Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SFBC News: Crucial Polk Street Meeting This Week

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

March 25, 2014

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


Did your kiddo outgrow her bike? We’re looking for more push bikes and kids bicycles for Freedom From Training Wheels. Email eric@sfbike.org if you have one to donate.


Join us at Tomorrow’s Final Polk Street Open House

Save Polk StreetTomorrow evening the SFMTA will hold their final Polk Street Open House. The updated design is expected to once again focus on the interests of a small number of vocal and influential merchants. The design does not currently tackle the community’s principal concern: street safety.

The facts are unambiguous: Polk Street is officially one of San Francisco’s most dangerous streets for people walking and biking and residents have clearly spoken time and time again about their priorities. Yet City leaders stubbornly refuse to address these concerns. Join us tomorrow anytime between 5:30 and 7:30PM to learn more about this project and to let key City leaders know that Polk Street should look like.

One Last Push for a Safer Potrero Avenue

A chapter in our campaign for a Potrero Avenue for Everyone will come to a conclusion as it goes to the SFMTA Board of Directors for approval this Friday morning at 8AM at City Hall. For the past year we have attended community after community meeting, met with groups all over the Mission and Potrero Hill, and have heard the fears and concerns that Potrero Avenue elicits in people. The proposed design for Potrero Avenue includes wider sidewalks, a red transit lane and partially protected bike lanes. We are still looking for people to speak up for a safer Potrero. Email chema@sfbike.org if you can come this Friday morning.

Decision Day: Better Biking or Copy Paper?

Did you know that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spends more money buying copy paper than on bike projects? $4 million on copy paper in just one year — a year that saw a record high number of people killed on our streets. Is this the right priority for the City when budgets are tight and the need to improve the streets for biking is greater than ever? We’ve heard from members that you want the City to get serious about funding biking. Next week, April 1, is decision day. The SFMTA Board of Directors will discuss and potentially vote on its new budget. Want to see real change on our streets? Please take the time to speak up at this important hearing.

Fun Bike to School Events This Week

BTSW It’s a big week for family biking fun! Want to get your kids biking in time for Bike and Roll to School Week on April 21-26? Join us for any and all of our youth and family biking events this week: 

  • Community Walking School Bus meeting today! Tuesday March 25 at 4:30PM. Longfellow Elementary School, 755 Morse Street. Open to all interested parents and school leaders. RSVP with nancy@sfbike.org.
  • Family Biking workshop with an on-road ride in the Presidio, Saturday March 29 at 10:30AM. For children and parents with some biking ability. In cooperation with Sports Basement. Spaces limited! Register today
  • Has your school signed up yet for Bike and Roll To School Week from April 21-25? See the list of who’s participating. Raffle prizes for parents, schools and school organizers, and goody bags for all the rolling students. Prizes are limited; sign up today! The school sign-up deadline is April 4. 


Arguello Committee Meeting

Our Arguello Committee got off to a great start in January, where we talked about the issues we face when biking on Arguello Boulevard. In preparation for a walking tour with the SFMTA, we will be having a special house meeting on Friday, March 28th from 5-6PM. We’ll be learning more about how we can design our streets for a better biking experience and come up with ways we can make the connection between Golden Gate Park and the Presidio a safer ride. RSVP by emailing janice@sfbike.org if you’re interested in attending or learning more about this project!


Bayview Member Mingle on Wednesday

Do you live in the Bayview? Or are you looking for a way to get to know more of your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members? Join us this Wednesday, March 26, from 6-7:30PM for a Member Mingle at Boudreaux Cafe, 5030 3rd Street, to get to know more of your friendly SF Bicycle Coalition staff and fellow members. We’ll share up-to-date information about our campaigns and member programs, and we want to hear what’s on your mind. RSVP here

Last Community Meeting for Panhandle

Do you enjoy biking in the Panhandle? Want to help create a better biking experience in the Panhandle? Led by neighborhood groups working together, the last community meeting for the Community Opportunity Fund Program will be this Saturday, March 29 at 1PM at the Park Branch Library. This grant can bring in significant funding to improve this popular location. A major consideration based on community feedback is to repave the southern path to make it more welcoming for pedestrians while opening up space on the busy northern path. Other ideas include better lighting and wayfinding, additional benches and more bike racks. Come to this third and final meeting to share your ideas before the grant is due in April!

We are Hiring: Open Recruitment for Development Director

We’re recruiting for a new Development Director. Here’s an opportunity for a fundraising professional with a proven track record. Are you passionate about transforming our streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places? Would you be energized by raising funds to promote the bicycle for everyday transportation? Can you partner with an executive director, staff, and board in building effective relationships with individual donors, foundations and corporate donors? If so, this may be your dream job.  

The SF Bicycle Coalition is sustained by diverse and strong income streams, well-positioned for growth in key fundraising areas. At the end of May our current Development Director John Calaway will transition into a role as pro bono fundraising advisor, Bicycle Ambassador, and SFBC member and donor.  Our thanks to John for his fundraising leadership and flexibility during this transition.  

Now Accepting Nominations For Bike Commuter of the Year!

Who inspires you as a bicycle commuter? Do you know someone who is committed to making every day "Bike to Work Day"? Nominate that person for the 2014 Bike Commuter of the Year Award! Awards will be given to individuals in each of the 9 Bay Area counties that show dedication to cycling as means of transportation. The chosen Bike Commuter for each county will receive a set of Revolights! Deadline is April 18, 2014. Nominate Now!

VIDEO: Bike and Roll to School Week 

BTSW VideoApril 21-25 is Bike and Roll to School Week, during which thousands of youth and adults participate every year to celebrate the joys and many benefits of biking to school. Check out our video with photos of youth and families enjoying their ride, and get inspired to participate this year! As an added incentive, all registered schools will receive goody bags with giveaways for students who participate. We are proud to coordinate this in partnership with SF Safe Routes to School, and will be offering goody bags to all registered schools for students who participate. Register your school today!


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

Tuesday, March 25

Balboa Park Community Advisory Committee meeting *
6-8PM | City College, Multi-Use Building Room 140, 55 Phelan Ave.

Get involved with the many projects near Balboa Park that can improve the walking and biking experience at this busy hub of activity. This meeting will include a presentation on the maintenance of Balboa Park Station by Mohammed Nuru, director of SF Department of Public Works. There will also be an update regarding the Balboa Park Circulation Study. Visit the website to learn more about this study and how it can improve biking safety and accessibility.

SF Bicycle Coalition Board Meeting
6:30-8:30PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St., 10th Floor

SF Bicycle Coalition board of directors meetings are open to all. For agenda and details, visit sfbike.org/board.

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

Wednesday, March 26

Final SFMTA Polk Street Project Open House *
5:30-7:30PM | Tenderloin Elementary School Auditorium, 627 Turk Street, between Van Ness and Polk

Join us at this very important open house to see the updated Polk Street design and help us advocate for a continuous and protected bike lanes on Polk Street.

SF Bicycle Coalition Member Mingle: Bayview
6-7:30PM | Boudreaux Cafe, 5030 3rd St.

Join the SF Bicycle Coalition for a member mingle to chat with some of your friendly SF Bicycle Coalition staff and network with your fellow members! We’ll share up-to-date information about our campaigns and member programs, and we want to hear what’s on your mind. Do you have a friend, relative or co-worker who’s interested in becoming a member? Bring them with you and we’ll get their membership rolling! Bring your bike in with you.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Bayview Member Mingle

SF Bicycle Coalition & Bay Area Bike Share Urban Bicycling Workshop
7PM-8PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St., 10th Floor

Come learn the basics of Urban Bicycling at our Intro to Safe Bicycling Workshop. In partnership with Bay Area Bike Share, we are offering our 1-hour course covering bicycling 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 with Bay Area Bike Share, or who are looking to brush up on skills. No bicycle is necessary for this class.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition & Bay Area Bike Share Urban Bicycling Workshop

Thursday, March 27

SF Bicycle Coalition Service Station
7:30-9AM | Duboce Ave. & Steiner St.

Stop by for a cup of coffee on your way to work and learn about some of the latest SF Bicycle Coalition efforts to create safer biking conditions in the 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. Stop by and say hi! Looking to volunteer? If you're a trained Bicycle Ambassador and want to volunteer, sign up online.

Friday, March 28

Arguello Member Committee Meeting
5-6PM | Near Arguello Blvd. & Golden Gate Ave.

Join us at a special house meeting of the Arguello Member Committee, where we will be coming up with different ways we can improve Arguello Boulevard as part of the repaving in 2016. We'll learn more about street design for a better biking and walking experience. If you're interested in attending, please contact janice@sfbike.org.

Saturday, March 29

DasBike Presents: Das Hunt! SF Bike Scavenger Hunt *
10AM-7PM | Cupid's Span, Embarcadero

In the spirit of pedal-powered exploration, DasBike created a lovely list of city secrets and sights to visit via bike, and they challenge you to hit as many as you can in one day! You'll discover something new on your bike in San Francisco, and maybe make some new friends and win a prize in the process! Tickets Required

Bike Safety and On Road Class For Families
10:30-11:30AM | Sports Basement 610 Old Mason St|Presidio

Get ready for Bike and Roll to School Week April 21-25! Children and their parents learn more about safe biking on city streets, brush up on rules of the road, and take a practice ride together. Open to children grades K-8 with some biking ability. Registration required. Limit: 20 children. Contact nancy@sfbike.org.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Bike Safety and On Road Class For Families

Rec Ride: The Sewer Ride
12-4PM | Meet at Daly City BART

This year’s adventurous and moderately challenging tour will start at the Daly City BART station. We’ll climb east, up and over San Bruno Mountain and drop to the edge of San Francisco Bay. Turning north, we’ll sniff our way around the backside of Candlestick Park, investigating the squishy boundary between humans and H2O, with emphasis on the massive sewer mechanics below our feet. The tour ends just north of India Basin, at the Reclaimed Room, an exhibition space for environmental arts, crafts and media. A project of Building Resources at 701 Amador Street.

12 miles, some climbing, some steep downhill, and a bit of dirt and gravel. Bring your helmet, water, good attitude and a snack! Comfort riding in traffic and groups advised.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Rec Ride: Sewer Tour

Panhandle community meeting #3 *
1-2:30PM | Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St.

Neighborhood groups are hard at work reaching out to the community on ways to improve the Panhandle through a grant application to the Community Opportunity Fund Program. This grant gives us a real opportunity to decrease conflicts on the paths and to make biking better. Come to these meetings and share your ideas!

Women, Trans* and Femme - Traffic Skills 101: Classroom Workshop
1:30-5PM | The Women's Building, 3543 18th St. #8

In honor of Women's History Month, the SF Bicycle Coalition is partnering with the Women's Building to educate women and trans* people on the joy of biking in San Francisco. The Traffic Skills 101-1 course is a four-hour presentation using the detailed curriculum of the League of American Bicyclists. This course is required to take our On-Road course, where instructors take you out on a group ride in traffic. This course is a great introduction for women and trans* people who are considering bicycling, or looking to brush up on skills. We warmly invite women, trans* and femme people to participate in this class, which will be led by a female instructor. This class is funded in part by the SFMTA and SFCTA.

Eventbrite - Women, Trans* & Femme - SF Bicycle Coalition Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

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

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