Tag Archives: bikes

San Francycle, one of two new bike shops to open on Valencia Street

San Francycle, a bicycle apparel shop, opened last weekend on Valencia Street, leaving the Tenderloin when business slowed after October 2016 when Twitter laid off some 350 employees — 9 percent of its total workforce. “The firings just killed us,” said Tommy Pham, the 40-year-old owner of San Francycle. With a loan from the Mission Economic Development Agency, as well...

Ford GoBike again eyes the 24th street BART plaza

While Ford GoBike has steadily increased its fleet in San Francisco since June of 2017, including 26 stations in the Mission, one location has eluded the service: the 24th Street BART station. The 24th Street BART station is considered a prime location. To that end, Ford GoBike has re-launched its efforts to add two new stations at or near what...

Suspected thieves, found in possession of school bus full of bikes, quickly released in SF

Three men arrested earlier this month for suspected theft of a small service vehicle — and who turned out to be in possession of a school bus full of bicycles, which police seized — were released two days after being arrested, and two weeks before the department blasted their names and booking photos to media outlets. On Tuesday, the department...

Lyft moving pickups off parts of Valencia Street

Update (12:10 p.m.): Lyft confirmed Friday morning that the geofenced area does indeed span more than one block on Valencia, from 16th to 19th. Lyft rolled out a pilot program Thursday to move a certain percentage of its pickups on Valencia Street between 16th and 17th streets to a side street, Lyft spokesperson Chelsea Harrison confirmed Thursday in an email. The move,...

Flex posts go up to protect cyclists on Valencia Street bike lanes

The Valencia Bikeway may have become a smidgen safer Thursday afternoon after SFMTA installed 27 flex posts between 15th and 19th Streets, creating a semi-protected bike lane. The white bike lane markers were also repainted with a double-stripe earlier this week. Most of the new posts were installed in groups of three next to sidewalk curb extensions that jut into...

SF’s low-income residents remain unsure about regional bike-sharing program

It’s broad daylight and I’m standing with a teenager in front of a Ford GoBike Station in the Mission District. Despite being only 14-years-old, he seems completely unafraid of what he’s doing. “I steal these bikes and I wreck them,” he says. A tree with long roots grows into the word “Mission” on the back of his slick black windbreaker....

SF politicians, bicyclists and others gear up for bike lane changes

Supervisor Hillary Ronen is living in fear. Her husband takes their young daughter to school nearly every day on the back of his bicycle and, nearly every day, she’s haunted by mental imagery of the two of them being doored or sideswiped or otherwise coming to grief on Valencia Street. San Francisco’s major cycling artery is also ground zero for...

Free rides on Ford GoBikes tomorrow

Ford GoBikes will be free for riders tomorrow in San Francisco, the East Bay, and San Jose. Free day passes cover an unlimited number of 30-minute rides for a 24-hour period ending a minute before midnight tomorrow. A ride that goes longer than 30 minutes costs $3 for every additional 15 minutes. Getting a pass requires an app download and credit...

SF legislator to Uber, Lyft: Get out of the bike lane

San Francisco District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen sent a letter to ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft Tuesday, asking them to use geofencing technology to find safe places for pick-ups and drop-offs — and to test such a system on Valencia Street, notorious for ride-share cars blocking the bike lanes. “At this point, Valencia is completely out of control with bikes,...

Hundreds of bikes reportedly hauled from Folsom Street garage

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that police seized the bicycles. In fact, they were hauled away by their owner, and police only ran the serial numbers on the bicycles to determine if any had been reported stolen, which they had not.   Neighbors of a building on Folsom Street near 24th Street were baffled by the sheer number...

SF’s sidewalk “chop shops” will be swept away

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an ordinance that prohibits so-called “chop shops” of bicycles and bicycle parts from operating on the city’s sidewalks. After a heated debate, the board voted 9-2 to approve the legislation. “This legislation is about clearing sidewalks and not having illegal businesses on sidewalks,” said Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who sponsored the proposal....

‘Chop shop’ legislation heads to Board of Supervisors for vote

A law that would make bike “chop shops” illegal will move to the Board of Supervisors for a vote after winning over two former opponents, who changed their minds now that police won’t be enforcing the law.  District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and representatives of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, who previously opposed the proposal, voiced their support at a...

Bike safety advocates, plus D8 Sup, hit the street for protected bike lanes

The yellow-shirted bicycle-safety activists were back on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th streets Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read: “Protected lane.” Their aim is to get something built on Valencia that physically separates cyclists and drivers on the road to avoid collisions. As it stands, the street has painted bike lanes, but nothing stops drivers from rolling into them...

Bike-sharing in SF’s Mission: Who is taking whom for a ride?

Bike-sharing needs neighborhoods like the Mission if it’s going to work. Does the Mission need bike-sharing? To paraphrase something Sigmund Freud may or may not have said, sometimes a bicycle is just a bicycle. In this city, that’s a good thing to keep in mind. Bicycles have become all things to all people, and two-wheeled proxies for anything and everything. San...