May is right around the corner and you know what that means; it's Bike Month and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is celebrating with a full month of programming. San Francisco has an extensive bike network. If you’re an avid cyclist or have taken an interest after taking a NEMA Public Bikes out for a cruise around town – May is your month.
Here are a few or the many activities zooming around this month and beyond:
Mission Food Hub’s “Bike Ride Out”, May 1. Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Americas (CANA) and the Latino Task Force invite the Bay Area and the world to join the fun and party with a purpose! This is the Annual Cinco de Mayo Bike Ride Out by Mission Food Hub.
Smart City Cycling 1: In-person Classroom, May 3. Looking to get comfortable riding in San Francisco? This is the perfect class for people interested in biking but intimidated by urban traffic, and anyone already riding to hone their skills.
Women & Non-Binary Bike SF Coffee Club, May 6. This monthly Coffee Club is a perfect place to meet new people, talk bikes, share tips and caffeinate together. If you’re new to riding or interested but haven’t gotten rolling yet, this is a perfect place to find riding buddies and answer some of your questions about biking in SF.
Smart City Cycling 2: Maneuvering, May 7. This on-bike class will focus on the bike-handling skills you need to safely and confidently ride in city traffic. The class will be conducted in a car-free space and is the second in the Smart City Cycling sequence.
Volunteer Night, May 10. Stop by and snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members, and help keep the organization rolling. They have ample indoor bike parking, so don’t forget to bring your bike into the office.
On-Bike Practice for Beginning Adult Cyclists, May 15. This is a great class for those who are looking to get more comfortable balancing, pedaling, turning, and shifitng gears before they head out onto the streets. The class will be on-bike, and the majority of the class will be off-street, in a car-free space.
Adult Learn to Ride, May 15. It's never too late to learn to bicycle! Instructors will work one-on-one to assist participants in learning the basics of balancing, starting, stopping and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment.
Freedom From Training Wheels, May 20. Freedom from Training Wheels is a great way to get kids riding without training wheels. This class is for children ages 2-5 and will provide pedal bikes, balance bikes, and helmets available for your little one to use for free.
Smart City Cycling 3: Road Practice, May 21. In this class, you’ll go on a guided group ride to practice street-riding skills on increasingly high-volume streets. This class is the third in the Smart City Cycling sequence, and Smart City Cycling 2: Maneuvering is a prerequisite.
Want to venture out on your own? The SF Bike Map & Walking Guide shows you everything you need to know to find your way around San Francisco on bike. Learn the best routes to get you from Point A to Point B by bike. Plus, a topo map to help you avoid SF’s hills. This map indicates the grade of streets so you can avoid the steepest hills. Plus, the Bike Map shows you where the bike shops are and what type of bikeway is on each street.
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