Saturday, November 28, 2009


Closeup of our bikes by webcompanion.
Holiday bike photo by luckhardt on Flickr.

NOPA bicyclists, here's a chance to meet, mingle, drink, and find out about a monthly NOPA ride. The North Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA), the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), and BIKE NOPA are teaming up to co-sponsor a bike-the-holiday celebration on December 1st at On the Corner Cafe.

(Update 12 Noon Dec. 1st: NOPA party still on for 5:30; see note below. Two parties in one night!)

The first SFBC NOPA Mingle in September was hugely successful with a gathering of more than 60 neighbors who bike. Many found they live just a few blocks from one another, and several followed that event with group rides, coffee dates, and beer stops. More than half of the volunteers for the popular BIKE THE BLOCK party in October were recruited at the first Mingle. Holiday cheer is the plan for the December meet-up, along with some talk about having a regular ride beginning and ending in NOPA. And there are perks with the party:

Holiday bike decoration by webcompanion.
All lit up photo by luckhardt on Flickr

SFBC is offering a special discount to NOPA cyclists who become members at the Mingle: $10 off the regular membership of $35. With all the cool stuff that comes with a membership -- discounts at dozens of bike stores, cafes, and Rainbow Grocery -- the $25 fee easily pays for itself. And you get to support the great SFBC advocacy for better, safer bicycling.

Don't overlook NOPNA, our feisty and diverse neighborhood association that keeps an eye on all things North Panhandle. For the good of our community, join NOPNA at whichever level suits you best. Take a look at the award-winning web site: .

Christmas Bike by JohnCalnan.
johnCalnan photo on Flickr

Stop on your way home from work or spin on over from wherever you are:

NOPA Bike, Meet & Mingle
Tuesday, December 1st, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (although at 6:30 we may all head over to the OTHER bike party at the Duboce Park Cafe, Duboce & Sanchez, to celebrate the new bike lane and box on Scott St.
On the Corner Cafe, 359 Divisadero @ Oak Street
Free entry, no-host coffee, beer, delectables and sandwiches.
You will be decorating your bike, won't you?

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