SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 4, 2012
"We used to hear a car crash about once a week — now they are very rare. We used to have empty storefronts, now all the stores are filled. There is no doubt that it used to feel dangerous crossing the street. That feeling is gone.
Biker Bulletin News
We're working around the clock to get better pavement and separated bikeways on the streets that matter most to you. Please help us reach our fundraising goal: sfbike.org/specialgift.
Last Day to Bike the Vote
Today is the final day to help the SF Bicycle Coalition decide which candidates to endorse for the upcoming election in November. Voters will select San Francisco's Supervisors and BART Board -- critical decisions in so many ways for the future of everyday bicycling in SF.
Let us know which of these candidates you think answered this question best, and take a look at all of the different races then cast your vote and let us know who you think should receive the SF Bicycle Coalition's important endorsement.
Get Ready for Tour de Fat
Yeehaw! Tour de Fat's right around the corner! See you at the annual bike and beer ballyahoo in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, September 22! Join us for this full day of music, bikes, beer and a roaring good time. Find all the details about this fun party at sfbike.org/fat.
Masonic Avenue Improvements Gaining Momentum
Thanks to all our members who have sent in support letters for the once-in-a-lifetime set of bicycle, pedestrian, and greening improvements for Masonic Avenue. Every letter counts, so please send yours today. If you can come to the SFMTA Board hearing on Tuesday September 18 at 1pm in Room 400 of City Hall, please let Email Neal know.
Bicycle Safety Education Classes Keep Rolling
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to be the leading resource for street safety education in the city. Each year, we educate thousands of people in all of our classes -- from taxi drivers to people who are learnign to ride a bicycle for the first time ever.
Family Day Celebration 2012
Ready to get your family pedaling this school year? Don't miss our 6th Annual Family Day Celebration on Saturday, September 29th, in Golden Gate Park from 10am - 2pm. Pedal on over with the kiddos for a FREE day of family bike fun -- including Bike Road-eo by YBike, a bike parade, Cycle Care demos, games, and our famous Freedom From Training Wheels class!
Sunday Streets Returns to the Western Addition
We're excited to be returning to the Western Addition/NOPA route this Sunday, September 9. Sunday Streets is sponsored by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Livable City. We are proud that the Sunday Streets Volunteer Program is managed by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. There are just two more events this year, but it's not too late to join the fun. Here are a few ways you can support Sunday Streets:
BART Pilot Ends -- for Now?
A huge thank you to the many volunteers who helped with outreach during the BART blackout lift pilot! And thanks to BART leadership and staff for stewarding this pilot. Last Friday was the last day of the pilot. We are now working with BART, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and others to evaluate the findings of the pilot in the hopes of moving toward a permanent lifting of the blackout period -- soon. In the meantime, please help this campaign by spreading the word that the blackout period is back in effect while BART staff evaluates the results and feedback from its operations staff. If you haven't already, please take the pilot survey here.
Video: Cycling in the Netherlands in the 1950s
We usually feature videos about new bike projects and exciting advancements, but every once in a while a historic bike film comes our way that we just have to pass on. Check out this great vintage bike film from the Netherlands in the 1950s. We just loved seeing all the family biking footage, and the imaginative ways parents carried their little ones by bike (including a rocket-shaped trailer in the first few minutes of the video). For current best practices and tips on family biking today, check out our free Family Biking Guide, complete with a gear guide for pedaling parents.
** 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
** Friday, September 7th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Friday Night at the de Young *
Don't miss an exciting Friday Night at the de Young with hands on art-making with Papergirl SF and the San Francisco Center for the Book, the SF Public Library's Green Book mobile, live music with Classical Revolution, a dance studio with Artist Fellow Monique Jenkinson and a video installation, Bridgewalkers, in the observation tower.
** Saturday, September 8th **
Different Spokes Ride *
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: email@example.com
** Sunday, September 9th **
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Team on Climate Ride *
Be part of the camaraderie, experience the beauty of the California coast, and support the work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition at the same time! Climate Ride is a five-day, fully-supported bicycle ride from Fortuna to San Francisco, through the Russian River Wine Country, and along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route -- one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. A portion of the funds raised by members of Team SF Bicycle Coalition will go directly to support the advocacy work of the SF Bicycle Coalition! This "climate conference on wheels" is the largest environmental charity cycling event and also features nightly speakers who focus on bicycle advocacy, the climate crisis, and a clean energy future. Register for Team SF Bicycle Coalition!
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.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Opera in the Park *
Bring the whole family and enjoy the free live simulcast of Rigoletto, with complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email firstname.lastname@example.org Event details
Sunday Streets: Western Addition/N. Panhandle Alamo Square
Come play in the streets! Sunday Streets provides recreational street space for everyone in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Get involved and sign up to volunteer for Sunday Streets at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer. 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 non-profit fiscal sponsor of Sunday Streets responsible for the day-to-day management of the program. For route maps and to volunteer go to sundaystreetssf.com. Or, join the SF Bicycle Coalition under the orange tent at Sunday Streets and talk to people about our work! If you are a trained Bicycle Ambassador, email email@example.com to volunteer.
** Monday, September 10th **
JFK Drive Survey Ride
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 and end at JFK Drive at Transverse drive at 7pm. All members are encouraged to join. Please contact Neal Patel, Community Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
** Tuesday, September 11th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
DATE CHANGE! SF Bicycle Coalition Board meetings are open to all. Contact Leah at 431-BIKE x306 or email@example.com for agenda and details.
SF Bicycle Coalition New Member Meet & Greet
Been an SF Bicycle Coalition member less than a year? New members are invited to join us to learn about SF Bicycle Coalition advocacy, education and community programs that will make SF a model cycling city, and how you can get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization. Bring your bike up with you! RSVP to Trafton@sfbike.org
SF Bicycle Coalition Bicycle Ambassador Training
Interested in volunteering at Tour de Fat or other events like races, festivals, and SF Bicycle Coalition Service Stations? Then this training is a must! Learn ways to engage people, how to sign up new members, and more! Contact Trafton@sfbike.org to RSVP.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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