Championing a Strong SF Bicycle Coalition: Calling for Interested Board Candidates

What makes the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition one of the strongest and most effective advocacy organizations in the city? Over 10,000 passionate members committed to promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation is a big reason, along with diverse community partnerships and a hard-working staff.

There’s another critical, though less prominent, element to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s success: our all-volunteer Board of Directors.

Are you an engaged member interested in serving on the board? Here’s a quick overview of key questions:

What are the board’s responsibilities?

The top responsibilities of this 15-member team include fiduciary oversight, governance duties, strategic direction and fundraising — all with the goal of advancing the SF Bicycle Coalition’s mission and supporting our organizational health.

Board members also participate in regular meetings and public events, such as member gatherings and fundraising events. The board plays an important role in representing the organization on group rides and at events like Bike to Work Day.

How much time does board service take?

Most board members typically average two-to-three hours weekly, including evenings and weekends, with some seasons busier than others.

How does one become a board member?

Each year, half of the 15 board seats are up for election for two-year terms. Any current SF Bicycle Coalition member is eligible to run. All members may vote. We are preparing now for the 2016 board elections, with voting later this year.

If you’re considering board service, here are a few recommended steps to take:

  • Read more about board roles and responsibilities, as well as the top needs, skills and qualities that have been identified as board priorities this year
  • Come to an upcoming board meeting (Typically the last Tuesday of the month, and always listed on our events calendar. No RSVP necessary.)
  • Contact a current board member to ask questions or learn more about their experiences. August 22 is the deadline to declare interest as a candidate for this year’s board election. Write to with any questions.

Get additional information on these and other board-related topics at

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