SFBC Biker Bulletin
October 9, 2012"You can see that in a vibrant business district that there’s a lot of foot traffic and bicycle traffic, and you instinctively understand that it’s really good for business."
— Darren Flusche, Bikes Aren’t Just Good for You, They’re Good for the Economy, Too, Fast Company.
Biker Bulletin News
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Final Decision on Fell and Oak Bikeways is Next Week
At long last, the SFMTA Board of Directors will be making the final decision on separated bikeways and pedestrian safety improvements to the three crucial blocks of Fell and Oak streets between Scott and Baker!
Cesar Chavez East Goes Green!
You’ve seen the soft-hit posts go in on Cesar Chavez East, and this week, the SFMTA will be adding green pavement on the Cesar Chavez bikeway from 101 to 280! The SF Bicycle Coalition championed approval of this project last year, and have been working with the SFMTA and SFDPW to add even more protection and visibility with the soft-hit posts and green pavement. Take a spin and be sure to thank our city leaders for making these critical biking improvements in San Francisco.
Last Sunday Streets of the Season is October 21
Love Sunday Streets? You can show your appreciation for a fantastic season of Sunday Streets when you volunteer for the last event of the season, October 21, on a new route in the Excelsior. It's your last chance to get your limited edition Sunday Streets t-shirt and free lunch, all just for helping make Sunday Streets possible for thousands of San Franciscans. Sign up now at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.
What Should the 2nd Street Bikeway Look Like?
The City is deciding on a preferred option for the bikeway on 2nd Street and you can weigh in by filling out a survey. If you live or work near 2nd Street, please visit our web page to learn more about the options and give your opinion. The SF Bicycle Coalition has been working with all our neighborhood partners and reached out to all the local businesses in the area to build support for a separated bikeway on 2nd Street. Visit our 2nd Street page to learn more about the options and make sure your voice is heard.
Epic Weekend and a Great Embarcadero Bike Pilot!
Wow, what an incredible San Francisco weekend we just had! We were thrilled to see so many people choosing biking as their way to get to the numerous events. Our valet bike parking was packed at the America’s Cup, Marina Green and the Giants Games, and the bikeways were full of locals and tourists, pedaling around the city.
Gary and Greens: Bike Ride and Lunch With Gary Fisher
Go on a fast-paced ride with mountain bike hall of famer, Gary Fisher, on this exclusive ride and dine event on Sunday, Oct 21st. Gary Fisher will be leading a group of road-riders on a quick-paced ride before lunch at Greens Restaurant in Ft Mason. Come rub elbows and hear stories from this local bike riding legend while supporting the work of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Space is very limited. RSVP at sfbike.org/rsvp.
Bike the Vote: Ride with the Candidates
Would you like a chance to talk with your District leaders? Come take a spin with some of our endorsed candidates for supervisors this month! See sfbike.org/vote for specific details on the rides. We’ve already had great rides with Supervisors Campalos, Avalos and District 5 Candidate Julian Davis. Find out more details about the upcoming rides and our endorsements at sfbike.org/vote.
Monthly Safety Tip: Drivers Crossing Bike Lanes to Turn
Have you noticed that bike lanes become dashed when you’re approaching an intersection? That’s because CA law requires that when drivers have to cross a bike lane to turn, they need to drive into the lane to do so.
Video: Klunkerz: Mountain Bike History
While San Francisco is making a name for itself as a great place for urban bicycle commuting, our neighbors to the North have long held the honor of being the birthplace of mountain biking. Thirty years ago, guys like Gary Fisher took balloon-tire cruiser bikes to the top of Mt. Tam and barralled down it. Check out this great video from the movie Klunkerz, about the early days of mountain biking. And register for the limited space bike ride fundraiser with Gary Fisher on October 21.
** Tuesday, October 9th **
Grand opening of PUBLIC WORKS exhibition *
Ride your bike to the Grand Opening of PUBLIC WORKS, a project of PUBLIC Bikes, where international designers interpret the bicycle in our public world. Posters, books, tees will be for sale, with 10% of the proceeds benefiting the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Plus, some of the local designers will be at hand to sign posters. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event details
It's time to Bike the Vote! November 6 is Election Day in San Francisco and there are several important races and measures on the ballot for voters to decide. Sign up to help us win these important victories! Grab your bike and a griend or co-worker and pedal by to fuel up on free coffee and snacks.
** Wednesday, October 10th **
Ride with D1 Supervisor Mar
Join your neighbors and bike-friendly Supervisor Eric Mar for a group ride from the Richmond District to downtown. Mar is one of the SF Bicycle Coalition’s endorsed candidates for re-election on November 6th, as he’s been a strong and consistent supporter of more and better bicycling for District 1 and citywide.
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. Email Trafton to Volunteer.
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
** Thursday, October 11th **
Tunes4Tubes Two - SF Bicycle Coalition Fundraiser
Two long-time members would like to invite you to come boogie with them at their 2nd Annual Tunes4Tubes SF Bicycle Coalition fundraiser party!
** Saturday, October 13th **
Biketoberfest Ride & Festival *
Biketoberfest returns to Fairfax!. Bikes, Beer, Food, Music and a Cargo Bike Jubilee! Event details
Curso Espanol: Conocimientos básicos para manejarse en el tránsito
Curso de cuatro horas sobre conocimientos y técnicas para andar seguro en bicicleta. Una serie de clases educativas gratuitas para andar en bicicleta que ofrece la Coalición de Bicicletas de San Francisco para ayudar a que las personas (mayores de 14 años) se sientan protegidas, cómodas y seguras cuando andan en bicicleta en la ciudad.
Wastewater Whirl Ride *
Join the SF Public Utilities Commission and friends for a spin through the City’s streets as we explore the wonderful world of wastewater. We’ll visit San Francisco’s treatment plants, pump stations, storm drains, outfalls, and an innovative green infrastructure installation. For more info: Website RSVP to email@example.com
** Sunday, October 14th **
Bike Kitchen External Maintenance Class *
Three weeks of Sunday classes (October 14th, 21st, and 28th) covering installing and removing tubes and tires, installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, chain maintenance and truing wheels. Event Details & Tickets
** Monday, October 15th **
Ride with D5 Supervisor Olague
Join your neighbors in a ride from City Hall to District 5 with Supervisor Christina Olague. This is a chance to share your ideas, hopes and dreams for better biking with Olague who is one of the SF Bicycle Coalition’s endorsed candidates for re-election on November 6th. We’ll tour some of the much-needed areas of improvement along our Connecting the City routes.
Internal Maintenance Class at the Bike Kitchen *
Three weeks of Monday classes (October 15th, 22nd, and 29th) covering the installation, overhaul, adjustment and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems, freewheels and cassettes. Event Details & Tickets
** Tuesday, October 16th **
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
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(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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