Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SFBC News: City Wants to Double Bike Funding ... to 2%

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

April 8, 2014

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


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.


City Expands Bike Funding ... to 2%

FundingThe Good News: Thanks to your activism, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has recommended spending more than just 1% that it has historically spent on biking.

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 

Hooray! It’s exactly one month until Bike to Work Day and we want YOU to be a part of the big day. Whether this is your first Bike to Work Day in SF or your 20th, we’ve got something for you:

  • Poster Distribution (now through April 18): Spread the word about San Francisco’s biggest biking day of the year. Sign up to put up posters in a neighborhood near you!  
  • Bike to Work Day Bag Stuffing Party (Wednesday, April 30): Join us for our annual bag-stuffing party at the Sports Basement as we stuff 6,000 bags in preparation for Bike to Work Day. Whether you can stay for 30 minutes or the full four hours, sign up to let us know you’re coming.
  • Energizer Stations (Citywide on Thursday, May 8): Be a part of the on-street action on Bike to Work Day! We still need member-volunteers for both AM and PM stations. You won’t want to miss this incredible event, so sign up to get involved today!

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?

Daylighting VideoStreetsFilms 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.


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

Tuesday, April 8

San Francisco Giants Home Opener*
1:35PM | AT&T Park
Come out to the San Francisco Giants home opener vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks! As usual, your SF Bicycle Coalition will be providing free valet bike parking for this and all upcoming Giants home games this season. Check out the 2014 Giants schedule here.

Wednesday, April 9

Monthly Volunteer Night
5-8PM | SF Bicycle Coalition, 833 Market St.,10th floor
This SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember, and newcomers are always welcome. So stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help us keep our organization rolling. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend – the more the merrier! Oh, and don’t forget to bring up your bike to the office! No RSVP necessary to volunteer. Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery for generously providing snacks for our volunteers.

Bike to Work Day - Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
7-8PM | Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St.
Bike to Work Day is less than a month away! Has it been a long time since you've been on a bike or are you new to riding in the city? Come learn the basics of bicycling at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop and get ready to pedal your way to work on May 8th. The course is a one-hour presentation covering the basics of how to pick the right bike for everyday riding in SF, the rules of the road, and route planning. This course is a great introduction for anyone considering bicycling or looking to brush up on skills.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Saturday, April 12

Traffic Skills 101-1: Classroom
10AM-2PM | Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, 240 Turk St.
Are you just starting to ride in SF or intimidated by urban traffic? Join us for our Traffic Skills 101-1 course. This four-hour class goes into great detail on honing your skills for riding in San Francisco. This course uses the curriculum of the League of American Bicyclists, and is perfect for anyone riding or interested in riding. This course is a prerequisite for our On-Road course, where instructors take you out on a group ride in traffic.

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

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 janice@sfbike.org if you're interested in attending.

Sunset Boulevard community meeting #1 *
11AM-2PM | South Sunset Playground, 2601 Vicente St.
Come to the SF Public Utilities Commission's open house, where they will be unveiling their final plans to improve stormwater management along the entire length of Sunset Boulevard. Bicycle and pedestrian improvements were top community priorities, and we need you to show support to make sure they happen. Go to SFPUC's website here to learn more about the Sunset Boulevard Greenway.

Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
12:30PM-1:30PM | George Washington Carver Elementary School, 1360 Oakdale Ave.
This month, the SF Bicycle Coalition is partnering with POWER to educate people on the joy of biking in San Francisco at one of our Community Bike Builds! Has it been a long time since you've been on a bike or are you new to riding in the city? Come learn the basics at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop. Great for all ages looking to ride more! The course is a one-hour presentation covering the most basics of how to pick the right bike 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 or looking to brush up on skills.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Sunday, April 13

Adult Learn to Ride
10AM-2PM | Waller Street Bicycle Learning Area (Waller Street at Stanyan Street)
You're never too old to learn to bicycle! Instructors will work one-on-one to teach the basics of balancing, starting, stopping and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Most people learn to ride their bike while taking the class, but you will leave with tips to continue teaching yourself to ride regardless.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Adult Learn to Ride Workshop

Sunday Streets: Tenderloin *
11AM-4PM | Tenderloin
Sunday Streets will be transforming the Tenderloin into an open space for people to walk, run, skip, jump, bike, and play. Event detailsThe 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.

Family Biking: Freedom From Training Wheels At Sunday Streets
11AM-2:30PM | Tenderloin
As part of our family biking education, we can teach your young one how to balance, turn, and pedal without training wheels. freedom from Training Wheels, a group effort to get kids riding without training wheels will be a part of this and every Sunday Streets. Bring your child’s bike and helmet, if you have one. If not, we have a few balance bikes for kids aged 2-5. Find out more at sfbike.org/freedom.

Monday, April 14

District 5 Member Committee Meeting
6:30-7:30PM | The Grind, 783 Haight St. (at Scott St.)
Come mingle with your fellow SF Bicycle Coalition members at The Grind and plug into our advocacy work for better biking. We will be focused on discussing a current grant opportunity to improve biking on the Panhandle. Can't make it? Email janice@sfbike.org to stay involved.

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

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