Fitness + Outdoors
Happy Bike to Work Day! Thousands of people, including the Mayor, are pedaling to the office today. In celebration of San Francisco's biggest biking day of the year, I decided to forgo my usually wordy diatribe on how great biking in SF is (it is!), and instead let the numbers do the talking. Here are a few stats to get you excited about the big bike day. Happy pedaling!
Sunday Streets took place in the Mission yesterday with loads of music, bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, and absolutely gorgeous weather. Valencia Street was closed to car traffic from 14th to 24th St. and 24th was closed from Valencia to Hampshire St. Three more Sunday Streets will take place in the Mission this summer (June 3, July 1, and August 5) and Dogpatch, Chinatown, the Panhandle, and the Outer Mission will also be car-free on certain Sundays through October. Check the full schedule here.
Next Thursday, May 10, is Bike to Work Day, San Francisco's biggest bike day of the year. On last year's Bike to Work Day, bikes accounted for 75% of morning traffic on Market Street, and this year even more people are expected. If you're new to biking, thinking about trying biking in SF, or even if you're a seasoned commuter, Bike to Work Day is a great day to pedal. Here are four ways you can get involved in the big bike day:
For the 2nd year in a row the Red Bull Ride + Style took over Justin Herman Plaza. The event focused on infusing the fixed gear biking culture with the work of several local SF artists on the obstacle course. The day consisted of bike races around the course and then a series of free style duels on jumps and rails. Enjoy the slideshow.
The beloved Bay to Breakers is fast approaching on Sunday, May 20. The 12km race is a little under 7½ miles, and whether you plan to run, walk, or be dragged in a shopping cart (oh wait, you can’t do that anymore) you’ll need the proper kicks to power you through and complement your killer costume.
Although it's intended for those under 12, the new Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park is a hit with the big and small. Parents, teenagers, and kids are all enjoying the new multi-faceted addition to the Mission. The playground is color coded for different age groups that includes a sand box, 45 foot super slide, natural stone and wood climbing areas, swing sets, and an area with a series of chimes and instruments. Check it out for yourself and bring the kids along....or not.
If you don’t have kids, you might not know that today is Bike to School Day in San Francisco. Earlier today, hundreds of kids across the city pedaled their way to class. The inclement weather didn’t seem to slow them down (SF kids are tough like that!). If you have a kiddo and missed the event today, no worries, there are still plenty of opportunities to get you and your little one pedaling:
With the small size of commercial spaces in San Francisco, gyms and other indoor workout spots often have to specialize in order to accommodate. It's great news if you're looking for personal attention in your Pilates class, but if you're an exerciser who craves novelty, trotting from gym to gym to mix up your routine can be wearying (and expensive). Studiomix, a new shrine to physical culture near the intersection of Van Ness and Geary, is hoping to change that, offering seemingly every conceivable workout experience in a single gym with a single membership fee.