San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:31:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Patty, Volunteer Superstar and Harmonica Newb Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:09:43 +0000 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!

Concrete Changes on 17th Street Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:55:22 +0000 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 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.

Golden Wheel Tickets Are Going Fast Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:45:48 +0000 Golden Wheel Awards are just around the corner and tickets are going fast. Join us in honoring fierce advocates for safe streets as we award Leah Shahum, the founder of the Vision Zero Network, and SF Bay Area Families for Safe Streets, a group of advocates who have lost loved ones to traffic collisions.

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This event is not just about celebrating these advocates, it is also about coming together around a shared purpose — building a city that keeps everyone safe, no matter how they choose to get around. Every time we lose another life, we are reminded of how crucial it is that we take the necessary steps to turn this vision into reality.

26th Annual Golden Wheel Awards
Thursday, July 26 — 6:30 – 9:00 pm
SF War Memorial Green Room: 401 Van Ness Ave.

Join us in honoring those who are fighting for safe streets and powering our advocacy. Reserve your ticket today before they run out!

Wheel Talk: The Case of the Unresolved Case Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:50:10 +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 are our areas of expertise, feel free to ask anything! To submit your questions, please click here.

Wheel Talk, after many months of frustration that there wasn’t a good way for me to submit complaints about double-parked cars and trucks blocking bike lanes, I was so excited to try out the new functionality for reporting such incidents on the SF311 app. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, but I notice that, very quickly after I’ve submitted a complaint, the app says the issue has been resolved and that a “Police Officer responded to request” — even though I saw with my own eyes that no officer ever arrived at the scene! Is the City trying to make us think that they’re dealing with this rampant problem without actually lifting a finger? —Enraged All Over Again

Dear Enraged All Over Again: I agree with you wholeheartedly that the “Case Resolved” messages on the SF311 app are extremely misleading. Our thanks go out to everyone who has been tagging the SF Bicycle Coalition on tweets about this issue. When the app tells us that an officer responded, and that someone was “advised of violation”, the implication is clearly that a Parking Control Officer (or PCO) has zoomed up in their little motorized buggy and given the person driving the vehicle a stern admonishment. But it seems that this is almost never what actually happens.

In conversations with the SFMTA, we were informed that, when a bike lane blockage is submitted to the SF311 app, PCOs are not dispatched to the scene. You might be shaking your fist at the screen, shouting, “Why not?” We’re told that there simply aren’t enough PCOs to do so. So why the heck does the app tell us that someone has responded? And is the whole purpose of this new functionality simply to placate those whose safety is compromised by illegal double parking?

Both are good questions. We were told that the true utility of this reporting function is not short-term enforcement of double parking restrictions, but rather that the City can collect actionable data about “hot spots” for bike lane double parking, so that they can use their limited resources to target enforcement on the most problematic areas. Smarter use of limited resources sounds like a logical idea. But then why the confusing “resolved” reports on the SF311 app?

According to the SFMTA, what those reports mean is that an officer has “responded” by recording the data, and that the SFMTA have themselves been “advised of the violation.” I’ll give the benefit of the doubt and not second-guess their motives in putting out these very misleading reports. But your SF Bicycle Coalition is advocating that the app be clearer about what it means for an incident to be “resolved”, while also pursuing many different avenues for addressing the very serious problem of obstructed bike lanes.

Wheel Talk, I am big on signaling my turns. To signal a turn to the right, does it make more sense for the person biking to stick their right arm straight out to the right? Or should we use the old vehicle-driving method of using our left arm cocked at a 90-degree angle? —All for Pointing

Dear All for Pointing: I have not done a scientific study, but I think I’m noticing more and more people on bikes signalling their intentions to turn or stop. Whenever I see it, my little bicycle educator heart sings!

You correctly attribute the bent-left-arm technique of signaling a right-hand turn to vehicle driving. Many people don’t realize the source of that technique, so some history: back before many safety standards for cars were in place, not all cars had flashing turn indicators. Even if your car did have them, they might break. So how were you supposed to let the people behind you know of your intention to turn? Evolution equipped us humans with excellent directional indicators in the form of arms. You could roll down the window and point left to signal a left turn. But what about right? If you just point right, your pointing arm remains in the car, where it will likely remain unseen. Sticking your left arm out the window and bending at the elbow, fingers pointing up, became the agreed-upon hand signal for a right turn.

For those of us on bikes, however, neither passenger seat nor dirty rear windshield blocks people behind us from seeing our right arm. Pointing to the right makes much more intuitive sense then pointing up to communicate a right turn, so I definitely prefer that mode of signalling. However, either one works.

There are some who argue for the bent left arm for a couple of reasons: first, the left arm is closer to vehicle traffic, and the right arm becomes harder to see as someone to the left comes closer. Second, braking with only your front brake (which your left-hand brake lever will activate) could cause overly abrupt stopping, which if very drastic can cause one to flip. To me, the first argument is overpowered by the fact that pointing right simply communicates your intentions more clearly. As for the second argument: fair enough. Remember, though, that signalling is preferred but not mandated, and safety should come first. When choosing whether to use your hands to signal or to activate your brakes, braking safely should always take priority. If you’re going fast enough that you fear flipping if you brake, don’t signal; just use both those hands for braking.

Urgent Action Needed on the Embarcadero Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:46:27 +0000 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,

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.

Now Hiring: External Affairs Director Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:25:08 +0000 The SF Bicycle Coalition is looking for an experienced leader who can help grow our movement and play a key role in transforming San Francisco’s streets and neighborhoods into safe, just and livable places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.

The External Affairs Director will work in tandem with the Executive Director and leadership team to help craft strategic messaging, build a comprehensive marketing plan, drive development initiatives, and pitch proactive media in order to develop and strengthen the organization’s constituent and membership engagement ladder. This position will manage a motivated team of membership, development and communications staff.

As the SF Bicycle Coalition begins to make serious progress toward achieving our ambitious strategic plan, we need to redouble our efforts to grow our membership and ensure that our message reaches the widest audience possible. Reporting to the Executive Director, this new position will serve in a leadership capacity to build new audiences and constituencies for our work, grow and engage membership to deliver our mission, and manage all aspects of the organization’s brand.


Primary responsibilities:

  • Manage, support and grow a team of talented membership, resource development and communications professionals.
  • As a key member of an organizational leadership team, help set organizational priorities, measure and evaluate progress, and respond to emerging opportunities.
  • Develop and deploy quarterly organizational high-level messaging.
  • Manage all incoming media inquiries, maintain and grow existing media relations.
  • Oversee production and publication of quarterly Tube Times magazine and weekly Biker Bulletin newsletter.
  • In line with the organization’s strategic plan, work with advocacy and program teams to fully develop the organization’s constituent and membership engagement ladder, including developing innovative ways to engage low-income members.
  • Grow the organization’s digital media capacity, including video.
  • Manage all social media channels, growing followers in line with strategic plan.
  • Lead refresh of website, blog and digital engagement strategy with members.
  • Manage and coordinate organization’s multi-channel communications calendar.
  • Oversee strategic partnerships with private sector, leveraging financial and in-kind support to further organizational goals and objectives.
  • Support advocacy staff with communications needs in campaign planning and execution.
  • Support program staff by effectively highlighting programmatic accomplishments and earning media exposure.

The ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualifications:

  • Experience in effectively managing and growing teams, with an emphasis on professional development support.
  • Experience managing a budget in excess of $1 million.
  • Superlative written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of list and social media follower growth, including strategy development experience.
  • Spokesperson experience, as well as experience fielding media requests, developing internal media capacity, and handling crisis communications.
  • Working knowledge of local media landscape.
  • Ability to initiate and grow successful private-nonprofit partnerships.
  • Strong understanding of brand development and maintenance.
  • Experience working within a membership-based advocacy organization.
  • Experience crafting fundraising/membership communications.
  • High level of comfort with web/digital media analytics and experience evaluating performance and adapting planning/projects accordingly.
  • Advanced knowledge of Salesforce, Marketing Cloud and Google Apps suite.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Fluency in languages other than English, especially Spanish, Cantonese and Tagalog.

Salary and Benefits: The annual salary for this exempt position $80,000-$95,000 depending on depth of experience. Full-time benefits include excellent medical, vision and dental insurance.
Hours: Full-time, exempt.
Reports to: Executive Director

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. People of all races and genders are encouraged to apply. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.

My Challenge. Our Challenge. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:07:17 +0000 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

Show Up for Townsend on July 17 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:22:43 +0000 In the past week we have seen an incredible response from you, our members, demanding protected bike lanes on Townsend. On July 17, we’ll be driving home our demands at the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board meeting.

Will You Join Us?

When we heard that protected bike lanes on Townsend were being cancelled by the SFMTA, we sprang into action. So far, hundreds of emails have flooded into the inbox of Director Ed Reiskin. To send the message home, we are turning out in numbers at the next SFMTA Board meeting to hold the agency accountable to their commitment to safety.

SFMTA Board of Directors
July 17, 1:00 PM
City Hall, Room 400

Because the Townsend project has been indefinitely delayed by SFMTA staff, it isn’t on their agenda.  we are putting it on the agenda for them. We’ll be using public comment time to putour message on record: The decision to cancel protected bike lanes on Townsend Street is irresponsible.

Join us at the meeting, and push the SFMTA to do the right thing and deliver near-term protected bike lanes on Townsend Street.

Teacher Wins the EdgeRunner Family Bike Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:01:47 +0000 We have a winner! Omar Mendoza, kindergarten teacher at Monroe Elementary in the Excelsior, organized his school’s Bike & Roll to School Week and won the grand prize: the EdgeRunner family/cargo bike donated by Xtracycle. We delivered the prize bike to Omar on the last day of school and learned a lot more about how he promotes walking and biking to school all year long.

SF Bicycle Coalition: Tell us about winning the EdgeRunner family bike.

Omar: I entered the contest on Monroe’s Bike & Roll to School Day last April, when I signed in along with all the other parents and teachers who helped out by accompanying the students or handing out prizes. I didn’t really consider that I might be the winner.

How did you organize Bike & Roll to School Week at Monroe Elementary?

Omar: I registered Monroe to participate in October’s Walk & Roll to School Day at a wellness training at the beginning of the school year. The event was so popular with families, it made sense for me to become Monroe’s liaison for Safe Routes to School and organize Bike & Roll to School Week. On Bike & Roll to School Day, a big group gathered at the neighborhood meetup point at Excelsior Playground. I used school channels for publicity, and the principal and PTA helped get the word out to families.

How does biking fit in with your school’s Safe Routes to School goals?

Biking to school is one way to get healthy exercise for both kids and parents. Whether some bike, some walk or ride a scooter, it’s fun for the family. And fewer cars right around the school makes it safer. I’d like to see regular “walking school buses” and “bike trains” to Monroe, and teach more kids to ride at another school or community event.

What are you going to do with the EdgeRunner Family Bike?

I don’t have any kids of my own, but I know some kids to whom I’d like to give rides! I’m going to use it for groceries and errands as well. I can’t wait to ride it home.

Learn more about family bikes this Sunday at Sunday Streets in the Mission. We’ll be there with our fleet of family bikes, happy to answer any questions and offer free test rides.

Learning to (Bike) Share Sun, 08 Jul 2018 14:21:53 +0000 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.

My partner has ridden his bike, named Smithy, thousands of miles, including from San Francisco to Los Angeles five times with AIDS LifeCycle. They have a close emotional bond. But day-to-day they don’t spend a lot of time together. Fear of locking Smithy up on the street keeps him from riding for errands and general transportation. Happily, the huge swell in bike-share options in San Francisco means that my partner and I still ride together most times we’re heading somewhere.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the two bike-share systems, Ford GoBike and Jump Bikes, bridge such a gap for many people. Plenty of new users of these systems are riding SF’s streets for the first time or the first time in many years.

More access to active transportation options is a win for all of us. Your SF Bicycle Coalition also recognizes the need for education of new riders to ensure that people are biking safely — for their own well-being and that of everyone with whom they share the streets. That’s why we’re partnering with both bike-share companies to offer bicycle education specifically tailored to bike-share users.

We’ve offered an hour-long Introduction to Urban Biking class to GoBike users for the past few years. This year’s GoBike offerings have expanded with a revamped 90-minute curriculum. The new class begins with 45 minutes in the classroom, covering the rules of the road and best practices for safely sharing the street. In the second half of the class, we hit the bike lanes on GoBikes, giving students the opportunity to practice what they learned under the guidance of experienced SF Bicycle Coalition instructors.

“Having a sturdy bicycle to try out riding on San Francisco streets — without a financial commitment — can help someone feel safe and empowered to incorporate bicycling into their lifestyle,” GoBike Marketing Manager Abby Salzer said.

Classes with e-bike share company Jump follow a similar structure, but the curriculum includes education about safely operating its e-assist bikes, which can travel faster and have more sensitive brakes than non-electric bikes.

“We want to see everyone taking these classes, especially people who may not presently see biking as something that’s for them,” said Meaghan Mitchell, community outreach coordinator with Jump.

For both systems, free classes are offered quarterly at the centrally located offices of SF Bicycle Coalition. In addition to learning critical bicycle safety skills, all attendees are offered incentives, including drawings for either annual GoBike memberships or generous credit on Jump Bikes, depending on the class.

To find out more or register for a class, please visit