Like most of us, the week between Christmas and New Years is spent eating cookies, lounging on the couch, watching movies, and drinking a lot. You know, having fun! But it’s probably time to get moving.
Here’s a perfect post-holiday bike ride to pedal off the pounds and take in some of the Bay Area’s most gorgeous scenery. This 20-mile ride is filled with ocean vistas, rolling hills and a lovely ferry ride back. And don’t worry, if the ferry isn’t coming for a bit, you can always grab a Bloody Mary or ice cream in Tiburon. Hey, no need to give up the holidays that fast. It’s not even New Years yet.
It’s been a great year for San Francisco biking, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. Today, as you prepare to stuff yourself with turkey or tofurky, raise a glass to some of our biking victories and our city’s exciting pedal-powered movement. And when you’re done gorging on mashed potatoes, you can give thanks that it’s never too cold to go for a bike ride in San Francisco. May I suggest the Butter Lap as a fitting ride for this gluttonous holiday? Without further ado, here are five bike-related things to be thankful for. I’ll make it brief—there’s a cranberry soufflé with my name on it.
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.
The more I hear about bike accidents the more excited I am about stylish bike safety. Wearing a Bern helmet and bike lights are not enough. And with Burning Man less than a month away, channel your inner playa baby with some tricked out bike accessories that help ward away potential road damage.
"As bare as you dare"—such goes the tagline for this year's World Naked Bike Ride. In protest of our dependency on oil, San Francisco joins cities both here and abroad for this ride against unsustainable energy policy around the world. Think of it like our monthly Critical Mass, only this time cyclists will be both angry and in the buff. The event happens to coincide with Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade (yep—same time, same place), so expect Market Street to be a veritable melting pot of green and nude.
Saturday, 3/12, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero at Market St.
Tomorrow is San Francisco's annual Bike to Work Day and the only excuses to not join this year's festivities are being bikeless or jobless. Then again, even if you are jobless, grabbing some coffee and a bag from an SFBC energizer station is a great reason to wake up before noon, especially with weather as awesome as this. Several of the energizer stations will have bike doctors ready and willing to do some quick and basic maintenance on the bike you've had collecting dust in your hallway since last year's Bike to Work Day, and SFBC will provide valet parking downtown (Market & Battery, 8a-6p) for cyclists whose employers aren't bike-friendly. First timers unsure of how to get from home to work can find a nearby commuter convoy departure location and ride downtown with a group of fellow commuters. If you work in the South Bay, are in good riding shape, and like waking up at the crack of dawn, join SF2G's group ride from the city to various peninsula destinations. And, of course, there's the annual Bike Away from Work party and fashion show at Rickshaw Stop, free for SFBC members, even those who join at the door. If you're not convinced why you should ride at all, check out the Exploratorium's special section on the science of cycling.
Pushbike SF is a small clothing and accessory shop on 24th & Treat Ave owned by cycling enthusiasts. In addition to selling sweet and stylish new and vintage cycling gear, Pushbike hosts photo and art shows with work from local artists. Swing by Pushbike this Friday from 6-9 for the opening of "Everyone on Bike," a collection of photos celebrating San Francisco's everyday cyclists by Jonathan Koshi. Photos will be available to buy in a variety of sizes and formats, ranging from note card sets to framed (and unframed) poster sizes. Beer provided by Pushbike.