SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 13, 2011
"The SF Bicycle Coalition, the largest city-based bicycle advocacy group in the nation, has a lot to celebrate this year: New bike lanes have been striped across the city, bicycle and pedestrian friendly parklets have been added, and in November, voters passed Proposition B, which will direct $248 million for street repaving and bicycle and pedestrian improvements."
Biker Bulletin News
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Bay Bridge Bike Path Planning Workshop Tonight
Despite having one of the world's great urban bridges connecting San Francisco and Oakland, you still can't walk or ride a bike between the two cities. What is it going to take to finally bridge the gap for nonmotorized traffic? Find out tonight at a public workshop presenting design alternatives for a bicycle, pedestrian, and maintenance path project on the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge:
Tonight: Bicycle Ambassador Training
Bicycle Ambassador trained members get exciting perks, like free tickets to music festivals and making events like Bike to Work Day happen. Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members and more! Interested in volunteering to talk to others about bicycle advocacy at events like Outside Lands, Treasure Island Music Festival, and Service Stations? Not trained yet or haven't been in a few years? Then come to this training! Contact email@example.com to RSVP.
You Light up the Night
Your friends at the SF Bicycle Coalition don't want you to get caught in the dark without bike lights. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to partner with the SF Municipal Transportation Agency and the SF Police Department to distribute free lights to people who are biking after dark without them. We will be out multiple nights this month distributing lights, along with tips for safe night riding. If you would like to be one of our light station heroes and install lights on Thursday, December 15th or Tuesday, December 20th from 5-7:00pm, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. The locations are being kept under wraps in an effort to get lights to riders who truly need them.
Get Direct Results in Your Neighborhood
Within the past 10 days, we've had the good fortune of pedaling on another bike lane on the westside, received confirmation that JFK Drive's 1.5 miles of separated bikeway will be implemented in January and co-hosted a robust community meeting to gather feedback on the proposed three blocks of bikeways on Fell and Oak Streets. Phew, we've been busy!
Be the Next Bicycle Valet Coordinator: Hiring Now
Have you dreamt of getting paid while making San Francisco more bike-friendly? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is now hiring a Bicycle Valet Coordinator to manage our world-famous Bicycle Valet Program. This important, semi-seasonal, three-quarter time position will coordinate our amazing team of talented Bicycle Valet Supervisors, recruit and train volunteers, and work with event promoters and sponsors to provide secure valet bicycle parking services at hundreds of San Francisco events each year. Learn more about this opportunity at sfbike.org/jobs.
Walk and Roll Wednesdays Start at Sunnyside ES
We were thrilled to learn that teachers parents and students at Sunnyside Elementary School have launched a "Walk and Roll Wednesdays" program that will run until May of 2012. Each Wednesday parents and students walk together in Walking School Buses or ride together in "Bike Trains" enjoying active time together going to school. After the first event on December 7th, Leah Plack, SF Bicycle Coalition member, kindergarten teacher, and Safe Routes to School organizer thinks Sunnyside might already need another bike rack from the school district to hold all the students' bikes. Besides the fun of walking or biking together to school, another parent noted that there were fewer families driving to school during the Walk and Roll event. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to work with the SF Department of Public Health and other partners to directly support these efforts in our Safe Routes to School Program.
Volunteer Appreciation Party
The staff at the SF Bicycle Coalition is constantly humbled by the dedication, can-do spirit and winning attitude of all our volunteers. Volunteers donate more than 16,000 hours a year to bicycle advocacy -- that's the equivalent of 8 full-time staff--making San Francisco a better place to bike and live for all of us. Thank you!
JFK Drive Separated Bikeway Coming in 2012
Thanks to Mayor Lee, Supervisors Mar and Mirkarimi, the SFMTA, the Concourse Authority and the Recreation and Parks Department and Commission -- 1.5 miles of separated bikeway is coming to the eastern half of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park in January! Want to know what to expect? Visit our Connecting the City site to read about the project going in in January, and see some examples of this kind of configuration in other cities across America.
Thank the City for New Bike Lanes
"The [bike lanes] on Laguna Honda and Portola make it much safer for me, my family, and friends to ride around this beautiful neighborhood and get to destinations safer," an SF Bicycle Coalition member stated in a letter to Mayor Lee and SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin. "I drive on occasion, take Muni, and ride my bike so I can see it from all sides and the bike lanes make it safer for everyone." Thanks to all our members, who have been sending stories like these to our city leaders -- they really help San Francisco's decision-makers know how these projects affect people's lives.
Holiday Lights Ride Sunday
Wear your festive holiday best on our lively, 8th annual two-wheelin' pilgrimage to visit some of the city's most stellar light displays. Ring your silver bells, caroling all the way. Bring potluck treats to share at a super special secret end point. SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SF Bicycle Coalition members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides.
Last Chance to Guarantee Holiday Shipping
Today is the last chance to ensure you can wrap up some bike love to give to everyone on your holiday shopping list. An SF Bicycle Coalition membership is the gift that keeps on giving and includes awesome benefits like:
Are the people on your shopping list are already members? Then how about a cozy hoodie or t-shirt from the SF Bicycle Coalition's online store? There is something for everyone, and all proceeds benefit the work of the SF Bicycle Coalition.
Make sure to place your holiday orders by the end of the day, today, Tuesday, December 13th to ensure delivery for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Start your shopping today.
Video: The First of Many Protected Bike Lanes for Chicago
The City of Chicago just installed its first protected bike lane on Kinzie Street and this Streetfilms video details the project and its success. The separated bike lane has proven so popular that bicycle mode share on the street has risen from 20% of traffic up to 40%, and in some counts bike mode share was over 50%! Much like our Connecting the City vision, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made a goal of 100 miles of protected bikeways and they are wasting no time. Check out the film and see how Chicago is already implementing many designs we've been advocating for throughout 2011.
** Tuesday, December 13th **
Bay Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Path Workshop
Find out more about plans, challenges and the planning process to bridge the gap at this public workshop presenting design alternatives for a bicycle/pedestrian path project on the West Span of the Bay Bridge. Presentations are held at 6:00pm and 6:45pm.
SF Bicycle Coalition New Member Meet and Greet
Been an SF Bicycle Coalition member less than a year? New members are invited to join us to learn about SF Bicycle Coalition advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to email@example.com or 415-431-2453(BIKE) x301.
SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador Training
Interested in volunteering to be a SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador at events all over town, like Bike to Work Day 2011, races, festivals, and SF Bicycle Coalition Service Stations? Then this training is a must! Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
** Wednesday, December 14th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed at 2:30pm for Staff Retreat
** Thursday, December 15th **
Light up the Night
The SF 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.
** Sunday, December 18th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: 8th Annual Holiday Lights Ride (and Potluck)
Get festive on our lively, annual two-wheelin' pilgrimage to visit some of the city's most stellar light displays. Summon your creative holiday spirit and ring your silver bells, caroling all the way. Bring potluck treats to share at a super special secret end point.
** Monday, December 19th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Appreciation Party
The staff at the SF Bicycle Coalition is constantly humbled by the dedication, can-do spirit and winning attitude of all our volunteers. Volunteers donate more than 16,000 hours a year to bicycle advocacy--that's the equivalent of 8 full-time staff--making San Francisco a better place to bike and live for all of us. Thank you!
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