November 1, 2011
"Biking is part of the ethos of who we are as San Franciscans. It should be as much a part of life as putting on your shoes and getting a cup of coffee."
Biker Bulletin News
Riding to the Cal Football game at ATT Park?
One Week Left to Bike the Vote
There's just one week left to Bike the Vote for 1. John Avalos 2. David Chiu and 3. Ed Lee.
Moving Ahead for a Safer JFK Drive and Fell and Oak Streets
Thanks again to all our members who actively supported the JFK Drive Separated Bikeway Project. Along with support from Mayor Lee, Supervisors Mar and Mirkarimi, the Academy of Sciences, and SFMTA and Rec and Parks Staff, this project was unanimously approved at the previous Recreation and Parks Commission! We are thrilled to be celebrating 1.5 miles of separated bikeway on the ground with you in the new year.
Daylight Savings Ends Sunday: Light Up the Night!
Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 6th, and your friends at the SF Bicycle Coalition don't want you to get caught in the dark without bike lights. California law requires a white headlight and rear red reflector and yellow/white reflector on sides and/or pedals (reflective whitewalls count). If you don't have the lights you need, use your SF Bicycle Coalition membership card to get a discount on lights at your favorite bike shop. See sfbike.org/discounts for locations.
Winterfest Volunteers Get Free Admission
Winterfest, the biggest bike party of the year and the largest fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition, is Sunday, December 4th. SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers like you get complimentary admission and the pride of being part of this delightfully fun fundraiser to benefit better bicycling in San Francisco. Volunteer to pour beer, work the crowd or set up the party -- sign up today to secure your favorite volunteer spot, and thank you for making Winterfest happen!
Another Hurdle Cleared for Masonic Avenue Redesign
The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to announce that funding for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Masonic Avenue Street Redesign was approved at the Transportation Authority (TA) Commission last week! Thanks to the TA Commission for approving this funding, and to the hard work of Fix Masonic, the North of Panhandle and Upper Terrace Neighborhood Associations and our members and volunteers on spearheading a robust community process that yielded strong community support for the pedestrian, bicycle, and streetscape improvements called for in the Boulevard Proposal for Masonic Avenue.
Thanks for a Great Bicycle Safety and Education Week
A huge thank you to our Bicycle Safety Instructor Bert Hill for leading a whopping six classes during last week's Bicycle Safety and Education Week! We taught safe riding practices to a record number of people in one week. Thank you to the SFMTA and Transportation Authority for funding these important programs. If you missed our free classes this year, be sure to sign up for announcements for new classes starting again in 2012! In the meantime, be sure to check out sfbike.org/bikelaw to learn how to ride safely and predictably.
Taxi-Bike Lane Policy Means Well, but . . .
Last week the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) issued a memo to taxi drivers declaring a new policy meant to help paratransit customers whose trips begin or end on a street with a bike lane or cycletrack. The new policy tells police and parking control officers not to ticket taxicabs blocking bike lanes. It's not a change to the law -- it's still against the law (CVC Sec 22500, SFTC Sec 7.2.70) to double-park in an ordinary "travel" lane or a bike lane. The new policy directs SFMTA (and SFPD Traffic Company who report to SFMTA) to look the other way when they see a taxicab violating the law. It's meant to allow paratransit customers to be picked up and delivered as close to their destination as possible, but because of peculiarities in existing paratransit policy the new bike lane policy is very broad -- too broad, in our opinion, making it ripe for abuse and unsafe conditions
Get Free Bike Expo Tickets
Enjoy this year's SF Bike Expo November 12th and 13th on the SF Bicycle Coalition! There are two ways to get into the SF Bike Expo FREE with the SF Bicycle Coalition:
Family Biking Classes: Sign Up Now
Do you have to give up bicycling when you become a parent? Absolutely Not! More and more families are riding together. Find out the medically-reviewed facts plus helpful tips and tricks on family biking at our three family biking classes in November: Biking Pregnant, Biking with a Baby and Toddler, and Biking to School. If you are pregnant, otherwise expecting, thinking about having a child, or are already the parent of a young child, sign up for one of our three upcoming free classes:
Volunteer Nights Switch to 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Tomorrow
Our twice monthly volunteer nights are a great way to learn about your SF Bicycle Coalition -- the next one is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2nd, 5-8pm. Join us to help stuff envelopes, assemble bike lights for upcoming giveaways, do inventory and whatever else needs to be done to keep your friendly Bicycle Coalition rolling. Newcomers are always welcome to this SF Bicycle Coalition tradition! Stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization moving forward. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend -- the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring your bike up to the 10th floor (833 Market Street) for secure parking. Questions? Email Tessa or just show up!
** Tuesday, November 1st **
Bike the Vote Service Station: Pump up Tires for Yes on B
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 B for smoother pavement. 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.
** Wednesday, November 2nd **
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember and newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, 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 email@example.com or just show up.
** Thursday, November 3rd **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
Accept the challenge to 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.
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) every Thursday until election. Snacks, phones, and scripts will be provided while you call your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members to Bike the Vote!
** Saturday, November 5th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking at Cal Bears Football Game *
When the Cal Bears take on WSU 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 PortWalk 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.
** Sunday, November 6th **
SFBC Valet Bicycle Parking at Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day *
ATT Park will become a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science brings this FREE science extravaganza on Sunday November 6th. The event showcases the intrigue and pure fun of science with a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. The SF Bicycle Coalition will offer free valet bicycle parking. The SF Bicycle Coalition valet bike parking service is located on the south side of the ballpark by the water (on the PortWalk between the foul pole and the CHW Health Center). Look for the double doors midway along the stadium wall under the valet bike parking sign.
Golden Gate Bridge Sidewalks Closed to Bicycle Traffic *
The US Half Marathon Race will close the western sidewalk to non-race participants. During this time, bicyclists requiring access across the Golden Gate Bridge may use the Free shuttle service that will be provided. Shuttle stops are located on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge: the south side shuttle stop is in the southeast parking lot and the north side shuttle stop is along the northbound Alexander Avenue off-ramp bus stop.
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: Labor History *
From the pre-urban history of Indian Slavery to the earliest 8-hour day movement in the U.S., the ebb and flow of class war is traced during a four hour bike tour. Sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco. For more info: 415.608.9035.
David Chiu Voter Outreach in the Panhandle *
Join David Chiu, the SF Bicycle Coalition's #2 choice for Mayor, in the Panhandle to help tell voters about his strong support for the Fell and Oak Streets Separated Bikeways and educating voters about his campaign for mayor. Spread the word with David Chiu to people biking and walking in the Panhandle and show your support for the SF Bicycle Coalition's #2 choice for mayor: David Chiu! RSVP: email@example.com
** Monday, November 7th **
Freewheel Bicycle Repair Class *
Over the course of two 4-hour hands-on class sessions on Nov. 7th and 14th. Learn flat repair, wheel truing, bearing maintenance, brake adjustment, drivetrain cleaning, and derailleur adjustment. Class is great for beginners and for those who want to polish up on their skills. Bring your own working bicycle to work on. Cost: $100, includes a six-month membership to Freewheel's community workshop. Call or visit the shop to register, space is limited (415) 752-9195 #8206.
** Tuesday, November 8th **
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 to vote 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.
Election Day *
Bike the Vote on Election Day! The SF Bicycle Coalition endorses Yes on B and ranked-choice endorsements for Mayor: 1. Avalos, 2. Chiu, 3. Lee. Find out more about our endorsements and how you can Bike the Vote at sfbike.org/vote.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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