SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 3, 2012
July 3, 2012
"We were very impressed when we began to look closely at San Francisco. Getting protected bike lanes on JFK Drive really showed The City's commitment to creating an environment where people can feel comfortable on bikes."
Biker Bulletin News
Treehouse Talks are back! Join us for a BART and bikes talk on July 12th and learn all about the history and future of bikes on BART.
Filling the Gaps: 8th, 17th, and 23rd Streets
New bike lanes are connecting neighbors, commuters, and customers on 8th Street in SOMA, 17th Street from the Castro to Mission Bay and 23rd Street near SF General Hospital in the Mission and Potrero Hill. Both 8th Street and 17th Street are being repaved following years of advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition to ensure crumbling pavement on key bike routes are prioritized. Now, we're making sure that these streets are being put back better than they were before. The speed limit on 8th Street from Market Street to Townsend will be lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph, a travel lane will be removed and the bikeway will be buffered from the auto traffic with a painted buffer, thanks to Sup. Jane Kim's commitment to traffic safety.
Sunday Streets Heads to the Bayview and Mission Bay!
Tens of thousands enjoyed the third of four Mission Sunday Streets events this past Sunday, July 1st. Now, Sunday Streets will pop-up in the Bayview, Dogpatch and Mission Bay neighborhoods on July 22nd, before heading back to the Valencia Street for its final Mission event this season on August 5th. Then it's on to many other neighborhoods all the way through October!
Approved Federal Transportation Bill Cuts Bike/Ped Funding
Last Friday, the House of Representatives approved the new Federal Transportation Bill. Sadly, this bill cuts much-needed bike and pedestrian funding and is a blow to better bike and pedestrian improvements across the country. This bill is seen as a step backwards for biking and we are disappointed to see such a decrease in funding for much-needed bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects. After many revisions to the bill, the end result is a "Transportation Alternatives" program, which, according to America Bikes, will cut bike and pedestrian federal funding by 60 to 70 percent. Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be working with local and state decision-makers to mitigate the impact of this bill on San Francisco streets. Now, more than ever, it's clear that better biking begins at the local level.
Market Street's Future: Must Attend Workshops
If you ride on Market Street, or wish you could, be sure to save the date for these important workshops. The City is finalizing plans for the future of the most important biking street in the city. Will it feature an excellent green, separated, continuous bikeway from Octavia Boulevard to the Bay? Or will it remain a jumble of protected bikeway and wild west-like conditions? Your voice at these 2012 community meetings will ensure that the busiest bicycle and transit route in the city lives up to its potential. To read more about this important campaign visit www.sfbike.org/market.
If You've Been a Member More than 10 Years, Celebrate!
Do you remember when the Tube Times was called the Tubular Times? When the entire SF Bicycle Coalition membership could fit into a coffee shop? When the City adopted its first Bike Plan? The days before Healthy Saturdays, Sunday Streets, green pavement or physically separated bikeways? If your answer is "yes!" then we want to celebrate your 10+ years of support at our 10+ Year Member Party, Thursday, July 19 at Eve Lounge, 575 Howard St (at Howard & 2nd).
Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge
This month, the SF Bicycle Coalition is kicking off our first annual Ultimate Bike Shop Challenge. Eight awesome bike shops across the city will compete to sell the most SF Bicycle Coalition memberships, directly supporting our advocacy and safety outreach, including streetside outreach and bike education classes for families and new riders. We're pleased to announce the following participating shops:
Support the SF Bicycle Coalition and your favorite local bike shop! When you join or renew at one of these participating bike shops this month, you'll be entered to win a free SF Bike Coalition t-shirt. Visit any of these shops to join or renew, and don't forget to use your special member discount while you're there. Current members receive discounts at more than 60 businesses across San Francisco. Join or renew now, and let your membership pay for itself!
Valencia Street Detour at Cesar Chavez Starts This Week
For the past year, Cesar Chavez Street has been undergoing a dramatic change, including bike lanes and lots of greening. This week the construction has reached the key intersection of Valencia Street. This means that there will be some detours on this important bicycle route for about two months, and the SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to have collaborated with the agencies and the bicycle detours should be very well marked. Read more on our blog.
Job Opening: Policy Director
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is seeking a seasoned Policy Director to lead our work on securing legislation, funding and other essentials that advance bicycling in San Francisco. We are looking for an experienced, energetic, passionate bicycling advocate to join our talented Program staff and be part of the incredible team of people at the SF Bicycle Coalition who serve our 12,000 members.
** Wednesday, July 4th **
4th of July: SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed
** Monday, July 9th **
Freewheel Bicycle Repair Class *
Over the course of two 4-hour hands on class sessions learn flat repair, wheel truing, bearing maintenance, brake adjustment, drivetrain cleaning, and derailleur adjustment on your own bike. $100; Call or visit the shop to register (415)752-9195x8206;
** Tuesday, July 10th **
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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