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Review for San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Role:  Volunteer & reporting road hazards, some streetside outreach.