SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 22, 2012
February 22nd, 2012
"We look forward to returning to Chinatown, doing a more frequent Mission route, and adding a new route in the Southwest neighborhoods of our city to bring the benefits of Sunday Streets to more San Francisco neighborhoods."
Biker Bulletin News
Construction on JFK Drive bikeway has begun! Our city's first parking protected bikeway should be completed in March.
A Safer and Smoother 17th Street
For years, the SF Bicycle Coalition has worked with numerous city agencies, volunteers and members to identify the bike routes with the worst pavement and prioritize their repaving. As you probably know, the key biking corridor of 17th Street was among the worst pavement in the city. But all of that is about to change! Work has already begun on repaving 17th Street from Mississippi to Dolores Street.
Employee Bicycle Access Bill Moves Forward
San Francisco is on its way to having the strongest bicycle access law in the country! Supervisor John Avalos introduced groundbreaking legislation that would require the owners of commercial buildings to: Either provide secure bicycle parking in their buildings or to allow the tenants to bring their bicycles into the building.
2012 Sunday Streets Dates Announced
Returning for another great year of neighborhood fun, Sunday Streets presents its 2012 debut along the Embarcadero on March 11th. This year Sunday Streets will return to the Great Highway (April 15), Bayview and Dogpatch (July 22), Western Addition (September 9) and Chinatown (August TBD), as well as the Mission. The hugely popular Mission Route will increase to four consecutive first Sundays, May 6, June 3, July 1 and August 5. And, this year Sunday Streets will visit a Southwest neighborhood for the first time on October 21!
Change is Afoot on Caesar Chavez
From Guerrero Street to Illinois Street, the results of years of advocacy and community-building are coming soon to the streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been working with the Planning Department, the SFMTA, and dozens of community members for a vision of a safe and vibrant corridor along the eastern half of Cesar Chavez. Come to the Cesar Chavez East Community Design Plan Open House tonight at the Galeria de la Raza (2857 24th Street) tonight between 6:30 and 8:30 to see the proposals.
Bolster your Resume or Portfolio
You love San Francisco, and you can be part of making the city even better by working as an intern or contractor at the SF Bicycle Coalition. Gain firsthand valuable experience and complete your internship with a stronger resume, valuable references and a fuller understanding of a strong advocacy organization in San Francisco. Be an important part of Bike to School Day, Bike to Work Day and our daily advocacy and communications work.
What's Your Vision for Polk Street?
The SF Bicycle Coalition is reaching out to neighborhood groups, individual businesses, local schools, and you -- our members -- for input on some improvements for Polk Street. With America's Cup events in 2012 and 2013 and full repaving of the street in 2013, the time is now to share your input and help us create a safer and smoother Polk Street.
The Future of the Bicycling Movement: Views from Two Coasts
New York City's recent movement to reclaim street space for people space -- biking, walking, and playing -- is already legendary. And San Francisco is moving in the same direction thanks to recent successes such as Pavement to Parks, Sunday Streets, parklets, and protected bikeways. Now, what's next?
Share in the Joy of Bike to School Day
Bike to School Day is Thursday, April 12th. If you're a parent, caregiver, teacher, administrator, or volunteer at the school, you can register your school for the big day.
Two Hot Rec Rides -- and How to Lead Your Own
One of the most-beloved SF Bicycle Coalition member benefits is the rich assortment of fun group bike rides led year-round by other SF Bicycle Coalition members. There's no better way to get out and meet pedaling people and enjoy our fair city (and beyond) than to come along on an SF Bicycle Coalition rec ride. We've got a couple of swell rides coming up this weekend and next, plus an opportunity to learn how to cook up a rec ride of your own -- yes, you could lead a great rec ride and bring bike-powered joy to others!
Video: Viva CicLAvia
This week, the City announced the new Sunday Streets routes for 2012, including four consecutive months of Mission District fun. San Francisco isn't alone in our love of the open streets; cities across the country are holding their own versions of Bogata's Ciclovia. Check out this great video from Streetsblog Los Angeles about their CicLAvia.
** Wednesday, February 22nd **
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night (note date change from Tube Times)
Note: this date is changed from the Tube Times date. Volunteer Night is the 22nd of February and we hope to see you there!
Cesar Chavez East Community Design Plan Open House *
Join the Planning Department and local community groups as they unveil final designs for Cesar Chavez Street from Hampshire Street to Illinois Street. The plan re-imagines Cesar Chavez East as a vital connector of the Mission, Bayview, Potrero, Bernal and Dogpatch neighborhoods, more safe, pleasant and convenient for people who live in, work in or travel through the area, and more responsive to ecological and cultural opportunities. Visit cce.sfplanning.org for more information.
** Thursday, February 23rd **
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting *
Come and speak up about bicycle issues in San Francisco. This eleven member committee meets once a month and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle. Check the BAC website to see schedules and agendas, and contact BAC chair Bert Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask to have an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
** Saturday, February 25th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Architecture Ride: The Reid Brothers in the Richmond
Whether you're a Reid Brothers fan, a Richmond District history hound, or just fancy a nice ride around the neighborhood, come along on this non-athletic, non-academic architecture bike tour. From the turn of the 20th Century through its first few decades, James and Merritt Reid designed an impressive number of San Francisco's buildings, from theaters to hotels, office towers to townhouses, bandshells to barns. We'll take a look at nine of the Reids' Richmond District projects that help round out the collection. 2 hour ride, longer if we're having fun; have a big lunch beforehand, we'll stop somewhere for a snack.
SF Bicycle Coalition recreational rides are free for SF Bicycle Coalition members (a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels rides.
** Sunday, February 26th **
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
This introductory course is perfect for anyone who wants to be more comfortable riding. This four-hour, in-classroom course will cover the basics on how to choose the right bike and properly fit a helmet as well as tips for the safest ways to ride in traffic. You'll also learn techniques to avoid or handle street hazards and emergency maneuvers along with the best way to lock up your bike and how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities. This free class, funded in partnership with the California Bicycle Coalition, is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required. Sign up at sfbike.org/edu.
** Monday, February 27th **
Bike to School Day Organizer Meet and Greet
Calling all 2012 Bike to School Day organizers or aspiring organizers! If you have signed up your school for the big event on April 12, 2012 this is your chance to meet other organizers, ask questions, share tips, learn the best practices for working with our volunteers and get on track for an amazing event on April 12, 2012. Contact email@example.com to RSVP.
** Tuesday, February 28th **
SPUR Forum: Pedaling the Peninsula: a Regional Bike Share *
A regional pilot program will bring 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes to San Francisco's downtown core beginning this summer. Agencies from throughout the region will implement this pilot program along the Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose. Join Karen Schkolnick from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Heath Maddox of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Ying Smith from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority for a discussion about regional bike sharing in the Bay Area. Free to SPUR members, $5 for non-members; okay to bring lunch.
SF Bicycle Coalition Treehouse Talk: How to Make a Rec Ride
There are a million good ideas for a group bike ride, whether it's a tour of tea shops, native plants, geology, labor history, merry-go-rounds or Vertigo locations. You've probably got a couple of ride ideas kicking around in your head ('60s rock band houses, anyone?), now's your chance to learn how to make one and spread the fun -- it's easy! We'll talk through tips and tricks and review some simple recipes for rocking rec rides. Free for members, $5 for non-members; bring your bike upstairs.
** Thursday, March 1st **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
Accept the challenge to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future of the Bicycling Movement: Views from Two Coasts
Join Paul Steely White, Executive Director of NYC's Transportation Alternatives, and Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to find out how these leading advocacy organizations are revitalizing our communities by shaping safer, more welcoming streets and public spaces. Your questions and ideas are welcome in this sure-to-be lively discussion about the future of public space in two of America's greatest cities. Hosted by the SF Bicycle Coalition and SPUR.
** Saturday, March 3rd **
SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Tour du Fromage
Join JB Rumburg, Other Avenues' Cheesemonger for the Tour du Fromage--a bicycle ride highlighting his favorite cheese stops in San Francisco. JB has been a worker-owner of Other Avenues Coop for 8 years, and will be sharing his cheese expertise and experiences by way of bicycle. The ride will take you to the far reaches of the fromage frontier--from Ocean Beach to North Beach. This ride promises to stretch your legs and taste buds!
SF Bicycle Coalition Family Biking Series: On Road with your Children
Learn how to ride to school with your children with our on-road course. Our instructors will teach you and your children how to prepare and ride to school, including practice on a car-free space and on regular city streets with biking facilities. Parents with children of all ages are welcome, including children riding independently, but all people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own bikes and helmets. This class is a great warm up for Bike to School Day on April 12, 2012! Register now.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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