NEWS & UPDATES
Rally for Vision Zero Today at Noon!
Please join us on your lunch break today to raise your voice for safe streets. The SF Bicycle Coalition and other groups frustrated by the lack of action on our streets will rally at noon at City Hall to urge City leaders to commit to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries over the next 10 years.
Thanks to more than 100 members who showed up last week for a standing-room-only Police Commission/Board of Supervisors’ hearing. Thanks to you, the Police Chief committed to Vision Zero and pledged actions to move the department to full, fair treatment of people biking and walking and safer streets. Read more about what the Chief calls “a seismic shift in poilcy” here.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lee shared his support for Vision Zero in last week’s State of the City address — now we need to see him commit to specific actions and resources beyond a weak call to “Be Nice”.
Now, all eyes are on Ed Reiskin, head of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, who acknowledged last week that these traffic deaths and severe injuries are preventable. We’ll be speaking up at the MTA Board meeting — after the rally, at 1pm at City Hall — and urging them to prevent more mayhem by re-designing the most dangerous locations, most of which are in SOMA & Tenderloin. Join us in saying “Enough is Enough!”
Yo! Free Love on Wheels Entry & Raffle
Join or Renew your SF Bicycle Coalition membership online before February 5 for a free ticket to Love on Wheels and a chance to win a fly new Globe Daily 3 bike!
We'll have an event ticket with your name at the door when you join or renew your membership online. You don't have to be present to win, but you do have to be present to dance!
Submit an Event for Bike Month
May is Bike Month and we're packing it with events to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area!
SF Bicycle Coalition members and business supporters are invited to submit event ideas to celebrate this momentous bike milestone. From Rec Rides and happy hours to fashion shows and clinics, the bike-themed event possibilities are endless!
Approved events will be included in all Bike Month event promotions. Deadline is January 31st: Submit Your Event.
Final Wiggle Open House on Wednesday
A calmer Scott Street is finally on its way, but it needs your voice of support. As part of the Wiggle Neighborhood Greenway, the City has proposed a southbound traffic diverter on Scott Street at Fell Street. The diversion will reduce auto traffic but still allow for bicycles to continue comfortably onto the Wiggle. The plan also includes raised crosswalks to elevate pedestrians crossing the street along with other traffic-calming measures.
Come see the designs and support the City’s bold move to bring traffic diverters to San Francisco. The final open house will be on Wednesday, January 22 at the Electrical Workers Union Hall (55 Fillmore Street). With the open house format, you are welcome to stop by anytime between 5PM and 7:30PM to make sure the City doesn’t back down on this important project.
Support More Pilots on Market Street
In 2009 the SFMTA and other City agencies successfully implemented auto restriction pilots on Market Street that led to dramatic increases in bike ridership and Muni speeds. With the Better Market Street project several years away from construction, near-term improvements, such as expanded auto restrictions will immediately make Market Street feel safer and more inviting for residents, employees and visitors.
Expanded restrictions are already part of the Better Market Street plan, and are an easy and cost-effective way to improve Muni speeds and bike and pedestrian safety. Show your support by sending a letter to the SFMTA Board and Supervisors Chiu and Kim calling for a safer Market Street! To get involved in future Market Street meetings, events, and hearings, email Paolo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed., Jan. 22 | 6-7:30PM | 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! You can chat with fellow members, check out the SF Bicycle Coalition Headquarters, learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization, and find out about the many different ways you can get involved. Don’t forget to bring your bike up. RSVP here.
Find Love at Love on Wheels! Contestants and Volunteers Welcome
Wednesday, Feb 5 | Afternoon & evening | DNA Lounge, 375 11th St near Harrison St
Calling all members to sign-up become a contestant for San Francisco’s favorite bike dating game! Join the fun as a bike bachelor or bachelorette for the chance to find love and win a great night out on the town!
Take your choice: Girl-for-Girl, Girl-for-Boy, Boy-for-Girl or Boy-for-Boy. The first 10 contestants to sign up in each category also get a free event ticket! Must be a current SF Bicycle Coalition member, 21+. Sign-up online at sfbike.org/love
Volunteers get in for free, and you get a free plus-one for your homey. We are looking for some fresh volunteers to help with event set-up, registration, bike valet, merch, strike and more. So sign up here, dawg. Don’t forget – you gotta be a member to volunteer at this party.
Arguello Boulevard Committee Meeting on Friday
Arguello Boulevard has been home to Sunday Streets, one of our 25 Energizer Stations from last year's Bike To Work Day, plenty of restaurants to satisfy an international palate, and of course, the main bike connection from Golden Gate Park up to the Presidio. The exciting news is that this mile-long length of Arguello is set to be repaved by the City in 2016! Join your fellow members this Friday and brainstorm how to make the biking experience more inviting and enjoyable for people of all ages. We will be meeting on January 24 at 4:30PM at Velo Rouge (798 Arguello Blvd). Can’t make it? Email Janice at email@example.com to stay involved.
VIDEO: Walk at Her Own Risk, Jikaiah Stevens’ Story
Last year Jikaiah Stevens’ life was changed forever when she was struck by a car at a crosswalk in the Tenderloin. The driver was not cited or even ticketed, an all too common trend in injury collisions involving pedestrians. This emotional and well done film was shown at last week’s Police Commission meeting on pedestrian safety. It was so compelling that the SFPD Chief committed to opening the case up again and reinvestigating.
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Tuesday, January 21
City Hall Rally for Vision Zero
Join a wide coalition of community groups on the steps of City Hall next Tuesday at noon and tell Mayor Ed Lee, the SFPD, the SFMTA and the District Attorney to commit to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries over the next 10 years and protect the safety of their fellow San Franciscans.
SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
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. Sign up
SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
SF Bicycle Coalition board of directors meetings are open to all. For agenda and details, visit sfbike.org/board.
Wenesday, January 22
New Member Meet & Greet
If you’ve been a member for less than a year, we warmly invite you to come to our New Member Meet & Greet! You can chat with fellow members, check out the SF Bicycle Coalition Headquarters, learn more about your friendly SF bike advocacy organization, and find out about the many different ways you can get involved. Don’t forget to bring up your bike!
Wiggle Neighborhood Greenway final open house *
SFMTA and SFPUC are holding their last community meeting and present proposed locations for green infrastructure and traffic calming features. Learn more about the project at SFMTA's site and SFPUC's site. Learn more about what it means to create a neighborhood greenway at the Wiggle.
Thursday, January 23
SF Bicycle Coalition Ambassador Training
Itching to get more involved with your SF Bicycle Coalition? Well, wait no longer: Come to our Bicycle Ambassador training to get up to date on current campaigns and learn how to sign up new members. This training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations, special events and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Friday, January 24
Arguello Brainstorming Workshop
Arguello Boulevard is set for repaving in 2016 for a one-mile stretch connecting Golden Gate Park to the Presidio. This may seem like a long time from now, but early planning gives us the opportunity to think creatively about what Arguello could look like if it were more inviting and enjoyable for biking. Join your fellow members for a cup of coffee at Velo Rouge and brainstorm what a better gateway to the Presidio could look like. Can't make it? Email Janice at email@example.com to get involved.
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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