News – San Francisco Bicycle Coalition http://www.sfbike.org Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:45:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Meet Jordon, A Bike Building Legend http://www.sfbike.org/news/meet-jordon-a-bike-building-legend/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:13:07 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43673 By Emily Rudger

For over a year, Jordon Bluestein has been a friendly face with our Community Bike Builds Program and has become a volunteer superstar in the process. We wanted to find out more about why he loves volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition and we recently had a chance to chat with him at Community Repair Night.

SF Bicycle Coalition: What made you want to get involved with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition? How did you hear about the Community Bike Builds Program?

Jordon Bluestein: I’m a long time SF Giants fan and while using SF Bikes Valet Bike Parking at AT&T Park, I picked up a copy of the Tube Times and read about the Community Bike Builds Program. After reading about the program and its mission to help distribute bikes to low-income residents, I was inspired to volunteer.

Part of what makes this program great is the Community Repair Nights because they attract volunteers from all walks of life. Some people are there to learn how to repair bikes while some volunteers come because they want to make affordable transportation, such as biking, available to all residents. You’ve attended over 22 Community Repair Nights, what keeps you coming back?

I’m learning good repair skills from staff members like Miles Stepto. With volunteers, Miles is welcoming, patient and an expert mechanic teacher. That gives me the confidence to help my wife or friends when we’re out riding. I also enjoy hearing the background stories and experiences of cycling in the Bay Area from the diverse group of people at Community Repair Nights.

How does it make you feel that the bikes we are repairing are going to low-income residents, many of whom lack affordable transportation options?

It is fantastic, anything we can do for people who need transit and don’t have the means is more than a bonus, it draws me in. Because I work long hours, I can’t do enough of that work on my own. If this program didn’t exist the bicycles would be unused or scrapped. Community Bike Builds exemplifies the best of the Bay Area ethos and dedication to social justice. It is one of those programs where people make an impact.

Thanks Jordon, your dedication and enthusiasm makes this work possible. With volunteers like Jordon, we’re able to repair hundreds of bikes each year and donate them to low-income families across the city.

Want to be a volunteer superstar by helping to get another 60 kids on bicycles? Come help out at our upcoming event with B-Magic on August 18th. It will be our largest Community Bike Build yet!

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Up Next: Howard Protected Bike Lanes http://www.sfbike.org/news/up-next-howard-protected-bike-lanes/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:35:24 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43681 It’s true: protected bike lane designs for Howard are finally being revealed to the public!

RSVP

Earlier this year, we saw the completion of protected bike lanes on Folsom. For the thousands of daily commuters, they made the ride in to work that much safer. These new bike lanes on Folsom were a near term project, offering protection on a quick timeline to bridge the gap until a larger streetscape project rebuilds the street. But Howard, Folsom’s sister street, didn’t get a similar near term treatment.

At the time that the Folsom bike lanes were being built, Howard was left behind in the planning process. Inter-agency disagreements delayed the project indefinitely, leaving a big question mark on Howard’s near-term future.

Over the past months, we’ve pushed the City to cut down delays and deliver safety projects on Townsend and Embarcadero. Howard is no different. To accelerate Vision Zero, we need to continue resolving inter-agency conflicts that block safety projects and demand collaboration and creativity that will ultimately result in accomplishing our safety goals.

In the case of Howard, a new staff person at the SF Fire Department has allowed them to work hand in hand with the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to make street safety projects a reality. Because of this new collaboration, Howard is moving forward.

In a couple of weeks, the SFMTA will be bringing the protected bike lane designs for Howard to the public at two open houses. This will be our opportunity to make sure that the designs address the urgent safety needs on Howard. We need member voices to fill these open houses and make sure that we get these lanes built by the end of the year.

We fought hard for Folsom, and now it’s time to do the same for Howard. RSVP today to make protected bike lanes on Howard Street a reality.

Howard Open House #1
Aug. 16 — 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission St.

Howard Open House #2
Aug. 18 — 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission St.

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Now Hiring: Fall Interns http://www.sfbike.org/news/now-hiring-fall-interns-4/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 23:18:37 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43690 Applications are now open for our fall internships! Our interns are talented and motivated folks who want to 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 fall semester.

This season, we’re hiring for nine 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: Make your list and check it twice; join us in managing logistics for the best biking events in the city.

Graphic Design Intern: The Creative Suite is your thing. Make graphics to support our work.

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.

Want to join our team of staffers dedicated to making San Francisco streets welcoming and safe for everyone? Review our complete list of staff openings and internships and apply today!

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Hermandeep shares her event planning intern experience http://www.sfbike.org/news/hermandeep-intern-experience/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 18:45:33 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43616 Ever wondered what it’s like to intern at the SF Bicycle Coalition? Hermandeep Kaur interned with us during the spring as an Event Planning Intern. We caught up with Hermandeep, a San Francisco State University student, to get insight on her internship experience and how it has prepared her for the future.

SF Bicycle Coalition: What were some of your major accomplishments while interning?
Hermandeep Kaur: I was able to accomplish a variety of things during my internship that helped me grow in my professional and personal life. Professionally, a few of my major accomplishments included helping gather snack donations for Bike to Work Day, arranging coffee donations and learning how to write posts for social media.

When I started this internship, one of my personal goals was to become comfortable biking in San Francisco. I gained experience biking in the city while participating in volunteer opportunities. The bike ride from my house to the Inner Sunset Energizer Station was challenging, but absolutely rewarding.

Were you able form connections with other interns at the SF Bicycle Coalition?
Yes! It was great to talk to other interns about school and their internship experience. After finishing our internships, a few other interns and I got together for lunch and we continue to keep in touch.

I also really enjoyed talking to staff during all-staff activities. It was really great to celebrate accomplishments with colleagues, which helps foster a positive work environment. I’m happy that I’ve was able to make valuable connections with such amazing people.

How will your time at the SF Bicycle Coalition affect you in the future?
In the future, I see myself working alongside community members towards a common goal of building more sustainable and healthy cities. This internship introduced me to community engagement, which has been a very valuable experience. By volunteering at Sunday Streets, I was able to have conversations with neighbors about questions or concerns they had about their surroundings. It was a safe place to talk about our city and what aspects need improvement, such as bike infrastructure.

What’s the thing you liked the most about interning at theSF Bicycle Coalition?
The work of the SF Bicycle Coalition is so inspiring. When I wrote a paper about freeways and their impact on communities, I envisioned alternatives for a healthier city but was unsure of how to implement those alternatives. The SF Bicycle Coalition has shown me that my vision can become reality by advocating for biking, walking, public transit, etc.

We’re looking for some great people to join our team as interns this fall! If you’re interested in interning with us check out our internship postings and apply today!

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Join Us on an Adventure: Marin Headlands Art Ride http://www.sfbike.org/news/join-us-on-an-adventure-marin-headlands-art-ride/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:17:58 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43509 Looking for a fun (and free) way to enjoy the San Francisco summer? Look no further! On July 29, join us for the Marin Headlands Art Ride, and enjoy a beautiful bike ride and great art.

We’ll be riding out to the Headlands Center for the Arts for their summer Open House. The Headlands Center for the Arts supports artists of all disciplines (including visual artists, performers, musicians and writers) by providing an environment that supports their individual and collaborative works. The Open House is a chance to meet the current artists, view their ongoing projects and roam around the campus.

This ride starts at McLaren Lodge on July 29 at 12:00 pm. From there, we’ll bike the nine miles to the Headlands Center for the Arts at a comfortable pace. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase from the Mess Hall or feel free to pack a lunch. After an afternoon of taking in the art, we’ll pedal back home.

It’s a perfect way to celebrate summer, so hop on your bike and come check out the art with us!

Can’t make it to this ride? That’s okay. We’re always posting new events so check out our events calendar for other upcoming bike rides.

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Patty, Volunteer Superstar and Harmonica Newb http://www.sfbike.org/news/patty-volunteer-superstar-and-harmonica-newb/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:09:43 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=41684 We have amazing volunteers and we love them all dearly, but not all of them play the harmonica. Meet Patty, an SF Bicycle Coalition member for three years. We caught up with Patty and asked her about volunteering at this past Bike to Work Day, which was, hands down, the biggest that North America has ever seen.

SF Bicycle Coalition: What sparked your interest in volunteering with us?

Patty: I moved to the city almost four years ago and wanted to build my own community. I thought the SF Bicycle Coalition would be a great place to start, given my love for riding.

You’ve volunteered at Bike to Work Day three years straight! What keeps bringing you back year after year?

I love Bike to Work Day! I receive a lot of joy from cheering people on and celebrating a mutual enthusiasm for biking. For me, everyday is Bike to Work to Day, and I love being able to share my excitement with others.

What’s your most memorable moment from volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition?

My most memorable moment with SF Bicycle Coalition was Bike to Work Day 2015. I volunteered at the Alamo Square Energizer Station, and it was the first time that station participated. All the volunteers were women, and it felt so invigorating to engage in a shared passion for bikes and the SF Bicycle Coalition with them, along with the riders passing and stopping by.

When you aren’t helping us out or biking around town, what do you do for fun?

I love this city, so anytime I can walk or ride from neighborhood to neighborhood or park to park, I’ll do it. I also hike, run, practice yoga and have recently taken up the harmonica!

Want to get involved and hang out with some bicycle enthusiasts? Look no further! We are always looking for people who want to engage with their community and invest in a more bikeable SF. Check out some of our volunteer opportunities and we hope to see you soon!

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The Modis Take to the Streets http://www.sfbike.org/news/the-modis-take-to-the-streets/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:12:08 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43428 By Whitney Ericson

“Overcoming my fear of biking in the streets, going for long rides, biking downhill — these all have been barriers to urban biking for me. Taking classes through the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has helped me overcome some, if not all, of these barriers,” says Radhika Modi, a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition member and an enthusiastic student at various Bike Education classes.

In the last 8 months, Radhika and her husband, Dilip, have dived into urban biking and have attended, respectively, seven and eight of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s free bike education workshops and recreational rides. But Radhika and Dilip were not always avid urban bicyclists. They only recently discovered the joy of biking in the Bay Area despite living here for decades.

Dilip first learned of the SF Bicycle Coalition’s education program when searching the internet for beginner bike classes. They first attended the Traffic Skills 101: Classroom workshop, a two-hour course covering all the basics of riding comfortably and safely in the city. Then they attended the Traffic Skills 101: On-Road workshop, an on-bicycle class, which eases students from the classroom to practicing in a car-free area, before moving onto city streets.

“I think the 101 classes were some of the best classes I have taken. They have given me needed confidence to ride. I have come a long way,” Radhika says. “It’s impressive to see how the instructors take an interest in making us better.” Dilip similarly credits these bike education classes to their exploration of the city by bike. “Taking the classes has increased our confidence to ride in the city. Without these classes and group rides, we would never imagine riding a bicycle in San Francisco,” Dilip says.

“Bicycling provides exercise for the body and mind,” Dilip enthuses. “ Exploring the city’s many scenic routes is not possible if one drives around, so we do not use a car on the weekends and instead use bicycles as much as possible. Driving to a restaurant is a chore, but biking to the restaurant is a fun adventure.”

Like most of the Bike Education classes offered by your SF Bicycle Coalition, classes such as the Traffic Skills 101 sequence and Adult Learn to Ride are funded by the SFMTA and the SF County Transportation Authority, through a grant of Prop K funds. This funding allows San Francisco residents like Dilip and Radhika to ride our streets more safely and confidently.

Like many Bay Area residents who love exploring the city by bike, Dilip and Radhika hope to see city-wide changes to make urban biking in San Francisco safer and more accessible. Dilip voices some of their concerns: “Even though we both know and understand safety rules for urban biking, I want there to be mandatory classes for all people who drive — including Uber and Lyft — more protected bike lanes, and improvements to Google maps to show less hilly, bike-friendly roads.” As active San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, Radhika and Dilip are supporting all of these initiatives to make them a reality.

Thank you Radhika and Dilip for your involvement in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s work. We look forward to next riding with you both!

If you want to know when and where all upcoming Bike Ed classes will be, sign up for our Bike Ed Newsletter by clicking here, and then clicking “GET CLASS UPDATES”.

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Concrete Changes on 17th Street http://www.sfbike.org/news/concrete-changes-on-17th-street/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:55:22 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43327 Thanks to our members and their hard work, your ride on 17th Street is about to get even better. While we saw the installation of the protected bike lane earlier this year, concrete will soon be replacing the plastic soft-hit posts between Church and Sanchez to ensure the new bike lane here is safe and fully protected.

Safe street advocates rallied to see improvements to this block of 17th Street between Church and Sanchez where historic rails have made for a bumpy and hard to navigate ride. With the help of video footage, we were able to sway City officials to bring real change to a street that many had previously avoided. After approvals last year, the near-term protected bike lane was installed in January to bring immediate change before concrete was ready to be poured.

During construction of the concrete medians, bicyclists should expect to share traffic lanes with cars. If you have questions or concerns, we recommend you contact City staff at the SFMTA. You can contact project manager Mike Sallaberry at mike.sallaberry@sfmta.com. Any construction hazards should be reported using SF311.

A big thanks to our members and their endless efforts to dream big and see the streets of San Francisco transformed. Help us continue the fight for protected bike lanes across the city by joining or renewing your membership today.

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Urgent Action Needed on the Embarcadero http://www.sfbike.org/news/urgent-action-needed-on-the-embarcadero/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:46:27 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=43238 From Townsend to the Embarcadero, City delays on critical bicycle and pedestrian safety projects have permitted an untenable status quo. Now, these delays have resulted in a fatality, and there are no more excuses.

Read our statement below regarding the passing of Kevin Manning, a pedicab operator who was hit by a driver on June 27 while biking on the Embarcadero. Then, join our campaign to hold the City accountable and demand the change we need to see.

Demand Change on the Embarcadero

 

SF Bicycle Coalition Calls for Urgent Action Following Fatality from Embarcadero Collision


Media Contact
: Rachel Dearborn, SF Bicycle Coalition:  310.985.3038, racheldearborn@sfbike.org

July 10, 2018 — Today we mourn the loss of Kevin Manning, who passed away early this morning after being struck by a hit and run driver while operating his pedicab on the Embarcadero. The SFMTA and Port of San Francisco must act urgently in order to prevent further deaths of San Franciscans simply trying to earn a living, commute, and see their friends and family.

Kevin Manning was providing a ride to a family on June 27 when his pedicab was hit at the corner of Sansome and Embarcadero. The passengers of his pedicab and another, including two children, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. With our deepest sympathies, our hearts go out to Kevin’s family, friends and those that worked with him.

This crash and Kevin’s death were entirely preventable. We call upon our City leaders to make immediate hotspot improvements and commit to constructing the long-term vision for fully protected bike lanes along the Embarcadero by 2022.

Nearly the entire length of the Embarcadero is identified by the San Francisco Department of Public Health as a high-injury corridor; between 2006 and 2011, data shows that 84 people were injured on the Embarcadero while biking or walking, including two fatalities. We know that since 2011, there has been at least double the number of fatalities due to traffic crashes. The SFMTA and Port of San Francisco know this, yet they have been dragging their feet on making necessary improvements to make the Embarcadero safe. We have grieved too many times.

The SFMTA and the Port have recognized the need for change and have proposals to establish protected bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements as part of the Embarcadero Enhancement Project. Yet it has been over four years since their planning began and there are still no designs to show for it. This death is a direct consequence of unnecessary delays and a lack of interagency cooperation.

The SF Bicycle Coalition calls on the SFMTA and Port of San Francisco to end the delays by implementing near-term hotspot improvements now and to approve, fund and construct fully protected bike lanes along the entire three-mile corridor of the Embarcadero within the next three years.

“These kinds of delay tactics from the SFMTA and Port of San Francisco are unacceptable and, frankly, threaten the lives of thousands who bike the Embarcadero every day,” said Brian Wiedenmeier, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. “The only answer to their irresponsibility is for the City to make immediate and urgent change.”

Everyone who bikes the Embarcadero deserves better. City leaders should take the steps necessary to prevent further loss of life on our streets.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run driver who killed Kevin Manning to contact the SFPD 24 hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. This incident occurred at a busy time of day on a well-traveled thoroughfare. Investigators ask anyone who was in the area of The Embarcadero and Sansome Street on June 27, 2018 around 4:13 pm to check cell phones, dash-cams and surveillance systems for photos or video of the collision and/or the suspect vehicle.

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My Challenge. Our Challenge. http://www.sfbike.org/news/my-challenge-our-challenge/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:07:17 +0000 http://www.sfbike.org/?p=41551 Editors: This story was originally published in Issue 164 of our quarterly Tube Times magazine, one of many perks of membership in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Every day I have the privilege of waking up, getting ready and heading out to join the thousands of San Franciscans who ride a bicycle. Sometimes I pedal with you in groups and sometimes I travel independently. Either way I recognize that I ride on concrete streets that were embedded with social inequities. I don’t have the luxury to ignore how the design of the streets were driven by experts whose values intentionally left specific people to spend more money, time and effort to transport themselves to and from their desired destinations. These motivating values haven’t fully diminished with time, and I’m continually reminded of the ways that I’m asked to sacrifice my personal safety due to the lack of recognition for my community’s needs and values.

However, through this cloud of disparities has come executive leadership to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition that has the courage to confront discriminatory practices, cultivate partnerships with new allies and build trust with communities that have for too long lacked a place at the organization’s table.

This leadership is injecting love, peace, social justice, cooperation and compassion into the new waves of infrastructure. This leadership is confronting the challenge of how to incorporate the visions of marginalized communities with those of more traditional power players. This leadership is not indifferent to the effects of demanding infrastructure that reinforces existing models of inequalities.

Today, the 10,000-plus members of the SF Bicycle Coalition have the opportunity to harness our collective energy and support our staff on the diversity of projects they work on so tirelessly. These efforts look to invest in not just bike lanes, but the people who use them. As a bonded group, we, the membership, must take action. I PERSONALLY CHALLENGE OUR MEMBERSHIP TO TAKE ACTION and every month volunteer ONE extra hour or dedicate the equivalent of ONE hour of salary to your SF Bicycle Coalition. Together we can all take a stand for the delivery of bike lanes that bloom with the hopes and aspirations of all San Franciscans who want to join me and wake up every day with the ability to ride their bikes on safe streets.

Thank you for being a member!

Nicholas Aulston
President, Board of Directors

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