cycling

5:12pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Education

Learn to ride a bike, the 21st Century way

Courtesy, SF Streets

San Francisco is a bike-friendly city, despite its famous hills. There are designated bike lanes on streets throughout town, and the number of riders increases annually. In fact, there’s been a nearly 100% increase in cycling between 2006 – the first year numbers were tracked – and 2013. That means right now, well over 8,000 men, women, and children are pedaling around town.

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5:17pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Transportation

Bike riding 101: Adventures in urban biking

In California, once your feet leave the ground and hit the pedals of your bike, you’re under the same rules of the road as cars and trucks. But, the thing about riding a bike is that, unlike driving a car, you don’t need a license. There is no test. Once your parents take off the training wheels and let go of the back of your bike,  you’re pretty much on your own. 

I report on transportation for KALW, but I hardly ever ride my bike. I decided to take an urban bike riding class to learn everything you need to know about riding your bike in the Bay Area.

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4:50pm

Tue June 18, 2013
Transportation

Radical Idea: Greening The Wiggle

Street sign indicating San Francisco's zig-zagging bike route, The Wiggle
Under CC license from Flickr user Paul Krueger

The Wiggle is a San Francisco bike route that zig-zags through the Lower Haight, Alamo Square, and Duboce Park. Activists and community groups have been trying to improve the corridor for years. Their work has led to more "sharrows," green painted bike lanes, on the pavement and most recently an $80-million greening project proposal for The Wiggle Corridor. The plans being considered by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Municipal Transit Agency include rain gardens that capture storm water, permeable paving and improved bike lane safety measures. That's a good start to Wigg Party founder Morgan Fitzgibbons. In his ideal world, the city would go a lot further -- as we hear in this Radical Idea from the Crosscurrents archives.

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5:40pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Transportation

Web Exclusive: A spoke in the wheel of Critical Mass' story

Friday, September 28 is the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass, a weekly event in San Francisco where bicyclists ride around the city to reclaim their right to the road. KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with Chris Carlsson, who cowrote the book Shift Happens: Critical Mass at 20. You can here the complete interview here, but take a listen to a special un-aired segment of the interview here.

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5:05pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Transportation

A critical mass that began in San Francisco

On the last Friday evening of every month, the streets of hundreds of cities around the world are transformed. The cars, trucks, and busses that usually dominate the landscape slow down – because they are overwhelmed by bicycles. In San Francisco, cyclists from all over the city, the Bay Area, and sometimes the world come together at the foot of Market Street.

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