San Francisco celebrates National Bike Month this May, with bike related events and activities taking place all month-long. From the biggest biking day of the year, to recreational rides, you can enjoy springtime in the city from the comfort of your own bike seat. So whether you are considering navigating the city by bike for the first time, or already actively ride, these events are great ways to introduce even more San Franciscans to biking.
Bike to Work Day
Thousands of people pedaled their way to work for the 19th Annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day held May 9, and there was no shortage of fun, festivities or bicycles. From curbside rallies cheering on bike commuters at 26 Energizer Stations around the city, to the unveiling of the city’s first automated real-time bike counter on Market Street, San Francisco had a record-breaking year as citizens, non-profits and local business and city leaders joined together to celebrate the joys of biking and all of the progress made to city streets since last year’s event.
Mayor Ed Lee rides down Market Street with his Commuter Convoy on Bike to Work Day May 9, 2013. (Photo courtesy of the SFBC’s Flickr account.)
Overall, San Francisco had a record-breaking year, with bikes accounting for 76 percent of all eastbound traffic on Market Street between the hour of 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., the highest percentage since the SFMTA began counting in 1998. In the last five years, Bike to Work Day bike counts have increased 20 percent. With a more than 71 percent increase in the number of people biking between 2006 and 2011, according to the SFTMA, more people are biking than ever before.
Urban Cycling Workshop
Come brush up on your urban cycling skills at this free one-hour workshop, hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Learn how to navigate yourself around the city in an effort to make our streets safer for everyone. These classes are great for anyone considering bicycling in the city. Learn about the rules of the road, types of bikes and how to make the most of everyday riding. Become a comfortable and confident on a bike by signing up today! http://www.sfbike.org/?edu-intro
A group attending an Urban Cycling Workshop in 2012. (Photo courtesy of the SFBC’s Flickr account.)
Hazon Golden Gate Ride
This Memorial Day weekend marks the fourth annual Hazon Golden Gate Ride, a fully-supported fundraising ride. Learn about and support Jewish environmental causes while you enjoy educational workshops and activities. This year’s ride spans the California coast from Tomales Bay to San Francisco. The ride ends across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Monday, May 27. For more details, see the event website.
Tour du Fromage
Come out for a group ride to some of the city’s best cheese shops, for the annual Tour du Fromage bike tour Sunday, May 26. JB Rumberg, worker-owner at Other Avenues Co-Op in the Outer Sunset neighborhood, leads the all-day ride which ventures across the city. Expand your cheese expertise while you ride. Provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, you can sign up for the ride here.