SFBC Biker Bulletin
August 28, 2012
"Three neighborhoods in southeast San Francisco - Bayview, Hunters Point and the Dogpatch - have been bursting with new bike lanes in the past six months, opening up great new rides for anyone looking to explore more of the city on two wheels."
Biker Bulletin News
It's back to school season, and we've got plenty of family biking classes and resources to get you and your little ones pedaling. Learn more at sfbike.org/family.
Smoother Streets Ahead?
Believe it or not, there's still a lot of opposition to bicycle improvement projects. Many people who don't bike think that the state of our streets are just fine as they are. Do you think Market Street is fine as it is? How's the pavement quality on your daily commute? Would you bike with your child on Masonic? As someone who rides a bike in San Francisco, you know that our streets aren't fine as they are -- and your SF Bicycle Coalition is working to change that.
One More Week to Bike the Vote
It's time to Bike the Vote! Election day is November 6th, and the voters will select San Francisco's Supervisors and BART Board -- critical decisions in so many ways for the future of everyday bicycling in SF. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be making an endorsement in the Supervisor Districts (odd numbers are up this election) and two BART Board seats.
Sunday Streets: Just Two Left This Year
Thousands of San Franciscans enjoyed walking, biking, and healthy activities this past Sunday in the historic Chinatown neighborhood. Grant Avenue, the city's oldest street and one of the most ideal streets to stroll, was the heart of the Sunday Streets route.
Tour de Fat Less Than a Month Away
The beer's been ordered, the permits secured and the bands are tuning their instruments. Tour de Fat is less than one month away! Will you be joining us at this year's ballyhoo of bikes and beer on Saturday, September 22nd. We hope so!
JFK Drive Survey Ride on September 10th
The SF Bicycle Coalition invites our members on a survey bike ride of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. The city's first parking-protected bikeway, which aims to make biking easier and safer for the growing number of people who are biking and want to bike more, has now been in the ground for three months, and is ripe for analysis. While the changes on JFK Drive settle in, the SF Bicycle Coalition wants to get your direct feedback on what you like and what needs to be improved. This ride will meet at Fell and Masonic at 6pm on September 10th and end at JFK Drive at Transverse Drive at 7pm. All members are encouraged to join. Please visit our JFK Drive page for more background on this innovative San Francisco project.
Show Your Support for Masonic Improvements
After years of community planning and outreach, design, and environmental review, the "Boulevard Proposal" for Masonic Avenue between Fell Street and Geary Boulevard is up for the final decision at the SFMTA Board of Directors on September 18th. Have you taken the time to share your story on why Masonic Avenue needs to be fixed? Take action and send in a support letter today - visit sfbike.org/masonic to find out how.
Talk to Your SF Bicycle Coalition Staff - Kit Hodge
"Hi. I'm Kit Hodge, your SF Bike Coalition's Deputy Director. I work on guiding and advancing our overall advocacy effort and programs. This week I'm especially focused on getting the City to commit to an ambitious new vision for bicycling in San Francisco, on par with the ideas that we've set forth through Connecting the City.
Upcoming Service Stations in September
As August comes to a close, our Summer of Bike Love rolls along into Autumn Outreach. Attention all you Bicycle Ambassadors out there, we've got some great Service Stations in September. Please email Trafton@sfbike.org if you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador and available for any of the following dates:
Also, we have our next Bicycle Ambassador Training set for September 11th at 7:30pm. For anyone that wants to get in on the street side action, stop on by to become a certified Bicycle Ambassador. Email Trafton@sfbike.org to RSVP.
Video: The Biggest, Baddest Bike-Share in the World
New bike share programs are being launched in cities across the country. Minneapolis, Denver and Washington D.C. already have their programs in full swing. Here in San Francisco, details are being hashed out for the regional bike share. But in Hangzhou, China, they have bike share mastered! Check out this amazing Streetfilm about the 50,000 bikes (with plans to grow to 175,000!) that Hangzhou launched, and how it's helping people of all ages complete that last mile of their commute.
** Tuesday, August 28th **
Sunday Streets Volunteer Appreciation Party
Help us say "Thank you!" at our Sunday Streets Volunteer Appreciation Party. We hope you will join us to say thanks and raise a glass to our wonderful volunteers who make it all happen. RSVP here.
** Saturday, September 1st **
Biking Pregnant: SF Bicycle Coalition Family Biking Series Part 1
You love to bike, and now you're pregnant. Do you need to stop biking? How long can you bike while pregnant? Is your bike pregnancy and baby-ready? Register for this (free) class to learn the medically reviewed facts about biking pregnant. Meet other pregnant women who bike. This class is great for anyone who is currently pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, as well as their partners and supporters. RSVP at sfbike.org/family_class
Biking With Your Baby & Toddler: SF Bicycle Coalition Family Biking Series Part 2
You love to bike, and now you're a parent. When can you begin biking with your baby or toddler? Is it safe? What kind of seat should you get? Is your bike baby- or toddler-ready? Register for this (free) class to learn the medically reviewed facts about biking with a baby and/or toddler, as well as tips and tricks. Meet other parents who bike with their small children. This class is great for anyone who has a baby or toddler, is expecting, or thinking about having a family, as well as their partners and supporters.RSVP at sfbike.org/family_class
Bike to School Practice: On Road with Your Family Part 3
Learn how to ride to school with your children with our on-road course. Our instructors will teach you and your children how to prepare and ride to school, including practice on a car-free space and on regular city streets with biking facilities. Parents with children of all ages are welcome, including children riding independently. All people under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own bikes and helmets. RSVP at sfbike.org/family_class
** Tuesday, September 4th **
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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