SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 18, 2011
"Redesigning streets such as JFK Drive so that they are more inviting to bicyclists will be one of the key ways that San Francisco can attract more people to ride bicycles for their everyday transportation needs."
Biker Bulletin News
Volunteer and Bike the Vote
Final Decision for Separated Bikeways on JFK Drive on Thursday
This is it: the Recreation and Parks Department Commission will be holding the final hearing on 1.5 miles of separated bikeway on JFK Drive between Stanyan and Transverse Drive -- and you can help carry this project through the finish line. We need people to come and speak up for these proposed changes on Thursday, October 20th at 10am in Room 416 of City Hall. Email Neal if you can come and speak up for this important safety improvement, or send an email of support if you have not already.
Bicycle Safety and Education Week
If you've been waiting all year to sign up for a class on urban riding, or have been looking for an excuse to convince your best friend/partner/coworker/favorite barista to learn how to ride a bike, this is your week! October 23rd through 30th is the first Bicycle Safety and Education Week, featuring six free adult bike education classes in just one week! In partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and funded by the Transportation Authority, we're holding free classes in Sunnyside, Richmond, Mission/Castro, the Waterfront and downtown, all designed to help you or someone you know learn how to ride comfortably in San Francisco. Sign up today! Classes fill up fast.
How are You Biking the Vote?
Election Day is almost here and there is a lot to do before November 8th to ensure Yes on B and the election of a bike-friendly mayor.
Last Chance to Volunteer for Sunday Streets 2011
Show your appreciation for a fantastic season of Sunday Streets by volunteering for the final event of the season this Sunday, October 23rd in the Mission. This is your last chance to get your 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.
Attend the 2011 California Bicycle Summit
Join advocates and allies from across the state for the California Bicycle Coalition's three-day summit Nov. 5-7 in Los Angeles. Participants will be setting the state's bicycling agenda for 2012 and beyond, and strengthening advocacy statewide through networking and sharing of best practices. Will you be there too? Learn more at the California Bicycle Coalition website.
Share Your Bike Love on a Rec Ride
Are you an expert on comic book stores, secret playgrounds, or other local specialties? Lead a SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride and share your passion with other people on bicycles! Plan a bicycle tour of San Francisco sites -- rides are limited only by your imagination! We'll help you choose a route, provide advice and promote the ride to make your rec ride a success. Whatever you love, share it with other members with a Rec Ride this winter. Email Tessa for more info.
Hot Jobs for Better Biking -- Apply Now
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is seeking a professional with experience in event coordination, media outreach and corporate sponsorships to coordinate regional bicycling promotions including the Bike to Work Day event for the 7 million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and the regional bicycling website. Resumes must be received by October 24th, 2012 to be considered for the first round of interviews. Click here for more information on how to apply.
Video: Creating Charismatic Communities
Check out this TED Talk featuring nationally renowned bicycle and pedestrian advocate Charlie Gandy talking about creating charismatic communities. He contends the same attributes that make community and business leaders charismatic and effective can be used by cities to make more livable and enjoyable communities. Want to hear more? Gandy, California Bicycle Coalition board member, will be at the California Bike Summit November 5th through 7th in Los Angeles.
** Tuesday, October 18th **
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 email@example.com
** Wednesday, October 19th **
Bike to Work with Supervisor Mar *
Talk policy points or trade political gossip with Supervisor Eric Mar on this jolly monthly tradition -- catch a rocking Richmond District bike bus and roll downtown with Eric and a merry band of D1 velocitizens. Top up your tires and get on the bike bus!
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at City Car Share 10th Anniversary*
City Car Share is turning 10! The SF Bicycle Coalition will provide complimentary bicycle parking while you toast with other supporters.
** Thursday, October 20th **
Recreation and Parks Commission -- JFK Drive Separated Bikeway
The Recreation and Parks Department Commission will be deciding on the JFK Drive Separated Bikeway. This project will add 1.5 miles of continuous and comfortable bikeway in Golden Gate Park and help thousands of commuters, visitors, and weekend riders feel safe and comfortable biking everyday. Click here for more project details and ways to support this important safety project.
Election Phonebank Night for SF Bicycle Coalition
The SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting phonebank nights where SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers will be calling other members to encourage them to vote for our endorsed candidates and ballot measure. Come to Avalos HQ (1750 Market Street, at Valencia) this and every following Thursday in October. Snacks, phones, and scripts will be provided while you call your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members to Bike the Vote! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
** Friday, October 21st **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at ArtCrank *
Come join the fun, flirtations, and SF specific artwork at Chrome Bags' Annual ArtCrank Poster Show. Chrome is expanding the festivities to a larger location at 111 Minna this year, so come see how everything looks in that light and park your bike safely and for free with the SF Bicycle Coalition. Our Valet crew will be there to lend a hand to all the arriving bicyclists.
Ocean Cyclery Book Talk: Hell on Two Wheels *
Hell on Two Wheels takes readers inside the Race Across America, a harrowing, 3,000-mile long ultra-distance cycling race and follows a handful of courageous competitors who test themselves, each other, and the limits of human endurance. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Please RSVP to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
** Saturday, October 22nd **
Pedalfest is a free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun. Pedalfest is for everyone -- from the recreational rider and casual observer to the seasoned cyclist to share in the joy of riding. Proceeds from the New Belgium beer gardens go to support the advocacy work of our partners the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. Ride the ferry free to PedalFest with your bike (first 80 per ferry). Check out pedalfestjacklondon.com
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at Cal Bears Football Game *
When the Cal Bears take on Utah in their new "home stadium", the SF Bicycle Coalition offers free valet bicycle parking at the Ballpark! The SF Bicycle Coalition valet bike parking service is located on the south side of the ballpark by the water (on the Port Walk between the foul pole and the CHW Health Center) and is open from TWO HOURS BEFORE GAME TIME TIL 30 MIN. AFTER IT ENDS. Look for the double doors midway along the stadium wall under the valet bike parking sign.
Marin County Bicycle Coalition Bikers Ball *
Celebrate the Marin County Bicycle Coalition at Casino Night. Come spin the wheel to support bicycle advocacy! Details at marinbike.org
** Sunday, October 23rd **
Ybike Community Ride: McNears Beach Half Century *
Join Ybike for some or all of a 30 and 50-mile loop ride from the Presidio to McNears Beach, a Marin County Park near China Camp State Park. Route follows a string of multi-use paths through Marin County (past the Sausalito and Larkspur ferry terminals) through the recently completed Cal Park Bike Tunnel. Info and registration at ybike.org/mcnears.
Bike Safety & Education Week: Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking (On-Road)
** This class has reached capacity and no more sign-ups are permitted. Please register for our waitlist for future, free Day 2 classes. ** This free class, hosted by the SF Bicycle Coalition is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age who have completed Day 1. Get info on future Urban Bicycle Workshop Day 2 sessions at sfbike.org/edu2.
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, October 24th **
Bike Safety & Education Week: Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
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.
** Tuesday, October 25th **
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 vote Yes on 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.
Bike Safety & Education Week: Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
Day 3 of Bike Safety & Education Week: 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.
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
Everyone's invited! Contact Leah at 431-BIKE x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org for agenda and details.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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