Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SFBC News: No More Deaths on SoMa Streets

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

October 22, 2013


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


Check out some of the great Winterfest art auction items ahead of the big event on November 3.


Tell the Mayor: No More Deaths on SoMa Streets

Safe SoMa Streets NowWe are deeply saddened that another person was hit and killed while biking on SoMa streets on Friday. Cheng Jin Ling, 78, was hit and killed while biking at the high-speed and poorly-designed intersection of Bryant and Division Streets. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Ling.

Ling was the fourth person this year to lose their life while biking on SoMa’s fast moving and deadly streets. In each of these deadly crashes, the rider was hit by a large vehicle. These deadly and serious crashes on SoMa streets are not one off “accidents.” These deaths are preventable and within the power of the City to change immediately.

We're holding an on-street Safe SoMa action tomorrow morning (7:30-9:30) at 14th and Folsom. Pedal by and amplify our calls for Safer SoMa Streets and send a letter to the Mayor telling him, “No More Deaths on SoMa Streets!”

Last Call: Bikes on BART Final Vote this Thursday

Bikes on BARTDespite the strike, BART Board will still be making its final decision about permanent lifting of the rush-hour bike ban! The Board will vote on the morning of Thursday, October 24 on whether to make 24/7 bike access to trains a permanent policy after a very successful pilot program! This is a long-time coming, and your SF Bicycle Coalition has been working hard to open up more bike access on BART for more than three decades. Thanks to all of our incredibly active members who have won more bike access of the years. There’s one more final push:  If you care about bike access to BART, please call your BART Board member today at 510-464-6095 to share your story, and/or send an email to Janice Li, our Community Organizer, at janice@sfbike.org to let her know that you can attend and speak at the hearing.

Folsom Street Pilot Community Meeting Next Week

Folsom Street MeetingLike many streets in the South of Market neighborhood, Folsom Street is unacceptably dangerous corridor for people biking. Since Amelie Le Moullac’s death in August, hundreds of people have demanded that the City take immediate steps to make this street safer. In response, the City has called for the first community meeting for the Folsom Complete Street Pilot Project, due to be implemented by the end of the year. Your continued participation is critical in ensuring that the City makes the adequate and sufficient changes to Folsom Street for successful pilot. Come to the SoMa Recreation Center (270 6th Street at Folsom) from 6PM to 7:30PM and speak up for a Safer SoMa.

Countdown to Winterfest: Volunteer & Early Bird Tickets

Winterfest is less than two weeks away and we need YOU to come be one of the nearly 200 volunteers who help make this incredible event a success. We still have a variety of volunteer roles available, from Beverage Service to Raffle Sales to Game Operator and more! Plus, this year we’re introducing the Mystery Shift. What is it? Sign up and find out! All volunteers get free admission to the event and one complimentary beer token (Mystery Shift volunteers get two). Sign up today!

Early Bird savings ends Friday October 25! What are you waiting for? Book your ticket now and save even more when you add on options of Bottomless Beverages (that’s beer and wine all night!) and an SF Bicycle Coalition membership.

Sponsor of the Week: Thank you to Bay Area Bicycle Law for supporting Winterfest and for their year-round work exclusively handling bicycle accident cases in Northern California.


18th Annual Winterfest Member Party
and Fundraiser

Sunday, November 3, 6:00PM-10:30PM
Cityview at the Metreon | 135 Fourth Street at Mission Street

A Safer Columbus Avenue

The second meeting of the Columbus Avenue Project was held this past week with plenty of positive support for widening sidewalks and creating bikeways on Columbus Avenue as part of the city’s improvements to this major business corridor.  If you want to support safer and more beautiful streets, come out to our next meeting on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30PM to be held at Caffe Greco.  In the meantime, send an email to Janice Li at janice@sfbike.org if you have any comments on the Columbus Avenue Project!

Join us for 2013’s Final Sunday Streets

The final Sunday Streets of 2013 will be this Sunday, October 27, in San Francisco’s Richmond district as the neighborhood is transformed into an open space for people to walk, run, skip, jump, bike, and play. We’ll be there will our Freedom from Training Wheels workshop (you can sign up to volunteer here) and of course we’ll have a Service Station offering free air for your tires and signing up new and renewing members. Trained Bicycle Ambassadors can sign up here to volunteer.


New Member Meet & Greet
Wed., Oct. 23 | 6-7PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St, 10th floor

If you’ve been a member for less than a year, we warmly invite you to come to our New Member Meet & Greet! Get to know some of your SF Bicycle Coalition staff, chat with fellow members and learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization and the different ways you can get involved. We’ll have snacks and drinks, and don’t forget to bring up your bike. We have plenty of in-office parking. Please let us know if you’re coming.

VIDEO: Scrapertown

Scraper BikesWhen the Bay Bridge bike path opened, kids on uniquely-designed “scraper” bikes were some of the first to pedal the new path. The scraper bike community started in Oakland, and this unique Bay Area biking community has welcomed youth to discover the joys of biking and find a fun way to stay active and engaged in their community. This Saturday, the “Scraper Bike King” will lead a workshop on scraper bikes at Intersection for the Arts. Learn about the Scraper community, decorate your bike and go on a bike showcase ride on the Embarcadero. RSVP here and check out this great Scraper video.


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

Tuesday, October 22

SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank

5-8PM | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor

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. Sign up online.

SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
6:30-8:30pm | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St, 10th Floor

SF Bicycle Coalition board meetings are open to all. Contact Leah at 431-2453 x306 or leah@sfbike.org for agenda and details.


Wednesday, October 23

Safe SoMa Action Station
7:30-9:30AM | 14th Street at Folsom

We will be hosting this Safe SoMa outreach action station. Pedal by and show your support for safety improvements in and around the South of Market area, where four people have been killed this year while biking.

SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
5-8PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 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 bike enthusiasts 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. Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery for generously providing snacks for our volunteers.

New Member Meet & Greet
6-7PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St, 10th floor

Why hi there! If you’ve been a member for less than a year, we warmly invite you to come to our New Member Meet & Greet. Come join us for a special edition of Volunteer Night! You can chat with fellow members, learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization, and the different ways you can get involved. Don’t forget to bring up your bike. Please RSVP

Folsom Complete Street Pilot Project Community Meeting *
6-7:30PM | SoMa Recreation Center (270 6th Street at Folsom)

Come and learn about the pilot project to improve safety along Folsom Street that the City is proposing and that you helped make happen through our Safe SoMa Now! campaign.


Thursday, October 24

SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station
7:30-9:30AM | Embarcadero BART Station

Come learn about some of the latest SF Bicycle Coalition efforts for create safer biking conditions in your neighborhood. Our friendly Bicycle Ambassadors will be out on the street, spreading the word and lots of goodwill. Plus, you can join or renew for the discounted rate of $25. Stop by and say hi!

Looking to volunteer? If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to volunteer, sign up online.

Team Jortz Women's Only Rides *
6:00PM | RAHMAN LAW, 369 Pine Street

New womens only rides around San Francisco to provide a safe space for women who are bike-curious and want to start riding around the City but really want to go with a friend. Free. Ride Details

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, October 26

Scraper Bike Workshop & Ride *
12-3PM | Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St

Join for a hands-on workshop to learn about Scraper Bikes while customizing your bike and showing off your creativity. The workshop will culminate with a group bike ride along the Embarcadero. Registration is open to all ages. Bring your bike, or just come and learn how its done. Event details



Sunday, October 27



The 2nd Annual Weir, Beer & Gear Event *
10AM-2PM | WTB Headquarters, 475 Miller Ave, Mill Valley

WTB Pro and All Mountain Guru, Mark Weir will lead a no-drop Mountain Bike Ride and WTB team members will lead a road ride at 10AM. Afterwards at 2PM, join for beer and bites plus check out the 2014 collection, enjoy a jumpy house for the kids and hear presentations by local riders. More details

Sunday Streets in the Richmond *
11AM-4PM | Richmond District

From 11AM to 4PM, Sunday Streets will be transforming the Richmond into an open space for people to walk, run, skip, jump, bike, and play. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be teaching our Freedom from Training Wheels workshop, and we'll have a Service Station at the event as well offering free air for your tires. Stop by and say hi! (If you're interested in volunteering with Freedom from Training Wheels, sign up here. Trained Bicycle Ambassadors can sign up here to volunteer at our Service Station.)

Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and make San Francisco great for bicycling
Become a member and add your voice to a diverse group of people who are committed to making San Francisco an easier and safer place to ride a bicycle. Help keep bike improvements moving forward in San Francisco!

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