SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COALITION

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Environment, Health, Sports

Location: 833 Market St, Floor 10 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: The mission of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is to transform San Francisco's streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco
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EIN 20-5182730
415-431-BIKE
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the bike lanes i ride everyday.

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.

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?

2008-8-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

be in over my head.

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?

2008-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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

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?

2008-8-01

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