A ride from Market Street to the Headland’s Commons

DateSeptember 17th
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Location: Meet at the foot of Market Street at Harry Bridges Plaza
RSVP: All ages are welcome. Reserve your spot through Eventbrite
Transportation: Please bring your own bike. Helmets are strongly suggested and required for riders under 18. Several family friendly e-bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis from Vie Bikes. Email to reserve.

In conjunction with the opening of The Common’s, a new gathering space at Headlands’ Center for the Arts, the Studio for Urban Projects with Packard Jennings, will host a “pedal-in” to the Headlands campus. The ride will feature a series of talks focused on bicycling as a way of claiming public space from our city streets to our parklands.

Public space is critical to assembling political energy and informing community dialog. Modeled after the “ins” (teach-ins, sit-ins, bike-ins) of the 1960s and the political action they inspired, the day will connect the history of bicycling, the environmental movement, and social protest to contemporary action. It will provoke us to consider the commons as an opportunity for shared action.

Our speakers will not only conjure our history but provoke us to think about the way it may guide future political participation. They include Chris Carlsson, instigator of Critical Mass and the Director of  Shaping San Francisco; Matt Gonzalez, the former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a mayoral and vice-presidential candidate; Artist and Activist Jessica Tully; Brian Wiedenmeier, the Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and additional special guests. This roaming conversation will be moderated by Studio for Urban Project’s Alison Sant.

The 10-mile route will start at the foot of Market Street, follow the San Francisco shoreline, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and continue through the Baker-Barry Tunnel. Pedal-In has been commissioned by the Headlands Center for the Arts. We are grateful for the collaboration of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Ink.Paper.Plate. Studio.

Photo: San Francisco Bicycle Protest,1972. Courtesy of SFBC.