Tag Archives: bikes

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One-Block Protected Bike Lane Coming to Valencia

The SFMTA is building a protected, curbside bike lane on Valencia Street between Duncan and Cesar Chavez streets that will be separated from car traffic by parked vehicles. This is San Francisco’s first bikeway to be both elevated and parking-protected. The new lane, scheduled for completion in November, will be six feet wide with a 5-foot buffer next to the...
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Music, Makers and Civics at Sunday Streets

A somewhat blustery and slightly overcast day didn’t deter hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists from strolling or cruising along Valencia Street on Sunday. Live music in the streets and clouds of bubbles are hard to resist. But the civic engagement groups were particularly noticeable at this particular iteration of Sunday Streets as well, with both local political hopefuls and a plethora of...
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Motorcycle Cop Injured in Collision, Cyclist Robs Phone from Moving Car

A San Francisco Police Department officer on a motorcycle was hit and injured by a driver while stopped at a traffic light at 16th and Sanchez streets on Wednesday. The collision occurred around 3:15 p.m. when the officer, whose name was not released,  was rear-ended a black Chrysler while stopped in the west-bound lane of  16th Street. The 30-year-old man driving...
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Valencia Bike Counter Activated for Bike to Work Day

After being vandalized last week, the brand-new Valencia Street bike counter is back to counting cyclists in the northbound bike lane on Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets, just in time for Bike to Work Day. In the early afternoon, more than 1,500 cyclists had already passed the counter (give or take a few skateboarders, who also trigger the sensor).  ...
A Bay Area Bike Share staff member explains the program. Photo by Aria Killough-Miller

Neighbors Discuss Bike Share Program’s Expansion to SF Mission

Cyclist hopefuls and other interested parties bent thoughtfully over maps last Thursday night, placing stickers on potential locations for new bicycle sharing stations. Bay Area Bike Share is planning an expansion to new locations throughout San Francisco and held a meeting at the Mission Neighborhood Centers to explain its program and get feedback. Residents and visitors can currently sign up...
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Random Mission Cyclist Brawl Inspires Song

A towed car sparked a brawl between two cyclists on 20th and Valencia streets last week. It all started with a bullhorn-wielding cyclist accusing a tow truck driver of “property theft” and being a Nazi sympathizer, and escalated when another man, who had previously been observing the commotion while standing shirtless on his balcony, decided to get involved. There is no evidence that the...
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Avalos Brings Bike Yield Proposal to Board

Supervisor John Avalos proposed a bike yield law during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that would allow cyclists to roll through stop signs if there are no pedestrians or other vehicles present — but only if the police cooperate. “Today colleagues, I’m introducing… the bike yield ordinance,” Avalos said. “This has been in the work for a few months, but it’s...
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Attempted Theft Leads to Stabbing

In big cities, bike theft is pretty standard fare. But what about violent bike trailer theft? At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a 40-year-old man experienced just that when another man approached him on Bryant Street, between Division Street and the freeway, and tried to take his bike trailer. The two men argued over the trailer — an attachment made for the...
Dogpaw Carrillo messengering. Photo courtesy of Carrillo.

Lost SF History: A Bike Messenger Retrospective

Art-deco bikes hung from the ceiling.  Paintings from around the world adorned the walls. More than a dozen bands – and one trapeze act – waited to perform. The audience? Hundreds of bike messengers. That was the scene at the SOMArts Gallery on the Labor Day weekend of 1996.  The occasion was the very last Road Rash Bash – a recurring show put...
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Sounds of the Silent Ride: Remembering Slain Cyclists

  Anthony Ryan lost most of his front teeth when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. The driver was running a red light, and Ryan was in the hospital for three days, but he was found at fault in the collision. Nonetheless, he’s determined to cycle on. The co-organizer of this year’s local Ride of Silence, an...
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Friends School Talks Traffic Trouble

When school lets out at the San Francisco Friends School on Valencia between Duboce and Brosnan streets, chaos reigns behind them on the stretch of street between Duboce and Clinton Park. Parents waiting to pull into the short pickup zone between Clinton Park and Brosnan queue up next to parked cars, stopping squarely in the bike lane. An average of...
A security guard walks through Arriba Juntos flea market in April.

Stolen Bike Wheel Brings Police Presence to Flea Market

Items that shouldn’t be sold at Arriba Juntos Flea Market: food, booze, pornography, and stolen bicycle parts. But last Sunday morning, bicyclist Kirk Scott said he found his rear wheel, stolen from the 16th Street BART station, at the flea market a block away on Mission Street. He said his wheel was for sale amongst about 20 other wheels, bike lights,...
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Racing Through the Night With No Brakes Allowed

Seasoned athletes on customized racing bikes hurtled along Treat street Friday night right alongside first-time riders for the first local fixed-gear criterion race through city streets. The Mission Crit (short for “criterium”), a 40-minute, multi-lap sprint open to anyone with fixed-gear bicycle and a few dollars for a registration fee, is only the second race of its kind in San...
Illustration by Molly Oleson.

Bicyclist in Collision on 14th and Folsom has Died

A cyclist that was struck by a vehicle Monday afternoon on the corner of 14th and Folsom died from his wounds in the hospital Tuesday.  The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 66-year-old Mission District resident Charles Vinson. The Chronicle has more details: Charles Vinson, 66, of San Francisco, was riding east on 14th Street around 12:30 p.m. when...
Sgt. Murray outlines intersection etiquette at a the monthly community police meeting at Mission Station Tuesday night. Photo by Laura Wenus

Traffic Cops Give Tips and Tickets for Safety

Officers from the San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic company appeared at a community meeting last week at Mission Station with a warning and some advice for residents. In response to a study of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths in the last two years, police have identified several problematic intersections and behaviors to root out the common causes of traffic fatalities...