SFBC Biker Bulletin
December 11, 2012
Biker Bulletin News
Our final Light Up the Night is this Tuesday.
Decision on Fell/Oak Appeal Today
Today (Tuesday, December 11), the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the appeal made last month against the Oak and Fell Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project, and we at the SF Bicycle Coalition will be there advocating for these crucial safety improvements.
Why We Need You More Now Than Ever
Unfortunately, today’s Fell and Oak appeal is a reminder that every bike project is still a battle. Each step of the way there are people opposing the safety projects you’ve asked for, claiming that the streets are fine for biking just as they are.
Last Chance for Members to Vote for Our Board of Directors
It’s your last chance for SF Bicycle Coalition members to cast your vote today in our annual Board of Directors election. Have you met Amandeep, Carrie, John, Lainie, Lawrence, Lenore, Michael, Rocky, and Zack? They're running for our Board! This year's election is more competitive than ever. We rely on the voices of our members to decide who will be responsible for ensuring that the SF Bicycle Coalition achieves its mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Your vote is an important signal of confidence in the Board. Please read the candidate statements and vote today. Voting ends tomorrow -- Wednesday, December 12.
Two Bike Education Classes This Week
With the New Year around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your resolutions. And, we’ve got a great way to start planning: Bicycle Safety Workshops. Get familiar with the rules of the road, how -- and when -- to “Take the Lane,” and how to best set up your bicycle for easy, daily life. We have two ways for people to engage, depending on your experience and interest: a one-hour “Intro to Safe Cycling” on Wednesday, or a four-hour “Traffic Skills 101-1” program for those who want to all the details, tips, and best-practicer.
Take the City’s Survey on Potential Polk Street Improvements
Did you see the City’s exciting proposals for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety on Polk Street last week at the SFMTA Open Houses? If you missed it, you can visit our Polk Street page to take a look at some of the leading ideas and take the City’s survey on the options. Your input into the designs is critical right now. When the street is repaved in 2015 (a victory we're proud of working so hard to achieve) it could go back the same way it is today - dis-continous and narrow bikeway, poor pedestrian crossings and an overall unfriendly street to be on. Visit sfbike.org/POLK to see what the future of transportation on Polk Street could look like and speak up!
A Call for Bicycle Ambassadors!
We have two excellent upcoming volunteer opportunities for our Bicycle Ambassadors. Our final Light Up the Night station is this Thursday, December 13th, from 5-7PM and we need a few more of our friendly & knowledgeable Bicycle Ambassadors to help educate passersby about our work. If you’re a trained Ambassador and are able to help this Thursday evening, please sign up online.
Get Festive on the 9th Annual Holiday Lights Bike Ride & Potluck
Back by popular demand: On Sunday, December 16th, long-time member, Robin Marks, will be taking you on the 9th annual Holiday Lights Bike Ride and potluck! This is the chance for you to get festive on our lively, annual two-wheelin' pilgrimage to visit some of the city's most stellar light displays. Summon your creative holiday spirit and ring your silver bells, caroling all the way. Bring treats to share for our endpoint potluck. Dress warm, don’t forget your bike lights, and heavy rain cancels. Kids are welcome. This will be roughly an 8 mile pedal and moderately strenuous. Meet at the Panhandle Statue at Fell and Baker Streets for sharp departure at 6:30pm.
Video: Time-Lapse Winterfest
Thanks to our amazing volunteers, this year’s Winterfest was the best one yet! We had bike games, a pedal-powered stage, a terrific art auction and 1,200 bike-loving friends in the room. If you missed the event, take a look at this cool time-lapse video that our stellar photographer, Volker Neuman, made of the event. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of yourself in the video. If not, check out the photobooth photos here.
** Tuesday, December 11th **
SF Bicycle Coalition and Green Connections Discussion
If you've ever experienced Berkeley's bike boulevards or Portland's neighborhood greenways and wanted to bring them to your street in San Francisco, please come to the SF Bicycle Coalition office for a discussion of how to get started.
** Wednesday, December 12th **
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, December 13th **
Light Up the Night Service Station
With Daylight Savings comes a greater need for bicycle lights on our evening commute. With our amazing volunteers, we help to Light Up the Night by installing white front lights and red back lights on the bicycle of people who need them.
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. Indoor bike parking provided! Sign up at http://www.sfbike.org/?edu-intro
** Tuesday, December 18th **
Want to share some bike love with fellow San Franciscans? Swing by one of out streetside outreach stations and learn about all the great new changes and campaigns. Looking to volunteer? If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to volunteer, sign up here.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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