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SFBP #82 Annual Toy Drive

For the 4th year in a row we will be hosting our annual Toy Drive on the last Bike Party of the year. The toys received will be biked to Allin SF on a later date.

Route will keep us in the northeast area of San Francisco, bring layers since the evening will keep us in the high 40’s.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. Educational toys, sports equipment and stuffed animals are always needed. New backpacks will also be accepted. We will not accept toys that promote violence like guns, knives, and so on.

How We Ride
-Stay in the RIGHT lane
-Stop at RED lights
-Leave no trace
-Ride predictably & in control
-Roll past conflict
-Ride prepared
When in doubt, BIKE PARTY!

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CANCELLED – Due to Rain: SFBP #35 Winter in Wonderland

TokyoBike-by-Zabou3Alright Bike Partiers. It’s starting to drizzle with steady showers predicted this evening, and in the interests of safety and the preservation of music bikes we are going to POSTPONE this month’s party (trust us, we’re bummed too).
That being said – next month we will be turning THREE! Stay tuned for details and start getting excited now, because it’s going to be a big one. We can’t wait to see you there. In the meantime bike safely, stay warm and dry, and donate any toys you purchased to one of these fire stations!

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SFBP #35 Winter in Wonderland LookBook

RAIN UPDATE: Hi Bike Partiers! The weather is looking frightful for our trip down the rabbit hole on Friday. For the sake of safety (SAFETY FIRST) we will let you know if we have to  raincheck our December BP. Look out for an update on this space by 5:00pm on Friday. But don’t worry folks, you can still donate your toy to any fire station. Keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed for a Winter miracle and clear skies!

Don’t be late for high tea by the fire! It’s winter in wonderland, and the red queen is after your head. We are going down the rabbit hole, and we are bringing our bikes! Pyschedlic snowflakes, mad santa hats and cozy Cheshire cats are all welcome, it is Bike Party, after all! Here are some ideas to get your costume gears turning.  We can’t wait to see what you come up with.  Ding Ding!


Alice is all grown up! Original Image here.

red queen with flamingos

I’m in love with being queen! Original Image here.

black dapper mad hatter

This mad hatter is rather dapper, if you ask me. Original image here.

red queen with hair

She’s so mad at Alice, she’s seeing red! Original Image here.


Cheshire Cat Costume? Done and Done! Original Image here.

anime alice

It’s certainly winter in this Wonderland! Make sure your costume is warm enough for an enchanted December evening! Original Image here.

cheshier cat hat

This Cheshire Cat hat will keep you warm! Original Image here.


This Mad Hatter rides with stilts at his own risk! Original image here.

Alice_tweedle twins bike

Thanks for the lift, boys! Original Image here.

Alice Mountain bike

Ride hard, Alice! The queen is after your head! Original image here.

white rabbit-bike

Don’t be late to Bike Party! This White Rabbit T-Shirt will help you keep time! Original image here.


Don’t forget about the Doormouse. He’s too cute! Original image here.


Did someone say Meow? Original image here.


OFF WITH HER HEAD!!! Original image here.

We hope we’ve inspired you to finish your costume and come out with us on Friday, December 6th. Meet us at 7:30 at Potrero del Sol Park.  We roll at 8:00!

And in the spirit of the holidays, we’ll once again be hosting a toy drive! Bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals, whoopie cushions, legos and hot wheels, and we’ll drop them off at a fire station at the end of the party. Please bring a toy and help us warm some hearts this season.

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SFBP #24 Land of Misfit Toys Recap

Oh My Gosh, you guys! Thank you all so much for bringing so many awesome toys and making our first annual SFBP and SFYBP toy and bike drive such a huge success! We are so pleased that you took the time to be a part and give back. Thanks for coming out and brightening our spirits this holiday season.  We couldn’t do it without you!

So, should we talk about how awesome the ride was?  Yes, let’s!

We got a beautiful break in the weather last Friday after a week of rain and cold, and even though it was chilly, we still had a jolly band of misfits at McCovey Cove. I saw Rudolph, a few Elves and even a My Little Pony! After collecting lots of toys in our cargo bikes (Many thanks to James, Ian, CTX, Mark and Woody for carrying loads!) we rolled out through the dog patch for a lovely first leg through the city and along the water. For the first time this month, we used a new app called Glympse to track our location. This is quite possibly the best thing EVER, and lets us share our progress on the route in real time with anyone who has a smart phone.  We’ll be posting our Glympse of each ride on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google +) before we roll out from now on, and you don’t have to have the app to follow along! And no, we’re not being paid for this, we just think it’s hella cool!

Bright lights at McCovey Cove. Pgoto credit ku1313.  Thanks for tagging!

Bright lights at McCovey Cove. Photo credit ku1313. Thanks for tagging!

When we arrived at South Park, our first party stop, things got crazy on the dance floor when our friends @MusicBikes and @sfdjmacguyver (Thanks, Mark, Ed and Crew) linked their 3 music bikes with home stereo sharing equipment to blast the same music in surround sound! We are so impressed that you were able to surprise us with so much awesome sound and we hope everyone enjoyed the block rockin’ beats! It was also great to see misfit toys playing on the play ground, piling up their bikes and meeting new friends.  Have you made new friends at Bike Party?  We hope so.  We’d love to hear your stories in the comments or on social media.  Send us a message!

The second leg took us along the Embarcadero and into the Financial District to Pier 7.  Don’t you guys just love Pier 7?  Amazing views, plenty of room to dance, lots of light so bikes are never out of sight and a free bathroom?  Yeah, it’s pretty great. You can see a pretty amazing video of the epic dance party that was had by all here. If you missed it, you missed out!

The SFBP Windsock leads the way to Pier 7! Photo by  Denyse

The SFBP Windsock leads the way to Pier 7! Photo by Denyse

Amazing!Photo by Calitexican

Photo by Calitexican

James carried so many toys in the Metrofiets.  Thanks, James! Photo by Calitexican

James carried so many toys in the Metrofiets. Thanks, James! Photo by Calitexican

Thanks to RideSFO for this great shot!

Thanks to RideSFO for this great shot!

After we had our fill of dancing, we headed out for one last leg back through the Financial District and into SOMA with our final stop at Showplace Triangle. We hope you enjoyed seeing the FiDi aglow with Christmas lights. It might be our favorite place to ride in the city at night.  Almost no traffic, flat, well paved streets and gorgeous architecture glowing in the city lights. Did you look up?  We hope so! After some more dancing at our last stop, a few of us headed to SFFD Station #1 to drop off our toys. Here’s a shot of the happy crew at the fire house, and the fire fighter we caught in his shorts reviewing the spoils! We also received one kids bike (Thanks again to Mark!) for The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project. If you have bike parts or complete bikes (for kids of adults) that you’d still like to donate, please don’t hesitate to contact SFYBP.  They have a shop where you can drop off parts and they will also arrange to pick up donations, by bike, of course!


Rounding out a great night at the Fire Station. Thanks to everyone who donated!!


OMG! So many toys!

Don’t forget to share your photos with us on our Flickr, you might see them featured here!

We are turning 2 in January, can you believe it!? Because we’re big kids now, we’re marking the occasion of our birth with a Terrible Twos themed ride.  Please join us to celebrate with tantrums, toddlers, tricycles and whatever else you can come up with on Friday, January 4th at 7:30 pm (Location TBD). We roll, as always, at 8:00! Ding Ding!


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Announcing SFBP / SFYBP Toy Drive!

San Francisco Bike Party (SFBP) and San Francisco Yellow Bike Project (SFYBP) are joining forces on Friday, December 7, 2012 to gather toys and bikes for children for the upcoming holiday season. The toys will be given to a local fire station at the end of the ride on Friday night. The bikes will be inspected and repaired by SFYBP before being distributed to kids via a school-based bike swap.

The two organizations will be collecting toys and bikes for one night only during the monthly SFBP ride. They are asking the public to please bring any new and unwrapped toys to any of the resting locations during the ride. The ride will gather at McCovey Cove around 7:30 pm. There will be two stops at South Park in SOMA and Pier 7 along the Embarcadero. Please check SFBP’s twitter (@sfbikeparty) for the rest area drop off times on Friday, December 7th. The ending location will be Showplace Triangle at the intersection of 16th and 8th streets at approximately 11pm.

People who ride with SFBP and bring a toy or bike parts will be given a spoke card. The organizations want to encourage all of the community, including those who cannot ride SFBP, to give toys and any used bikes or bike parts to this toy drive.

San Francisco Bike Party is on the first Friday of every month, and their mission is to build community through biking.

San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community bike shop that uses the bicycle to empower our community. The SFYBP’s mission is to get more people on more bikes in the streets of San Francisco.

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