You asked. We advocated. The City fixed it: The seam on the Fell/Oak bikeways has been paved and you now have a smoother ride on this key bike route!
NEWS & UPDATES
Mayor Lee, Chief Suhr, Director Reiskin: Will You Commit to Vision Zero?
Frustrated community members, including the SF Bicycle Coalition & Walk SF, are calling on City leaders to enact a Vision Zero policy to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero in the next 10 years by committing to decisive and sustained actions, just as Chicago and New York City have done.
We call on Mayor Lee, Police Chief Suhr and SF Municipal Transportation Agency Director Reiskin to commit to Vision Zero and share what actions they will enact to get there. See our specific recommedations that can and should be implemented this year.
It’s a simple choice: Will our City prioritize safe movement on the streets and sidewalks or not? Today, City leaders are failing to do all they can to stem the dangers on our streets. That must change.
This Thursday, you can share your support for Vision Zero directly with the SF Police Commission and the Board of Supervisors’ Neighborhood Safety and Services Committee at an important joint hearing to about SFPD enforcement of collisions involving people biking and walking. This is our chance to speak up for Fair and Equal enforcement for all road users -- please join us. Find out more and RSVP here.
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Community Bike Builds Offer Free Transportation for Low-Income Residents
New bicycle shops are opening around San Francisco, from Market Street to the Wiggle, and Valencia Street to the top of Bernal Heights. But in the city’s outer neighborhoods, like the Bayview and the Excelsior, residents have few options for buying or repairing their bicycles.
We are holding a Bike Build in the Bayview this Weekend! We are partnering with City of Dreams, a local youth development organization. Have some bike wrenching skills? Volunteer and help us refurbish the rides. Can’t make the event, but have a bike to donate? Send a note to email@example.com to make the donation.
Don’t Miss the Wine Country Ride in May
Be among the first to experience the Climate Ride’s brand new California Wine Country Ride and pedal through the sun-kissed hills of Sonoma and Napa Valley with more than 100 other bike lovers. This ride begins in our own backyard on May 17, and over the course of four days takes riders from San Francisco to Marin, Point Reyes, Russian River, Napa Valley and Sacramento.
Climate Ride organizes life-changing, multi-day, fully supported bike rides and events to raise awareness and support for bike advocacy, sustainability, and environmental causes. Sign up now for the California Wine Country Ride and put your passion for bike advocacy and sustainability into action with an incredible community of Climate Riders. Thinking about joining the Climate Ride? Designate the SF Bicycle Coalition as your beneficiary, and we’ll help you meet your fundraising goals and prepare for the ride of your life!
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.
Become a Bicycle Ambassador
Thu., Jan. 23 | 6-7:30PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St, 10th Floor
Volunteer at Love on Wheels!
Wednesday, Feb 5 | Afternoon & evening | DNA Lounge, 375 11th St near Harrison St
Aiight y’all, this year’s 90s-themed Love on Wheels is going to be all that and a bag of chips. Thinking about missing this party? As if! Volunteers get in for free, yo, 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. Word.
Looking to buy tickets or be a contestant? Don’t trip, you can still do that here.
District 5 Meeting on January 16
After a great kick-off last month, our members are excited to keep pushing for a better biking experience in District 5. We’ll be holding our next meeting on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30PM in coordination with the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA) general meeting at 7:30PM. The meeting, held at Oasis Cafe at 901 Divisadero, will include discussion around the final community open house for the Wiggle Neighborhood Greenway, an exciting opportunity to improve our local parks, and better biking throughout our neighborhoods. If you want to get involved with bicycle advocacy, come out and join the discussion. Can’t make it? Email Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org to stay involved.
Apply now for Spring 2014 Internships
We are now accepting applications for a variety of internships for the Spring 2014 semester. Positions include specializations in Bicycle Advocacy, Communications, Development, Valet Bike Parking and more. Read the details and application instructions here, and apply soon.
VIDEO: The Rise of Open Streets
The Open Streets movement is taking off in cities around the globe. From the original Ciclovia in Bogata to today’s CivLAvia in Los Angeles to our very own Sunday Streets, cities across the globe are repurposing streets for people. Check out this great overview of the people-centered movement. We bet you’ll recognize a few faces, including two Golden Wheel keynote speakers (Janette Sadik-Khan and Gil Penalosa) and the SF Bicycle Coalition’s own Leah Shahum.
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Tuesday, January 14
Lead a Bike Month Event
Are you interested in leading a Rec Ride, Neighborhood Happy Hour or other bike-themed event? Your help is needed! This May marks the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area and we’re celebrating with an event-packed Bike Month in May. Join us for a brainstorming and how-to session. Details
Book Reading: Randy Shaw's The Activist's Handbook, Second Edition*
Want to take your bike advocacy skills to the next level? Join long time Tenderloin housing and transportation activist, Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and friend of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Randy Shaw, for a reading from the latest edition of his handbook for movement building. Praised by Van Jones as a "must-read for grassroots activists," the Activist's Handbook, Second Edition builds on the strengths of the original edition that the late Howard Zinn described as "enormously valuable for anyone interested in social change."
Wednesday, January 15
SF Bicycle Coalition Volunteer Night
This 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.
SF Yellow Bike Volunteer Open Shop *
Interested in learning some bike wrenching skills or need to do a fix on your bike? Come down to SF Yellow Bike Project for the start of their new volunteer shop hours. You can gain mechanic skills on the bikes they have, which then are sent back into the community as rideable machines. All skill levels welcome at the all volunteer space. Check out their website for updates on open shop hours: sfyellowbike.org
Thursday, January 16
Police Commission and Neighborhood Services & Safety Committee Hearing
Come and share your voice at the joint hearing of the Police Commission and Neighborhood Services & Safety Committee on Thursday, January 16, 5-7PM. This special hearing only has one item on the agenda – police enforcement for people walking and biking. This is a crucial opportunity to have a hearing dedicated to this important issue.
District 5 Member Committee Meeting
In coordination with North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association, we will be holding our own member committee meeting prior to NOPNA's general meeting, which begins at 7:30PM. We'll be discussing an exciting park bond opportunity for the Panhandle, previewing final designs for the Wiggle Neighborhood Greenway, and moving forward with ideas to make biking even better in the neighborhood. Can't make it? Email Janice at email@example.com to get involved.
Friday, January 17
Bike Bayview Ride
Start off this weekend right by joining the inaugural Bike Bayview Bike Bayview is organized by a group of Bayview residents who want to share with others the joys of riding around the neighborhood, to school, and to work. Join them, meet new people and make your commute a little more fun! More details and routes available on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BikeBayview
SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station
Come learn about some of the latest SF Bicycle Coalition efforts to 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
Saturday, January 18
Bayview Bike Build - Bikes for the People
Our first Bayview Bike Build of the year, co-organized with POWER, will be held at City of Dream. We are still looking for volunteer mechanics and donations of tools and u-locks. Sign up here to volunteer or make a material donation.
Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
Has it been a long time since you've been on a bike or are you new to riding in the city? Come learn the basics at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop.
The course is a one-hour presentation covering the most basics of how to pick the right bike for everyday riding in SF, the rules of the road, and route planning. This course is a great introduction for people who are considering bicycling, or looking to brush up on skills.
Monday, January 20
Rec Ride: King to King *
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with an SF to SJ bike ride. We're going from King to King: from the 4th St & King St Caltrain station in San Francisco to the MLK Library at San Jose State University. Bay Trail Route. Pace: 15 mph cruising speed with pretty long breaks. Coming up to SF for the ride? Join the fun in the last car of the #135 Caltrain leaving San Jose at 9:10AM. Event details
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