Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SFBC News: Changes to Fell Street Coming Soon!

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Dear Kevin,
Your SF Bicycle Coalition membership is current through 12/7/2012. Thank you for being a member!

October 30, 2012

Biker Bulletin News

  1. And the Preferred Design for 2nd Street is...
  2. Changes to Fell Street Coming Soon!
  3. Speaker Series: Copenhagen's Bicycle Manager
  4. Just One More Week to Bike the Vote
  5. Daylight Savings Ends Sunday: Light Up the Night!
  6. Deadline to Sponsor Winterfest is November 2nd
  7. Fun Volunteer Opportunities Coming Up
  8. Video: How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths
  9. Upcoming Events

Ready to get your family rolling beyond the blacktop?
Sign up for our new On-Road Family Biking Class on November 3.

And the Preferred Design for 2nd Street is...

The one-way protected bikeway option! We recently heard that the one-way separated bikeway option has garnered the most support from neighbors and people who have attended the 2nd Street community meetings. Thanks to all our members who have attended the two design meetings. We're looking forward to the third and final meeting in November (date TBD) to get more details on the proposal. Click here to find out more about the designs and email Neal@sfbike.org if you want to be on our 2nd Street campaign list.

Changes to Fell Street Coming Soon!

You've probably heard the fantastic news that the Fell and Oak Safety Project was unanimously approved at the SFMTA Board of Directors a few weeks ago. We're still excited over the decision and so grateful for our members support in getting this crucial project approved!

While the entire list of pedestrian and bicycle improvements will take roughly 6 months to implement, on-the-ground changes will start soon. Say goodbye to the too-skinny Fell Street bike lane, because it'll be gone soon. Click here to find out more.

Speaker Series: Copenhagen's Bicycle Manager

Please join us next Thursday, November 8, in welcoming Andreas Røhl, Copenhagen's Bicycle Manager, and learning of the successes and challenges in one of the world's most bicycle-friendly cities.

Mr. Røhl has spent much of the past year in Vancouver, Canada helping the city step up its plans for greater accessibility by bike and foot. He will be joined by local City leaders sharing their lessons learned after recent visits to other model bicycling cities, including Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Seville.

Thursday, November 8, 5:30 pm, Pier 1 Embarcadero. Thanks to SF Port for co-hosting this event. RSVP for the event at sfbike.org/rsvp.

Just One More Week to Bike the Vote

This election is down to the wire, and all of our endorsed candidates are calling on SF Bicycle Coalition members to help Bike the Vote! Campaign staff are working day and night, and they need volunteers in so many ways. Holding signs on street corners, phone banking, door knocking, data entry -- whatever you're comfortable with, and ready to try.

This Saturday, each of our endorsed candidates are holding major mobilizations at 10:00 AM. So, head to any of these campaign offices on Saturday morning, or stop in any time between now and election day -- November 6th. Be sure to tell them the SF Bicycle Coalition sent you!

  • Eric Mar, District 1: Eric Mar
  • Christina Olague (#1), District 5: David Chiu
  • Norman Yee, District 7: #1 Christina Olague, #2 Julian Davis

Key Bike Related Propositions: And, this election we have a great opportunity to improve biking, in San Francisco or in the East Bay: If you live in San Francisco, vote YES for Proposition B for clean and safe parks. And if you are one of our wonderful members who lives in the East Bay, vote YES on Proposition B1 for increased funding for bike/ped projects in Alameda County. And join us for a Prop B Parks Bond Fundraiser on November 1.

Daylight Savings Ends Sunday: Light Up the Night!

Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, and we don't want you to get caught in the dark without bike lights. California law requires a white headlight and rear red reflector and yellow/white reflector on sides and/or pedals (reflective whitewalls count). If you don't have the lights you need, use your SF Bicycle Coalition membership card to get a discount on lights at your favorite bike shop. See sfbike.org/discounts for locations.

During these darker months, we'll also be out installing bike lights for those who are riding without them. We are proud to partner with the SFMTA and the SFPD to distribute lights to people who are biking without them.

If you would like to be one of our light station heroes and install lights on November 8, November 15, or later this month, from 5-7:00pm, please sign up online to volunteer. The locations are being kept under wraps in an effort to light up riders who truly need lights.

Deadline to Sponsor Winterfest is November 2nd

Put your business front and center as a sponsor of our Winterfest Member Party and Fundraiser on December 2nd. Winterfest is one of the largest local bike-related events of the year with over 1,200 attendees and is a great way to support the vital work the SF Bicycle Coalition is doing to make San Francisco a great place to live, work, and play. There's a sponsorship level for every business and budget.

For complete sponsorship details and to pledge your support, go to sfbike.org/sponsorship.

Fun Volunteer Opportunities Coming Up

Have you been dying to get out there and strut your SF Bicycle Coalition pride? There's no better time than right now. Check out our Volunteer webpage for upcoming opportunities, and take a look at this special opportunity below.

Tube Times Distribution: We're recruiting trusty volunteers to help distribute newsletters on an ongoing basis. Duties include picking up the newsletters (at any of three locations) and dropping them off at your assigned shop, every six weeks. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Brandon at brandonfine@att.net with your phone number and the best time to reach you.

Video: How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths

The Netherlands is known for its incredible bicycle infrastructure and bicycle-centered way of life. But it wasn't always that way. Like most countries, the Netherlands was very car-centric, with little open space for people to walk or bike. But that all changed in the 1970s. Check out this terrific video about How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths, and how the oil crisis, public protests and traffic fatalities all led to the Netherlands becoming the bicycling city it is today.

Upcoming Events

Check out our online calendar of events. To add your bike event to our calendar, simply email the details to us.

** Tuesday, October 30th **

Service Station
7-9am | Market & 12th St

Stop by for some good bike cheer and hear about all the bike improvements happening around town! Exciting huge bike improvements are sweeping across the city -- and we have you to thank.

Calling all SF Bicycle Coalition Ambassadors: Sign up here to volunteer at one of the October Service Stations. Thanks for helping us spread the bike love!

District 7 Candidate Forum *
6:00-8:00 PM | San Francisco Zoo's Great Hall (1 Zoo Road, enter at 47th and Sloat)

SF Bicycle Coalition Board meetings are open to all. Contact Leah at 431-BIKE x306 or leah@sfbike.org for agenda and details.

Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
6:30-7:30pm | Richmond Library (351 9th Ave.)

Come hear what the District 7 (West of Twin Peaks) supervisor candidates think about public space, parks, recreation, walkability and urban forestry. These candidate forums are presented by the SF Parks Alliance, Walk San Francisco and Friends of the Urban Forest. The SF Bicycle Coalition has endorsed Norma Yee for this race.

** Thursday, November 1st **

SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
5-8pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor

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 juli@sfbike.org.

Proposition B Parks Bond Fundraiser
6PM-9PM | Elixir Saloon (3200 16th Street at Guerrero)

Join us for a drink to help fund clean and safe parks! Join the SF Bicycle Coalition, Supervisors Chiu, Farrell, and Wiener and a host of other supporters for Proposition B at Elixir Saloon. A suggested donation of $10 or more will help us fund the campaign for Proposition B for cleaner, safer parks -- including more bike parking and bikeways. Want to learn more about Proposition B? See this video or sfbike.org/vote.

District 5 Candidate Forum *
6:00 - 8:00 PM | Hamilton Recreation Center (1900 Geary Boulevard)

Come hear what the District 5 (Western Addition / Haight / Panhandle / Inner Sunset) supervisor candidates think about public space, parks, recreation, walkability and urban forestry. These candidate forums are presented by the SF Parks Alliance, Walk San Francisco and Friends of the Urban Forest. The SF Bicycle Coalition has endorsed Sup. Christina Olague as #1 and Julian Davis as #2 in this race.

** Saturday, November 3rd **

Family Biking: Playground Ride
10am-12:30pm | Panhandle Park, Masonic between Fell and Oak

Join us for an On-Road family biking class that ends at the Children's Playground in Golden Gate Park. Our instructors will teach you and your children how to prepare and ride to school or beyond, including practice on a car-free space and on regular city streets with biking facilities. Parents with children of all ages are welcome, including children riding independently. All people under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own bikes and helmets. RSVP

Bike Ride and Tour of San Francisco's Materials Recovery Facility *
Meet at 10am | 17th and Castro Parklet

Ever wonder what happens to your paper, plastic, bottles and cans after they leave your blue bin? Ride from 17th and Castro to the fascinating Recycle Central Materials Recovery Facility at Pier 96. We will park our bikes and begin a guided tour with Brad Drba, long time SF Bicycle Coalition member and environmental manager for Recology. And after the tour, Brad will answer your questions about waste and recycling in San Francisco. Distance: approx. 5 miles one way. Please email Ann Lyons at lyonsann@yahoo.com to RSVP. We appreciate your RSVP so the facility will know how many people will be on the tour.

Bayview's Third Street Foodie Ride *
10am-12:30pm | RSVP for starting location

Join Supervisor Malia Cohen and your neighbors for a ride down Third Street with stops at five fabulous Bayview restaurants. Hear the restaurant's interesting stories while tasting yummy sample bites. Discount coupons for the restaurants to use on ride day will be distributed at ride's end. Only 25 spots available so rsvp asap to Lynne Howe: lshowe68@yahoo.com.

A Pedal Powered Tour of Green Infrastructure in San Francisco *
Meet at 1pm | SFPUC Headquarters, 525 Golden Gate Ave at Polk St

The City is committed to designing innovative ways to keep rainwater out of the sewer system – through building green streets, installing permeable pavement, and developing systems to reuse that water. Join city staff and design experts for a pedal powered tour of the city's newest green infrastructure installations. Come learn about the history and future of stormwater in SF! For more info: Website RSVP to jwalsh@sfwater.org

Urban Bicycling Workshop: Intro to Safe Biking
2:30-3:30pm | Chinatown Library (1135 Powell St.)

The SF Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a one-hour workshop on safe bicycling for everyone. 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 at http://www.sfbike.org/edu-intro

** Sunday, November 4th **

US Half Marathon San Francisco *
7-10:30am | Aquatic Park

For 10 years, the US Half Marathon in San Francisco has celebrated America's best running city. With gorgeous landscapes, tailor-made running weather, and Golden Gate-d views of world-renowned landmarks, you'll rarely enjoy a better course. Complimentary secure Valet Bike Parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer for Bike Valet please email tyler@sfbike.org. Event details

** Tuesday, November 6th **

Bike the Vote: Election Day!
7-9am | Market St between 9th and 10th

It's election day, and the SF Bicycle Coalition will be getting out the bike vote all over town to ensure that bicycle-friendly candidates get elected. Find out about SF Bicycle Coalition endorsements and how you can bike the Vote at sfbike.org/vote and help us spread the word about the bike-friendly candidates and propositions we endorsed by volunteering at sfbike.org/volunteer.

(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)

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