Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SFBC News: 'Tis the Season! Bike to Work Day and Bike Month Coming Up

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

April 29, 2014

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


May is Bike Month and we're celebrating with 31 days of biking! 
Check out the 75+ Bike Month rides and events during May!


Countdown: Bike to Work Day is Next Thursday

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 8, which means this is your last chance to sign up to volunteer! We need 25 more members to sign up today. Come be a part of the magic of Bike to Work Day at an Energizer Station in the morning or afternoon. This year is the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area: You’ll be proud to say you were a part of it. Plus, it's really fun! Our final volunteer training is this Saturday, May 3. Sign up today!

Bike Mechanics Needed for Bike Month event in the Bayview!

In collaboration with POWER, the HEAL Zone and half a dozen other community groups, we have been working hard to bring our Reclaimed Bike Project to the Bayview. On May 10, we will have our final event of the season at Bay View Park and we are still looking for motivated volunteers for our Prep Days this upcoming Saturday and for the big day itself. Can’t help, but have a rideable bicycle taking up valuable space? Contact bikebuild@sfbike.org to find out where and when you can donate it!

Bike Month Starts This Week!

Bike MonthWith 31 days of bike events this May, there's something for every type or rider! This weekend alone, there are nearly 20 bike-related events to choose from. Some examples include Crafts + Craft Beer and Survey Ride: North by Northwest by Bike on Saturday, May 3. Pedals To ProduceTour de Tandem10 Mission Secrets and Sunday Streets are just some of the bike events on Sunday, May 4.

Explore the Bike Month possibilities!

Rolling out the Green Carpet to City Hall

Polk Contraflow

Have you seen it? The long-awaited Polk Street contraflow bikeway is on the ground and almost ready for riding. Complete with curb protection (and succulents), this new bikeway is a showcase of what it means to connect the city with crosstown, protected bikeways.

Though only a few blocks, this bikeway fills in a crucial gap between the bustling bikeways of Market Street and Polk Street, providing a safe route for the thousands who commute between the two bikeways every day. Read about the project and see more pictures.

Complete Streets for Columbus Avenue

The City is holding a meeting on May 6 from 7-8:30PM at Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center to present proposals for a “complete streets” design of Columbus Avenue. This is an opportunity for the North Beach community to hear from different City agencies regarding Columbus Avenue planned projects and provide feedback on proposals that need further refinement. Aside from being a popular destination for the many shops and restaurants that line Columbus Avenue, it is also the most direct connection in the bike network that links the northeast neighborhoods together. Now is the time to let the City know you want to see Columbus Avenue transformed into a beautiful livable street for all! Learn more about our work on Columbus Avenue hereFor more information, contact Rachel Hiatt at 415-522-4809 or rachel.hiatt@sfcta.org.

Join us at the Open House on May 6
7-8:30PM | Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (660 Lombard Street)

Market St. Businesses and Bicyclists Aligned for a Better Market Street

In February and March of this year, a group of Central Market businesses, with support of the Central Market Community Benefit District and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, organized a series of workshops to grow both biking and small business on Market Street. Over the course of three lunchtime sessions at Huckleberry Bikes, Market Street businesses and regular bicyclists collaborated to come up with improvements that can benefit both. Through interactive programs, participants devised strategies for improving bike parking, bike connections, way-finding, signage and business visibility for bicyclists on Market Street. Want to know more? Read our recent blog post.

Family Bike Parade at Sunday Streets This Weekend

Bike and Roll to SchoolFriday’s rainstorm didn’t dampen the citywide celebration of biking and other active ways to get to school!A record 66 schools took part in the biggest Bike and Roll to School Week yet, presented by SF Safe Routes to School and coordinated by the SF Bicycle Coalition.

Celebrate your family’s Bike to School success Sunday, May 4 in the Family Bike Parade at Sunday Streets in Dogpatch! Children should bring their new confidence, and adults with smaller kids should bring their long bike, backseat, Bakfiets, or tag-along. We’ll stop at any bike fun stations along the way with who possible ending points, one as a park just a mile away or another at AT&T Park, about 3 miles away. Thre ride is mostly flat. Bring your own picnic!

Get Your Company Rolling for Bike to Work Day

There are plenty of ways to get your business or employer involved in Bike to Work Day:

  • Nominate your company for the 2014 Bike Friendly Business Awards. This year’s awards will be given 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? 
  • Request your toolkit here and let us help you make your place of workmore bike-friendly.
  • Sign up for a FREE Urban Biking Workshop for your employees through our Commute by Bike Program.

Special Thanks to Our Corporate Partners

Today we recognize the generous financial support of these corporate partners and transportation agencies. To these sponsors, thank you for propelling our work on Bike to Work Day 2014 and throughout the year with crucial financial resources. 

SFMTA Logo  SFCTA LogoMTCSF Station Logo
Timbuk2 LogoYammer LogoSF GiantsKaiser Permanente LogoGood Eggs Logo


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

Tuesday, April 29

Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
5:30-6:30PM | POWER, 2145 Keith Street
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. 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. Please contact eric@sfbike.org with any questions about this program.

DasBike-In Movie Night *
7:30-10:00 PM | Cyprian's Center, 2097 Turk St.
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, April 30

Bike to Work Day Bag Stuffing Party
4:30-8:30PM | Sports Basement (Garage) 1590 Bryant St. 
Join us for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s biggest volunteer night of the year and be part of the magic behind Bike to Work Day. We will stuff 6,000 reusable canvas shopping totes full of goodies. Enjoy good company, snacks and dinner on us. Please note: this event is not at the SF Bicycle Coalition office. Dress warm, we will be in a garage. RSVP required.

Thursday, May 1

Commute by Bike Q&A
6-7PM | SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market St., 10th Floor
Bike to Work Day is one week from today! Stop by the office to have a snack, share a tip from your commute or find out how to make your commute more fun and enjoyable. What do you do when it rains? Do you ride in heels? How do you stay visible at night? If you have questions, or suggestions, stop by the office and we’ll help you get rolling!

Eventbrite - SF Bike Month: Commute by Bike Q&A

Friday, May 2

SF Cycling Club Coffee Ride *
6-7:15AM | Fell and Baker Sts.
Take a spin before the weekend's riding and racing activities. Come learn more about the SF Cycling Club on this weekly social ride that ends at Rapha Cycle Club for great coffee. The route is 17-20 miles, tailored to intermediate riders and includes some hills. Check out the facebook group here.

SF2G Friday Friendly Frolics *
6:30-9:45 AM | Ritual Coffee Roasters 1026 Valencia Street
Ready to try out your first SF2G ride? It’s a loosely organized and tightly knit group of cyclists in the Bay Area that commute from San Francisco down the Peninsula to Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and all parts in-between. Want to make sure you get there in one piece and without getting lost? Join us for one of our weekly no-drop Friendly Frolic rides during Bike Month! These no-rider-left-behind rides are casual, take the Bayway route, and move at about 15mph, but slower as-needed. No one gets dropped! 30-40 miles, some hills. More details. 

San Francisco Bike Party *
8-10PM | Location TBD (Sign up for location updates)

San Francisco Bike Party is a monthly CELEBRATION of biking! This month's theme is "What's Your Sign?" It's going to be all about signs - and however you want to interpret them. Costumes encouraged! The route is 5-10 miles with some hills. 

Saturday, May 3

Bicycle Basics Clinic *
10AM-12PM | Treat Street Bicycle Works, 3150 18th Street, #113
The Treat Street staff will take you through several basics of bicycle maintenance and emergency procedures that include flat repair. Abus locks will be donating several locks for a free raffle as the staff covers bicycle security and proper locking procedures. Free to SF Bicycle Coalition Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members.

Traffic Skills 101: Classroom Workshop

10AM-2PM | San Francisco Day School, 350 Masonic Avenue
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 is the perfect course for anyone already riding to hone their skills, or for people interested but intimidated by urban traffic.

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

Bike to Work Day Volunteer Training

11AM-1PM | Sports Basement Bryant, 1590 Bryant St.
Volunteers are the heart and soul and muscle and sinew of Bike to Work Day, and we want YOU to come volunteer with us this year! This training will also prepare you to volunteer at races, festivals, Service Stations, and other events. RSVP required. Go to www.sfbike.org/volunteer or email marie@sfbike.org. Contact margaret@sfbike.org with any questions!

Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
12-1PM | POWER, 2145 Keith Street
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. 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 anyone considering bicycling or looking to brush up on skills. Please contact eric@sfbike.org with any questions.

Eventbrite - SF Bicycle Coalition Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop

Bikes to Books *

12:45PM-4PM | Jack London Street SF at South Park
Join Nicole Gluckstern and Burrito Justice for their acclaimed literary bike tour “Bikes to Books. The 7.1 mile tour, not for the faint of heart, is a unique way to celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco. Ride will commence at 1 p.m. sharp and will end at approximately 4 p.m. in North Beach (outside City Lights Books). Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm! More Details

Survey Ride: North by Northwest by Bike
1:30-4PM | Velo Rouge Cafe |798 Arguello Boulevard
There’s a 40-year history of traffic calming and “neighborhood protecting” in the Richmond District, with some dramatic bumps along the way (e.g. Prop R in November 1976). Come out on this survey ride to hear stories of how neighbors and public agencies worked together to reshape the streets, and learn how neighbors like you can help make real changes for better neighborhoods. 10-15 miles, mostly flat, Free to SF Bicycle Coalition Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members. More Details

Crafts + Craft Beer
3-5PM | Mission Bowling Club
Come join us for a member mingle celebrating the D.I.Y. spirit in our progressive city. Create unique bike crafts, enjoy local craft brews, and meet other crafty, community-minded cyclists. Ages 21+, Free to SF Bicycle Coalition Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members. More Details.

Eventbrite - SF Bike Month: Crafts + Craft Beer

Sunday, May 4

Sports Basement Group Ride *
8:45-11:45AM | Sports Basement Presidio, 610 Old Mason St.
Join the Sports Basement Sunday Riders Club every Sunday for a free “beginnermediate”-level group bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. Routes range from about 30 to 45 miles and average somewhere between 13 and 15 mph on the flats. We wait at the tops of hills and the ride is no-drop with a sweep rider at the back.

Pedals to Produce - Urban Agriculture Tour

10AM-2PM | Glen Park Village Farmer's Market
Join us on an adventure to several community gardens to explore what’s happening with urban agriculture right in your own backyard! Learn the stories of each garden and see some nifty green infrastructure along the way. Bring your friends to celebrate local food systems and life on two wheels. Meet at the parking lot of the Glen Park BART Station at Bosworth and Arlington in San Francisco. The route is 10-15 miles with some hills. Free to SF Bicycle Coalition Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members.

Eventbrite - SF Bike Month: Pedals To Produce - Urban Agriculture Tour

Sunday Streets: Bayview and Dogpatch *
11AM-4PM | 3rd and Cargo Way
This is the 5th year Sunday Streets visits the Bayview and Dogpatch neighborhoods. With over three and a half miles of car-free space, this is one of the longest Sunday Streets routes and a great opportunity to explore San Francisco neighborhoods by bike. There are many amazing organizations and small businesses on and near this route (You can see the full activity list here). In celebration of Bike Month this May, there are even more bike events at Sunday Streets than usual. More Details.

Freedom From Training Wheels at Sunday Streets

11:30AM-2:30PM | 3rd and Cargo Way
As part of our family biking education, Freedom from Training Wheels is a group effort to get kids riding without training wheels. Bring your child’s bike and helmet if you have them. If not, we have a few balance bikes for kids aged 2-5.

Which Family Bike is Right for Me? (at Sunday Streets)
12-2PM | 3rd and Cargo Way
Want to start riding with your kids? Not sure what seats to use, regular bike, bakfiets, midtail or longtail, electric assist, no assist? Come try a range of family bikes to see what works for you and your kids. Children welcome!

Eventbrite - SF Bike Month: Meetup - Which Family Bike Is Right For Me?

Family Bike Parade at Sunday Streets

2-3PM | 3rd and Cargo Way
Celebrate you family’s Bike to School success! Bring young and old to Sunday Streets and show off your new confidence and/or your family bike. We’ll stop at any bike fun stations along the way and end at At & T Park. Don't forget to bring your own picnic! The return ride leaves from AT&T Park at 2:30pm. The route is 3-5 miles, mostly flat.

Tour de Tandem
11AM-1PM | Fell and Baker Streets
We’ll take an easy-paced ride from the Panhandle to Ocean Beach and back. Pack a lunch and we’ll stop along the way. If you don’t own a tandem, you can rent one from many bike shops near the park, or just come on your regular bike! The route is 5-10 miles, mostly flat. Free to SF Bicycle Coalition Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members.

Shipyard Artists Spring Open Studios
11AM-6PM | Hunters Point Shipyard Artists
Spring Open Studios will include over 125 participating artists from 7 buildings, all in one easy convenient location with free valet bicycle parking, plus Islais Creek Studios. Special features for the 25th Anniversary will include food by the Bayview Underground Food Scene PopUp Market with many local vendors, live jazz, a youth art show and a participatory art zone for kids. Complimentary valet bicycle parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition.

10 Mission Secrets Bike Tour *
1-4PM | Mission Bicycle Company, 766 Valencia Street
Your guides from Mission Bicycle Company will lead you through the heart of the Mission District, exposing dozens of bizarre, salacious and intriguing secrets – at least 10 of which will be news to you. Special access has been granted to a few locations NOT open to the public. 3-5 miles, mostly flat. $10 for SF Bicycle Coalition members, $15 for non-members. Check out more details or purchase Tickets.

Rolling and Falling for Cyclists *
1-3PM | Quantum Martial Arts, 2390 Mission St. 
Hosted by Quantum Martial Arts, this free monthly workshop offers cyclists the opportunity to practice falling in a safe, padded environment. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Workshop Details.

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

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