Andrew Casteel —

Across the city this morning, kids and their parents hopped on bikes to get to school, many of them breaking out of a car commute routine that's no fun for either party. At Sunset Elementary School, one of dozens of schools in San Francisco to participate in Bike to School Day today, and one of just five to receive a Safe Routes to School grant, many of the children seemed eager to make it more than a one-time event.

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Nominate
Andrew Casteel —

April 19th is the last day to submit your 2010 Bike Commuter of the Year nominations. Click the link and nominate your favorite cyclist!

Andrew Casteel —

I'm a "climber," a guy determined and content when powering up Mt. Diablo or surmounting a formidable challenge at work or in life. I never understood, nor embraced, my climbing tendencies until the day I bought and fell in love with my new bike. Some people seek a sense of physical and mental accomplishment through running marathons. Others find it scaling huge boulders. Mine happens whenever I'm in the saddle of my Orbea. I wasn't always like that. Three years ago, I wouldn't qualify as even a fair-weather cyclist.

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.