SFBC Biker Bulletin
March 26, 2013
Nominations are open for Bike Commuter of the Year!
BART Pilot Ends - Let’s Make it Permanent!
Thanks to the huge numbers of people who volunteered as ambassadors in BART stations during last week’s second bikes on BART pilot! We heard from many of you both how much the pilot made your life easier and better, from being able to spend more time with your children to feeling safer at night. We’ve been sharing your stories with key decision makers. People are listening: Today Supervisor John Avalos will be introducing a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling on BART to lift the ban on bikes on BART.
Polk Street: A Turning Point for Safer Streets?
If someone walking or biking on a street in your neighborhood was hit by an automobile or truck driver once a month, would you support making it safer? This is the reality on Polk Street today, and is a key reason why the SFMTA has been working hard for many months to engage community members to reimagine this iconic commercial corridor and biking route
But the City's efforts are being threatened -- loudly and insistently -- by an extremely vocal band of merchants and residents focused solely on the street's car parking numbers, no matter what the safety implications. As a result, the SFMTA has agreed to present more Polk Street options that minimize parking loss at the next community meeting, in April.
If you want your safety to be taken seriously, and to finally have a safe, comfortable way to get from the center of the city to points north -- without having to climb major hills or brave large streets full of speeding cars -- you must speak up now. Send a letter of support today, before the City decides that your safety is not important. The opponents of this project will not stop; they are loud, organized and determined. Don't let them treat your safety as an afterthought. Write a letter today!
Announcing Over a Dozen New Bike Safety Classes
We’ve just announced over a dozen bike safety workshops all across the city, and we’re inviting you to attend. Whether you’re a daily commuter or still feel like you need some help understanding how best to share the road with motor vehicles, these in-class presentations are right for you. We also host Family Biking Workshops to help get families riding together, more often.
Support the Fell and Oak Project, Speak Up on April 2nd!In spite of strong support from all stakeholders, from Supervisor Breed to neighborhood associations, the Fell and Oak Safety Project is still plagued by delays and slipping deadlines. We are looking for motivated members to come to the next SFMTA Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 1:00 pm at City Hall and request an expedited installation of physical separation on the partially completed Fell Street bikeway by Bike to Work Day on May 9 and an accelerated timetable for the Oak bikeway. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in lending your support to this critical public safety project.
Join Us This Wednesday: Tube Times Mailing Party!
Come one, come all to our quarterly Tube Times mailing party! Be the first of your friends to see the Spring Bike to Work Day issue of the Tube Times hot off the press, and help us label them to mail out to our members. We’ll provide the snacks, dinner, and you provide the helping hands. 5-8PM at SF Bicycle Coalition HQ (833 Market St, 10th Floor) No RSVP necessary. Bring a friend (or two) and you’re welcome to bring your bike up to our office. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Become a Bicycle Ambassador (And get ready for Bike to Work Day)
Volunteers are the heart and soul and muscle and sinew of Bike to Work Day, and we want YOU to come volunteer with us this year! Come to our Bicycle Ambassador training to get up to date on what’s going on with the SF Bicycle Coalition, and to learn how to sign up new members. In addition to getting ready for Bike to Work Day, this training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations, and other events. Please RSVP to email@example.com to sign up for the training.
Great News for Fans of McLaren Park!
After several weeks of multilingual community outreach in the neighborhoods surrounding the beautiful McLaren Park, we are happy to announce that the one sided roadway option for Mansell Street was selected by the community as their preferred design. The one sided roadway features a two-way separated bikeway and will provide maximum separation between pedestrians, people on bikes and fast-moving traffic between Brazil and University Street. We will continue working to ensure that the final design is the safest and most convenient for our members and all people biking through McLaren park.
Tuesday, March 26th
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meetings
SF Bicycle Coalition board meetings are open to all. Contact Leah at 431-2453 x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org for agenda and details. *May 28 meeting will be for both SF Bicycle Coalition Board & SFBC Education Fund Board.
Wednesday, March 27th
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.
Intro to Safe Biking for Women
In honor of Women's History Month, the SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a one-hour workshop on safe bicycling specific to women. 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, March 28th
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, email email@example.com.
Valet Bike Parking at Mid Riff *
Chrome and Huckleberry Bicycles are teaming up to celebrate the launch of Chrome's American Made bags (including some limited run exclusive camo editions). Check out seamstress Morgen making small bags on location that will be raffled off. Free libations will be flowing. Event details
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 to ask to have an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.
Tuesday, April 2nd
Bike To Work Day Volunteer Training
Volunteers are the heart and soul and muscle and sinew of Bike to Work Day, and we want YOU to come volunteer with us this year! Come to one of our Bicycle Ambassador trainings to get up to date on what’s going on with the SF Bicycle Coalition, and to learn how to sign up new members. This training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations, and other events.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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