Oh what a night! Critical Mass at 20 years old. San Francisco.

Critical Mass SF 20 years

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Tonight was AMAZING!! For all those that know me, know how difficult time I have been having with the changes in the city and general selling out / gentrification of my dear town. Well, all, tonight I was able to finally feel some relief and actual general bliss and total happiness!

Maybe it is the approx. 20 miles I have peddled in and across and back of SF tonight. Could be just exercise high, or it could be the awesomeness that was the people and partakers (that means you two cars on market that were stopped with doors open and music blarin and them dancing while watching a parade of at LEAST 6000 bicycles stop them in their tracks!).

The 2 roommates that went with me were lost right away. It it did t matter. It was not individuals riding but one giant breathing entity that worked with thank you’s, non verbal commands and general dignity of class. The old kind. The kind u cant buy!

Tonight I felt the flicker of the SF I fell in love with growing up but specifically, 20 years ago in this town. It gives me hope that our true spirit still lies within!

On a final note, i do have to say that a little piece of me does feel good taking our place on the roads and making those cars have to wait.  They never see bikes as an equal person in transport on the roads.  They are bigger so they are more important.  Not so on Critical Mass nights.  So, you get 29 or 30 days a month and we get 1 evening.  Seems fair enough.

Angry guy at Critical Mass 20

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Do not travel around the bay area this weekend… It is going to be a HUGE NIGHTMARE!

Ok… Lets start with the bridges… Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 and the bridge will be closed on Sunday between i believe 6-10pm.

Dumbarton Bridge (Hwy 84) will be closed until Tuesday morning at 9:30am unless work finishes early.

Then, within San Francisco, Muni is going to be shutting down several lines including the N Judah which is the busiest transit line in the MUNI system.  Along with the N, the J Church will be closed (except from Market to Embarcadero), the 22 Fillmore and the N owl will be rerouted until June 4th. (that is 9 yes NINE days!).  

So, needless to say, the traffic in and around the bay this weekend is going to be HORRIBLE!! 

If you are planning a trip into SF to join in the festivities of the 75th birthday party, i HIGHLY recommend that you take cal train, bart or ride your bike into the city.  Because i live on the opposite side of the city, the traffic is going to be so bad that i think that i will just watch the fireworks from the top of Bernal Hill if fog (lack there of) permits.  

Also, if you come into town, come in early, plan to spend the day, and BRING SUNBLOCK!!

Happy travel on this Memorial Day Weekend!