Hundreds Ride in SFBC's Second Annual Great SF Bike Ride

In the wee hours of the morning on September 15, hundreds of bicyclist of all ages felt the thrill of racing through San Francisco streets--completely car-free--just an hour before the racing pros did the same at the SF Grand Prix. The second annual Great SF Bike Ride was a stunning success, and an event we hope will continue to grow each year.

Thanks to the 50+ volunteers who made it all possible. Special thanks to event coordinator Kay Hoskins for being the mastermind behind it all. Our gratitude to BMC Software and Threshold Sports for their outstanding support of the ride.

And still more thanks to our fantastic contributors: Attorney William E. Weiss, Lavash Restaurant, Wurli Bird jazz band, and comedian Heather Gold.

During the Grand Prix race our amazing valet bike parking volunteers watched over 600 bikes at three locations along the racecourse.

Bikes Beautify Ads

The estimated 500,000 people along the Grand Prix racecourse last month were treated to some bike-beautified advertisements like these. The one-day marketing campaign included bright yellow removable tickers -- which were indeed removed that same day -- on some of the most prominent ads along the racecourse. All were positive, pro-bike messages intended to remind people that the SFBC is working to make sure bikes are appreciated every day of the year in San Francisco. Thanks to a hardy handful of volunteers who helped out during the dark hours of the morning. And endless gratitude to two professional creative masterminds who volunteered their services and a lot of time on this project: Gregg Foster and Jody Horn. To see their handiwork, and other pictures from the day, check out www.sfbike.org/galleries/gp_2002/.