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October 26, 2012

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October 26, 2012

yes we need more bikes and bike lanes! i like SFBC!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

December 15, 2011

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December 15, 2011

Thank you for creating the great bike lanes on Market Street. They might well have saved my life while allowing me to ditch my car and avoid feeling being part of the herd on Muni.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 4, 2009

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December 4, 2009

This is one of the best-run, most highly-effective organizations out there. Fantastic, relevant outreach and communications; great, fun events; wonderful staff; and, best of all, outcomes: they bring about changes that result in safer and healthier streets and community for everyone. I have been a volunteer a part-time staffer, and member of SFBC, and I can't recommend them enough.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, positive, welcoming, diverse, reflective of the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 9, 2008

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September 9, 2008

what isn't great about the San Francisco Bike Coalition? They are super star bike advocates in the community, and shining examples for other bike organizations around the globe! not only do they try and get everyone on a bike, they make their volunteers feel like family. i've been a volunteer for almost 3 years now, and i wouldn't change a thing. the volunteer nights every 2nd and 4th wednesday is fun, interactive, and allows you to be a part of the bigger picture. and being apart of that inspires you to get more people involved. i love getting my friends to join the cause.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the bike lanes i ride everyday.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not be nearly as organized and amazing as the staff that runs it right now.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of being excepted into a family

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. hands down best people ever.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get every man, woman, and child on a bike.

Ways to make it better...

The city didn't put that damn injunction on the bike plan... grrr...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the bike plan injunction, and some ignorant city leaders, and citizens.

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone in the city should volunteer at least once if they haven't yet. you;ll fall in love with the SFBC too.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 27, 2008

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August 27, 2008

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has had a huge impact on life in San Francisco - and not just for cyclists. The Coalition has helped the city (and, working with other bike advocacy groups in the area) the larger Bay Area region develop a coherent plan for bicycles. In some neighborhoods - like mine, along Valencia Street - new bike lanes have been a core part of traffic calming that has revitalized the for residents, merchants, and pedestrians, as well as cyclists. I've been a member for a few years - I joined not long after I moved to San Francisco. I found out about the Bike Coalition when there was a street fair in my neighborhood and the Bike Coalition provided free, secure valet parking for bicycles. I began to see SFBC stickers on bikes everywhere. Mostly, I am just a dues-paying member who enjoys a 10% SFBC membership discount at my local bike shop, but recently I've started volunteering as a "Lane Steward." The Lane Stewards work with the Department of Public Works to identify road hazards in bike lanes and along bike routes. Thanks to an excellent relationship between the Bike Coalition staff and the city government, the hazards we identify are almost always fixed very quickly. I'm very proud of the difference we've made - I often bore my friends by pointing out the repaired potholes that I had a hand in. One final aspect of the bike coalition that has impressed me: the SFBC's advocacy of bicycles is based in a lot of careful research. That is to say, the Coalition is very careful to base its positions on claims and observations that have a wide legitimacy, and I think this is a big part of its success. Like any city, San Francisco has a wide range of stakeholders when it comes to urban traffic issues, and the bike coalition has an extraordinary record in getting people on board for a better city.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

implementation of a city-wide bike network (bike lanes and marked bike routes); improved pavement maintenance of the bike network; valet bike parking; clear, well-informed voice for bikes in the local press; membership discounts

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be in over my head.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping to pitch in to make the streets a little better.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome - everybody is very friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a gigantic impact on bicycle infrastructure in the Bay Area region.

Ways to make it better...

I don't think my experience could have been better - I think the Bike Coalition does an amazing job with the resources that it has.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the biggest challenge is an injunction against the city's bike network plan, and also some very big problems with the laws governing environmental impact studies in California (these regulations favor cars).

One thing I'd also say is that...

The bike coalition has grown enormously in the last four or five years - but it has done a great job with that growth. I hope this continues as it continues to grow.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 27, 2008

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August 27, 2008

I've found a profound sense of community three times in my life: first at my high school seminary; and next in the early years of AIDS activism. Today the community that rocks for me is the SF Bicycle Coalition. SFBC creates a vastly more liveable city by welcoming long-time residents and newbies alike in a common cause. Enthusiasm, dedication, openness to others, and street smarts makes SFBC a community-building force like few others. This is an organization that makes you WANT to do more, and it creates an environment in which everyone fits. The numbers speak: nearly 10,000 members make the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition their community of choice.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every part of the city: not only with safer bicycling but with energized neighbors transforming their parts of the city.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get regular massages and take up meditation! These are no easy leadership positions.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I've met working on projects. SFBC group activities are some of the most fun activities in the city with great people to get to know.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so cool I'd name my kids after them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make us wonder why they never got the money earlier.

Ways to make it better...

I had become much more active years earlier.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

stereotypical, off-the-mark attitudes about bicyclists and what they hope to achieve

One thing I'd also say is that...

new members always welcome! help SFBC do more..and the personal benefits are too great to pass up.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 27, 2008

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August 27, 2008

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is one of the most influential non profit organizations in our city. They are a growing and powerful group that maintains their grass roots style of advocacy to get results. In this era of rising fuel costs and environmental awareness, the SFBC is making a difference today. Of all the ways I can contribute to creating a more sustainable environment for myself, my neighbors and my children, I feel like the SFBC is one of the most effective and well directed uses of my resources. They have a truly committed staff and are actively pursuing many important programs to better our community by promoting the bicycle for everyday use. If you’ve ever ridden on a bike lane, or enjoyed the Car Free Saturdays in Golden Gate Park, then you too have benefited from the work of the SFBC. They share my vision of creating a cleaner, safer and more humane environment for us to all enjoy. The bicycle is just the tool available to help us get there today. One of my proudest accomplishments has been to serve on the board of this great organization and I urge anyone who is even thinking about getting on two wheels to learn for themselves what the SFBC is doing for the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My commute to work was once like playing Russian Roulette with car traffic. Now there are safe bike lanes on all but one street of my commute.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep the office tidy.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with volunteers at streetside events.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The most commited, energetic well rounded, and intelligent people I have ever worked with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help implemement a newer and more robust city wide bicycle network very soon. This would help clean the air, quiet the streets, and reduce conjestion. Why must we wait?

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to this organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Overcomming the city wide bike plan injunction!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love all the staff!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 25, 2008

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August 25, 2008

I've been a member for more than 12 years. There are three big reasons I continue to both support and be part of the SFBC: 1) It's more than a non-profit. There are many organizations that I donate money to, but the SFBC is a group that I BELONG to. It's a community of people (almost 10,000 strong) that want to make SF a better city to live in and take an active role in making this happen. 2) It's fun. From volunteer nights to Winterfest to, believe it or not, our board meetings, the SFBC events are a lot of fun. Our members have a lot of enthusiasm for what we do. 3) We get results. I can see the effects of my involvement in the SFBC every time I bike down the Howard Street bike lanes, meet with City Supervisors and see a 5 year old learning to bike in Golden Gate Park.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

entirely dedicated to the cause and appreciative of my involvement.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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