When I was a beginner, I’d do the same thing – I’d go all the way home before remembering my front wheel:
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I don’t know, seems like something that seemed a good idea at the time.
As seen on McAllister Street, home of the increasingly popular Snickerdoodle bike route, the one that’s faster, shorter, safer, better than the vaunted Wiggle* for getting to and from Market Street and the Panhandle area, for multiple reasons:
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Anyway, for lots of reasons, this set up is a poor substitute for hauling your bike up and down stairs each and every day.
*Whenever the cops need to hand out a bunch of tickets to cyclists, they’ll hang out at Scott and Fell or Duboce and Steiner or Haight and Pierce – that’s all on the Wiggle of course. As for the Snick, sometimes you’ll get a moto cop hanging out near McAllister and Pierce, but that’s to give tickets to car drivers coming down Fulton.
This is the scene these days at 747 Howard, Moscone Center North, just outside of the otherwise-tepid 53rd Annual San Francisco International Auto Show.
They let you drive on and around a big pile of dirt.
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Things get a little tippy:
Now, I’d never own a Range Rover product myself, but you, you go right ahead. The electronic wizardry is amazing, anyway.
Think they close up early on Thanksgiving Day, otherwise this Experience should be around until the car show ends on Sunday.
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Mike and Cyndy Mulhern have been on a quest since mid-May to bring more awareness to cancer – it will all end at Baker Beach tomorrow Saturday, July 17th, 2010 in the afternoon.
They were s’posed to come a week ago for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer San Francisco 2010, but they’re arriving just now.
Join them, will you?
All’s I know is that some people like it and some people don’t.
24th Street looked like a ghost town compared with SSes past, but all the bars were full with sports fans:
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Mostly the same old thing, but this 36’er(?) caught my eye. (I’ve heard of 29ers, but these wheels are huge…)
I can’t say I know how this piano steers. You could see the keys going up and down:
And the SFMTA was out there giving away crappy bike lights. (Turtle lights are good as a back-up, though.)
See you at the next SS!
What makes San Francisco’s monthly Critical Mass an illegal bicycle parade is the fact that nobody gets permits. ‘Cause getting a permit is hard – it would entail doing stuff that costs a lot of money and it would make you a magnet for lawsuits, so who needs that, right?
The thing is that corking intersections and running red lights as a group (hallmarks of Critical Mass going back to the mid-1990’s), those things are obviously illegal, so the SFPD could start issuing citations whenever it wants, of course. And that’s true no matter how they roll in the Empire State. (Actually, I question how the New York decision affects us here in San Francisco at all, but oh well.)
I’ll tell you, the biggest shock that drivers have when they get stuck at an intersection is that they get no sympathy from the cops. Drivers without criminal records tend to stay by their cars and watch the parade of bikes.
Do I think San Francisco has the will to kill Critical Mass? No. But do I think Police Chief George Gascon is planning on shaking things up, in the coming months, you know, when rain no longer threatens* and the number of cyclists is bigger? Yes.
“Hey, man, we don’t have any “leaders,” man. The City can’t do nothing to us, nobody’s in charge of CM, man.” Yes, roger that. I don’t think anybody’s going to stick you with a bill for $35,000 or anything, but changes are a coming…
Collateral damage from Critical Mass – MUNI vehicles stretching to the horizon in both directions. (Is that on the DO list or the DON’T list?) This kind of thing is one of the reasons you don’t see CM listed at the SFBC website calendar anymore.
Where’s Waldo, Cagney and Lacey on a recent Critical Mass ride:
The wonder of encountering an unexpected Critical Mass for the first time. Out-of-towners Rachel and Monica were delighted:
To Be Continued…
*Actually, tonight looks to be clear as a bell, Mel. But the forecast was for rain so tonight’s should be a smaller ride.
San Francisco’s monthly semi-unauthorized bicycle parade was well-attended and exceptionally ugly last night. Did your bike suffer any property damage (“let’s fucking beat up his car!”)? For whatever reason, Halloween Critical Mass 2009 had lots of gaps so that led to confrontations at every intersection – confused car drivers were tempted to just push through to end their lengthy waits. And the SFPD seemed less pro-bike than I’m used to seeing. Oh well.
Just look at the stalled MUNI buses and trolleys (trollies?) stretching from Mid-Market all the way back to the Ferry Building last night:
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The riders could only just sit and stare:
Stare at this, a car-free Market Street:
About an hour or so after the six-ish P.M. starting time, the stalled buses started to pile up:
A happy corker vs. an unhappy corkee at the intersection of 8th and Market Streets.
After a while, car drivers start getting into this rolling Rorschach test. Some sit on their cars…
…while others, like this SUV driver, get out to fruitlessly confront the madding crowd:
IMO, parolees display the least tolerance for CM. Oh well. They just can’t handle it.
A stalled driver gets freaked out by Pumpkinhead:
Thank Gaia the cops were there:
Oops, here there are, pushing along the stragglers on Market:
And then an error – the main body of riders hung a right and headed up Van Ness. That’s not the way to cork MUNI, which got back to normal on Market Street round about 7:30 PM. Oh well. Van Ness from Hayes looking north up to California – the whole thing was entirely filled with bikes:
So there’s your Halloween Critical Mass 2009. See you next year.