Bike lane inspired by guerilla installation

In July 2009 some enterprising cyclists decided to improve a notorious intersection at Fell and Divisidero Streets in San Francisco.

Motorists line up in the bicycle lane to get cheap gas at the ARCO station with no care as to the inconvenience and potential harm they cause to cyclists who must go around them into the speeding traffic on Fell Street.

Now the city transportation department is improving the intersection with the same basic design as the cyclists had painted a year ago, with the addition of a green bike lane at the request of the SF bike coalition

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March 23, 2010 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

The World

This is just too crazy not to post

and then there’s always waterworld…

October 9, 2008 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

San Francisco: Vote No on Prop L, Yes on T

Those who have little are thought to have no right to anything
SF- Vote NO on Proposition L (Community Justice Center)
and YES on Proposition T (Treatment on Demand)

September 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

CCA’s Fall Lecture Series (yay!)

It’s fall again and no one likes to watch their tans fade. Buuuuut everyone loves a good pumpkin latte!

All pumpkins and tan lines aside, here’s about half of CCA’s fall lecture schedule. Let’s go! Afterwards, we can walk through the rainy mission drinking whiskey from a vitamin water bottle – forgetting our pasty legs.

Textiles: Crossing the Line
Group Exhibition
September 30–October 9
Oliver Art Center, Oakland campus
Reception: Thurs., Oct. 2, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. (closed Wed. morning)
Info: 510.594.3747

One of the oldest aesthetic traditions in the world, textile art is currently on the cutting edge of contemporary art practice and critical inquiry. Rooted in material and process, the discipline is expanding to include intellectual discourses based on rich cultural meanings and the poetic nuances of the medium.
Faculty, staff, and students of the CCA Textiles Program use conceptual approaches, materiality, and craft processes to expand the traditional boundaries of the field.

Anne Wagner
Graduate Studies Lecture Series

September 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Hipster Bike Lesson 2: Your Bike is Too Big!

Dear San Francisco,

You lured me in with your painted ladies, your suspended bridges and steep hills. You wowed me with the wiggle, pleased me with the Panhandle and made me giddy with Golden Gate Park. Your streets are teeming with cyclists; your festivals abounding with bikes. But the closer I looked, the more baffled I became: not only were your cyclists pushing single speeds with single brakes, but 1 in 3 bikes I saw was TOO big!

It’s easy to look cool with a bike- bikes are sexy, bikes are hot, bikes look good with anything outfit. And of all the bikes out there, it is the vintage steel frame that is the most pure and sexy. But there’s a problem…. Your bike is TOO big! And that, my two-wheeled vixens, is not hot.

Questions to ask yourself:

1. Is your seat perched right on top of the frame?

2. Do you have to tip your bike horizontally to touch the ground?

3. Do you stretch out like Superman to reach your handlebars?

4. Are you 5’4″ and riding a 56cm?

4. Do you find yourself walking your bike more than riding it?

If you answered yes to any of the above, I have news for you…

YOUR BIKE IS TOO BIG!

So trade it in. Put it on Craigslist with the other 61cm frames and find one that fits. If you’re riding a fixie, know that it should be smaller than your road bike. I am 5’11” and my fixie is a 56cm- it’s compact, it’s agile, and best of all, I don’t hit my lady parts on the top-tube.

An easy way to measure: Take your height minus 5 and get your bike. I’m 5’11” and I ride a 56. My partner is 5’9″ and rides a 54. It’s not an exact method, but it’s a rough rule of thumb.

Go get ’em tigers–weave that compact frame through the tourists’ Blazing Saddles. And when you get to a light, relish in firmly planting your feet on the ground with plenty of clearance between the cold steel of your top tube and your family jewels.

September 2, 2008 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

San Francisco meet Sunday Streets

For those of you complaining that there isn’t enough open space to ride or enough car-free turf to explore, I would like to introduce you to Sunday Streets–an organization that opens urban roads for play time.

This Sunday, August 31st, San Francisco joins the ranks of other great cities like New York and Portland by holding a Sunday Streets play session. The route follows the waterfront from Bayview to Chinatown, areas of the city that sorely lack open space.

So grab your bike, hula hoop, rollerblades, sneakers or any number of car-alternatives and enjoy the roads. There’s plenty of activities planned and best of all, it’s free. The city play session happens from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

August 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm 1 comment

The Big Cross-Bay Move

I have recently moved to San Francisco.  I had lived in the East Bay for eight and a half years.  I’m not one of those rabid “Bay divide” folks.  I like certain features on both sides of the bridge.  However, I have been under the impression for a long time that the East Bay tends to be more bike-friendly and that the majority of the car/bike accidents I hear about happen in SF. 

 

That said I welcome advice on best and worst places to ride in the city.  I am living near 3rd Street.  I have found that 3rd is too busy and narrow to accommodate bikes well.  However, Illinois St. runs alongside it for many blocks and is far less congested.  I have not yet figured out whether bikes are allowed on the Third Street Rail (T-Line).  I know that regular Muni buses have a bike rack on the front.  However, I don’t think that’s the case with the rail lines.  The rail seems like it might be big enough to accommodate bikes at non-busy times.  However, I’m really hesitant to just try it out, because Muni drivers can be incredibly surly—probably for some good reasons—and I’m not usually in any mood to be yelled at in front of a large group.

 

 

Also, even though my wife and I found a nice place to live and our street seems pretty quiet, the overall Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhood has quite a bad reputation.  I haven’t had any problems yet, but I welcome tips about safe commuting in and around the neighborhood—aside from avoiding the most obvious: rough housing projects and intersections in which drug deals appear to take place or a lot of loitering happens. 

 

Outside of my immediate neighborhood, I am eager to find good places to ride in the city just for fun.  Any street that has a bike lane and isn’t too terribly steep is a welcome route to explore as far as I’m concerned!

August 26, 2008 at 8:39 am 2 comments

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