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.
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.
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.