SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 1, 2012
"I am confident that these improvements will help to improve safety on these three blocks of Fell and Oak streets. Please approve these changes and devote resources to complete the project this year." -- District 5 Supervisor Cristina Olague support letter to the MTA for Fell and Oak street improvements.
Biker Bulletin News
We're hiring for both jobs and internships -- see our complete list of openings at: sfbike.org/jobs.
Countdown to Bike to Work Day, Thursday May 10
With Bike to Work Day next week, Thursday, May 10, we are counting down all the ways you can get rolling for the big day! Bike to Work Day is the perfect day to encourage your friends, family and coworkers to try out a bike commute. We will be hosting 27 Energizer Stations across San Francisco on Bike to Work Day with trained volunteers ready to cheer on people bicycling and give away reusable totes stuffed with goodies -- what a great introduction to such a fun and convenient commute! See a map of Energizer Station locations, commuter convoys and more at sfbike.org/btwd.
Announcing This Year's Golden Wheel Awards Winners
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to be honoring this year's Golden Wheel Awards winners on June 5th at the historic War Memorial Building. Drum roll, please.
Your Role in Improving 2nd Street Begins Tomorrow
Many South of Market streets need serious improvements to make biking and walking safer -- you can help make that happen by coming to a community meeting tomorrow May 2nd to plan for an improved 2nd Street from Market Street to King Street. If you want to see things like more seating, safer crosswalks and protected bikeways, the SF Bicycle Coalition strongly encourages you to come to this first community meeting to learn about the process and meet your neighbors. The city will begin repaving of 2nd Street in 2013 and your input now will ensure it gets put back better than before. See sfbike.org/2ndStreet for more information and RSVP online today to save you time at the door. See you tomorrow!
Last Chance! Invite Your Friends, Win prizes
Friday, May 4 is the last day to win prizes just for inviting your friends to join the SF Bicycle Coalition! Get your friends to join and you could win a Salsa Casseroll bike, courtesy of Roaring Mouse Bicycles, and other great prizes. And, we've sweetened the pot so that your friends get $5 off their membership just by following your lead!
Supervisor Olague Fully Supports Oak and Fell Improvements
The SF Bicycle Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to announce that District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague has expressed her full support of the Oak and Fell Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety project -- and is urging the city to get the project in the ground this year! During the last year the SF Bicycle Coalition has spent significant resources rallying our members in support of this critical project, going door-to-door to ALL residents and businesses to solicit support and promote the community meetings, and ensuring our city leaders help prioritize this project. Supervisor Olague's support letter (you can read the full letter her) joins letters from managers and workers at businesses on Fell and Oak streets and hundreds of SF Bicycle Coalition members -- all submitted to Mayor Lee asking his leadership in getting this project approved and in the ground this year.
Four Months of Sunday Streets in the Mission Starts This Weekend
Starting this weekend Sunday Streets will be in the Mission the first Sunday of every month: May 6, June 3, July 1, and or August 5. Help ensure this expansion of Sunday Streets is a huge success when you volunteer. Volunteers who sign up for all four events will get priority assignments and an extra special thank you gift at the end of the season, in addition to all the regular perks of volunteering with Sunday Streets.
Selena Kyle is San Francisco's Bike Commuter of the Year
Congratulations to SF Bicycle Coalition member Selena Kyle who was chosen as San Francisco's 2012 Bicycle Commuter of the Year! Each year, in honor of Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 10, friends and coworkers nominate an inspiring person for the title of San Francisco County's Bike Commuter of the Year.
Discount Partner News
New Partners: We're pleased to announce two new Discount Partners, Farm: Table and The New Wheel now offering all card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members a special discount when you present your current SF Bicycle Coalition membership card. Ride over to check out these bike-friendly businesses and receive 10% off your meal at Farm: Table and 10% off parts and accessories at The New Wheel. We also bid farewell to Frog Hollow Farms and thank them for their partnership as a Discount Partner in 2011. See the full list of Discount Partners and reap the rewards of member perks at more than 60 businesses.
SFCTA Seeking Members for Advisory Committee
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority decides which projects get funded, and are a key factor in helping important projects, like the Fell and Oak Bike and Pedestrian Improvements, get the funding they need to happen quickly. And, now it's your turn to help make sure this committee values bicycling, walking, and better streets -- they are seeking applicants for the Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee. The SF Bicycle Coalition is encouraging any and all San Franciscans who care about better bicycling to apply for this important role, so if you've had a passion for helping make San Francisco the bicycling capital of the nation, consider applying for this important advisory body today!
Video: SF: Reclaiming Streets With Innovative Solutions
Last week, Streetsblog released a new video that highlights all of the great and recent changes on San Francisco streets--from expansive Sunday Streets routes to the extensive parklet network to the dramatic 71% increase in number of people biking in the last five years. If you need a reminder of why San Francisco is such a great place to live, this is your video. And even if you don't need that reminder, it's still a great summary of all the amazing changes in SF. Thanks to you, our members, for helping make these changes possible.
** Tuesday, May 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 Juli.
** Wednesday, May 2nd **
Bike to Work Day Bag Stuffing Party
Be a part of the magic behind Bike to Work Day and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's biggest Volunteer Night of the year at our annual Bike to Work Day Bag Stuffing Party! We will stuff 6,000 reusable canvas shopping totes full of goodies. Enjoy good company, snacks and dinner on us. Please note: this event is not at the SF Bicycle Coalition office. Indoor bike parking provided. Take the elevator down to the Garage, and dress warmly because we're in the garage. Questions? Email Tessa.
2nd Street Improvement Project Community Meeting *
If you live, work, or travel on 2nd Street from Market Street to King Street, you won't want to miss this first of three community meetings. The city is looking to make biking and walking safer on 2nd Street and make it a more attractive place to spend time in. If you want to see things like more seating, safer crosswalks, and protected bikeways, the SF Bicycle Coalition strongly encourages you to come to this first community meeting to learn about the process and meet your neighbors. RSVP at http://secondstreetproject.eventbrite.com and see sfbike.org/2ndstreet for more information.
** Saturday, May 5th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Connecting the City Ride: The America's Cup
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.
Shaping SF Bicycle Tour: Ecological History-North *
Join Shaping San Francisco co-director Chris Carlsson for this 4-hour historical tour of San Francisco by bicycle. Bring a snack and water; sliding scale $15-50, benefiting Shaping San Francisco. More info: 415.608.9035.
SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador Training
Interested in volunteering on Bike to Work Day or other events like 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 to RSVP.
** Sunday, May 6th **
Sunday Streets: Mission
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 Tessa 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.
** Thursday, May 10th **
Bike to Work Day
San Franciscans love biking and one of the most fun and rewarding days to bike is the annual Bike to Work Day Celebration on Thursday, May 10. Join the SF Bicycle Coalition and hundreds of thousands of lawyers, nurses, teachers, waiters and others who will be biking to work on this great day. Energizer Stations will be set up in neighborhoods across the city to offer free coffee, snacks and other goodies and mechanics will even check out your bicycle for free (at select locations). For biking resources and a list of all the fun events of the day visit sfbike.org/btwd
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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