Nothing exercises the hammies and knees like a brisk bicycle ride. Combined with a hearty off-trail shag or blow break, that is. If the benefits of this alterna-biathlon have heretofore escaped your notice, take a gander at Bike Smut, the anything-but-coy touring program of erotic short films. A skin-baring celebration of cycling and screwing under the sun -- this sixth incarnation is called "Turning Trixxx" -- Bike Smut offers the wittiest and most stimulating pretense imaginable for exhibitionists, voyeurs, and porn-happy environmentalists to assemble.
Bike theft is a constant problem in San Francisco, and while more and more people are traveling and commuting by bike, many of them still don't know how to lock their bikes safely and securely. According to the SFPD, bicycle thefts are "crimes of opportunity," and "a thief's worst enemies are time, light, and noise." This means that if you are knowledgeable, aware, and prepared for locking your bike safely and correctly, you'll never have to worry about losing it.
Daylight Savings Time ended on November 1, and while everyone most likely enjoyed the extra hour of sleep, it also means that our morning commutes are now a little lighter and our afternoon commutes are steadily increasing into total darkness as winter approaches. For those of us who commute via bicycle, this means braving the bike lanes during rush hour is even more dangerous because cars are less likely to see us. That is exactly why the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the SFMTA have teamed up once again for their annual "Light up the Night" program, a citywide campaign to distribute and install free bike lights to those riding without them.
Welcome to The Spokesman, our bi-monthly bicycle column written by French Clements, a San Francisco resident and distance cyclist who considers it pretty routine to ride his bike to Marin County or San Jose and back. He belongs to a club, the SF Randonneurs, and is active in numerous aspects of the cycling community.
Defining Eric Staller's best-known artwork is like summing up a great city: You can't do it easily. Moving sculpture? Urban interventions? Art you can lock up outside? I still don't know.
But also like a great city, there's some communal vitality that's key to understanding his work.
Do not be alarmed if you witness a group of guys covered in mud flying past you on bicycles tonight -- it's just a quick, in-city cyclocross race. Tonight at 5, racers will meet at Mash Transit to participate in an alleycat-style cyclocross race called Cutty Cross. Cyclocross is essentially a road bike with knobby tires, built for racing in dirt and mud, and they have been gaining a lot of popularity recently in the United States.
One of the sketchiest and scariest sections for pedestrian and bike commuters across the city is about to become a lot safer, after the SFMTA Board of Directors unanimously approved (7-0) the Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project on Oct. 16 at City Hall.
World famous for his skateboard graphics, tattooing, graffiti, fine art, and his work with REBEL8, S.F. resident Mike Giant is a living legend. He recently exhibited a collection of old Think graphics and new works for his solo show at Fecal Face Gallery, "Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder" and now he's here to drop some truth bombs on the philosophy of living.
It's not as crazy as it sounds. There will be no sewer gators or teenage mutant ninja turtles (unfortunately). You don't even have to get your feet wet. This Saturday, Oct. 13, the S.F. Public Utilities Commission invites you to hop on your bicycle and follow them on a free guided tour of San Francisco's treatment plants, pump stations, storm drains, outfalls, and green infrastructure installations.
Two years ago, after a fact-finding trip to a few bike-friendly cities in Europe, some S.F. heavy hitters came home glowing with good ideas.
Forthwith, the Board of Supervisors approved legislation laying out a goal for the year 2020: that 20 percent of our city's vehicle trips be by bicycle. Hurrah! Also, holy shit! That'd mean an increase of, um, 571 percent.
Sure, biking is infectiously popular here (up 71 percent in five years), but it ain't the Spanish Influenza.
On the last Friday of every month, hundreds of bicyclists gather in cities around the world for Critical Mass -- a ride geared at reclaiming public space, bike rights, and good times. This week marks the 20th Anniversary of Critical Mass, which originated in San Francisco. Art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, and other Critical Mass festivities will be held every day of the week, including the big ride on Friday, Sept. 28 (leaves at 6 p.m. from Justin Herman Plaza).