Sunday Streets is in the Tenderloin this weekend. Bring the kids by for Freedom From Training Wheels, and stop by our tent to say hi or renew your membership.
NEWS & UPDATES
City Expands Bike Funding ... to 2%
The Not So Good News: The SFMTA is still only planning to spend about 2% of its budget in the next five years on biking – and only if San Francisco voters approve ballot measures funding transportation improvements in November 2014. The agency has not yet confirmed whether or not it will continue to spend $4 million a year on copy paper, historically more than the SFMTA has spent on improving biking in any given year. Read more and take action here.
Bike and Roll to School Week April 21-25
The biggest youth bike event of the year is just around the corner! Over 50 San Francisco schools are participating in Bike & Roll to School Week, and thousands of students will be pedaling and rolling their way to class. Check and see if your school is participating, and help the SF Bicycle Coalition and Safe Routes to School prep all the bags for the big event. Our Bag Stuffing Party is on Thursday, April 10, so sign up today! You can still enter to win the Bike and Roll to School Week Raffle Prize: an electric assist family bike by Xtracycle.
So Many Ways to Volunteer with Bike to Work Day
Lead the Movement: Citizens Advisory Council Openings
Want to directly influence the decisions that the City makes about biking? Apply for one of the many open seats on the Municipal Transportation Agency’s Citizens Advisory Council. The Council hears and gives feedback on the items that are eventually presented to the agency’s Board of Directors. This is your chance to influence project designs, budgets and much more for biking and other transportation projects.
Welcoming Erin and Janelle to the Team
The SF Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to welcome two new staff members to work with Frank on our Operations team. Erin Durkee joins as Technology Coordinator to support and train the staff, interns and volunteers on the organization’s database and other technologies. Previously, Erin was Membership Manager and Technology Operations Manager at San Francisco Beautiful where she managed their non-profit Salesforce database, Google Apps suite, and other systems. Erin has also been sales staff, bike fitter, and buyer at Huckleberry Bikes and Sports Basement.
We are just as proud to have Janelle Wong as our Operations Manager to handle our bookkeeping, financial reporting and budgeting, contracts, human resources and office management. Before joining the staff, Janelle spent more than a decade in public accounting, both for accounting firms and in-house. Janelle bikes to school with her young sons on the Westside, but especially during the upcoming Bike to School Week (April 21-25, 2014). Janelle is a University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law juris doctor.
Bike to Worship Week May 25-June 1
Do you bike to your church, mosque, temple, satsang, synagogue or any other place of worship? As part of Bike Month in May, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members are working in partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council to create a Bike to Worship Week from Sunday, May 25 to Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Throughout the week, various congregations will celebrate biking to their place of worship. Congregations may sign up and choose which day they wish to participate by encouraging members of their organization to bike on that day. We invite and encourage all local places of worship to participate. When you sign up, you will receive a free Bike To Worship toolkit to help with your event.
If you're interested in getting your congregation involved, sign up today!
Members Only: District 5 Member Meeting
Thanks to all of our members who have been actively participating in the community meetings to improve the Panhandle for everyone. The Community Opportunity Fund applications are due soon, and for our next District 5 member meeting we will be hosting one of the lead grant-writers to walk us through their draft plan and answer questions you have about how their plans will improve biking on the Panhandle. Join us next Monday, April 14 at The Grind from 6:30-7:30PM to get involved!
New BART Cars on Display
We just celebrated five months of the bike ban being lifted on BART! But improving bike access to BART doesn’t end there; BART will be unveiling the “Fleet of the Future” at several locations over the next month. The designs for the new BART cars include better designation for bicycles and racks to hold them in place. The first cars will be on display at Blue Sky Festival, where your SF Bicycle Coalition will be present to offer discounted membership and free Valet Bicycle Parking (sign up to volunteer with valet here). Stop by and say hi on April 16 from 11AM-2PM at Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero. Trained Bicycle Ambassadors, sign up to volunteer here.
Recruiting a New Development Director
Here’s a great 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 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.Video: What is Daylighting?
StreetsFilms likes to break down complex street policies and procedures so that they're easy to understand, and this week they're talking about a strategy to make crosswalks safer. The transformation is called "daylighting," and the goal is to make it easier for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to see each other at intersections by removing curbside parking from the area of sidewalk closest to that intersection. Doing so also opens up more space for other infrastructure such as benches, plants, or bike parking. Watch the film now.
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Tuesday, April 8
San Francisco Giants Home Opener*
Wednesday, April 9
Monthly Volunteer Night
Saturday, April 12
Traffic Skills 101-1: Classroom
Arguello Walk with SFMTA
10:30-11:30AM | Location TBD on Arguello Blvd.
Our members are invited to walk Arguello Blvd. with SFMTA staff to look at key intersections and offer feedback on ways to improve the safety of walking and biking on this important park-to-park connection that links Golden Gate Park and the Presidio. RSVP is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in attending.
Sunset Boulevard community meeting #1 *
Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
Sunday, April 13
Adult Learn to Ride
Sunday Streets: Tenderloin *
Family Biking: Freedom From Training Wheels At Sunday Streets
Monday, April 14
District 5 Member Committee Meeting
(Events not sponsored by the SF Bicycle Coalition are marked with an *)
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SFBC News: City Wants to Double Bike Funding ... to 2%
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