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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bike to Work



Thursday, May 14, is Bike To Work day .

I put air in my tires, even found a helmet that seems to fit me at a garage sale, and replaced the old seat that used made riding my bike impossible so uncomfortable. But biking downtown San Francisco's Financial District takes real skill and I'm not sure I'm up to the task, to be honest.

This is not my bike, by the way. This one is much prettier! It does say "no parking" on the sigh because they clean that side of the street a couple times a month, but it doesn't say anything about parking on the sidewalk, so I'm pretty sure that bike is safe where it is, well for a little while at least! ;)

Additional photographs of Bike To Work Day, and article in the local paper here

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9 Comments:

Blogger claude said...

Hello !
This bike has beautiful colours.
ON last summer while the gasoline was very expensive in our country I took my bike to go to work. The city is far from home. So, ouch ! my bottom ! The seat of my bike is not comfortable.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

Must say the bike is colorful. I don't know how safe riding the busy streets in San Francisco is. Good luck and be careful.

8:39 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

I am SO lazy that these days I really find that accelerator pedal handy, but I REALLY should consider getting back on a bicycle. Right now I'm using the excuse that I live on a steep hill -- a bicycle is MURDER on that hill...

Me and bikes were BIG when I was a kid... I also used them for my paper-route, so I usually had a work bike and a pleasure bike... They seem to require a lot of maintenance... The tires would go flat if you just looked at them cross-eyed...

For many years I worked for an employer who was really into the whole bike racing scene... The guy would rather ride his bicycle than work, and often did... He gave all his employees bicycles for Christmas twice -- one year a ten-speed, and another year a nice mountain bike -- I should have kept it... I think it would have looked GREAT with bright green rims...

8:54 AM  
Anonymous La Francophile said...

Bonjour,

I think you are very brave riding a bicycle in San Francisco's Financial Distict. I use to live in San Francisco and it can get so congested downtown. I do miss San Francisco and the fog.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

I wish I could ride a bike to go to work... San Diego is one of those places where you can't go anywhere without a car. :-(

5:21 PM  
Blogger Irredento Urbanita said...

what a sweet bike !!

Valery

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5:51 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

CLAUDE: you definitely need a new and improved seat. It makes a BIG difference, believe me! :)

PATTY: to be honest, I'm not sure it's all that safe right around the FD. I chickened out anyway, and just walked to the bus instead.

PHOTOADAY: You definitely should have kept the mountain bike, because there are some really neat trails between San Anselmo and Fairfax. But I don't know if you'd like to transport all your camera equipment on a bike, anyway, might be dicey. Look for one on Craigslist maybe?


LA FRANCOPHILE: Hello! To be honest, I chickened out at the last moment and took the bus instead. Downtown SF is NOT bike friendly, no matter what people say. I don't know how the messengers do it every day of the week, in and out of traffic... These kids are crazy!

ANTHONY: I remember. If if makes you feel any better, we can bike around here, but often, the problem is that there is nowhere to leave the bike (that is especially true in the Financial District). And also, if you want to get on the train in the morning, technically, you have to wait for a "reasonably empty" car so you and the bike can get in without disturbing the passengers, which is a sure way to be late for work since there are no "reasonably empty" cars until way past 9:30 a.m.

Irrendento Urbanita: thank you for stopping and dropping a sweet comment on my blog! :)

No easy answers yet, but the more people try, and the more likely we are to get accommodations for bikes.

11:55 PM  
Blogger geneline said...

J'avais eu envie de faie un article sur le bike to work, ne particulier avec des photos de l'annonce le dlevenement sur ... l'autoroute! Mais finalement, la circulation ne comportait ni plus ni moins de velos que d'habitude.J'ai renonce!
PS Pourquoi n'ecris-tu plus en francais? Et la defense de la langue, tu en fais quoi?!

2:13 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

GENELINE, bonjour! Je n'écris plus en Français manque de temps, et en plus ce n'est plus ma langue No. 1, donc pas évident. Quant à la bataille pour la préservation de la langue/ culture, je crois que cela devra se faire sans moi!I don't write in French anymore because I don't have the time to translate, plus it isn't all that intuitive anymore. I guess the fight for the preservation of the French language /culture will have to go on without me!

2:55 PM  

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