SFBC Biker Bulletin
May 29, 2012
"Bicycling is a great way to get around and is a superb alternative as we do this critically important work. We're asking everyone who can bike, walk or even work from home to ensure space on the Muni shuttle for those who cannot."
-- SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin, Bicycle Coalition Encouraging Transit Riders to Bike During the Shutdown, KTVU News, May 22, 2012.
Biker Bulletin News
- Get Ready for the Golden Wheel Awards, June 5
- Help Your Friends and Neighbors Bike to Work During the "Long Shutdown"
- Give Your Feedback on the JFK Drive Bikeway
- Sunday Streets Back in the Mission This Weekend
- What's Your Vision for the Wiggle?
- Join Team SF Bicycle Coalition as an Intern
- Let Your Byke Pride Shine!
- One-Stop Shop for Street Change
- Police Recover Over 115 Stolen Bikes
- Video: Do the Wiggle
- Upcoming Events
The west sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge is open again, with an improved pathway approach
-- see sfbike.org/ggb for details
Get Ready for the Golden Wheel Awards, June 5
Have you seen the documentary Urbanized by Gary Hustwit? This feature-length film looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost urban planners, policymakers and thinkers--including Gil Peñalosa, and his work to improve the quality of life in Bogota, Columbia through creating better public space and great events like ciclovia.
We are honored to welcome Gil Peñalosa as our keynote speaker for the Golden Wheel Awards on June 5. Be inspired by his vision for creating a better, more liveable San Francisco, and find out how he expanded ciclovias (our Sunday Streets) to include 74 miles of open streets for two million people to enjoy each week!
We are proud to be presenting this year's 20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards to the Building Owners and Manager Association of San Francisco and the Lower 24th Street Merchants & Neighbors Association. These two groups have partnered with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to bring you the most progressive bike parking legislation in the county and recurring Sunday Streets in the Mission.
If you've never been to the Golden Wheel Awards, you don't know what you are missing! Join us for an evening of hobnobbing with your SF Bicycle Coalition friends, civic leaders and local decision-makers, plus partake in delicious food and an open bar -- all housed in the gorgeous Green Room at the War Memorial Building.
Golden Wheel Awards
Tuesday, June 5 from 6-9 pm
Green Room, War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Tickets can be purchased online until Friday, June 1 at 12:00 noon. Limited tickets available at the door.
Help Your Friends and Neighbors Bike to Work During the "Long Shutdown"
This week the "long shutdown" on the N and J Muni lines continues. Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has organized "bike trains" as alternatives for riders who want to skip the wait for the shuttle bus replacements provided by the SFMTA. These convoys will be led by experienced bicycle commuters, leaving from spots on or near the N and J lines in the morning. For more details on the convoys and bike routes see sfbike.org/transit or follow #biketrainSF on Twitter. For more details on the construction and shutdown see: sfmta.com/longshutdown.
If you are a seasoned bicycle commuter, now is also a great time to offer to help a friend or neighbor get started bicycling to work. The extra inconvenience of the Muni shutdown might just be the perfect reason to convert folks who might want to join the growing numbers of San Franciscans getting to work by their own pedal power. We're working with the SFMTA to help alleviate the expected overcrowding on the shuttles and we have maps and tips for new commuters at sfbike.org/transit. Talk to your friends, coworkers and neighbors and invite them to come along for the ride!
If you regularly ride the Wiggle, please note that major bike detours will be in place during construction and the Duboce Bikeway (with the landmark bicycle mural behind Safeway) will be closed to bike traffic. The SFMTA will post signage for bike detours around the Wiggle, so go slow and keep your eyes open for these changes. Detour signs will direct riders to use Market, 14th Street and Sanchez as alternate routes. If you notice any unsafe conditions or missing signs please call 311.
Give Your Feedback on the JFK Drive Bikeway
The SFMTA has completed most of the striping for the separated bikeway on JFK Drive and we're getting a lot of feedback on what it's like to travel on this new kind of roadway. Thanks to all of our members for sending this input. We at the SF Bicycle Coalition want to ensure all road users have a safe, comfortable experience on JFK Drive.
We're hearing from some people that they love the separation from motor vehicles when biking on JFK Drive -- see sfbike.org/jfkdrive for some stories. But we're also hearing some concern about unsafe conditions, mostly related to illegally-parked cars in the buffer zone and against the curb and some potential conflicts between people exiting vehicles and people biking.
We are interested in learning if you or others you know are feeling safer because of the changes, or if there are specific areas or times of day where problem behaviors are occurring. Please share your stories and experiences traveling on JFK Drive by filling out an SFMTA Survey. We'll be sending regular updates on this project with information gathered from the field and the online survey. Thanks in advance for adding your input.
Sunday Streets Back in the Mission This Weekend
This Sunday marks the second of four consecutive monthly Sunday Streets in the Mission. 100+ volunteers are needed for each Sunday Streets to help make it the incredible and smooth running event that it is. If you wish Sunday Streets was more frequent and love the Mission route, then help make it possible by volunteering for a three hour shift.
Volunteers who work three shifts over the four Sunday Streets Mission events will be treated with a sweet limited-edition Mission Sunday Streets tote bag, 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. Sign up for three shifts now for the June 3, July 1, and August 5 events to get all these great perks!
We are proud that the Sunday Streets Volunteer Program is managed by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. 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. Sign up 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.
Be a Bicycle Ambassador, or Get the Next Generation Rolling: Spend some time at one of the hottest spots at Sunday Streets -- the SF Bicycle Coalition tent -- and talk to happy participants about why you're a member. Bicycle Ambassador shifts at Sunday Streets are 10:30am-1:45pm or 1:15-4:30pm, so you can volunteer and still have time to play in the street! Email Tessa to sign up as a Bicycle Ambassador. Want to help little ones learn to ride at Freedom from Training Wheels at Sunday Streets? It's fun, easy and rewarding! Email Grace to volunteer or find out more about volunteering for Freedom from Training Wheels.
What's Your Vision for the Wiggle?
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to unveil a vision for what biking, walking and spending time on streets along the Wiggle could look like in the near future. This vision of a calm neighborhood greenway includes ideas generated from community leaders and SFMTA and SF Bicycle Coalition staff during ThinkBike events in 2011, where we brought together Dutch and local experts to generate ideas for improving some of San Francisco's main bike routes.
The Wiggle could be made safer and more enjoyable for people of all ages by ensuring pedestrians have the right-of-way and are visible at all intersections, narrowing the roadway and adding bicycle-priority markings on the roadway. Our vision also includes slower speeds, reducing the amount of cut-through car traffic, and bring more greenery and art to the streets. Visit our new Wiggle page to take a look and let us know your thoughts by filling out a short survey.
And thanks to the SFMTA for moving towards this vision by adding new continental crosswalks and green sharrows to the Wiggle in recent weeks! To see some photos and learn more about the SF Bicycle Coalition's work with neighborhood groups, District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague and the SFMTA along the Wiggle, visit sfbike.org/Wiggle today.
Join Team SF Bicycle Coalition as an Intern
Come work with us! Be a part of a great team and bulk up your resume as a summer or fall intern. Our 12,000-member grassroots organization is considered one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city, and we want to work with you. Gain valuable experience, work closely with our staff, members and volunteers, pad your portfolio and improve San Francisco.
We are currently accepting applications for:
Let Your Byke Pride Shine!
Celebrate San Francisco bicycling and share your "byke pride" with San Francisco's LGBTQ community! Join us for a full month of fun bike-centric LGBTQ events.
LGBTQ Meet & Mingle: Enjoy a fun evening of great conversation with SF Bicycle Coalition Staff, Board, Members and allies. Enjoy drink specials for SF Bicycle Coalition members and win great raffle prizes while supporting better bicycling. This is a great opportunity to introduce all your friends and family to the SF Bicycle Coalition. Complimentary bicycle parking will be provided. RSVP today!
LGBTQ Meet & Mingle | El Rio (3158 Mission Street) | Thurs. June 14th 6:00-8:00 PM
Pride Energizer Stations: Share your Byke Pride loud and proud at our special Energizer Stations in June. Invite bicyclists to ride in Pride as a member and hand out special Pride stickers! If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to volunteer email Tessa.
Thurs. June 7 | 5-7pm | Polk & McCallister Sts
Thurs. June 21 | 7:30-9:30am | Market & Guerrero Sts
Women, Trans, Femme Intro to Safe Bicycling Workshop: In honor of Pride Month, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is co-hosting a Women, Trans, and Femme Intro to Cycling class with Good Vibrations. This class, led by a female instructor, is intended to create a safe and supportive space for people who identify as female, transgender or femme. This one-hour course will teach you how to ride safely and confidently sharing the street, the rules and regulations of the road, and how to integrate bicycling into your daily life from commuting to shopping. All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend and no bicycle is required. This course is funded in part by the SFMTA. RSVP today!
Women, Trans, Femme Intro to Safe Bicycling Workshop | Good Vibrations (1620 Polk Street) | Tue. June 19th 6:30-7:30 PM
Ride in the Pride Parade: Get your Pride on with SF Bicycle Coalition in our Byke Pride contingent in the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24! The SF Bicycle Coalition's parade contingent is a fun and fabulous way for current SF Bicycle Coalition members to experience the parade firsthand. There is nothing quite like the thrill and exhilaration of riding down the center of Market Street in one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the world. You must be a current member to ride in the SF Bicycle Coalition contingent, for questions or to reserve your spot in the contingent, email email@example.com.
After the Pride Parade, enjoy the SF Bicycle Coalition's complimentary bike valet at the SF Pride Celebration in Civic Center (at McAllister and Hyde). To volunteer to valet park bicycles at Pride, email Tyler. Be a Bicycle Ambassador at the SF Pride celebration and share your enthusiasm for bicycling improvements with people parking their bikes in valet. If you are a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to help, email Tessa.
Pride Parade | Downtown | Sun. June 24th | Meeting time & place TBA upon registration
One-Stop Shop for Street Change
Whether you're a merchant looking to make your business more appealing to shoppers on bike or foot, a business district interested in bike corrals and street furniture or a neighborhood group planning a play street or block party, sfbetterstreets.org has all the answers to help you make your neighborhood better.
The San Francisco Better Streets Program launched this new website to be a one-stop shop for residents, merchants, and neighborhood groups who want to know how they can make pedestrian and public space improvements in their neighborhood. From the ABC's of applying for a permit, to funding and technical resources, to tips for building neighborhood support, sfbetterstreets.org is a citizen's guide for navigating multiple city agencies and creating or requesting much-needed streetscape improvements.
Our Great Streets Project has encouraged the development of this resource since the Better Streets Plan was adopted in 2010, and we are thrilled to see it unveiled just as the Great Streets Project is sunsetting at the end of this month.
Police Recover Over 115 Stolen Bikes
Last week investigators from SFPD's Ingleside Station moved in on an alleged bike thief and found at least 115 bicycles and pieces of dozens of other bikes in his possession and in storage lockers in Oakland. The recovered bikes can be reviewed via the Ingleside Station website, click here to see whether you recognize any of them. Our appreciation goes out to Ingleside's Sergeant Josh Kumli and his colleagues for their investigative hustle, and to other SFPD officers working around the city to prevent and fight back at bike theft. Of course, preventing your own bike's theft is worth far more than any hope for a bust if it gets nicked -- be sure to see our page of resources to help prevent bike theft.
Video: Do the Wiggle
The beloved Wiggle got some fancy new additions for Bike to Work Day: bright green sharrows that help you easily find your way from Duboce Triangle to the Panhandle. So, in honor of the new green sharrows, and in celebration of a vision for even better changes to the Wiggle, we bring you The Real Numbers' PSA song -- that's right, a full song, all about SF's beloved Bike Route 30.
Check out our online calendar of events. To add your bike event to our calendar, simply email the details to us.
** Tuesday, May 29th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
6:30-8:30pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
SF Bicycle Coalition Board meetings are open to all. Email Leah or contact at 431-BIKE x306 for agenda and details.
** Sunday, June 3rd **
Sunday Streets: Mission
11am-4pm | Mission
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides recreational street space for everyone in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Learn more and get route info at sundaystreetssf.com. 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.
Volunteer at Sunday Streets and we'll throw in a free lunch and t-shirt. The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to manage the Sunday Streets Volunteer Program. Sign up to volunteer at Sunday Streets at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a trained Bicycle Ambassador, join the SF Bicycle Coalition under the orange tent at Sunday Streets and talk to people about our work! Email Tessa to volunteer.
Freedom from Training Wheels
11am - 3pm | Sunday Streets: Mission
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.
** Tuesday, June 5th **
20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
6-9pm | Green Room, War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Ave
Join the SF Bicycle Coalition and keynote speaker Gil Peñalosa in an evening of celebration of the people and projects that are leading the way in linking neighborhoods and setting the stage for San Francisco to become a world-class bicycling city. Mr. Peñalosa will be sharing his outlook on how we can foster healthier urban communities and happier residents through promoting walking and bicycling. Tickets may be purchased here. Complimentary Valet Bicycle Parking provided.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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