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How Bicycles Helped Emancipate Women

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.

Photos: Box Wars at Dolores Park

Step one: Create cardboard armor and weapons.

Step two: Show up at Dolores park on Saturday afternoon.

Step three: Charge at your fellow cardboard wielding friends and duke it out.

 

New Parkwide Bike Share Program Launched

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.

Local Celebrities End Up in the Pool for TNDC

We all have a few celebrities we’d like to toss in a pool. Like Ryan Gosling, mainly because we want to see him wet. (Oh, come on. Tell me you don’t want to see that.) Ryan Gosling won’t be there, but Team Twitter will. 

Celebrity hurling has been a proud tradition for Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) since 1992, tossing celebrities like Robin Williams, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Mayor Willie Brown into a pool to support TNDC’s mission of providing safe, affordable housing in the Tenderloin for low-income seniors, families, and people with disabilities. 

Two Intense Workouts at Hayes Valley's Informed Body

Though I am not a marathoner, it seems an increasing amount of my friends are. Training includes not only running ridiculous distances, but adding in ample cross-training to prevent injury. Tucked away in Hayes Valley, Informed Body is an intimate exercise studio specializing in Pilates, yoga, and personal training. Pilates may be a fine workout for overall fitness,  but Kettlebell and Gyrotonics are two completely different, wholly effective stretch and strength workouts ideal for the avid runner. 

Great Local Bike Gear for Wet Riding

As is evident by this week’s weather, winter is just a hop, skip and a puddle jump away. But that doesn’t mean you have to hang your bike up for the season. In fact, pedaling in the rain can be a really enjoyable experience. It just means knowing how to ride on wet streets—a little slower, making sure to hit the Muni tracks perpendicular and being visible. It also means having the right gear.

A Gallery on Wheels: Papergirl Delivers Art on Bikes

Art and bikes have a storied and passionate marriage. From the 1920s photographs of the Tour de France to the custom painted frames of today, artists have long been attracted to the two-wheeled canvas. Local artists Heather Tompkins and Nazir Agah are taking this love even further with their participatory art project, Papergirl SF.

Biking in Heels: A Step-By-Step Guide for Stylish Ladies On Two Wheels

San Francisco is home to some of the sexiest sporty girls around. I’ve seen girls ollie over MUNI tracks in mini dresses, met women at cocktail parties who still have climbing chalk under their fingernails, and witnessed a parade of skirt-wearing ladies bike down Market Street. This week, I noticed something new - women biking in heels.

Where To Get Equestrian with Guided Trail Rides, Lessons and More In The Bay Area

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Whether you're a bareback champion or a wishful greenhorn, the Skyline Equestrian Center and Ranch in the Oakland Hills is the perfect place for learning the basics of horseback riding. Starting at $40, group and individual lessons cover English-style riding, as well as tacking, grooming, and handling. More advanced equestrians learn how to take on dressage and some jumping techniques. 5750 Redwood Road, Oakland, 510-336-0850, skyline-ranch.com

Scenes of the City: Cal Bears at AT&T Park

This for week's Scenes of the City we hung out inside and outside of AT&T Park for a couple odd events. One was the aforementioned Cal Bears football team playing in the park (they will be playing most of their home games there because of renovations to their home field). The other is the first-ever water polo match in McCovey Cove. As part of effort to garner support for their sport, the UC Berkeley Alumni Water Polo team vs. The Olympic Club Water Polo team played a match in the somewhat frigid waters of the bay.

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