SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 6, 2012
"As the number of people riding bicycles in San Francisco increases every year, so do the options and demands for rights and improvements regarding city riding. And now San Francisco might have one of the most comprehensive bicycle access laws in the country."
Biker Bulletin News
Save the Date: Bike Safety and Education Week is March 24-31.
Sunday Streets Debuts This Weekend
This Sunday, March 11, Sunday Streets makes its 2012 debut along the Embarcadero from 11am-4pm. This year's Sunday Streets includes 10 events, including four Mission District routes. We're excited for the launch of Sunday Streets, and we want you to be a part of it!
Get Ready to Roll for Bike to School Day
April 12 is Bike to School Day, and in preparation for the biggest youth biking day of the year, we're offering free on the road family biking classes. Learn tips and best practices for family biking, as you get more comfortable (and excited!) about riding with your kiddo. Join us on Saturdays, March 10th and 17th, and get the whole family rolling in time for Bike to School Day.
Board of Supervisors Voting on Bicycle Access Bill
Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is voting on the nation's strongest bicycle access law! 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.
How do you Celebrate Bike to Work Day?
Bike to Work Day is the biggest bike event of the year and YOU make it happen! Last year, over 300 amazing SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers helped make Bike to Work Day a roaring success, and volunteers like you will make Bike to Work Day 2012 the biggest celebration yet. On Thursday, May 10, you can energize bike commuters at one of our 27 neighborhood Energizer Stations or celebrate at the Bike From Work Party. Sign up for your favorite spot today!
Be a Catalyst for Change
Want to be a catalyst for changing the streets you ride on everyday? We have plenty of opportunities for you:
Over Three Miles of New Bikeways
It's gearing up to be a busy month of new bikeways across San Francisco. Thanks to the hard work from city agencies, and years of support and advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition, 3.5 miles of new bikeways will be in the ground in the next 6 weeks!
Speak Up at SFMTA Budget Town Hall Meetings
The City's transportation agency, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, will be holding a series of town hall meetings in the coming weeks to discuss its proposed budget from the next two years. This series of public meetings will provide an opportunity to hear what is being proposed in the two-year budget and to meet directly with SFMTA staff to discuss specific programs and projects. Please attend one of these meetings to speak up for significantly increased funding for bicycling projects. The SFMTA needs to hear from San Francisco that truly welcoming and comfortable biking in the city for you and your loved ones will not be possible without a firm commitment to increased funding from the direct SFMTA budget.
New Member Meet and Greet, Ambassador Training next Tuesday
If you've been an SF Bicycle Coalition member less than a year, you are invited to join us next Tuesday for a New Member Meet and Greet 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, and stay for the Bicycle Ambassador Training (see item below) if you want to learn even more. Contact Tessa to RSVP or just show up.
Video: Sunday Streets Embarcadero San Francisco
This weekend, Sunday Streets 2012 makes its debut along the Embarcadero. It's one of the longest Sunday Streets routes in the city, and we're excited to see how San Franciscans utilize the open space. Here's a great video from last year's Embarcadero Sunday Streets, showing some of the fun and creative Sunday Streets activities.
** Thursday, March 8th **
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.
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.
** Saturday, March 10th **
Different Spokes Ride *
Join Different Spokes, the SF Bay Area LGBT Cycling Club, for their monthly club ride. Choose from three options (27m/47m/57m) and all rides regroup in Tiburon for group lunch. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
** Sunday, March 11th **
Sunday Streets: Embarcadero
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides recreational street space for everyone in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Get involved and sign up to volunteer for Sunday Streets at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer. The Sunday Streets Volunteer Program is managed by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Sunday Streets is sponsored by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Livable City, the non-profit fiscal sponsor of Sunday Streets responsible for the day-to-day management of the program. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition at two locations: Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf.
** Tuesday, March 13th **
SF Bicycle Coalition New Member Meet & 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 Tessa@sfbike.org 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, Bike to School Day, 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 Tessa@sfbike.org to RSVP.
** Wednesday, March 14th **
Bike to Work with Supervisor Mar *
Talk policy points or trade political gossip with Supervisor Eric Mar on this jolly monthly tradition -- catch a rocking Richmond District bike bus and roll downtown with Eric and a merry band of D1 velocitizens. Top up your tires and get on the bike bus!
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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