CycleSF ride and festival to take over San Francisco streets

Registration opened today for the first-annual CycleSF, a ride for bicycle riders of all stripes to cycle around San Francisco to raise funds for the San Francisco Recre­ation and Parks Department. Twenty-four miles of San Francisco streets will be open for cyclists to create the city’s largest cross-town bike parade.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 28, with a fundraising goal of more than $100,000. Funds raised will go towards new bike racks in San Francisco’s parks, as well as the Recreation and Parks Department’s scholarship fund that supports recreation programming for low-income children and families.

The mission of CycleSF is to promote cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle, and to celebrate the role of the City’s Recreation and Parks Department in providing a healthy recreation environment. The event aims to build civic unity through a fun-ride that invites bicycle riders of all levels to traverse our city together, and communally experience San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods from the seat of a bike. Thousands of bicycle riders will raise funds to support SF Rec and Park’s recreation programming and park system.

Produced by Jumping Fences Inc., CycleSF is not a race, but rather a fun-ride. The ride will start at 7 a.m. in the China Basin/Mission Bay area, navigate around the city, and end in Golden Gate Park. The course will be monitored by the San Francisco Police Department during these times. As the ride is not a timed race, there will be designated traffic breaks staffed by SFPD and SF MTA officers where vehicle crossing will be directed at critical points. There is also an “Elite” Rider option for riders to pay an extra $35 to ride in an escorted pace group, ahead of the main event.

Interested organizations and individuals should get involved by sup­porting the cyclists along the route, riding in the event, donating to support the work of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, or by celebrating at the Finish Line Festival in Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. The Finish Line Festival is open for the public to enjoy food and beverages at CycleSF food truck station and beer garden, entertainment at the official CycleSF costume contest, yoga provided by lululemon athletica, live music and more!

Registration is open at www.cyclesf.org. There are great fundraising and donation incentives including a chance to win a bike from PUBLIC Bikes, CycleSF Bike Jersey and Bib Shorts! For more information on the event beneficiary please visit http://www.cyclesf.org/beneficiary

CycleSF Quick Facts:

  • Ride starts at Terry Francois Blvd at Mission Rock St
  • Route lengths: 13 miles or 24 miles
  • Route finish point: Speedway Meadow – Transverse Dr, Golden Gate Park
  • Registration Fee: $40
  • Suggested donation: $25
  • Elevation gain: 24 mile course = 1,200 feet, 13 mile course = 800 feet
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