Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SFBC News: The City's Next Bike Projects and Keep Your Bike SAFE

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

February 18, 2014

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


Know an adult who never learned to bike, but always wanted to? We’re leading a number of “Adult Learn to Ride” classes this year, and we’re excited to welcome more people to biking!


What are the City’s Next Bike Projects?

SFMTA Projects MapThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has finally published its draft list of next-wave bike projects, including new bikeways and spot improvements on streets that the agency manages. The SF Bicycle Coalition is asking for your feedback on the list through this form. We will combine your responses with the feedback we get from members and the riding public throughout the year, and use it to inform our formal response to the SFMTA's list. Please let us know what you like, what’s missing and what you think should be modified! Take the survey, and forward the link to your friends and colleagues.

Keep Your Bike SAFE!

SAFE BIKESTerrified of having your bike stolen? Time to lessen those fears. We’re proud to announce safebikes.org is here! Your SF Bicycle Coalition is proudly partnering with Safety Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) to combat bike theft through the Volunteer Bicycle Registry. SAFE’s program allows you to input your serial number and upload receipts and photos of your bike. This program--launched last week--will help to reunite you with your precious bike if stolen, and will also lessen the chances of your bike being swiped in the first place. You can also learn how to properly lock your bike at sfbike.org/theft or at one of SAFE's bicycle theft workshops.

First Anniversary Party Ride for the Bay Lights!

Celebrate the first year of the Bay Lights, San Francisco’s monumental light sculpture, with SF Bike Party, Illuminate the Arts, Black Rock Arts Foundation and the SF Bicycle Coalition! 

The evening will kick off at 7:30PM with special tributes to the artist Leo Villareal and the Bay Lights community who made it possible. At 8PM, the talented SF Bike Party volunteers will lead the group on a fun and safe ride through the city, with stops to dance and socialize along the way.

Friday, March 7 | Meet at 7:30PM, Ride at 8PM
“Cupid's Span” aka Bow & Arrow on Embarcadero
More Information

If there's ever a time to light up your bike, this is it!

Join the Movement: Bike to School

It’s Heart Healthy February, which is just one more great excuse to try biking to school! Of course, SF Safe Routes to School promotes active transportation year round. It's not too early to start planning for Bike and Roll to School Week April 21-25: your school can choose the best day for for its event. Sign up your school and get goody bags for all the rollers and a chance for the school to win a Fender Blender Pro bike blender or set of FitBit Fitness Trackers for PE classes. Parents of SF school students may also enter the parent participant raffle for an EdgeRunner family bike with Bionx electric assist so you can climb those hills to school. Plus we’ll put you in touch with other bike interested families to team up for this annual spring celebration.

Aquatic Park Promenade Improvements

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is embarking on an exciting project to make long-term improvements to the Aquatic Park Promenade, a beautiful stretch of the waterfront connecting Fisherman’s Wharf to Fort Mason. There may also be an opportunity for near-term safety improvements, given the historic tracks along the Promenade, which create a hazard to people walking or biking. Come to this public meeting and see the preferred alternatives to rehabilitate this stretch of our waterfront. The open house is on Thursday, 2/20 from 4-7PM at the Maritime Museum. Can’t make it? Take a look at the designs and contact National Park Services for more information.

We’re Hiring! Join our Staff

JobsThanks to the many gracious candidates that have already applied for the Operations Manager, Technology Coordinator and Valet Bike Parking Coordinator positions. We are carefully reviewing applicant materials in the order submitted and are contacting the most closely matching candidates first for phone interviews. Thank you for your patience as we continue to run the SF Bicycle Coalition office!

Always dreamed of making biking your day job? It's not too late to apply! The SF Bicycle Coalition is growing its staff by hiring three enthusiastic and qualified individuals to join our tight-knit team and support our growing organization. We have two full-time positions and one three-quarter time position available. If you are passionate about bicycling, this is your chance to help improve the lives of huge numbers of San Franciscans by working closely with our program, membership and development staff.

Staff Positions

We are also hiring for various internship positions. Visit sfbike.org/jobs for a complete list.

Video: League of American Bicyclists Riding Tips

Ride Smart videosLast year, the League of American Bicyclists posted a series of Ride Smart videos on biking. Ever wondered how to properly scan for cars when merging or do a basic check before beginning your ride? Check out these informative videos for basic tips and trick,


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

Tuesday, February 18

SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
5-8PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 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. Sign up

Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
Tues., Feb. 18 | 6-7PM| African American Art & Culture Complex, Nia Room | 762 Fulton Street

In honor of Black History Month, the SF Bicycle Coalition is partnering with the African American Art & Culture Complex to educate people on the joy of biking in San Francisco! 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 of urban bicycling at our intro 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.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Thursday, February 20

Aquatic Park Promenade Public Meeting *
4-7PM | Maritime Museum, 900 Beach St

Want a better connection from Fort Mason to the Embarcadero? Come to this open house hosted by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to give feedback on proposed alternatives for the Aquatic Park Promenade. They are looking for a long-term solution that preserves this beautiful location on the waterfront while supporting safe public use. Read more about their plans here.

Saturday, February 22

Traffic Skills 101-2: On-Road Workshop
10AM-4PM | Park Police Station, 1899 Waller St.

Practice what you learned in the Traffic Skills 101-1. This on-bicycle class follows a comfortable progression onto city streets, beginning with a short review of the lessons from the 101-1 course. After a basic bike maintenance session, the class will practice bike maneuvering skills in a car-free practice area before riding on the streets in small, intimate groups led by instructors. You will gain experience riding alongside moving traffic in different traffic conditions, and apply the safe riding techniques practiced in the car-free space into real-life situations. Adults and anyone over 14 years of age are welcome; bicycle, helmet and pre-registration required. Please bring your lunch.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Traffic Skills 101-2: On-Road Workshop

Sunday February 23

Gals with Gears Rec Ride: Presidio Loop 1

10AM-1PM | Begin at parking lot west of 14th Ave Gate to the Presidio

Join the Gals for a scenic ride through the Presidio stopping at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center plaza and the Legion of Honor before returning back to the start. We’ll show you a route, provide tips for riding in the city, and have a relaxing and easy ride.

Gals with Gears is a fun group of women 50+ years young seeking fun, healthy and practical bicycling in San Francisco - with women our own age! Distance: approx 11 miles, hilly, helmet required, no drop ride, rain will cancel. RSVP Required

Traffic Skills 101-1: Classroom Workshop
1-4:30PM | Western Addition Branch Library, 1550 Scott St (at Geary)

The Traffic Skills 101-1 course is a 4-hour presentation using the curriculum of the League of American Bicyclists and includes great detail. This course is required to take our On-Road course, where instructors take you out on a group ride in traffic. This is the perfect course for anyone already riding to hone their skills, or people interested -- but intimidated -- by urban traffic. No bicycle, or experience is needed, and courses are free and open to anyone age 14 years or older.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Traffic Skills 101 - In:Class Workshop

If you have already taken this course and are looking for Day 2 of this course, Traffic Skills 101-2: On-Road, click here.

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

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