Watching a child zoom around on a bicycle brings back many happy memories for most adults. But turning a child loose on city streets is something many parents are not comfortable doing. You want to know that your children have basic bike-handling skills before setting out with them to ride to the park or to school, or send them out on their own. They should have an understanding of basic road rules, like how to behave at intersections and how to signal turns. Reading traffic and making safe decisions are important for a cyclist of any age. More info: Kids on bicycles: Sunday Streets...Read More
Bike-Go-Round is setting out to spread the self-propelled mantra, not in Rockridge or Claremont, but in East and West Oakland, favorite targets of the fast food industry, where obesity and cars meet at large intersections lacking bike lanes and bike-friendly establishments. Funded in part by a $150,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bike-Go-Round, a Cycles of Change project, will give away 400 bikes and training to low-income Oaklanders through December. More info: Ticket to ride? Get a bike—and training—through new Oakland...Read More
Years from now I will reminisce about my sons learning to ride their bikes during San Francisco's Sunday Streets. Jonah, aged 7, was nervous and had to be bribed with Star Wars legos, but soon was riding beautifully. Orion at 3 years old was desperate to do what his big brother was doing and barreled ahead. He will probably be riding his two-wheeler by the end of this Sunday Streets season. And we can all hardly wait for this week's (April 11th) Sunday Streets. More info: Growing up and growing old biking in San...Read More
With a burgeoning market for bicycles made for practical urban commuting, a new company based in San Francisco has a vision for bridging the divide between the cruiser market and high-end racing models and possibly change the perspective about the role bicycles can play in American cities. Public Bikes, founded by designer Rob Forbes, has positioned itself as a manufacturer of bicycles that are more practical and durable than the carbon-fiber rockets used solely for recreational riding and more stylish and functional than beach cruisers. The target rider, according to the company, is the everyday urbanite who might be inspired to ride a bicycle for most trips if it met their city mobility needs and had a stylish flair. More info: San Francisco company brings good design to city...Read More
Riding a bicycle down Market Street may not be a completely hassle-free experience just yet, but new soft-hit posts installed on the bike lane today between Gough Street and 8th Street are a big hit with bicycle riders. Crews from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) traffic sign shop were out early this morning installing the posts (or “delineators”) along portions of the Market Street bike lanes that already have a wide paint buffer. Along with the traffic diversions at 10th and 6th Streets, it's the latest step in the SFMTA's efforts to make Market Street safer and more appealing for those on bikes. More info: SF Streetsblog: SFMTA Installs More Soft-Hit Posts on Market Street Bike...Read More
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