SFBC Biker Bulletin
September 25, 2012
"If you somehow haven’t noticed the surge in bicyclists in San Francisco in recent years, a new report from the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency can fill you in: Biking is so hot right now."
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Polk Street Community Meeting is Tomorrow!
Big changes are in the works for Polk Street and we need you to come to a community meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 26) at the First Congregational Church (1300 Polk at Bush) to speak up for what you want improved. Through our Connecting the City campaign, the SF Bicycle Coalition has ensured that the city will be repaving Polk Street and improving bike and pedestrian safety. If you bike, walk, work, or live near here, we strongly encourage you to come to the community meeting tomorrow and join your neighbors to help redesign Polk Street. See sfbike.org/polk for more details and hope to see you tomorrow.
Dramatic Changes to Masonic Avenue!
After years of community outreach, organizing and planning, the Boulevard Proposal for Masonic Avenue was approved by a unanimous vote at the September 18 SFMTA Board of Directors Hearing! This is a huge victory for safer streets we should all be proud of.
Join us for Family Day This Saturday
This Saturday brings our 6th Annual Family Day celebration! Pedal on out to Golden Gate Park (14th Avenue East picnic area) for a free and full day of family biking fun. Our Family Day celebration is a fun way to start or expand your family biking routine and get to know other bike-loving families.
What a great Tour de Fat!
Wahooo, our bike community is incredible! Special thanks to over 200 wonderful member-volunteers, the generous New Belgium team, and the 6,000+ fans who joined us in the park to celebrate bikes. You helped raised over $27,000 for the advocacy work of the SF Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Council, wow!
City Issues 5-Year State of Cycling Report
Last week, the City of San Francisco released its 2012 State of Cycling Report. The report, published every five years, tracks data regarding the number of people bicycling, as well as issues findings on public opinions about bicycling.
Lots of Fun Volunteer Opportunities
As an organization, we have lots to be proud of lately! From over 22 miles of new bike lanes to fresh pavement all over town. Now, we have tons of opportunities for you to share with others why you bike in San Francisco and what you think about the improved biking conditions -- like smooth pavement on Market Street, more bike racks being installed, and new buffered bikeways like on sections of 17th Street. Sharing your story to other bike riders is a powerful tool to encourage others to join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Phone Calls: Accept the challenge to chat up the SF Bicycle Coalition! Join other member- volunteers who keep our membership strong. No cold-calling, just calls to friendly lapsed members reminding them to renew. Plan to stay for the complementary, thank-you dinner afterward and get to know your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members. You must be a current or former member to make phone calls. Next one is Tuesday, October 2nd at SF Bicycle Coalition HQ from 5p-8p. If you can't make it to this one, please join us on the 16th. To sign up or find out future dates, email Juli@sfbike.org.
Celebrate Architecture in the City This Thursday
As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco chapter puts it: Good design can solve everyday problems. Join the closing party of the month-long Architecture in the City festival this Thursday to see solutions to design challenges posed by urban leaders in San Francisco, including the SF Bicycle Coalition. The SF Bicycle Coalition is grateful to local design firm Bionic for tackling a particular challenge: How can we mediate the public realm for pedestrians, bikes and cars on San Francisco Streets. Bionic has been working on street furniture ideas that can be used in bike and public realm demonstration projects on various streets in San Francisco - click here to learn more about the party and get your tickets today.
Video: Tour de Fat SF Car for Bike Trade Entry!!!!
One of the highlights of Saturday's record-breaking San Francisco Tour de Fat was the car for bike trade portion of the show! Every year, New Belgium offers a sweet competition: trade your car in and they'll give you a really great bike. This year it was an even sweeter deal--with the winner receiving $2250 to use to create their dream bike. The applications poured in, and one lucky winner was chosen. Meet Ellen and her great video about why she wanted to trade her old car, Christine, for the bike of her dreams. After watching this video, there's no question why the New Belgium crew chose Erica. Welcome to San Francisco's huge, and amazing bike riding community!
** Wednesday, September 26th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Tube Times Folding Party
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.
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.
Polk Street Corridor Improvements Community Meeting *
Polk Street connects vibrant commercial corridors, is home to diverse neighborhoods and is a key biking corridor connecting the northern waterfront to central San Francisco. Want to see it improved? Come to the SFMTA's first community meeting to discuss plans for pedestrian, transit, and bicycle improvements on Polk Street between Union Street and McAllister. The SF Bicycle Coalition strongly encourages our members who live or work near this corridor or travel it often to come and meet your neighbors and work on solutions to fixing this key route in San Francisco. See sfbike.org/polk for more information.
** Thursday, September 27th **
15 Years of "TransForming" the Bay Area & California *
TransForm is turning 15! Please join us for an inspiring and fun event to commemorate the last 15 years of winning literally billions of dollars and groundbreaking policies in support of public transportation, smart growth, affordable housing, and bicycle/pedestrian safety. Tickets are just $15 in advance and include birthday cake, beer, wine and appetizers. This event is likely to sell out, so get your tickets now! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting *
Come and speak up about bicycle issues in San Francisco. This eleven member committee meets once a month and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle. Check the BAC website to see schedules and agendas, and contact BAC chair Bert Hill (email@example.com) to ask to have an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
** Friday, September 28th **
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Modern Love at the de Young Museum *
Ride your bike to the de Young Museum for Friday Nights at the de Young and enjoy Modern Love presented by the San Francisco Bay Guardian features a Smokin’ Rock n’ Roll Set By Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers. Also get a FREE Taste of Speed Dating and enjoy Live Poetry from The Poetry Store. Don’t forget to visit the Guardian Table with your San Francisco Modern Love Story! Learn more. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Saturday, September 29th **
Family Day Celebration
Join our 6th Annual Family Day Celebration in Golden Gate Park. Family Day is a fun way to start or expand your family biking routine! This FREE event will feature great games, valuable activities, and the chance share tips and tricks with other biking families. Bring a blanket and picnic.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Walk to End Alzheimer's *
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email email@example.com.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Party on Block 18 *
18th Street will be closed off, and short rib tacos (Namu) beef meatloaf sandwiches (Bi-Rite Market), salted caramel ice cream (Bi-Rite Creamery), mac and cheese (Dolores Park Café), mango lassi drinks and Kati rolls (Kasa) and more will be available for purchase. Wine and beer from local winemakers and brewers will be poured, and music performances will be of the youthful and local variety. A pie baking contest will be the climax of the afternoon. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF Bike Coalition Rec Ride: The Third Annual Sewer Tour and Art Party
The Sewer Ride returns! Join this above-ground, member-led biking tour of the San Francisco sewer system. This year we search for the erased sand dunes and buried creeks of early San Francisco, to better understand just how much our landscape has been altered in the last 160 years.
** Sunday, September 30th **
“100 BEST BIKES” Reception & Bicycle Raffle *
Meet Zahid Sardar, design expert and author of 100 BEST BIKES, a new book featuring the latest and finest in bicycle design and engineering. Enjoy a glass of wine and enter the chance to win a FREE Biomega Boston style collapsible bike. Event details.
SF Bicycle Coalition Valet Bike Parking: Now and Zen *
Alice 97.3's Now and Zen, a free music festival, with complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email email@example.com.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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