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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

San Francisco Is Very Dangerous But Not Deadly for Cyclists, Report Says

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

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San Francisco is the most dangerous city in California for cyclists. But there's good news in that troubling tidbit, according to  a city report: San Francisco is not the most deadly city in California for cyclists.

The injury rate for bike riders in San Francisco — over 75 per 100,000 residents — is almost double that of any other California county between 2009 and 2012, according to the "Population Health" report released by the city Controller earlier this month. In Alameda County, where plenty of people ride bicycles, the accident rate was barely 40 for every 100,000 residents. 

But our riders are bruised and not broken. "Paradoxically... San Franciscans were the most likely to be injured but the least likely to be killed," the report found.

Do we just have stellar helmets or damn good luck?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Cops Reunite Cyclist With Stolen Bike, Releases Suspect

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 4:22 PM

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Fortunately, a San Francisco woman was reunited with her stolen bike. Unfortunately, the suspect linked to the crime is back on the streets. 

According to Officer Albie Esparza, some cops were patrolling the area on Market Street near UN Plaza at about 1:37 p.m. on February 9 when they saw a guy riding a bike on the sidewalk, which isn't legal. When they stopped him, they noticed the bike had a "SF SAFE" bike registration sticker on it. The dutiful cops contacted the SAFE program and verified through staff that the bike belonged to someone else — not the man pedaling it about.  

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Eroica: A Chance to Bike As They Did in the in the Early 1900s

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

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Ever had the desire to live out the legendary Italian cycling racing heritage, from the glory days of pro-cycling, back before EPO and HGH? Want to ride the legendary Strada Bianche in the hills of Tuscany, but don’t want to pony up airfare to get to that fancy gravel? Well, Eroica, perhaps the only vintage bicycling race in the world, is coming to California this April, as the first event of its kind stateside, and if you’re lucky you can still score a spot.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

SAFE Bikes Claims 20 Percent Decline in Bike Thefts In 2014

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 4:10 PM

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It’s been a year since SAFE Bikes launched a campaign to reduce bike theft in San Francisco. SAFE was created to educate people about good locking techniques and about what to do when their bike is stolen. Maybe just as important is the registry system that SAFE provides.

The SAFE Bike registry makes it easy to prove that you own your bike if it's stolen and recovered by the police, and likewise, it makes it easy for the police to find the owners of registered bikes. I was curious if this combo of education, advocacy, and registration has actually worked to cut down on theft and increase recovery of stolen bikes in the last year so I asked Morgan St. Clair, the Public Safety Specialist and SAFE Bikes Manager about the first year of the program.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Guy Seen Riding a Penny-Farthing Down Market Street Like It's No Big Deal

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Headed to meet friends at the bar? - JASON DEIBEL
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  • Headed to meet friends at the bar?

Well, this guy took us very seriously when we warned commuters to stay away from BART today and find some other form of getting around town. 

Much to the chagrin of Market Street drivers (and maybe other cyclists), this very normal-appearing guy was reportedly taking up more than his fair share of the lane as he casually pedaled his penny-farthing through downtown with a backpack in tow. 

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Here Is How We Can Bring More Mountain Bike Trails to S.F.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 10:40 AM

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While the Bay Area might be a major destination for road cycling, it hasn't got much in the way of mountain bike trails. Sure you can slog up and down the fire roads like I do but there isn't much legal singletrack designated for mountain bike use.

Bell, the company that makes helmets, has partnered up with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to offer a $100,000 worth of grants for worthy mountain bike projects. Somebody should get on this and help bring a real trail system to the region.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Here's a Great Gig for Unemployed Cyclists

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 11:09 AM

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I’d never consider taking up the dubious mantle of  a Brand Ambassador until now. Blackburn – a company that's been making ubiquitous black aluminum racks and bottle cages for bikes for decades – has come up with a rebranding strategy enlisting a bevy of adventurous cyclists to ride across the country pedaling the company’s new adventure cycling gear.

If that sounds like your idea of a dream temp job / vacation and you’ve got a rad Klout score (does that still exist?), then you should consider throwing your helmet in the ring.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Small-Batch Builders Offer An Alternative to Big-Box Bikes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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I’ve always had a hard time separating my love for riding bicycles from my love of bicycles themselves. It's that passion that's created my obsessive interest in the production of bicycles, and an extensive knowledge of small companies, custom frame-builders, and other craftspeople that populate the specialty cycling marketplace.

One thing that I have noticed lately is that there’s a new category of bike company that's not like the big companies, like Trek, Specialized, and Giant, or tiny boutique frame-builders that make everything custom to order. These small companies make batches of bikes, usually in stock sizes and models, but they usually make them here in the USA by hand, and they don’t make a whole lot of them.

And these companies are growing.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Cyclist Confronts Driver Over Three-Foot Law (VIDEO)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

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Check out this video that was recently posted on Youtube which shows a driver (who is possibly a local firefighter) blasting past a cyclist a little too close for comfort.

According to cyclist and YouTube user derekhigh, the driver was violating the newly enacted three-feet law, which is exactly what it says: drivers must keep within three feet of cyclists on the roads. 

So what does this video tell us about the three-foot law that has been in effect more than two months? Perhaps you'd say that two months is enough time for the widely publicized update to the California legal code to sink into the brains of drivers across the state. Maybe it has sunk in, but drivers don't care. Or maybe drivers in general don't have the spatiotemporal coordination to keep three feet from a cyclist when passing. 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hey Cyclists: A Bike Path on the Entire Bay Bridge Is Happening

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Currently, you can only bike from Oakland to just past the bridge tower. - STEVE STOWELL/FLICKR
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  • Currently, you can only bike from Oakland to just past the bridge tower.

The SF Business Times is reporting that $10 million has been allocated towards a bike path on the western span of the Bay Bridge.

The east span already has one — kinda. It’s still under construction, as the continued existence of the original span is in the way, so instead of running all the way to Yerba Buena Island, it dead-ends just past the bridge tower. But it’s scheduled to be finished by Labor Day. Finished, that is, to the halfway point. The new funding is the first step towards making it possible to bike all the way across the Bay.

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