Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SFBC News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Street News

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

April 1, 2014

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


Are you a data or visualization geek who loves bikes? If so, be sure to enter the Bay Area Bike Share Open Data Challenge.


City Leaders Compromising Your Safety on Polk Street

David Chiu ClockFacts are facts: Polk Street is the second most dangerous corridor in San Francisco, according to the City’s official data. Yet Supervisor Chiu and the City’s transportation agency officials are ignoring these facts by promoting a watered-down design for Polk Street that is light years behind what is needed to make bicycling and walking a safe, comfortable experience for all. This is not acceptable.

To hold these City leaders accountable, we launch the David Chiu/MTA Polk Street Body Count clock, tracking the number of people hurt on Polk Street on their watch. Call David Chiu today at 415-554-7450 to let him know that he can't continue to turn his back on your safety. More details here.

Decision Day: SFMTA to Vote on Whether to Fund Biking

The SFMTA Board of Directors will discuss and, potentially, vote today on whether to get serious about funding biking. Right now the agency spends less than 1% on improving biking, and spends more money on copy paper ($4 million!). It’s not too late for you to speak up for real funding for better biking. Send your letter to the SFMTA Board today.

A Safer Potrero Avenue on the Way!

PortreroSan Franciscans won a major livable streets victory last week when the SFMTA Board of Directors approved key Potrero Avenue traffic modifications that include critically needed bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements.

Potrero Avenue is the only direct bike route between the Mission and the southern neighborhoods east of Valencia Street, and with the recent construction of the Cesar Chávez and Bayshore bike lanes, building safe bike infrastructure is even more critical because the number of people biking is only expected to grow. The new Potrero, with its buffered bicycle lanes from 17th Street to 25th Street, will open up safe, healthy and affordable transportation alternatives for the Mission, Portrero Hill, Bayview and Dogpatch neighborhoods, all while facilitating access to SF General Hospital and local businesses.

Is Your Company a Bike-Friendly Business?

If your answer is Yes: Hooray! Take the next step in nominating your business to be awarded for the 2014 Bike Friendly Business Awards. This year’s awards will be given away on the steps of City Hall by Mayor Lee and the SF Bicycle Coalition on Thursday May 8. What better way to showcase your company than being a 2014 Bike Friendly Business? Nominate your company here.

If you answered No: Let us help you make your place of work more bike-friendly. The SF Bicycle Coalition is the local leader in offering education, how-to workshops, biking tips and tricks, bike rides with happy hours, and bike parking consultation to help whip businesses into bike-tastic shape! Request your toolkit here

Either way, you can take the Team Bike Challenge! Gather your friends, colleagues and neighbors to form teams and pedal to win! It’s a fun and easy way to see just how much good biking does for your health, budget and environment. Sign up now to be ready to compete during the month of May!

Volunteer at a Bike to Work Day Energizer Station: Members Only

BTWD Volunteer

Calling all SF Bicycle Coalition members to come volunteer at Bike to Work Day, San Francisco’s biggest biking day of the year! Member-volunteers will run Energizer Stations in the morning and afternoon of May 8, getting folks pumped about their commute. Be a part of the magic of the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area. This volunteering opportunity is for members only. Sign up today!

We Can’t Win Full funding for Biking, Unless You Give

Current funding for bike projects amounts to less than 1% of the City’s transportation budget, yet in many SF neighborhoods bikes account for 15% of daily trips. SFMTA spends more money on copy paper and forms than it does on bike projects. When MTA says “we can’t afford it,” what they really are saying is that biking is a bottom rung priority. Help us win our fair share by making a tax-deductible gift.

The SF Bicycle Coalition speaks for the tens of thousands of people who bike everyday in San Francisco.  During the month of April we need 300 people or more to step forward and make a gift of $50 or more to meet our $15,000 fundraising goal. Give what you can, and please give today. Contributions to the SFBC Education Fund qualify for corporate matching gifts support.  

Last chance to Sign up Your School for Bike & Roll To School Week!

Over 50 schools across San Francisco have signed up to participate in Bike and Roll To School Week April 21-25, during which each school chooses the best day to promote biking to school. The registration deadline is April 4. When you register, you'll get student goodie bags (while supplies last) and will be entered into raffles raffles for School and Organizer prizes. If your school is already signed up, remind your friends. If you're not sure if your school is registered already, check the list of participating schools and sign up today!

VIDEO: Free Valet Bike Parking at 2014 Giants Home Games

Giants Valet Bike ParkingThe San Francisco Giants season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks is right around the corner on April 8! What better way to get to the ballpark than by bicycle? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is excited to once again offer free valet bicycle parking at all Giants home games this season! Check out this video on our world-famous baseball bike valet, then let us park your bike next time you attend a game. We are located on the PortWalk between the foul pole and the CHW Health Center. Click here for the 2014 SF Giants schedule.


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

Tuesday, April 1

MTA Board: Better Biking or Copy Paper?
1-4PM | City Hall, Room 400
The Board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will discuss and, potentially, vote on its new budget. Will the agency continue to spend more money on copy paper than bike projects? Speak up at the hearing and ask the agency to get its priorities in order. Email janice@sfbike.org to plug in.

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, April 2

Intro to Urban Bicycling with Bay Area Bike Share
7-8PM | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St., 10th Floor
Come learn the basics of biking in San Francisco at our Intro to Urban 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

Sunday, April 6

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon*
6:30AM | Civic Center Plaza
Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco is back for its second year! This challenging, unique and picturesque course takes participants from the Great Highway, out and back across the Golden Gate Bridge, up Polk St. and back to Civic Center Plaza. Complimentary bike valet is available to all participants at the Finish Line Festival at Civic Center Plaza! To volunteer to valet park bicycles, sign up online.

Internal Maintenance Class at the Bike Kitchen *
9-11:30AM | The San Francisco Bike Kitchen, 650H Florida Street
Three weeks of Sunday classes (April 6, 13 and 27) covering cover the installation, overhaul, adjustment and maintenance of the bicycle's bearing systems (headsets, bottom brackets and hubs), freewheels and cassettes. No previous bike knowledge is required or expected, but a willingness to learn and have fun is a must! Class details

Gals with Gears: Presidio Loop
10AM | Presidio
Join the Gals for a scenic ride through the Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Gals with Gears is a fun group of women 50+ years young. We’ll show you a route, provide tips for riding in the city. We are not fast riders and will not leave anyone behind. RSVP Required.

Rolling and Falling for Cyclists*
1-3PM | Mission Yoga, 2390 Mission St at 20th, 3rd Floor
Hosted by Quantum Martial Arts, this free monthly workshop offers cyclists the opportunity to practice falling in a safe, padded environment. Using techniques borrowed from Judo ("the gentle way"), you'll practice dispersing energy as you hit the ground, avoiding direct impact on your joints and bones. Taught by Master Rachael Evans. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Event Details

Monday, April 7

Bike To School Safety/Bike Train Leaders
6PM | SF Bicycle Coalition 833 Market Street 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. Questions? Contact nancy@sfbike.org.

Eventbrite - San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Bike To School Safety/Bike Train Leaders

External Maintenance Class at the Bike Kitchen *
6:30-9PM | The San Francisco Bike Kitchen, 650H Florida Street
Three weeks of Monday classes (April 7, 14 and 21) covering installing and removing tubes and tires (i.e. fixing a flat), installing brake and shift cables, adjusting brakes and gears, maintaining chains and truing wheels. No previous bike knowledge is required or expected, but a willingness to learn and have fun is a must!

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

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