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Oct 21 – Bikes to Books 4-year Anniversary Ride!

Saturday, October 21, 1-4 PM

Bikes to Books 4th Anniversary Ride!

Meet at 12:45 p.m. at Jack London Street (at South Park in San Francisco)

Ride will commence at 1:00 p.m. sharp

Ride will end at ~4:00 p.m. in North Beach, outside City Lights Books

Join us on Saturday, Oct 21 to ride the city and make new friends while learning some history and then have a couple of beers. Rally in South Park & Jack London Alley for the biannual Bikes to Books tour and enjoy a robust (yet feasible!) 7.1 mile tour of San Francisco.

In honor of the authors who inspired our tour, we invite participants to bring small excerpts or quote from their favorites to be read on location throughout the ride.

Event is free. Maps and our expanded poster version will be available for purchase.

Combining San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration, Bikes to Books began as an homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 San Francisco streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who had once made San Francisco their home. The resulting 7.1-mile tour is a diverting and unique way to celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco.

Learn about the authors and neighborhoods that made San Francisco a known literary hub, from South Park to North Beach, Jack London to Jack Kerouac. The accompanying Bikes to Books map was co-published by City Lights Books in October 2013 for the 25th anniversary of the street-naming, and is now in its third printing. Come ride with us and celebrate SF’s literary history, and history-in-the-making.

Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm. This is an urban ride of moderate difficulty, recommended for riders sixteen years of age and older.

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The ride is free, and maps will be for sale at the end of the ride (both the original folded double-sided version and the even larger flat poster version with over 863 square inches of history!
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