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BMF featured on KALW's "Crosscurrents"

Check out this cool radio story about Bicycle Music Festival 2011, by Ali Budner. Produced for KALW’s show: “Crosscurrents.”

• Friday, July 15th, 2011

BMF Photos!

The first batch of photos are being added to Bicycle Music Festival Flickr pool.
Here’s the slideshow from Bicycle Music Festival SF.

These photos were taken by a number of super talented photographers. Click on the photos to view credit info on Flickr.

Add your own photos!  Join the BMF Flickr group to add photos to the pool!

• Monday, June 20th, 2011

Route Map & Turn Sheet

Here’s the Route Map & Turn Sheet for this Saturday, June 18th.

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Route Map

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Here’s the Route Turn Sheet:

Bicycle Music Festival Turnsheet – June 18th 2011

BEGIN 5pm — Old Cabin Meadow, GGP (JFK & Stow Lake)

  1. West on JFK
  2. left on Kezar Dr
  3. merge into right lane
  4. right on Stanyon
  5. left on Haight
  6. left on Masonic
  7. right on Oak
  8. right on Scott
  9. left on Haight
  10. right on Steiner
  11. cross Duboce
  12. continue on Sanchez
  13. left on 18th
  14. right on Dolores
  15. left on 19th
  16. right on Valencia
  17. left on 24th
  18. left on Florida
  19. right on 17th
  20. left on Wisconsin
  21. cross 16th, enter parklet by Cafe

ARRIVE 6pm — Showplace Triangle (16th & Wisconsin)

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• Friday, June 17th, 2011

Get Involved – How to Help

Roll With the BMF! It’s easy to get involved…
Here are some great ways to be part of the action:


Wanna be a Bike Roadie? Rock the Merch Table or the Smoothie Station? Be a Golden Goose? Perhaps you’d like to post fliers or help test/build equipment before the day-of? Fill out the Volunteer Signup Form to let us know how you’d like to help out. Thank you!!

Say Something!


Make Something!

Bring Something!

Take Something!

  • Post your Pics! Add your pics to the BMF Flickr pool
  • Pack-In Pack-Out - BMF is a “leave no trace behind” event. Please help by picking up your trash and leaving the event sites better than you found them.

Give Something!

  • Become a Sponsor of BMF – BMF is made possible by the support of some wonderful local individuals, businesses, and organizations. We encourage support via Financial Contributions or in-kind materials/services to help support the Bicycle Music Festival. All Donations are Tax-Deductible! E-mail for more info.

Represent! Calling All Bay Area Community Organizations

Collaborate with us! Do you have a cool community activity that we can tie-in to the BMF like a farm workday, social activity like a capture the flag game that you and your friends are organizing, or want to table for your non-profit organization at the BMF? Let’s do it! Contact

Scouting Locations

Please let us know if you’ve found an awesome spot for a future pedal-powered concert. Email

BE THERE for the best damn show of the year!

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• Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

What's New at BMF 2011?

8-foot wide mobile stage!

Our featured LiveOnBike performers, the Ginger Ninjas and SF opera singers, will be standing on an 8′ wide mobile stage towed by an electric cargo bike. We’ve been wanting to elevate our LiveOnBike performers and provide a more comfortable performance platform. The new stage will allow our LiveOnBike acts to sing, dance, and get our festival rocking all the way to our night venue. See lots of great LiveOnBike videos at

Better sound! More Pedal Power generators!

Our Pedal Powered Stage will be twice as powerful as last year’s! 12 pedalers will allow us to run a 4000-watt system, complete with a dedicated subwoofer for rich, danceable bass! Our recent experience building a 16-bike system with a group in New York has shown that more generators makes a big difference. So we’re building up new ones just in time and calling out to the Pedal Power community for more.

Ice Cream Bike!

Rock The Bike recently finished an amazing Pedal Powered Ice Cream maker for a creamery in Brooklyn, NY. We’re finishing up a second Ice Cream Bike in time for this Saturday’s festival. We’re hoping for a hot day!


See you at the Festival

~The Bicycle Music Festival crew

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• Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

How to participate in a Pedal Powered event

The SF Bicycle Music Festival is the world’s largest Pedal Powered music festival. Follow these tips and you’ll not only know what that means, you’ll be able to fully participate!

Ride Your Bike there:

Welder and art bike creator cruising Sunday Streets
Welder and art bike creator Jay Broemmel showing up in style at Sunday Streets.

By biking to our event instead of driving, you can help us keep to our goal of being a ‘Carbon Negative’ event. Biking there makes a huge impact — bigger than recycling, composting, reusing and even pedal powering the bands on our Pedal Powered Stage. Plus, you can meet up with other festival goers and spread the word en route.  Riding there is a great warm up for dancing and Pedal Powering the live bands, and helps you clear your mind for an awesome day ahead.

We recommend bringing a lock, even though we aim to provide enough safe bike parking for all of our fans and performers.

But my bike is broken!

Really? Experience shows that 85% of bicycles considered “broken” by their owners require only air in the tires or oil on the chain, and that 75% of statistics are made up on the spot. So why not ask a neighbor this week if you can borrow a pump and some chain lube?

Roadie Ariel fixing a bike after a recent event
Roadie co-captain Ariel adjusting a fan’s bike after a recent Sunday Streets event.

Even if you can only limp on in to the event on your bike, you’ll find “Bike Paramedics,” helpful bike people with tools who can make the little adjustments needed on your bike. If something’s bugging you, ask a crewmember and we’ll help you get your bike dialed.

How to ride in the LiveOnBike parade:

Justin Ancheta performs LiveOnBike at the 2010 Bicycle Music Festival
Justin Ancheta performs LiveOnBike at the 2010 San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival. Photo: Fossil Fool.

You will not want to miss the LiveOnBike performances on the bike ride between our daytime and nighttime venues. To truly experience the Bicycle Music Festival, you have to take in a LiveOnBike performance! A LiveOnBike performance is an amplified music performance that takes place on a mobile stage in front of a large group of riders. We want these rides to be safe and law-abiding so that our festival keeps a positive reputation in the community. We will have experienced route marshals identified by patches and armbands, who will help keep our group together and safe. Please follow these simple rules:

- Some of the bikes in our group ride will be carrying live performers. These bikes generally require more concentration to ride safely. Please give these performance vehicles extra space so that their riders can maintain focus on safely guiding them through our route.

- Look for Route Marshals who will be identified by BMF patches.

- Do not ride in the oncoming lane of traffic!

- When we are on a multi-lane street such as Oak, stay to the right, keeping one lane open to allow cars to pass. Note that in the photo above, cars would have had difficulty passing the group, because we were taking up more than 2 lanes of traffic.

- How we handle stop signs: We roll through stop signs unless route marshals say to stop for safety or pedestrians. This reduces the amount of time our group spends in intersections and minimizes the delays we may cause to other road users.

- How we handle red lights and major intersections: We approach red lights and major intersections slowly, gathering our group and waiting for a green light. We try then to ride through as a single group. If the light turns red halfway through, we try to continue moving our group through the intersection unless it is unsafe to do so. Please defer to route marshals!

- Be careful of car doors opening if you are riding close to parked cars.

- Please ride predictably and in control.

- Try to stay with the main group, it’s safer and more fun for everyone.

Our 4000 watt sound system is missing one thing: Power.

Pedal Powering the 2010 Bicycle Music Festival
photo: Celeste Lindhall

Our Pedal Powered Stage relies on you, our fans, for a steady supply of good clean Pedal Power throughout the day. Pedaling is optional, but almost everyone who comes to a Pedal Powered event will want to try pedaling for at least a song or two.

When you want to pedal, make your way to the generator bikes and let one of the Pedal Power coaches know you’re ready. The job of the Pedal Power coach is to keep their eye on the pedalers and know who is ready for a break. The coach will escort you to a bike much like a Maitre D escorts you to a table at a restaurant. The Pedal Power Coach will also help you on and off safely by stabilizing the handlebars, and then raise or lower the seat for you as needed. With the seat height correctly adjusted, you’re almost good to go.  Now is a good time to pedal a few strokes and check the gear ratio. Too hard? too easy? Ask the Pedal Power coach to help you adjust the gears until you find on that feels like pedaling up a little hill. Now you’re ready to contribute. Stay on for as long as you like.

Most of the bikes we use as generators are provided by us, but we do have one Pedal Power rig called the Biker Bar that has places for three regular bikes. In the photo above, the girl with the starry tights is pedaling a regular road bike on the Biker Bar. If you want to use your bike as one of the generators on the Biker Bar, please show it to a Pedal Power coach and we’ll get it involved.

We use “Pedalometers” to communicate the health of the Pedal Power system to our Pedalers, performers, and the sound guy. The Pedalometers are positioned close to the generator bikes. While you’re pedaling, please keep your eye on the Pedalometer so you know when power is needed.

Eat Breakfast:

It helps if the pedalers have energy, so eat some breakfast and drink water before coming to the festival.

What to wear:
Wear your favorite festival attire or street clothes, basically clothes you can move in. No spandex needed, but if you want to suit up, be our guest! Ladies, consider wearing pants or tights underneath skirts or dresses.

Bring layers! Our festival starts in the hot sun and continues into a beautiful moonlit night. The wind can be cold at night. Don’t forget warm clothes so you can stay with us into the night!

Stay fed and hydrated. Bring a reusable cup, bottle, fork, spoon, bowl:

To reduce the amount of waste at our festival, we need you to Bring Your Own. Bringing your own is much better for the environment than even the most advanced compostable plastics, which still require manufacturing and transportation. Plus, our chefs are extra friendly with portions when you bring your own.

We’ll be serving up delicious Bike Blended Smoothies. Have one!

Smoothie Crew in effect at Bicycle Music Festival

Our Bike Blended Smoothies are a delicious way to stay hydrated and nutrified at the Bicycle Music Festival. You can be the pedaler that supplies the power to blend them up! Bring a cup for extra-generous treatment from the smoothie chefs. Bike Blended Smoothies are one of the main sources of revenue on the day of our event, so please  try the various flavors we’ll be offering throughout the day.

Directly support the bands you like by giving tips to the Golden Geese:

Golden Goose shaking the bucket for audience tips.
photo: Dustin Jensen

Please treat the performances at Bicycle Music Festival like those of a good street performer. We rely on audience generosity to make sure our performers get paid. Our hot spandex-clad Golden Geese volunteers make their way through the crowd after each performer, shaking their buckets and calling for donations for the last band. If you want to give but need change, please ask them — they are like human ATM’s. Also, please remember that we have a dozen bands on the lineup, so bring enough to give cash to multiple bands.

• Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

BMF Schedule & Bands 2011

All of these incredible performers on a huge pedal-powered sound system, powered by YOU!
Don’t forget to bring cash to donate to bands via the famous BMF Golden Geese.
Here’s the full schedule and links to check out the performers:
12pm Golden Gate Park (old log cabin meadow)
12:00-12:35 StitchCraft(freak folk)
12:45-1:20 Cradle Duende feat. MC RAI(klezmer flamenco rock meets virtuosic Arab singing)
1:20-2:00 Evan Francis Jazz ~ (funky intelligent jazz from SF’s acclaimed Jazz Mafia)
2:15-3:00 rollicking barn dance with dance caller Alan Winston and live old time band led by Kathrine Gardner (old time)
3:15-4:00 Locura(female-fronted Latin rebel rock)
4:00-5:00 Loyd Family Players ~ (huge sound, booty rocking drum line)

5:00pm Live-On-Bike performances
- Opera Duets feat. Brooke Munoz & William O’Neill from SF Conservatory (opera)
- Kipchoge and the Ginger Ninjas ~ (folk rock)

6:00pm Showplace Triangle (16th St. & Wisconsin)
6:00-7:00 boom boom boom boom boom! feat. Izzy*Wise (hot Bay Area DJ)
7:00-7:45 Fito Reinoso ~ (Cuban salsa)
8:00-8:45 Sukhawat Ali Khan ~ (ecstatic booty shaking N. Indian bhangra rock)
8:45-9:00 aerial performance by Tara Quinn (acrobatics/ circus)
9:00-9:45 California Honeydrops ~ (blues, gospel, New Orleans jazz, early r&b)
10:00-10:45  Ashel Eldridge/ Seasunz ~ (Oakland progressive hip hop)
10:55-11:25 Fossil Fool the Bike Rapper ~ (SF bike activist hip hop)

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• Wednesday, June 01st, 2011

BMF 2015 Sponsors

Bicycle Music Festival is supported by some really amazing sponsors. We thank these partners for contributing to their communities and helping this event be the best San Francisco BMF ever!

rock the bike logo large

Rock The Bike designed and provides the Pedal Powered Stage we use at BMF, and also created the LiveOnBike Mobile Stage. Founder, Fossil Fool, is one of the co-directors of BMF, and many of the core BMF team work for Rock the Bike.

 Yuba logoYuba Bicycles makes the Mundo and Boda Boda cargo bikes used as haulers (and generators) by BMF’s roadies.  Yuba helps us achieve our goal of using zero fossil fuels to transport and power all-day music festival!

new belgium logoNew Belgium Brewing Co is a groovy eco-minded beer company that’s committed to hyping bike culture and supporting local bike advocacy organizations!




The Bicycle Music Festival is a 501(c)3 project of 350 Bay Area


Please support the Bicycle Music Festival by making your tax-deductible donation.

Questions about becoming a Festival Sponsor? Email Jeff Blumenthal at

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• Wednesday, May 25th, 2011


Power to the Pedal! SF Bicycle Music Festival 2010 from John Hamilton on Vimeo.

The mission of the Bicycle Music Festival is to promote sustainable culture in general and bicycle culture in particular, by physically engaging and immersing our community in the magic of bike culture, and cultivating and nurturing a network of local sustainable musicians, through our staging of free, community participatory, bicycle-based music events.

The Bicycle Music Festival is the largest 100% bicycle-powered music festival in the world. The free, all-day (and late into the night) event takes place annually in San Francisco, California on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.

The Bicycle Music Festival features: a 2000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, multiple festival stops, outrageous Critical Mass-style bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks.

With its completely bike-haulable stage, the event is packed up and deployed numerous times: staged sequentially at different public parks and also on a moving “Live On Bike” stage which rolls down city streets.

Credit: John Hamilton

• Thursday, January 20th, 2011