SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 10, 2012
"The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition usually sets up the safety outreach pop-up booth once or twice a month, but in light of the fatal crash... the coalition held another outreach today, stopping cyclists on their morning commute at Market and Guerrero streets to remind them to ride safely."
Biker Bulletin News
The interest in our free bicycle safety classes has been so great, that we added even more. See our updated schedule at sfbike.org/edu
Bike to School Day is This Thursday
This Thursday, families across San Francisco will pedal their way to class as part of San Francisco Bike to School Day. Now in its fourth year, this year's Bike to School Day is set to be the biggest yet. Nearly 40 schools will be participating in the event, and celebrating how easy, fun and healthy biking to school can be. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to organize this exciting youth biking event with Safe Routes to School, a great program that encourages kids to walk and bike to school.
How the $10,000 Challenge Supports the Fell and Oak Streets Bikeways
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has spent hundreds of hours to ensure that the three blocks of Fell and Oak streets between Scott and Baker become safer for you when biking and walking. In the last year, we've gone door-to-door to all 50 businesses in the area five times, left fliers at thousands of residents' doorsteps, and worked with our neighborhood group partners to bring people to the community meetings and win support for safer streets to bike and walk on. Now -- we need to make sure these separated bikeways happen this year!
Our Statement on Street Safety
We at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are deeply saddened by the fatal crash at Market and Castro streets last week. We know that far too often people are seriously injured or killed on our city streets. Just days before the Market and Castro crash, there were two other pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco -- one involving a Muni bus and the other a car. As advocates working for safer streets, we condemn reckless behavior -- whether on a bike or in vehicle.
San Francisco gets Green Light to Join the Green Lane Project
San Francisco was selected this week as one of six U.S. cities including Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland and Washington, D.C. to be part of Bikes Belong new "Green Lane Project." The project will provide technical assistance to and encourage peer-to-peer learning between the six cities to accelerate the development of protected on-street bike lanes. The Green Lane Project and Bikes Belong will also publicize the progress these cities make in hopes of encouraging more cities nationwide to follow their lead in installing safe, comfortable, continuous bikeways that invite people of all ages and ability levels to use their bikes to get around the city.
Take the Team Bike Challenge for Bike to Work Day
Be a Bike to Work Day Volunteer: Your energy and passion for your bicycle and your city is needed to make 2012 the biggest Bike to Work Day yet! Thursday, May 10, is the day you can help energize commuters at one of our 27 neighborhood Energizer Stations, or you can help park bikes or sell raffle tickets at our evening Bike From Work Party. Volunteer shifts are open throughout the day, so sign up today (and recruit your friends to volunteer with you!) at sfbike.org/vol_sign_up_btwd.
Help Stuff 6,000 Bike to Work Day Bags: Be a part of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's biggest Volunteer Night of the year at our annual Bike to Work Day Bag Stuffing Party on Wednesday, May 2, 4:30-8:30pm at the Sports Basement on Bryant. Enjoy snacks and dinner on us, and be a part of the success of Bike to Work Day. Please note: this event is not at the SF Bicycle Coalition office.
Wed., May. 2 | 4:30-8:30pm | Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St (at 16th) in the Garage
Climate Ride: Ride the Redwoods
We wish our riders taking part in the NYC to DC Climate Ride the best of luck in their final stretch of training. Next month, more than 200 riders will be part of the biggest Climate Ride ever--until the California Climate Ride this fall! You can still grab a spot on the west coast ride, on September 9-13, and experience the camaraderie and breath-taking views of California's coast. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn more about bike advocacy, environmental issues and sustainability with the Climate Ride community. Interested in helpful fundraising tips? Contact Tracy and sign up to ride with our team.
Help Spread the Word About Separated Bikeways on JFK Drive
The SFMTA is busy constructing a safer bikeway on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park and is looking for volunteers to help spread the word about how to use this roadway design. Volunteers will be passing out fliers to people walking, biking, driving, or parking on JFK Drive and promoting upcoming bike safety events. Contact Miriam Sorell at the SFMTA (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 701-4770) if you are free on Saturday April 14 or 22, from 10am to 12pm or 12pm to 2pm, or during the week during any time that works for you. Volunteers will get a free bike map and MUNI map as a thank you from the SFMTA.
Top Secret Service Stations in April
Secret Service Stations in April: Shhhh! Volunteer as a Bicycle Ambassador on Tues. April 17th, 5-7pm at Market & Octavia, or Thurs. April 26th at a top-secret location, and put smiles on the face of people passing on their bikes. We'll be giving out an awesome, valuable freebie that keeps people safe, and volunteers will get their own!
Three-Foot Passing Bill Back in Play
Thanks to the tireless advocacy of the California Bicycle Coalition, a bill is moving through the California state legislature that would require drivers to give at least three feet of clearance when passing bicycle riders. Senate Bill 1464 is nearly identical to last year's 3-foot proposal (both bills are sponsored by safe streets champion State Senator Alan Lowenthal), requiring drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing from behind, and authorizing drivers on two-lane roads to cross the solid double yellow centerline, when safe to do so, to give bicyclists at least three feet. Next week SB 1464 will be heard in the Senate Transportation & Housing Committee, its first hearing, and the SF Bicycle Coalition has signed on for strong support to get it done this time. We'll keep you posted as things progress, meanwhile learn more about the bill here.
Get Tips and Tricks for a Mega-Commute with SF2G
Dreamed of bicycling your 10+ mile daily commute but not sure how to get started? Meet the loosely organized and tightly knit SF2G, who commute from San Francisco to Mountain View and all parts in-between. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to be hosting an SF2G Meet & Greet at 21st Amendment on Monday, April 23, 6-8pm, so that you can get tips and tricks for mega-bicycle commuting in time to enjoy SF2G's No Rider Left Behind morning commutes Friday, May 4 and on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 10. Complimentary bicycle parking will be provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. Space is limited! RSVP at sfbike.org/mingle.
Video: Connecting the City - Stephanie's Story
In honor of Bike to School Day, this Thursday, we're bringing out our classic Stephanie's Story! We put together this great video featuring a family in the Richmond and how bicycling in San Francisco fits into their lives. This hear-warming video is one of the many stories illustrating why our work, making streets safe for everyone, is so important. Hear Stephanie's Story today!
** Wednesday, April 11th **
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.
** Thursday, April 12th **
Bike to School Day
The fourth annual San Francisco Bike to School Day is April 12th! Over 2,000 youth and adults at 40 pre-K through high school campuses participated last year and we hope you will join us for 2012. Info at sfbiketoschoolday.org, or to be part of the fun sign up to volunteer.
** Saturday, April 14th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Connecting the City Ride: The America's Cup and the Bay Trail Bikeway: North
America's Cup 34 races are coming to San Francisco Bay this summer and next, together with hundreds of thousands of visitors and spectators. Bicycle transportation will be a key element in the success of the AC34 events, and the Bay Trail Bikeway will be the backbone of bicycle access for all. Come ride the Bay Trail and learn what is planned to lift this key Connecting the City route to a top-notch biking experience for everyone, and how you can help the SF Bicycle Coalition get it done.
Thinkwalks Street Art History Bike Tour *
Discuss political and social questions around street art, on bike! Tour some of San Francisco's amazing murals and hear insider stories about their creation. $10-40
** Sunday, April 15th **
Bike Kitchen External Maintenance Class *
Over three Sundays (April 15th, 22nd and 29th) learn fixing a flat, installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, chain maintenance and truing wheels. Information and tickets: http://bkapr2012external.eventbrite.com
Sunday Streets: Great Highway & Golden Gate Park
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. For route maps and to volunteer go to sundaystreetssf.com. Or, join the SF Bicycle Coalition under the orange tent at Sunday Streets and talk to people about our work! If you are a trained Bicycle Ambassador, email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Freedom from Training Wheels
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for our popular Freedom from Training Wheels workshops. Our group effort to get kids riding without training wheels will be a part of this and every Sunday Streets. Bring bike (if you have it) and helmet. We'll take care of the rest. Questions? See sfbike.org/freedom.
** Monday, April 16th **
Bike Kitchen Internal Maintenance Class *
Over three Mondays (April 16th, 23rd and 30th) learn installation and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems, freewheels and cassettes. Information and tickets: http://bkapr2012internal.eventbrite.com
** Tuesday, April 17th **
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 email@example.com
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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