SFBC Biker Bulletin
June 4, 2013
Biker Bulletin News
Five Ways to Take Action for Polk Street Today
The SF Bicycle Coalition is calling upon our members who live, work or shop near Polk Street to take action today, Tuesday, June 4 to show that Polk Street needs serious safety improvements for people biking and walking. The SFMTA will be presenting a “preferred design option” in the next few weeks, and this is the last chance to show that you support safety improvements on Polk Street. Can you commit to taking at least one action today?
If you live, shop, or travel near Polk Street now is the time to take action!
Two Weeks Until Dynamo Janette Sadik-Khan's Keynote
Grab your friends and colleagues and be prepared to have your socks knocked off at
Thursday, June 20, 6:30 - 9PM; Program starts at 7PM
Unlimited hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine
Valet bike parking too!
Tickets and sponsorship information here. Sponsorships available until June 12.
The Golden Wheel Awards is an annual fundraiser for our work to make our streets smooth, safe and vibrant. Enjoy an evening of mingling, eating, drinking and being inspired -- all while supporting a great cause.
Become a Bay Area Bike Share Champion
Have you been hearing an earful from your New York friends about the launch of Citibike, and wishing we had it here? You can help. San Francisco and the South Bay will be launching a small pilot bike share system in August. You can help build the support we need to ensure that San Francisco expands that initial small pilot into a full-scale system that can really make your life better. Volunteer to become a Bike Share Champion! Details here.
Have an idea of where you’d like to see a bike share pod? Weigh in at the SFMTA’s new crowdsourcing map.
A Better, Safer 2nd Street is Nearly Here
After more than a year of earnest community involvement, the City unveiled the final proposed design for the Second Street Improvement Project, which includes innovative and much-needed improvements like green, raised cycletracks, bike-specific signaling and a host of pedestrian safety features.
The final design still has a way to go before becoming a reality and many opportunities remain for opponents to derail this critical safety project during the approval and funding process. With this in mind, we are asking you to send a letter of support today to decision makers and let the City know how important the proposed changes are to you. Visit sfbike/2nd for more details.
Greening up the Wiggle
The Wiggle is perhaps San Francisco’s most iconic bicycle route. An integral part of our Connecting the City’s Bay to Beach Route, it is used by thousands of people everyday, many of them on bicycles. For years we have worked with neighbors, merchants and the City to make the Wiggle even better and an upcoming project promises to afford us more opportunities to make the route even friendlier, safer and greener for people biking and walking. Join us on Tuesday, June 11 at 5 pm at the Electrical Workers Union Hall at 55 Fillmore St for the first community meeting for the Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor.
Just a Few Spots Left for Gary & Greens Ride
Join us for a small group ride with mountain bike legend Gary Fisher and SF Bicycle Coalition’s Executive Director, Leah Shahum. After an off-road pedal in Marin, join Gary for a gourmet lunch from Chef Annie Somerville’s daily menu at Greens Restaurant.
Sunday, June 9
1PM Lunch at Greens Restaurant
Take advantage of this special opportunity to experience bike history, all while supporting the SF Bicycle Coalition’s work for future improvements for biking!
Come to Wednesday's Bicycle Ambassador Training
Itching to get more involved with your SF Bicycle Coalition? Join the proud ranks of our Bicycle Ambassadors! Training is this Wednesday, from 6-7:30PM at SF Bicycle Coalition Headquarters (833 Market St, Floor 10).
At this training, you’ll get up to date on what's going on with the SF Bicycle Coalition and learn how to sign up new members. This training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations, special events and more. Contact Margaret at email@example.com to sign up. Looking forward to seeing you there!
See You at Sunday Streets This Weekend
This Sunday, June 9, we’ll be at Sunday Streets in the Bayview/Dogpatch from 11-4PM. Join us, and come out to run, walk, skip, jump, roll, bike & play in the open streets.
Bring your tiny tots to our Freedom from Training Wheels workshop (look for our orange ten), stop by our Service Station to get some free air for your tires. Plus, sign-ups are still open to volunteer at our Adaptive Cycling event. See you there!
Video: Spoke Spinners -- Bill Cunningham on Bike Share
New York City's Bike Share, Citibike, launched last week -- and the whole city is talking about it. The 6,000 Citibike network is one of the biggest transportation transformations to New York City in decades. Bikes are so en vogue in New York that New York Times Style writer (and regular bike rider), Bill Cunningham is covering them. Check out this great New York Times video of New Yorkers enjoying bike share. Like us, Cunningham is elated to see so many people biking in regular, often dapper, clothes.
Tuesday, June 4
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
LGBTQ Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
In honor of Pride Month, the SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a one-hour workshop on safe bicycling in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign . 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 athttp://www.sfbike.org/?edu1
Wednesday, June 5
Bicycle Ambassador Training
Curious to learn the secrets of our Bicycle Ambassador program? Of course you are! Well, wait no longer: Come to our Bicycle Ambassador training to get up to date on what's going on with the SF Bicycle Coalition and learn how to sign up new members. This training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations, special events, and more. Contact Margaret to sign up. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Documentary Screening: Singletrack High *
The hour-long documentary follows six student athletes through the 2012 season the NorCal League, exploring the importance of keeping kids outdoors on bikes. Co-director brothers Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Event details
Saturday, June 8
SFBC Rec Ride: Fairfox Foray
Get out of town on your bike! The Fairfax Foray is a free-wheeling bicycle adventure from San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin to the Fairfax Fair. This day trip mini-fundraiser for the SF Bicycle Coalition cruises up the coast and offers a great change of scenery at a relaxed pace. A perfect jaunt for those looking for their first ambitious bike ride—you can do it! And Marin will be forever within your reach as a cycling destination!
Free for SF Bicycle Coalition members; $15 donation for non-members. Registration required.
Sunday, June 9
Gary & Greens: Ride and Lunch Fundraiser
Pedal with mountain bike legend Gary Fisher on an exclusive fundraiser where you’ll ride and dine, supporting the SF Bicycle Coalition’s work. Mountain bike pioneer and San Francisco local, Gary Fisher, will lead a small group ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to mountain bike trails in the Marin Headlands. Then you’ll return to the city for a gourmet meal at Greens Restaurant in Fort Mason.
Sunday Streets in the Bayview/Dogpatch*
Come play at Sunday Streets in the Bayview/Dogpatch! Volunteer with our Freedom from Training Wheels workshop (email Margaret to sign up), or, if you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador, volunteer at the SF Bicycle Coalition's Service Station (sign up here), or come volunteer at our the Adaptive Cycling event. See you there!
SF Bicycle Coalition Adaptive Cycling Event at Sunday Streets
The SFMTA, Mayor’s Office of Disability, Department of Aging and Adult Services, Bay Area Outreach and Education Program (BORP) and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are thrilled to be partnering together to put on an Adaptive Cycling event where youth and adults with physical disabilities will be able to test and ride bicycles at the Sunday Streets event in the Dogpatch.
Family Biking: Freedom from Training Wheels
Part of our Family Biking Classes, we can teach your young one how to balance, turn, and pedal without training wheels. Freedom from Training Wheels, a group effort to get kids riding without training wheels will be a part of this and every Sunday Streets. Bring your child's bike and helmet, if you have one. If not, we have a few balance bikes for kids aged 2-5. Questions? See sfbike.org/freedom
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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