Category: Events in 2012

Midnight Mystery Ride tonight (check their website before going because of the rain)

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A great way to see SF in the middle of the night when bicycles dominate the empty night streets.  Remember to stay warm and bring lights.  Ding Ding!

More info here.

Update:  It’s raining and the ride could be canceled.  Please check their website before heading out.

SF Bike Party #24

One of the rest stops was at the wooden pier on the Embarcadero.

One of the rest stops was at the wooden pier on the Embarcadero.

The December edition of the SF Bike Party was held on Friday, December 7th.  The theme “Land of Misfit Toys” was a unique take on the holiday season. A few people dressed as nutcrackers and there was one man dressed like something a cross between a jester and an elf. SF Bike Party also collaborated with the SF Yellow Bike Project to collect toy donations at rest stops.

The route was very flat and covered the eastern side of San Francisco. They met at 8pm at McCovey Cove near AT&T Park and rode through the neighborhoods of Mission Bay, Dogpatch, South Park, South Beach, Telegraph Hill, the Design District and the ride ended in Potrero Hill outside of Axis Café.

There were a number of bike speakers that night but three of the large ones were wirelessly connected so that they played the same music. At stops, you pretty much knew where to find the dance floor.  Surround sound from three separate bike speakers, spaced equidistantly from each other and pointing inward.  Acoustically cool!

The best bike in show that night was a very brightly lit bicycle. It was fully decorated from the bike speakers to the wheels with bright LED lights that change color and the man riding it wore a fur coat (don’t worry, I am sure it is fake) decorated with lights. He was so bright you could see him more than a block away and he had an iPad mounted on the front of his bike with DJ software.

Another guy rode a cargo bike filled with toys. The toys were probably donations for the toy drive.

The weather was not bad- not very cold at all and there was a clear night sky.

Although the turnout was smaller than usual, 200 cyclists max, the vibe was the same as always- fun, rowdy, with people shouting “Bike Partay!”

It was actually not very cold that night, no wind, and the sky was clear.

It was actually not very cold that night, no wind, and the sky was clear.

The brightest and best in show bike that night was the one shown here.  It was actually bright enough to be seen blocks away.

The brightest and best in show bike that night was the one shown here. It was actually bright enough to be seen blocks away.

The bright bike had an iPad mounted up front with some DJ software on it.

The bright bike had an iPad mounted up front with some DJ software on it.

There were a few nutcracker costumes.

A few ladies sported nutcracker and elf costumes.

SFBC Winterfest 2012

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The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) held their 17th annual Winterfest event on Sunday, December 2nd at City View on the Metreon rooftop in downtown San Francisco.

Over a thousand attendees came and enjoyed an evening of bicycle-themed art, raffle prizes, and auction items while sipping on beer from New Belgium Brewery and munching on nosh from Banh Mi Love You Long Time and others.  Musical entertainment was powered by Rock the Bike.

SFBC Executive Director, Leah Shahum, gave an update on the SFBC’s progress and emphasized the challenges that still lie ahead for bicycle improvements in the city.  The audience cheered whenever a successful bike lane project was featured in the slideshow.  Leah closed with an expressive and sincere thank you to all the members and volunteers.

Here are some photos from the event:

The event was held in the gorgeous City View space on the rooftop of the Metreon in downtown SF.

The event was held in the gorgeous City View space on the rooftop of the Metreon in downtown SF.

The decor was bike lane themed with a long rug resembling a city street and table cloths resembling green bike lanes.

The decor was bike lane-themed with a long black rug resembling a city street and table cloths resembling green bike lanes.

Admission included a free cup of beer from New Belgium Brewery.

Admission included one complimentary beer from New Belgium Brewery.

Leah Shahum is proud of the SFBC's and bike community's accomplishments but warns about the challenges that lie ahead.  She says all the low hanging fruit have been plucked.

Leah Shahum stepped onto the stage and gave a speech. She’s happy for the progress that has been made but warns about the challenges that lie ahead. All the low hanging fruit have been picked and now the hard stuff is next.  They need the community’s support more than ever.

The crowd would cheer every time a successful bike project was shown in the slideshow.

During the speech, the crowd would cheer every time a successful bike project was shown in the slideshow.

Neal Patel, Planning Director at the SFBC smiles for our camera.

Neal Patel, Planning Director for the SFBC, smiles for our camera.

Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the SFBC, takes a photo with an SFBC member.

Leah Shahum, wearing a very cute black fascinator, takes a photo with a member.

Brett & Karen Thurber, proprietors of The New Wheel Bicycle Shop in Bernal Heights.

Brett & Karen Thurber are proprietors of The New Wheel Bicycle Shop in Bernal Heights.

One of the auction items was a nice fixie from Mission Bicycle Company.

One of the auction items was a nice fixie from Mission Bicycle Company.

A large city map was posted on a wall and comments about what bike lanes are wanted were solicited by sharpies and post-its.

A large city map was posted up and comments about desired future bike improvements were shared by attendees with sharpies and post-its.