SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 8, 2012
"San Francisco bike commuters will be riding on dramatically different streets this year, thanks to the addition of 23 miles of new bike lanes striped in the last two years, including the city’s first parking-protected bikeway on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park."
Biker Bulletin News
Add your voice of support for the Oak and Fell bikeways at a public hearing on Friday, May 18. See details at http://www.sfbike.org/fell.
Bike to Work Day is this Thursday, May 10
Help celebrate the biggest biking day of the year by riding on Bike to Work Day, this Thursday, May 10. Last year on Bike to Work Day, 75% of morning traffic on Market Street was made up of people bicycling! With 20 miles of new bike lanes, San Francisco's first-ever parking-protected bikeway on JFK, and expanded bike parking, this year's Bike to Work Day is sure to be a record breaker you won't want to miss! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is excited to be share this Bike to Work Day guide for the biggest celebration of biking San Francisco has ever seen!
Fuel-up at one of the 27 Energizer Stations
With 27 official Energizer Stations all over San Francisco, one is bound to be on your route to work! Stop by on your way to (or from) work and pick up your free reusable Bike to Work Day tote bag, filled with goodies. Fuel-up on snacks and beverages and chat with other bike commuters, get cheered on by volunteers. Find the Energizer Station closest to your route on our handy map: sfbike.org/btwd2012.
Ride with your Elected Officials in a Commuter Convoy
Kick-off your Bike to Work Day by riding with your neighbors and representatives in one of the Commuter Convoys meeting up all across the city! Enjoy the comfort and safety of riding with a group on your morning commute -- whether you are riding from your neighborhood to the downtown area or from San Francisco to the Peninsula, no rider is left behind. We have twelve Commuter Convoys departing from various neighborhood meet-up spots. Lots of elected officials and City leaders will be joining these rides, so dress your best and help share why you bike in the city and how continuous, crosstown bikeways can improve your commute and your city! See the list of Commuter Convoy starting points and departure times here (complete with VIPs that have confirmed so far) at sfbike.org/commuterconvoy.
Park at our Secure Bike Valet at Civic Center BART Station
Need a safe place to park your bicycle on Bike to Work Day? Take BART to work? Your bicycle will be secure when you park at the SF Bicycle Coalition's complimentary Bike Valet at Civic Center BART station (closest to the BART station entry on Market Street at Hyde, outside the fare gates), Thursday, May 12, from 8am-6pm. See the location of our bike valet on our Bike to Work Day map at sfbike.org/btwd2012.
Celebrate with us at the Bike From Work Party
Celebrate San Francisco's biggest day of bicycling with us at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's big Bike from Work Party. The big party includes four tasting stations sponsored by Whole Foods, Levi's Mobile Bike Shop, a free photobooth courtesy of Orange Photography, tunes by DJ Porter Venn of Club Vogue, and of course our fabulous Complimentary Bicycle Valet Parking (on Erie Street).
Show Support for 100 Miles of Crosstown Bikeways
This year's Bike to Work Day is a great way to show support for the SF Bicycle Coalition's vision for 100 miles of continuous crosstown bikeways, Connecting the City. In the last few years, the SFMTA has striped miles of new bike lanes and separated bikeways across San Francisco -- including new separated bikeways on JFK Drive and Cesar Chavez Street.
Let the Bike Doctors Give Your Bike Some Love
Mechanics from local bike shops will help you dust off your old bike and provide free basic bike maintenance to get you rolling on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 10. Morning or night, you can find Bike Doctors at 14 of the 27 Energizer Stations -- see the map of Energizer Station locations:
Dress-Up for Bike to Work Day
Already make every day Bike to Work Day? Then we have just the thing for you to make Bike to Work Day special.
Win Sweet Prizes
Enter the SF Bicycle Coalition's Bike to Work Day raffle to win a Masi Strada in your size compliments to Huckleberry Bicycles or a Burley Travoy trailer! Each raffle ticket purchased helps support the SF Bicycle Coalition's work. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Energizer Station at Market and Battery on Bike to Work Day, Thursday May 10 from 7:30am-2pm or at the Bike From Work Party, Thursday May 10 from 6-9pm at Public Works (161 Erie Street near Mission Street and 14th).
There's Still Time To Be a Bike to Work Day Hero
We don't know of a better way to see the impact of Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 10, than from the perspective of a volunteer! There are still lots of ways you can help:
A Final Chance to Share Your Enthusiasm
Share your Bicycling Tips as a Bike Buddy: Our friends and fans have been providing tips and tricks for bicycle commuting at facebook.com/sfbike and twitter.com/sfbike (#BikeBuddy) and you can too! Share your favorite tips by tagging them with #BikeBuddy and pass these helpful hints on to your friends in time for Bike to Work Day, May 10.
Video: Time Lapse SF Bike to Work Day 2011
On last year's Bike to Work day, bikes accounted for 75% of traffic on Market Street, and there were huge counts along other key biking corridors, like the Panhandle, which has an average of 1,500 bike trips every day. Here's a great time lapsed video that shows the morning Bike to Work Day commute through the Panhandle. This year, we'll have an evening Energizer Station set up on Fell and Masonic, with a bike doctor to do repairs. Pedal by with the thousands of other people who use this biking corridor.
** 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
Bike to Work Day Press Event
Join Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Supervisors, civic and business leaders and your neighbors for the 2012 Bike to Work Day Press Event. Ride in one of the commuter convoys from every district in San Francisco or come to City Hall at 8:30am for this yearly milestone. Celebrate recent improvements to biking in San Francisco, the 71% increase in the number of people biking in San Francisco in the last 5 years, and hear about how the city plans on making 2012 the best year yet for biking. See sfbike.org/btwd for more information. Complimentary Bicycle Valet Parking Provided.
SF Bicycle Coalition's Bike from Work Party
Celebrate San Francisco's biggest day of bicycling at the SF Bicycle Coalition's big Bike from Work Party with DJs, a photo booth, fabulous raffle prizes, snacks hosted by Whole Foods and complimentary bicycle valet. $5 for SF Bicycle Coalition members, $10 for non-members, or join at the door and get in free. 21+. For more details see sfbike.org/btwd.
** Friday, May 11th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed
The SF Bicycle Coalition office is closed for post Bike to Work Day - we'll reopen on Monday May 14th.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Roger Waters @ AT&T Park *
Enjoy Roger Waters, best known as the bass player, co-lead vocalist, lyricist and the principal songwriter in the rock band Pink Floyd. Complimentary Valet Bicycle Parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
** Saturday, May 12th **
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
As part of the North of Panhandle Neighbors Association (NOPNA) annual block party, the SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a one-hour workshop on safe bicycling for everyone. Come learn about types of bikes, the rules of the road, and how to make your bike comfortable for everyday riding, including grocery shopping. All skill levels welcome and no bike necessary. This course is funded in part by SFMTA.
** Sunday, May 13th **
CycloFemme and Rickshaw Bagworks Ride *
** 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.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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