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Our March Theme

We wanted to give you more time for your costume,

So here is a tip that will give you more leg room!

Our theme for the next ride is not for the obtuse,

Not suited for sneetches or grinches or bull moose,

March Two marks the birth a Doctor we call Seuss!

Please dress appropriately.

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Ride Recap: Dia de las Bicicletas! Ride #11

Dia de las Bicicletas represented the the Day of the Dead love! We had about 300 riders, with at least 50 in costume. We explored new neighborhoods, powered up some hills, coasted down a never ending glorious decent, found some new protected bike lanes, and partied at some unique regroups. If you missed this ride, we have one every first Friday of the month. Next ride is December 2 at 7:30 PM.

Dia de las Bicicletas showed that our riders have an incredible mastery of face paint!  We had so many incredible looks that survived the  potential sweat-off from challenging hills . Here are just a handful of our artists:

Photos by Hugh D’Andrade

Riders didn’t get just come in face paint and marigolds.

We had a butterfly

 

Photos by Hugh D’Andrade

This rider had the ultimate combination, lights, themed basket, and the half face.

Photo by Hugh D’Andrade

Of course costumes wouldn’t be complete without this little guy!

Our ride was a little different this month, we explored southern San Francisco neighborhoods, starting at Balboa Park.  Three hundred people made it out! Thank you to all the riders that left the roadway open for SFPD.

Photo by nfthach85

The ride rolled along Ocean Ave and took a leisurely loop through City College. Ocean Avenue pedestrians and drivers were excited to see our crowd. I heard so many “What is this?”with jubilance and curiosity. After Ocean we stopped at Aptos Middle School.

Photo by Numbnutzz

It was a beautiful meet up location. Too bad the police asked us to leave a little earlier than we would have liked.

Immediately after Aptos, riders encountered the “dreaded uphill” part of the ride.  Just as every challenge has a reward, every uphill has a downhill and riders crested  Monterey Blvd to be able to coast the next 20 or more blocks.  The ride continued to Alemany Blvd, where we rode the brand new separated bike path

Photo by Numbnutzz

and then stopped at the Alemany Farmers Market lot.

Photo by Rachel Sher

Where we had dancing

Photo by nfthach85

and had planking

Photo by nfthach85

and spinning

Photo by Rachel Sher

and of course made friends

Photo by nfthach85

The next leg journeyed through bayshore  and then to 24th

Photos by nfthach85

We ended at Garfield Square and several riders started a game of kick ball and celebration.

Photos by Rachel Sher

What was your experience with the ride? Share it in our comments!

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Rites of Spring Ideas

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

Not sure how to celebrate the rites of spring with your bike? We have ideas!

Paper Flowers:

Basket Flowers:

I think I am in love with this:

Scraper bike style:

Image from the Matchbook

(Ok, these flowers are not rideable, but you get the idea.)

Electronic style:

The simple, no excuses, everyone can do it version:

Now that you have some ideas on how to dress up your bike, its time to think about dressing up your body!

Idea 1:
Grab some festive colored fabric or an extra sheet and make yourself a toga

Image from the Wikihow page

Then add some flowers to your head.   Pick some up at your local florist at the end of the day.

Idea 2:
Get your friends together and dance around a May Pole


Grab some ribbon and a pole and party.

Idea 3:
Dionysus (the god of wine making)


-some purple fabric
-grapes
-some ivy leaves
-some frivolity to the masses

Idea 4:
Dress up as your favorite ninja and celebrate like those in the Japanese city of Iga.

From the Iga Ninja Museum Webpage

Idea 5:
Grab some herbs & flowers in a bundle and celebrate Deqna d’ Nisan, the spring festival celebrated by many Assayrian communities.

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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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Volunteer Ride and BBQ

Saturday, April 30 | Meetup to Ride 11:00 AM, BBQ Approx. 1 PM | Starting at the Conservatory of Flowers | Ending at Crissy Field

Calling all volunteers, future volunteers, those of you thinking about volunteering!! We are holding a volunteer ride and BBQ on Saturday, April 30 from 11-3 PM.  We will be meeting at the Conservatory of Flowers, taking a leisurely ride through the Presidio and ending with a BBQ at Crissy Field.  We will bring the food, you bring the beverages.

This is your chance to meet the collective members of San Francisco Bike Party, learn about volunteering, and to provide some input on the ride!! We need volunteers to keep the ride successful and fresh! Please come out!

Image courtesy of Bikes and the City

In order to purchase appropriate amounts of food, if you would like to attend the event, please RSVP via the facebook event page or via email at sanfranciscobikeparty at gmail dot com.

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Changes to the How We Ride

Bike Partiers,

San Francisco Bike Party operates with a How We Ride in order to facilitate a positive experience for everyone on the road.   Our How We Ride is an evolving mantra as we try to accommodate the needs of  our community and our riders.

During our rides 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.  Therefore, after comments and suggestions from our participants, we have decided to modify the How We Ride.

We are replacing the “Leave No One Behind” mantra with “Ride Prepared.”

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!

The new 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!!”

If you would like to learn more about are How We Ride, please review this page.

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SFBP April 2011 Theme- Robots and Cyborgs.

We had over 100 participants vote for April’s theme!  Thank you to everyone who contributed.  With a wide margin, our winner for April’s theme is Robot/Cyborg!

image from botropolis.com

Did you know that a bicycle is the ultimate cyborg machine?  The definition of a cyborg is “A human who has certain physiological processes aided or controlled by mechanical or electronic devices.” A bicycle is a mechanical device that aids your body into moving faster! SFBP riders are half human/half machine!

The top five theme results:

  • Robot/Cyborg        34
  • Superheroes           23
  • Speakeasy               23
  • Lumberjack            18
  • Circus                       16

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Help Us Choose April’s Theme

Note: The polling is now closed! We had over 102 responses. Stay tuned for the results.

We put together this handy google doc form so you, our riders, can help us decide our April theme. Please select your favorite theme(s) or add your ideas.

The deadline to vote is 5PM Friday, March 18.

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Favorite Female Icon Recap

Thanks for coming to our March Favorite Female Icon ride!

Recap soon to come!

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