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Causes: Environment, Health, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Sports Associations & Training Facilities

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

Programs: In 2011, the sfbc education fund stepped up its programs to educate bicyclists about safe riding, as well as reaching out to motorists about safe driving. We helped grow the city's safe routes to school program, working closely with the sf department of public health and other partners, to reach second and fourth graders in 15 local schools with the message of safe walking and biking. We also organized and led the city's third annual bike to school day with more than 2,000 people participating. We also continued our free classes teaching kids to ride, "freedom from training wheels," and our regular family day events in the park. Throughout the year we hosted free urban cycling workshops, teaching hundreds of adults how to be confident, safe and respectful when biking on city streets. These classes, in partnership with the sf municipal transportation agency, help promote safe streets and biking in san francisco.

we continued, and even expanded, our ongoing promotion of bicycling in 2011, making it easier for more people to try bicycling as a safe, affordable, healthy, and convenient way to move around. Our successful outreach events include bike to work day, in which tens of thousands of people try biking, and regular energizer stations, in which we recognize and celebrate people who are already biking. We also reached out to local businesses to help their employees feel comfortable and confident in trying bicycling.

in 2011, we continued to be a core partner in san francisco's growing sunday streets program. We organized hundreds of volunteers for each of the regular events, which open up streets to people for healthy activity such as bicycling, walking, and skating by closing them to cars for a few hours on sundays. We are proud to have helped san francisco become one of the first major north american cities to launch such a program, and today continue as a core programming partner and the lead volunteer organizer, which includes recruiting, training and managing hundreds of volunteers each event.

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