San Francisco Bike Party May 2011 Ride: Rites of Spring

Friday, May 6 | Gather 7:30 PM, Rollout 8 PM | Meet Justin Herman Plaza | Route: http://tinyurl.com/3rjbdxy | Printable Turn by Turn

Spring, that beautiful time of year when the sun comes out, the flowers bloom, and people come out to play. Cultures from around the world celebrate the rites of spring so let’s celebrate it Bike Party style. Ride with us to celebrate this beautiful time of year.

If you can, bring flowers and twist ties to decorate bikes. Discarded flowers can be picked up for free at many SOMA florists.

We will be meeting at Justin Herman Plaza, exploring North Beach, Fort Mason, the Presidio, and ending at Civic Center Plaza.

How We Ride:
– Stay in the right lane
– Stop at red lights
– Leave No Trace
– Ride predictably and in control
– Roll past conflict
– Ride Prepared
– When in doubt, “Bike Party!!”

Your First Ride With Us?
We try to maintain a leisurely cruising speed. Routes are designed for a wide range of riders to keep pace. Though, with hundreds of riders on different types of bikes, some will find hills more challenging, or have flats and mechanical troubles. Before the ride, make sure your bicycle is in good working order. You should be comfortable riding San Francisco streets which may have traffic, train tracks, occasional steep hills, and other hazards. Bring friends and make new ones riding at your speed. Within your friends be prepared with a flat kit or to fix basic mechanical troubles. If you see someone in need, it’s good bike etiquette to help. That’s also a great way to make new friends in the biking community. Which is what the Bike Party is all about!

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10 responses to “San Francisco Bike Party May 2011 Ride: Rites of Spring

  1. rider44

    I’ve got a friend who is artistic, should I ask them to create some ride art for spoke cards or is another volunteer already working on that?

    Looks like a great route, thanks everyone!

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  4. A friendly reminder for my fellow party attendees: remember to charge the batteries OR pick up fresh batteries for your lights. Tomorrow night’s ride will roll through a couple of poorly-lit spots, so stay safe and illuminate. Text your friends!

  5. Rollergirl

    I went for a quick ride out to the Palace of Fine Arts on Saturday after the bike party ride the night before and was extremely disappointed to find that someone on the Bike Party ride wrote all over in chalk on the newly repaved floor of the Palace. Not only did they graffiti the cement (what happened to leave no trace?) but they also wrote the words Bike Party on the ground. What genius decided this was a good idea? Now, not only is their chalk drawings of bikes and SFBP writtn all over the cement floor where it will stay permanently (cuz it doesn’t rain in the center of the dome), but whoever did this has informed everyone that the Bike Party did this. This gives SFBP a really bad image. Whoever did this needs to get a bucket of water and sponge and get their asses back to the Palace to clean it up pronto.

  6. Jetta

    I am not aware of who do it, but I saw the girl in action. I didn’t cross my mind at the moment. Yeah, not too cool.

  7. RayAreaRider

    I love San Francisco, I love riding, I want all of us to celebrate and show the people in metal boxes with wheels that cars are less than zero. We are the future of our streets, cars aren’t. Celebrate, enjoy our vitality and please remember people still want reasons to curtail us. People will see SF BIKE PARTY as the problem if we mark up our city with our “tag.” It’s hard to get it right all the time, but this time is worth the reminder that without intending anything other than celebrating our joy we can ruin our welcome.
    Take your bike out to play every day, it’s just the right thing to do!

  8. Rollergirl

    RayAreaRider: LIKE, VERY, VERY, VERY MUCH LIKE.