SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 13, 2012
"Whatever the current percentage [of trips by bike is], we have a long way to go. We have to be bolder about specific projects and strategies. Segregated bikes lanes are the most efficient way to move the most people through areas of urban density."
-- Supervisor David Chiu, SF allows bikes Indoors, but its cycling goal is elusive, San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 8, 2012.
Biker Bulletin News
- Wiggle Detours Next Three Weekends
- More Sunday Streets in the Future
- Tonight: New Member Meet and Greet, Ambassador Training
- Final Vote for Employee Bike Access Bill Today
- More Dedicated Space for Bikes on JFK Drive
- Bike to School Day Party and Prep
- Share Your Skills as a Volunteer
- Special Offers for SF Bicycle Coalition Members
- Speak Up at SFMTA Budget Town Hall Meetings
- The Simplest Way to Keep Your Membership Rolling
- Video: Bicycling & Women in the Victorian Era
- Upcoming Events
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Wiggle Detours Next Three Weekends
One of San Francisco's most traveled bike routes, the Wiggle, will have some major detours due to rail construction over the next few weekends. If you ride on Duboce Street near Church, you've likely noticed all the construction over the past year. Thanks to the SF Bicycle Coalition's advocacy, the construction planning has kept the streets smooth and minimized disruptions to bicycle traffic. But, now with the next phase starting, the construction project will require some road closures over each weekend in March, from Friday at 7:00 pm to Monday at 5:00 am. We made sure that these necessary closures will include lots of signage for bicycle detours.
While we encourage you to always be alert and ride safely, be especially aware if you're traveling near Duboce Street for the next few weekends and be sure to either follow the orange detour signs -- or dismount and walk your bike on the sidewalks, which will remain open throughout the construction. For more information on the detours, be sure to check the SFMTA website on the project, and, as always, if you see unsafe construction sites or problems with the road, dial 311 and report it to the city.
More Sunday Streets in the Future
We hear loud and clear from members like you that you want more Sunday Streets in San Francisco. We're pleased to announce that we are officially moving forward with a campaign to create more, regular Sunday Streets throughout the city. In fact, you may have already noticed that our new strategic plan calls on your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to "help create and sustain a citywide network of weekly, seasonal Sunday Streets routes."
Over the past year, our Great Streets Project has been working with Livable City and the SFMTA to move the city towards this goal. We're happy to announce that this Sunday Streets season will include a pilot of four successive monthly events in the Mission, including both 24th and Valencia Streets. Thanks to many meetings with local neighborhood and merchant groups, there is widespread support for this pilot. We will be helping our partners and community groups evaluate this pilot. Meanwhile, we want to work with you to help build support in neighborhoods -- including yours! -- throughout the city to create more, regular Sunday Streets. Please sign up to volunteer and support this campaign at sfbike.org/sundaystreets.
Amazing volunteers helped make the year's first Sunday Streets a Success! Thanks to 100+ volunteers who helped make the first Sunday Streets event of the year a success! Sunday Streets is sponsored by the SFMTA and Livable City, the nonprofit fiscal sponsor of Sunday Streets responsible for the day-to-day management of the program.
Volunteer for the next Sunday Streets: Next month, on Sunday April 15th, take part in the second Sunday Streets on a new route in Golden Gate Park to the Great Highway. We are proud that the Sunday Streets Volunteer Program is managed by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. All volunteers get a Sunday Streets t-shirt, lunch, and the great feeling that you helped make Sunday Streets possible. There is a special treat for people who volunteer for five or more events! Sign up to volunteer now at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer!
Sunday Streets Volunteer Program is hiring: The SF Bicycle Coalition is actively seeking talented and motivated Volunteer Program Interns. See sfbike.org/jobs for more info.
Tonight: New Member Meet and Greet, Ambassador Training
If you've been an SF Bicycle Coalition member less than a year, you are invited to join us tonight 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.
Tue., Mar. 13 | 6:30-7:15pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
Are you a Bicycle Ambassador? Attend this one-hour SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador training, and you'll be able to tout the power and perks of membership in the SF Bicycle Coalition. Trained Bicycle Ambassadors also get exciting perks, like free tickets to Outside Lands and Treasure Island Music Festival, and are an important part of making events like Bike to Work Day happen. Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members and more! Contact Tessa to RSVP or just show up.
Tue., Mar. 13 | 7:30-8:30pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
Final Vote for Employee Bike Access Bill Today
The SF Board of Supervisors meets today at 2:00 PM to hold the final vote on the Employee Bicycle Access Bill, introduced by Supervisor John Avalos. The bill
will give San Francisco the nation's strongest bicycle access law and we are so thankful for our close work with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to create this smart and cost-effective legislation to improve your ride! This 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.
What does this bill mean for you? It means that the days of locking your bike to a pole outside of work and leaving it all day may soon be over. Assuming the Board of Supervisors passes the bill, it heads to the Mayor's desk for signature, and will likely take affect in about one month. So, if you are one of the many people who currently has nowhere safe to lock your bike, stay tuned to our weekly emails for tips on how to get bike access in your building in the coming weeks.
More Dedicated Space for Bikes on JFK Drive
Following a few weeks of construction to level out some drains and add additional curb ramps, restriping has finally started on JFK Drive! In the next few weeks, SFMTA crews will be out adding the final touches to a slew of improvements to JFK Drive between Stanyan Street and Transverse Drive. The city's first parking-protected bikeway will be open for business soon. If you're curious to know how your bike ride might change, visit our JFK Drive page for more information on this separated bikeway project.
Celebrate with us, and help gather support for even more dedicated space on Fell and Oak Streets at a very special Sunday Energizer Station on JFK Drive. Trained bicycle ambassadors, Email Tessa to volunteer at this fun and important outreach Energizer Station on Sunday, March 25 from 1-3 pm on JFK Drive.
The city is also hard at work building better biking connections to the Dogpatch, Bayview, and Portola neighborhoods in the southeastern part of San Francisco - visit sfbike.org/link for the latest on where to spot these new bikeways in San Francisco.
Bike to School Day Party and Prep
Come to the Festival de Bicicletas (Bicycle Festival) at Buena Vista Horace Mann School! Remember the joy or riding a bike as a child? Want to share that with a friend or family member?
Join us on this Saturday, March 17, in the Mission District for an English and Spanish bilingual Bicycle Festival! Together with Buena Vista Horace Mann (Spanish Immersion) K-8 School, YBIKE and Sports Basement, we will be teaching people of all ages to ride, setting up a bicycle skill building course, opening up our "Safetyville" city for bikes and walkers, and thanks to Sports Basements running a Bicycle Doctor booth for free bicycle check-up and making minor adjustments to bikes.
Is your child's bike too small or do you have a bike that's not getting the use and love it deserves? Come to our Community Bike Swap Event from 10am-12pm and exchange that ride for a different one or donate it to a family that will put it to good use (please bring complete bikes only). YBIKE will have 25 bicycles available for loan during the event and we will also be running our "On Road with Your Child" Family Biking Course. RSVP here for On Road with Your Family class, Bike Swap or Learn to Ride.
Sat., Mar 17 | 10:00am-2:00pm | Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 School, 3351 23rd St.
Join the Bike to School Day Bag Stuffing Party! Want to help the many San Francisco families rediscover that joy and get ready to leave the minivan at home? We will stuff 3,000 reusable backpacks full of goodies for our riders on Bike to School Day. Enjoy good company and snacks on us. Please note: this event is not at the SF Bicycle Coalition office. RSVP for either or both sessions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed., Mar. 21 | 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30pm-8:30pm | YBIKE Headquarters, Letterman Gym, 1152 Gorgas Ave.
Share Your Skills as a Volunteer
Volunteer for the Biggest Bike Day of the Year. Last year, 300+ incredible SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers helped make Bike to Work Day a roaring success, and volunteers like you will make 2012 the biggest celebration yet. Thursday, May 10th is the day you can have fun helping energize commuters at one of our 27 neighborhood Energizer Stations, rising early to ride on supply runs, or selling raffle tickets at the Bike From Work Party. Volunteer shifts are beginning to fill up so don't delay - sign up today!
Be a Bicycle Ambassador at your workplace. Request your free Bike to Work Day Employer Toolkit for your workplace, complete with an official event poster, employer resources and more at sfbike.org/employertoolkit, and we will mail it or email it to you in April in time for your workplace to celebrate Bike to Work Day on May 12!
Nominate a Bike Commuter of the Year. Has someone who rides a bike to work inspired you lately? Maybe someone you know who has been riding in spite of the icky weather? The Bike Commuter of the Year Award honors a resident from each Bay Area county who makes every day a "Bike to Work Day". Nominate someone you admire by April 16 at http://www.youcanbikethere.com/bcoy.
Tell us your Bike to Work Day story! Did you start bicycle commuting on, or in anticipation of, a past Bike to Work Day? We'd like to hear from you: Share your Bike to Work Day story.
Be a Street Analyst: Help us collect data on how improvements like separated bikeways may change the character of a street. Volunteers will be out for our first round of counts and surveys during the week of April 1st. You will need to attend the March 28th training and commit to at least one two-hour shift. Sign-up as a volunteer Bike Counter to help inform future plans!
Special Offers for SF Bicycle Coalition Members
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition membership continues to pay for itself! Check out these special offers for SF Bicycle Coalition members.
Bike Night at ODC/Dance DOWNTOWN: Program 1
Use your pedal power and bike to the world premiere of Transit, celebrating the chaotic pulse of our urban centers along with world premier of Breathing Underwater and Raking Light (1999). SF Bicycle Coalition Members get discounted tickets starting at $25 when using the code SFBC. Redeem your discount at purchase in person at the YBCA Box Office or buy tickets online.
Wed. March 21 | 7:30pm | Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.
Valet bike parking courtesy of SF Bicycle Coalition
Guided Bike Tour of Ecological History
Take an eye-opening ride with Chris Carlsson, director of Shaping San Francisco, on a bike tour to learn about San Francisco's fascinating ecological past and present as you ride through SOMA, Telegraph Hill, Crissy Field, and more. This tour is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought. Tour meets in front of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. $10 only for San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Members when using code Bikeco.
Sunday, April 1| 12-4 PM | Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street
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.
Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., San Francisco Public Library - 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium
Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., SFMTA Presidio Division - 2640 Geary Boulevard, Training Rooms C, D and E
Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., San Francisco Waldorf High School - 470 West Portal Avenue, Herbst Hall
The Simplest Way to Keep Your Membership Rolling
Did you know you can automatically renew your SF Bicycle Coalition membership each year? Join our Monthly Giving Program at $10 or more a month and your yearly membership will renew itself! Your monthly support allows us to focus even more of our energy and resources on making your streets safer. You get a new membership card every year and have the option to cancel or change your payments at any time. Update your membership online anytime and choose the monthly sustainer option. Contact Tessa if you have questions about setting up your monthly gift.
Video: Bicycling & Women in the Victorian Era
In honor of Women's History Month, we bring you a video about the advent of women's cycling. For women in the Victorian era, the bicycle was a powerful vehicle for social and political change, allowing women to be more independent. We tip our hats to the pedaling ladies of yore for paving the way.
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