Tag Archives: bikes

Shop local disrupted: Valencia Cyclery

We talked to Paul Olszewski, 64, owner and general manger of Valencia Cyclery in the Mission since June 1, 1985, about his business and it didn’t take long for the topic of the internet’s impact to come up. ML: Why the bicycle business? PO: I’ve always enjoyed bikes – ever since I got one when I was a teenager and...

Fourth Mission fixie race to attract cyclists from around the world

Athletes, messengers, and even some professional cyclists will come pouring into the Mission District this Saturday for the fourth annual Mission Crit, a 40-minute fixed-gear bike race. The crit (short for “criterion”) sends riders around and around a triangular course from 16th to 17th streets along Treat Avenue and Harrison Street, no small feat at the speeds these cyclists reach....

Mission Bicycle hopes to end bike theft with GPS

Cyclists who have had their bikes stolen might be familiar with a video of a San Francisco Police Department bike theft specialist luring a bike thief with a GPS-tracked bait bike. Well, if Mission Bicycle Company has its way, that kind of tech will be standard in bicycles of the future. The Valencia Street boutique bike shop has launched a...

After Tough Year, Bike Kitchen Raises Money, Looks Ahead

The Bike Kitchen, a nonprofit bike repair space that allows anyone to come in and use tools, get mechanics’ advice, and dig through used parts for low fees, sent an email to its members over the holidays announcing big plans for 2017 and a goal of raising $10,000 in donations. It started with some break-ins at the kitchen’s space on Florida Street...

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...

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...

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...

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).  ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...