SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 28, 2012
"It was not an option to be in a building where people would have to leave their bikes outside. Having a bike-friendly culture spurs innovation. We talk about...creating software that helps people change the way that people experience or even use cities, and I think bikes do the same thing."
Biker Bulletin News
Did you start bicycle commuting on, or in anticipation of, a past Bike to Work Day?
The Future of the Bicycling Movement: Views from Two Coasts
Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion about the future of public space in two of America's greatest cities. Paul Steely White, Executive Director of New York City's Transportation Alternatives, and Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, welcome your questions and ideas at this forum hosted by the SF Bicycle Coalition and SPUR.
First Sunday Streets of 2012: March 11th
On March 11, Sunday Streets makes its 2012 debut along the Embarcadero from 11am-4pm, and we want you to be a part of it!
Polk Street Plans Depend on You
The SF Bicycle Coalition is building off the SFMTA's ThinkBike event in 2011, and developing concepts for an improved Polk Street. Take a look at some draft concepts for improved biking and walking on Polk Street and share your ideas with this five minute survey.
Employee Bicycle Access Bill Rolls Ahead
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.
Monthly Safety Tip: Taking the Lane
When you're riding on a street without a bike lane, and you feel it's unsafe to squeeze next to a car, you can -- and should -- move over to the middle of the lane and take the lane. While California law requires bicycle riders to ride as far to the right as they can, the law also allows you to ride where you feel safest. If a street doesn't have a bike lane, and the right lane is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane, you are legally allowed to take the lane.
Be a Part of the Action While Building Your Resume
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.
Tour du Fromage: Bikes and Cheese
How could riding bikes get any better? Add cheese! Join JB Rumburg, Other Avenues' Cheesemonger, for a ride that 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!
Save the Date: Golden Wheel Awards June 5th
Mark your calendar to join us at the 20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards: Tuesday, June 5th (6-9pm) in the Green Room at the War Memorial Building.
Video: TedTalk with Gil Penalosa
We are honored to have Gil Penalosa as our speaker for Golden Wheel. As the Executive Director of 8-80 cities, Penalosa knows how to build and foster healthy communities, and ensure our streets are safe and enjoyable for people of all ages. Check out this TED Talk with Mr. Penalosa on how to move from thinking about sustainable streets to creating them -- and then come see him live at our Golden Wheel awards.
Volunteers Like You Make Our Wheels Spin
Pump up 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. Volunteer as a Bicycle Ambassador this Thursday March 1 from 5-7pm, pumping up tires and sharing a vision of a safer and smoother Polk Street. Email Tessa to volunteer!
** 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
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station: Pump Up Polk St
Help gain support and energize people for Connecting the City on Polk Street and pump up the jams and flat tires of your fellow bicycle riders. If you are a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to volunteer for this Service Station, email Tessa@sfbike.org to volunteer.
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. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
** 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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