Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Polk Street, Bike Share and Fell Separation, Oh My!

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 April 16, 2013


Dear Kevin,
Your SF Bicycle Coalition membership is current through 12/14/2013. Thank you for being a member!

Biker Bulletin News

BikeWith such strong opposition to bike and ped improvements, there’s never been a more important time to support our work. sfbike.org/donate

The Future of Our Streets: Polk Street Campaign

Polk Street InfographicWe’re facing unprecedented opposition to bicycle safety projects on Polk Street. Last month, more than 300 people showed up to a neighborhood meeting to oppose new bike and pedestrian improvements, screaming that parking was more important than your safety.

Recent data from the SFMTA shows that only 15% of people coming to Polk arrive by car, and that they spend less than those of us biking, walking and taking transit. Your SF Bicycle Coalition is ramping up our work on this campaign to spread the facts about Polk and build support for these necessary safety improvements.

And we need you to be right there with us.

Take action today with a special gift of $10, $25, $50 or $100, and the SF Bicycle Coalition will be able to:

  • Deploy dozens of trained bicycle ambassadors to talk with merchants and neighbors to win support for these projects.
  • Mobilize SF Bicycle Coalition members to attend meetings and hearings and share why they think safety should be the focus. RSVP for one or both meetings today.
  • Participate in dozens of neighborhood meetings, and sit down with even more community leaders to jointly champion bicycle safety on Polk Street.

Ask yourself what are safe streets worth to you? A $10 contribution now will go a long way to ensuring Polk Street and others become the safe streets you deserve. Through less than 100 donors, we’ve raised $4,000 of our $25,000 goal. We’ve still got a ways to go to have the resources we need to ensure your safety. Now is the best time to make a small yet wise investment in your safety and livability. Give today.

Not a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition? If you donate over $25 we will automatically make you a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition in thanks for your support. There’s never been a better time to join. Add your support to the thousands of people in San Francisco demanding safer streets.

Let us know that you’ll be attending one or both upcoming Polk Street Improvement Project. These meetings are a drop in basis, well worth 20 minutes of your time!
Open Houses to speak up for safe walking and biking on Polk Street:

  • Saturday, April 27th - stop by between 10am to 1pm
  • Tuesday, April 30th - stop by between 5pm to 8:30pm

Both Open Houses will be held at 1300 Polk St, First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall.

Tell us you’ll be there.

Join us for an Exciting Panel Discussion on Future of Bike Share

Join your SF Bicycle Coalition and sf.citi for a discussion on Bike Share & Open Data: A Game Changer for San Francisco Transportation. Learn about the upcoming launch of bike share in San Francisco and the South Bay, and weigh in on how the program can expand and be even better.

Featuring: David Alpert, Founder, Greater Greater Washington; Yo Yoshida, Founder, CEO, Appallicious; Christy Wilson, VP, Engineering, Splunk; Ken Weber, Executive Director, Zynga.org; Supervisor Scott Weiner; Supervisor Jane Kim; Grace Crunican, General Manager, BART and Ken Olofsen, Product Marketing, Atlassian.

When: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 6-8 pm
Where: Yammer, 1355 Market Street, 3rd Floor
RSVP: bikeshare.eventbrite.com

Bag Stuffing Party for Bike to Work Day

Instead of flower baskets on May Day, we’re stuffing 6,000 reusable canvas shopping totes full of goodies that will be given away to bikers on Bike to Work Day! This is the SF Bicycle Coalition's biggest Volunteer Night of the year and it won’t be possible (or nearly as fun) if you’re not there. Snacks and dinner are on us. Come by and bring along that friend you’ve been meaning to introduce to your friendly SF Bicycle Coalition!

Wednesday, May 1st from 4:30-8:30pm
Sports Basement Garage, 1590 Bryant St.
Eventbrite - Bike to Work Day Bag Stuffing Party

Interested in other Bike to Work Day volunteering? Tons of opportunities are still available, so check out the Volunteer Page.

This week: 2 Miles of New Bike Lanes at Stake

This week, the SF Bicycle Coalition is building support for and ensuring the SFMTA approves long-awaited bikeways in the southern and western neighborhoods, adding more than 2 miles of bike lanes in San Francisco.

The SF Bicycle Coalition will be speaking up at SFMTA and Rec and Parks hearings to add bike lanes to Bayshore Boulevard, Paul Avenue, Mansell Street and Holloway connecting to SF State University. Visit sfbike.org/connectingthecity to read more about our work making biking safer across San Francisco and how you can support these important bikeway connectors.

Temporary Separation in on Fell Street

As progress on the Fell and Oak bikeways kept being delayed over the past months, unnecessarily risking the safety of the thousands of people using these critical routes, we turned to our members and mobilized dozens to come and speak up at SFMTA Board meetings. The power of these passionate appeals is starting to show off. Last week we saw the installation of temporary separation in the form of safe-hit posts on the three blocks of Fell Street. While not the permanent separation that will provide maximum protection, it is a good step in assuring the safety of people using this route. Now is the time to ask the SFMTA to finish the Oak Street bikeway, complete with some sort of separation. Visit sfbike.org/fell for more information on how to help.

Summer Outreach Internships Available

We’re looking for new interns to help us promote the bicycle for everyday transportation. If you want to engage and organize members and the community at a grassroots level, then this is the internship for you! Help the Bicycle Coalition expand its outreach Citywide and develop relationships with community groups to make a City a better place to live. If you are a student, or looking to volunteer at least 10 hours a week, you can join our team to learn valuable skills. Individuals fluent in another language, particularly Spanish or Cantonese are strongly encouraged to apply. Find out more at sfbike.org/intern_outreach

Video: The Phenomenal Success of Capital Bikeshare

Americans Are Driving Less VideoOn Wednesday, we’ll be partnering in a panel discussion on San Francisco bikeshare. Bikeshare has already taken off in cities around the world. Washington DC’s Capital Bikeshare is one of the most robust and successful in the country. Check out this Streetfilm about why our nation’s capital is leading the way in bikeshare, with more than 1600 bikes and growing.

Upcoming Events

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

Tuesday, April 16th

Bike to School Week Bag-Stuffing Party
11:30AM-1:30PM & 5:30-7:30PM | YBIKE, 1152 Gorgas Ave, San Francisco

Bike to School Week is April 22-26, and we need your help tomorrow night to build 3,500 rider bags to give away to participants! We will be serving food during each bag building shift. Supervised children are welcome to attend. If you've been looking for more kid- and family-oriented volunteering opportunities, or if you're just excited about encouraging kids and families to get on bikes, this is for you! RSVP here.

Wednesday, April 17th

How to Bike in San Francisco
6-7PM | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor

Learn the basics of bike commuting in an urban city and get rolling in time for Bike to Work Day on May 9th! In this one-hour workshop, we'll show you how to fix a flat and choose the right bike, clothes and accessories to make your ride easier. Then, we'll share expert safety tips and tricks and guide you to resources to help you plan your route, whether you're riding across town or across the bay.

Bike Share & Open Data: A Game Changer for San Francisco Transportation
6-8PM | Yammer, 1355 Market St, 3rd Floor

Join sf.citi and the San Francisco Bike Coalition for a conversation about the launch of a new bike sharing program in San Francisco. Free RSVP required 

Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition. To volunteer to valet park bicycles, sign up online.

Better Market Street Forum*
6-8PM | SPUR, 654 Mission st

The San Francisco Transit Riders Union presents a forum on the Better Market Street Plan. We bet that you ride Muni on Market Street. If so you'll want to know about the big changes afoot that will greatly effect Muni. Will these changes make Muni better? Come and add your voice to this crucial discussion. We need your help to make sure City planners know that we want a better and more reliable Muni. Smart Riders make Muni run better.

Thursday, April 18th

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

Saturday, April 20th

Earth Day SF with SF Bicycle Coalition Bike Build Convivio
10AM-6PM | Civic Center Plaza

Celebrate Earth Day in the Heart of San Francisco, the "Greenest City in North America." New this year, in collaboration with community groups around the City, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been organizing a series of skill-share Convivios aimed at encouraging at-risk youth and working-class immigrants to get in the saddle. Volunteer mechanics assist their fellow members of the community in refurbishing recovered and donated bicycles which they take home! Our intro to Safe Bicycling Class as well as basic safety equipment is also provided. Drop by and take a look or help out at the Convivio during the Earth Day SF celebration. You can also sign up to volunteer.

More details on Earth Day SF at earthdaysf.org

Learn to Ride a Bike for all ages
10-11AM | Grattan Elementary School, 165 Grattan St.

Ready to get your whole family back on your bikes, but need a little help? Join us for this learn to ride class, then enjoy Sunday Streets happening right outside. 

Please bring your own bicycles and helmets. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. RSVP Link

Cycle for Sight 2013 *
10AM - 3:30PM | Justin Siena High School, 4026 Maher St in Napa.

Come ride 15, 25 or 50 mile routes through the rural and scenic lanes of Napa. Cycle for Sight has been an annual event since 1989 bringing in substantial support for Enchanted Hills Camp for blind children. Event details

Bike to School Week Family Ride: Grattan Elementary School to Koret Children's Playground
11:30AM-1PM | Grattan Elementary School, 165 Grattan St.

Getting ready for Bike to School Week and eager to try biking with your kids, but not feeling up to doing it alone? We'll get you and family ready to ride going from the schoolyard to the Koret Children's Playground in Golden Gate Park and back on neighborhood streets. 

Please bring your own bicycles and helmets. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. RSVP Now

Monday, April 22nd

Bike To School Week
April 22-26 | All over the city!

New this year, Bike to School will be celebrated across a full week! Over 2,500 youth and adults at 40+ pre-K through high school campuses will participate in the joys and many benefits of biking to school. The week is sponsored by the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Partnership and organized by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

For more details and to find out what day your school is celebrating, click here

Bicycle Powered Paper Making Part 2: Drop-in Paper Making
3-7PM (drop in anytime) | Shotwell Paper Mill, 305 Shotwell Street at 17th

Stop by Shotwell Paper Mill anytime between 3 and 7pm and help pedal our bicycle-powered paper beater to render the plants we harvested on Mar 16 into pulp. Try your hand at forming a sheet of paper using a mould and deckle. We'll take care of the drying part and in a few days you can return to pick up your finished sheet of paper. Event details 

Note: this is a 2-part event. Part 1 is plant collecting (see Mar 16), Part 2 is paper making. You can come to one or both event

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

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