Bike to Work Day… Now in September
Normally, during the mid-May cold spell, we’d be out in full force at 7 AM staffing Energizer Stations, recording our mileage, and celebrating improved bicycle infrastructure and safety. This year, due to COVID19, Bike to Work Day is rescheduled for September 24. We’re going on smaller rides that maintain social distancing whilst enjoying all the Oakland Slow streets, and hoping they’ll be permanent.
Here's to Future Rides
We’re reminiscing about the fun community bike rides we led from our libraries last year! For Cyclofemme, on Mother’s Day, we rode from various branches to meet at the Bay Bridge. We learned about the history of the Bridgeyard Building and the Key System, and plans for a new shoreline park from an East Bay Regional Parks District ranger. Then we rode the bike path to the Yerba Buena Island vista point.
In November, we led a family ride from the Cesar Chavez library to the 81st Ave Library, where we enjoyed a screening and panel discussion of Motherload. On the way, we rode bike routes through the Fruitvale and East Oakland neighborhoods, past the Coliseum and on the new bike path near the Coliseum BART station. After the movie, we rode out to the new dedicated bike lane (featuring a scraper bike wheel design) on 90th Ave.
Brush Up on Your Skills
We’re looking forward to future rides with you! In the meantime, you can brush up on your urban riding and other biking skills with some free online webinars. Cycles of Change’s Drive Your Bike program has moved online, and so have Bike East Bay’s bicycle education classes.
It’s clear we're undergoing a bike boom right now. Luckily, here in the Bay Area our bike shops are considered essential services, so we can get help maintaining (or purchasing) our bikes. If you’re interested maintaining your bicycle yourself, of course there are tons of great videos and articles online. Check out Basic Bike Check, Park Tool’s Repair Help videos, and the seemingly infinite font of knowledge that is SheldonBrown.com.
Your Library is a Bike Tool
You can also peruse some biking related e-stuff from the library! The entire backfiles and current issues of Bicycle Times and Bicycling are available to download, and you can keep issues forever on your device!
Kanopy features many films on bike-related topics, from Critical Mass to professional & Olympian cycling teams to the rise of bike culture. Especially recommended: Klunkerz, a history of mountain biking in Marin County, and Afghan Cycles, the story of Afghan women fighting for independence through bike racing.
Fun bike resources can be found in Hoopla, too: how-to books, touring memoirs, biographies, and children’s books are available, in both e-book and audiobook formats. You can even check out the Bay Area Bike Rides Deck (updated 2020), with 50 local bike rides “for every kind of cyclist”! There’s even a series of indoor exercise bike videos, where you can “ride” through Nova Scotia, Cornwall, or California’s Angeles Crest!
June’s selection for the Women* Bike Book Club is available through Hoopla as well. Join us on June 4 at 6 PM (via Zoom) to talk about Dragon Bike: Fantastical Stories of Bicycling, Feminism, and Dragons. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link.
We hope you have a safe, fun, educational and entertaining Bike Month!