SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 5, 2012
"The most significant change to San Francisco's landscape in 2011 involves a conjuring act that turns parking spaces into pedestrian nooks. They go by the name of parklets ... when 2011 arrived there were only four. Now there are 22, with six more approved and 44 in various stages of review."
Biker Bulletin News
Bike to School Day is April 12th, and the poster contest is already open.
2012: Get Ready for a Big Year for Biking
Hold on to your bike seats because 2012 promises to be a big year for biking in San Francisco. We're aiming to see 10 miles of bikeway on the ground by the end of the year. You'll be interested in:
Make a New Years Resolution to Improve Your Ride
Do you have a resolution to do good and help your community in 2012? Make it happen as a volunteer with the SF Bicycle Coalition. There are dozens of ways to give your time to make your daily ride and the rides of your friends and family safer and more fun in 2012! Below are a few ways you can get involved. See sfbike.org/volunteer for more info and upcoming volunteer events.
Bike Corrals Sprouting Up Across the City
Right before the holidays, SFMTA crews were out installing a new round of bike corrals, bringing the total number of corrals across the city to 18! From Polk Street to the Fillmore, North Beach to the Sunset, the City is installing more parking for people to shop and dine in commercial corridors. Are you excited about these smart investments that promote local businesses and shopping by bike? Then, apply for the Business Outreach and Bicycle Parking Internship. Find out more about how you can help get better bike parking and promote local shopping all across the city.
Meet Your Newest Discount Partner: SOCKET
This week we welcome our newest discount partner, SOCKET Cycle Centric Massage. Treat your tired muscles to a session and members will receive $10 off any session or add a 15-minute Muscle Energy Technique session for free when you show your SF Bicycle Coalition Membership Card.
Light Up the Night One Last Time
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 install lights on Monday, January 9th, 5-7pm, please email Tessa to volunteer. We have already distributed over 1,000 lights in locations across the city, along with tips for safe night riding in three languages. Monday's location is being kept under wraps in an effort to light up riders who truly need them.
We're Hiring: Graphic Design Intern and Bicycle Valet Coordinator
This is the last week we are accepting applications for the Bicycle Valet Coordinator position that will 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.
GG Bridge Detour for Better Bike Access
The west sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed again for a few months, this time to create a better, smoother new pathway approach. From January 17th to approximately April 1st (weather depending), bicycle traffic will roll on the bridge's east sidewalk around the clock, sharing the narrow right-of-way with pedestrians -- please be extra alert and courteous as you make your way across.
Tonight: Help Plan the Future of the Bay Area
What sort of Bay Area will we live in 5, 10, 25 years from now? Want to help shape that not-too-distant future for better biking across the region? The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments are updating their 25-year plan for transportation and land use, called Plan Bay Area, which is the key to billions of dollars in public investment in the region. Come to tonight's public workshop, learn more, and weigh in on Plan Bay Area. Space is limited, you must register to attend, walk-ins at the meeting will be accommodated as space allows -- for more information and to register for the workshop, visit the MTC website.
Video: How to Ride in a Parking-Protected Bikeway
This month, the SFMTA will start striping 1.5 miles of a bikeway protected by parked cars on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park! The new bikeway will make biking in Golden Gate Park an even more pleasant experience and will encourage more people to ride to the Park to take advantage of everything it has to offer. This video from the Office of the Mayor in Portland, Oregon explains what parking-protected bikeways are and how to ride on them.
** Thursday, January 5th **
Plan Bay Area -- Public Workshop *
What sort of Bay Area will we live in 5, 10, 25 years from now? The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are updating their 25-year plan for transportation and land use called Plan Bay Area, the key to billions of dollars in public investment in the region. Come to this public workshop, learn more, and weigh in on Plan Bay Area. Space is limited, you must register to attend, walk-ins at the meeting will be accommodated as space allows -- for more information and to register for the workshop, visit the MTC website.
Cesar Chavez Sewer and Streetscape Improvements Meeting*
A better Cesar Chavez from Hampshire Street to Sanchez Street is on its way. Come hear about construction details on the first phase of Sewer Improvements and the status of second-phase Streetscape Improvements, like the planted median, sidewalk improvements, and bike lanes.
Visit our Cesar Chavez page for more information.
** Monday, January 9th **
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
** Wednesday, January 11th **
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.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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