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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2011 edited
     
    It seems like every time I visit San Francisco I notice a new bicycle and pedestrian centric development. More urban cyclists take the streets: fixies, commuters, cargo bikes, trailers, parents with kids in tow. Post what you discover about this great cycling city.

    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2011 edited
     
    American Cyclery on Stanyan near Kezar Stadium has two corner shops on opposite sides of Stanyan. One has regular retail selection and the other is museum-like with historic track bikes hanging from the ceiling and a jewelry case full of perfect vintage NOS Campagnolo parts, some for sale.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2011 edited
     
    The best things about urban cycling in San Francisco:

    1) Strong bicycle coalition, the mayor is a strong advocate -> the City puts in facilities like the mean it, and otherwise supports cycling every way it can.
    2) Fantastic bike route signage everywhere: Without signage, there is no way one could travel "The Wiggle" ("flat-ish" route between Market St. and the Panhandle), for example. Painted bike lanes.
    3) Huge market for bike rentals (mostly targeting tourists) puts a large number bicyclists out on the roads, all day; every day, of all kinds of skill levels.
    4) "Green Wave" at traffic lights adjusted for typical average bicycling speeds.
    5) SF Critical Mass is for everybody and is as good as it gets.
    6) Public transport is set up to support multi-modal commuting.
    7) Motorists seem fairly tolerant of cyclists.
    8) Fantastic opportunities for recreational cycling nearby, such as across the Golden Gate in Marin County.
    9) Bicyclists are everywhere (did I already say that?).
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2011
     
    Sigurd:
    5) SF Critical Mass is for everybody and is as good as it gets.


    you mean it's not just a bunch of hipsters trying to piss off drivers by going on the freeway or through the airport?

    yes, I know not all the riders here act like that, but that was my experience riding critical mass here...
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2011 edited
     
    threeflys:
    Sigurd:
    5) SF Critical Mass is for everybody and is as good as it gets.
    you mean it's not just a bunch of hipsters trying to piss off drivers by going on the freeway or through the airport? yes, I know not all the riders here act like that, but that was my experience riding critical mass here...

    I don't know that the group commonly known as "hipsters" has embraced SDCM in a big way for years: For awhile, a group of fixed gear riders tended to do something they called "Critical Pass", which meant staying behind at the Fountain when the main CM left, either to take off on a ride of their own, or (better yet!) to start late and then conduct a street race between themselves to see who could overtake the entire CM first (this usually involved weaving in an out of opposing lanes to dodge oncoming traffic) - how amusing!

    But aggressive, hood-banging, racing, insult-yelling, circling-at-the-most-annoying intersections behavior is not what characterizes SFCM: Emphasis is on strong leadership, slow pace on easy, short and sensible routes, ample regroupings, and a spirit that is generally all-inclusive of everybody and non-confrontational.

    At least, that's my happy experience from attending quite a few SFCMs. Come to think of it, seeing as I am presently nearby, I may do the SFCM tonight!
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2011 edited
     
    cite: Sigurd: At least, that's my happy experience from attending quite a few SFCMs. Come to think of it, seeing as I am presently nearby, I may do the SFCM tonight!


    @Sigurd: Where is the "like" button?

    @threeflys: My first CM was in SFCM back in 2009. Way back then my wife was recuperating from a knee injury. She couldn't do any bike ride let alone pedal. So I had her on the back of the Xtracycle. We rode side by side with another parent with a child in tow chatting and socializing all the way at 5-8 mph.
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    I plan to go to Marin BiketoberFest and Cargobike Jubilee next year
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2011 edited
     
    Visiting SundayStreetsSF, I had the opportunity to do a self walking tour and discovered the WIGGLE!

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011 edited
     
    I've never been to an alleycat race but an alleycat food drive to benefit a food bank is a great idea. See photos here

    The Supermarket Street Sweep is an annual bike race that benefits the San Francisco Food Bank! For the past five years, hundreds of participants have zipped around the city to local supermarkets and brought back thousands of pounds of food to donate to this wonderful charity.

    SMSW stats:
    2006: 80 racers - 1,172 lbs of food
    2007: 110 racers - 1,595 lbs.
    2008: 150 racers - 5,266 lbs.
    2009: 198 racers - 7,507 lbs.
    2010: 171 racers - 6,920 lbs. + $4,877

    Total Meals To Date:
    37,333




    Rules for Supermarket Street Sweep 2011
    All bikes welcome. Register at the Bow & Arrow on December 3, high noon. Bring $20+ to purchase the food items listed on the manifest. Only non-perishables in non-glass packaging will be accepted. Also bring a map, bag, lock, phone, water, and anything else you might need to complete the manifest.

    Speed: The fastest males and females will win top speed honors. Racers must go to all checkpoints and purchase all of items listed on the manifest. Racers who bring back extra food donations not listed on the manifest will automatically be entered into a drawing for additional prizes. (Note that there will not be fixed/road categories this year.)

    Cargo: The male and female cargo riders who pedal back the single heaviest loads of food will win. Cargo riders must go to all checkpoints on the manifest and purchase all of the items listed on the manifest. Additional food beyond that listed on the manifest may be collected anywhere along the route. Cargo riders are encouraged to fundraise and collect food donations ahead of the event.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011 edited
     
    For the 4th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep, 198 racers brought in 7,507 lbs. of food for the San Francisco Food Bank. Overall winner Jeremiah Ducate pedaled in 962 lbs after stopping at 5 different grocery checkpoints throughout San Francisco: http://supermarketstreetsweep.blogspot.com
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011 edited
     
    They sure know how to throw a Bike Party

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    Does anyone have any contacts in San Fran? I'm going to be up there for a marathon at the end of the month and would love to ride in their CM while there. Just a need a bike and some info. Whisper me if ya want to share personal contacts.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2013
     
    We're in the city for the weekend. Yesterday I rode from our hotel near Union Square out to the coast of Marin County. To get to the Golden Gate bridge I had to take a route through the city, of course. Love riding here, doing my usual thing. But at one point a car next to me slowed, and the passenger side window came down. I expected to be berated for "taking" the lane or something, but instead, the guy (obviously a local) says, "I just have to tell you that you are the safest and most polite bicyclist I've ever seen in the city." I thanked him and said I was from San Diego.

    Walking around later I started taking pictures of all the bikes locked up on the sidewalks.

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    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2013
     
    Bicyclist right hooked and killed by a garbage truck this morning in the Mission district:
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    What cyclists need to know about trucks:
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2013
     
    Serge2:Bicyclist right hooked and killed by a garbage truck this morning in the Mission district:
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cyclist-dies-in-SF-garbage-truck-crash-4542548.php

    "The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, died at the scene, police said. His bike was dragged for one block, finally coming loose at 17th Street and South Van Ness."
    Lesson for the day. If you're going to get run over by a truck, wear a helmet.
    Better yet, be aware of your surroundings, and always leave yourself "an out". Whether in a car, on a motorbike, or riding a bicycle.
    I'm wondering how old (experienced) the bicyclist was. Ever take driver's ed? Either way, garbage trucks are long wheelbase, NOT tractor/trailer (requiring a wide turn). Interested to see how this turns out, but why are the police and media so fixated on helmets to protect bicyclists from the motorist's actions?
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2013 edited
     
    The whole "was/wasn't wearing a helmet" thing is disgusting, as if that's relevant in these tragedies. The only thing I can figure is that they think anyone who rides a bike without a helmet doesn't care much about his or her own life. Kind of like someone who drives a motor vehicle without fastening their seat belt, I guess. The ignorance about bicycling safety and rights, and bigotry towards bicyclists, knows no bounds.
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    Update:

    Bicyclists Belong in the Traffic Lane

    Here is an update on the San Francisco fatal crash yesterday. The cyclist was IDed, and the police say he was traveling at a high rate of speed, suggesting that he was passing a truck on the right at the approach to an intersection where the truck could, and did, turn right. Don't do that!!!

    Bicyclists do not belong at the curb or road edge, especially not at intersections! Bicyclists Belong in the Traffic Lane!

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cyclist-in-fatal-S-F-crash-identified-4546566.php
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013 edited
     
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cyclist-in-fatal-S-F-crash-identified-4546566.php

    Nothing about the trash truck's movements moments before the crash, but predictably a lot of CYA victim blaming, as usual:

    "...[cyclist was] not wearing a helmet..."
    "...[cyclist was] traveling at a high rate of speed..."
    "...[cyclist] collided with the back of the truck..."
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013
     
    This is a street view of eastbound 16th approaching the intersection with Van Ness, where the crash occurred:
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    Looks very flat, as is typical in the Mission. There is no bike lane, but there is a parking lane. A truck like that has to slow down considerably to make a right turn. He may have passed the cyclist earlier, but the cyclist obviously caught up, and that can only happen if the cyclist gains on the truck, and continues without slowing. The way you prevent being right hooked is by refusing to allow your front wheel to get ahead of the rear bumper of a vehicle on your left. If you get badly positioned next to a vehicle that can and may turn right because it starts passing you and then slows... hit the brakes!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013
     
    Serge2:Bicyclist right hooked and killed by a garbage truck this morning in the Mission district:
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cyclist-dies-in-SF-garbage-truck-crash-4542548.php

    What cyclists need to know about trucks:
    http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/2008/11/30/what-cyclists-need-to-know-about-trucks/



    Thank you, Captain Hindsight!



    Can you please post some studies that talk about the safest lane position that also meet state policy goals? Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2013
     
    I don't know about any good studies on that - it's a difficult area to study because there is so little data on lane positioning and how it relates to safety. But, thankfully, studies are not the only way to obtain information. Not sure what state policy goals you're talking about or how they might be relevant.

    That article I linked above was posted in 2008, five years prior to this crash. Hardly hindsight.

    Captain Foresight
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2013
     
    I was looking for a bike shop in the vicinity of San Jose and, although it happened to be closed at the time, this review made me want to come back when Slough's was open:

    wish I could give 0 stars...I just started cycling about 4 months ago specifically fixed gears and i do not have thousands of dollars to spend so I had been restoring a vintage gitane over time piece by piece I stopped by slough's looking for a simple seatpost(which is extremely hard to find for an oldie like mine). The mechanic there continued to make fun of my bike, talk down to me, tell me there is no hope, made me prove to him I can stand over the frame, and more. All that for him to refuse service to me for not having a helmet or brakes(keep in mind you stop with resistance on fixies). 1. Why didnt you just refuse service at the beginning instead of putting me through ridicule? 2. It's none of your business if I wear a helmet or not! People if you are a bike snob and enjoy trying to elevate yourself above others than this is the shop for you...if you are a decent person go elsewhere...there are plenty of shops that are way more helpful and way more down to earth