SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 27, 2011
September 27, 2011
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Tour de Fat Raises over $20k to Improve Your Ride
Tour de Fat rolled through town this past Saturday and was the ballyhoo of bikes and beer it promised to be. Thousands of people came out and enjoyed the day celebrating bikes, listening to an amazing line-up of entertainment and enjoying New Belgium Brewery's tasty portfolio of beer. A big FAT thank you to our dear friends at New Belgium Brewery for making the whole kit and caboodle possible -- together we raised over $20,000 for the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council! See photos of the day here.
SF Bicycle Coalition members Shelley and Erik will likely never forget this Tour de Fat after Shelley proposed to Erik from the stage and turned Tour de Fat into their unofficial engagement party.
Susannah Kirtland, one of the SF Bicycle Coalition's incredible Bicycle Valet Supervisors, also made Tour de Fat one to remember when she traded her car for a brand new bicycle and vowed to live the bicycle lifestyle and blog about it for a year!
Hi-fives all around! Thanks to the 200+ awesome volunteers who made Tour de Fat a smooth success. Thanks also to the Clean City Coalition for helping us keep the event green by handling all of the recycling and compost! Not only was trash kept from the landfill, but the entire event was also solar-powered, and 882 bikes were parked with the SF Bicycle Coalition's Bike Valets. Thanks for helping to make Tour de Fat great!
Volunteer to Grow Support for Connecting the City
Speak up at a public hearing: If you want to support 1.5 miles of separated bike lanes in San Francisco, come and speak up for the JFK Drive separated bikeway. You can learn more about the proposed bikeways buffered from motor vehicle traffic here. If you can attend the Concourse Authority Hearing (October 5th, 4:30pm, City Hall Room 263) or the Recreation and Parks Commission (October 20th, 10am, City Hall Room 416) email Neal.
Bike the Vote: Mayoral Race is Rolling On
This year's field of San Francisco mayoral candidates is the most bike-friendly in the city's history. We are thrilled to see that the vast majority of candidates recognize the growing importance of building complete, crosstown bikeways that connect our neighborhoods and make it easier and more welcoming for people ages 8 to 80 to ride a bicycle in our city. 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.
Safe Routes Helps SF Earn Gold Level Award for Walking
San Francisco has received a "Gold Level Walk Friendly Community Award" from the national Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The Walk Friendly Communities award is designed to recognize cities that are doing a great job for pedestrians and to help encourage ongoing improvement. The next and highest ranking award level is "Platinum." The SF Bicycle Coalition is helping more families across the city to safely walk and bike to school through our SF Safe Routes to School Program, which was a key component in the award application and evaluation criteria. Read more about Safe Routes to School at sfbike.org/saferoutes and more about the award at walkfriendly.org.
Changes to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Bicycle Parking
Planning to ride your bicycle to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park this weekend? There are a few changes to bike parking this year that you should know about:
Organizers have increased self-service parking slightly for attendees along JFK Drive (from Transverse to Stowe Lake Drive and near the Polo field entrance) and at Crossover Drive and Fulton. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will also be operating their own bicycle valet service in the compost area (on Overlook Drive) 9:30am-8pm. Event organizers expect bike parking to fill up by 11am each day. (This year the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has no involvement with bicycle parking for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, though we are looking forward to partnering with organizers again next year.)
We encourage all attendees who ride to the park to use discretion when parking bicycles at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, including avoiding locking to plants, trees and other foliage, as it does damage to the park and reflects negatively on all bicyclists. Thanks for being an excellent ambassador for bicycling when you ride to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year.
Seeking Talented Interns for 16th Annual Winterfest
The 16th Annual Winterfest Member Party and Auction will be the place to be on Sunday, December 4th. Mark your calendar and get ready for a night filled with 1,500 passionate people who ride bikes!
Come Enjoy the 5th Annual Family Day
The SF Bicycle Coalition's Fourth Annual Family Biking Day will be held on Sunday, 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.
Sunday Streets Season Comes to a Close in October
Sunday Streets closes out the season on October 23rd from 11am-4pm, when it returns to the Mission for a day of healthy fun -- including our own Freedom from Training Wheels, dancing, hula hooping, rollerskating and more.
Discount Partner News
We've got a new exciting Discount Partner on board -- Burley! Get 20% off (yep, a whopping 20%) off a Travoy bike trailer. We use these handy compact trailers at the SF Bicycle Coalition to haul everything from Valet Bike Parking equipment to groceries for Volunteer Night. These nifty compact trailers are durable and perfect for storing in a San Francisco apartment.
ThinkBike Inspires SF to Go Fiets First
San Francisco was a hot and sunny scene of international bicycle love last week, blessed with beautiful late-summer weather and a delegation of visiting Dutch bicycle planners as ThinkBike came to town. Following an inspiring kick-off at City Hall on Monday morning, three teams of Dutch and local planners, advocates, agency staff and community members took an intense look at the Wiggle, mid-Market Street and upper Polk Street. They developed design concepts for these three essential pieces of SF's bike network, as well as promotional ideas to boost everyday bicycling in San Francisco.
Video: Florida Follows Our Lead in Green Bike Lanes
On the national stage, San Francisco has been leading the way to bring new and innovative street designs to improve our city for people walking and biking. Other cities around the country are taking notice and this video from the Bayshore Community Redevelopment Agency shows the first green painted bike lane in the state of Florida. San Francisco first experimented with green lanes on Market Street, leading to the adoption of green as the national standard. We're proud to be leading the way and helping other cities, like Naples, Florida, improve biking!
** Wednesday, September 28th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Tube Times Folding Party
It's time to get the Fall issue of the Tube Times out on the street! The SF Bicycle Coalition office will be hopping with friendly folks -- chatting, snacking, and folding away until the folding is done. Can you come out and help spread the news about biking in the city? Dinner is provided. Bring your bike up to the 10th floor. Questions? Email Tessa or just show up to volunteer.
** Thursday, September 29th **
Bike to Make Ride
Join SFMade and the SF Bicycle Coalition for a visit to three of San Francisco's neighborhoods that still are home to many of our City's finest local manufacturers -- South of Market, the Northeast Mission, and the Dogpatch. The tour will start in SOMA at Tech Shop -- SFMade's headquarters and a fascinating do-it-yourself facility for makers -- and taste the freshly roasted coffee at nearby Ritual Coffee's roasting facility. The tour continues into the historic Northeast Mission manufacturing district to visit several producers, and then off to the Dogpatch to glimpse DodoCase's manufacturing operation and Rickshaw Bagworks.
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 SF Bicycle Coalition, is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required. Sign up at sfbike.org/edu.
** Saturday, October 1st **
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 SF Bicycle Coalition. All 52 weeks a year, the SF Bicycle Coalition will be providing complimentary valet bike parking in Harry Bridges Plaza (look for the orange tent).
Wastewater Whirl Cycle Tour *
Flush a toilet in San Francisco and the water will swirl counterclockwise. Don't fight it! Join a counterclockwise ride around the City to explore the wonderful world of wastewater -- treatment plants, outfalls, pump stations, come see it all with staff from the SF Public Utilities Commission. The ride will circle the city -- you can pick it up at 11:30am at Marina Green/Fort Mason, or at 2:00pm at the Oceanside Plant (Great Highway south of the SF Zoo). Call 554-3203 to RSVP, or call 806-3151 with questions or to catch up with the ride on the day of.
** Tuesday, October 4th **
Bike the Vote Energizer Station
It's time to Bike the Vote! November 8th is Election Day in San Francisco and there are several important races and measures on the ballot for voters to decide -- including who will be the city's next mayor. Sign up to help us win these important victories! Grab your bike and a friend or co-worker and pedal by one of the SF Bicycle Coalition's Bike the Vote Energizer Stations to fuel up on free coffee and snacks.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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