Rock The Bike: BLOG

Inspiring public dance performance on the side of a building.

Oct 15, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

You really have to experience this type of thing in person, but here’s a taste. Dancers from Flyaway Productions in San Francisco, under director Jo Kreiter, transformed a building into a stage.

Inspiring dance on the side of a building.Inspiring dance on the side of a building.

Rigged with climbing harnesses and lit up brilliantly with stage lighting, they flipped and danced to the delight of spectators below. Please see my Flickr slideshow and YouTube video for more of this inspiring performance.

It was truly the most amazing public piece of art I’ve seen in a long time.

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Let’s Greenwash this city

Oct 15, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

Greenwashing is this guy.

Why, when suggesting that riding a bicycle is an important part of building a ‘greener’ city, does PG&E pick a recumbent bike with a big flag sticking out the back? Why not an everyman’s bike that readers will see and say to themselves, “Oh yeah, I could do that.”

Why is he all alone, trying to stay between the MUNI rails, with a car about to pass him on the right? Isn’t this the exact situation that my friends have in mind when they say “I don’t feel comfortable biking in the city”?

Why do they say “Green is this guy”? They might as well write “Green is that guy”. ‘This guy’ puts him at a distance from us, the mainstream reader.

What if, instead, PG&E chose a younger, sexier — no offense — model, maybe a woman, on a stylish city bike, in one of the bike lanes that SFBC has fought so hard for, with three other bikers flanking her in the background (as is often the case on Market St. in the morning hours)? Instead of saying “Green is this guy,” they could personalize it by saying “Green is Karen Jones”.

If you’ve seen “Who Killed the Electric Car?” you know that, just because a company advertises a product, doesn’t mean that they necessarily want people to buy the product. In the case of the electric car, there’s strong evidence that GM and Toyota wanted to kill their electric car programs and were only advertising them to fulfill the legal requirement in California.

In the case of PG&E’s Let’s Green This City campaign, they are advertising individual action such as bicycle riding, but obviously not doing it in the most persuasive way they could.

Counter PG&E’s PR

sakura saunders | Wed, 01/31/2007 – 8:47pm

Hey! I am part of a group of people that set up a website with a lot of facts that counter PG&E’s deceptive greenwashing campaign. It’s called letsgreenwashthiscity.org, so I thought that you might enjoy it!

here’s a couple of facts from the site:

PG&E owns 0% solar and 2% wind facilities

PG&E’s ClimateSmart program is a bandage solution to climate change, it is a consumptive response to climate change (it has customers pay to plant trees to offset their emissions) and does nothing to address the root cause of global warming. Also, their stated goal for this program is a mere 5%!

go to letsgreenwashthiscity.org to read more.

thanks!

sakura

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What’s Your Locking Style?

Oct 14, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

Do you have a locking style? How you lock the bike may affect how you Rock the Bike. Here’s one that caught my eye recently:

Bike locked to trash can in front of Metreon

Bike locked to trash can in front of Metreon

Close-up bike on trash can.: Guess he's not worried about the paint job.

Close-up bike on trash can.: Guess he’s not worried about the paint job.

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Fremont Cruiser ride event summary

Oct 5, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

BikeKlubBboy’s log.
Earth date: 5 October 2006 14:45 Hours.
Location: Fremont, California
The Pope, Daniel and I got to JMT (Juan More Taco) about 620 to chow down on some great Juanchos Nachos, Juan Dogs and a Juan Big Quesadilla.

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What do you want to see?

Oct 5, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

Cruiser rides are a lot of fun.

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Is that his full time job?

Oct 3, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

I saw the Muscle Car guy again! This time in down town San Francisco. I heard him first about 3 blocks away. I thought it was a union protest or something. Then as I got closer I heard “We are at War!” and I knew it was him, and there he was! Is this is full time job? It was a Monday morning… Weird..

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DPW and DLG

Sep 21, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

I got a call from a customer named Frank who wanted to see the Down Low Glow in person before buying. We made an appointment to do so at my home office in the Mission while he was on break from work.

At 10:30 this morning, Frank arrived, in a DPW Street Cleaning truck. This is what I saw when I opened the door.

DPW DLG

Frank up closer.Frank up closer.

Frank is a street sweeper who commutes to his job from the East Bay on BART and bike. He rides a basic, heavy full suspension mountain bike. I’m pretty sure the Down Low Glow he bought today cost more than the bike he rides! Frank said he saw someone rocking the Down Low Glow on Valencia st. and flagged him down to find out about the lights.

I installed the single tube version installed on his bike in about 3 minutes. Thanks Frank — hope to see you on the street soon.

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Muscle Cars for Fear

Sep 12, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

Muscle Cars for Fear

I went to Napa on the 9/11 5th anniversary to work with framebuilder Curtis Inglis. On the way back, Ed and I were picking up some snacks at Safeway when this guy started broadcasting a tape of Michael Savage through a megaphone strapped to the hood of his muscle car.

When we walked up to ask him about what he was playing, he was holding the mouthpiece of the megaphone up a boombox. The tape he was playing was vitriolic “Close the borders!” stuff.

I appreciated the irony of the moment, because I had been working with Curtis on frames for Soul Cycles and this car was like, this guy’s Soul Cycle. Except instead of playing Marvin Gaye, he was playing right wing radio. And it had no bass.

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American Auto Terrorism

Sep 10, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

I went out to a local Tapioca Tea Shop to get a drink last night.

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Baby on bike what message are you sending?

Sep 9, 2006Posted by in Blog | Comments Off

 

Baby On Bike

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