Showing posts with label This Is San Francisco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label This Is San Francisco. Show all posts

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Arthursday: tunnels

/link+art credit: work by Tatsuro Kiuchi via it's nice that.
Tunnels would be a big prominent birthmark if Critical was a human body. With the exception of the Geary and Park Presidio ones, tunnels are a frequent and quintessential experience whilst participating in a San Francisco critical mass ride.

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary and here is more info, links and good stuff including purchasing/download of BEAUTIFUL poster done by rad local artists: SF Critical Mass

I've expanded the usual short+sweet Arthursday a bit, including a few San Francisco tunnel shots as well as one from Los Angeles by our 4th amiga in Los Angeles: Caryl (first photo below) +the rest them are from the 3 of us here in SF :)

Los Angeles
Los Angeles by -Caryl
Tunnel vision
polo fields in golden gate park by meligrosa
Ade+calitexican+i: tunnel trolls 3+ years ago:
Tunnel Vision
Tunnel Vision by Adrienne Johnson SF
-- and this from that:
three tunnel trolls
three tunnel trolls by meligrosa
three tunnel trolls
calitexican's previous yellow mixte! aw.
stockton tunnel
stockton tunnel by meligrosa
critical boys 2009 by meligrosa
Tunnel vision
golden gate park, late 2009 by meligrosa
Badass bullet belt
Badass bullet belt by calitexican
Stockton tunnel
At dusk. SF critical mass. September 2009. - Stockton tunnel by calitexican
Guess who's back

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Tunnels are like blogs, they connect people from one side of their screen onto the other – with people in a different place with a similar perspectives -- xxom

Thursday, April 26, 2012

This Is San Francisco : Outside Lands

As you saw yesterday, we have stared a little cross pollination project between us, VĂ©lo Vogue and Wheelright.  It is always interesting to see things from varying perspectives and so here is mine, just a little late.

I grew up in what people have, once again, started calling the Outside Lands.  Its official name is the Sunset District.  On the day we were all out there the Great Highway, the road that has physically separated the neighborhood from the shore line for decades, was closed to traffic for Sunday Streets.


This road was the terror of the neighborhood when I was growing up.  Six lanes of unregulated, high speed traffic with zero areas for people to cross on foot to reach the beach.  In 1983 most of the road and the adjacent sand dunes were destroyed by massive waves that crested over the road (20 feet above above and 30 feet in from the high water line) and the whole thing had to be rebuilt and reinforced. It is a constant battle, to the tune of millions of dollars, to keep this road safe for car traffic.  The whole road is built on sand dunes (most of which are a protected bird sanctuary)!  I am not sure why anyone thought that was a good idea and every year we are reminded it wasn't.

End Of The Earth

 At that time the road was redesigned with traffic control and crossover points at every street.  Pedestrian paths were created along the sides of the highway and we all thought it was great!  It never occurred to us to want more.  The whole Outer Sunset was in the throws of deep decline and anything we got seemed like manna from heaven.  Now, I think there are many, many people who not only dream but work toward shutting this highway down and turning it into open public space.  I think they will succeed and I look forward to that day.

 Today, when it isn't closed to traffic, bicyclists have to share the side path with joggers and dogs and walkers.  It is a beautiful path but it isn't enough.  The whole coast should be open to people to roam freely, to ride a bicycle or fly along on their skates or teach their children how to kite board.  I don't say this because I hate all cars, I say it because I have lived with this road and its impact on the neighborhood for 40 years.  The Outer Sunset deserves better.

Beach Rider

In the meantime, there is always the beach. Miles and miles of beach to love and live on and be a part of.


So while I left the Sunset happily in 1984 to live in the Mission District, there is always a part of me that lives there.  There is always a part of me that misses the salt air and the fog horns and the never ending barrage of sand blowing into my home even with the windows closed.  I miss the kites flying above and the crazy surfers who head out daily to freeze in the violent surf and the pot smokers and the teenagers having bonfires as the sun goes down.

A little video of a regular day on the Great Highway.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This Is San Francisco: The Outside Lands

We have a new series that we are doing in collaboration with the fine ladies over at Velo Vogue called "This Is San Francisco." check out the first of the series. this series will consist of pictures we each capture at one event, or place, during each month to show you SF through our respective camera lenses.


a few sundays ago was sunday streets in SF. it closed the great highway and that was fantastic to see!

here's how i experienced that sunday.

it started with joining a ladies only ride.

Ladies of leisure ride passing thru #sundaystreets

then we went through sunday streets, which is where i broke off from the ride.

penny farthing. april 2012.
Penny Farthing on the Great Highway #inkwell #bikes

deep and ian. music bike.
Deep & Ian at #sundaystreets #outerlands #sierra #rickshaw

declan grinded delicious coffee beans.
Declan grinding coffee at #sundaystreets #brannan

this is sunday streets: band. cargo bike bbq. ade&camera. bike.
This is #sundaystreets

james. 1968 coleman camp stove. cargo bike bbq. grey pacific ocean.
Cargo bike, Coleman camp stove #sundaystreets

here are the posts from velo vogue and wheelright.