Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SFBC News: Great News for Cesar Chavez and Polk Streets, Plus Love on Wheels This Week

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

February 4, 2014

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


Great news! The long-delayed Polk Street contra-flow bikeway is underway! Thanks to our members who joined us in pushing for this necessary link!


A New Cesar Chávez Street and a Community Reunited

Cesar ChavezLast week, after decades of tireless effort neighbors living around Cesar Chávez Street finally celebrated their successful effort to make their community safer.

Cesar Chávez Street, formerly Army Street, was originally built as a high-speed traffic artery between freeways, making it one of the most dangerous and unpleasant streets for people biking and walking. We teamed up with community groups like CC Puede and members like Fran Taylor to transform Chávez into a beautiful, calmer amd safer street complete with bike lanes, bulb-outs, a planted median and a road diet that narrows from six to four lanes. Read more about this transformative project here.

Come celebrate this and other recent successes with the SF Bicycle Coalition and CC Puede at El Rio's Salsa Sunday on February 23 from 3-8PM, and find out what’s next in store for safer San Francisco Streets.

Love on Wheels is Tomorrow!

Love on WheelsYou had me at 'bicycle'! Don't miss your chance to find a fellow bike-lover tomorrow! Park your bike with the lovely Valet Bike team located right out front! Yeah, baby! Big, huge thanks to the Love on Wheels Sponsors: Specialized Bicycles/Globe, DNA Lounge, Mortified Live, Kasa Indian, Lost Weekend Video and Southpaw BBQ!  Haven’t bought your ticket yet? Hakuna matata, my friend. Tickets available at the door!

Love on Wheels Dating Game & 90s Party
Wednesday, February 5 | 6:30-9:30PM at DNA Lounge


Gift Memberships for Your Valentine

GiftNothing says “I love you” like a safe, dignified and delightful bicycling city. Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so give the gift of better bikeways with an SF Bicycle Coalition Gift Membership. Your friends or loved ones will enjoy being a part of our member community that is working to make SF a better place to bike.

Your gift member will receive all the benefits of a regular membership, including discounts at over 65 local businesses, access to group rides and social events, free bike box and bike trailer rentals, and a full team of advocates working on his or her behalf to make San Francisco a better place to bike. In addition, each Gift Membership comes with a card acknowledging you as the gift giver, not to mention a membership handbook, a biking map, reflective stickers and more!


A Fond Farewell to our Valet Bicycle Coordinator, Mary Kay

Mary KayWe’re bidding farewell to our dedicated and intrepid Valet Bicycle Coordinator, Mary Kay Chin. Mary Kay has done a truly excellent job overseeing our valet program, which parked over 25,000 bikes last year at over 100 events. We’ll miss her can-do spirit and incredible drive. We wish her all the best in her next position and are grateful for all her hard work on behalf of the organization.

Hiring Three New Advocates

In the new year, the SF Bicycle Coalition is expanding its staff and seeking two skilled and motivated individuals to support the the administrative and technical needs of a growing organization. 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 all program, membership, and development staff.

Additionally, we are hiring a new Valet Bicycle Coordinator (a three-quarter time position) to oversee our world-famous Valet Bicycle Parking program. This position is an excellent fit for someone passionate about helping keep bikes secure by providing expert event management and top-notch valet service to clients at over 100 events per year.


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

Climate Ride Meet & Greet on Thursday

Climate RideMeet our friends from the Climate Ride when they stop by our office on Thursday, February 6  and find out how you can be a part of the CA Climate Ride in May. The Climate Ride is a fully supported, multi-day bike ride that raises money and awareness for bicycle advocacy, sustainability and climate change. This year, riders will pedal from San Francisco through wine country to the ultimate finale at the steps of our state’s capitol. RSVP for the meet & greet today.

Two Urban Biking Classes in the Western Addition

The SF Bicycle Coalition is partnering with the African American Arts & Culture Complex to hold one of our informative Intro to Urban Bicycling workshops on Tuesday, February 18, 6-7PM. If you’re interested in a more advanced class, we will also be holding a Traffic Skills 101-1: Classroom course on Sunday, February 23 at 1PM at the Western Addition Branch Library.

Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Traffic Skills 101-1: Classroom

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

Join the Balboa Park Community Advisory Committee

Live right near the Balboa Park station? Looking for ways to make a real difference in your community? The Balboa Park Station Community Advisory Committee has two open seats and is looking for dedicated and committed residents to get involved. With so many projects underway around this busy transit hub, there’s plenty of opportunities to improve biking, whether it’s advocating for bike lanes, painting green sharrows, or increasing bike parking. The application and information are available at the Board of Supervisors’ website here. Contact janice@sfbike.org if you have more questions or want to hear more about the Balboa Park projects.

VIDEO: People Live Here

People Live HereLocal filmmaker and Cesar Chávez Street neighbor, Susie Smith, directed a wonderful short documentary about Cesar Chávez Street. The film centers around the dramatic transformation of Cesar Chávez from a traffic sewer to a livable street and focuses on the community and neighbors. Enjoy!



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

Tuesday, February 4

2014 SFMTA Board of Directors Annual Retreat
February 4, 2014. Begins 9 am, goes all day. 2640 Geary Blvd., Classrooms C, D & E

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's Board of Directors will be holding their 2014 annual retreat. This is an annual meeting open to the public. At the retreat, the MTA Board will be discussing the next phase of its 2013-2018 Bicycle Strategy and overall agency budget.

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

Wednesday, February 5

Love on Wheels Dating Game
6:30-9:30PM | DNA Lounge, 375 11th St near Harrison St

The SF Bicycle Coalition’s popular dating game is back with a new format! This year, even more members can join in the fun with a modern day version of the 1990s game show Singled Out. Bicycle-friendly contestants play a game to find a mate and pedal off to a first date.

Come watch the show, win a new Globe bike in the raffle, or be a contestant. DJ shOOey, DJ Aaron Pope and DJ Sinned will be spinning tunes ripe for romance and fly 90s attire encouraged! 21+/$5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, or join at the door & get in free. Complimentary Valet Bike Parking. All proceeds benefit the SF Bicycle Coalition’s work to make San Francisco better for bicycling. Event details

Thursday, February 6

Caltrain Joint Powers Board meeting *
10AM | Bacciocco Auditorium 2nd Floor, 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos CA 94070

Do you live in the Peninsula? Or ride the Caltrain every day and bring your bike on board? The Caltrain Joint Powers Board is purchasing new cars and there's a chance that they will decrease bicycle capacity. Come to this important meeting and make sure more bumps don't happen. Agenda is available here.

Climate Ride Meet & Greet
6:30-7:30PM | SFBC HQ

Meet Climate Ride Director Blake Holiday and Communications Manager Kim Rogers and get psyched for the 2014 California Climate Ride! Blake and Kim will be at the SF Bicycle Coalition office to answer all your burning questions and get you pumped to ride the first ever San Francisco to Sacramento Climate Ride. RSVP today.

Sunday, February 9

External Maintenance Class at the Bike Kitchen *
9-11:30AM | The San Francisco Bike Kitchen, 650H Florida Street

Three weeks of Sunday classes (February 9th, 16th and 23rd) covering installing and removing tubes and tires (i.e. fixing a flat), installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, chain maintenance and truing wheels. No previous bike knowledge is required or expected, but a willingness to learn and have fun is a must! Class details

Monday, February 11

 Internal Maintenance Class at the Bike Kitchen *
6:30-9PM | The San Francisco Bike Kitchen, 650H Florida Street

Three weeks of Monday classes (February 10th, 17th and 24th) covering cover the installation, overhaul, adjustment and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems (headsets, bottom brackets and hubs), freewheels and cassettes. No previous bike knowledge is required or expected, but a willingness to learn and have fun is a must! Class details

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

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