SFBC Biker Bulletin
July 31, 2012
July 31, 2012
"Companies are moving to San Francisco from the Valley because (their employees) don't want to be riding a Wi-Fi bus. They want to ride a bike to work. Companies are trying to get any advantage they can - and location is a key advantage."
Biker Bulletin News
Our Biking for Seniors class was so popular, we're doing it again.
BART Rush-Hour Bike Pilot Starts Friday
Beginning this Friday, BART launches a trial to allow bikes on its trains all day, even during rush hour, on Fridays in August. BART will monitor and evaluate how this change affects passenger experience and train operation. If all goes well, we expect that BART will seriously consider permanently relaxing the restrictions on bikes during peak commuting times, making BART more accessible to people throughout the Bay Area.
And just as a bonus, if you'd like to volunteer and hand out information about BART's bikes on-board survey at stations on these August Fridays, we'd love the help! Sign up here.
A Summer of New Bikeways
Three years ago, the SF Bicycle Coalition rallied support of our members and neighborhood businesses across the city, resulting in a the approval of the Bike Plan and an unprecedented 45 bike improvement projects. Since June 26, 2009, the City has implemented over 20 miles of new bike lanes, installed over a thousand bike racks (and more than twenty-five on-street bike parking corrals), added green pavement in bike boxes, sharrows, and along Market Street separated bike lanes, and much more. The SFMTA continues to add to that list with recent progress on bikeways on Cesar Chavez East, 17th Street, and 23rd Street, to name a few. Thanks to all our members and volunteers for their hard work to make these much-needed and long-awaited changes happen.
Final Mission Sunday Streets of 2012
This Sunday, August 5, is the fourth and final event in the Mission this year! Then it's on to many other neighborhoods all the way through October! Wish Sunday Streets was every week? Read more about our campaign for a citywide network of weekly Sunday Streets.
Practice Biking to School With Us!
What comes after Freedom from Training Wheels and some practice? Bike to School Practice Training: On-Road with Your Children. As Summer winds down, it's time to get ready for new school year and have some family fun. We are very happy to continue our monthly Bike to School Practice: On Road with Your Family Classes from now until November on the first Saturday of the month. This Saturday, August 4th will be in the Panhandle, so if your child is already riding on his or her own and you're ready to bike commute as a family, this is the class for you. For all of our Family Bicycling Classes, read more and RSVP for the class of your choice at sfbike.org/family_class.
Seeking Talented Board Members
We are looking for talented San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members who can commit their time and skills toward steering and supporting the organization's work. Half of the seats of the Board of Directors -- a 15-person elected body that oversees our strategy, finances, fundraising and overall organizational health -- will be up for election at the end of this year. To learn more about the current Board of Directors and its work, see sfbike.org/board.
Save the Date for Tour de Fat, September 22
Tour de Fat, your favorite bicycle and beer festival returns to Golden Gate Park on Saturday, September 22, and you are not going to want to miss out on the ballyhoo. Enjoy the morning bike parade through the park and stay for the bicycling circus of sensory splendor, featuring sideshow acts, a DIY booth, performances by Los Amigos Invisibles, The Moth-True Stories Told Live -- and that's just a few of the day's adventures.
Monthly Safety Tip: Proper Passing Etiquette
When your cruising down the bike lane and there's someone in front of you going a bit slower, remember to give them the space they need to feel safe. Since bikes are quiet, when you're passing someone, it's really easy to startle someone who might not be expecting you. Whether it's a person strolling on a path or another bike rider in traffic, a courteous 'On your left' is always helpful. Make sure to give the person plenty of room to feel safe, and never pass another bike rider on the right.
How to Keep Your Membership Current
Do you wish you could automatically renew your SF Bicycle Coalition membership each year? Join the Monthly Sustainer Circle today with a contribution of $10 or more a month and it will renew itself each year. Being a sustainer means you never have to renew your membership -- it continues without interruption as long as you wish. You get a new membership card every year and have the option to cancel or change your payments at any time.
Discount Partner News
Mike's Bikes: Bikes, gear, free repair clinics and memberships!
Welcoming Bonnie Puckett to Our Team
The Board and Staff of the SF Bicycle Coalition welcomes the newest member of our team -- Bonnie Puckett, as the Events Planner.
Video: Dove Bike Rehearsals London 2012
The Opening Ceremonies of the 30th Summer Olympiad contained a lot of incredible showmanship, but nothing caught the attention of the SF Bike Staff members as much as this game's Olympic doves. Rather than using real life doves, the London Olympics featured "dove bikes," a group of winged cyclists representing world peace at the Olympic Games. Check out this gorgeous video that shows what conveys what we've always thought: biking is pretty close to flying.
** Tuesday, July 31st **
Summer of Bike Love Service Station
Celebrate biking in the city with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Summer of Bike Love. We're throwing a streetside party every Tuesday in July, handing out treats and providing services like pumping up tires or lubing chains. Roll on by, enjoy the free service and say hey!
** Wednesday, August 1st **
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 email@example.com
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: SQFT Mid-Market Pop-up *
SQFT (www.yoursqft.com) is demonstrating the power of the pop-up in Mid-Market. Play, drink, and nibble with SQFT at the homefrys Game Night! Challenge friends to games like Giant Jenga, Giant Tic Tac Toe, Giant Checkers, and more. There will also be a cash bar and food to fuel your gaming. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email firstname.lastname@example.org
** Friday, August 3rd **
Bikes on BART August Trial
BART has announced that it will conduct a pilot program that will eliminate restrictions on bringing bicycles on board trains Fridays in August, 2012. The SF Bicycle Coalition and our partners, including the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and the Bikes on Board volunteer committee, have long advocated for BART to make it easier for people to bike to BART and bring their trains into the stations and onto trains if needed. BART will be closely monitoring rider feedback to evaluate the success of this pilot. Volunteers will be stationed outside the faregates at select stations to distribute postcards to riders with information about how to give feedback on the program. BART staff will be on-hand to answer additional questions.Volunteer to help evaluate this August trial by signing up here.
** Sunday, August 5th **
Sunday Streets: 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.
Family Biking: Freedom from Training Wheels
Part four of our Family Biking Classes, we can teach your young one how to balance, turn, and pedal without training wheels. Freedom from Training Wheels, a group effort to get kids riding without training wheels will be a part of this and every Sunday Streets. Bring your child's bike and helmet, if you have one. If not, we have a few balance bikes for kids aged 2-5. Questions? See sfbike.org/freedom.
** Monday, August 6th **
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
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 http://www.sfbike.org/?edu-intro
** Tuesday, August 7th **
Bicycle Camping and Touring Meet Up *
Come meet folks who love to travel by bike and share your experiences and plans. Knock on the front door if you'd like the key to bring your bike to the back. http://www.meetup.com/norcal-biketouring/events/68587322/
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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