SFBC Biker Bulletin
April 9, 2013
Biker Bulletin News
Sunday Streets is in the Mission this weekend!
Take Action: RSVP for Polk Street Community Meetings
"What we have committed to doing is developing additional options that would entail less parking loss. There may be some trade-offs in terms of some of the safety or other benefits." - Ed Reiskin, Director, Municipal Transportation Agency at a recent SFMTA Board Meeting
Is your safety a trade-off? We don’t think it should be. Polk Street is one of the most dangerous streets for people biking and walking. Speak up for safety improvements at Polk Street Community meetings. This may be the last chance to weigh in on this project. We need hundreds of SF Bicycle Coalition members and supporters like yourself to be there.
Let us know that you’ll be attending the upcoming Polk Street Improvement Project meetings to speak up for safe walking and biking on Polk Street.
Act Now for a Better Market Street (before 2019!)
As you know, Market Street, one of the busiest biking streets in the country, is broken. Crumbling pavement, separated bikeways are only for a few blocks and you are constantly vying for space with busses, taxis and cars. AND the City is saying that you need to wait until 2019 for this to get better!
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition believes you deserve better. Give a special tax-deductible gift of $10, $25 or $100 so we can have all we need to push the City to do more for your bicycle safety and enjoyment this year. Imagine how good you’ll feel, pedaling on a smoother Market Street, and knowing that you made it happen!
Fell and Oak Bikeway Delays Continue
Yet another week has passed for the thousands biking on Fell and Oak streets. Assurances continue to come from the SFMTA that progress is being made, with safe-hit posts on Fell and striping changes on Baker expected this week, but people riding on both streets still have to contend with fast-moving vehicular traffic. Passionate appeals were made last week by members as well as the Office of Supervisor Eric Mar, joining the ranks of NOPNA and Supervisor London Breed in expressing their disappointment at the delays and accompanying peril to public safety they create. Follow their suit and send your own e-mail about the delays or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in speaking up for public safety at the next SFMTA Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, April 16.
Rainbows and Sparkles Coming to Castro Street!
The Castro Street Design Revised Conceptual Design was released last week and while the proposed design is lacking in many new bicycle amenities, there are some exciting bike improvements, like enhanced access to 17th Street westbound from Market Street. Much needed bike parking is absent from the proposed design and the Workshop 2 Survey–due this Friday, April 12–is your opportunity to give feedback on the design, including the great looking rainbow crosswalk markings and sidewalk mica sparkles.
Join us Tomorrow for the New Member Meet & Greet, 5-8pm
Why, hi there! If you’ve been a member for less than a year, we’d love to have join us at our New Member Meet & Greet tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10). Come join us for a special edition of Volunteer Night. You can chat with fellow members, learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization and the different ways you can get involved. Don’t be shy, come on by! Don’t forget to bring up your bike. Please let us know you’re coming at sfbike.org/rsvp.
Today’s the Last Day to Register for Bike to School Week!
Today is the last day to register your school for Bike to School Week 2013! Sign up today! And join us for other great Pre-Bike to School Week events: Help us stuff 3,500 Bike to School Week bags on Tuesday, April 16th, 2012 from 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm at YBIKE. Location: 1152 Gorgas Ave. San Francisco, CA, 94129. RSVP here. Want to get some practice before Bike to School Week? Get the whole family ready to ride with 2 upcoming trainings on 4/14 and 4/20. Find out more.
Get your Friends Ready for Bike to Work Day
Looking for a great way to ease your friends into biking in San Francisco? Bring them along to a free workshop or go for a ride together so they are prepared and confident by May 9th for Bike to Work Day!
Bike to Work Day Workshops: From choosing the right bike to fixing flats, this one-hour workshop will get you and your friends ready to ride! Your choice of Wed, April 17 or Tues, April 23 from 6-7pm. Free. RSVP Today!
Go for a Ride! For the newest riders, take advantage of the closed streets in Golden Gate Park. Starting in April, JFK Dr will have car-free sections on Saturdays and Sundays! Friends more comfortable riding in the city might enjoy joining you on a Recreational Ride or one of the five upcoming Love Your Lanes rides across the city.
Invite your friends: An invitation is often the first step in getting your friends out on their bikes. Make sure your friends add May 9th to their calendars! We’ve made it easy with these links to Facebook, Google Calendar, or Outlook/iCal.
Celebrate Earth Day with our Community Bike Build Event
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by helping rebuild bikes? San Francisco, the Greenest City in North America, will celebrate Earth Day at Civic Center later this month on Saturday, April 20. New this year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and other community groups are organizing a DIY skill-share event aimed at encouraging more people to get in the saddle. If you like wrenching bikes and want to help, let us know. All volunteers will get access to the VIP space, as well as other special perks!
Video: Americans Are Driving Less
Check out this great Streetsfilm about driving trends in America over the last eight years. Is it gas prices that are making this switch? Bike infrastructure? Carshare? Or just a cultural shift to other modes? We’ve seen it here in San Francisco, where car ownership is dropping every year, and more and more San Francisco teenagers are choosing transit, walking and bikes to get around. Find out more in this film.
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