Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SFBC News: Bike the Vote, Tour de Fat and Our Bold Idea

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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!

Today’s the Last Day to Vote in Our Endorsements

Bike the VoteThis November ballot is crucial for deciding the future of San Francisco streets. With five Supervisor Districts and two BART Board positions up for grabs, we have the opportunity to elect great leaders who will speak up for street safety and funding for bike projects.

Supervisor and BART Board candidates filled out an extensive survey about street safety and bicycling issues. Read about where they stand on the issues and vote for who you think should get our endorsement. All current SF Bicycle Coalition members can weigh in on the endorsements, so cast your vote today!

Fun Volunteer Opportunities This Month that Need Your Help

Volunteers keep the SF Bicycle Coalition’s advocacy wheels spinning all year long – it takes 1,000 volunteers each year to support our work and now’s a great time to get involved! This month, we have a ton of fun volunteer shifts available. Volunteer with Bike the Vote and spread the word about key ballot measures; join other fun bike folks for Tour de Fat on September 13; or teach little ones to bike at Freedom From Training Wheels. Check out the rewarding opportunities, and sign up here.

Delicious Perk for Joining or Renewing This Month

Tour de Fat Tour de Fat is back on Saturday, September 13, and we’re offering a yummy perk for becoming an SF Bicycle Coalition member! Join or renew your membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition between now and September 13 and get a free beer at Tour de Fat! If you join or renew your membership online or at the event, we’ll have a beer token waiting for you at the orange SF Bicycle Coalition tent. Already a member? Get a friend to join at the event and get a beer token for you both!

New Belgium’s amazing bicycle ballyhoo is one of the most fun ways to support better bicycling conditions in our city. All proceeds go to support two great nonprofits: yours truly and the Bay Area Ridge Council. It’s also one of our biggest membership days of the year. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our members, and we’re calling on you to help grow the movement by joining, renewing or getting a friend to join or renew at Tour de Fat 2014!

Speaking of Tour de Fat, the big day is only two weeks away! Sign up to volunteer at get a free t-shirt, free drink token and the glorious satisfaction of know you’ve been a part of making this amazing event happen. Sign up to volunteer today!

New Discount Partner: MonkeyLectric

monkeylectricLight up your ride with our newest discount partner, MonkeyLectric. MonkeyLectric is currently offering SF Bicycle Coalition members 10% off online orders!

Members can get special discounts all over town at more than 70 businesses, including MonkeyLectric. Check out the full list and let your membership pay for itself!

San Francisco Streets for People: Our Bold Idea

This month, the San Francisco Foundation launched its Bay Area Bold campaign, highlighting revolutionary organizations and ideas that have sparked change in our city. We’re proud that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition was chosen as one of the Bold ideas, and so thankful that the San Francisco Foundation helped our organization get rolling more than 40 years ago.

We sat down with the SF Foundation to reminisce about what biking in SF was like 40 years ago, and how bold an idea it was to consider reclaiming space for people. Read about it here.

Give Your Feedback on San Jose Avenue 

San JoseBiking from Glen Park and the Outer Mission to the Inner Mission is a much safer and more pleasant experience thanks to the recent San Jose Avenue improvements, which are the result of years of advocacy by community groups and City champions.

In addition to the field observations, the SFTMA is also interested in getting feedback from people using the upgraded bike lane. Do you feel safer biking on San Jose Avenue through the Bernal Cut? Do you feel specific locations along the route need more protection or signage? Take their survey to let them know and help make this pilot project a success!

Video: Parking Journey Around Copenhagen’s Latest Bicycle Innovations

Copenhagen VideoCopenhagen has long been seen as the leading city for bicycling in the world. And while cities in North America are starting to implement Copenhagen-style infrastructure (yay protected bikeways!), Copenhagen continues to out-pedal everyone else. Streetfilms took a look at the latest bike innovations in Copenhagen. Check it out!



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

Tuesday, September 2

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

Wednesday, September 3

Pre-Tour de Fat Mingle at Zeitgeist
6-8:30 PM Zeitgeist, 199 Valencia Street

Tour de Fat is right around the corner on 9/13 and we’re getting in the spirit over brews in Zeitgeist’s lovely outdoor beer garden! Come hangout with the SF Bicycle Coalition and New Belgium teams and get the inside scoop on this year’s festival of beer and bikes.

Thursday, September 4

Exploratorium After Dark: Civic Hacks*
6-10PM The Exploratorium, Pier 15, 698 The Embarcadero

Be a part of The Exploratorium’s monthly After Dark series! This month’s theme will focus on how we can improve our  city’s public spaces. Play in a parade of pianos, design a miniature Market Street, and test whimsical exhibits in preparation for next year’s Market Street Prototyping Festival. Free Valet Bicycle Parking from your SF Bicycle Coalition.

Saturday, September 6

San Francisco Mountain Bike Festival *
9AM-5PM Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park, 20 Joh F Shelley Drive

The SF MTB Festival is an annual fundraiser for SF Urban Riders and the McLaren Bike Park project. This unique urban event features mountain biking opportunities for all ages and abilities including competitive events, non-competitive rides, free youth programming, and lots of fun spectator action!

Sunday, September 7

MCBC Dirt Fondo Mt. Tam Challenge *
8AM-3PM Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center, 981 For Barry, Sausalito, CA

An Epic Ride on Mt. Tam, the Birthplace of Mountain Biking! The Marin County Bicycle Coalition is proud to announce the all-day mountain bike fundraising ride. Bicyclists of all skill levels are encouraged to join in one of the most spectacular and challenging off-road bicycle rides you’ll experience!

Urban Street Skills 101-1: Classroom Workshop
11AM-3PM SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street

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. This is the perfect course for anyone already riding or people interested. No bicycle is necessary for this class.

San Francisco Fall Fest
12PM-6:30PM Shrader Street at Page Street

Come out to the inaugural Merchants and Music Street Fair on San Francisco’s world-renowned Haight Street. There will be three sponsored stages filled with amazing music programming to help celebrate this event, as well as art installations and live wall murals from globally-acclaimed artists. There will also be a skate demo area on the street, and a block dedicated to entertaining the children and families of the community with a children’s stage, bounce house jumper, and book fair bus. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be providing complimentary Valet Bicycle Parking! Come park your bike with us or, better yet, volunteer with us!

Opera in the Park
1:30-4PM Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park, Kezar Drive and JFK Drive

The San Francisco Opera presents their annual Golden Gate Park Concert!  Join us for arias al fresco as we celebrate the opening of San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season with stars from the fall operas, accompanied by the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Orchestra. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be providing complimentary Valet Bicycle Parking for the event! Come park your bike with us or, better yet, volunteer!

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

Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and make San Francisco great for bicycling!

Become a member and join a diverse group of people who are committed to transforming city streets into more dignified places to ride a bicycle. Add your voice and keep bike improvements moving forward in San Francisco!

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