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If You Liked Yesterday’s Lower Haight Bicycle “Stop-In,” You’re going to LOVE Tomorrow’s Critical Mass – It’s OBEY THE LAW DAY!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Here’s the thing about Critical Mass, Man – it doesn’t have any LEADERS, Man.

Not officially, anyway.

But people are planning away right now, for tomorrow’s special OBEY THE LAW Critical Mass, July 31, 2015.

So this is the plan, Man.  As with the recent Stop-In, cyclists would collectively stop for stop signs and red lights. The supposed concomitant traffic chaos during a Friday Evening Drive will, somehow, TEACH US ALL A LESSON about something. We’re going to be super-sorry that the SFPD dared to enforce a section of the CVC.

Anyway, that’s the word on the street, from some interested parties. (Oh, and check the official* SF Critical Mass Twitter – maybe they’ll have something.)

We’ll see how it goes. (It’s hard to herd cats, of course.)

Tourists just loooove CM, generally, you know, once they’ve been seated at the CHAYA on Embarc…

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…or they’re already nearing their destination at the Fish Wharf:

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(Both these shot show serendipitous(sp?) moments – everybody’s trying to understand what they’re looking at.)

But locals, I don’t know. Some of them don’t like the Commute Clot. Like people who would otherwise be taking these MUNI rides home. See how they stretch to the horizon? That was how Crit Mass looked, back in the day

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Oh, you’re still here, Gentle Reader? Enjoy:

*And by that, the meaning is unofficial, officially. But, you know, wink wink, Man! Hey, don’t sue us, Man – that wouldn’t be groovy at all. ‘Cause like we organizers for these parades what sometimes have thousands of entrants, well, we have less liability insurance than the average impoverished Airbnb room letter. Man.

Bicycle Activists vs. the SFPD: “Wiggle Stop-In Event” Coming to the Lower Haight on Wednesday – “Advanced Media” Unwelcomed

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Look, a petulance parade:

“On Wednesday July 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm, please join us for our first Wiggle Stop-In event. We want to gather 50-100 cyclists to ride around the Wiggle/Lower Haight and stop at every stop sign in single file order. We want to make the point that, in fact, requiring cyclists to come to full stops at every stop sign is a really terrible idea for everyone on the road.

Grab your bike, ride to the Wiggle (the epicenter will be Waller and Steiner), and wait your turn for your chance to come to a full and complete stop at every intersection. Bonus points if you need to negotiate with other “vehicles” about who should be going first.

Let’s show Capt. John Sanford of Park Station that his choice to crack down on cyclists who aren’t following the letter of the law not only doesn’t make anyone safer but actually would create terrible conditions on our roads.”

Here’s your background:

And here’s your prior stab at a media stunt in this area, conducted by someone unfamiliar with, you know, our First Amendment:

Here’s What Your Bicycle Needs: A Gasoline Engine, So You Can Sound Like a Motorcycle – But Where’s the Helmet?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Bro just goes around the block around the block lately, with no particular destination in mind – or so it appears.

Anywho, in CA, you need an approved helmet to legally operate this kind of motorized bicycle:

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It makes such a big noise considering how small a ride it is…

Tour de France, Tour de Manche – Pedaling Downhill Through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle as Fast as You Can – Why?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Just asking, Bro.

What’s the speed limit on the Panhandle bike path? What should it be?

How fast do you think you can go heading west downhill on this bike path, with you out of the saddle, on your expensive lightweight bike, with skinny high-pressure tires, with your muscular thighs, with a strong tailwind? Bro, you’re going faster than anyone – what’s the point? You’re at the 99th percentile, or 99.9th, something like that, right?

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By this point, Bro wasn’t pedaling no mo, ’cause he prolly could see that traffic on Masonic was going to slow his progress anyway. But he wasn’t racing for a light, he was racing along for no apparent reason. Strava, perhaps?

Realize that this path passes over what functions as the sidewalks of Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, etc.

Should SFGov post speed limit signs? Mmmm…

Hey, you know what’s funny? Some people want, effectively, to kick peds off this Panhandle multi-use trail. “Go use the pedestrian path on the south side of the Panhandle [near Oak]” they say.

Is that the right way to look at things?

I think not.

Anyway, that’s the ‘sperpective of somebody who uses bikes to get around, as opposed to using bikes to race around…

Brocephus Update: Popping a Wheelie Block After Block in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle – Look Ma, One Hand!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Our Golden Gate Park Panhandle bike path / performance stage:

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The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Wants Its Members to Vote Away Members’ Voting Rights? – A Rebellion

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The Vote is On at our San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Let’s take a look:

Why is the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition updating its bylaws?

“In response to concerns from our members, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Board of Directors proposed an update to our bylaws that bolsters members’ privacy.”

Bolster member privacy? How are you going to do that?

“…the only effective way to properly respond to members’ privacy concerns is to provide members a chance to vote on eliminating the member-elected Board structure in our bylaws, and instead elect future Board members by a vote of sitting Board members. This would relieve the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition of the legal obligation to turn over our membership list referenced above.

Oh, so you want the Members to vote to take away the Memberses’ right to vote? Are you fucking serious?

(I’ll tell you, I don’t care all that much ’cause I, like most longtime cyclists in the 415, am NOT a member. And, you know, even with the Members’ existing rights, there was nothing to stop the board from endorsing Ed Lee for Mayor back in 2011, as it did, even though a fair polling of SFBC membership would NOT have yielded such a crass endor$ement, but oh well.)

Comes now Save the SF Bike Coalition to ask:

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Here’s the peanut gallery:

“I personally suspect the mass mailing was used as a pretext. SFBC’s new Executive Director, Noah Budnick, comes from Transportation Alternatives in New York City, which has a governance structure similar to what SFBC seeks in this by-law change.”

So Members, I don’t care if you vote away your voting rights, but the legal arguments forwarded by the SFBC on this topic are absurd.

Simply absurd.

Spotting a Newfangled $1800 “Riide” Electric Bicycle in the Wild for the First Time: From Kickstarter to Real Life

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Here it is, parked at Haight and Stanyan:

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Who knows, this might be a good thing for you. Certainly, this looks like a better approach at an electric bike than what I’ve seen in the past. (But one wonders how much the components cost compared with the MSRP of $1800.)

And speaking of which, this ad is a little alarming, if it is, indeed, for a brand-new Riide ride:

“Riide Electric Bicycle (Brand New, MSRP $1800) – $1300 (downtown / civic / van ness)
Brand new electric bicycle. I ended up not needing the bicycle. Valued at $1,800. Please let me know if you have any questions. http://electricbikereview.com/riide/v1/”

And I’ll spare you my quibbles about Riide’s marketing come-ons.

IMO, this Kickstarter is a Nonstarter, due to pricing and due the hassles you’d have of locking it up outside in the 415, as you would inevitably want to, one supposes. But this concept would appear to be a step in the right direction…

The Left Turns of Fell Street – This SFMTA Design Expects Too Much from Drivers Entering Our World-Famous DMV

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

IMO.

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What makes this set-up better than the SFMTA’s failed attempt at Octavia “Boulevard” and Market is that this is an uphill stretch with lower speeds.

Perhaps the thinking is that this DMV building is not long for the world…

What It’s Like Paying $100 to Drive a $2500 Electric Motorcycle/Bike About San Francisco for Four Hours

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

You didn’t see this type of thing…

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…back in the day.

As seen on Haight Street:

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I could think of worser ways for you tourist types to spend your time/money. This would seem to be similar but more expensive than touring about the city on an open-air double-decker bus, on a dreaded sunny day…

Single Rainbow All The Way – This is What It Looks Like When a Team Transports a Giant Balloon Rainbow by Bicycle

Monday, June 29th, 2015

As seen on the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path:

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