Valencia Street Bike Freeze

And here’s a version aligned by bike. (Might be a bit jumpy for some — I suggested starting at the front wheel.)

 

 

 

Bay Area Bike Share bikes are unpacked and (almost) ready to go

Service starts August 29th! Sign up now and get a t-shirt and a special “Founding Member” key!

[via Bay Area Bike Share on Facebook]

Meet the creator of PARKing Day and the city’s first parklet this Sunday at Brava

Although a somewhat controversial subject considering the limited parking spaces in the city, pretty much everyone who doesn’t have to worry about finding a parking spot for their vehicle has nice things to say the whole phenomenon of PARKing Day and parklets.  Well, here’s your chance to chat with the guy who started it all:

Join us Sunday, July 21 as Design Cycle welcomes Matthew Passmore, co-founder of Rebar Group, for a tactile and conversational exploration of urban prototyping, an emerging movement that makes city design more innovative, collaborative and immediate.

Come early to experience an urban prototyping parklet with modular furniture, stage, live music and bicycle street food. The Urban-Proto-Parklet party begins at 6pm. Matthew takes the stage at 7pm to help us re-imagine public space.

Design Cycle: Urban Prototyping
Sunday, July 21, 7:00 PM
Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street

Citi Bike bike share bikes are, in fact, the best way to get around New York City

The proof is in the pudding:

Can’t wait for August, when we get a similar service here in SF.

[via Urban Velo]

7th annual Bicycle Music Festival to culminate in a pedal-powered block party in the Mission

Story time:  My mom is visiting the city this weekend for a teacher’s workshop, and I was racking my brain trying to come up with the perfect Saturday activity we could do that would best embody the spirit of San Francisco, when it suddenly dawned on me…

BICYCLE MUSIC FESTIVAL!  Where else can you find the perfect combination of bicycles, music (being powered and transported by bicycles!), food, and some of the raddest folks in town?  And to top it all off, the meandering route, which begins in Golden Gate Park, winds its way through the city until ending up in a ridiculous, fun-filled afterparty at 22nd and Bartlett (the same spot where the Mission Community Market takes place every Thursday).

Good thing I have an extra bike for mom!  It’s probably going to be even bigger than when the 2010 one temporarily took over Oak Street:

Pole dancing and BMX biking, together at last

Watch:

[via kottke.org]

Bay Area Bike Share launching soon, with no service in the Mission :(

Launch is in August, but no luck here in the Mission. Mission Local reports:

[T]here are no firm plans to build stations in the Mission at this point. SOMA, the Financial District and Embarcadero will share 35 stations with 350 bikes during the first stage of the pilot, which ends in early 2014. Other regional partners will divvy up the remaining bikes between San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City. A second stage, to be determined, will expand the service by up to 1,000 bikes. [link]

Dumb! I LOVE bike sharing. I go to DC every now and then just to ride their bike-share bikes. I went to New York last week to be there for the launch of their program, and it was awesome in every way (even despite several first-week glitches). Bike sharing will be awesome in SF, and for SF, so I’m bummed there’s no Mission service planned. Cross your fingers.

(Thanks, Jess.)

UPDATE: Although, I guess New York has the same problem. (But at least there are like three stations in central Williamsburg.)

Liberating a stolen bike with a pedal-powered angle grinder

This is almost as rad as the time that guy tracked down the guy who stole his bike on Craigslist and traveled all the way from Portland to Seattle to set up a sting operation.  From Fossil Fool:

Stolen bike recovered in heroic fashion on Bartlett St. as members of the Rock The Bike crew pedal power their way through a U-Lock. If your bike is stolen in the Mission, mobilize your networks to get lots of eyeballs working for you, pattern matching your bike against all the ones they see. Bike thieves aren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree…

Nice work SF cyclist community!

Reports that a garbage truck struck and killed a cyclist

This morning on South Van Ness between 16th and 17th.


[via KRON 4's FB page]

UPDATE: SFist has identified the cyclist as 21 year old Dylan Mitchell.

When Kevin Bacon was a San Francisco bike messenger

Our good pal Kate reminded about this gem from 1986 that stars Kevin Bacon as a hotshot stockbroker who loses it all and becomes a bicycle messenger on the mean streets of San Francisco.  Check out the trailer to also catch a glimpse of him racing a young Lawrence Fishburne down some speedy SF hills!

Also, more people need to be doing this in front of bars: