amsterdam: How SF Can Bicycle Toward Greatness, SF Streetsblog.
Biker Bulletin News
- Tour de Fat's Bike + Beer FUNdraiser is This Saturday
- Our Mayoral Endorsements Are In
- Voting for the SF Bike Coalition is a GOOD Idea
- Thousands Enjoy the First-Ever Grant Avenue Walking Street
- Let the Governor Know: Give Me Three
- Winterfest Seeks Bright Interns
- Winterfest Seeks Bright Interns
- Speak Up for Critical Improvements from the Bay to the Beach
- Mark your Calendar for Family Day October 9th
- Welcome Tracy Chinn to our Team
- Video: Dutch Intersection Design
- Upcoming Events
Do you think Tour de Fat is the only event combining biking and great brews?
Check out Biketoberfest -- the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's biggest event of the year --
Tour de Fat's Bike + Beer FUNdraiser is This Saturday
Tour de Fat, an all-day ballyhoo of bikes and New Belgium Brewery beers and an all-green FUNdraiser is this Saturday, September 24th from 11am to 5pm. All proceeds benefit the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council!
Here is your guide to making the most of Tour de Fat this Saturday at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park.
- Cruise through Golden Gate Park with a costumed bike parade. Grab your cape or boa and enjoy a fun and frolicking bicycle parade through Golden Gate Park with hundreds of other costumed pedalers. Ride registration begins at 10am, ride leaves at 11am. Download a copy of the route map and directions at sfbike.org/fat.
- Introduce your pals to the SF Bicycle Coalition and we will welcome them with a free beer token when they become a member at Tour de Fat. We can't think of a better introduction to your favorite bicycle advocacy group!
- Help to support local bicycling with every delicious purchase. An entire portfolio of New Belgium Beers will be available for you to enjoy and each purchase raises money for the bicycling improvement projects that will directly improve your ride. Bring a valid photo ID to this all ages event to be able to indulge.
- Shake your tail feathers to a great line-up with music and entertainment by Dovekins, The Daredevil Chicken Club, Yo Yo Squared, Free Energy and Extra Action Marching Band.
- Get creative with your bike love at the DIY Craft Booth. Tour de Fat features a DIY craft booth with button making and silk screening! Bring along some clothes to silkscreen or make buttons that show your bike love.
- Trade in your car for a shiny new bicycle! And, not just any bike, a New Belgium, fully-loaded, hand-crafted, Fort Collins-built commuter bike and trailer! 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.
- Ride in the wild bike rodeo with the whole family! This year Tour de Fat is all ages so the whole family can try out the crazy bikes, like those that ride backwards, have wheels made from shoes, and other must-try bikes.
- Get the best perks ever as a volunteer! All volunteers get a free Tour de Fat T-shirt and a free beer token! Volunteer now to be a Bicycle Ambassador, Ride Marshall, Wristbandit and Bicycle Valet Parker, all while helping to raise thousands of dollars for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Sign up sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_tdf.
- Thursday night is the Tour de Fat Pre-Party! Kick it all off this Thursday at The Buck at 1655 Market Street. We've put together the perfect way to end your work day. $3 New Belgium beer specials until 10pm. Enter to win a limited edition 2011 New Belgium Cruiser. The Buck serves bar food and has pool and pinball too. Free valet bike parking provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Our Mayoral Endorsements Are In
The mayor's race is a critical concern for better everyday biking. The next mayor will have the opportunity to lead San Francisco through four years (or more) of dramatic improvements to the bicycling environment -- from completing comfortable crosstown bikeways for people of all ages and abilities to get around in safety and comfort; to expanding the Safe Routes to School program to every school in the city; to growing a citywide robust bike sharing system.
This year's field includes an unprecedented number of bicycling-friendly candidates (see survey responses), many with strong records of promoting better bicycling. By endorsing three candidates, in ranked-choice format, we are recognizing the leaders who are most actively supporting a better city through bicycling. With such a strong field of candidates, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to share our mayoral endorsements, in ranked-choice order:
#1: John Avalos
#2: David Chiu
#3: Ed Lee
Our #1 mayoral endorsement is John Avalos
In his role as the District 11 representative of the SF Board of Supervisors, Avalos has been a strong voice for better bicycling and livable streets. He has worked with the SF Bicycle Coalition to advance bike improvements, including essential funding for those projects. Avalos, who is a regular bike rider, has also been a steady supporter of Sunday Streets, Bike to School Day, our Connecting the City vision, and transit and public realm improvements. Avalos is currently drafting legislation to increase bicycle access to commercial buildings.
Find out more about our mayoral endorsements at sfbike.org/vote.
Voting for the SF Bike Coalition is a GOOD Idea
Yesterday, we received great, well, GOOD news! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition was selected as a finalist for a grant from GOOD Magazine and CLIF Bar, and we need your vote to help us win. The $5,000 grant will help us with important projects like Connecting the City and Safe Routes to Schools. Go here and vote for the project called Across the U.S. in 80 Days. Polls close on Friday, September 23rd at midnight!
Thousands Enjoy the First-Ever Grant Avenue Walking Street
Sunday Streets presented the first-ever Grant Avenue Walking Street this past Sunday, and thousands of San Franciscans enjoyed healthy activities along Grant Avenue. The SF Bicycle Coalition was proud to partner with Livable City and the SF Municipal Transportation Authority for this special walking street, as we do for all Sunday Streets events, by recruiting and training volunteers. Thanks to the amazing volunteers who helped make this event a huge success!
Sunday Streets closes out the season on October 23rd, from 11am-4pm, when it returns to the Mission.
Four ways you can help make last Sunday Streets of the year a success:
- Street Teams: Have a few daytime hours October 19th-22nd? Help hang hundreds of No Parking signs along the route to keep it clear for event day. Sign up by emailing email@example.com.
- Volunteer at Grant Avenue Walking Street presented by Sunday Streets: Volunteers get a free lunch and t-shirt, as well as the pride of knowing that you helped make Sunday Streets possible for thousands of San Franciscans. Sign up now at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
- Help the next generation learn to bike: Teach kids to pedal at the Freedom From Training Wheels Workshop at Sunday Streets. We will train you. Email Grace to volunteer.
- Talk about our work to people at Sunday Streets: 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 Tessa.
Let the Governor Know: Give Me Three
California is close to a huge win for better, safer bicycling, but we need your help! Last week the California Legislature approved Senate Bill 910, a bill to require drivers to give bike riders at least 3 feet of clearance when passing, and the 3-foot passing bill is on Governor Brown's desk awaiting his signature. We've gotten this far because of the efforts of Californians who support this bill. But our work isn't finished -- in fact, we face our biggest challenge yet.
The Governor has been vetoing bills he deems unnecessary -- bills we wouldn't have expected him to veto -- so we need you to let him know why SB 910 is so important for the safety of everyone on the road. The SF Bicycle Coalition already has our letters in to the Governor, urging him to sign SB 910 into law -- now we need your help. See the California Bicycle Coalition's page on SB 910 to find out how you can share your story and support with Governor Brown -- let him know it's time to Give Me Three!
Winterfest Seeks Bright Interns
The biggest and best bike party of the year -- the 16th Annual Winterfest Member Party, Auction and Art Show happening on December 4th -- is seeking a team of bright interns to ensure it IS the best bike party of the year.
If you are interested in getting behind the scenes for this bike bash, there's something for you.
Flex Your Membership Muscle as a Volunteer
Bicycle Ambassadors are the muscle behind everything the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition does, from bike lanes to bike valet. SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassadors are in demand all over town this month, from Golden Gate Park to Folsom Street. If you're trained as a Bicycle Ambassador we'd love to have your help -- Email Tessa to volunteer.
Folsom Street Fair Bike Love: Sunday, September 25th, Shifts: 11:30am-2:30pm or 2:30-6pm
The Folsom Street Fair is this Sunday, and our bike valet will there parking bikes and talking up the sexiness of membership in the SF Bicycle Coalition and Connecting the City. Guaranteed to be our most leather-filled volunteer event of the year!
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Friday, Sept. 30th, Saturday, Oct. 1st and Sunday, Oct. 2nd, Shifts: 10:30-1pm. 12:45-3:15pm, 3-5:30pm, 5:15-7:45pm Pack a picnic and share your Bicycle Ambassador love for a few hours alongside the popular bike valet before enjoying the music of Broken Social Scene, Thurston Moore and Emmylou Harris.
Bike the Vote: Tuesday, Oct. 4th: 7:30-9:30am, Market and 12th Streets
Are you ready to Bike the Vote? Every Tuesday morning from 7:30-9:30am in October and November leading up to Election Day the SF Bicycle Coalition will be out at locations all over town to Bike the Vote with coffee, snacks and information about our mayoral endorsements. Email Tessa to sign up for a Tuesday in October and November!
Speak Up for Critical Improvements from the Bay to the Beach
Thank you to the over 100 SF Bicycle Coalition members and neighbors for coming to last week's Community Meeting for separated bikeways on Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker Streets. There was overwhelming support for a separated bikeway on these three blocks of Fell and Oak Street with a lot of discussion on the various options on how to create a safer street for everyone. We've heard loud and clear over the years that these blocks are critical for safe and comfortable biking across the city and that this neighborhood needs some safety improvements. You can read our live Twitter feed of last week's meeting, and click here to weigh in on this project and voice your support.
And after two community workshops, clear support from nearly 500 surveys, and over 200 support emails, the JFK Drive Separated Bikeway project is moving forward -- and we need you to help carry it through installation this year! The Recreation and Parks Commission and Concourse Authority will be weighing in on this project we need you to add your support and send in a support letter to Recreation and Parks' Phil Ginsburg today. If you have daytime availability and can speak up at a hearing in October -- let Neal know.
You can read more about these and other efforts to improve biking on the popular Bay to Beach Route. Email Neal if you have any questions.
Mark your Calendar for Family Day October 9th
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Fourth Annual Family Biking Day will be held on October 9th. We've planned a fun day with special bike activities including a bike-safety skills course, family biking showcase, and the mini-city Bike Road-eo to teach safe riding and rules of the road. Stop by our popular Freedom From Training Wheels program to help teach your child to ride a bike.
Want to help out on Family Day? Email Tessa to volunteer. Help our next generation of bike riders by volunteering in our Freedom From Training Wheels Workshop -- email Grace.
Family Day details: Sunday, October 9th from 11am-3pm, Golden Gate Park off JFK Drive at the 14th Avenue East Picnic Area (north of Stow Lake and east of Transverse Drive overpass). See sfbike.org/familyday for the full schedule and you register your family!
Welcome New Staff Members Tracy Chinn and Kristin Smith
The SF Bicycle Coalition Staff is growing with Tracy Chinn and Kristin Smith as our newest members! Tracy joined the Development Team last week and will be diving into fundraising projects for the organization. She moved to San Francisco in 2009 after pedaling around UC Davis while getting her BA in Sociology. She has become addicted to the freedom that cycling has given her and is eager to see more people from ages 8 to 80 in San Francisco out on their bikes.
Kristin joins the SF Bicycle Coalition staff as our new Communications Director. She comes to us with a wealth of experience writing about and reporting on local bike culture. As the weekly bike blogger for 7x7.com and a regular contributor to San Francisco magazine, The Bold Italic, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Kristin has her finger on the pulse of the city's active and diverse bike culture. A longtime SF Bicycle Coalition member, bike commuter and racer, Kristin is thrilled to combine her love of bicycling and words into one incredible job.
Video: Dutch Intersection Design
Today kicked off the ThinkBike workshops that bring Dutch bicycle transportation experts together with San Francisco transportation planners, engineers and bicycle advocates to plan and discuss how the City can become more bike-friendly. The two-day brainstorming and design session focuses on three key biking corridors: The Wiggle, Polk Street, and Market Street.
In this video, get a taste of how the Dutch design their intersections to maximize safety for everyone, even when the street is narrow. Watch this video, and keep an eye out in the next few weeks to see how the Dutch have helped inspire us here in San Francisco.
Check out our online calendar of events. To add your bike event to our calendar, simply email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Tuesday, September 20th **
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Levi's X Urban Outfitters Mobile Bike Shop*
8am-8pm | Levi's Plaza, 1155 Battery Street
To celebrate the release of the 511 Commuter, Levi'sŪ is partnering with
Urban Outfitters to bring a mobile Bike Shop to Levi's Plaza as part of a countrywide tour! Mechanics, bike "wash", Cyclecide's pedal-powered ride, and more! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide complimentary bicycle parking all day.
** Thursday, September 22nd **
Tour de Fat Pre-Party Happy Hour
6-8pm | The Buck, 1655 Market Street @ 12th Street
Grab a $3 pint of Fat Tire with your friends from the SF Bicycle Coalition and New Belgium Brewery before the beer really starts flowing at the Tour de Fat. We've put together the perfect way to end your work day -- $3 New Belgium beer specials until 10pm. Enter to win a limited edition 2011 New Belgium Cruiser! The Buck serves bar food and has pool and pinball too. Free valet bike parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. Sounds like a good way to hang out with bike lovin' folks on a Thursday night!
Bicycle Film Festival *
September 22nd through September 25th
The Bicycle Film Festival returns to San Francisco with a weekend full of bike movies, a street party, music, rides, and parties. For a complete list of events and to purchase tickets please visit bicyclefilmfestival.com.
** Saturday, September 24th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market
8am-2pm | Harry Bridges Plaza
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).
Tour de Fat
11am-4pm (parade registration at 10am) | Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Kick off this ballyhoo of bikes and beer with a fun and mellow bike cruise through Golden Gate Park with your most fabulous bike costume. Then enjoy the all-day solar-powered jamboree with live music, tasty eats, complimentary bike valet, and of course, delicious New Belgium beer. Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for this fun-filled day in the park sponsored by our generous friends at the New Belgium Brewing company. New Belgium proceeds from beer and merchandise go to the SF Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.
Free. Visit sfbike.org/fat for more info.
Hundreds of amazing SF Bicycle Coalition members help make this fun fundraiser happen. To volunteer click here.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at Walk to End Alzheimer's*
10am | Mission Creek Park, 290 Channel Street, valet: ATT Park Lot D
Make it a day of fitness and ride your bicycle to the walk. Start time is 10am, but we'll be there to park your bike for free before registration begins at 8am. Email LisaRuth to volunteer as a bike valet.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day *
10am-2pm | John McLaren Park
SF Urban Riders is hosting this youth and family biking event, where kids can enjoy riding the trails. Featuring great sponsors in Clif Bar, Y-Bike, Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel, Specialized Bicycles, and Blazing Saddles. Ages 8-14 welcome; must already know how to ride a bicycle. Info here.
** Sunday, September 25th **
Walk SF's 12-Mile Peak2Peak Walk *
9:30am-4:30pm | Meet at West Portal Noah's Bagels, 28 West Portal Avenue
Discover hidden stairways and new paths, while supporting Walk SF's work to make San Francisco a better place for you to walk every day. Trek on a 12-mile route up and down along the spine of the city from Mount Davidson to Coit Tower and enjoy some glorious views. Registration $65; $75 after Sept 10. Picnic lunch included; celebratory post-walk beers not included, but very likely. Register at Peak2Peak2011.Eventbrite.com.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at Folsom Street Fair*
11am-6pm | Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets. Valet parking at 9th Street and Sheridan (between Folsom and Harrison)
Ride your bicycle to this one of a kind street festival, and leave it with us while you play for the day! The SF Bicycle Coalition will provide complimentary bicycle parking. To volunteer as a bike valet email LisaRuth.
Biketoberfest Marin *
11am-6pm | Fair-Anselm Plaza, Fairfax
Biketoberfest Marin is a combined bicycle expo and brewfest and the biggest annual fundraiser for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Biketoberfest features a celebrity road ride with "Fast" Freddie Rodriguez; a pioneer mountain bike ride with Joe Breeze, food, live music, family activities and 25 West Coast brewers serving over 40 beers.
SF Bicycle Coalition members can always join the Marin County Bicycle Coalition for a discounted rate of $25,
Admission: Free, Beer Tasting $25 advance, $30 day-of. More info.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at Opera at the Ballpark*
2pm | ATT Park
Arrive at the FREE Live Simulcast of Turandot by bicycle and we'll park your bike for free. Meet us at our secure bike parking facility at the ballpark, located on the PortWalk between the foul pole and the CHW Health Center. We'll be there by 11:30am so you can find the best seat to watch the big screen inside!
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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