Missing From this Year's Bluegrass Festival: Hundreds of Bikes Hanging From Trees

This year, no pick-your-own bike farm

The San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks has taken steps to prevent a repeat of one of the most distinctive features of the 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: Tree branches festooned with hundreds and hundreds of bicycles left by concertgoing owners who ran out of traditional places to park their bikes.

Last year, trees in the area surrounding the festival's stages sagged under the weight of bicycles as the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition-run valet parking area on Overlook Drive filled up early Saturday and Sunday. Some complained that the bikes damaged the trees.

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