Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SFBC News: Weigh in on the City's Next Bike Projects

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

February 25, 2014

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


Still interested in working at the SF Bicycle Coalition?  It’s not too late! We’re hiring an Operations Manager, Technology Coordinator and Valet Bicycle Parking Coordinator.


Weigh in on Next Bike Projects in San Francisco

Bike Network SurveyBig news! The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has published its draft list of next wave bike projects, including new bikeways and hot spot improvements on streets that the agency manages. The list is a great start, but we know that you — the people who bike in our city every day —  have valuable insight into what streets and intersections need the most work. 

You can give your feedback in two ways: take our survey and/or come to our MEMBER MEETING TONIGHT and give your feedback in person. The Member Meeting is open to all current members and will be open house style, so swing by any time between 5 and 7PM. 

We will combine your responses with the feedback we get from members and the riding public throughout the year, and we will use it to inform our formal response to the SFMTA’s list. 

Expanding Bicycle Education for Professional Drivers 

Professional Driver TrainingWho sets the tone for our streets? Certainly we all do, but professional drivers play a powerful role in shaping our streets and thus have an increased responsibility to understand all rules of the road. Four people were killed on bicycles in San Francisco last year, all hit by professional drivers of large vehicles.

The SF Bicycle Coalition is already teaching Muni and taxi drivers how to safely share the streets with people biking. This month, we launched a partnership with Recology, a resource recovery company that manages San Francisco’s waste, to train their professional truck drivers on how to safely share the streets with people biking. Thanks to our members for supporting this important safety work. Read more about our professional driver education. 

Tell Supervisor Chiu to Support Better Biking on Polk Street

District 3 Supervisor David Chiu told a packed community meeting on Polk Street last week that even though he believes that more cycling activity on our streets will actually bring more economic activity and vitality to the community, he supports the weak preferred alternative being proposed by the SFMTA for the corridor.

Yet in spite of his convictions and a strong community mandate for transformative safety improvements that were recently reaffirmed by a community survey conducted by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Supervisor Chiu has toed the line set by small number of fearful merchants. Take a few minutes today to contact him and other City leaders and tell them that standing up for a safer Polk is the right thing for everyone.

Sunday Streets Kicks off on March 9

Sunday StreetsThe 2014 Sunday Streets season starts in March with an event along the Embarcadero! Sunday Streets will transform the waterfront into a car-free space to walk, skip, dance, bike and play. The SF Bicycle Coalition will be offering our Freedom from Training Wheels workshop, a Service Station (trained Bicycle Ambassadors can sign up to volunteer here) and our Valet Bike Parking at the Ferry Building, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf (sign up to volunteer here). See you there! 

Panhandle Community Opportunity Fund

As a joint effort of several neighborhood groups, there will be a series of three workshops throughout March to identify improvements to the Panhandle, including better wayfinding and lighting, a repaved pedestrian path, and other amenities. The purpose of these meetings is to gather ideas for a grant application to the Community Opportunity Fund Program, which could bring in up to $500,000 to improve this popular location. Come to the meetings and take part in this exciting opportunity for better biking on this major connection!

  • Saturday, March 8, 11AM-12:30PM: Panhandle Playground Bulletin Board
  • Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8PM: Bread & Butter Cafe at 1901 Hayes St.
  • Saturday, March 29, 1-2:30PM: Park Branch Library at 1833 Page St.

Bike Theft Prevention Workshop 

SAFE BIKESJoin the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, SF SAFE, and SFPD on March 13 from 6:30-8:30PM at Twitter HQ (1355 Market Street) for an evening workshop to learn effective locking techniques, register your bike through the new online bike registry, and learn safe riding techniques. Space is limited so be sure to register early

Video: The Power of the Bicycle

The Power of BicyclingStreetfilms editor, Clarence Eckerson, Jr., needed a little pick-me-up after this long New York City winter so he put together a great video compilation of people biking in some of the best biking cities in the world. You’ll notice that San Francisco gets some play (naturally). Even though we haven’t had the snow and freeze of other cities, it’s still a nice reminder of the “power of the bicycle.”


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

Tuesday, February 25

Central Market Business & Bikes Workshop Series
12:30-1:30PM | Huckleberry Bicycles, 1073 Market Street

Central Market businesses and bicyclists are welcome to participate in a 3-part lunchtime workshop series to discuss existing incentives to encourage bike commuting and to develop actionable strategies for implementing business and bike friendly Market Street improvements. Free Registration  

Member Meeting: The Next Wave of Bike Projects 
5-7 PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St.,10th Floor

The SFMTA has proposed a list of new bike projects for San Francisco. We invite all San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members to stop by our office to weigh in on the list of projects: what do you like? what's missing? what should change? This is a rare moment for biking in San Francisco. Be a part of shaping the future of biking in SF. This is an open house-style event; stop by at any point between 5 and 7PM.

DasBike-In Movie Night * 
7:30PM | Cyprian’s Center, 2097 Turk at Lyon

A monthly series of community, food, beer, and bike-related films. Bring your bike in, lay your blanket out on the floor (picnic style, but inside), grab some food & beer, and enjoy the show. Donations appreciated. Event details

Thursday, February 27

SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station
5-7PM | Panhandle, Near Fell & Baker St.

Ding-ding! 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, join or renew for the discounted rate of $25 and get a free bike bell (while supplies last). Stop by and say hi! 

Looking to volunteer? If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to volunteer, sign up online here. 

Saturday, March 1

Swell Bicycles Grand Opening Party *
12-6PM | 4002 Irving St at 41st

Come celebrate the grand opening of Swell Bicycles with a full day of food, drink, games, demos and raffles. Swell Bicycles has partnered with local food and drink purveyors, Brooklyn Bicycle Co. and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to help raise funds for their works, while throwing a killer party too. All raffle proceeds will be donated to your SF Bicycle Coalition to support better biking in our city. Event details

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

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Become a member and join a diverse group of 12,000 people who are committed to transforming city streets into more dignified places to ride a bicycle. Add your voice and keep bike improvements moving forward in San Francisco!

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