SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 4, 2011
"Riding with my kids has a lot to do with my being a teacher and wanting to see the kids that I'm teaching grow into a greener future than we're headed for right now. By riding every day I'm showing them that it's doable and it's something they can do when they grow up."
Biker Bulletin News
Ready for a safe, separated bikeway on JFK?
Making Fell and Oak Streets Safer for All
Whether you pedal through Golden Gate Park as part of your daily commute, or you are one of the thousands of people who ride through the Park on weekends, you know how frightening pedaling alongside the fast moving traffic on Fell and Oak Streets can be.
Join Us for Our 5th Annual Family Bicycling Day This Sunday
Come one and all to the SF Bicycle Coalition's Fifth Annual Family Biking Day this Sunday, October 9th! We'll be hosting this free day of fun with family-friendly bike-related activities, like our Freedom from Training Wheels program where any child from a tot to a tween can learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels, and a Bike Road-eo course that teaches two-wheelers with and without training wheels basic bicycling skills.
The Final Stretch for Safe Biking on JFK Drive in 2011
The SF Bicycle Coalition is excited to see the city move forward on creating continuous crosstown bikeways that are safe for everyone -- and the city's longest project to date could be a reality by the end of this year. The City is deciding on 1.5 miles of separated bikeway on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park this month, and you can help carry this project through to the finish line. Are you interested in letting the city know that you want to see this project move forward so that you, your friends, and your family can be safer biking across town? If you can come to an upcoming hearing at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, October 5th or at 10 am on Thursday, Oct. 20th, email Neal. Your presence at these hearings is important to show support for this project and help pave the way for similar projects in the future. Let us know if you can speak, or send in a support letter today.
Bike the Vote: Mayor's Race Rolls On
The Mayor's Race is still the hot topic around town, and our endorsed candidates are still working hard to improve the city we all love. The SF Bicycle Coalition has endorsed three candidates, in ranked choice order: 1. John Avalos 2. David Chiu 3. Ed Lee. And of course, we're working hard to ensure voters pass Proposition B, for smoother safer streets. There's a lot of ways to help Bike the Vote in the next month!
Let's Go Climate Riders
The SF Bicycle Coalition wishes all the California Climate Riders a fantastic pedal through the redwoods to our fine city. Thanks to all who have made the SF Bicycle Coalition their beneficiary this year. Your stellar fundraising will help us achieve 100 miles of separated bikeways in San Francisco by 2020 so everyone from the age of 8 to 80 can come out and pedal!
Ferry Building Valet Bike Parking Discontinued
The SF Bicycle Coalition has decided to discontinue our valet bike parking service at the Ferry Building Farmers Market on Saturdays. Although the Saturday Farmers Market bike valet service has been a popular and successful program among the large and growing number of people bicycling in San Francisco, we unfortunately need to discontinue the service due to the lack of resources dedicated to this service. The SF Bicycle Coalition is encouraging the Port and Ferry Building to improve bike parking at this location for the thousands of patrons who visit the Ferry Building Farmers Market on Saturdays to reduce bike theft and show support of their customers who ride bikes.
Be in the Winterfest Art Show
Here is your chance to be one of the Winterfest artists. Have you always dreamed of being in the Winterfest Art Show? The curatorial team has opened submissions for SF Bicycle Coalition members -- spaces are limited, please submit via email a link to your website and short note about why you would like to be considered for the art show. Submissions accepted until Friday, October 14th. Space is limited and not all submissions will be accepted. Thank you for participating!
Construction Delays on Golden Gate Bridge
The West Sidewalk of the bridge is open 24 hours a day to people on bikes, making for a much smoother visit, and showing that bike riders and workers can safely share this thoroughfare. Now that the workers have completed repainting the southern portion of the main cable, they will be moving on to the north side. Between 7am and 3:30pm, bike riders may be asked to wait up to 15 minutes while workers move large portions of the scaffolding between job sites. See the Golden Gate Bridge District's site for more information.
Volunteer for the Last Sunday Streets of the 2011
Do you love Sunday Streets? Show your appreciation for a fantastic season of Sunday Streets when you volunteer on October 23rd in the Mission. This is your last chance to volunteer and get a limited edition Sunday Streets t-shirt and free lunch, just for helping make Sunday Streets possible for thousands of San Franciscans. Sign up now at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
Video: Connecting the City for Families
This coming Sunday, October 9th is our Fifth Annual Family Biking Day where we will be hosting a variety of family-friendly biking activities, games, scavanger hunt and our popular Freedom From Training Wheels program which helps teach children to ride.
** Tuesday, October 4th **
Bike the Vote Energizer Station
It's time to Bike the Vote! November 8 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 and Yes on Prop B. 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.
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, October 7th **
Bikes and Beats Fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition*
Bikes and Beats, a local group celebrating the bicycle through music and dance, will be throwing a FUNdraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition at Public Works. Hot DJs like Fort Knox Five out of Washington DC and J Boogie's Dubtronic Science will be performing live. Plus DIY hosted by the WIGG Party, bike fashion and craftiness, door prizes and more! This is one not to be missed. Only $10 at the door. Check out their facebook page.
** Saturday, October 8th **
Everywhere For Avalos Bike Ride*
Ride with the SF Bicycle Coalition's #1 choice for mayor, John Avalos! As part of the Everywhere for Avalos citywide event, Avalos supporters will be hosting a casual bike ride with music and fanfare throughout the city's neighborhoods. Help spread the word about John Avalos in a fun, social, and creative way. Meet at 10:30am to fuel up with bagels and coffee and to deck out your bike for the ride at Avalos for Mayor HQ, 1750 Market Street (at Valencia). Contact Andy to RSVP.
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: The History of Food Politics *
Explore the old Italian food industries, the multiple food histories of the Mission and, with luck, make it to Alemany Farm for the final stop. Special food stops all the way! Sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco. For more info call 415.608.9035.
** Sunday, October 9th **
SF Bicycle Coalition's Family Bicycling Day
Join the SF Bicycle Coalition, parents and children as we enjoy a day in the park with fun bike-related family activities, like our Freedom from Training Wheels program and a Bike Road-eo course that teaches two-wheelers with and without training wheels basic bicycling skills. Show off your baby bike seats, trail-a-bikes, and Xtracycles (or however your family gears up), and get advice at our Family Bicycling Showcase. Participate with your family in games, a bike parade, a scavenger hunt and more! Plus, learn more about our Family Biking Guide, a How-To for same biking from pregnancy through independent riding.
** Tuesday, October 11th **
Bike the Vote Energizer Station
It's time to Bike the Vote! November 8 is Election Day in San Francisco and there are several important races and measures on the ballot for voters to decide -- including passing Prob B to improve our streets. 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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