SFBC Biker Bulletin
November 29, 2011
"Riding with the moving traffic so close to my handlebars is very unpleasant. It seems such a shame to have that great corridor but to have those three blocks that way. It shouldn't be designed so that only the brave cyclists use it."
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Tired of leftover turkey and ready for deep-dish pizza?
Celebrate 40 Years of Bicycle Advocacy at Winterfest
Winterfest, the SF Bicycle Coalition's annual member party and fundraiser is more than just that -- it is a celebration of how far bicycling has come in San Francisco. Winterfest is the time that the SF Bicycle Coalition gets to thank you for being such an integral part of the movement for better biking in San Francisco.
Incredible Bikes for Auction at Winterfest
Looking for a new bike? The Winterfest auction offers the best deals of the year on some of the hottest bikes.
Art! Gift Certificates! Beer! Wine!
What else will be for sale at Winterfest? Oh, we've got it all from local restaurants to local celebrities and great weekend get-a-ways. Here are some highlights of this year's hot picks.
Winterfest is more than just bikes and gift certificates!
Whether you're volunteering, bidding on bikes, or just hanging out with your fellow bike-loving friends, Winterfest is a great way to celebrate the holiday season and all of the accomplishments of our four decades of bicycle advocacy. That's right, we're 40 years old this year, so come out and wish us happy birthday and celebrate 40 years of pedaling strong.
Historic Opportunity to Improve Critical Three Blocks of Fell and Oak
How many times have you ridden on the three blocks of Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker Streets and felt deeply uncomfortable, if not scared, by being so close to speeding traffic? It doesn't have to be that way. On December 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm at the SF Day School (350 Masonic at Golden Gate) the SF Municipal Transportation Agency will be hosting an open house and presenting design concepts for separated bikeways on Fell and Oak Streets between Scott and Baker Streets. For decades, neighbors have been working for calmer streets, and thousands of people are already biking on these three blocks -- a crucial link between the Wiggle and Panhandle. Yet the success of this project is far from guaranteed. Please drop by the open house any time between 10 am and 2 pm to share your story about why safe biking on these three blocks is so important to you, and add your input on various design elements. To learn more about the project and see conceptual drawings of the design options, see our website.
Vote Today for Our Board of Directors
We need you to cast your vote today in our annual Board of Directors election. We rely on the voices of our members to decide who will be responsible for ensuring that the SF Bicycle Coalition achieves its mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation by developing the strategic direction of the organization, overseeing management and our financial health, raising funds for our work, and representing us in San Francisco's many communities. Each year, half of the 15-member board is elected to a two-year term by our membership -- that's you. Your vote is an important signal of confidence in the Board. Please read the candidate statements and vote today. Voting ends Friday, December 9th.
Video: The Case for Physically Separated Bike Lanes
From Market Street, to the upcoming project on JFK Drive, and the plans for three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets, streets of San Francisco are getting separated bikeways -- improving safety and making biking more comfortable for people of all ages. Watch this Streetfilm to learn about the wide variety of physically-separated bike lanes and how they work from cities all across the world.
** Tuesday, November 29th **
Paxti's Pizza Fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition
Paxti's will donate 10% of all sales on this day to the SF Bicycle Coalition! This includes all dine-in, take-out, delivery, and gift card purchases throughout the day. We did a similar promotion this back in July and it made a whopping $460 dollars for bicycle advocacy. Yay pizza (and no more turkey and mashed potatoes). Please note that this fundraiser is only taking place at Patxi's Marina location located at 3318 Fillmore Street, 415-345-3995, patxispizza.com. Click here to view this location's delivery area. Enjoy some pizza and donate to the SF Bicycle Coalition's goal of 10 new bikeways in 2012!
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
Everyone's invited! Contact Leah at 431-BIKE x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org for agenda and details.
** Wednesday, November 30th **
Light up the Night
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with the SF Municipal Transportation Agency to distribute lights to people who are biking after dark without them, and lighting them up with a free set of lights. If you would like to be one of our light station heroes and volunteer to install light email email@example.com to volunteer.
** Thursday, December 1st **
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
** Saturday, December 3rd **
Fell and Oak Separated Bikeways - SFMTA Open House*
Drop by anytime between 10am and 2pm to weigh in on options for separated bikeways on the three blocks of Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker Street. The SFMTA has been bringing their initial concepts further along with more analysis of the benefits and trade-offs of each option – you can read about the concepts from the first community meeting here. If you live, work, or travel through here you'll want to attend the Open House and make sure the final project includes your voice. Email Neal@sfbike.org if you have any questions. Free bicycle valet will be provided near the Golden Gate Avenue Entrance.
Shaping San Francisco Bicycle History Tour: Transit History *
Discover lost freeways, ghosts of train routes, and a vivid account of how San Franciscans moved around this peninsula through time. Sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco. For more info: 415-608-9035
Supermarket Street Sweep *
The Supermarket Street Sweep is an annual bike race that benefits the San Francisco Food Bank. Participants need a bag, box or crate for food items, bike lock, and money to buy items (suggested $15-30). http://supermarketstreetsweep.blogspot.com/
** Sunday, December 4th **
16th Annual Winterfest Member Party, Auction and Art Show
Don't miss the hottest bike party of the year at the 16th Annual Winterfest Member Party, Auction, and Art Show. Join over a thousand of your bike buddies in an evening of festivities, food, music, and bottomless New Belgium beer. Enjoy an evening of a fabulous 60 piece local art auction, get an unbeatable deal on 25 new bikes and bid on the chance to win over 200 silent auction items including tickets to the arts, local get-a-ways and tours and gift certificates for all your favorite restaurants and establishments. Grab your friends and come celebrate at the best party of the year benefiting your local bicycle advocacy organization.
** Tuesday, December 6th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed for Staff Retreat
The office is closed all day for a staff retreat and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday the 7th.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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