Michael, the man behind Bike Blog NYC, visited San Francisco this past week and we met up to talk bikes while sipping coffee. It was great to put a face to the blog. We first connected when Michael sent me an email for a brief questionare when he first started his profile series Bike Bloggers series back in Spring 2009. I thought that was pretty cool.
We talked about bicycles, critical mass extreme different experiences between New York and the rest of the world, the weather, riding with kids, and many things that as people on bikes in cities within the United States, experience. My amiga the calitexican, fellow bike partner in crime and part of our women collab posse Change Your Life, Ride a Bike! also dropped in which was super, because she also experience the big apple on wheels a few years back.
I am not a huge Critical mass attendee, but the couple of times a year when I have gone, has been mostly positive. Michael told me about the tremendous amount of tickets that are given to just everyone on bikes and how the attendance has dropped as a reaction to this.
It was nice to talk about the positive things, however, that NY has had in the bicycle infrastructure over the last few years and to hear it from someone that rides the city, has kids and is not a wild rider. Too bad our friend Adrienne couldn’t make it, but she was there in spirit 😀
Next stop: SF goes to NY, Berlin, Chicago, CPH!??
Maybe so in the near future. In the meantime, I am deeply enjoying the connectivity that bikes+internet has brought to the bicycle blog community. Thanks for visiting ♥San Francisco. I am also pretty grateful to have met people and good friends from within the city as well as around the world, especially in the last few months, and share our perspectives, thoughts, and visions over a cup of coffee, celebrate with a beer, dinner and ride around the city as a result. It’s great.
It was great to have you Michael! 😀
This is great, check out the whole thing. Clever, far out cool and straight to the point. 😀
Hal would probably give me a C-
//thanks to Claudia for the link
Cool video of NYC and David Byrne. Stylish, a rock star and a positive person on a bicycle.
Another David, a friend of mine, once said to me my positiveness was intense*
I know I’m not alone.
I have not *yet – posted the book review, lecture, but that will come. Like slow cooking, this is slowly coming, k?!
That kick-stand background beat, was the also the soundtrack for me, in the first part of the Marin recent ride. Clank-clank what is that?!…. clank.
GoogleReader tip/hat to GoodProblem
This cracked me up. Wish more people on and off bikes shared this simple, transparent humor 😉
Thanks Jon for sharing this, pretty awesome!
1. Here is a hat accessory that seems pretty cool. I’m a huge advocate of sun-protection but have learned to embrace my tanned nose from the big sunglasses. Oh well. I still prefer Riding-Pretty’s super cute covers, if I was to choose one (Eventually, no pressure!!), but thought I’d share this by fuseprocject. Seems to be a well designed piece. What do you think?
[From fuseproject.com]City of New York NYC Helmet: We were commissioned by the City of New York to create a product and brand that appeals to the new generation of bikers, would provide safety both in a context of a free bike program, and of a policy to promote cycling in the City.
2.When I first saw the headline for this, I thought it was kind of a Bikers-hotel deal. I guess I have been thinking too much about the idea of traveling by bicycle across the US and it would be rad if instead of say, trucker-hotels or pit stops, there would be a hotel for bikers with bike shop and nice mechanics, right?! Anyways, these are good looking red bicycles. Here is the article:
Hotels Offer Bikes To Guests /By Deidre Woollard
Forget renting a car the next time you are in a new city,
many hotels are now offering bikes to guests.
It’s a great way to see a new city and be green too.
read the article here: luxist.com
After our gorgeous 2 weeks of summer, we welcome the fall this next Monday. With the full injection of fall vitamins and ready to roll the streets of San Francisco (or whatever city you happen to be at) get your feet and legs ready. I’m bouncing off ideas form this week’s ‘On the Street:Groundswell’ by my favorite photographer Bill Cunningham and the style from Eric Daman (Gossip Girls).
I ride a bike lots to go places -friends, drinks, coffee and (oh yea) work- in between any given weekday. I have the feeling that this fall will be the season to get a modern Victorian vibe going on, or maybe a tuxedo quasi masculine that works early for work and late for social hour. Here in San Francisco, it doesn’t get that cold and we are masters of layers, so I think we will be okay with a light jacket or cape like the one below, a belt that accentuates your waist, a pair of cute gloves (that also protect from UV rays), lace tights and a colorful pair of booties or high heels. Color, color, color.
Time to show those legs everyone; like Bill said something like “The heels are high and the hem line of those heels are even higher, even 12 inches above the knee, and they are sure having fun with it- “ Of course, my ultimate accessory is my BFF: my bike. So get your friend, BF or pal and stroll around to welcome the fall. See you in the bike lane or the coffee shop, and don’t forget to have fun my lovelies!