San Francisco

San Francisco County
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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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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Kids on bicycles: Sunday Streets lessons

Andrew Casteel —

Watching a child zoom around on a bicycle brings back many happy memories for most adults. But turning a child loose on city streets is something many parents are not comfortable doing. You want to know that your children have basic bike-handling skills before setting out with them to ride to the park or to school, or send them out on their own. They should have an understanding of basic road rules, like how to behave at intersections and how to signal turns. Reading traffic and making safe decisions are important for a cyclist of any age.

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Growing up and growing old biking in San Francisco

Andrew Casteel —

Years from now I will reminisce about my sons learning to ride their bikes during San Francisco's Sunday Streets. Jonah, aged 7, was nervous and had to be bribed with Star Wars legos, but soon was riding beautifully. Orion at 3 years old was desperate to do what his big brother was doing and barreled ahead. He will probably be riding his two-wheeler by the end of this Sunday Streets season. And we can all hardly wait for this week's (April 11th) Sunday Streets.

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With a burgeoning market for bicycles made for practical urban commuting, a new company based in San Francisco has a vision for bridging the divide between the cruiser market and high-end racing models and possibly change the perspective about the role bicycles can play in American cities. Public Bikes, founded by designer Rob Forbes, has positioned itself as a manufacturer of bicycles that are more practical and durable than the carbon-fiber rockets used solely for recreational riding and more stylish and functional than beach cruisers. The target rider, according to the company, is the everyday urbanite who might be inspired to ride a bicycle for most trips if it met their city mobility needs and had a stylish flair.

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