We like the bike lanes the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has gotten placed onto an ever-increasing number of city corridors, and the way the group's made it possible for riders to wheel their rigs onto Caltrain. But it's the SFBC's focus on bike-riding recreation that we truly adore. In the last four years, volunteers have taken crews on numerous two-wheeled journeys around the Bay Area, ranging from a community night ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the Perseids meteor shower, to a trek around historical S.F. punk rock spots (see "Punk on Wheels," Night & Day, July 23), to a peregrination to innovative urban housing projects.
Now cyclists should ready their tongues for the "Lick & Ride Ice Cream Tour," a free circuit around some of S.F.'s best local creameries, including the Mission's Mitchell's Ice Cream -- save us a double scoop of baby coconut and passion fruit! The expedition takes off at 1 p.m. from the steps on the Polk Street side of City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. (at Fulton), S.F. Admission is free; call 431-2453 or visit www.sfbike.org. -- Joyce Slaton
Free the Movies!
It's unavoidable: At some point, we all start measuring what things cost now against what they cost when we were kids -- clothes, candy bars, and, of course, movie tickets. In these economically edgy days, when watching a flick is as much investment as entertainment, it's a relief to know that you can get your theater itch scratched for free at the corporate-sponsored (warning: sales pitches) Movies in Motion. This outdoor festival features screenings of popular films like Legally Blonde and American Pie 2 in a state-of-the-art complex, plus lots of promotional goodies. Get free popcorn at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the CMP parking lot, 2 Bay (at Embarcadero), S.F. Visit www.moviesinmotiontour.com. -- Sunny Andersen
Do It Yourself Learning to float
The San Francisco Bay Area was once a much less convenient place: no Walgreens, no malls of any kind. A fella wanting, say, shoes might have had to find a way to make them. And if he'd wanted to get to anyplace coastal, he'd probably have gotten in a boat (no outboard motors, either, lazybones) -- again likely something hand built. Find out how people made canoes back when at the "Ohlone Boat-Building Workshop," where instructor Rico Miranda shows how it's done with tule, a wetland plant. At this Native American Cultural Centersponsored class, participants construct their own miniature canoes and test them out on Lake Merced. Meet at the Boathouse Sports Club Grill, 1 Harding (at Skyline), S.F. Admission is a $5 donation; call 621-3260 (for reservations) or visit www.nativecc.org. -- Hiya Swanhuyser