May is Bike Month and we're celebrating with 31 days of biking!
NEWS & UPDATES
Countdown: Bike to Work Day is Next Thursday
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 email@example.com to find out where and when you can donate it!
Bike Month Starts This Week!
With 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 Produce, Tour de Tandem, 10 Mission Secrets and Sunday Streets are just some of the bike events on Sunday, May 4.
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 here. For more information, contact Rachel Hiatt at 415-522-4809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Friday’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
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.
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Tuesday, April 29
Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
DasBike-In Movie Night *
Wednesday, April 30
Bike to Work Day Bag Stuffing Party
Commute by Bike Q&A
Friday, May 2
SF Cycling Club Coffee Ride *
SF2G Friday Friendly Frolics *
San Francisco Bike Party *
Saturday, May 3
Bicycle Basics Clinic *
Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
Survey Ride: North by Northwest by Bike
Sunday, May 4
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.
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!
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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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
SFBC News: 'Tis the Season! Bike to Work Day and Bike Month Coming Up
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