SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 15, 2012
"While the city's recent cycling boom and expansion of bike infrastructure were widely celebrated, some leaders said SF could do much more to catch up with cities like New York, Minneapolis, and Davis and make cycling on its streets safe and accessible for riders of all abilities."
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Thanks for Making Bike to Work Day Great
The Bay Area's Bike to Work Day last Thursday, May 10, saw huge numbers of people -- nurses, lawyers, teachers and tech employees -- demonstrating the need for San Francisco to speed up the pace of change for bicycling improvements. Joining commuters who already make every day a "bike-to-work" day were first-time commuters, casual weekend riders and an unprecedented number of city officials and business leaders.
Keep Momentum Rolling for Fell and Oak Bikeways This Friday
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been working tirelessly to build support for separated bikeways and pedestrian improvements on Oak and Fell streets between Scott and Baker Streets. We have drummed up strong support from Supervisor Olague, businesses along the corridor, and from hundreds of our members. This Friday, May 18 we need strong supporters to speak up for these critical safety improvements at an SFMTA Public Hearing:
San Francisco's Best Workplaces for People Who Bike
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition gave awards to six of San Francisco's most bicycle-friendly businesses as part of Bike to Work Day this year.
Next Fun Event: 20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
This year's Golden Wheel Awards are just around the corner! Hurry up and get your tickets for our classiest event of the year on June 5 in the Green Room at the War Memorial Building. This celebration is guaranteed to be a fun time, where you will rub elbows with local decision-makers and fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members, while sipping wine and beer and nibbling on tasty hors d'ourves.
BART Bike Plan Update -- Your Turn to Comment
About 4% of BART trips currently involve a bike, whether parked at the station or brought along on the train, which is pretty good, but BART (and the SF Bicycle Coalition) would like to see that share grow significantly. BART has drafted an update to their 10-year-old bicycle plan that defines strategies they'll pursue to encourage and support increased use of bicycles. Top-level issues covered in the plan are: Cyclist Circulation (improve station circulation for passengers with bicycles), Plentiful Parking (create world-class bicycle parking facilities), Beyond BART Boundaries (help assure great bicycle access beyond BART's boundaries), Bikes on BART (bicycle accommodations aboard trains), and Persuasive Programs (complement bicycle-supportive policies and facilities with support programs).
Upcoming Family Biking Classes
We've been busy scheduling more Family Biking Classes across the city and we invite you to attend, or if you already consider yourself a family biking pro, then invite your neighbors and friends to attend! All of these classes are a great way to introduce people to bicycling as a family, and to help even the most-savvy two-wheeled families!
Help Make Four Months of Mission Sunday Streets a Success
Thanks to the 100+ volunteers who helped kick-off four months of Mission Sunday Streets May 6 on first Sundays through August. Volunteers who work three shifts over the four Sunday Streets Mission events will be treated with a sweet limited-edition Mission Sunday Streets-themed tote, and get priority assignments, in addition to all the regular perks of volunteering with Sunday Streets (free Sunday Streets t-shirt and lunch). Plus, you will help ensure this expansion of Sunday Streets is a huge success when you volunteer. Sign-up for three shifts now for the June 3, July 1, and August 5 events to get all these great perks!
SF Bicycle Coalition Members Invite Their Friends
Over the past few weeks, nearly two hundred SF Bicycle Coalition members recruited their friends through our Get-a-Member campaign. Members competed to win great prizes including a Salsa Casseroll bicycle and a commuter kit with bike lock, light set, pump and WTB saddle. A huge thank you to all who participated, and a warm welcome to our newest SF Bicycle Coalition members!
Unique Art Bikes This Week at the Fine Arts Fair
This year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is the lucky beneficiary of this the annual Fine Arts Fair at Fort Mason Center. Seven PUBLIC bikes have been turned into seven works of art from artists like Moe Thomas, Gino Miles, Ken Kalman and Cyrus Tilton. We are seeking volunteer helpers to monitor the art bikes auction on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. If you commit to an eight hour shift, you will receive a VIP pass to the fair plus have the chance to win a $200 voucher for a new PUBLIC bike. Email Jodie to volunteer for the event.
Welcome Roll San Francisco: Our Newest Discount Partner
We're excited to announce the newest SF Bicycle Coalition discount partner, Roll San Francisco! Roll SF now offers all card-carrying SF Bicycle Coalition members 10% off regularly priced parts and accessories. Stop by and check out what kind of deals your member discount can get you. Roll San Francisco is located at 275 Rhode Island St, in Potrero Hill.
Video: 2012 Bike to Work Day
This year's Bike to Work Day was more robust than ever -- with record participation regionally, Energizer Stations scattered throughout the SF Bay Area, and a big press conference at San Francisco's City Hall. Here's a great recap of the full day's events, including lots of footage from Market Street, where bikes accounted for 73% of the morning rush hour traffic. This video recaps the San Francisco Bay Area's biggest bike day of the year -- maybe you will find yourself in these shots from all over the region!
** Wednesday, May 16th **
2012 San Francisco Fine Art Fair "ArtBike" Opening Night
"ArtBike" has pulled together artists, galleries, Public Bike, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair for this innovative project of creating 7 sculptural bicycles which will be auctioned during the fair, with proceeds to benefit the educational programs of the SF Bicycle Coalition. The bikes will be unveiled on opening night by members of Verasphere's drag queens led by David Faulk and Michael Johnstone. The exhibition and auction will run throughout the fair and end on Sunday, May 20, at 3pm. For more info, and to see artists bikes go to www.sffineartfair.com. Proceeds from the sale of the art bikes benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
** Thursday, May 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 Juli.
2012 San Francisco Fine Art Fair including "ArtBike"
"ArtBike" has pulled together artists, galleries, Public Bike, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair for this innovative project of creating 7 sculptural bicycles which will be auctioned during the fair, with proceeds to benefit the educational programs of the SF Bicycle Coalition. The exhibition and auction will run throughout the fair and end on Sunday, May 20, at 3pm. For more info, and to see artists bikes go to www.sffineartfair.com. Individual tickets are $25 for one day; $40 for all four days (May 17-20). Proceeds from the sale of the ArtBike benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
** Friday, May 18th **
Oak and Fell Public Hearing *
The Oak and Fell Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project goes to Public Hearing and you can help support the separated bikeways, sidewalk bulbouts and crosswalk improvements. Visit sfbike.org/fell to learn more about the project details and send in a support letter. If you can speak up in person at this hearing please contact Neal. This hearing is an opportunity to express support for this project and suggest modifications. No decision will be made, but all feedback will be carried to full MTA Board for a decision later this year.
** Saturday, May 19th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Be The Bridge *
Be a part of history by being part of the Bridge: A mass gathering to create the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge on Crissy Field—a historic moment that will be captured through aerial photography and documented in a postcard! Wear (International) orange or red clothing and meet on the grassy airfield nearest the lagoon (across from Sports Basement) beginning at 9 AM. You must arrive by 10AM to get your position in the photo. Complimentary Valet Bicycle Parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bicycle Parking: Asian Heritage Street Celebration *
Come and play in the street at the 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration with food, music, dancing and art. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Biking Pregnant: SF Bicycle Coalition Family Biking Series Part 1
You love to bike, and now you're pregnant. Do you need to stop biking? How long can you bike while pregnant? Is your bike pregnancy and baby-ready? Register for this (free) class to learn the medically reviewed facts about biking pregnant. Meet other pregnant women who bike. This class is great for anyone who is currently pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, as well as their partners and supporters. RSVP at sfbike.org/family_ class
Biking With Your Baby and Toddler SF Bicycle Coalition Family Biking Series Part 2
You love to bike, and now you're a parent. When can you begin biking with your baby or toddler? Is it safe? What kind of seat should you get? Is your bike baby- or toddler-ready? Register for this (free) class to learn the medically reviewed facts about biking with a baby and/or toddler, as well as tips and tricks. Meet other parents who bike with their small children. This class is great for anyone who has a baby or toddler, is expecting, or thinking about having a family, as well as their partners and supporters. RSVP at sfbike.org/family_ class
** Sunday, May 20th **
2012 San Francisco Fine Art Fair "Art Bike" closing auction
"Art Bike" has pulled together artists, galleries, Public Bike, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair for this innovative project of creating 7 sculptural bicycles which will be auctioned during the fair, with proceeds to benefit the educational programs of the SF Bicycle Coalition. The exhibition and auction will end on Sunday, May 20, at 3pm. For more info, and to see artists bikes go to www.sffineartfair.com. Individual tickets are $25 for one day; $40 for all four days (May 17-20). Proceeds from the sale of the Art Bike benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Shaping SF Bicycle Tour: Dissent *
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.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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