Report: San Francisco Is a Great Place for Cyclists

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The Alliance For Walking and Biking just released a monster of a report that looks at just about every statistic that you could gather on walking and biking in the city. And guess what: San Francisco actually has one of the lowest rates of cyclist fatalities, and one of the highest rates of commuting by wheels or feet, according to the Alliance. (Apparently, studies like this one from California Bike Coalition are outdated).

But one disappointment that was confirmed: San Francisco doesn't fund enough pedestrian and bike-friendly projects.

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Bike Share Isn't All the East Bay Needs

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The expansion of the Bay Area Bike Share was approved by the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Commission yesterday afternoon. Like any committee meeting there were plenty of different opinions, but ultimately, it seems everybody is for bike share.

So $8.7 million will go into developing the East Bay expansion, but right now, nobody knows how or where that will happen just yet.

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Battle Royale of the San Francisco Bike Paths

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After our neighbors to the south in L.A. pitted two of their premier bike paths against each other in a battle, I decided to square off three of our best paths here in San Francisco in a kind of three way cage match battle royale. The California Bicycle Route 2, along the Marina and Crissy Field, Golden Gate Park, and the Great Highway Path were my candidates for a car-free ride in the city.

Here's how they fared:

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An Open Letter to The Thieves Who Stole My Bikes

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Dear bike thieves:

I've long thought to myself how much I prefer bikes to humans. You confirmed that feeling last weekend when you broke into my garage while I was asleep and stole four of my bikes. When you ripped off my bikes, you stole something a lot more important than an amalgamation of steel, aluminum, metal, and leather. You took an old friend and my primary means of transportation.

I hope whoever you sell those bikes to at the very least appreciates them as much as I have over the years.

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Preparing for the End of the World? Buy a Bike

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According to scientists out there, everything's going to fall apart soon no matter how hard you try to cut your carbon footprint to kid-size. So it's best to know now that when the world does come to a screeching halt, you're better off on a bike than in your Prius or your Tesla. And you're definitely better off in anything but a Land Rover.

But you want to be on the right bike when the time comes -- right?

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Woman Pushes Cyclist Off His Bike, Pedals Off With It

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The bike probably belongs to neither of them
A very conspicuous bike thief is pedaling around town.

On Sunday morning, a man was riding his bike on the 1100 block of Market Street when he came to a stoplight. Being the law-abiding biker that he was, he came to a full stop, only to be hit by a crime.

According to police, a woman, only described as a black female between 25 and 30 years old -- ran up to the man while yelling that that was her bike.

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Clever Woman Teams Up With BART to Nab Bike Thief

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Of all the awesome things you can get on Craigslist -- dirty panties, leftover pizza, and toe-sucking roommates -- your stolen bike is by far the best find.

A local BART rider was pretty stoked to find her $900 bike for sale on Craigslist, enough so that she formed a plan to get her ride back and nab the crook while she was at it.

Here's what happened:

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Feel Good About Bicycle Consumerism With Non-Profit Bike Shops

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Bikes are big business these days. Companies of all sizes will happily sell you a $10,000 dream bike, a $500 custom fitting, $300 shorts -- but bike co-ops and non-profits cater to the other end of the market.

Bling bikes might be a luxury item for some, but a working bike is basic transportation for many. I talked with Cory Rich of Street Level Cycles, a non-profit bike shop, community DIY space, and youth education program, about how the increase in cycling in the Bay Area has affected business.

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Here's What You Can Do With That Weird Rack on Bike Share Bicycles

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When the Bay Area Bike Share bikes rolled out, one burning question kept some of us up at night: What the hell are those weird little baskets on the front and what are they for?

A one-sided rack? If you plan to carry a six pack it would fall right out the side. What good is it if you can't even carry a six pack?

A.B. Pack is a nifty bag that makes that weird little rack a whole lot more practical.

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Here's What The Cops Did With Your Stolen Bike They Recovered

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Last week at the press conference for the new SAFE Bikes registration program, Leah Shahum, director of the San Francisco Bike Coalition, mentioned something intriguing that was coming down the pike: an Unclaimed Bicycle Ordinance. I'd never heard of this, but it sounded like a thoughtful way to make use of the 800-plus stolen bikes sitting in the SFPD warehouse that have never been claimed by their owner.

The Unclaimed Bicycle Ordinance would be an amendment to Police Code Section 1405.1. The law as it stands today says that the SFPD may turn over unclaimed bicycles to the Human Services Agency for "use in programs designed to prevent juvenile delinquency." But the amendment will require that bicycles valued at less than $500 be donated to the Human Services Agency for programs designed to prevent juvenile delinquency or "any program or activity designed to serve low-income or transit dependent populations in San Francisco."

The amendment was already approved by the Government Audit and Oversight Committee on Feb.18 and will now go to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote.

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