Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SFBC News: Even Stormtroopers Want Better Bikeways

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Biker Bulletin

August 19, 2014

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

Members — It’s Time to Bike the Vote!

BikeTheVoteIt's time to Bike the Vote! Election day is November 4, and this will be an important year for deciding the future of San Francisco streets. Up for vote this year: three important transportation ballot measures, five seats on the SF Board of Supervisors and one seat on the BART Board of Directors.

This election is an opportunity to ensure that we keep San Francisco rolling forward toward a better, more bike-friendly city by selecting the most bike-friendly candidates. The SF Bicycle Coalition member-elected Board of Directors will be making candidate endorsements, and we're calling on you to help us determine who should receive our influential endorsement. Voting ends September 2.

Read the candidate questionnaire responses and vote today.

Stormtroopers for Better Biking Stormtroopers-SFBC

The SF Bicycle Coalition has expanded its safety and education program to the Dagobah system. In our first six months working in this area we have already educated 600 Stormtroopers on flying their TIE fighters safely around bicycles. While we normally focus on San Francisco streets, we've expanded our efforts to create a truly bike-friendly galaxy...even galaxies that are far, far away. Thanks to Amoeba records for introducing us to the Stormtroopers at Saturday's Hot August Bikes fundraiser. Become an SF Bicycle Coalition member like these Stormtroopers at sfbike.org/membership.

For a Limited Time: Double the Impact of Your Gift

This fall, we’ll be working hard to educate San Franciscans about the benefits of safe, livable streets for all road users. But we need your help to get the message out! Luckily, a generous donor has stepped forward to help your gift have an even bigger impact. Make a gift today, and it will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $5,000. This match doesn’t last forever, so we need your help now to make sure we have the resources necessary to make an impact over the coming months. We expect well-funded proponents of gridlock to be spreading deceptive messages. Make your gift count double by giving today, and we’ll make sure the SF Bicycle Coalition’s positive message of better biking is heard even louder.

New Bikeways in the Sunset!   

Ortega Bike LanesWe are thrilled to announce the completion of the Safe Routes to School project at AP Giannini and Sunset Elementary just in time for the start of the new school year. These new bike lanes on Ortega Street will take you safely from 20th Avenue all the way to Great Highway. We continue to work on creating a north-south connection through the Outer Sunset to get you from Golden Gate Park down to Lake Merced. Huge thanks to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency for a quick delivery, and special recognition goes out to the schools, the parents and our members who pushed for this over the last few years. Read more about it here!

Reggie Watts Headlining Tour de Fat!

Reggie WattsReggie Watts has been mystifying Tour de Fat crowds across the country with his set of music and improv comedy, and now it’s San Francisco’s turn to enjoy the fun!

New Belgium’s Tour de Fat FUNdraiser
Saturday, September 13
11AM-5PM(Parade Registration at 10AM)
Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park

Volunteer spots still available! It takes over 150 San Francisco Bicycle Coalition member-volunteers to make Tour de Fat happen, from pouring beers to marshaling the bike parade. Are you one of them?! Get in on the fun and get a free Tour de Fat t-shirt and drink token as a thank you. Grab a friend and sign up to volunteer! Can’t make the big day but still want to help out? Sign up to distribute posters at bike shops and cafes all over town!

Spread the Word: The 3-Foot Law Starts in September

The Three Feet for Safety Act will finally go into effect on September 16. The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike in the same lane. If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the person biking. But how will they know about the new law? The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be teaching as many taxi drivers and large vehicle drivers as possible, but help us the California Bicycle Coalition spread the word! If you have a car, you can help by posting a bumper sticker or window cling on your car or encouraging other drivers to do so.

Read more and get your stickers to show your support today at calbike.org/3footeducation

Now Hiring: Fall Interns

Get involved with behind-the-scenes bicycle advocacy and gain resume-building experience in Event Planning, Fundraising & Development, Membership and more! Interns are a core part of our organization. View the full application instructions and apply online!

VIDEO: How to Lock Your Bike

HowToLockYourBikeBiking in San Francisco is one of the best ways to get around town but how do you take care of your sweet ride once you get to your destination? Proper locking technique is key for anyone biking around the city. Check out the blog and the short video we put together on how to keep your bike secure. In even better bike theft news...SAFE just recovered their first stolen bike using the voluntary registration program they created. Register your bike today. 


Check out our online calendar of events. To add your bike event to our calendar, simply submit it here.

Tuesday, August 19

Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop With Bay Area Bike Share
5-6PM 153 Townsend Street, 8th 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, route planning and how to dock and check out a Bay Area Bike Share bike. This course is a great introduction for people who are considering bicycling with Bay Area Bike Share or looking to brush up on skills.

Bay Area Global Health Film Festival *
6-11PM Public Works, 161 Erie St.

The theme of this year’s festivall is “Road Traffic Safety Locally…and Globally”, and is meant to spark a grassroots-community based awareness of road traffic safety needs, encourage advocacy for these issues and more importantly serve as a catalyst to a local movement that has a global impact. Drinks and food will be available for purchase. This event is for ages 21+ only. $10

Wednesday, August 20

SF Bicycle Coalition Phone Bank
5-8PM SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 833 Market Street, 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.

Bikes, Business & Brews: Business Member Happy Hour
6:30-8PM Bitters Bock & Rye, 1117 Polk Street

Join us for a Happy Hour to get to know your fellow members, have a toast and hear about our ever expanding Business Membership program. You’ll get to know your SF Bicycle Coalition staff and hear how some of our Business Members are promoting bicycling in their workplace. Drinks aren’t included, but great company is! RSVP Here.

Saturday, August 23

Meet the New Rapha Cycle Club SF Manager*
4-7PM Rapha Cycle Club, 2198 Filbert St.

To celebrate their new manager, Rapha Cycle Club will be hosting
 a Welcome Party with local brews from 4– 7PM on Saturday, and a relaxed Sunday stroll from 9am-11am with brunch and mimosas on the Rapha Cycle Club!

Traffic Skills 101-2: On-Road Workshop
10AM-4PM GG Park Police Station, 1899 Waller St.

Practice what you learned in the Traffic Skills 101-1. This on-bicycle class follows a comfortable progression onto city streets, beginning with a short review of the lessons from the 101-1 course. After a basic bike maintenance session, the class will practice bike maneuvering skills in a car-free practice area before riding on the streets in small, intimate groups led by instructors. This is a follow-up to the Traffic Skills 101-1 class.

Crossing America By Bicycle*
11AM-12:30PM San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street
A talk about planning and riding 4,257 miles alone across the country in 55 days and a demonstration of the loaded 85-pound bicycle needed to do it safely. Long days of up to 120-miles were possible for this out-of-shape rider with bad knees. The rider, bicycle, and gear will all be present.

Bikes Not Bombs: Salon Macias Features Painter Carina Lomeli*
7-10PM Salon Macias, 1757 Union Street
Salon Macias is excited to feature their next artist, Carina Lomeli, and her inspired work by opening with an evening of food and fun.

Sunday, August 24

Sunday Streets: Mission
11AM-4PM Valencia & 18th Streets

Sunday Streets in the Mission is one of the most popular and populous events, drawing crowds from all over the city and the region to bike, walk, and explore the neighborhood. Since 2009 Sunday Streets has held at least one event a year in the Mission. This year, we’re excited to expand the Valencia St portion of the route north to the McCoppin Hub and south to 25th St. Additionally, this year Mission Sunday Streets will activate 18th St between Guerrero and Harrison Streets. For more information, visit the Sunday Streets website.

Freedom From Training Wheels at Sunday Streets
11AM-2PM Sunday Streeets - Mission, Valencia and 21st Street

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. We will be at this and every Sunday Streets, so we hope to see you there!

Test Ride a Family Bike at Sunday Streets
11:30AM-2:30PM Mission

Front seat, back seat, tag-along or family bike? Talk to our Family Biking experts about biking with your baby, toddler or child, and see equipment options up close at Sunday Streets.

Monday, August 25

Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting*
6:30-7:30PM City Hall, Room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

The committee meets monthly to consider bicycle transportation projects and policies to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, the SFMTA, and other City and County agencies. 

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

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