Insult to injury: Help find this fire victim’s stolen bike

Ben explains his plight:

I am one of the residents displaced from my home by a fire at the restaurant Maverick a little bit ago. While most of my stuff survived the fire a little damp and smokey, in the time between the fire and when the building inspector said it was safe to return to the building to sift through our belongings, sub human scum broke into the units and took everything of value. While most of my stuff can be easily replaced the one thing that hurt the most was the theft of my beloved red bike. It’s a Surly Cross Check with the stickers removed. It has Paul brakes. In the rear there is one black brake arm and one silver one from a crash. The stem has an organic apple sticker on it that never fell off. Four years ago I used it to ride from Philadelphia PA out here to SF and it has a lot of sentimental value and I love her. I know it’s a long shot but if you guys could spread the word of this I would really appreciate it. And maybe she’ll find her way back to me.

Dia de Los Muertos bicycle gear skull


Rad! And available on a t-shirt just in time from Mission Bicycle!

Here’s what Critical Mass is looking like these days

Gotta click through to see Doc Pop’s video on Tumblr. Looks roughly similar to years past, despite everybody saying Critical Mass is over and done.

How to make a rear bike light using a front bike light and a souvenir die from Vegas

Bay Area Bike Share is coming to the Mission!!!

And there’s a meeting tomorrow night to discuss the particulars:

Bay Area Bike Share, like many bike sharing programs, is awesome. Expanding into the Mission and other neighborhoods is going to make it TOTALLY awesome.

Here’s a helpful map:

I myself can’t make it to the meeting, but as long as there are stations at Dolores Park, St. Francis Fountain and the Secret Alley, I should be okay.

Bikes, bands, booze tonight at the Rickshaw Stop

Tunes4Tubes, the annual party and fundraiser for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, is going down tonight at the Rickshaw Stop.

The lineup includes hometown funk/soul masters Con Brio and Whiskerman plus the Balkan-fusion outfit Cradle Duende and comedy from Sean Keane; silent auction items include prints and photography from SF artists and gift certificates for massages, sweet bike gear, and local food and booze. What more could you want? Stop being so demanding.

Facebook deets here.

Sick stunts on a clunky bike-share bike


[via Velo Vogue]

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