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Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's Bike to Work Day. So ... Bike to Work!

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
Happy #BTWD!

Based on nothing more than pure anecdotal observation, there appear to be about two-to-two-and-a-half times as many cyclists on Market Street inbound than on a typical weekday morning. That's because today is Bike to Work Day and, like less-than-observant Christians feeling obliged to take the kids to church on Easter, everybody's out! (That metaphor has some limitations, chiefly in that pedaling to work on two wheels is way more exhilarating that wearing a starchy hand-me-down bonnet in some pew.)

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

East Bay Theater Troupe Agile Rascal Kicks off National Tour — By Bike!

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM

AGILE RASCAL
  • Agile Rascal

Writing and producing a play requires sweat and sacrifice in even the cushiest of conditions: hours of daily rehearsal, endless revisions, personality conflicts between a sleep-deprived cast and crew. But taking a play on the road, performing it in cities from San Francisco to New York over three months, traveling entirely by bicycle?

Agile Rascal, an East Bay theater troupe, will attempt the feat this summer, after debut performances at Sports Basement in San Francisco on Friday, May 15, and the Omni Commons in Oakland on Saturday, May 16. A week later, the seven members will dip their back wheels into the Pacific Ocean and set off for L.A. , the first stop on a 105-day, 16-show journey across the country. They will average 300-400 miles of travel a week, staying mainly in campgrounds or the backyards of their friends and supporters.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Video of the Day: Bike Smut 6, Turning Trixxx

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM

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Nothing exercises the hammies and knees like a brisk bicycle ride. Combined with a hearty off-trail shag or blow break, that is. If the benefits of this alterna-biathlon have heretofore escaped your notice, take a gander at Bike Smut, the anything-but-coy touring program of erotic short films. A skin-baring celebration of cycling and screwing under the sun -- this sixth incarnation is called "Turning Trixxx" -- Bike Smut offers the wittiest and most stimulating pretense imaginable for exhibitionists, voyeurs, and porn-happy environmentalists to assemble.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Preventing Bicycle Theft: Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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Bike theft is a constant problem in San Francisco, and while more and more people are traveling and commuting by bike, many of them still don't know how to lock their bikes safely and securely. According to the SFPD, bicycle thefts are "crimes of opportunity," and "a thief's worst enemies are time, light, and noise." This means that if you are knowledgeable, aware, and prepared for locking your bike safely and correctly, you'll never have to worry about losing it.

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Fell and Oak Intersection to Get a Pedestrian and Bike-Friendly Makeover

San Francisco Bike Coalition Gives Out Free Lights for Cyclists

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

San Francisco Bike Coalition Gives Out Free Lights for Cyclists

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM

SFBC
  • SFBC

Daylight Savings Time ended on November 1, and while everyone most likely enjoyed the extra hour of sleep, it also means that our morning commutes are now a little lighter and our afternoon commutes are steadily increasing into total darkness as winter approaches. For those of us who commute via bicycle, this means braving the bike lanes during rush hour is even more dangerous because cars are less likely to see us. That is exactly why the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the SFMTA have teamed up once again for their annual "Light up the Night" program, a citywide campaign to distribute and install free bike lights to those riding without them.

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Fell and Oak Intersection to Get a Pedestrian and Bike-Friendly Makeover

Dying on a Bike Not All that Popular, Despite Recent Report

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Could the Seven-Person Bike Save Us All? No, But It's Awesome

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Eric Staller will not have the chicken. He will have the fish. - COURTESY ERIC STALLER
  • Courtesy Eric Staller
  • Eric Staller will not have the chicken. He will have the fish.

Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a club, the SF Randonneurs, and is active in numerous aspects of the cycling community.

Defining Eric Staller's best-known artwork is like summing up a great city: You can't do it easily. Moving sculpture? Urban interventions? Art you can lock up outside? I still don't know.

But also like a great city, there's some communal vitality that's key to understanding his work.

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Day Tripping Across the Bay by Bike: A Starter Course

Bicycles Don't Have to Be Deadly to Pedestrians

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Do This Tonight: Cyclocross Mud Race to an Art Show

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

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Do not be alarmed if you witness a group of guys covered in mud flying past you on bicycles tonight -- it's just a quick, in-city cyclocross race. Tonight at 5, racers will meet at Mash Transit to participate in an alleycat-style cyclocross race called Cutty Cross. Cyclocross is essentially a road bike with knobby tires, built for racing in dirt and mud, and they have been gaining a lot of popularity recently in the United States.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fell and Oak Intersection to Get a Pedestrian and Bike-Friendly Makeover

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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  • SFMTA

One of the sketchiest and scariest sections for pedestrian and bike commuters across the city is about to become a lot safer, after the SFMTA Board of Directors unanimously approved (7-0) the Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project on Oct. 16 at City Hall.

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Take a bike tour of the S.F. sewer system

Tips for Bringing Your Bike on BART at Rush Hour

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Life Advice from S.F. Street Artist Mike Giant (Video)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

JONAS NORMANN
  • Jonas Normann

World famous for his skateboard graphics, tattooing, graffiti, fine art, and his work with REBEL8, S.F. resident Mike Giant is a living legend. He recently exhibited a collection of old Think graphics and new works for his solo show at Fecal Face Gallery, "Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder" and now he's here to drop some truth bombs on the philosophy of living.

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How Not to Be an Asshole at Skate Parks: Seven Rules

Dear Champ: Advice from a Fictitious Pro Wrestler

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Take a Bike Tour of the S.F. Sewer System

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

BRYAN BANDUCCI
  • Bryan Banducci

It's not as crazy as it sounds. There will be no sewer gators or teenage mutant ninja turtles (unfortunately). You don't even have to get your feet wet. This Saturday, Oct. 13, the S.F. Public Utilities Commission invites you to hop on your bicycle and follow them on a free guided tour of San Francisco's treatment plants, pump stations, storm drains, outfalls, and green infrastructure installations.

See also:

We're Getting On: The Triumphs and Perils of a 2,000-Mile Bike Book Tour

Day Tripping Across the Bay by Bike: A Starter Course

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