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Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Project Seeks Cycling Photographers

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 7:30 AM

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This is the season for bike contests. Have a look:

Contest No. 1

Submit a photo for inclusion in the upcoming book Where to Bike San Francisco, and you might win a couple of hundred bucks.

The Where to Bike series is great -- it covers a lot of major cities, and it's way past time that San Francisco got its own. Each route gets a writeup by Gary Boulanger, a Mountain View resident and board president of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. But the book needs photos. And that's where you come in.

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Check out the list of featured trails, and then head out and snap a few pics. The grand prize winner gets $300, runners-up get $100 to $200, and honorable mentionees get the pleasure of knowing that they contributed to the publication of fine literature with no financial remuneration.

"The important thing for submitters is to pay close attention to the list of rides and places to take photos," Boulangertold SF Weekly. "Some folks have submitted pictures taken on mountain bike trails; remember, this is a book about road and bike path riding."

Photos are due by May 1.

Among the featured routes: Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Mount Tam (obviously it will include areas outside San Francisco despite its title), Moraga Creek in Lafayette, Stanford University, and Palo Alto's Herbert Hoover Park. We hope the book will also include instructions for getting to the more remote outposts without using a car.

Contest No. 2

The bike coalition recently hit 12,000 members, but it's still looking to grow. It has cooked up a multilevel marketing scheme to make that happen. Current members get a unique referral code, then use that to recruit their friends with the offer of a $5 discount on the regular cost of membership.

And for everyone who joins with your code, you get an entry into a sweepstakes to win a Dutch bike. It's not quite a pyramid scheme, because there's really only two tiers. But WHERE WILL IT END, Bike Coalition? If half of the current 12,000 members each recruits two new members, and then half of the membership each recruits two members the following year, the Bike Coalition's ranks will hit 48,000 by 2012. That's about equal to the population of Cupertino.

And if we go one year longer at the same rate of growth, that's 12,000 plus 12,000 plus 24,000 plus 48,000 ... which equals 96,000. That's close to the population of Berkeley. A year after that, and it'll be the size of Des Moines. Next stop: Minneapolis. And finally, by 2017, the membership will be approximately equal to the population of San Francisco, at which point a bicycle will be installed as mayor.

And if exponential population growth isn't your thing, then perhaps you'd like to participate in Public's bike auction. It's auctioning off nine of their adorable models, with proceeds benefiting the SFBC.

Now get out there and win.

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