Bikes

Memorial for cyclist marred by SFPD harassment

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A memorial and informational event this morning at the 6th and Folsom corner where a bicyclist was fatally run over by a truck last week was marred by a tense and unsettling confrontation with an SFPD sergeant who showed up to block the bike lane with his cruiser, lecture the cyclists, and blame the victim.Read more »

Tragedies remind us to pay attention and share the roads

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A pair of tragic news items involving bicyclists in San Francisco — one cyclist a victim, another a perpetrator — illustrates the need for all of us to slow down, pay attention, and safely and respectfully share the roadways of this crowded city.Read more »

Bike thieves blasted all over the Twitter-verse by the SFPD

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Thinking of stealing a bike in San Francisco? Think twice, as your face may be plastered all over the Twitter-verse by the SFPD’s new anti-bike theft Twitter accountRead more »

Amped on wheels

Chain, chain, chain: bike-friendly cafes to grease your gears and fuel your summer rides

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marke@sfbg.com

When our amiga Marcia of the Guardian's Tablehopping column hipped us that the Public Bikes store in South Park (123 South Park, SF. www.publicbikes.com) had installed a Saint Frank's coffee stand on its front porch, I hopped on Tim, my trusty steed, in search of other be-spoked, freewheelin' coffee options.Read more »

Sadik-Khan and her groupies urge bold action on the streets of San Francisco

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San Francisco and our timid Mayor Ed Lee could learn a few things from New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan -- who became a national hero to urban cycling advocates while being villified by some in NYC -- have quickly created hundreds of miles of new bike lanes and the nation’s biggest bike sharing program.Read more »

The street fight over bicycles, in NYC and SF

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[Ed Note: SF State Professor Jason Henderson, whose work we've covered for years, wrote this op-ed for the New York Times and customized this version for us]

A few weeks ago Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz inflamed the contentious street fight over urban cycling in America. Decrying bicyclists as an all-powerful enterprise and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg as an autocratic ideologue, her immediate target was the new bike share program rolled out in New York City in late May.  Read more »

Reactionaries hate bicycles

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After perusing a rather bizarre Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal the other day on the issue of bicycles as instruments of totalitarianism and being reminded of the idea that bike paths are part of a "new world order'', I've been asking myself, what is it that right wingers have against goddamn bicycles?Read more »

The zero-sum future

We can switch from cars to bikes, now. Or we can leave our kids a climate-change disaster

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tredmond@sfbg.com

It's going to take longer, sometimes, to get from here to there. Acres of urban space are going to have to change form. Grocery shopping will be different. Streets may have to be torn up and redirected. The rules for the development of as many as 100,000 new housing units in San Francisco will have to be rewritten.

That's the only way this city — and cities across the country — can meet the climate-change goals that just about everyone agrees are necessary.Read more »

Bike hot spots

Cycling in San Francisco is only as safe as its weakest links. Here are a few spots that need attention

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steve@sfbg.com

When a four-year-long court injunction against new bicycling improvement projects in San Francisco was finally lifted in 2010, there was great hope in the cycling community that the city would rapidly move forward on completing its long-planned network of bike lanes.Read more »

Sunday Streets hits the Embarcadero March 10

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We love the ocean breezes of Sunday Streets Great Highway, the jampacked activities of Sunday Streets Mission, the general feeling of being on the main thoroughfare of a neighborhood you don't usually hang out on with thousands of your city neighbors. Once again, the car-free family day is taking over the Embarcadero for its March 10 season opener.

More centrally located than the beach, more of a novelty than the at-times Mission version -- this could be a good one, and it's high time to re-acquaint yourself with the strip in these last days before America's Cup swoops in, anyway. Here's five ways to spend your SS Embarcadero: Read more »