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Bikes to Books 2020:  Lucky Number 7!

Friends and fans. Can you believe it’s been seven years since we debuted our mapping project and literary history tour in the pages of the San Francisco Bay Guardian and on the shelves at City Lights Books? Since then we’ve given tours, walks, talks, zine-folding workshops, beer socials, and more, meeting amazing people, and expanding our Bikes to Books “empire,” one free event at a time. Check out our calendar of events and save the dates. We can’t wait to continue to share our love of all things bookish and bikeish with you in 2020!

Bikes to Books Spring Ride Twitter “Ride”

  • Saturday, May 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • on Twitter

Join @burritojustice and @enkohl, the co-founders of the Bikes to Books literary history bicycle tour, for a “virtual ride” to the 12 streets named for authors and artists named in 1988, on a proposal from from City Lights Books founder, and former SF Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Follow us on Twitter as we “ride” from the comfort of home from South Park to North Beach, Jack London to Jack Kerouac. We’ll post some pics and anecdotes of the tour route and each author along the way, and encourage our fellow riders (and readers) to do the same. Use the hashtag #BikesToBooks to follow us and to post, as we make our “stops.” We’ll be leaving at 1:00 p.m. sharp, and continuing to 3:00 p.m. checking in and posting along the way. Please join us!

  • 1:00PM-1:10PM = Jack London Alley
  • 1:10-1:20 = Ambrose Bierce
  • 1:20-1:30 = Mark Twain
  • 1:30-1:40 = Dashiell Hammett
  • 1:40-1:50 = Isadora Duncan
  • 1:50-2:00 = Frank Norris
  • 2:00-2:10 = Richard Henry Dana Jr.
  • 2:10-2:20 = Benny Bufano
  • 2:20-2:30 = Bob Kaufman
  • 2:30-2:40= Kenneth Rexroth
  • 2:40-2:50 = William Saroyan
  • 2:50-3:00 = Jack Kerouac Alley (also City Lights Books, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and open forum)

We hope to be back to riding with you all in October, and we hope you’ll join us then for our seven-year anniversary ride!

Until then, stay healthy, and we’ll see you on Twitter!

Boots to Books Literary Walking Tour

  • Saturday, Sept 26, 12:45-3:00 p.m.
  • Meet outside City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, SF
  • Tour ends in Jack Kerouac Alley, next door to City Lights Books

Finally a tour for all the folks who have told us “I’d love to come, but I just don’t bike.” This one-mile stroll through literary North Beach visits some of our favorite Bikes to Books locations and authors and a bunch of new ones, visiting over sixty years of literary history in a two-hour tour. All participants get a complementary copy of our companion sixteen-page minizine (and we’ll show folks how to fold them as well!)

Event is Free, with maps and posters available for purchase.

Bikes to Books Seven-Year Anniversary Ride

  • Saturday, October 3, 12:45-4:00 p.m.
  • North side of Jack London Alley, in South Park, SF
  • Tour ends in North Beach outside City Lights Books.

Seven miles for seven years! Our signature 7.1 mile bicycle tour of literary San Francisco combines San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration—a diverting and unique way to celebrate the literary and adventurous spirit of San Francisco. In 2013 we created Bikes to Books as an homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights Books founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 San Francisco streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who’d once made San Francisco their home. Celebrate seven years of Bike to Books, and 150+ years of San Francisco literary history with us, from South Park to North Beach, Jack London to Jack Kerouac.

Meet us on the north side of Jack London in South Park at 12:45. Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm. This is an urban ride of moderate difficulty, recommended for riders 16 years of age and older.

Event is Free, with maps and posters available for purchase.

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