Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SFBC NEWS: March is Women's Month! Plus, Bike Friendly Businesses

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

March 4, 2014

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


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Women BikingCelebrate Women's History Month by Bicycle!

March is Women’s History Month and we’re filling the calendar with great bike events to get more ladies rolling. In San Francisco, 33% of bike commuters are women—let’s get that number to 50%! From rides for 50+ women to women’s only bicycle education classes to bike mechanic classes and even a ride on how the bicycle is a tool for women’s liberation, this is an exciting month for women's bike events. Trans* and Femme identified individuals welcome as well. Check out our full events here.

Make Your Workplace more Bike-Friendly

Bike to Work DayWant to make your workplace even more bike-friendly? The SF Bicycle Coalition can help you! The SFMTA and SF Bicycle Coalition are partnering with San Francisco employers to help improve your commute. The Commute by Bike program, funded by a grant from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, connects employees with free, on-site bicycle education classes at your office and offers free bike parking technical assistance for employers. The program is open to all San Francisco companies, but registration closes soon! If your company is interested in this free program, please contact paolo@sfbike.org.

Want to get your coworkers rolling in time for Bike to Work Day (May 8)? Request a Bike to Work Day Employer Toolkit for your office. Toolkits are free to Bay Area businesses and include a number of materials to help your employees pedal confidently on Bike to Work Day and beyond.

Bikes + Businesses = A Better Market Street 

Central Market

On February 25, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition partnered with the Central Market Community Benefit District to host the first of three Bikes and Business on Market Street workshops at Huckleberry Bicycles. About 25 businesses, property owners, and bicyclists joined for the lunchtime workshop that covered ways that bikes and business can work together to create a more vibrant and thriving Market Street. In the next two sessions, we’ll be developing concrete goals for how Market Street bicyclists can more easily and comfortably support businesses.

If you’re a regular Market Street bicyclist, small business owner or manager (or both!) you’re invited to join us for the next workshop on Tuesday, March 11 from 12:30-1:30 at Huckleberry Bicycles. Email paolo@sfbike.org for more information.

New Bike Lanes in the Presidio! 

New bike lanes in the Presidio are making a smoother ride heading up towards Crissy Field, Golden Gate Bridge, and other beautiful waterfront routes. Bring your bike and join us for a ceremonial “ribbon rollover” to celebrate the opening of bike lanes on Arguello in the Presidio, an important gap closure in the trail network. The many groups and organizations involved will be present to celebrate this exciting event, which will be held at Inspiration Point on March 12th at 3PM. Special thanks to the SF County Transportation Authority, Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service for making biking better!

Bay Lights Anniversary Ride on Friday

Bay Lights

It is the the one-year anniversary of The Bay Lights! In celebration, San Francisco Bike Party, Illuminate the Arts, Black Rock Arts Foundation and The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are teaming up with the Bay Lights artists to bring you an extraordinary evening ride on Friday, March 7. Hear from the artists and visionaries themselves and get a front-row (bike) seat to the show. The event kicks off at the Cupid’s Arrow on the Embarcadero at 7:30PM. See you there! 

Improving access to Golden Gate Park 

For the last several weeks, three Stanford University students have been hard at work surveying members and local residents on ways to improve access to Golden Gate Park. The experience of biking on the Panhandle to get onto JFK Drive or trying to cross Lincoln Way can often be difficult and feel unsafe. Take a few minutes to fill out this survey to better inform the project’s recommendations, and join us at the SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium, on March 12 from 2-4PM for the final presentation. If you’d like to learn more about the project, please email Janice at janice@sfbike.org or visit the Sustainable Cities website here.

Bike and Roll to School Week Training on Wednesday

Bike to School WeekOn Wednesday, share tips with other Bike and Roll to School parents and volunteers, learn more about safe biking with children on city streets, and brush up on rules of the road at a Bike To School Training event. Especially welcome are experienced bike-to-school parents to help out with future on-road sessions. See if your school has signed up for Bike and Roll to School Week from April 21-25. RSVP nancy@sfbike.org

2014 San Francisco Commuter Survey

It’s not too late to win one of 11 prizes for taking the 2014 Bay Area Commuter Survey! Complete the survey by Friday, March 14 to be entered to win a $300 Clipper Card, a $200 dining certificate to Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco, and more. Great prizes generously donated by Clipper Direct, CommuterCheck, Bay Area Bike Share, Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco, and the Real SF Tour. Take the survey here.

Video: An Ode to Bicycle Travel

Ode to Bike Travel

March is Women’s History Month and we’re filling the calendar with bike events to get more women rolling. One woman already on a roll is our Communications Assistant, Ellie McCutcheon, who spent two months traveling solo by bike. She pedaled her way around the Northwest US and into our office. Check out her terrific Ode to Bicycle Travel video to witness the unexpected and beautiful adventures that come from slow, stunning and sometimes hard bicycle explorations. Ride on Ellie, and ride on fellow ladies! 


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

Tuesday, March 4

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, March 5

Bike To School Safety/Bike Train Leaders
6-7PM | SF Bicycle Coalition 833 Market St., 10th Floor

Before you participate in Bike to School Week April 21-25, learn more about safe biking with children on city streets, brush up on rules of the road, and share tips with other Bike to School parents and volunteers. Nancy Buffum, Family and Schools Program Manager, facilitator. RSVP nancy@sfbike.org

Bikes to Books *
7-9PM | Benders Bar and Grill, 806 S. Van Ness

Join Nicole Gluckstern and Burrito Justice, the creators of literary bicycle tour “Bikes to Books,” for an evening of socializing, beer drinking, and map chat. We’ll be talking up our collaborative map project including new developments, fielding questions, and enjoying some tasty adult beverages in the first of a series of “Bikes to Books” events and meetups planned for 2014.

Thursday, March 6

Clear the Air Film Fest *
6:30PM | New People Cinema, 1746 Post St.

Breathe California presents this film festival showcasing student-produced short films that focus on improving lung health in their communities. This year’s screening includes special guests from the Story of Stuff Project Team and David Kroonsma of The Bicycle Diaries: My 21,000-Mile Ride for the Climate. Event details

Friday, March 7

Rec Ride: The Bay Lights First Anniversary
Meet 7:30PM, Ride 8PM | "Cupid's Span" sculpture on Embarcadero

Celebrate the first year of The Bay Lights, San Francisco’s monumental light sculpture with the SF Bike Party, Illuminate the Arts, Black Rock Arts Foundation and the SF Bicycle Coalition! The evening will kickoff at 7:30PM with Ben Davis, visionary of The Bay Lights, and special tributes to the artist Leo Villareal and the brilliant community that 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. If ever a time to light up your bike, this is it!

Saturday, March 8

Ocean Avenue Corridor Design walking tour *
10AM-12PM | Meet at Fog Lifter Cafe, 1901 Ocean Ave.

Join Ocean Avenue CBD and the Planning Department on a walking tour to share ideas of short-term and long-term improvements to this popular corridor. This busy hub is a key bicycle and transit connection to City College, two high schools, and the many shops and restaurants on Ocean Avenue. Learn more about the project here.

SFMTA Budget Town Hall meeting *
11AM | SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

The City currently spends around 1% of its capital budget on bicycle projects. If the SFMTA is serious about increasing the number of riders and making biking an accessible, welcoming, and safe option, they need to vote for more funding in April. Come to this second town hall meeting that will determine the future of biking in San Francisco. Can't make it or have a question? Email Janice at janice@sfbike.org for more information.

Sunday, March 9

Gals with Gears Rec Ride: Bay Shore South
10AM-1PM | Begin at Plaza opposite the Ferry Bldg., Embarcadero

Join the Gals for an easy ride from the Ferry Building along the Bay Trail to Heron’s Head Park and returning to enjoy the first Sunday Streets of 2014. 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: approximately 10 miles, flat, helmet required, no drop ride, rain will cancel. RSVP Required

Sunday Streets: Embarcadero *
11AM-4PM | Embarcadero

Come play in the first Sunday Streets of 2014! Sunday Streets opens streets and creates recreational space for everyone. Come join the SF Bicycle Coalition and thousands of people who will be out in the streets celebrating by biking, roller skating, dancing and more. 11AM to 4PM Event details

The SF Bicycle Coalition will be teaching our Freedom from Training Wheels workshop, and we'll have a Service Station at the event as well offering free air for your tires. Stop by and say hi! If you're interested in volunteering sign up here.

Social + 2014 Tour Planning
4PM | Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St. (Grotto)

Join Nor Cal Bicycle Touring's yearly planning event. You'll learn about the club, what we do, what our trips are like, and how you can help organize trips! With plenty of socializing thrown in. Sports Basement is graciously hosting and providing drinks + snacks. And all SF Bicycle Coalition Members can get a 10% discount on anything in the store. Event details 

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

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