Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SFBC News: Polk Street, Bike to School and Bike Counter���What a Week!

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 April 23, 2013


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

Biker Bulletin News

BikeWe’re facing unprecedented opposition to safety improvements with the Polk St campaign. Support our work to get you safe, separated bikeways by donating today! sfbike.org/donate

We Need You at the Polk Street Meetings!

Polk StreetOn April 27th and April 30th, the SFMTA will be holding the next round of Open House Community Meetings to decide the fate of safety for biking and walking on Polk Street. There has been a strong and growing opposition to adding separated bikeways on Polk Street and it's critical that you come out and show your support at these upcoming meetings. If there's one thing you are able to do to support better biking in April, please drop by and spend 15 minutes or more at one of the SFMTA Polk Street Open Houses:

  • Saturday, April 27th 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday, April 30th, 5pm-8:30pm
  • 1300 Polk (at Bush)
  • Free bicycle valet provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition

We need you to come to the April 27th and April 30 community meetings and speak up for a safer Polk Street and stop the terrible trend of crashes resulting in one pedestrian and one bicyclists getting hit on Polk Street every month.

Please visit our Polk Street page for more information and please RSVP for the April meetings so we know we can count on you!

Please RSVP Here

Happy Bike to School Week! 

Bike to School Day at Grattan ElementaryThis year San Francisco’s bike to school event is more than just a day--it’s an entire week! San Francisco schools can choose what day works best for them to promote biking to school. A record number 52 schools signed up to participate, and thousands of students, teachers and parents will be pedaling to class this week. Bike to School Week is already underway and we're seeing hundreds of kids biking in from all over the city, and there's still four days left.  Ready to join the fun and bike with your family to school? See a list of the 52 schools participating in the biggest youth biking event of the year!


Real-Time Bike Counter to be Installed on Market

More people are biking in San Francisco than ever. Just how many more? We’ll soon know — on a daily basis. San Francisco will receive its first real-time visual bike counter, to be installed on Market Street. The new automated bike counter, also known as a bicycle barometer, will be installed on the sidewalk on the south side of Market Street between 9th and 10th Streets and record all bikes heading eastbound.

The daily and yearly counts will be on display for everyone biking and walking by the counter, and serve to showcase the huge and growing number of people biking in our city and especially on our city’s main corridor. Learn more about this innovative new device and once it’s installed, pedal down Market Street and make sure that your commute is counted!

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to have helped the City find funding for this exciting new project by facilitating a sponsorship from Kongregate, a leading web and mobile game site based in San Francisco. The SFMTA is hoping to install the bike counter in time for Bike to Work Day, May 9, when records of people will be biking.

Talk Biking with the Mayor & Supes

Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors are holding a series of Town Hall meetings to talk about the city budget. This is a rare chance for you to meet with these key decision-makers in person to speak up for more City investment in biking. Did you know that an incredibly tiny 0.46% of the MTA capital budget is spent on biking, and even less in that agency’s operating budget? Attend your local town hall to speak up for funding for immediate improvements to biking on major bikeways, fixing troublesome hot spots along your favorite routes and keeping our streets smooth and well marked -- now. This week: Districts 8 and 9. Check here for dates for your district.

Budget Town Hall
Districts 8 & 9  with Supervisors Scott Wiener & David Campos
Saturday, May 4 9am-10:30am
Cesar Chavez Elementary School: 825 Shotwell St.

Apply Today for Summer 2013 Internships

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is hiring Summer 2013 interns! Positions include Advocacy, Bike Parking & Business Outreach, Communications, Community Outreach, Development, Education, Event Planning, Graphic Design, Valet Bike Parking, and Volunteer Coordination.

In addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look at the largest bicycle advocacy organization in the country, interns are provided with substantial, hands-on projects that are crucial to the success of the organization, are given one year’s free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition, and are offered a variety of ongoing professional development opportunities. (And did we mention it’s a ton of fun?) Read the full position details and application instructions here.

Another Milestone for McLaren Park’s Mansell Street

Last week the Recreation and Park Commission endorsed the proposed one sided roadway design for Mansell Street, selected after weeks of community outreach in the neighborhoods surrounding San Francisco’s second largest park. The one-sided roadway features a two-way separated bikeway and will provide maximum separation between pedestrians, people on bikes and fast-moving traffic between Brazil and University Street. Visit sfbike.org/mansell for more information.

Bike to Work Day Safety Tip & Free Workshop Tonight

Tip of the MonthWith Bike to Work Day right around the corner on May 9th, let's help each other best share the bike lane with all our new bike commuting friends! When there's someone in front of you going a bit slower, remember to give them the space they need to feel safe, give a courteous 'On your left' and never pass another bike rider on the right.

If you're the one cruising slower, that’s fine! Please just stay as far right as is safe. Remember to avoid the 'door zone' and take the lane if you need to, but be aware of traffic behind you when you're taking it easy. We can all make the streets safe for everyone if we ride and drive predictably!

Looking for more tips about getting ready to ride in San Francisco for Bike to Work Day? Join tonight’s free How to Bike in San Francisco workshop at REI from 6-7pm. For more details on this and other Urban Bicycling Workshops visit: sfbike.org/edu-intro

Video: San Francisco Bike to School Day

Bike to School Week videoWe’re so excited  that this week is San Francisco Bike to School Week! Each year, more and more kids, parents and teachers pedal to class for the big bike event, and we’re expecting record turnout this year! If you’re not pedaling with a bike train, take a look at this sweet video of San Francisco kids riding to school!

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 23rd

Love Your Lanes Bike Ride - District 1 (Richmond, Golden Gate Park)
5:30-8pm | meet in front of McLaren Lodge (JFK Drive and Stanyan)

Join the SF Bicycle Coalition for a District 1 Love Your Lanes neighborhood bike ride and mingle. We are putting together a survey bike ride through the Richmond, and Golden Gate Park neighborhood and want you to join. You can help us evaluate how effective recent improvements have been and identify what work we still need to do.

As the people who ride these streets everyday, you know them best. We know you have ideas about what would make your commute better, so let’s hit the streets together and talk about these areas. And we’ll raise a glass at the end to working together to make our city a terrific place to live, work and bike. See sfbike.org/connectingthecity for more information and to RSVP. This ride is open to current SF Bicycle Coalition members.

How to Bike in San Francisco
6-7pm | REI, 840 Brannan St, San Francisco

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.

Eventbrite - How to Bike in San Francisco: April 23rd

Wednesday, April 24th

SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
5-8pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St., 10th Floor

This twice-monthly SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember and newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend-the more the merrier! Don't forget to bring up your bike to the office! No RSVP necessary to volunteer. Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery for generously providing snacks for our volunteers.

Polk St Phone Banking
6-8:30pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor

Help us call members who bike on Polk Street and live in the area, encouraging them to attend upcoming SFMTA meetings about safer biking on Polk Street. We'll give you a script and talking points about the Polk Street campaign. SFMTA plans for safe and continuous bikeways on Polk Street are in jeopardy and these calls will ensure our members turn out for important upcoming meetings.

Dinner provided. RSVP to jenn@sfbike.org

Thursday, April 25th

Bike To Work Day Volunteer Training
6-8pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor

Volunteers are the heart and soul and muscle and sinew of Bike to Work Day, and we want YOU to come volunteer with us this year! Come to one of our Bicycle Ambassador trainings to get up to date on what’s going on with the SF Bicycle Coalition, and to learn how to sign up new members. This training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations, and other events. 

Please RSVP to margaret@sfbike.org to sign up for the training that best fits your schedule.

Polk St Phone Banking
6-8:30pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor

Help us call members who bike on Polk Street and live in the area, encouraging them to attend upcoming SFMTA meetings about safer biking on Polk Street. We'll give you a script and talking points about the Polk Street campaign. SFMTA plans for safe and continuous bikeways on Polk Street are in jeopardy and these calls will ensure our members turn out for important upcoming meetings.

Dinner provided. RSVP to jenn@sfbike.org

SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting *
6:30pm | City Hall Room 408 (Polk and Grove Streets)

Come and speak up about bicycle issues in San Francisco. This eleven member committee meets once a month and advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters bicycle. Check the BAC website to see schedules and agendas, and contact BAC chair Bert Hill to ask to have an issue on the agenda or to request notice of meetings.

Saturday, April 27th

Rec Ride: Orange Bicycle Tour - Dutch Queen’s Day Celebrations*
9:30am-12:30pm | PublicBikes, 123 South Park Ave

Celebrate the great Dutch Queen’s Day (in honor of the Queen’s birthday) by wearing orange and joining this free group bike ride from South Park to the Pacific, where a big Queen's Day party will be underway all day long. Bring your own bike, ride departs at 9:30am sharp, ages 12 and up. Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Netherlands and supported by the SF Bicycle Coalition.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Dutch Queen’s Day Celebrations

SFMTA Polk Street Meeting
10am-1pm | First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 1300 Polk St at Bush

If you support safety improvements to Polk Street, it is critical that you attend one or both of these SFMTA Community meetings on April 27 or 30 and speak up for the improvements proven to make biking and walking safer and bring more people to a commercial corridor. Details & RSVP

Sunday, April 28th

Port 150th Anniversary History Ride
10am-12:30pm | Meet on Terry Francois Blvd at the terminus of 16th Street (North-side of Agua Vista Park/remains of Pier 64)

The Port of San Francisco is turning 150 years old this year and will be co-leading a history bike tour with the SF Bicycle Coalition. Come hear about the history of the Port’s creation, and the path the agency has taken to become not only a world-renowned destination, but also a vibrant and active industrial, cargo, recreational boating, and commercial fishing port. 

Port staff will be sharing the history of many locations on the route from the ship repair drydock at Pier 70 to the fishermen’s chapel and fleet at Fisherman's Wharf’s. 

Free for SF Bicycle Coalition members; $5 donation for non-members; rain cancels rides.

Eventbrite - Port 150th Anniversary History Ride

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

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