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Leif Haven

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Leif Haven is a writer and cyclist living in the Bay Area. He can be spotted dragging himself up a hill — literally and metaphorically.
News, The Snitch The Future Looks Weird at the Market Street Prototyping Festival (Slideshow)

The Future Looks Weird at the Market Street Prototyping Festival (Slideshow)

If you’re wondering what the future holds for Market Street, you can bet that it holds a whole lot of plywood, and public participatory art works. After reporting on the well-connected event at the Rapha Cycle Club last November,…
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News, The Snitch Bay Area Bike Share to Expand Ten-Fold By 2017

Bay Area Bike Share to Expand Ten-Fold By 2017

The Bay Area Bike Share, which right now only scatters 700 bikes across a swath of San Francisco and the Peninsula, will be expanding rapidly in the next two years, under a proposal to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Five…
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News, The Snitch Stolen $7,000 Smart Bike Rescues Itself

Stolen $7,000 Smart Bike Rescues Itself

Can a smart bike rescue itself if there’s no one around to see the blinking LED that says it’s stolen? Tuesday morning, Bill Kiriakis drove in from the North Bay to The New Wheel to pick up his brand new…
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News, The Snitch Spinlister Smart Bikes Could Be a Great Alternative to Bikeshares

Spinlister Smart Bikes Could Be a Great Alternative to Bikeshares

“What we're doing is going to revolutionize and disrupt the entire bike share industry/model.” That’s Andrew Batey of Spinlister writing to me and who knows how many other bloggers in an email. Usually, that kind of hyperbole doesn’t really…
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News, The Snitch What to Take on Your Bikepacking Trip

What to Take on Your Bikepacking Trip

I’m taking off for the weekend, jumping on my bike and riding across the bridge to the headlands and up to Point Reyes where I plan to spend a couple days on the cold, windy beach, eating oysters and…
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News, The Snitch Why BART Bike Stations Are Actually Very Cool

Why BART Bike Stations Are Actually Very Cool

Yesterday, I was headed to downtown Oakland to do some work and run some errands. Halfway there, however, I checked my back pocket only to realize I had forgotten my lock. I was screwed. I'd have to turn around…
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News, The Snitch Finally, an App That Will Help Prevent Bike Collisions

Finally, an App That Will Help Prevent Bike Collisions

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication, sometimes shortened to V2V, isn’t a brand new concept, but Bike Shield is the first application of the technology that makes sense. While the auto industry has been waiting for the Germans to figure out how to…
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News, The Snitch Report: S.F. Is One of the Few Cities Where Cyclist Deaths Are Increasing

Report: S.F. Is One of the Few Cities Where Cyclist Deaths Are Increasing

It’s hard to argue with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths, but it’s much harder to actually eliminate fatal accidents. Vision Zero is an initiative that was adopted a year ago by the mayor and the board of supervisors…
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News, The Snitch Eroica: A Chance to Bike As They Did in the in the Early 1900s

Eroica: A Chance to Bike As They Did in the in the Early 1900s

Ever had the desire to live out the legendary Italian cycling racing heritage, from the glory days of pro-cycling, back before EPO and HGH? Want to ride the legendary Strada Bianche in the hills of Tuscany, but don’t want…
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News, The Snitch SAFE Bikes Claims 20 Percent Decline in Bike Thefts In 2014

SAFE Bikes Claims 20 Percent Decline in Bike Thefts In 2014

It’s been a year since SAFE Bikes launched a campaign to reduce bike theft in San Francisco. SAFE was created to educate people about good locking techniques and about what to do when their bike is stolen. Maybe just…
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News, The Snitch Here's How You Can Be a Real Bike Advocate in the Bay Area

Here's How You Can Be a Real Bike Advocate in the Bay Area

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about a that unpaid, but very fun gig for underemployed adventure cyclists, this week I’d like to point out that there are actually quite a few real paying jobs, or at least real internships,…
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News, The Snitch Here Is How We Can Bring More Mountain Bike Trails to S.F.

Here Is How We Can Bring More Mountain Bike Trails to S.F.

While the Bay Area might be a major destination for road cycling, it hasn't got much in the way of mountain bike trails. Sure you can slog up and down the fire roads like I do but there isn't…
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News, The Snitch Here's a Great Gig for Unemployed Cyclists

Here's a Great Gig for Unemployed Cyclists

I’d never consider taking up the dubious mantle of  a Brand Ambassador until now. Blackburn – a company that's been making ubiquitous black aluminum racks and bottle cages for bikes for decades – has come up with a rebranding strategy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Omni Commons in Oakland Stretches to Make a Community Space Permanent

Omni Commons in Oakland Stretches to Make a Community Space Permanent

Omni Commons is open now at 4799 Shattuck Street in Oakland — but in order to stay open, this shared space for Bay Area collectives is raising funds via Indiegogo. The ultimate goal of the group is to buy…
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News, The Snitch Small-Batch Builders Offer An Alternative to Big-Box Bikes

Small-Batch Builders Offer An Alternative to Big-Box Bikes

I’ve always had a hard time separating my love for riding bicycles from my love of bicycles themselves. It's that passion that's created my obsessive interest in the production of bicycles, and an extensive knowledge of small companies, custom…
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News, The Snitch Cyclist Confronts Driver Over Three-Foot Law (VIDEO)

Cyclist Confronts Driver Over Three-Foot Law (VIDEO)

Check out this video that was recently posted on Youtube which shows a driver (who is possibly a local firefighter) blasting past a cyclist a little too close for comfort. According to cyclist and YouTube user derekhigh, the driver…
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News, The Snitch Look Into the Future of Market Street at Rapha Cycle Club

Look Into the Future of Market Street at Rapha Cycle Club

The Rapha Cycle Club along Filbert Street is the local haunt of the upscale cycling apparel maker and its devotees. Next week the Cycle Club, which also happens to be a café, and sometimes art gallery, is hosting a show…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ghost Bikes: New Photography Book Focuses on These Bikes Across the U.S.

Ghost Bikes: New Photography Book Focuses on These Bikes Across the U.S.

Genea Barnes is working on a project to make cyclists safer on the road but it’s not a bike lane, a piece of city planning policy, a highly visible piece of clothing, or anything else that’s routinely touted as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A 24-Hour Fundraising Party: The Lab’s Telethon

A 24-Hour Fundraising Party: The Lab’s Telethon

The Lab has been around since 1984 — 30 years is an eternity in the world of non-profit art spaces, because they’re usually run out of town due to noise complaints, inability to pay rent, or other common issues…
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News, The Snitch Cyclists Won in This Election

Cyclists Won in This Election

Across most of the nation, transportation initiatives and ballot measures didn’t fare all that well. Here in San Francisco, we bucked that trend and voted for every pro-transportation and pro-bike ballot measure. In fact, every candidate that the San…
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