With the temperature forecast to warm up this week, two great bike events are going on that combine film, entertainment and bicycles. And if you don't already know how much fun bikes can be, you will after this week.
The bike fun starts Wednesday evening, when DIY filmmakers and fans gather in the parking lot across the street from the Good Hotel at 7th & Minna for the inaugural Disposable Film Festival (DFF) Bike-In Movie Screening. Started in 2007, DFF celebrates the non-professional video capture technology that enables everyone to be a media maker with the click of a button (or two): mobile phone cams, Flip, and more. These portable and simple-to-use technologies are the new disposable film. The Bike-In Disposable Film Festival will show the best of the best user-submitted films (each under 10 minutes), then move inside for an after party sponsored by the SF Guardian. And it's free!
While the movies won't specifically be about bicycle culture, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will offer valet bike parking and attendees are encouraged to wade in the nostalgia of drive-in movies by biking there. Like the drive-ins of old—now and endangered species—bring a radio to tune into the audio and a blanket to relax on. Biking to the event is also a great way to warm your legs up for this Thursday's annual Bike to Work Day!
Every year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition sponsors Bike to Work Day, setting up 26 Energizer Stations throughout the city. If you aren't a regular bicycle commuter, this is a great day to join the throngs of cyclists who have already given up on MUNI or just enjoy riding around our fair city. Swing by one of the volunteer-manned Energizer Stations on your way to or from work for some coffee, snacks, and those tote bags you see from time to time. (They're great for carrying detergent and fabric softener to and from the laundromat.) SFBC and other sponsors will also host the annual Bike Away from Work Party and Fashion Show, this year at Rickshaw Stop from 6–10pm. Like the Disposable Film Festival, SFBC will offer free valet bike parking.