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
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
This months SFBMA meeting will be at Lennon Studios (271 Dore St.). We will be there from 6pm to 9pm on 4/10/14. Just tell them you are with the SFBMA acapella group. It`s election time. So come out and nominate someone for office. Or run for office yourself. Get involved, make shit happen. Dues are $5 a month or $50 for the year. Hell of a deal. See you there.
The internet is great! Now you can watch us drink beer anytime from the comfort of your iPhone. This is our entry for the NACCC 2014 30 Pack Challenge. Congrats to Milwaukee for winning with their time of 15:25. Thanks to Rachel for hosting and drinking and everyone who helped out and drank. Third times a charm.
The 2014 North American Cycle Courier Championships will be held over Labor Day weekend, on August 29-September 1st, 2014 on a closed course in Northeast Minneapolis! More info here.
This months SFBMA meeting will be at Lennon Studios (271 Dore St.). We will be there from 6pm to 9pm on 2/13/14. Just tell them you are with the SFBMA acapella group. Come out, get involved, make shit happen.
2014 Complete Inventory Edition
Sales have been a little slow… But, we did send out some cool Thank-You packs to contributors. And, donations and membership are having an up-swing.
Thank-You for renewing your memberships! You know who you are… Please, tell any new (rookie) messengers about the S.F.B.M.A. and the Broken Bones Fund. ‘Oh Yeah! A special BIG THANK-YOU!!! To: Carla
Thank-You for everything you do! From the bottom of all of our hearts Thank-You-Very-Much!!! Long live the Cognition…
Patches: 13 round 26 square *39 @ $4/each Total $156
Beer Koozies: 19 red 24 black *43 @ 2/$5 Total $107
Bandanas: 6 green on silver 8 white on black 4 red on black *18 @ $6/each Total $108
Stickers: 183 round 185 square *368 @ 2/$1 Total $184
Buckles: *4 @ $40/each Total $160
Belts:*2 sm. @ $35/each Total $70
Shirts: XL 3 L 6 M 23 S 11 *43@ $10/each Total $430
Hoodies: XXL 3 XL 2 L 2 M4 *11 @ $40/each Total $440
Schwag Assets as of 2/1/14 Total $1655
Thank-You for your support! For Schwag, Membership and Donations call or text $haggy @ 415-786-5226
This months SFBMA meeting will be at Lennon Studios (271 Dore St.). We will be there from 6pm to 9pm on 12/12/13. Just tell them you are with the SFBMA acapella group. Come out, get involved, make shit happen.
Last week an old friend passed away on the streets of San Francisco. His name was Joe Scripps, or as we knew him, Bobo. I met Bobo at a company called Silver Bullet in 1991. I was a fresh faced kid from Detroit and had only worked at Aero until my big promotion to the Bullet. Joe and his brother, Mike, both worked there and they were the cool kids. Bobo befriended me and we were friends ever since. Those were the best days of my life, we loved being messengers. We all lived, drank, and worked with each other and guys like Bobo, Scripps, Shark, Bones, Mishka, and Joe Woods were my heroes. In retrospect it sounds silly, but I looked up to those guys, I wanted to be like those guys. They sat at the cool side of the wall and smoked big joints. Bobo let me in, he would always have me take the first hit off the joint because he hated the paper taste. I didn’t care……. I had arrived.
Bobo was the kind of person who would chat up anyone, especially the women, I envied that. Joe loved 70`s soul music and embodied everything I loved about the city, he had soul to spare. In the nineties we became closer and it seemed the community may have forgotten Bobo, written off as a drug addict or some other such nonsense. To me, he was always that guy that got me into the bike messenger community. As often happens, the beast of drug addiction got ahold of my friend, I don`t begrudge him for that. I still respected him until the end. Some who pass may have just seen another bum on the corner, I saw my old friend, who even in his poor health always sparked a conversation about girls, beer, or sports, and it was appreciated. I will always love and respect Bobo for the time we spent together as all who knew him should. The lesson learned is that everyone has a story, most of us fall on hard times at some point in our life. Be kind to those less fortunate, listen to them, they may be like our friend Bobo, who was loved, respected, and will be missed. I wish I would have told him that………