SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 5, 2012
Biker Bulletin News
- Tonight: 20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
- Celebrate Pride on Two Wheels, All Month Long
- One More Link to Golden Gate Park
- Volunteers Like You Ring Our Bell
- CA Senate Quickly Approves 3-foot Passing Bill
- Can't Get Enough of the Mission Sunday Streets?
- Video: Streetfilms Ciclovia (Bogota, Colombia)
- Upcoming Events
Get out of town with "starchitect" David Baker for the Fairfax Foray, a 22-mile bike ride to the Fairfax Fair on June 9th, this Saturday.
Tonight: 20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
Don't miss our 20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards -- tonight!
There are still a few tickets available at the door for tonight's terrific party. Meet Gil Penalosa, the inspiration behind our beloved Sunday Streets program, and hear how he expanded open streets in Bogata, Columbia from a few miles to an incredible 74 miles of open streets each week with 2 million participants.
Join us for a great night of mingling with city leaders, community builders, livable streets enthusiasts and your friends at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition -- in the gorgeous War Memorial Auditorium Green Room. Open bar, great hors d'oeuvres and keynote speaker you won't want to miss. See you tonight!
Golden Wheel Awards
Tuesday, June 5 from 6-9 pm
Green Room, War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.
$75 ticket. Purchase your ticket at the door.
The Golden Wheel Awards is a major mid-year fundraiser for our organizational work to make our streets safe and comfortable for you and your loved ones. If you are unable to join us, please consider making a special contribution today.
Celebrate Pride on Two Wheels, All Month Long
Celebrate San Francisco bicycling and share your "byke pride" with the 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 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 6-8pm
Pride Energizer Stations: Share your byke pride loud and proud at our special Energizer Stations in June. Invite commuters 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 to share your Pride at either of these events.
Evening Energizer Station | Polk & McAllister Streets | Thurs. June 7th 5-7pm
Morning Energizer Station | Market & Guerrero Streets | Thurs. June 21st 7:30-9:30am
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 6:30-7:30pm
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 More Link to Golden Gate Park
SFMTA continues to improve biking in neighborhoods across San Francisco, and we're excited to see a new bike signal activated at Page and Stanyan, improving a key entrance into Golden Gate Park. The signal complements path improvements made at that intersection in 2011. Thanks to the SFMTA and Rec and Park Department for making getting to and from Golden Gate Park much safer and easier!
In other news, the SFMTA Board is deciding on a series of traffic calming changes at today's (Tuesday, June 5) hearing. The SFMTA is looking to remove one travel lane on 8th Street and add a buffered bikeway. Visit sfbike.org/link for updates on 8th Street and other bike improvements across San Francisco.
Volunteers Like You Ring Our Bell
SF Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers gave over 16,000 hours of volunteer time in 2011, the equivalent of eight full-time staff. Thank you for keeping us rolling smoothly! There are dozens of ways to give your time to make your daily ride and the rides of your friends and family safer and more fun through volunteering. Below are a few ways you can get involved. See sfbike.org/volunteer for more info and upcoming volunteer events.
Phonebank: 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. For info or to sign up to phonebank on Tuesday, June 19th, 5-8pm, email Juli@sfbike.org.
Daytime Data Entry: Behind the scenes, data entry volunteers keep our work rolling smoothly and uplift our spirits! Have weekday hours and fast fingers to spare to help the bike movement in this essential way? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Internships: Come work with us! Bulk up your resume and be a part of a great team 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 you. Work closely with our staff, members and volunteers, gain valuable experience, pad your portfolio and improve San Francisco.
We are currently accepting applications for:
CA Senate Quickly Approves 3-foot Passing Bill
On May 25th the California Senate voted 27-6 to approve Senate Bill 1464, the 3-foot passing bill sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition, who report:
"The debate was short and sweet. Sen. Alan Lowenthal, SB 1464's author, introduced the bill and urged an 'aye' vote. When no other Senators took the floor to debate the bill, the roll was called. We're convinced the unprecedented flood of emails, letters and phone calls from bicyclists to Senators urging a yes vote helps explain the quick decision."
The SF Bicycle Coalition is signed on as a strong supporter of the 3-foot passing law. The bill goes next into the Assembly, where it's expected to be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee later this month.
Can't Get Enough of the Mission Sunday Streets?
Thousands of San Franciscans filled the streets this past Sunday for the second of four Mission Sunday Streets this year. Can't get enough of Sunday Streets? Take part as a volunteer! More than 100+ volunteers are needed for each Sunday Streets, and you can help make more regular and frequent Sunday Streets possible when you volunteer for a three hour shift.
Volunteers who work three shifts over the four Sunday Streets Mission events (first Sunday of the month through August) 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 July 1, and August 5 now 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 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 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 more fun 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.
Video: Streetfilms Ciclovia (Bogota, Colombia)
If you're joining us tonight at the Golden Wheel Awards, you'll get to hear first-hand how Gil Penalosa bolstered Bogata, Columbia's Ciclovia program into a weekly event that opens up 74 miles of streets to 2 million people every week. If you're not able to come -- or you want one more reason to be excited about tonight's event -- check out this Streetfilm, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible Ciclovia program and how, in the words of one of the participants, "it's the best thing that's happened to Bogata." Watch now!
Check out our online calendar of events. To add your bike event to our calendar, simply email the details to us.
** 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 Penalosa 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. Penalosa 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 at the door. Complimentary Valet Bicycle Parking provided.
** Thursday, June 7th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
5pm-8pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
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
Pride Energizer Station
5-7pm | Polk & McAllister Sts
Share your Byke Pride loud and proud at this special Energizer Station. 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@sfbike.org to share your Pride!
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
7-8pm | Richmond Rec Center (251 18th Ave.)
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. RSVP at sfbike.org/edu-intro.
** Saturday, June 9th **
8am-6pm; Leaving Ferry Building at 8am SHARP
Get out of town on your bike! The Fairfax Foray is a free-wheeling bicycle adventure from San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin to the Fairfax Fair led by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's former Board Member and world renowned architect, David Baker. This day trip mini-fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition cruises up the coast and offers a great change of scenery at a relaxed pace. A perfect jaunt for those looking for their first ambitious bike ride. You can do it! And Marin will be forever within your reach as a cycling destination!
Group will take the Larkspur Ferry in the afternoon back to San Francisco. Ferry fees are not included in registration. Valet Bike Parking provided at the Fairfax Fair. Best to bring a bike lock too. Food can be purchased at the Fairfax Fair.
Ride Registration is a sliding scale donations of $10-$1,000 -- or become a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the registration is on us! Register today!
Different Spokes Ride *
Meet at 8:30am, 9am departure | Meet at Peets Coffee, 2247 Market Street
Join Different Spokes, the SF Bay Area LGBT Cycling Club, for their monthly club ride. Choose from three options (27m/47m/57m) and all rides regroup in Tiburon for group lunch. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
** Tuesday, June 12th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed for Staff Retreat
The SF Bicycle Coalition office is closed Tuesday, June 12 and will reopen Wednesday, June 13 at 10am.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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