The fences are going up as we speak…
The nice folks at Dolores Parks Works just told us the news!
There’s a party to celebrate:
Mark your calendrrrs!!!!
UPDATE: I mean…
@missionmission remember as the North side opens the South side of Dolores will close for reno. The playground will remain open.
— Dolores Park Works (@dpworks) June 2, 2015
On Friday night I watched the Cavs-Hawks game at Pop’s, ate a really good burger at the Big Rec (now softly open at 3066 24th Street), saw Cocktails open for Wild Nothing at the Chapel, did a quick Jaeger shot at Doc’s Clock, danced like an animal during Lustmord’s set at the Gray Area Festival, ate two bacon-wrapped hot dogs, danced a little more at Baobab, ate birthday cake at my cousin’s house, ate another bacon-wrapped hot dog and then went home.
Along the way I ran into a bunch of people, one after another:
It was pretty fun. It reminded me of the San Francisco of 2010 that David Enos wrote about so poetically.
In 1894 the Pullman Strike cut San Francisco off from all physical communication.
From the San Francisco Examiner on July 7, 1894:
“An enterprising citizen of Fresno has organized a bicycle mail relay from that city to San Francisco to carry letters only. The route taken is west to Gilroy, then north through San Jose to this city.”
For $0.25 you could have a letter carried relay style from a bike shop in San Francisco all the way to a bike shop in Fresno. From there, or 16 other cities along the route, the local post office could deliver your letter right to the recipient’s door.
This weekend the route will be recreated. All that’s left is to get some mail.
In 1894 each letter was carried on the backs of 8 different bike messengers over 210 miles. The journey took about 18 hours, riding single speed bikes on mostly unpaved roads.
800 stamps were produced so quickly that an glaring mistake was overlooked. San Francisco was misspelled San “Fransisco.”
Full story here: Ingenuity, Murder, Fraud and Fixies (San Francisco in 1894)
On Friday a small group of friends will commemorate this ride by departing from a bike shop in San Francisco and tracing the same route to Fresno. None of them are bike messengers, and in fact, this will be the longest ride of their lives.
All they need now is mail.
This is where you come in. Stop in Mission Bicycle Company any time between now and 6:00 pm on Friday night if you would like to send a commemorative postcard to anyone in Fresno.
Don’t have any friends in Fresno? The recreators will hand deliver a message to any of the following stops.
Spokeasy Public House (bar)
“Unnamed awesome little taco truck”
Metal Mark Climbing & Fitness (where the crew will be showering after 18 hours on a bike)
After 121 years, the price remains $0.25.
In NIMBY, USA it’s a miracle out of scripture that Mission Crit organizer, James Grady, was permitted (literally) to carve out a triangular velodrome on a Saturday night.
The total cost to produce the race is nearing $10,000, which is coming from a handful of sponsors and a crowdfunding campaign. In an unconventional move, the SFMTA agreed to waive the $30,000 fee normally charged to reroute buses. Some members of ISCOTT, the committee that regulates street closure permits, “were dumbstruck,” Grady said. Race registration fees go towards cash prizes for the winners.
Spectators can buy tickets to win prizes like Kryptonite locks, Tshirts, and GoPro cameras. Proceeds go to the San Francisco Bicycle Messenger Association’s Broken Bones Fund, which helps messengers in times of need.
Last year’s Mission Crit featured 20 racers in a parking lot. This year the mens race sold out and has a waiting list of 17. Two teams are coming up from Los Angeles.
In organizing the event, what was most remarkable for Grady was, “how supportive the Bay Area bicycle community is. I’m just a guy with an idea. This could not have happened without the overwhelming support of the community.”
Like any track race on a real velodrome, all bikes are fixed (no coasting). And while it may seem counterintuitive, riding brakeless is essential to the participants safety.
“There’s been a dramatic increase in the popularity of cycling but there are very few opportunities to see an actual bicycle race” Grady said, explaining his motive for organizing the race. “The goal of the Mission Crit is to promote cycling and community.”
The men’s race is at capacity but if you’re a woman (1 in 10 registrants at press time) there is still time. Register here. Winner gets $200 in cash.
Fixed gear only (no freewheels)
No brakes. Even if they’re disconnected, take ‘em off.
Clipless pedals strongly encouraged
Lights and GoPros permitted
Just show up this Saturday, 4/11. The women’s race is at 8PM, the men’s at 9PM.
The best spots for watching should be 18th and Treat, or 17th and Harrison. If you want an inside corner (to get closest to the action), stake out a spot before the race begins. Crossing the course during the race is extremely dangerous for you and the racers.
To make sure the crit is invited back next year, pack out your trash and use the provided Port-a-potties.
This police scanner recording from a couple months ago in response to a reported hookup in Delirium’s bathroom would make a great auto-tuned song.
Dispatch: “Okay, it’s a 311 at 16th and Albion … at The Delirium? And there are people having sex in the bathroom, no description.”
Officer: ” … No sex seems to be happening.”
Dispatch: ” … 311, 16th and Albion, no sex happening.”
Let’s make that happen, someone with musical skillz.
Looks like last night someone set about giving this neighborhood what it really needs, a ball pit.
— Capp Street Crap (@cappstreetcrap) March 11, 2015
But then things got a little too messy and they had to take care of it.
— Abby Ayckbourn (@achyabby) March 11, 2015