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Apr
18
Sat
2015
Transportation History Ride
Apr 18 @ 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Thinkwalks presents an exploration ride:

Transportation History Ride

 

Golden Gate park is a canvass on which the city’s ambitions were sketched.

San Francisco was the first major city on the coast. We’ll discover many firsts in the Park because it was where ideas were tested. The city’s history exactly matches the 160 years of transportation revolutions. We’ll see where a major railroad came right into the park, where the suspension bridge was first tried, where driver licenses were invented, why pedestrians were so feared, and we’ll even learn about street sweeping. This ride will include great discussions between short stretches of riding.

Highlights: Brooklyn Bridge in SF, the Northwest Passage, building roads on sand dunes, echo tunnels, fog & wind, abandoned 12th-20th century castle, racetrack, garage fight, elephant ambulance, old photos, mini eiffel tower.

Come ride around a park which was created out of a transportation challenge: too much horse poop!

☆ RSVP required
↪ Rain or shine
↪ Bring your bike!
↪ Not vigorous exercise! You may get chilled if you forget your extra layers.
↪ End within a few blocks of where we started
↪ Maximum 15 people

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Apr
19
Sun
2015
Presidio Creek Geek Hike
Apr 19 @ 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Thinkwalks presents an exploration hike:

Presidio Creek Geek Hike

 

Some creeks are so grand. Some are pipsqueak.

aerial view

Mountain Lake in the 1930s. Its west shore was filled in to accommodate Highway 1 bursting out of a tunnel.

Lobos Creek is the only major surface creek left in San Francisco. It’s big, supplying almost all the water to Presidio buildings with still enough left to gush to the ocean. Dragonfly creek and lots of unnamed creeks we’ll explore are cool, too. They help us understand what leaky San Francisco hillsides were like before development. We’ll see a major natural lake that supplies the creek’s headwaters. We’ll even dig into groundwater studies from the nineteenth century.

Highlights: drinking water out-take, sewer culvert that isn’t a sewer, treatment plant, Chinese themed mansion, Baker Beach, Coyote Gulch, hidden graveyard, invaded jungle, base commander’s mansion, historic community garden, native plant nursery, redwood grove, stone bridge, twin palms, ridge trail, leaky cliffs by the Golden Gate, rehabbed nature, invasive vines, dune boardwalks, Mountain Lake.

Come celebrate San Francisco’s spring-laced geography with this major water geek-out!

☆ RSVP required
↪ Rain or shine
↪ Bring lunch food (sharing tradition optional)
↪ Hike length: approx. 5.5 miles
↪ Steep hills, no mountains
↪ Ends at start location (loop)
↪ Maximum 20 people

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Apr
25
Sat
2015
Wiggle Walk
Apr 25 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Thinkwalks presents an exploration walk:

Wiggle Walk

 

You thought you knew the Wiggle. There’s more to know!

group with Reservoir Street sign

Evidence of 1862 reservoir that’s no longer here beside Market Street. Who even notices the sign?

Yes, true, it was named the Wiggle due to the zigzag of bike route #30 through the neighborhood and avoiding hills. But how about the dunes? What of Martin Luther King? We’ll explore the ‘hood from this, that and askew angles: geology, activism history, water, native tribes, etc. There once was a spring here. Without it, the city would never have existed. There was also a green rocky mountain here. The top was chopped off—twice. In the 1960s, this unexpectedly radical neighborhood introduced a major glitch in California’s plan to pave highways everywhere. That twist created our current version of democracy.

Highlights: Market Street punched through rock, flume from San Mateo County, 1928 highway design, insanely huge floods, Yelamu village of Chutchui, old photos, linear dunes, first gay couple, black financial power, sharrows, freeway revolt, Bike Coalition history, Duboce mural, Captain Anza’s journal, photography innovations.

Thinkwalking is all about how the natural landscape determined the city’s shape. No place better to see that than the Wiggle.

☆ RSVP required
↪ Rain or shine
↪ Not vigorous exercise! You may get chilled if you forget your extra layers.
↪ End within a few blocks of where we started
↪ Maximum 15 people

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Jun
8
Mon
2015
Transportation History Ride
Jun 8 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Thinkwalks presents an exploration ride:

Transportation History Ride

 

Golden Gate park is a canvass on which the city’s ambitions were sketched.

San Francisco was the first major city on the coast. We’ll discover many firsts in the Park because it was where ideas were tested. The city’s history exactly matches the 160 years of transportation revolutions. We’ll see where a major railroad came right into the park, where the suspension bridge was first tried, where driver licenses were invented, why pedestrians were so feared, and we’ll even learn about street sweeping. This ride will include great discussions between short stretches of riding.

Highlights: Brooklyn Bridge in SF, the Northwest Passage, building roads on sand dunes, echo tunnels, fog & wind, abandoned 12th-20th century castle, racetrack, garage fight, elephant ambulance, old photos, mini eiffel tower.

Come ride around a park which was created out of a transportation challenge: too much horse poop!

☆ RSVP required
↪ Rain or shine
↪ Bring your bike!
↪ Not vigorous exercise! You may get chilled if you forget your extra layers.
↪ End within a few blocks of where we started
↪ Maximum 15 people

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Jun
13
Sat
2015
Wiggle Walk
Jun 13 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Thinkwalks presents an exploration walk:

Wiggle Walk

 

You thought you knew the Wiggle. There’s more to know!

group with Reservoir Street sign

Evidence of 1862 reservoir that’s no longer here beside Market Street. Who even notices the sign?

Yes, true, it was named the Wiggle due to the zigzag of bike route #30 through the neighborhood and avoiding hills. But how about the dunes? What of Martin Luther King? We’ll explore the ‘hood from this, that and askew angles: geology, activism history, water, native tribes, etc. There once was a spring here. Without it, the city would never have existed. There was also a green rocky mountain here. The top was chopped off—twice. In the 1960s, this unexpectedly radical neighborhood introduced a major glitch in California’s plan to pave highways everywhere. That twist created our current version of democracy.

Highlights: Market Street punched through rock, flume from San Mateo County, 1928 highway design, insanely huge floods, Yelamu village of Chutchui, old photos, linear dunes, first gay couple, black financial power, sharrows, freeway revolt, Bike Coalition history, Duboce mural, Captain Anza’s journal, photography innovations.

Thinkwalking is all about how the natural landscape determined the city’s shape. No place better to see that than the Wiggle.

☆ RSVP required
↪ Rain or shine
↪ Not vigorous exercise! You may get chilled if you forget your extra layers.
↪ End within a few blocks of where we started
↪ Maximum 15 people

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