Tuesday, December 24, 2013

SFBC News: Happy Holidays and a Letter to Mayor Lee

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

December 24, 2013

Dear Kevin,
Your SF Bicycle Coalition membership is current through 12/14/2014. Thank you for being a member!


The 2013 City Bike Counts are out! Check out the numbers!


Happy Holidays from the SF Bicycle Coalition!

Happy Holidays from the SF Bicycle Coalition!

This holiday season let visions of green lanes dance in your head. Imagine protected bikeways — freshly paved and vibrantly painted — connecting your home to your work and to everywhere in between, and know that with your support the SF Bicycle Coalition is working to make that a reality.

Thanks to your membership and support, the SF Bicycle Coalition won huge victories for better biking in 2013, opening up more safe bikeways, secure bike parking and lifting restrictions on regional travel by bike. Thanks to you, we were also able to respond to unexpected and critical campaigns — like our response to the tragedies on Folsom Street and holding the police accountable for fair and equal enforcement.

We know that there is a lot more to do to make our city a truly comfortable place to ride, and we look forward to pedaling together in 2014 toward the bicycling improvements that you want and deserve.

Thank you for helping to make 2014 a great year for biking!

An Open Letter to Mayor Lee

Safe SoMa StreetsThis last year was a difficult one for our community. Four lives were lost while biking — the most in a single year since 2001. Each of these tragedies followed the same deadly pattern: people hit by operators of large vehicles on SoMa’s fast moving and poorly-designed streets.

As we wrap up 2013, we wanted to make sure that Mayor Lee heard our calls for safer streets, and that our City leadership prioritizes the safety of people biking and walking — especially in the bustling corridors of SoMa. Read our Open Letter to Mayor Lee, calling on him to publicly commit to key SoMa safety improvements.

Join the 2014 Climate Ride

Climate RideClimate Ride organizes life-changing, multi-day, fully supported bike rides and events to raise awareness and support bike advocacy, sustainability, and environmental causes. Sign up now for the California Wine Country Ride, May 17-20, and put your passion for bike advocacy and sustainability into action with an incredible community of Climate Riders.

You can be among the first to experience the brand new California Wine Country Ride. Over the course of four days, riders will trek from San Francisco to Sacramento through some of the best parts of Northern California: Marin County, Point Reyes, Russian River and Napa Valley.

Thinking about joining the Climate Ride? Designate the SF Bicycle Coalition as your beneficiary, and get access to a cycling community that will help you meet your fundraising goals and prepare for the ride of your life!

Thanks to all who helped Light Up the Night!

Light Up the NightThis year, we distributed over 1,000 lights to those biking at night without them through our 2013 Light Up the Night campaign, held in partnership with the SFMTA. Huge thanks to the over 50 volunteers who joined us over the course of this two-month campaign, installing lights and spreading the word about safe riding in the dark. Missed the pop-up stations and still need lights? Use your Membership Discount to buy lights at one of our partner bike shops. If you’re not yet a member, join today and enjoy great discounts all over town!

Family Biking Over Winter Break

School holidays are a great time to practice bicycling as a family. If you’re a seasoned biking family, call up a friend who may need encouragement to try out that new bike.

If you have been wanting to try biking to school or with your child for short distance errands, take your time and choose less busy times to try a new route while school is out. Study a map and choose a destination. Children up to age 13 may ride on the sidewalk: travel in the same direction as car traffic, so that the adult can ride in the street. Learn more about family biking at sfbike.org/family.

Survey for a Car-Free Marina

Couldn’t make it to the last community meeting? No worries! The presentation from the meeting is available online, as well as a survey for you to fill out to let the City know what you want to see at the marina. The City is proposing different options for the Bay Trail path from Scott to Baker, which includes parking relocation. Given the fact that 98% of the use is walking and biking, a car-free path is by far the best option for those who want to enjoy the beautiful views of the Bridge along the northern waterfront. Want to get more involved with what’s going on? Email Janice at janice@sfbike.org to learn more and support our outreach efforts.

VIDEO: Winter Bicycle Waltz

Bike WaltzWe’re pretty fortunate to have mild weather all year round. It means that winter biking requires little more than a scarf, fenders and occasionally gloves. Still, we noticed that during this month’s cold spell, the Market Street bike counter showed lower than average counts. Here’s some inspiration from some Ottowa, Canada riders that shows just how much fun winter riding can be. Enjoy the Winter Bicycle Waltz!


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

December 24 – 31

SF Bicycle Coalition Office closed for the Holidays
All Day | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St., 10th Floor


Friday, December 27

Fight Hunger Bowl*
6:30PM - 10:30PM | AT&T Park

Watch Washington and BYU at the Bowl to fill all bowls charity football game. The Fight Hunger Bowl team will donate one meal for every ticket sold to the game. Get yours now and help tackle hunger in our community. Gates open at 4:30PM, kick off at 6:30PM. Free Bike parking at the Valet room on McCovey cove side of the park. Event details

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

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

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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