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Announcing the                                 GOOD rOADS
San Francisco                                  CAMPAIGN
                                               SMOOTHING
Great Streets                                  PAVeMeNT
Project                                        PAGe 7
page 4                                         CAr-free STreeTS
                                               Are OPeN STreeTS
                                               PAGe 9
             Letter from the Board: Street openings                                                                     TUBE TIMES

                                                                                                                        Editor
                                                                                                                        Amy Zimmerman

                                                                                                                        Distribution
                                                                                                                        Brandon Fine

                                                                                                                        Design
                                                                  waterfront free of cars and to experience the city    Tammy Chang
                                                                  and our roads in a whole new way, thanks to           The Tube Times is published four times a
                                                                                                                        year by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, a
                                                                  San Francisco and the SFBC being national             10,000-member nonprofit advocacy organization
                                                                  leaders in the street-opening movement.               working to transform San Francisco’s streets
                                                                                                                        and neighborhoods into more livable and safe
                                                                                                                        places by promoting the bicycle for everyday
                                                                                                                        transportation. tubetimes@sfbike.org
                                                                  As the President of the SFBC’s Board of Directors,
                                                                  I work with our 10 staff and 15-member Board
                                                                                                                        SFBC STAFF
                                                                  to execute our Strategic Plan, to realize the big
                                                                  vision for San Francisco and to keep pushing          Communications Director
                                                                                                                        Teri Gardiner, x308, teri@sfbike.org
                                                                  the envelope for what is right. The Board is
                                                                                                                        Community Planner
                                                                  responsible for ensuring the organization’s finan-    Neal Patel, x312, neal@sfbike.org
                                                                  cial health and achievement of its mission. We        Development Director
                                                                                                                        Jodie Medeiros, x305, jodie@sfbike.org
                                                                  meet monthly and are elected by the membership
                                                                                                                        Executive Director
                                                                  (read more about the Board on facing page).           Leah Shahum, x306, leah@sfbike.org

                                                                                                                        Great Streets Project Director
                                                                                                                        Kit Hodge, x303, kit@sfgreatstreets.org
                                                                  To achieve our mission of getting more people
                                                                                                                        Membership & Development Assistant
                                                                  on bikes, we need to help non-bicyclists              Tessa Buckley, x301 tessa@sfbike.org
                                                                  recognize that encouraging bike-friendly streets



             I
                                                                                                                        Membership & Volunteer Director
                 n my column last year, I announced the           is an integral part of making a street great.         Kate McCarthy, x303, kate@sfbike.org

                 SFBC’s 2008-2012 Strategic Plan, the             A great street, like a great community, is multi-     Operations Director
                                                                                                                        Frank Chan, x304, frank@sfbike.org
                 main goal of which is to increase the sheer      functional with a variety of uses and users.          Program Director
             numbers of people riding bicycles on the streets     We shouldn’t be afraid of our streets. They can       Andy Thornley, x307, andy@sfbike.org

             of San Francisco. This goal is both a means and      be places of public interaction and part of the       Program Manager
                                                                                                                        Marc Caswell, x302, marc@sfbike.org
             an end. How do we make the streets safer for         San Francisco experience. Our new Great Streets
             biking? By having more bikes on the street.          Project, detailed in our cover story, will help the   BOARD OF DIRECTORS
             How do we get more people biking? By making          city to make these quick improvements happen.
                                                                                                                        David Baker, Ben Caldwell, Brooke DuBose,
             the streets safer and more inviting to bicycling.                                                          Jenn Fox (President), Jean Fraser, Justin Fraser
                                                                  We know it’s possible. I was inspired last year       (Treasurer), David Gartner, Amandeep Jawa,
                                                                                                                        Ann Lyons, Holly Minch, Lainie Motamedi,
             This year, the SFBC is continuing our commit-        when I rode in Transportation Alternative’s New       Dan Nguyen-Tan, Eric Sloan (Secretary),
                                                                                                                        Zack Stender, Susan Sun
             ment to make the streets safer for bikes. Three      York Century Bike Tour. I was amazed by the
                                                                                                                        995 Market St., Suite 1550
             major projects are opening the streets to bicycles   change in NYC over the past 10 years. The             San Francisco, CA 94103
             and to the community at large — the Citywide         NYC Streets Renaissance has engaged New               415-431-BIKE
                                                                                                                        fax: 415-431-2468
             Bike Network Campaign, Sunday Streets and            Yorkers in the process of reclaiming their streets    info@sfbike.org
             the San Francisco Great Streets Project. And         as places where individuals of all ages can safely
             each of these are a part of a larger effort to       walk, play and gather. NYC planners found
             create “Great Streets” for everyone — not just       that if we continue planning our streets for cars
             bicyclists, but also pedestrians, public transit     and traffic, we will get more cars and traffic.
             riders, people living and working along major        If we start planning our cities for people and
             streets, families and even vehicle drivers.          places, we will get more people and places.           Have you been missing out on our weekly
                                                                                                                        Biker Bulletin email? Did you update your
                                                                                                                        mailing address when you moved?

             Take, for example, the opening of the Embarcadero    As the SFBC works to expand our Citywide              Update your contact info at
                                                                                                                        sfbike.org/services.
             and Third Street to the Bayview during the           Bike Network, grow the Sunday Streets program,
             April and May Sunday Streets. On Sunday,             and launch our new SF Great Streets Project,
             April 26, I invited friends from the East Bay to     we are working not only with our 10,000 mem-
             join me at Sunday Streets—friends with kids,         bers, but also with elected officials, leaders
                                                                                                                        Become a fan of the SFBC on facebook
             friends who bike and friends who don’t. I have       of neighborhood groups, city planners, and local      facebook.com/sfbike
             never had an easier time talking those friends       businesses that are ready to embrace common-
             into coming downtown than when I mentioned           sense improvements to our neighborhood
             that the Embarcadero was closed to traffic. Not      streets. We have a lot of people on our team.
             all of the friends who came out were cyclists.       And together we will get there.                       Follow the SFBC’s tweets on twitter
                                                                                                                        twitter.com/sfbc
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             Not all agree with me that the best thing to
             come out of the ’89 earthquake was the end of        JENN Fox
             the Embarcadero freeway. But all these friends       President of the SFBC Board of Directors              View thousands of SFBC photos on flickr
                                                                                                                        flickr.com/sfbike
             and tens of thousands of San Franciscans had
             the unique opportunity to enjoy the world-class

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SFBC Seeks Talented                                                                                                                                                  Bike To School Day was also an




                                                                                                                                        PHoTo BY: THoMAS HAwK
Board Members                                                                                                                                                    opportunity to celebrate the launch of
We expect some openings later this                                                                                                                               San Francisco's first Safe Routes to
year on our Board of Directors, a                                                                                                                                School Program, funded by a
15-person elected body that oversees                                                                                                                             $500,000 grant from the federal gov-
our strategy, finances, fundraising, and                                                                                                                         ernment. The two-year program is a
overall organizational health. Half of                                                                                                                           joint effort among city departments
the seats will be up for election at the                                                                                                                         and community groups, and led by the
end of the year, and we are looking for                                                                                                                          SF Department of Public Health, SF
strong candidates who can commit                                                                                                                                 Unified School District, SF Police
their time and energy toward steering                                                                                                                            Department, and SF Municipal
and growing our work. We are espe-                                                                                                                               Transportation Agency; it aims at mak-
cially interested in candidates with                                                                                                                             ing biking and walking to school easier
nonprofit legal and financial experience.                                                                                                                        for parents and children through edu-
To learn more about the current SFBC                                                                                                                             cation, safer streets and incentives.
Board and its work, as well as the                                                                                                                                   On April 22, the SFBC helped
election process, see sfbike.org/board.                                                                                                                          another school, San Francisco State
Interested candidates should contact                                                                                                                             University (SFSU), celebrate its Bike to
Ann by Aug. 1 at lyonsann@yahoo.com.                                                                                                                             School Day. Hundreds of students
                                                                                                                                                                 pedaled in and one lucky rider won
Welcome Great Streets                                                                                                                                            a bike from Ocean Cyclery! It was
Project Director                                                                                                                                                 a great day to celebrate biking and a
                                                                                                                                                                 perfect opportunity to show university
                                                                                                                                                                 decision-makers the demand for a
                                                                                                                                                                 bike-friendly campus.
                                                                                                                                                                     The SFBC has been working with
                                                                                                                                                                 SFSU biking students to organize for
                                                                                                                                                                 better bike facilities, including more
                                                                                                                                                                 bike racks and a better connection
                                                                                                                                                                 between campus and 20th Avenue.
                                                                                                                                                                 If you’d like to get involved in
                                                                                                                                                                 SFSU’s bicycle advisory group, visit
                                                                                                                                                                 sfbike.org/sfsu!

                                                                                                                                                                 Shore to Shore Bay Bridge
                                                                                                                                                                 Pathway: A Step Closer
                                            Request a sidewalk bike rack at sfbike.org/fix.                                                                      Good news for people (like us) who
                                                                                                                                                                 think it should be possible to walk or
We warmly welcome Kit Hodge to our                                                                                                                               ride a bicycle from San Francisco to
growing staff as the Director of the        Commission certify the Environmental              Bike to School Days
                                                                                                                                        PHoTo BY: MARC CASwELL
                                                                                                                                                                 Oakland and back again. The Bay Area
SFBC’s new SF Great Streets Project         Impact Report on the Bike Plan? Did
                                                                                                                                                                 Toll Authority and the SFMTA, which
(See cover story, page 4). Kit has a        the SFMTA Board of Directors adopt
                                                                                                                                                                 manage revenues from the toll on the
long and successful history of leading      the Bike Plan on June 26? Did the
                                                                                                                                                                 Bay Bridge, approved the preparation
campaigns for more livable streets.         SFMTA Board approve the projects
                                                                                                                                                                 of a Project Study Report (PSR) for a
She helped launch the much-lauded           that will double the number of bike
                                                                                                                                                                 bike-pedestrian-maintenance pathway
NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign            lanes in San Francisco? And when
                                                                                                                                                                 on the West Span of the Bay Bridge
while working at NYC Transportation         will the three-year Bike Plan injunction
                                                                                                                                                                 (from Treasure Island to San
Alternatives, where she also served as      finally be lifted? When the Tube Times
                                                                                                                                                                 Francisco). This PSR, when it is com-
Campaigns Director and Events and           went to print, Decision Day for the
                                                                                                                                                                 pleted in about 18 months, will move
Membership Director. She then did           SF Bicycle Plan (June 26) hadn’t yet
                                                                                                                                                                 the West Span Pathway onto the big
similar work at the Metropolitan            arrived, but the answers to these
                                                                                                                                                                 list of regional transportation projects
Planning Council in Chicago, then           questions are now online. Find out
                                                                                                                                                                 that are eligible for funding.
founded and directed her own non-           how it all turned out and what’s
                                                                                                                                                                      The SFBC has worked for more
profit, called the Neighbors Project.       next for the city’s Bike Plan at
                                                                                                                                                                 than a decade to encourage the MTC
Here in San Francisco she is the vice       sfbike.org/bikeplan.
                                                                                                                                                                 to build this important shore-to-shore
president of her neighborhood group,                                                                                                                             pathway. This latest development is
the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood            Request a Bike Rack                               It was a bright, sunny day, May 28,
                                                                                                                                                                 the result of a meeting with the
Association, where she is leading a         Whenever you travel by bike in San                for the first Bike to School Day in
                                                                                                                                                                 MTC that was called by the San
traffic-calming project that will expand    Francisco, keep an eye out for a                  San Francisco. Hundreds of students
                                                                                                                                                                 Francisco Bicycle Coalition, East Bay
and improve pedestrian and bicycle          great spot to install a bike rack on the          rode to school and learned about the
                                                                                                                                                                 Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area
space. You can learn more about the         sidewalk. The next time you are out               benefits and joys of cycling. With the
                                                                                                                                                                 Bicycle Coalition.
Great Streets Project and how to help       eating, drinking, shopping or gallivant-          help of parents and teachers, students
                                                                                                                                                                      The West Span gap in the
out at sfgreatstreets.org.                  ing across the city and you have to               from more than 20 schools rode in
                                                                                                                                                                 shore-to-shore pathway is even more
                                            search for a bike rack, make a note of            Commuter Convoys, learned rules
                                                                                                                                                                 apparent with the East Span’s
Did San Francisco Double the                the address and go to sfbike.org/fix              of the road and bike safety in Bike
                                                                                                                                                                 bicycle-pedestrian pathway and the
Number of Bike Lanes?                       and request a rack from the city. The             Road-eos, and were rewarded for
                                                                                                                                                                 soon-to-be-redeveloped bicycle- and
The SFBC and volunteers have been           SFMTA will come out and install a bike            their healthy commute with prizes.
                                                                                                                                                                 pedestrian-friendly Treasure Island.
working double time these past              rack on any public sidewalk — free of             The SFBC partnered with the Presidio
                                                                                                                                                                 This West Span Pathway is critical to
few months to win business, neighbor        charge! The city is looking to regular            Community YMCA Bicycle Program,
                                                                                                                                                                 bridge the gap in sustainable transpor-
and SF Municipal Transportation             riders to tell it where racks are most            SF Department of Public Health,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            SUMMER 2009




                                                                                                                                                                 tation. See sfbike.org/baybridge for
Agency (SFMTA) support for the Bike         needed. Once the Bike Plan injunction             SFMTA, Mayor’s Shape Up SF
                                                                                                                                                                 more information.
Plan projects that could double the         is lifted, the city will begin installing         Coalition, and SF Unified School
number of bike lanes in San Francisco       the racks. Just enter an address or               District’s Department of Sustainability
and fill in critical gaps to the Citywide   business name at sfbike.org/fix!                  to help show the next generation
Bike Network. Did the Planning                                                                the joys of bike commuting.



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                                                        Golden Wheel Awards




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             SFBC Volunteers Donate Bike
             Gloves for Good Uses




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             SFBC members gathered up their old
             bike gloves and gave them a new
             home by participating in the SFBC’s
             first Bike Glove Drive. The SFBC
             donated more than 40 pairs of gloves
             to the Department of Public Health for
             use in clinics and senior centers for                                                 PHoTo BY: DUSTIN JENSEN

             wheelchair and walker users. Thanks                                                                             Top: More than 250 people at-
             to everyone who donated their old                                                                               tended the Golden Wheel Awards
             gloves for this great cause.                                                                                    at the historic Green Room in the
                                                                                                                             War Memorial Building.
             SF Chronicle Launches Bike                                                                                      Middle Left: Sunday Streets
             About Town                                                                                                      recipients accept the 2009 Golden
                                                                                                                             Wheel Award.
                                                                                                                             Middle Right: Trek Bicycle CEO
                                                                                                                             John Burke inspires the crowd.
                                                                                                                             Bottom: Gary Fisher, of Gary
                                                                                                                             Fisher Bicycles, talks with San
                                                                                                                             Francisco Board of Supervisors
                                                                                                                             President David Chiu (right).



                                                        The Golden Wheel Awards ceremo-         getting more people on bikes by
                                                        ny and fundraiser on May 5 brought      temporarily closing streets to vehicle
                                                        together more than 250 people           traffic and opening them up to
                                                        at the historic Green Room in the       people-powered activities.
                                                        War Memorial Building. This year’s          Thank you to everyone who
                                                        event celebrated “The Year of The       attended or made a donation in
                                                        Bicycle: Moving our City Forward”       honor of the event. A special thanks
                                                        and raised $55,000 for the SFBC’s       to all of the amazing volunteers and
                                                        work to make our streets safer for      to John Burke for being a thought-
                                                        the 128,000 people who bicycle          provoking speaker and advocacy
             The SFBC and talented member-              regularly in San Francisco.             leader.
             volunteers have been writing and               City leaders including San
             photographing a semimonthly bike-          Francisco Board of Supervisors          We gratefully acknowledge the
             friendly column, “Bike About Town,”        president David Chiu; Supervisor Eric   following Golden Wheel Award
             in the San Francisco Chronicle’s “96       Mar; City Attorney Dennis Herrera;      sponsors for their generous contri-
             Hours” calendar insert. Past columns       SFMTA Board chairman Tom Nolan;         butions to our organization.
             featured finding bike love in “Low-        and Department of Public Works
                                                                                                BICYCLE DEITIES: Trek, Jenn Fox
             carbon dating: Biking gets hearts rac-     director Ed Reiskin mingled with
             ing,” hill-loving cyclists in “Cyclists    various community leaders, decision-    MOVERS AND SHAkERS: The Hellman
             who hit the high spots,” how to get        makers, bicyclists and the evening’s    Family Foundation, Walkup, Melodia,
             your dusty old bike out and into the       keynote speaker, Trek Bicycle CEO       Kelly & Schoenberger
             bike lane in “Prepping your bike for       John Burke.                             HIGH WHEELERS: Ann Lyons, David
             spring,” and finding easy rides in “Flat       The SFBC honored the many           Baker + Partners, Gordon-Creed, Kelley,
             routes in San Francisco.” Check out        groups who championed Sunday            Holl & Sugerman LLP, and Treasure Island
             the latest "Bike About Town" every                                                 Community Development
                                                        Streets with the 17th annual Golden
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             other Thursday and read archives of        Wheel Award. Sunday Streets is a        Read more about the Golden Wheel
             "Bike About Town" on our news page         simple way that San Francisco is        Awards at sfbike.org/goldenwheel.
             at sfbike.org/media.                       creating people-friendly streets and




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    GREAT STRAE A LY S T F O R T I O N
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                                                                                                                                               PHoTo BY: JEFF PRANT
                                                                                         BY KIT HODGE
                                                  In the hot summer of 2005, I stood in front of an agitated crowd
     Above: A Brooklyn Business Improvement
     District organized a summer street opening
                                                  of 500 parents from the South Bronx who were fed up with speeding traffic in
     on a busy downtown Brooklyn retail street,   front of their children’s schools. They were angry that the New York City Department
     bringing out neighbors to relax and chat.    of Transportation would not make a firm commitment to adding simple traffic-
                                                  calming devices in front of their schools, despite months of meetings and volunteer
                                                  work. Frustrated but determined, the parents went so far as to stage a protest
                                                  carrying a coffin in front of the mayor’s campaign office. I wish I could say that their
                                                  months of hard work led to an immediate change of heart at the Department of
                                                  Transportation. But New York City in 2005 was not a great place to be a pedestrian
                                                  or bicyclist, and it certainly was not a good place to be a community group with
                                                  a plan for improving its neighborhood streets.
                                                             Today it is a different city. Though still far from perfect, in just four years
                                                  New York City has significantly expanded the space for pedestrians, bicyclists and
                                                  transit riders through innovative, quick and flexible street reclamations. There are now
                                                  places to sit and relax in Times Square, respectful transit waiting areas in the retail
                                                  heart of the Bronx, separated bike lanes on a Manhattan avenue, key paths to and from
                                                  major bridges, scores of day-long events that open up streets for neighbors to enjoy
                                                  however they see fit, and much more. In short, exactly what SFBC members and fellow
                                                  travelers have wanted for our own city for years.
                                                             How did NYC go from being a place where pedestrians, bicyclists and transit
                                                                                                                                                                      SUMMER 2009




                                                  riders felt like second-class citizens to the national leader in making a busy city a
                                                  delightful place to walk, bike, wait for the bus or just sit and watch your kids play?
                                                  An advocacy effort called the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign, which I helped
                                                  cofound and then led while I was the Campaigns Director at Transportation
                                                  Alternatives, was instrumental in expanding the range of voices asking for better, safer,

                                                                                                                                                                      4
 17th Street Trial Plaza
 In May, the city unveiled its first-ever trial street   the analysis of the space and will help the city as-
 closure and pedestrian plaza on 17th Street             sess how people are using the plaza. If this initial
 near Castro and Market streets, the first of            plaza is deemed successful, the city will help “de-
 four “Pavement to Parks” plazas that are being          mocratize our streets,” as Mayor Newsom says,
 planned around the city. It took the city a mere        by making it permanent and launching additional
 72 hours to physically transform the underutilized      ones at Eighth and 16th streets in Lower Potrero,
 street into a pedestrian oasis with planters, mov-      Naples Green in the Excelsior and San Jose and
 able café tables and chairs, a transit platform for     Guerrero streets in the Outer Mission. If you live
 the F-line and a connection for bikes. The SFBC’s       near one of these locations, contact Kit Hodge at
 San Francisco Great Streets Project is a partner in     kit@sfgreatstreets.org to get involved.




             Before                                                                                                After

             If our streets reflected the policy on our books,                                                                                Why? You’ll get lots of different reasons,

              we would have the greatest street system and                                                                          depending on whom you ask — lack of
                                                                                                                                    money, lack of community desire, lack of agency
                              public civic culture in the world.                                                                    follow-through, etc. And everyone is right to
                                                                                                                                    some extent. Ultimately, our city has failed to
             healthier streets. The campaign engaged people                   clean sidewalks and café seating all require local    roll up our collective sleeves and work together
             who were previously silent — from within                         residents or merchants to be outside, looking         to turn our miles of excellent plans and
             government, business and communities — and                       after these improvements. The presence of these       inspiring rhetoric into miles of on-the-street
             asked them to speak up and send a clear                          people engaged in positive activity attracts yet      improvements that bring out the best for
             message to the mayor that better streets are                     more people, creating a virtuous circle. Agencies     the communities, individuals and businesses
             essential to the vitality of the city. When Mayor                can and should do a great deal to create the          that use these spaces.
             Bloomberg and his key staff got the message,                     building blocks of a great street, but it is really             So let’s get rolling. There couldn’t be
             it created an opportunity for a new, visionary                   many thousands of individuals and groups              a better time for the SFBC to launch the
             leader at the Department of Transportation,                      that have to invest in it for the street to become    San Francisco Great Streets Project, a short-
             Janette Sadik-Khan, to tap into a wealth of good                 a great, thriving place.                              term campaign of the SFBC in coalition
             ideas that many agency staff members and                                    San Francisco is generally very comfort-   with other national and local organizations
             community stakeholders had been thinking                         able with this rhetoric. If our streets reflected     (see sfgreatstreets.org for more details). This
             about for years.                                                 the policy on our books, we would have the            campaign is already off and running, bringing
                        Inspired by these positive transforma-                greatest street system and public civic culture       together community groups, business groups
             tions in New York City and the opportunity                       in the world. But as we all know, our streets         and city agencies to quickly explore existing
             for similar changes in San Francisco, the SFBC                   often fail to live up to our city’s rhetoric. Like    plans and great ideas. Our goal is to institution-
             is excited to announce the official launch of                    many people, I still often have to look over          alize the practice of investing in a network
             the San Francisco Great Streets Project. Similar                 my shoulder when I’m crossing the street, and         of great places connected by excellent sidewalks,
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             to the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign,                         it’s the exceptional bike ride that doesn’t involve   bikeways and public transportation in San
             the Great Streets Project will be grounded in the                at least one incident in which I feel like I am       Francisco. But institutionalization doesn’t mean
             idea that great streets remain great for the long                in peril. Too many storefronts remain closed.         creating more plans that sit on a shelf or
             term because community stakeholders continue                     Many of our communities lack visible centers.         rhetoric that never comes to life. It means
             to invest in and look after them. Flowers, trees,                                                                      seeing things on the ground — fast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              PHoTo BY: NYC DoT
                                                                               New York City is adding better bike lanes and pedestrian
                                                                               plazas throughout the city, including on busy parts of
                                                                               Broadway.

                                                                                                                                          Great Streets
                                                                                                                                          Project Facts
                                                                                                                                          The San Francisco Great Streets Project is a
                                                                                                                                          campaign of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
                                                                                                                                          in cooperation with Project for Public Spaces, the
                                                                                                                                          Livable Streets Initiative and local San Francisco

The centerpiece of our                                                         We will be doing a lot of work this summer and
                                                                                                                                          organizations.


Great Streets Project                                                          fall to bring immediate improvements to our
                                                                               city’s main street. Imagine a more civilized street
                                                                                                                                          MISSION


will be improving                                                              with thriving sidewalks, safe bikeways, on-time
                                                                                                                                          The San Francisco Great Streets Project catalyzes
                                                                                                                                          the return of our city’s streets to their rightful

Market Street for the                                                          transit and comfortable places to wait for your
                                                                               bus. Where you would want to stop to shop or
                                                                                                                                          place as the center of civic life by working with
                                                                                                                                          government, business and neighborhood leaders

tens of thousands                                                              eat. A Market Street that looks so appealing that
                                                                                                                                          to test, analyze and institutionalize placemaking.


of people who use it                                                           thousands more San Franciscans will want to
                                                                               try biking to work. Let’s roll up our sleeves and
                                                                                                                                          VISION

every day.                                                                     make it happen.                                            San Francisco’s streets should attract people of
                                                                                                                                          all kinds to its network of great places connected
                                                                                          San Francisco has a tremendous oppor-           by excellent sidewalks, bikeways and public
           I invite you to help us get there by                                tunity to make significant improvements to our             transportation. Specifically, streets should be:
working with the San Francisco Great Streets                                   streets and communities right away. The time
                                                                                                                                          ■ Compelling public spaces that build
Project to seek out new supporters for livable                                 has never been more ripe. If New York City can               community and keep people coming back day
streets improvements. We have already begun                                    do it, we certainly can too. And do it better.               after day, year after year
connecting community and government                                                                                                       ■ The foundation of thriving shopping streets.
stakeholders to an expert series focused on the                                KIT HoDGE is the new Great Streets Project                 ■ Safe, accessible and welcoming to even the
how-to’s of rapidly implementing livable-streets                               director. for more information on the Sf                     most vulnerable users
projects. We will also organize support for                                    Great Streets Project, see sfgreatstreets.org.             ■ Balanced, providing multimodal mobility, with
and help with the implementation and analysis                                                                                               priority given to people on foot and bicycles,
                                                                                                                                            and to public transportation
of trial projects, like the new 17th Street plaza                              Learn more about “Pavement to Parks” when
in the Castro (see caption, top left ).                                        the San Francisco Great Streets Project tours              A successful network of places will return our
                                                                                                                                          city’s streets to their rightful place as the center
           The centerpiece of the San Francisco                                San Francisco’s public space movement by
                                                                                                                                          of civic life, making our city a great place to live,
Great Streets Project will be improving Market                                 bike. Starting at the city’s first Pavement to             do business and visit.
Street for the tens of thousands of people who                                 Parks site in the Castro, we’ll continue on to
use it every day. If you are not already a member                              the three sites soon to be reclaimed in Potrero,
of the SFBC’s Market Street Google Group,                                      Southern Mission and the Excelsior. More
I encourage you to join (see sfbike.org/market).                               information in the Chain of Events on page 14.

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              AT HIGH SPEED
                                                                                                                       helped cover a dozen of the outlying prospects.
                                                                                                                       We identified the top candidates for full
                                                                                                                       repaving and submitted the list to DPW. Funds
                                                                                                                       are tight for street improvements, but DPW
                                                                                                                       director Ed Reiskin authorized his staff to
                                                                                                                       find opportunities for repaving more bike
             Michael Helquist
                                                                                                                       routes. We expect to see initial results this year.
                                                                                                                                  The Good Roads Campaign scored its
                                                                                                                       best success in May with the extensive patch
                                                                                                                       paving of Market Street. The surface of the city’s
             IN APRIL oF 2008 THE SFBC                                      The second objective was more difficult.   main thoroughfare takes a real pounding from
             LAUNCHED CRATER INvADER DAY,                        To get bike routes repaved more quickly requires      Muni buses, and temporary pothole fixes crack
             a rambunctious event staged to spotlight the        engaging the intricacies of street improvements       and crumble under the heavy use. We asked
             many potholes cyclists dodged every day.            in the city. San Francisco protects newly paved       DPW to use patch paving — a more extensive
             Fifty volunteers in six teams spread out over the   streets by not allowing them to be torn up again      operation that replaces large areas of asphalt —
             city to spray paint more than 60 potholes and       for at least another five years. That means all       for more than 30 stretches of rough and risky
             cracks and report them to 311. The occasion         utilities and city services must complete needed      surfaces between the Embarcadero and Eighth
             was a high-energy success and led to monthly        underground work before DPW starts repaving           Street. Two weeks later DPW road crews started
             pothole rides to monitor the streets more           the street or wait another five years to do so.       working special night shifts, and they completed
             closely. In the process, the SFBC’s Good Roads      The coordination is complicated and time-con-         most repairs in time for a much smoother and
             Campaign set out to change how San Francisco        suming, and the presence of bike routes is just       safer Bike To Work Day.
             maintains its bikeways.                             one among many criteria for selecting which                      San Francisco streets need extensive
                        The SFBC undertook two strategies        streets to repave. The SFBC wants bikeways to         maintenance and repair, and the Good Roads
             for safer street surfaces: obtain a quicker         be recognized as an essential transportation          Campaign initiated two new projects this spring
             response to pothole reports and ensure a higher     network that requires more timely maintenance         to keep the bike safety momentum going. The
             priority for repaving bike routes. The Lane         and resurfacing. We used specific bike routes         Lane Stewards now also target the slew of sunk-
             Stewards, aka the Good Roads Crew, helped the       to get us into the decision-making process.           en utility and manhole covers that threaten
             SFBC reach the first objective. We worked                      Last December I began a pavement           cyclist safety, and we have begun a pavement
             closely with the 311 staff to track the number      audit for the 50-plus new bike projects proposed      audit for the complete bike network. We’re an
             of days that passed before potholes were            for adoption this year. I figured that any new        especially friendly group and always welcome
             repaired and then stressed the safety risks to      bikeways with extensive surface problems should       new members. See sfbike.org/goodroads for
             the Department of Public Works (DPW). Our           get repaved before they were striped. What            more information.
             collaboration paid off. During the first quarter    better way to christen a new bike lane than with
             of 2009, DPW repaired more than 40% of              a smooth, safe surface! During the next three         read the member profile on
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             our requests within seven days and finished off     months, I biked the projects, identified severely     Michael Helquist on facing page
             85% within two weeks. So far we have turned         worn stretches, and catalogued pavement
             in more than 1,500 potholes from every              conditions block by block. Fortunately SFBC
             neighborhood in the city, and the response rate     volunteers Lynne Howe and Dale Danley
             remains good.

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Member Profile: Michael Helquist
Interview by Constance Cavallas


                                                                                                                                           Q:   How can people help out or join the




                                                                                                           PHoToS BY: CoNSTANCE CAvALLAS
                                                                                                                                                Good Roads campaign?


                                                            Ride
                                                                                                                                           A:   Don’t settle for those same craters and
                                                                                                                                                cracks every day on your bike route. Report
                                                                                                                                                them to 311 by phone or online. Hopefully,
                                                            Raleigh Route 1 city bike
                                                                                                                                                a few days later you’ll find it repaired and
                                                                                                                                                think, “I did that.” Also, the SFBC’s month-
                                                            Occupation                                                                          ly Good Roads rides are not to be missed.
                                                            writer, historian, community                                                        They’re energizing and a bit renegade. We
                                                            organizer                                                                           enjoy the time together as much as the
                                                                                                                                                street action.
                                                            Neighborhood
                                                            North of the Panhandle                                                         Q:   Is there a downside to your Good
                                                                                                                                                Roads work?

                                                            Bike commuting since
                                                            2006
                                                                                                                                           A:   Now I see potholes everywhere, all the
                                                                                                                                                time. Much rolling of eyes among friends.


                                                            SFBC member since                                                              Q:   What is your favorite thing about
                                                                                                                                                cycling in San Francisco?
                                                            1995
                                                                                                                                           A:   I love the open-air independence and the
                                                                                                                                                immediacy of cycling. It gives me a chance
                                                                                                                                                to connect with my surroundings so much
                                                                                                                                                more. Most of all, cycling introduced me to
                                                                                                                                                a new community of energetic, passionate
                                                                                                                                                and friendly people.


                                                                                                                                           Q:   In what ways has using a bike as a main
                                                                                                                                                mode of transportation been a benefit
                                                                                                                                                in your life?

                                                                                                                                           A:   Several years ago I underwent bilateral hip
                                                                                                                                                replacement surgery. The results were
                                                                                                                                                good, and now I feel lucky and privileged
                                                                                                                                                to bike everywhere I want and stay in

Q:                                                   Q:
     You are the leading Lane Steward for                 What significant city street changes                                                  shape. Also, I think a lot of us are seeking
     the SFBC’s Good Roads Campaign.                      have you noticed since you have been                                                  good, solid connections with others. I’ve
     What has inspired you to be part of                  with the Good Roads Campaign?                                                         developed a dozen or so great friendships
     this campaign?                                                                                                                             and working relationships through cycling

A:   One of the great things about the SFBC is       A:   About 1,500 fewer potholes citywide since
                                                          April 2008. Earlier this year we urged the
                                                                                                                                                this year.
     that if you want to delve into bike advocacy,        Department of Public Works to use wide-
     the organization supports and encourages
     you. For me, the Good Roads Campaign is
                                                          patch paving — instead of a basic pothole
                                                          fill — on 30 particularly hazardous stretches
                                                                                                                                           Q:   What did you do before you became
                                                                                                                                                a writer?
     a chance to make a difference and get back
     to the kind of community organizing I’ve
                                                          of Market Street. This was no simple
                                                          undertaking, but they made it happen.                                            A:   I was a journalist, community organizer,
                                                                                                                                                editor of mental health and social marketing
     done most of my life. I want more cyclists           Market Street is now a lot safer for cyclists.                                        books, and a director of the first U.S.
     on the streets with me, and that means               We’re also working to get a higher priority                                           Government program to promote AIDS
     we’ve got to encourage new cyclists with             for repaving of bike lanes in the city.                                               communication and prevention in develop-
     safe and smooth pavement.                                                                                                                  ing countries.


                                                                                                                                           Q:   If you could take one street in San
                                                                                                                                                Francisco and make it car-free, which
                                                                                                                                                would it be and why?

                                                                                                                                           A:   I’m with most cyclists who want Market
                                                                                                                                                Street to be car-free and help make San
                                                                                                                                                Francisco the exceptional city it can be.
                                                                                                                                                But I’d choose safe cycling surfaces on all
                                                                                                                                                the bike routes in the city over one car-free
                                                                                                                                                street. But why settle for one or the other?


                                                                                                                                           Q:   What is the funniest thing that has
                                                                                                                                                happened on a Good Roads ride?

                                                                                                                                           A:   After our team circled with spray paint a
                                                                                                                                                particularly bad down-to-the-concrete hole
                                                                                                                                                on Clay Street, a driver stopped alongside
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                                                                                                                                                us, lowered the window, and asked if we
                                                                                                                                                were using environmentally friendly paint.
                                                                                                                                                We were on bikes; she was in her car!


                                                                                                                                                Learn more about the Good roads
                                                                                                                                                Campaign at sfbike.org/goodroads, see
                                                                                                                                                page 14 for upcoming rides.
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                                                                                                                                                                            PHoToS BY: KATE MCCARTHY
 The San Francisco Bicycle
 Coalition has worked for years        Car-Free Streets are                                                        Open-streets campaigns go right to the heart of
                                                                                                         questions about what kind of city we want to live in and
                                       Open Streets
 with the Mayor, city leaders and
 community groups to create                                                                              about public space, sustainability, community, social justice
 more car-free recreational spaces
                                                                                                         and equity. “And then the bicycle is literally,” says Thornley,
 for healthy activities like biking.
                                       Deb Greco                                                         “an excellent vehicle for environmentalism and social justice.”
 Left: Tens of thousands of people
 came out and enjoyed the very                                                                                     Roads make up a significant portion of our city’s
 first Sunday Streets in August                                                                          public space, yet in the last century we have permitted them
 2008 when more than four                                                                                to become the cloistered domains of a minority of people in



                                       D
 miles of the Embarcadero from
                                                 emocracy is slow and sometimes messy, but effec-        cars. Collectively, we need to re-envision the city we want to
 Chinatown to the Bayview was
 opened up to healthy activity.                  tive. Since the ‘90s the SFBC has been nurturing        live in and reclaim this public space for the benefit of every-
 Right: Car-free Healthy Saturdays               the grassroots movement for car-free space in San       body, rather than the few. Thornley has the historian’s gift
 in Golden Gate Park create a          Francisco. Working closely with the Mayor and the Board of        for putting this all in a broader perspective: “You don’t have
 safe place for children and adults    Supervisors — especially former Supervisor Jake McGoldrick,       to go to a Latin American country or that far back in time
 to ride bikes.
                                       champion of the cause — the SFBC helped win two impor-            to see that we had a much broader sense of the use of streets.
                                       tant campaigns for more car-free space in the city. Healthy       For thousands of years they were places to walk, ride a horse
                                       Saturdays create car-free space in Golden Gate Park and           or a bike, play stick ball, chat with the neighbors. The very
                                       Sunday Streets is a new citywide event that brings car-free       limited notion of streets being used just for motor traffic is a
                                       streets to diverse parts of town, such as the Great Highway,      very recent idea.”
                                       the Mission District, and the Bayview on six Sundays in 2009.               With Healthy Saturdays and Sunday Streets, the
                                                  Winning Healthy Saturdays in the park took             SFBC and our partners have made significant gains in
                                       patience and perseverance to accomplish: It took 42 years         reclaiming public space for the benefit of everybody rather
                                       from the first time it was put forth, thousands of signatures,    than the few. What’s next is for the city to magnify and
                                       two ballot measures, and one government study. In compari-        amplify these achievements and institutionalize these gains so
                                       son, the Sunday Streets success blossomed relatively quickly      that all San Franciscans can enjoy more car-free public spaces
                                       with the support of Mayor Newsom and a broad coalition of         each year. As the SF Transportation Authority’s 2006 study
                                       groups and the bipartisan role models provided by influential     reveals, open streets draw people out — park visitors more
                                       mayors worldwide — from former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia,         than double on car-free days. It also helps to demonstrate
                                       Enrique Peñalosa, to Michael Bloomberg of New York City.          that car-free streets are anything but closed. They’re more
                                       What these diverse leaders have in common is a shared             open than streets with car traffic: more open to more people
                                       commitment to creating sustainable streets and livable cities.    doing more things, which means they’re way more fun for
                                                  While often described as street closures because the   way more of us.
                                       streets are closed to cars, it is really more accurate to think
                                       about car-free streets as street openings. During these events,   The SfBC is proud to be organizing hundreds of
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                                       city streets are opened up as truly public spaces that can be     volunteers for Sunday Streets. Help us celebrate car-
                                       used by a far wider audience than car drivers alone. As SFBC      free streets as a volunteer on July 19, August 9 and
                                       Program Director Andy Thornley says, “Open streets are            September 6. Volunteers get a free lunch and t-shirt.
                                       really about maximizing our public space for the benefit of       Sign up to volunteer and learn more about dates and
                                       the public.”                                                      routes, at sundaystreetssf.com/volunteer.html.

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Bike Racks As Public Art                                                                                                  Ask the
Laurie Halsey Brown
                                                                                                                          Bike Buddy
I
    n 2007, at an exhibition titled “INOUT” at the                 Board member; Courtney Fink, Director of SOEX
   American Institute for Architects, San Francisco,               Gallery; Dave Snyder, SPUR; Heath Maddox,
    I saw a design of a bike rack shaped like a car                SFMTA; Ben Davis, Words, Pictures, Ideas; and
and placed in a parking space. It made me realize                  Teri Gardiner, SFBC Communications Director.           DEAR BIkE BuDDY, I need
the distinctive role that design and public art can                The panel chose the winners based on how well          advice finding a decent set
play in making biking more accessible.                             the racks reflected the unique character of Treasure   of grocery panniers, prefer-
          Fast forward to March of this year when                  Island, functionality as a bike rack and whether or    ably under $50 each. I am
the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition asked me                       not they activated public space.                       currently using panniers
to organize a Bike Rack as Public Art Design                                 In June there was an exhibition of the       that have no viable frame,
competition for Treasure Island. The SFBC and                      winning designs and over several months, I will        causing them to deform,
Department of Public Health had just released                      be curating a series of public art installations       and my groceries fall out.
their Treasure Island Community Transportation                     focused on the fabricated designs, that will move      What’s a durable, inexpen-
Plan, made possible through a grant from                           by Xtracycle throughout the city, before the racks     sive market bag?
State Department of Transportation, with recom-                    are installed permanently on Treasure Island. See
mendations for how to create a model bike- and                     sfbike.org/chain for the upcoming exhibitions.
pedestrian-friendly community. There’s a huge                                To see photos of the winning bike rack
opportunity for the redeveloped island to be truly                 designs and to learn more about the SFBC’s work
sustainable — between 3,500 and 5,000 housing                      to make Treasure Island a model city for bicycling
units will be located within a 10-minute walk of a                 and walking, see sfbike.org/treasureisland.
transit center. The competition was a valuable way
to engage people with the Plan and the Island.                     Winners:
          The bike rack competition received 70                    Kirk Scott, Todd Gilens and Kody Kellogg
high-quality submissions in just three weeks’ time,
                                                                                                                          A: When it comes to biking with
which reflects well on the talent in San Francisco                                                                        groceries, you’re right; a bag that
and the interest in designing functional and                       Honorable Mentions:                                    holds its shape is important.
beautiful bike racks.                                                                                                     Although there are plenty of pan-
                                                                   Ryan Dempsey, Gabriel Phillips, Eugene wong, Mark      niers out there that will do, I have
          I organized an interdisciplinary panel for               Flaming and Geoff Palmer                               heard good things about the quality
the competition to include leading people from                                                                            and performance of Jandd and
the fields of architecture, design, urban planning,                                                                       Inertia Designs grocery panniers.
                                                                                                                          Not only are they sturdy, but they
public art and public transportation: David Baker,                                                                        fold up and out of the way when not
Architect at David Baker + Partners and SFBC                                                                              in use. They are made to fit the size
                                                                                                                          of a paper grocery bag, but you can
                                                                                                                          also use the pannier itself as the
                                                                                                                          bag. The Jandd pannier has a shoul-
                                                                                                                          der strap and the Inertia Designs
                                                                                                                          pannier has two handles to easily
                                                                                                                          carry them into a store.
                                                                                                                              Attaching Wald fold-away bas-
                                                                                                                          kets to your rear rack is an inexpen-
                                                                                                                          sive alternative to panniers. They are
                                                                                                                          sturdy and you never have to worry
                                                                                                                          about forgetting a bag since they are
                                                                                                                          permanently there; the downside is
                                                                                                                          that they are kind of heavy.
                                                                                                                              An allowance of about $50 per
                                                                                                                          pannier will definitely get you at
                                                                                                                          least a decade’s worth of usage.
                                                                                                                          Don’t forget to use your SFBC mem-
                                                                                                                          bership card at local shops to get
                                                                                                                          10% off your purchase. For more
                                                                                                                          information on how to shop with
                                                                                                                          your bike, see sfbike.org/racks.

                                                                                                                          Ask your question on the
                                                                                                                          Bike Buddy Forum at:
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                                                                                                                          sfbike.org/bikebuddy
                                                                                                                          or email: bikebuddy@sfbike.org.

                                                                                                                          Learn the best way to get around
                                                                                                                          town on our monthly Bike Buddy
The outline of the bike rack mimics the shape of Treasure Island and the “X” on each rack marks its location on the
                                                                                                                          Route Rides, see the Chain of
island. Design by Kirk Scott.
                                                                                                                          Events on pages 13-14 for dates.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PHoTo BY: DUSTIN JENSEN
             Above left and facing page: SFBC members and every-
             day cyclists hold signs and banners at our Bike to Work
             Day rally at City Hall to show support for the SFMTA's
             upcoming decision to double the number of bike lanes.
             Above right: Supervisor Bevan Dufty and SFBC member
             Ted Strawser pedal to City Hall.
                                                                                                 Hundreds of thousands
             Below: Gary Fisher modeling his custom B. Spoke Tailor
             suit at the Bike Away From Work Fashion Show.
                                                                                                 of San Franciscans pedaled
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                                                                                                 out for the 15th annual
                                                                                                 Bike to Work Day.
                                                                                                 For the second year in a row, twice as many bicycles                         These city leaders were joined by hundreds of
                                                                                                 as cars headed downtown on San Francisco’s                               cyclists who stood with the SFBC on the steps of
                                                                                                 Market Street. Bicyclists made up 66% of the                             City Hall to rally support for the historic decision to
                                                                                                 eastbound traffic at Market Street and Van Ness                          double the number of bike lanes in San Francisco.
                                                                                                 Avenue, while motorists comprised 31% during                                 Throughout the city, riders enjoyed tasty treats
                                                                                                 the morning commute from 8 to 9am. (The remain-                          and beverages and the camaraderie of fellow
                                                                                                 der was transit vehicles and taxis.)                                     cyclists from the morning commute through the
                                                                                                     On Bike to Work Day, a biking trend swept City                       evening Bike Away from Work Party at Rickshaw
                                                                                                 Hall when a record number of city leaders rode in                        Stop. SFBC volunteers cheered commuters on at
                                                                                                 SFBC Commuter Convoys, including Board of                                27 Energizer Stations around the city and handed
                                                                                                 Supervisors President David Chiu and supervisors                         out more than 5,000 collectible tote bags brimming
                                                                                                 Eric Mar, Carmen Chu, Ross Mirkarimi, Bevan Dufty,                       with awesome bike goodies and bicycling safety
                                                                                                 David Campos and John Avalos; as well as SFMTA                           information. The excitement increased the
                                                                                                 Director Nathaniel Ford; SFMTA Board Chairman                            strength of the SFBC when nearly 700 people
                                                                                                 Tom Nolan; City Attorney Dennis Herrera;                                 became SFBC members. A hearty hello to the new
                                                                                                 Department of Public Works Director Ed Reiskin;                          members who joined on Bike to Work Day.
                                                                                                 Mayor Newsom’s Director of Greening, Astrid                              Welcome to the largest local bicycle advocacy group
                                                                                                 Haryati; and Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting. The                            in the country—we look forward to working with you
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                                                                                                 Convoys took circuitous routes to City Hall to show                      to make San Francisco a great biking city.
                                                                                                 these leaders the thrills and challenges of biking                           For more information on Bike to Work Day see
                                                                                                 on the dozens of streets that were up for approval                       sfbike.org/btwd.
                                                                                                 by the SFMTA on June 26.




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                                                                                                                                                                                 Get Involved!
A
                                            Thanks to these local sponsors                Also, thanks to the following gener-
                                            whose support made Bike to Work               ous vendors for their tasty treats in
                                            Day possible:                                 support of Bike to Work Day:

Huge
                                            511.org, California Pacific Medical Center    Arizmendi Bakery, Arthur’s Cookies, Atlas
                                            at St. Luke’s Hospital, Noah’s Bagels,        Café, Bear Naked Granola, Bi-Rite Market,
                                            Paoli & Geerhart, SFMTA, San Francisco        Café d’Melanio, Cala Foods, Chipotle,


Thank
                                            County Transportation Authority, and          CUESA, Dolores Park Café, Dynamo
                                            Timbuk2.                                      Donuts, Escape From NY Pizza, Falletti’s,
                                            Special thanks to Boogaloos, Black Rock
                                                                                          Honest Tea, Java Supreme, La Victoria
                                                                                                                                                                Bike Valet
You!
                                                                                          Bakery, Marcello’s Pizza, Noah’s Bagels,
                                            Arts Foundation, Brain Wash Café, Café
                                                                                          Ocean Cyclery, Park’s Farmers Market,
                                            Gratitude, Extreme Pizza, Il Borgio, La                                                                             Riding a bike to local events
                                                                                          Peasant Pies, People’s Cafe, Real Food
                                            Cocina, La Mediterranée, Little Star Pizza,                                                                         suggests so rich a character that
The SFBC would like to thank all our                                                      Company, Roxie Market & Deli, Safeway,
                                            Mikel Davenport Acupuncture, Mission
member-volunteers who made Bike                                                           Scharffen Berger, Tazza d’ Amore, The                                 you may expect to be rewarded
                                            Cliffs, Patxi’s Chicago Pizza, Pauline’s
to work Day an unrivaled success! A         Pizza, Pedal Revolution, Rickshaw
                                                                                          Fruit Guys, Valencia Whole Foods, Vélo                                with the luxury of free valet bike
special shout-out to interns Lisa Taylor,                                                 Rouge Café, Veritable Vegetable, and                                  parking. Justifiably famous in
                                            Bagworks, Suppenküche, Trader Joe’s,
Sherry Shannon, Constance Cavallas,                                                       Whole Foods Market.                                                   San Francisco, the SFBC’s Bike
                                            and Zuni Cafe for generously providing
Meli Burgueño, Matt Dove and Jasper         prizes for our Bike to Work Day raffle.                                                                             valet parking is like a coat check
Sherman-Presser. High fives all around                                                                                                                          for bikes. All you need to do is
to Dustin Jensen and Gwen Lutz for          Thanks to the Fair Trade Coalition for
                                            providing Fair Trade Certified Coffee to                                                                            show up, hand your bicycle over
putting on the glitzy and glamorous
                                            the SFBC’s Energizer Stations. Fair Trade                                                                           to an ever-helpful attendant and
bike fashion show at the Bike Away
from work Party. And thanks to the          Certified products directly support a bet-                                                                          enjoy the event without worry-
300+ member-volunteers who gave             ter life for farming families through fair                                                                          ing about the safety of your bike.
countless hours to hang posters, stuff      prices, direct trade, community devel-                                                                              SFBC Bike valet volunteers keep
the reusable tote bags, and organize        opment and environmental stewardship.                                                                               tens of thousands of bikes safe
and staff the Energizer Stations and        More information at fairtradecertified.org.
                                                                                                                                                                and secure — last year volunteers
Bike Away From work Party.                                                                                                                                      parked 3,100 bikes at the three-
                                                                                                                                                                day outside Lands Festival, 600
                                                                                                                                                                bikes a day at the Hardly Strictly
                                                                                                                                                                Bluegrass Festival and over
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                                                                                                                                                                1,000 bikes at the SFBC's Annual
                                                                                                                                                                winterfest Party.

                                                                                                                                                                Be a part of this famous SFBC
                                                                                                                                                                service — volunteer as a Bike
                                                                                                                                                                valet attendant! Not only is it
                                                                                                                                                                easy, it’s also fun! Give the pre-
                                                                                                                                                                cious gift of a worry-free fun
                                                                                                                                                                time to a fellow cyclist, all while
                                                                                                                                                                in the company of other friendly
                                                                                                                                                                volunteers. Not to mention it’s the
                                                                                                                                                                perfect opportunity to ogle and
                                                                                                                                                                admire up to thousands of differ-
                                                                                                                                                                ent bicycles!

                                                                                                                                                                want to help out at the Treasure
                                                                                                                                                                Island Music Festival, Power to
                                                                                                                                                                the Peaceful, or one of the other
                                                                                                                                                                fun summer and fall events
                                                                                                                                                                coming up? Email Lisa Ruth at
                                                                                                                                                                vbpvolunteer@sfbike.org and she
                                                                                                                                                                will hook you up with upcoming
                                                                                                                                                                volunteer opportunities.




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                                           C H A I N OF E V E N TS
                                                                                     JULY | A UG | S E PT

                                                                                                                                                                         FREE uRBAN CYCLING WORkSHOP:
                                                                                                                                                                         ON ROAD: STREET SkILLS PRIMER
             The SFBC’s cultural history
                                                                                                                           Tour de Fat 2009                              (DAY 2)
             tours and recreational rides                                                                                                                                JuLY 18, AuG. 22, SEPT. 12 |
                                                                                                                           SEPT. 26 | Sat. 9am-4 pm                      Sat.10AM−4PM
             are free for SFBC members                                                                                     Speedway Meadow, Golden                       Upper Haight
             unless otherwise noted                                                                                        Gate Park                                     The second part of our Urban Cycling
                                                                                                                           Kick off this ballyhoo of bikes and           Workshop, the Street Skills Primer class
             (a $5 donation from non-                                                                                                                                    follows a comfortable progression onto
                                                                                                                           beer with a fun and mellow bike
             members is appreciated).                                                                                      cruise through Golden Gate Park with          city streets, beginning with a short
                                                                                                                           your most fabulous bike costume.              review of the lessons from the intro
             Unless otherwise noted,                                                                                       Then enjoy the all-day solar-powered          course. After a basic bike maintenance
                                                                                                                           jamboree with live music, tasty eats,         session, riders will practice their bike
             call 415-431-BIKE or email                                                                                    free bike valet, and, of course, deli-        maneuvering skills in a car-free practice
             calendar@sfbike.org for                                                                                                                                     area before taking it to the streets in




                                                                                                 PHoTo BY: DUSTIN JENSEN
                                                                                                                           cious New Belgium beer! Join us for
                                                                                                                           this fun-filled day in the park spon-         small, intimate groups led by their
             more information. Rain                                                                                        sored by our friends at the New               instructors. Adults and anyone over
             cancels rides.                                                                                                Belgium Brewing company. New                  14 years of age are welcome; bicycle,
                                                                                                                           Belgium generously donates all the            helmet and preregistration required.
                                                                                                                           proceeds of this fun day to the SFBC          Registration information at sfbike.org/edu.
             *Events are not sponsored                                                                                     and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.
             or endorsed by the SFBC.                                                                                      Visit sfbike.org/fat for more info.
                                                                                                                                                                         Volunteer
             Events                                     SFBC’S BIkE-IN MOVIES
                                                        JuLY 29 | wed. 8PM
                                                                                                                           GIRO DI SAN FRANCISCO *
                                                                                                                           SEPT. 7 | Mon. 8AM−4PM
                                                                                                                                                                         SFBC VOLuNTEER NIGHT
                                                                                                                                                                         JuLY 8 & 22, AuG. 12 & 26 AND
                                                        rad                                                                Levi Strauss Plaza, Battery and Union         SEPT. 9 | wed. 5-8PM
             SFBC TREEHOuSE TALk: PAuL DORN             AuGuST 19 | wed. 8PM                                               streets                                       SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite1550
             JuLY 7 | Tues. 6:30PM                      Klunkerz                                                           Watch multiple races with pros and local      Bring your bike up!
             SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite 1550         SEPT. 16 | wed. 8PM                                                amateurs racing the streets of San            This SFBC tradition every second and
             Bring your bike up!                        Triplets of Belleville/Les Triplettes                              Francisco. Details at metromintcycling.org.   fourth Wednesday has been happening
             For Paul Dorn, bicycling is much more      de Belleville                                                                                                    for as long as we can remember, but
             than an effective means of city travel.    Good Hotel, 112 Seventh Street (at                                 SFBC NEW MEMBER MEET & GREET                  newcomers are always welcome. So
             He also considers it a great vehicle for   Mission Street)                                                    SEPT. 8 | Tues. 6:30−7:15PM                   stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with
             social engagement, self expression and     Enjoy a classic bike movie under the                               SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite 1550            fellow cyclists, and help us keep our
             personal transformation. The longtime      stars with the SFBC. For some extra                                Bring your bike up!                           organization rolling. Dinner is provided.
             SFBC member has aided prospective          comfort bring something to sit on. Free                            Been an SFBC member less than a               Bring a friend — the more the merrier!
             bicycle commuters for more than a          and open to the public. Complimentary                              year? New members are invited to join         Questions? Email kate@sfbike.org or
             decade with his popular advice website     Valet Bike Parking provided. Thanks to                             us to learn about SFBC advocacy,              just show up.
             and blog, and now his new book, The        the Good Hotel for hosting the bike-in                             education and community programs
             Bike to Work Guide: What You Need to       movie nights.                                                      that will make SF a model cycling city.       SFBC OuTREACH TRAINING
             Know to Save Gas, Go Green, Get Fit.                                                                          A great opportunity to learn more about       SEPT. 8 | Tues. 7:30-8:30PM
             Dorn will share his book, discuss the      SFBC TREEHOuSE TALk: BIkE PLAN                                     your friendly SF bike advocacy organiza-      SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite1550
             critical importance of advocacy, and       2009 – THE REST OF THE PLAN                                        tion and how you can get involved.            Bring your bike up!
             explain why the future for bicycle com-    AuG. 4 | Tues. 6:30PM                                              RSVP to tessa@sfbike.org or                   Interested in volunteering to do SFBC
             muting has never been brighter.            SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite 1550                                 415-431-2453 x303.                            outreach at events all over town, like
                                                        What’s in the Bike Plan? Bikes on                                                                                Bike to Work Day 2010, races, festivals
             SF BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE              Muni? Colored pavement for bike lanes?                             PARk(ING) DAY *                               and SFBC Service Stations? Then this
             MEETING *                                  Physically separated bikeways? Bike                                SEPT. 18 | Fri. All day                       training is a must! Learn ways to
             JuLY 23, AuG. 27, SEPT. 24 | Thur.         boulevards? All this and many more                                 All over San francisco                        engage people, how to sign up new
             6:30PM                                     actions and initiatives for better biking in                       PARK(ing) Day is an annual one-day,           members, and more! RSVP to
             City Hall, room 408 (Polk and Grove        San Francisco are in the Plan. Join us                             global event where artists, activists,        tessa@sfbike.org.
             streets)                                   for this conversation with the SFBC and                            and citizens collaborate to temporarily
             Everyone is welcome at this monthly        city staff to learn what else is in the                            transform metered parking spots into          SFBC TuBE TIMES FOLDING PARTY
             meeting. The BAC advises the Board of      Bike Plan and how we can make it real.                             “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public          * SPECIAL DATE *
             Supervisors on all matters bicycle. To                                                                        parks. More information at parkingday.org.    SEPT. 24 | Thur. 5-8PM
             place an issue on the agenda or to         SFBC TREEHOuSE TALk: PEAk OIL                                                                                    SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite 1550
             request notice of meetings, email Bert     AND LOCAL COMMuNITIES                                              FREE uRBAN CYCLING WORkSHOP:                  Bring your bike up!
             Hill at sfbac7bert@aol.com. More infor-    SEPT. 1 | Tues. 6:30PM                                             INTRO TO SAFE CYCLING (DAY 1)                 It’s time to get the October/November/
             mation at sfgov.org/bac.                   SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite 1550                                 JuLY 16 | Thur. 5:30−9:30PM                   December issue of the Tube Times out
                                                        After years of debate, many scientists                             Sunset District                               on the street! The SFBC office will be
             SFBC BOARD MEETINGS                        tracking energy supplies believe we’re                             AuG. 8 | Sat. 1-5PM                           hopping with friendly folks — chatting,
             JuLY 28, AuG. 25, SEPT. 29 | Tues.         past the peak rate of oil production.                              Bayview                                       snacking, and folding away until the
             6:30−8:30PM                                Statistics show that output peaked in                              SEPT. 10 | Thur. 5:30-9:30PM                  folding is done. Come out and help
             SfBC HQ, 995 Market St. Suite 1550         2008. Will the gap be filled using differ-                         Downtown                                      spread the news about biking in the
             All members are welcome at the             ent energy sources? How will declining                             This four-hour, in-classroom introductory     city. Dinner is provided. Questions?
             SFBC’s board meetings. For agenda and      oil supplies impact societies dependent                            course is perfect for new cyclists and        Email kate@sfbike.org or just show up.
             details, contact Leah at 415-431-BIKE      on cheap, convenient energy? What                                  those want to feel more comfortable
             x306 or leah@sfbike.org.                   about our own families and communi-                                riding on city streets. Class will cover
tube times




                                                        ties? Join SFBC member Michael                                     the basics for how to choose the right
                                                        Poremba and get the skinny on peak oil.                            bike, tips for the safest ways to ride
                                                        Learn how local communities are                                    in traffic and cyclists’ legal rights and
                                                        responding to peak oil and related global                          responsibilities. Adults and anyone
                                                        issues such as climate change.                                     over 14 years of age are welcome.
                                                                                                                           Registration information at sfbike.org/edu.



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Rides                                        SAN FRANCISCO’S PRESIDIO:
                                             A FRESH LOOk
                                                                                       Seacliff and Golden Gate Bridge,
                                                                                       Divisadero, Nob Hill, 21st Street in the
                                             JuLY 18 | Sat. 11AM-2PM                   Mission, and Clipper. With breaks and a
                                             The Spire, north of the Arguello Gate     moderate pace, this 45-mile ride should
LABOR HISTORY TOuR *                         (access via short dirt path just past     take around four and a half hours.
JuLY 5 | Sun. Noon−4PM                       the golf course parking lot).             Strong riders only, please. We will make
CounterPULSe, 1310 Mission St.               The transformation of the Presidio is     every reasonable effort to stay together
CounterPULSE and Shaping San                 accelerating, and changes to the for-     as a group. Rest stops announced on
Francisco director Chris Carlsson            ests, natural areas, architecture, and    day of the ride. Questions? Email Dan
conducts four-hour historical tours of       bike paths are worth a close-up look.     the Hill Man at dan@thereiders.com.
San Francisco by bicycle. Reservations       This bike tour of the Presidio’s back-
preferred. Sliding scale benefits            roads is led by a Natural Areas program   CRITICAL MASS *
Shaping SF: $15-50. Information at           volunteer and SFBC member. Easy ride      JuLY 31, AuG. 28 AND SEPT. 25 |
shapingsf.org/biketours.html                 on pavement — be prepared to ascend       Fri. 6PM
                                             twice to the Presidio’s ridge line.       Justin Herman Plaza
SFBC BIkE BuDDY ROuTE RIDE:                  Questions? Email dale987@gmail.com.       This ride is not organized nor endorsed
CIVIC CENTER TO OCEAN BEACH                                                            by the SFBC, but we do encourage all
VIA THE SuNSET                               SuNDAY STREETS!                           participants to ride happily, courteously
JuLY 9 | Thur. 5:30PM                        JuLY 19, AuG. 9, SEPT. 6 | Sun.
City Hall, Polk Street Steps                 10AM−2PM
                                                                                       and respectfully.                             Gas-Free Fridays
Every month, SFBC Bike Buddies hit           routes through the Mission and            BIkE BuDDY ROuTE RIDE:
the street to acquaint new riders with                                                                                               JuLY 10 | 7:30−9:30AM
                                             along the Great Highway. route            DOWNTOWN TO BAYVIEW-
common or challenging bike commute                                                                                                   City Hall, Polk Street Steps
                                             information at sundaystreetssf.com.       HuNTER’S POINT
routes in San Francisco. In July, you                                                                                                JuLY 17 | 7:30−9:30AM
                                             Sunday Streets opens miles and miles      AuG. 8 | Sat. 2PM
can learn the best commute route from                                                                                                Market St @ 12th St
                                             of streets for car-free fun. The SFBC     ferry Building
the Civic Center to Ocean Beach via                                                                                                  JuLY 24 | 7:30−9:30AM
                                             will be at these events with our          Every month, the SFBC Bike Buddies
the Sunset. The ride will begin at City                                                                                              Valencia @ 17th
                                             popular Freedom From Training Wheels      hit the street to acquaint new riders
Hall and end near Ocean Beach — if an                                                                                                JuLY 31 | 7:30−9:30AM
                                             program helping kids to ride on two       with common or challenging bike
impromptu Happy Hour ensues, even                                                                                                    ferry Building
                                             wheels. We’ll also be hosting a mini      commute routes in San Francisco. In
better! An experienced bike commuter                                                                                                 Declare your independence from oil
                                             Urban Cycling Workshop to teach adults    August, learn the best commute route
leads this ride at an easy pace; new                                                                                                 when you pedal your way to an
                                             tips and tricks to riding safely and      from downtown to Bayview-Hunter’s
riders are encouraged. Questions?                                                                                                    SFBC Energizer Station on Gas-Free
                                             predictably on city streets. Come out     Point; new riders are encouraged.
Email bikebuddy@sfbike.org.                                                                                                          Fridays to fuel up on coffee and
                                             and enjoy this temporary recreational     Questions? Email bikebuddy@sfbike.org.
                                                                                                                                     snacks. The SFBC wants to help more
                                             space. If you’re trained in SFBC                                                        people substitute one short car trip
MONTHLY GOOD ROADS RIDE                                                                BIkE BuDDY ROuTE RIDE: TO THE
                                             Outreach and would like to represent                                                    with a bicycle trip just one day a
JuLY 11, AuG. 1, AND SEPT. 5 |                                                         GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AND BACk
                                             the SFBC, email tessa@sfbike.org.                                                       week. In San Francisco, half of all
Sat. 10am−Noon                                                                         SEP. 12 | Sat. 2PM
                                             To help out with SFBC Bike Valet, email                                                 driving trips are under two miles
Meeting locations at                                                                   Duboce Bikeway
                                             vbpvolunteer@sfbike.org.                                                                in length, a distance easily traveled
sfbike.org/goodroads                                                                   In September’s Bike Buddy Route Ride,
The Good Roads crew will make our                                                      learn the best routes to the Golden           by bicycle. So grab your bike and
                                             FREEDOM FROM TRAINING WHEELS
usual sweeps through the Mission,                                                      Gate Bridge —- on the way there we            encourage a friend or coworker to go
                                             JuLY 19 | Sun. 10AM−2PM
Mission Bay, and other neighborhoods                                                   will go through the Presidio and on the       gas free. Want to help spread the
                                             Sunday Streets Mission route
to make your rides smoother and safer.                                                 way back we will go through Crissy            SFBC goodwill at Gas-Free Fridays?
                                             AuG. 2 | Sun. 1PM−2:30PM
Our goal is to mark every pothole,                                                     Field and Fort Mason; new riders are          Email tessa@sfbike.org.
                                             JfK Drive, west of Conservatory
crack, and trench with spray paint and       Drive, Golden Gate Park                   encouraged. For more information,
report them to 311 for rapid repair. We      AuG. 9 AND SEPT. 6 | Sun.                 email bikebuddy@sfbike.org.
usually average 50 potholes in just two




                                                                                                                                                                                         PHoTo BY: ANDY vAN wART
                                             10AM−2PM
hours. Following our street action, we’ll    Sunday Streets Great Highway route        WEST OF THE WEST RIDE
celebrate with drinks and lunch. First-      Join the SFBC in a car-free space for     SEPT. 19 | Sat. 1:30PM
timers always welcome; we’re a friend-       a group effort to get our kids riding     Palace of the Legion of Honor
ly group! Visit sfbike.org/goodroads for     without training wheels. Bring bike,      (Lincoln Park, Land’s end)
more information.                            helmet and a snack to share. We’ll take   San Francisco is the West’s West, but
                                             care of the rest. Questions? Call Neal    when was the last time you pedaled all
ICE CREAM SuNDAY RIDE                                                                  the way out to the Pacific Plate? This
                                             at 415-431-2453 x312. More information
JuLY 12 | Sun. Noon                                                                    ride will take a loping, loving look at the
                                             at sfbike.org/freedom.
Humphry Slocombe, 24th & Harrison.                                                     city’s western edge, stopping to explore
ride will depart at 12:30 for next           SEVEN HELLS BIkE TOuR *                   curiosities and celebrities along the way,
location.                                    JuLY 25 | Sat. 10am−2:30PM                ruins and relics and remarkable riches.
Join the SFBC for a fun and tasty ride to    Panhandle statue (Baker between fell      Two-hour ride. Have lunch beforehand;
at least six of San Francisco’s top ice      and Oak)                                  we’ll stop somewhere for a snack.
cream shops to sample flavors and            Hey masochists, get those granny gears
socialize. The ride will be a leisurely 10   oiled up — Seven Hells is back with
to 12 miles and will include a few hills
to work off the extra calories. Child rid-
                                             seven (and then some) of the City’s
                                             most devilish climbs. Be prepared for
                                                                                                                                     Save the Date:
ers (14 or younger) on their own bicy-       some very strenuous climbs and long,                                                    SFBC’s Family Day
cles are discouraged, since this ride will   flat rides: Twin Peaks, Mount Davidson,
require some skilled street riding. Bring    Ocean Beach to Legion of Honor,                                                         OCTOBER 11 | Sun. 11am-3pm
a lock, water bottle and ice cream                                                                                                   Doughboy Meadow Picnic Area on
money and hope for a hot day! To catch                                                                                               JfK Drive in Golden Gate Park
up with the group, call 954-937-2630.                                                                                                Join the SFBC, parents and kids as
                                                                                                                                     we enjoy a car-free Sunday in
PAVEMENT TO PARkS RIDE                                                                                                               the park with fun bike-related family
JuLY 18 | Sat. 10AM-2PM                                                                                                              activities, like the SFBC’s monthly
17th and Castro Plaza                                                                                                                Freedom From Training Wheels and a
Join the SFBC’s San Francisco Great                                                                                                  Bike Road-eo course that teaches
Streets Project as we check out the                                                                                                  two-wheelers with and without
sites of San Francisco’s public space                                                                                                training wheels basic bike skills. Show
movement. Starting at the city’s first                                                                                               off your baby bike seats, trail-a-bikes,
Pavement to Parks site in the Castro,                                                                                                and Xtracyles (or however your
we’ll continue on to three sites soon                                                                                                family gears up), and get advice at our
                                                                                                                                                                                SUMMER 2009




to be reclaimed in Potrero, Southern                                                                                                 Family Biking Showcase. Participate
Mission and the Excelsior. All are wel-                                                                                              in games, a bike parade, a scavenger
come, and it will not be a strenuous                                                                                                 hunt and more! Free! For more
ride. For more information, email Erin                                                                                               information, contact kate@sfbike.org
Rice at erin@sfgreatstreets.org.                                                                                                     or visit sfbike.org/family_day.



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                                                                                                                                                                            The percentage of merchants along                                                The percentage of older adults in the
             JOIN TODAY AND GET DISCOuNTS ALL OVER TOWN.                                                                                                                    Valencia Street that reported an                                                 U.S. reporting an inhospitable walking,
                                                                                                                                                                            increase in sales after the Valencia                                             bicycling and transit environment out-
             American Cyclery, Arizmendi Bakery*, Avenue Cyclery,                                                                                                           road diet and installation of bike lanes                                         side their homes who said they would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             walk, bicycle, and take transit more if
             Bay City Bike Rentals, Bespoke Cyclery, Big Swingin’ Cycles ,                                                                                                                                   60                                              their streets were improved
             Bike Friday, Bike Hut, Bike Nut, Bike Nook, Blazing                                                                                                            The percentage of merchants along
             Saddles Bike Rental, Box Dog Bikes, Chrome Bags,                                                                                                               Valencia Street that reported an                                                                                  55
             Citizen Chain, City Carshare, City Cycle, City Kayak,                                                                                                          increase in number of neighborhood                                               The percentage of older adults who
                                                                                                                                                                            customers after the Valencia road diet                                           reported no bike lanes or paths in their
             Credo Mobile, Custom Burger, DD Cycles , Dolores Park                                                                                                          and installation of bike lanes                                                   neighborhoods
             Cafe, Duboce Park Cafe, Farley’s, Freewheel, Fresh Air
             Bicycles, Golden State Health, Good Hotel, Good Pizza,                                                                                                                                            8                                                                              71
                                                                                                                                                                            The percentage of older adults (50+)                                             The percentage of adults in the U.S.
             Heavy Metal Bike Shop, Hole In The Wall Saloon, Lombardi                                                                                                       in the United States who make trips                                              who walked or rode a bicycle to
             Sports, Mike’s Bikes, Missing Link, Mojo Bicycle Cafe,                                                                                                         on foot or bike                                                                  school as youths
             Momentum Magazine, Noe Valley Cyclery, Nomad Cyclery,
             Ocean Cyclery, ODC Dance Studio, Pacific Bikes,                                                                                                                                                 50                                                                               15
                                                                                                                                                                            The percentage of older adults who                                               The percentage of the children of the
             Pedal Revolution, Performance Bicycle, Rainbow Grocery*,                                                                                                       make trips on foot or bike in Europe,                                            aforementioned adults who ride bikes
             Refried Cycles, Rickshaw Bagworks, Roaring Mouse Cycles,                                                                                                       where streets are more hospitable                                                to school today
             Sacred Grounds, San Francisco Cyclery, See Jane Run,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            5.2                                                                             48.1
             Sports Basement, Swobo, Timbuk 2, Valencia Cyclery,                                                                                                            The percentage of bicyclists nation-                                             The percentage of bicyclists nation-
             Velo Rouge Cafe, Warm Planet Bikes, Zipcar, Zoic                                                                                                               wide who regularly ride on bike lanes                                            wide who regularly ride on paved
                                                                                                                                                                            on paved roads                                                                   roads in lanes that are also used by
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