Fitness + Outdoors
The noticeable presence of pro surfers in the city means that San Francisco surfers are doing their best to show off the city’s party side. Almost every night during the November 1-12 contest window of the Rip Curl Pro Search, there is something surf related happening somewhere in the city. While each party has its own unique flavor, one of the hottest events where you can mingle with the world’s best surfers is the Surfbreak Rentals Launch Party on November 5 at Public Works.
On Tuesday, November 1, the Rip Curl Pro Search, set “somewhere in San Francisco,” officially opens. It’s an event that has been anticipated by the local surf community for months and many of the world’s best surfers have been spotted at Ocean Beach in recent days, adjusting to the cold water and unique waves. After all the hype, it’s time for the big show. Let the surfing begin.
On Saturday, Civic Center was transformed into a snowboard park complete with ramps, rails and jumps. This was all part of the Downtown Throwdown series where $5,000 was up for grabs.
San Francisco is falling in love with the bike. More locals (7 in 10) are riding bikes, tourists are choosing the two-wheeled transit, and new bike projects, bike art installations, and bike news are happening on a near daily basis. Here's our roundup of cycle-centric news and events.
1. ARTCRANK Show Tonight! Bikes and art are a beautiful combination. Last week we wrote about Papergirl SF, which delivers art by bike. Today brings another fun bike/art project—ARTCRANK. Chrome Bags’ annual ARTCRANK poster event showcases some of the coolest bikecentric designs around. Drink some beer, look at some art, and celebrate with other bike-loving folks. Free bike valet by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, so just lock up your steed and enjoy the fun. 111 Minna, Friday, October 17, 2011, 7 pm.
2. JFK Separated Bikeway Approved! Yesterday, the Recreation and Parks Commission voted unanimously to approve a plan for separated bikeways on both sides of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. For those who commute down JFK on non car-free days, this 1.5 mile separated bikeway between Stanyan Street and Transverse Drive means a much safer daily ride and a key link in safe, crosstown bike routes.
Susan B. Anthony famously said that the bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Sue Macy’s book, Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a few flat tires along the way) tells you why.
From the influence on fashion (the first pants were for biking) to the impact the bike had on social justice and women’s lib, Macy’s book explores the early days of women and wheels. She will be reading from the acclaimed book this evening at Public Bikes from 6-8 p.m. More details here.
As New York City prepares for its citywide bike-share program, San Francisco is getting its own taste of bike-sharing. This week, the Recreation and Parks Department, in collaboration with three local bike rental companies, unveiled its newest project: Parkwide, a park to park rental service where you can rent a bike in one place and drop it off in another.
Bike rental is nothing new in San Francisco. Places like Blazing Saddles, Bike and Roll, and Bay City Bike have been outfitting tourists with hybrids and tandems for years. But Parkwide’s flexible drop-off design sets it apart from the ordinary bike rental and puts it more in the realm of bikeshare.