Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pedal-Powered Hauling @ BIKE THE BLOCK

See it happen and you're impressed. Do it once and you're converted. Hauling by bike is cool, inspiring, motivating, and easier than you might think. NOPA cyclists bike their kids, their groceries, their desks, their apartments, really, most everything you can imagine -- and some you never would.

Newbie haulers start with paniers on the side, or they mount a front basket, or bungee their stuff on a rear rack. When they're ready for some real human-powered transport, cyclists switch to cargo bikes, xtracycles, and the trailers for when you forego the U-Haul for the U-Bike.

All kinds of hauling gear and bikes will roll onto Grove Street between Baker and Lyon this upcoming Sunday for NOPA's BIKE THE BLOCK, a three-hour bike-themed block party. Trade tips about what works best, find a neighbor to invest in a bike trailer together, and take a few trial spins. Be sure to get a copy of the SF Bike Coalition's "Schlepping, shopping, hauling, lugging, moving, bike" pamphlet.

Sunday, Sept. 27
10 am to 1 pm
Grove Street, between Baker and Lyon

3 hours non-stop, all-bike splurge in NOPA.
(But you don't have to be a cyclist to have a good time).

  • Kids skill course
  • bike decorating
  • bike service station
  • electric bike demo
  • show'n'tell bike trailers
  • 6 person funcycyle (you have to ride this with your friends and neighbors!)
  • Coffee to power you up compliments of Central Coffee & Tea
  • Free Raffle of Mojo Bicycle Cafe T-shirts
  • Ever-popular Free Walk or Bike Ride to Divisadero Farmers Market
(See tomorrow's post for a profile of the Dan the DJ and his partybike).

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