Technology was supposed to have signaled the downfall of the bike messenger, but the opposite has happened, and bike courier culture is going strong.
By Anna Pulley
Until this past weekend, bike messengers to me were those crazy guys dodging around my SUV in traffic with ripped thighs and sick tattoos oozing a coolness that took me back to my High School days and made me feel awkward and insecure.
After attending the Quake City Rumble bike messenger event this weekend? Well, they still have ripped thighs and sick tattoos, but I also realized they have a camaraderie amongst them you wouldn’t believe, that there are more lady bike messengers than you can imagine, and that they’re all unnecessarily nice to intruders with cameras who don’t know anything about bikes.
Read Alexandria Washburn`s full article about her experience at QCR 2014.
Friday, October 10:
Race to Registration 6 PM One Post
Registration from 7-10PM at Benders (19th street @ South Van Ness)
Saturday, October 11: All events running in and out of the Panhandle in SF
Late registration in the Panhandle 11 AM
Main race starts at noon!
7:30 PM- Messenger Masquerade (prom/costume party) 19 Heron St., featuring bands and beers. Bands TBA
Sunday, October 12:
The Mountain Lion, coursed by 2013’s winner, Chas of TCB. Starting point TBA
BBQ hosted by NorCal Courier, location TBA
Monday, October 13: A Day in Oakland (because let’s be honest, who can afford SF anymore?)
Group ride with Kell WOB, starting time and location TBA
The East Bay’s own Pedal Express will host an alleycat from WOB Hill in Lake Merritt, time TBA.
QCR 2014 Registration is $20 and includes a t-shirt (while supplies last) and registration package, entrance to all events, and BBQ. If you don’t wish to register, you must pay entry to each event in which you’d like to particpate, and you won’t reap the benefits of free food/beer. Quake City Rumble is the annual fundraiser for the SFBMA.
Celebrate SF’s National Bike Greenway Day that honors SF Bike messengers!!
Take a Fantastic Tour of SF with the SFBB Sunday, September 21st. Meet at Dolores Park @ 10:30 a.m.
The Hi Wheel Cyclist is back to ride with the you. Celebrate the National Bike Greenway with an excellent ride about town. All ages welcome. Free! Meet some great SFers including:
Freewheel Bike Shop Valencia
Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel
San Francisco City Hall
SF Domino Club
Golden Gate Park Panhandle
Meet at Mission Dolores Park @ 19th Street
Here is the Mayor’s proclamation that will be declared and shared at city hall:
NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY DAY
September 21, 2014
WHEREAS, the bicycle was the first personal transportation vehicle and
a century ago was an important part of American culture; and
WHEREAS, in 1884 Thomas Stevens rode a HiWheel bicycle from San
Francisco and Oakland to Boston, an accomplishment heard the world
around as his became the first ever bike ride across America and then
around the world; and
WHEREAS, the city of San Francisco recognizes the National Bicycle
Greenway (NBG) mission to build our city into its network of bike
friendly roads and bicycle pathways that will connect Washington, DC
with San San Francisco; and
WHEREAS, San Francisco is a gold-level bicycle friendly city as
recognized by the League of American Bicyclists; and,
WHEREAS, The San Francisco Bicycle Messengers have influenced a community of
bicycling throughout the city streets with fearless athleticism and have
provided the original green service throughout the Bay area.
WHEREAS, the San Francisco Bike Coalition, with its legion of great
volunteers, has worked hard to raise public awareness on bicycling in and has
helped to bring about the 71% increase in cycling San Francisco over the last
five years; and
WHEREAS, the San Francisco Bicycle Ballet will be showing what makes our
city great with a 8-mile tour that visits classic neighborhood celebrities of
San Francisco, spanning from nonprofits to rockers on September 21 for the
National Bicycle Greenway.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF San Francisco do hereby proclaim September
21, 2014 as “NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY DAY” in San Francisco , CA
Mayor, San Francisco
Hey everyone, here is an up-to-date list of sponsors for QCR 2014 (October 10-13, SF)
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Cool Caps Co.
All Hail The Black Market
Get pumped, we’re going to have some fun this year.
Hey everyone, it’s happening! Come on out Columbus Day weekend to SF. We’ve got the usual format- Friday night race to registration, Saturday races all day, and the Mountain Lion on Sunday. It’s a holiday weekend, so there will be more fin in store on Monday- in Oakland!
Check in here soon, we will have more details, times, locations, and sponsors!
I would like to start with a big HELLO!
Hello to Matt and Western Matt!!!
Welcome to the S.F.B.M.A. That being said all working and non-working messengers please keep your membership updated… With this card you get great discounts… We really do give $ to injured messengers. On the lighter side I shall now issue a new schwag alert. Pre-order for Gravy Dog Race Gear is now open! The projected price will be somewhere between $60 & $100. GO TEAM GRAVY DOG!!! To Order send a Text w/ your size and phone # to 1-415-786-5226
Beer Koozies: 2/ $5 or $3 each
Bandanas: $6 Stickers: 2/ $1
Quake City Rumble ! ! !
Is coming so represent…
To purchase any or all these items, send a Text w/ your order & phone # & mailing address to 1-415-786-5226. All Messengers, Office Personal, Delivery Drivers and Company Owners are welcome. Supporters and Bike Shoppes are also welcome to participate and become full members…
The tickets are on sale now til May 31st @8pm.
raffle ticket buyers may contact Carla at email@example.com or call 415.655.1642 to purchase raffle tickets or look for her on the street!
the winning tickets drawing will be held at the SFBB’s Mais Oui, May 31, Dogpatch Saloon, 2496 Third
if you can’t make the show the raffle winners will also be posted on June 1 at http://sanfranciscobicycleballet.org/shredders and winners will be contacted.