SFBC Biker Bulletin
February 12, 2013
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Market Street Needs Improvements Now!
You may have heard the news that the City’s plans to improve Market Street have faltered again - this project originally promised smooth pavement and MUNI, bike and pedestrian improvements in 2013. But we’re now hearing that the project may be delayed to 2017 ground-breaking and 2019 or later for implementation. Market Street needs improvements now!
The SF Bicycle Coalition is concerned that the Better Market Street project continues to lag and that safety improvements for bikes might not be in the scope. The “Better Market Street” project has introduced an option to divert people on bikes onto Mission Street, and make minimal safety upgrades to Market Street. Improving Mission Street in addition to Market Street for bicycling is very appealing, just as we have long sought upgrades to the bike lanes on Folsom and Howard Streets. But the demand for safe and comfortable biking on Market Street for all kinds of people remains strong and will only grow stronger in the coming years and the city must address this quickly.
We sent an open letter to Mayor Lee last week expressing our frustration - click here to read it and find out how you can share your thoughts with the City as well.
Bike to School Week Poster Contest and Internship
Breathe easy, there is still time to send that artwork in. We’ve extended the Bike to School Week Poster Contest deadline to 2/15 for sending in pre K-12th grade artwork on the theme of “We Like to Bike!”. Go to our new Bike to School Week website for more info and you can also sign up your school for the big event.
Wishing Your Workplace Was More Bike Friendly?
We’ve got your solution! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition can help you. Sign up today to get a full Bike Friendly Business kit for your workplace in time for Bike to Work Day on May 9th. This kit comes with all the bells and whistles from safety workshops to customized bike rides and happy hours.
Valencia St. Bike Detour Update: St. Luke’s Construction
For commuters on Valencia Street south of Cesar Chavez, construction has been an ongoing fact of life. In June, we worked hard to ensure bike traffic could safely and easily roll across Cesar Chavez. Now, the construction project has moved to the intersection of Duncan, Tiffany, and Valencia. But, there’s good news: the construction will be cleared by the end of February!
Simplest Way to Keep Your Membership Rolling
Tired of those pesky renewal notices? Make them go away by becoming the newest member of our Monthly Giving Program. With a payment of only $10 a month your membership will renew itself. Annually, we’ll send you your new membership card and you have the option to cancel a payment at any time. It is that simple.
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Looking Good, Bike Lovers: Love on Wheels Photos
Last Wednesday Public Works was filled with equal parts punk-rock glam and heart palpitations as our annual Love on Wheels Bicycling Dating Game rolled into the night. Congratulations to all of our flirty, fabulous and punny contestants, and huge thanks to everyone who came out to the event as well as to our nearly 50 volunteers who worked hard to make the night a success.
Video: So God Created Transit
If you watched the Superbowl and the multi-million dollar ad campaigns that went with it, you probably saw (and maybe shed a tear) for the “So God Made a Farmer” commercial. As you’d learn at the end, it was actually a commercial for Dodge trucks. In response to the God Made a Farmer commercial, Diana Lind, editor of Next City, made a heart-warming commercial of her own: So God Created Transit. Check out this great (and tear-jerking) ad for transit. Anyone want to create the bicycle version of this ad?
Wednesday, February 13th
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! No RSVP necessary to volunteer. Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery for generously providing snacks for our volunteers.
Sunday, February 17th
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
Bicis del Pueblo Bike Build Convivio
Bicis for the people, People Organizing to Demand Environmental (PODER) and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are teaming up to make City reclaimed bikes availble to community members. Volunteers will be on hand to teach repair and bike safety skills.
Monday, February 18th
SF Bicycle Coalition Office Closed: President's Day
Tuesday, February 19th
Startup Bike - February Rec Ride *
Crowdtilt is all about enabling group funding. And for the February Startup Bike SF ride they are all about enabling group funning! We'll do a 1 & 1/2 hour ride to the Crowdtilt offices. There we will find beer, snacks and a Crowdtilt all comers challenge to flip cup. "Work hard, play hard" is how we are going to roll in February. Event details
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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