SFBC Biker Bulletin
January 31, 2012
"San Francisco has made some important advances in sustainable transportation. But to meet, and perhaps exceed, the expectations set by the ITDP's [2012 Sustainable Transport] award, Mayor Lee and other leaders must commit to the changes San Francisco needs to achieve safer, more livable streets."
Biker Bulletin News
Our amazing intern Greg Shaffer has been bringing you the Biker Bulletin for the last year, but he'll be leaving us for a new job next week. If you're interested in building your communications skills, learning html, and helping make SF a better city for biking, consider applying for our communications internship: sfbike.org/?intern_comm.
Get Your Heart Pounding at Love on Wheels Next Wednesday
Love on Wheels, the dating game for bicycle-lovers, is next week! Come watch real-life bike bachelors and bachelorettes quiz a blind panel to select a date and enjoy a night out at a hip local spot courtesy of our fabulous sponsors. Meanwhile, hot bike-friendly singles swap phone numbers while everyone -- single and not-so-single -- enjoys the show and cheers on the contestants.
Send a Little Bike Love with an E-Valentine
Send a little bike love someone's way with a bike e-Valentine. It just takes a second to say you care! Simply go to sfbike.org/valentines, choose from four designs, and send a personalized bike-themed message to that special someone. Then, your custom e-Valentine will be shot like an arrow through the internet by your friendly Cupids at the SF Bicycle Coalition!
No Room For Error When Biking on Fell and Oak Streets
The SF Bicycle Coalition is trying to convince the city to fix one of the scariest parts of biking for thousands of San Franciscans: the three blocks of Fell and Oak Street between Scott and Baker. You can help carry that message by sending an email today to Mayor Ed Lee and SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin, explaining why the city needs to prioritize safety and implement bikeways on these blocks this year.
New Family Biking Classes Starting Soon
Back by popular demand! Sign up today for our upcoming free family biking classes, including a new on-road bike to school workshop for parents with their children. If you are parent, parent-to-be, or simply interested in helping more families bicycle in San Francisco, these classes are perfect for you. Children are welcome at all classes. Sign up today!
Save Warm Planet Bikes
You probably know that Warm Planet Bikes provides secure bike parking for hundreds of people every week, for free, at the SF Caltrain terminal at Fourth and Townsend Streets, as well as offering retail bicycle sales and service for commuters and other bike riders. But did you know that Warm Planet's operating contract with Caltrain expired a year and a half ago, along with the original grant? Did you know this important regional sustainable transportation resource could shut down if a new operating agreement and funding is not secured soon? Without a lift from agencies like Caltrain -- the transit system whose customers it serves -- the community asset can't sustain itself much longer.
Working with Us Improves SF Biking and Your Resume
The SF Bicycle Coalition is seeking talented and motivated individuals for a variety of exciting hands-on jobs, internships, and fun volunteer opportunities. Boost your resume and gain valuable experience in an exciting internship this Spring:
Volunteering = Better BikingFell and Oak Bicycle Ambassadors: You can help bring separated bikeways to three blocks of Fell and Oak Streets with important outreach in February. If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador, email Tessa to volunteer in February.
Wednesday, February 1st, 5-7pm
Thursday, February 16th, 5-7pm
Not a trained Bicycle Ambassador or need to refresh your training? Save the Date for the upcoming training on Tuesday, March 13th at 7:30-8:30pm at SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market Street, 10th Floor.
Daytime Stars: Do you have a few daytime hours Monday-Thursday for bike advocacy? We need people to enter data and prepare materials, just to name a few ways you can help. Daytime volunteers help the SF Bicycle Coalition keep the wheels of change moving. Email Tessa for more info.
Share Your Ride: Do you know the most scenic route to the Golden Gate Bridge? Do you visit independent art galleries on your bike? Lead a SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride and share your secrets with other people on bicycles! Plan a bicycle tour of San Francisco sites -- rides are limited only by your imagination! Whatever you love, share it with other members with a Rec Ride this Spring or Summer. Email Tessa for more info.
Flat Tire Social at Mission Bicycle Company
Learn how to fix your flat at this hands-on workshop hosted by our friends at Mission Bicycle Company. They'll start you out with the basics, then show you the tricks and secrets of fast and easy flat fixing. They'll even send you home with a set of your own tire levers. Following the session, Mission Bicycle will take you on a group ride through the Mission District's 11 bike related businesses. Bring your bike and come prepared to get your hands dirty. Snacks and libations provided. More info and register here.
Climate Ride Meet and Greet
Join us Wednesday, February 1st at the SF Bicycle Coalition office as we mingle with participants from last year's Climate Ride, a fully-supported five day charity ride to support bike advocacy, sustainable solutions, and environmental causes. Learn more about the East and West Coast Climate Rides from those that have ridden and hear how Climate Ride proceeds will improve your daily San Francisco ride. The SF Bicycle Coalition was one of several beneficiary organizations of the Climate Ride, and received over $30,000 last year!
Video: Bicycle Rush Hour in Copenhagen
The City of San Francisco set a goal of 20% of trips by bike by 2020, and we're actively working toward it. Copenhagen offers an incredible model for the rest of the world -- 50% of the trips by Copenhagen residents are done by bike! Check out this great video that shows the incredible number of people biking during rush hour.
** Wednesday, February 1st **
Climate Ride Meet and Greet
Climate Ride is a five day, fully supported charity bike ride from Eureka, California to San Francisco to support bike advocacy, sustainable solutions and environmental causes. Last year, Climate Riders raised over $30,000 for the SF Bicycle Coalition! Meet past participants and learn more about Climate Ride and how they are supporting the SF Bicycle Coalition to make ours a world class biking city. Refreshments provided.
** Thursday, February 2nd **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
Chat up your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members! 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
** Saturday, February 4th **
Yellow Bike Project Fundraiser *
** Sunday, February 5th **
Bike Kitchen Internal Maintenance Class *
Over three Sundays (Feb. 5th, 12th and 19th) learn installation and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems, freewheels and cassettes. Information and tickets: bkfeb2012internal.eventbrite.com.
** Monday, February 6th **
Bike Kitchen External Maintenance Class *
Over three Mondays (Feb. 6th, 13th and 20th) learn fixing a flat, installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, chain maintenance and truing wheels. Information and tickets: bkfeb2012external.eventbrite.com.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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