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Illustration by Douglas Scott
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Photo by Bhautik Joshi
LowriderTony, photographed at Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin, poses with one of the custom lowrider bicycles he builds as a hobby.
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Women BikingA candid shot of a San Francisco rider on a sunny summer afternoon.
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Leah ShahumSan Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s executive director, Leah Shahum, commuting on one of the physically-separated green bike lanes on Market Street that the SF Bicycle Coalition worked with the city to install. Market Street is one key link in the organization’s Connecting the City plan to create 100 miles (160 kilometers) of safe crosstown bikeways.
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Crowds on 24th StreetCrowds on 24th Street at Sunday Streets in the Mission District San Francisco.
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Community Thrift San FranA cyclist walks his bike in front of the brightly painted storefront of Community Thrift on Valencia Street in San Francisco.
Alice Waters’ natural food movement and epic free speech battles on the University of California, Berkeley’s campus helped forge Berkeley’s rep as a go-to spot for sustainable culture. Accordingly, the university town’s got ample urban biking cred.
Set down your bags at one of the town’s
homey guesthouses or coffee-nerd-approved, café-equipped French Hotel (1538 Shattuck Ave.) and head out. You’ll have to trek to Oakland to score a bike rental, but the lovely San Francisco Bay Trail (spanning 500 waterside miles in total) will lead you back in style – cruise a few miles north to the Albany Bulb to take in this one-time dump, now a public park, for added adventure. When the munchies hit, check out restaurant Gather (2200 Oxford St.) for locavore paradise. Vegan cinnamon buns at Cinnaholic (2132 Oxford St.) make the most appropriate dessert.
Bike buddies abound on the East Bay Bike Party rides (they roll the second Friday of the month) and at the worker-owned Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative (1988 Shattuck Ave.). Used bike go-to Recycle Bicycle (3120 Sacramento St.) hooks up steeds in style. Serious bike gadgetry porn awaits on Rock the Bike’s website. The backbone of the Bay’s burgeoning bike music scene, the group even sells smoothie-ready bike blenders, the Berkeley equivalent of the latest Birkin bag.