SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 11, 2012
"Striping bike lanes on a road can’t even be done without an environmental analysis. That’s the level of insanity this has gotten to."
Biker Bulletin News
Pedaling parents, our annual Family Day is just around the corner!
Smooth Pavement on Market St. Starting Now!
If you’re one of the thousands of people who bike to work on Market Street, you know how bumpy and unsafe the pavement on this key biking corridor is. Well, we’ve got some great news for you…
Speak up in September for Bikeways That Matter to You
The SF Bicycle Coalition’s Connecting the City campaign aims to connect you, your neighbors, and your family to all the places you want to go on bicycle in San Francisco. We’ve prioritized our advocacy efforts on working with the City to make biking better on the routes you take most often.
How will YOU help to ensure these routes are safe to bike on?
New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is Fast Approaching
Yeehaw! New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is less than two weeks away! Will we see you in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, September 22? Join us for this family-friendly full day of music, bikes, beer and a roaring good time.
New Member Meet and Greet and Ambassador Training Tonight!
Brand new to the organization and want to meet some fine bike-loving folks like yourself? Stop on by headquarters for a new member Meet & Greet from 6:30 to 7:15pm tonight. We’re located on the 10th Floor at 833 Market Street (between 4th & 5th). We have ample bicycle parking inside so bring your wheels upstairs. Snacks provided.
Reclaim your streets on PARK(ing) Day 2012
It is time to locate your parking spot and design your own park! PARK(ing) Day is happening on Friday, September 21. This annual open-source global event inspires people to collaborate on temporarily transforming metered parking spaces into mini temporary public spaces. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco.
If You’re Riding up to Marin ...
Our partners in the North Bay, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, would like you to know that because of increased traffic crashes and conflicts in some of Marin's towns, several police departments have significantly stepped-up enforcement of people on bike running red lights and stop signs. The town of Fairfax, which has been typically lax on such enforcement in the past, has been writing tickets by the dozens on some weekends. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition is urging anyone biking in Marin to be your best biking self, spreading the joy of bicycling and creating local goodwill by following the rules of the road. Thanks for being awesome, in Marin and everywhere.
New CEQA Bill Could Speed Up Bike Lane Projects
A California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform bill is heading to the Senate later this month that would exempt all bike lane projects throughout the state from the lengthy environmental review process they have been saddled with.
Video: Midnight Mystery Ride with Mission Bicycle
Have you ever thought about exploring the city in the middle of the night by bicycle? SF Bicycle Coalition Discount Partner, Mission Bicycle Company, is organizing a very special edition of the Midnight Mystery Ride on Saturday, Sept 15th. This is a friendly no rider left behind mobile party to a mystery location within San Francisco. This ride is free and open to all seeking discovery and the unexpected. The meetup location will be announced online the day of, and only the ride leader knows the route or the destination. To get an idea of what to expect, check out this video from Mission Bicycle’s last ride. For complete details on how to join, click here.
** 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.
** Wednesday, September 12th **
Bike to Work with Supervisor Mar *
Talk District One biking and livability issues with Supervisor Eric Mar on this monthly tradition. Join Supervisor Mar and SF Bicycle Coalition staff through the District to downtown - come with ideas and questions!
Bike to Work with Supervisor Olague *
Talk policy points, share your ideas, and ride with Supervisor Christina Olague on this casual ride towards downtown. Ride as a group and roll downtown with Sup. Olague, her City Hall staff, and a your District 5 neighbors! Meet at the Panhandle Statue, by Baker Street and push-off at 8:00 am.
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember and newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend-the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring up your bike to the office! Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery for generously providing snacks for our volunteers http://www.rainbow.coop
** Saturday, September 15th **
Urban Bicycling Workshop: Traffic Skills 101-1
This introductory course is perfect for anyone who wants to be more comfortable riding. This four-hour, in-classroom course will cover the basics on how to choose the right bike and properly fit a helmet as well as tips for the safest ways to ride in traffic. You'll also learn techniques to avoid or handle street hazards and emergency maneuvers along with the best way to lock up your bike and how to use a bike in combination with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities. This free class, funded in partnership with the SFMTA & SFCTA, is open to adults and anyone over 14 years of age; preregistration is required. Sign up at http://www.sfbike.org/?edu-intro
Rosie the Riveter Richmond Ride *
Pedal to some of the historic sites from the legendary time of Rosie the Riveter. From Berkeley to the Richmond Inner Harbor and the Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historic Park. We'll take an extra close look at the former Ford assembly plant that once cranked out cars and jeeps and tanks, now re-worked into a fascinating mixed-use property called Ford Point, a preview of the sort of re-use brewing at San Francisco's Pier 70 (we'll be joined by folks from Orton Development, responsible for the Ford Point project and planning another one for Pier 70). Bring a lunch or money for lunch. SF Bicycle Coalition members ride free; $5 appreciated donation for non-members; rain cancels ride.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Opera @ the Ball 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
** Sunday, September 16th **
External Maintenance Class at the Bike Kitchen *
Three weeks of Sunday classes covering installing and removing tubes and tires, installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, chain maintenance and truing wheels. Event Details & Tickets
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Urban Air Market *
Urban Air Market is a curated marketplace for sustainable design held twice per year featuring 150 independent designers, focusing on sustainability in design. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles firstname.lastname@example.org
** Monday, September 17th **
Internal Maintenance Class at the Bike Kitchen *
Three weeks of Monday classes covering the installation, overhaul, adjustment and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems, freewheels and cassettes. Event Details & Tickets
** Tuesday, September 18th **
Masonic Avenue Hearing at the MTA Board*
After years of community planning, 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. The SF Bicycle Coalition, Fix Masonic, Walk SF, and the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association have spent countless hours building support for the grade-separated bikeway, tree-planted median, and crosswalk and bulbouts called for in this inspiring plan. You can help ensure Masonic Avenue becomes a safer corridor by coming to this September 4 hearing and speaking up for these changes or sending in a support letter. Visit sfbike.org/masonic for more information, and let Neal@sfbike.org know if you can come and speak at the hearing.
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
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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