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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...

SF Bike Messenger Life: Sprinting and Flying Sandwiches

“Hey, Jesse, what’s your 20?” Heather MacKinnon, a friendly blonde woman from Boston, asks into her clunky black walkie-talkie. The sleeves of her black and red t-shirt are rolled up, exposing pale arms filled with tattoos. “Market and 9th,” Jesse Rodarte shoots back, responding to a radio code for location that dates back to the 1930’s. Our 20 is the...

SF’s Weather and Pay Lures More than Tech Workers

Jerry moved to San Francisco from central California specifically for his job. Gabriel, as well. And no, neither are in tech. At a time when 20-somethings are moving in droves into the city for tech jobs, it’s easy to forget that there are other draws besides coding and startups. It happens that San Francisco’s weather and culture are particularly suited...

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...

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,...

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 criterium 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 Francisco....

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...

How to Turn Right (and Other Mission Biking Tips)

Nearly every day on my bicycle commute home, a driver swerves in front of my bicycle into the bike lane. Sometimes they see me, other times they’re not even looking. Usually I respond with explicit indignation. But sometimes I keep silent, because I’m actually not quite sure who’s in the right. We all know that cyclists thrive on the ability...

Bicyclist and Noted Local Designer Injured in Car Crash

The man behind a car crash that injured six people is now facing 10 felony charges. Last Monday, police had attempted to stop Anthony Wisner, 25, who was in a silver minivan on Larkin and Post. When Wisner attempted to flee from the police he crashed the minivan into a taxi. The two vehicles injured six people. SF Streets Blog has reported that one...

Photographs of the Mission at Chrome’s Grand Opening

San Francisco-based photographer Travis Jensen’s photographs of the Mission will be on display today at Chrome Industries grand opening party on 962 Valencia Street.    Jensen has lived in San Francisco since he was 18-years-old and has published multiple books of his photographs living in the city. The grand opening party for the bicycle accessory and apparel store will start at...

Breaking Barriers with Bikes

The bell has already rung and Esther is nowhere to be found. Patrick Tam shifts his weight from foot to foot, standing on the edge of a workshop table. Next to an aged silver Sony boombox and a large contraption called a truing wheel stand, Patrick turns and scribbles down his name on a purple sign-in sheet, and continues to...

Big Blue Bikes May Soon Cruise the Mission

Huddled around a poster in the Rainbow Room at the LGBT Center, 20-year San Francisco resident Olof Hansen scribbled the words onto a board: “End of the ‘F’ – line, enter Castro”. To his left, a crowd of cycling enthusiasts from hipsters to the business clad placed little green stickers on a map of the Mission District, Hayes Valley, the...