Andrew Casteel —

Come out on Wednesday, April 28th for what promises to be an exciting evening, as Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and the Bike Peddler present the North Bay premiere of “Awesomeland: Women of Dirt.” This film is a unique look into the world of Downhill Racing, Dirt Jumping and Freeriding through the eyes of the wondrous women who have helped grow the sport of Gravity Mountain Biking with their strength and courage.

This Northern California premiere screening event features no-host beer (by New Belgium Brewing), wine, and soft drinks, free light snacks, raffle drawings (including a sweet New Belgium Brewing limited edition commute bike!), bikey swag, and special guests (TBA). Ride your bike to the screening and enjoy free, secure valet bike parking at the theater, provided by Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.

Screening begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.
Buy your tickets today at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/103390 or stop in at The Bike Peddler or NorCal Bike Sport.

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Peds to take over Great Highway

Andrew Casteel —

The City’s Sunday Streets program will be making its second appearance of the year this weekend, with the street-closure event set to take place in Golden Gate Park and the western neighborhoods of San Francisco. Cyclists, pedestrians, skaters and other exercise enthusiasts will have free rein over John F. Kennedy Drive and the Great Highway, both of which will be closed Sunday to automobile traffic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Great Highway will shut down from Lincoln Way to Sloat Boulevard, while John F. Kennedy Drive is slated to be off-limits to motorists from Crossover Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The western portion of MLK will also be closed to traffic. A similar route was used last year for the Sunday Streets event.

Be the first to get on a PUBLIC bike

Andrew Casteel —

Be the first to get a PUBLIC bike. To get this ride started, we are offering you the chance to win an 8-speed or 3-speed PUBLIC bike. No purchase is necessary – or possible – as our bikes are not available for sale until late spring, 2010. All you need to do is intrigue us, inspire us, with your vision of how your world will look from the seat of a PUBLIC bike. Send us a 200 word essay to enter.

Bike City Oakland

Andrew Casteel —

Despite a still-developing network of bike routes and an unfortunate abundance of potholes, Oakland boasts the 7th highest number of bike commuters in the country with slightly more than two percent of the population riding a bike to work. The city ranks a notch below Washington D.C. and just above Tucson. Portland, it will be no surprise to learn, is at the top of the list with nearly six percent of that city’s residents pedaling through the rain to work.

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Kids encouraged to bike to school

Andrew Casteel —

San Francisco’s students are being encouraged to hop onto a bicycle and ride to school as a way to get healthy, have fun and promote alternative modes of transportation. On April 15, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will host the second annual Bike to School Day. Last year, around 500 students attending 25 San Francisco schools participated in the event, the coalition said. “This year we hope that 1000 students will join us along with parents on ‘Bike Trains’ to and from their schools this year,” organizers said.

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