There are only two Thursdays left in July, which means there are only two SFBC Happy Hours left! SFBC happy hour is like those magical hours at your favorite bar but instead of deals on booze in one palce, the SFBC pick a location along popular commutes each week and offers tasty treats, a free tire pumping, and deals at local businesses. This week's happy hour is at Fell and Masonic, so for those of you who regularly wiggle your way home to the Haight and beyond, this is your chance to catch some free stuff during your commute. Next week catch happy hour at Duboce Park. SFBC Happy hour runs from 5-7.
If you're a bike lover looking for a special someone, head out to the San Francisco Bike Coalition's annual dating game, Love on Wheels, tonight, February 9, at PUBLIC WORKS. In true "Dating Game" style, each contestant will quiz three unseen potential dates on their velo appreciation and chose one to pedal away with at the end. This year's tunes will be provided by DJ Jamie Jams (of the Knockout's monthly 90s dance party, Debaser) as bike lovers of all makes, sizes, and vintages mix, mingle, and dance. The event is 21 and over, doors at 6, game at 7.
Your childhood ice cream shop probably wasn't as foodie-focused as San Francisco's shops, and your childhood bike was smaller than your city bike, but few things scream "childhood" like the combination of ice cream and bicycles. Grab your bike, a lock, your allowance, and get nostalgic this Saturday, August 14 with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's second annual ice cream ride. The approximately eight-mile route will hit five of San Francisco's delicious creameries, beginning at Xanath on Valencia St. at noon—and you'll work off calories between stops! Follow SFBC on Twitter to catch up with the group if you're running late. The ride is free for members, with a suggested $5 donation for non-members.
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.
Today is the last day to buy tickets online for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's annual Golden Wheel Awards, a celebration of bicycle advocacy and street improvement leaders. This year's keynote speaker will be city supervisor David Chiu, whose District 3 includes North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and Polk St. This year's honorees will be smooth pavement advocate Michael Helquist and SF Streetsblog, a "daily news source, online community and political mobilizer for the Livable Streets movement." The awards ceremony will be held at the War Memorial Building's Green Room on Tuesday, April 27 from 6-9pm, and tickets start at $75.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's annual Winterfest will be held on December 6 at SOMArts Gallery from 6:30 - 10pm. This year's party will include beer from bike-loving New Belgium, DJs Laron and ShOOey, an art auction, a silent & auction (including bikes, gift certificates, and a 90-minute bike ride and lunch with city supe David Chu), a craft show, and food vendors from across the city. And if that's not enough, the SFBC will also auction off a handcrafted bicycle quilt. Entry is a suggested $15 minium donation for SFBC members but if you aren't a member and would like to join, $40 at the door will cover your admission and a one-year SFBC membership. And yes, admission includes beer.
Find another use for used bike components and random scraps tonight at the SFBC's hands-on bike craft workshop. The SFBC will supply the materials, but if you're dying to make use of that drawer full of old tubes, tonight might be the time to bring them out. SFBC also encourages to bring small needle-nosed pliers, wirecutters, or scissors if you have them. The craft workshop is tied to SFBC's annual Winterfest, coming up on December 6, so if you don't want to take it home you can help raise money for the SFBC by donating it to the Winterfest Craft Table!
After the success of their screening of Rad and May's bike-in Disposable Film Festival, SFBC is sponsoring another bike-in movie tomorrow night in the parking lot of the Good Hotel at 7th and Mission (8pm). This month's film is Klunkerz, which tells the story of the birth of mountain biking in Marin and how it spread around the world. Mountain bike legend Gary Fisher will be there for a quick Q&A session after the film. And what's a film screening without concessions? Some of SF's favorite street food like Gobba Gobba Hey and the Magic Curry Cart be nearby for a quick bite during the movie. SFBC will provide valet bike parking.
Tonight, one week after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against an appeal to the citywide bike plan's environmental impact report, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition executive director Leah Shahum joins Carl Anthony (Urban Habitat), Jeff Tumlin (Nelson\Nygaard), Harrison Fraker (UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design) and Benjamin Grant (exhibition curator) for a SPUR symposium, "The Post-Carbon City: Planning for abundance in an era of dwindling resources." The discussion focu
Brendt Barbur's Bicycle Film Festival has grown from a modest NYC film screening into a multi-city, international festival. It returns to San Francisco's Victoria Theater again this year, Tuesday, July 14 through Saturday, July 18. Check out the full schedule here. Festival passes are available for $30 and provide access to all screenings, or you can choose to buy individual programs.