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Illustration by Douglas Scott
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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.
Why stay in San Francisco when Oakland’s ample bike lanes and mellow hangouts are a quick (bike accessible!) BART subway ride away?
Celebrate your good fortune in finding a room at the beautiful Waterfront Hotel (10 Washington St.) and the Bay Area Bikes rental location (427 Water St.) in the harborside Jack London Square. Then have lunch a few blocks away at the pork-free, organic soul food spot, Souley Vegan (301 Broadway), and a microbrew afterwards next-door at store/pub/patio Beer Revolution (464 Third St.).
African-American cruisers should check out the empowering Red, Bike and Green rides on the first Friday of the month, and wine fans will love exploring the wine-producing island of Alameda on the East Bay Winery Bike Tours, which roll every Saturday.
Bike repair and social justice make happy partners at Spokeland (1121 64th St.) and the Changing Gears Bike Shop (650 West Ranger Ave., Alameda). You can check those groups’ websites for bike-oriented goings-on. Definitely peep at the photos on the Original Scraper Bikes’ website – the urban youth group tricks out bikes in candy-colored foil and decals and parades down the city’s streets single-file in celebratory style. Hip-hop crew Trunk Boiz produced a YouTube sleeper hit about the scrapers that garnered millions of hits. So very original; so very Oakland!