San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:39:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 We’re Printing Your Sticker Ideas Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:39:29 +0000 We wanted your words, and you delivered. Thank you to the dozens of contributions from members with some really fun slogan ideas for new SF Bicycle Coalition stickers. And congratulations to Paul Valdez and Alejandro Perez who won the contest and will have their slogan ideas printed.

Paul submitted the the slogan “Meet me in the 🚲 lane.” Alejandro submitted the idea for a stylized “¡VÁMONOS!” Both ideas are now designed, queued up at the printer and due to arrive in time for Bike & Roll to School Week (April 16-20) and Bike to Work Day (May 10). We also ordered “Mi familia pedalea,” contributed by Program Director Ana Vasudeo and “🚲 share the ❤,” suggested by Executive Director Brian Wiedenmeier. And we ran with “加油,” a long time dream of our Advocacy Director Janice Li and Bike East Bay Communications Manager Ginger Jui. It’s a Cantonese idiom that literally means “add oil,” but figuratively means something like “put your back into it,” or “go get ’em.”

Are you excited to hand out these stickers, along with commemorative canvas bags full of goodies to anyone and everyone biking on Bike to Work Day? Sign up to volunteer now and be a part of the one day of the year when San Francisco invites the largest number of people new to biking onto our streets.

2018 Board Elections Results Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:00:12 +0000 The staff administrators of the recent SF Bicycle Coalition board elections congratulate the winners: Robin Abad Ocubillo, Mary Kay Chin, Shirley Johnson, Marie Jonas, Jean Kao, Jane Natoli and Andy Thornley.

We thank the additional seven candidates: John Beckmann, Bekki Bolthouse, Preston Rhea, Dana Seabury, Kelli Shields, Abigail Tinker and Matt Wisniewski.

Members cast a total of 1,088 valid ballots: 100 percent were cast online, with two members voting in-person at the SF Bicycle Coalition office through the vendor website. This represents 11 percent of the members entitled to vote in the election — on par with recent years. There were also 12 abstentions and 10 write-in candidates, none of whom drew more than one vote each.

Voting and tabulation was administered using third-party vendor ElectionBuddy to meet the ranked-choice voting rules recently added to our bylaws by the board. Most members were able to vote without any assistance from the election administrators. However, as expected with any vendor that provides ranked-choice voting services, a small subset of members required assistance to vote due to issues with email deliverability into their inbox. With significantly increased support from election administrations and other staff, all members who contacted staff were eventually able to vote.

Four members were added to the system after the election started: two members had renewed by mail prior to the deadline, but their materials were not processed until the after election started, and two members did not have an email address on file at the start of the election.

Details on the entire 2018 Board of Directors election process are available here. And details on this election’s round-by-round results are here. For more information about multi-winner ranked-choice voting, click here. This election was conducted using Meek’s Single Transferable Vote method. This blog post details how our board of directors were elected and the concepts of multi-winner ranked-choice voting.

The first board meeting with the newly-elected members will be held in Feb. 27, 2018. We look forward to working with the winners, who will serve terms of two years on our board of directors alongside the existing board members whose terms have not expired. And we thank you, our wonderful members, for making your voices heard in this election.

We also want to express our gratitude to outgoing board members who chose not to run for re-election: Lisa Fisher, Jenn Fox, Lawrence Li and Leah Shahum. Thanks for your years of service.

Not yet a member or need to renew? Join or renew today to support our work for better biking all year long.

Women Bike SF Champion Jessica Jenkins Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:03:39 +0000 Jessica Jenkins is a mom who bikes all over San Francisco, and is one of our most active advocates for safe streets. She has been a member champion for improvements on both Turk Street and Upper Market, and recently spoke at the MTA Board in support of both projects, where we won unanimous approval for proposed protected bike lanes. We recently caught up with Jessica to find out what put her on this journey and what keeps her going.

“In 2001, I traded my two-hour mind-numbing car commute for 20 minutes of biking, two hours of Caltrain, stacks of books and Friday party cars,” Jessica said of when she started biking. Her family has been officially car-free since 2008, and she became an SF Bicycle Coalition member on Bike to Work Day 2009. (Save the date: this year’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 10!)

“Biking is active, social and fun,” said Jessica said. “My three-year-old son Otis and I talk about the sights, sing, and chat with friends and strangers while we roll around the Bay Area.”

When asked what motivates her to speak up for safer streets, her son Otis was first and foremost in her mind.

“I feel an acute sense that the streets need to be reclaimed and returned to communities,” Jessica said. “When Otis started toddling, the joy and freedom of it was tempered with fear of people speeding mere feet away.”

Jessica has big dreams for the future of biking in San Francisco: “In my utopian vision, walking and biking are the default ways of getting around, supplemented by public transit. Most roads have been turned into parks and housing. Cars are an exceedingly rare and inconvenient way to navigate a dense, thriving city.”

Want to meet Jessica IRL? You can join her on one of the many rides in which she regularly participates.

“I would love to meet more women on the regular social rides that I do: Butterlap every Wednesday night, SF Bike Party on the first Friday of the month, East Bay Bike Party on the second Friday of the month and Midnight Mystery Ride on the third Saturday of the month,” Jessica said. “I’m obviously a night owl.”

Want to meet more women, trans*, femme and non-binary folks who bike? In addition to joining Jessica on her regular rides, join us for our next Women Bike SF coffee club at Arizmendi Bakery in the Inner Sunset. Find more details and RSVP here.

Safe Streets for the Excelsior Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:27:38 +0000 What does it take to make a streets in San Francisco’s outer neighborhoods safe for people biking? With a community-driven process starting with open houses next week, we have an exciting opportunity to shape what our streets in the Excelsior should look like.

I Want a say

For our denser downtown neighborhoods, we know that protected bike lanes are the way to go. For residential neighborhoods such as the Excelsior, though, protected bike lanes may not always be the best fit.

In the Excelsior, people who bike have far too few options to get where they are going. While we push for high-quality bicycle infrastructure along high-injury corridors in the area, we need to think carefully about how people can safely bike from those busy streets like Alemany, Geneva and Mission to their destinations like McLaren Park, Cleveland Elementary and shops on Mission Street.

Source: SFMTA (click to enlarge)

The Excelsior Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project, led by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), will build off our existing efforts on the main bicycle routes to provide safe connections on neighborhood streets. Traffic calming measures such as traffic diverters, speed humps, stop signs and new crosswalks are all on the table, but we need you to tell City planners where you want improvements to go.

Join the SFMTA staff at an open house on Saturday, March 3 to let them know what you want your neighborhood streets to look like. We’ll see you there!

Excelsior Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project Open House
Cleveland Elementary Cafeteria, 455 Athens St.
Saturday Mar 3, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Welcoming Community Organizer Kristen Leckie Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:26:51 +0000 The SF Bicycle Coalition is ecstatic to welcome Kristen Leckie to the team as a Community Organizer. Kristen is a Southern California native who is now a dedicated advocate for people walking and biking across the Bay Area. In their role as Community Organizer, Kristen will be working with members to advance your dreams on crucial campaigns, including for year-round Healthy Saturdays in Golden Gate Park, along the Embarcadero and on Valencia Street.

Along with introducing Kristen, we are also saying farewell to Julia Raskin, who’s been on staff for the last two years as community organizer. Julia has been instrumental in organizing member-driven campaigns for Upper Market, 17th Street, Balboa Park and beyond. We wish her a fond farewell as she moves back to the East Coast to be closer to family.

SF Bicycle Coalition: What sparked your passion for bicycle advocacy?

My passion for bicycle advocacy began when I realized that the streets in my hometown weren’t built with walking and biking in mind. When I moved to the Bay Area, I started to get more involved with community activism, and I was able to channel this work around my love of biking. Most recently, I worked with Bike Walk Alameda for Bike to Work Day and as a member of their board. I’m looking forward to using these experiences as a foundation for my work as a community organizer.

What do you look forward to the most about working at the SF Bicycle Coalition?

I’m excited to build relationships with community members and work together on campaigns. It’s really inspiring to work with people who are so passionate about improving their communities for everyone. I’m looking forward to helping ensure that the campaigns we’re fighting for represent what our neighbors want and need. I also can’t wait to meet all the dedicated SF Bicycle Coalition members who’ve helped us with our current and past campaigns!

Which campaigns are you most excited about?

I’m most excited for our campaigns on Upper Market and Valencia Street. I know that these campaigns are major bike routes, and I’m excited to be a part of the process to create smarter street designs on these busy corridors. I’m also looking forward to working on campaigns in places like the Western Addition and the Inner Richmond where traffic calming can help create safer streets for people walking and biking.

The SF Bicycle Coalition has just added “transportation justice” as a new core value. What does that mean to you?”

To me, transportation justice means ensuring that all people have access to safe, reliable means of transportation. This doesn’t just mean bike lanes; we also need to guarantee that those walking and taking public transportation have reliable, safe means of doing so. Transportation justice looks like bike lanes connecting the city, sidewalks being accessible to all bodies, and public transportation being equally reliable in all neighborhoods of the city.

As a new member of the SF Bicycle Coalition, is there anything you would like us to know?

Outside of work, I really enjoy reading science fiction, hand carving stamps and creating my own zines. Feel free to reach out with recommendations for all things sci-fi!

Turn over a new leaf in the new year. Be like Kristen and dedicate yourself to improving SF’s streets for all road-users as a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition. In addition to supporting the work of Kristen and our entire team of professional advocates, you’ll see that — with member discounts all over town — membership pays for itself.

Now Hiring: Summer Interns Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:11:25 +0000 Applications are now open for our summer internships! Our interns are talented and motivated folks who jump right into the bicycle action. We accept both student and practical experience internships, and request that interns make a minimum commitment of 10-to-20 hours per week for the summer semester.

This season, we’re hiring for 10 different positions:

  • Bicycle Advocacy Intern: Put on your advocate hat! Join our Advocacy team to support our various street campaigns both inside City Hall and out on the streets.
  • Bicycle Education Intern: Get firsthand experience in all aspects of bicycle education programming with the leading provider of bike safety education in San Francisco.
  • Community Bike Builds Intern: Learn more about this amazing program and give back to those in need.
  • Development Intern: Can you fundraise and fun-raise? Help us keep the wheels of advocacy spinning on with our Development team!
  • Event Planning Intern: Bike to Work Day is the best day! Help us make this massive event a success.
  • Graphic Design Intern: The Creative Suite is your thing. Make graphics to support our work.
  • Political Intern: Get an inside look at our city’s political process.
  • Public Affairs Communications Intern: Learn the ins and outs of public relations, and put language to work on behalf of people who bike.
  • Volunteer Coordination Intern: We rely on over 1,000 volunteers each year to push our work forward. Put your people management skills to work in collaborating with these amazing folks.
  • Youth Programs Intern: If you love getting little ones on two wheels, this is the internship for you.

In addition to spicing up your resume with practical experience, interns get other great benefits like a one-year free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition, ongoing professional development opportunities, discounts on store swag, first dibs on exciting events and opportunities, and more! Still not convinced? See what past interns have had to say about their experiences here and here.

We’re accepting applications now and will review them on a rolling basis. What are you waiting for? Apply today!

If you’re not able to commit to a full internship, but still want to help us out — don’t worry! We’d love to have you join us at one of our many volunteer opportunities.

Now Hiring: Organization Development Director Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:23:46 +0000 The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is seeking the newest member of its leadership team. The Organization Development Director will help the SF Bicycle Coalition achieve its mission and the goals set forth in its strategic plan by providing leadership in the areas of organization development, including operations planning, systems development and organizational culture. This position will also supervise a team of two finance and technology staff. The Organization Development Director has leadership responsibility for finance, human resources, office and facilities management, contract management, and risk management.

We are looking for a resourceful and focused leader to partner with the Executive Director on taking our organization to its next stage of development. This is a unique opportunity to join a successful, dynamic advocacy organization that continues to make demonstrable impacts in San Francisco neighborhoods and communities.

Apply Here

Primary areas of responsibility

  • Organization-wide planning and evaluation, encompassing our strategic plan, annual project plans, compensation strategy and emergency planning;
  • Development and implementation of SF Bicycle Coalition’s equity and inclusion policy and initiatives in partnership with the board and Executive Director and in consultation with staff;
  • Leadership of annual budgeting process to support mission-aligned growth;
  • Support the Executive Director’s role in board development, including preparing the board of directors for monthly meetings and reporting on the organization’s progress toward achieving strategic plan goals and objectives;
  • Management of Human Resources, Finance, and Information Technology staff and functions;

Strong candidates will possess as many of the following qualifications as possible:

  • A deep commitment to the SF Bicycle Coalition’s mission;
  • Substantial executive or senior management experience in the areas of human resources, finance and/or information technology management, including people management experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate and implement compelling strategies for organization development that take account of organizational culture and collaboration;
  • Proven track record of success in organization-wide planning and system development;
  • Demonstrated ability to be analytical, persuasive and work in partnership with a dynamic leadership and staff;
  • Experience developing evaluation systems, including creation of dashboards;
  • High level of organization and time management skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience working within diverse teams and communities.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets in excess of $2 million;
  • A strong track record of managing complex projects, including holding teams accountable for delivering desired outcomes;
  • Ability to analyze and plan for organizational technology needs, including budgeting and resources allocation;
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or comparable cloud-based CRM; and
  • Familiarity with Google Apps suite.

Reports to: Executive Director
Direct Reports: Operations Manager, Technology Coordinator
Salary and Benefits: The annual salary for this exempt position is between $85,000 and $100,000, depending upon relevancy of experience. Full-time benefits include medical, vision and dental insurance.
Hours: Full-time. Flexibility to work nights and weekends; this position may require working approximately two weekday evenings and one weekend day monthly.

About the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition works to transform San Francisco’s streets and neighborhoods into safe, just and livable places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Our work is guided by our five-year strategic plan and the core values of Transportation Justice, Sustainability, People Power and Joy. The organization’s culture reflects its grassroots origins and professional advocacy in equal measures. Our active membership of over 10,000 represents San Franciscans of all ages and backgrounds from all neighborhoods who are working towards safe, sustainable and more affordable ways to move around our city. The SF Bicycle Coalition is the largest city-based bicycle advocacy group in the nation and one of the largest member-driven groups in San Francisco.

Climate Ride Scholarship Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:13:12 +0000 The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to present the Climate Ride Community Leader Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes individuals promoting transportation justice, practicing climate change advocacy, and creating change via the bicycle by providing an opportunity to participate in Climate Ride California as a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition Climate Ride Team.

The California North Coast Ride is an epic five-day bicycle journey with 120 people united by their passion for sustainability and renewable energy. Camp each night and listen to inspirational talks from climate change activists. Climate Ride Community Leaders may also choose to address attendees themselves.

This is a fully supported ride: planned route, meals provided, luggage is transported each day, plus, plenty of mechanical and moral support is available! And the SF Bicycle Coalition is offering scholarship recipients support beforehand too, including training resources and rides, and assistance securing the necessary equipment, from a road bike to camping gear.

The ride starts on May 20, with a May 19 pre-ride shuttle between San Francisco and Fortuna free available to scholarship recipients. The ride itself is between 292 and 327 through giant redwoods, wine country and beautiful coastline, with different mileage options available each day. Complete ride details are available here.

Fill out the form linked below and submit no later than 10:00 pm PST on Sunday, Feb. 25. People of color, people who identify as women, trans*, femme, non-binary and people who would not be able to participate in this event without fundraising assistance are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Questions? Contact Gina Schumacher, SF Bicycle Coalition development associate, at (Se habla español.)

Wheel Talk: Hold the Phone! (Or … Don’t?) Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:17:57 +0000 Wheel Talk for Wheel People is a monthly advice column written by Christopher White, our adult education program coordinator. Though bikes, biking and getting around SF is our area of expertise, feel free to ask anything! To submit your questions, please click here.

Wheel Talk, while biking I saw another biker holding a cell phone to his ear while in motion. I felt like I should say something, so at a light, feeling a bit like an ass, I reminded him that biking with a cell phone is illegal. He told me, witheringly, that it’s totally fine. Who’s right? —Donkey on Wheels

Dear Donkey on Wheels: When I’m teaching both people who bike and people who drive, I generally stick to the same mantra: same rights, same responsibilities. In the eyes of the law, it’s mostly true that operators of cars or bikes are viewed the same. But in this case, your blithe lane-mate has it right: according to our friends at CalBike, people on bikes are not legally banned from using cell phones.

Where the law may turn a blind eye, however, common sense does not. And common sense tells us that, when using your hands to balance and brake, doing something totally unrelated with them isn’t particularly clever. The National Safety Council tells us that even talking on the phone hands-free while operating a vehicle (and I’ll include the bike in that category) doesn’t mitigate for safety, because we still experience “inattention blindness.”

So please, blithe lane-mate (which might be my new drag name), let that phone call wait until you dismount. Stop with the texting. Look up your destination BEFORE you start pedaling. And if you need directions, keep your phone in a handlebar mount and, preferably, wear a single earphone to let the nice Google lady tell you where to go.

Wheel Talk, are bicyclists subject to the same requirements as motorists for signaling their maneuvers, as laid out in the California Vehicle Code? For example, if I’m braking, does the law require me to signal it? —Clueless in the Asphalt Jungle

Dear Clueless in the Asphalt Jungle: Imagine you’re speeding down the green-painted bike lane on Page Street, towards Octavia. It’s a steep downhill with a red stoplight at the end. The brake lights of the cars to your right are all illuminated. Shouldn’t you similarly be communicating to the folks behind you that you’re stopping? The problem is, of course, that your “brake light” is your palm — which needs to be squeezing your hand brake if you’re not going to fly through the light

This is another case where the rules governing people in cars and people on bikes are a bit different. When operating a car, you must communicate your plans with brake lights and turn indicators. In the saddle, using your hands to do so is recommended for your own safety: when others know what you’re going to do, they can react appropriately. But if keeping both hands on the handlebars or your brakes will actually keep you safer, that should take priority. And the law agrees, with signals recommended but not required. Remember, you can signal your intentions in other ways, such as lane positioning or a quick glance over your shoulder.

Wheel Talk, thanks for addressing questions of driving safely around people on bikes and bike infrastructure. I’ve been wondering, how do I parallel park when there’s a bike lane between traffic lanes and the parking spot? —Weekend Rider

Dear Weekend Rider: My pleasure! For our education program to help make SF a safer, more pleasurable place to bike, I believe that we must train all road users.

The California Vehicle Code says that people in cars can and should pull into the bike lane in order to initiate parallel parking. But it’s the driver’s responsibility to do so safely. Before pulling into the bike lane, you should turn on your right turn indicator, check your right mirror and also check over your right shoulder for any people biking. If any are coming, let them pass — they have the right of way. Only when it’s safe and nobody is coming down the bike lane, pull into the bike lane. Park with alacrity, in case somebody else comes down the lane.

And once you’re parked, check the bike lane again before opening your door to avoid hitting anyone! We recommend the “Dutch Reach” for opening car doors: get in the habit of using your hand FARTHEST from the door handle so that you must turn towards the street in order to open the door, and therefore see oncoming bikes and cars.

Now Hiring: Communications Designer Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:33:39 +0000 The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition seeks a Communications Designer to join our team to design new marketing collateral and optimize current ones for growing our member and subscriber base and increasing engagement. If you are passionate about increasing the reach of bicycle advocacy in all San Francisco neighborhoods, this is your chance to create highly visible work that makes our city a better place to live, work and play.

Hours: Full time, with some evenings for special events throughout the year
Reports to: Communications Director

About the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition works to promote the bicycle for everyday transportation. Our member-based grassroots organization is considered one of the largest, most active and most effective advocacy groups in the country for people who bike. For more than 45 years, the SF Bicycle Coalition has developed a proven track record of winning better bicycling improvements through engaging the public in our work.

Position description

The Communications Designer will collect and analyze data related to our existing communications and lead the way on designing improvements in response to learnings. The Communications Designer will provide direct support to the Communications Director and collaborate with colleagues across the organization’s staff. Along with the Communications Director, the Communications Designer will lead the way in designing communications that further the SF Bicycle Coalition’s work towards the membership, list growth and volunteer goals including in our newly adopted Strategic Plan.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Create marketing materials in support of SF Bicycle Coalition campaigns and events ranging from emails, digital ads, bus and bus stop ads, pamphlets, flyers, infographics, posters, landing pages and other web-based (HTML) projects, and more;
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues across teams to articulate how your work help them do their jobs effectively;
  • Design impactful marketing collateral informed by data;
  • Run audits and present to colleagues regularly on ongoing digital campaigns;
  • Conduct ongoing research and implementation of digital marketing industry standards and best practices;
  • Employ digital strategies to increase our volunteers, members, email subscribers and social media followers;
  • Manage print orders and coordinating with printers and other contractors;
  • Update the SF Bicycle Coalition’s website to accurately reflect the latest information, developments and campaigns;
  • Assist with digital asset management, such as tagging photos, creating photo albums, selecting photos for social media use or resizing images;
  • Copy writing and copy editing;
  • Queue communications up on WordPress and Salesforce Marketing Cloud; and
  • Photography assignments.

Required skills or abilities:

  • Strong visual aesthetic and proven expertise in composition and layout, color theory, photography, illustration and typography;
  • Mastery of the Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Experience designing within brand guidelines but also leading the evolution of an organization’s brand;
  • Ability to multi-task and triage in a busy work environment;
  • Acute attention to detail;
  • Strong collaborative skills;
  • Clear interpersonal communication;
  • Strong working knowledge of HTML;
  • Dedication to efficiency and timeliness; and
  • Strong commitment to the SF Bicycle Coalition’s mission and the values in our Strategic Plan.

Desired skills or abilities:

  • Strong, concise writing;
  • A keen eye for copy-editing and/or inconsistencies;
  • Project management experience;
  • Language skills, including Chinese, Spanish or Tagalog; and
  • Digital asset management experience.


  • Salary starting in the mid-$40,000s to $50,000, depending upon qualifications and experience;
  • The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offers a competitive benefits package;
  • All federal holidays off; and
  • Indoor bike parking provided.

To Apply:

Write a compelling cover letter and resume, including a link to your design portfolio, and submit them as pdfs using the form linked below. Be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.

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