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MBP Grand Opening Vendor Guide

October 18, 2017

We’ve had some great brands and retailers show their support for McLaren Bike Park over the years, and we’re thrilled to welcome even more supporters with the grand opening this Saturday. Below, you’ll find a guide to all the partner organizations who’ll be attending the Grand Opening on October 21st, what they’re bringing, and some of the awesome raffle items that have been donated. It’s going to be an awesome day getting #morekidsonbikes.

A Single Track Mind

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The highest level of coaching certification. The philosophy behind A SINGLETRACK MIND, is to blend the mental and physical components of mountain biking so that they flow together to make a more fluid, focused and accomplished riding experience.

Bringing: Kids drinks and swag
Raffle Prize: 1 slot at an upcoming weekend skills coaching clinic, valued at $500.

Big Swingin’ Cycles

bigswingincycles_16x9.jpg“Nowadays, all shops have pretty good stuff to sell you. At the end of the day, a shop is only as good as its people, and we think we have some of the best out there.”

Bringing: Kids’ drinks, swag, and temporary tatoos
Raffle Prize: 2018 Giant XTC 24′ Kids’ Mountain Bike with suspension fork & disc brakes

Cleary Bikes

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Cleary Bikes makes lightweight, rad bikes.  Just for kids. When you buy a Cleary, you’re joining a family. We’re dads and moms. We ride bikes. And, we want to share with you the experience of riding alongside your child, each of you laughing and smiling.

Bringing: Demo bikes for kids of all ages
Raffle Prize: A 2018 Cleary Hedgehog 16″ Kids’ Mountain Bike in Very Orange (Go Giants!)

Elevation Bike Company

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Like most bike shops, Elevation has been a labor of love. Our love is all things dirt and off road. We don’t do road bikes (although we do repair them). We sell what we ride: the best mountain, gravel, and CX bikes—period.

Bringing: Demo bikes from Ibis, Intense and Norco.
Raffle Prize: Body Armor, T-shirts and hats!

Gamut USA

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“We are proud of the products we’ve built, races we’ve won, failures we’ve endured, friends we’ve made (and continue to make), and we remain focused on the future, which for us is to improve upon the simple joy we receive from riding our bikes.”

Bringing: A hospitality booth and free non-alcoholic drinks.

Kali Protectives

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What started in a test lab a decade ago as a quest to evolve traditional helmet construction is now the benchmark in helmet engineering.

Bringing: 20 demo helmets of all shapes and sizes
Raffle Prize: Kali protective gear TBA

Karmic Bikes

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Designed and engineered in the heart of Silicon Valley, we’ve created a bike that lets you fly, without breaking a sweat. This is the Karmic Experience.

Bringing: 4 Strider balance bikes to demo + free kids drinks.
Raffle Prize: 4 Strider balance bikes!

McLaren Bike Park Founders

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The McLaren Bike Park Founders worked in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance to fund and construct McLaren Bike Park

Bringing: San Francisco’s First Bike park. Shirts and hats for our generous donors.
Raffle Prize: Unlimited riding in the bike park. Everyone wins!

Mikes Bikes

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Mike’s Bikes of San Francisco is located in the heart of the SoMa district, and a stepping stone to some of the best cycling in Northern California. If you just need a tune-up, our bike techs have you covered. Check out our calendar of events for group rides in the Bay Area.

Bringing: A demo fleet!
Raffle Prize: A Specialized Riprock 24. Winner picks the color.

Ocean Cyclery

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Ocean Cyclery is a locally owned bike shop in San Francisco California. We carry a large selection of bikes (including women-specific bikes) for family riding, commuting, leisure rides and even bikes for the more experienced riders and racers – Ocean Cyclery services the novice cyclist to the experienced road cyclist.

Bringing: Free kids drinks and an experienced mechanic for spot service needs
Raffle Prize: A 2017 Redline Asset BMX bike

Pedal Revolution

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At Pedal Revolution, we take care of you, your bicycle and your community.

This is exactly what we’ve been doing for the last 15 years: building great bikes and great individuals. We’re more than one of San Francisco’s most trusted bike shops: we’re a social enterprise nonprofit that helps disconnected youth throughout the Bay Area build brighter futures through hands-on job training, education and personal support.

Bringing: Free kids drinks, an experienced mechanic for on-the-spot repairs, information for their paid internship job training programs for job-seekers.

Pivot Bikes

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It’s our vision, our calling and our ultimate goal to design and build cutting edge bikes that take your cycling experience to a whole new level and do it in a way that provides you with the best possible experience whether you’re already riding a Pivot or in the process of becoming a Pivot owner.

Bringing: Over 30 demo bikes!!!

RX Bar

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Like eating 3 egg whites, 6 almonds. 4 Cashews. 2 Dates. With no B.S. It’s how we’ve always described our bars. What’s inside. What isn’t. We think it’s everything you need to know.

Bringing: Free RX Bars in all flavors and colors.

Santa Cruz Bicycles

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Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993 in a space the size of a single car garage in the Seabright Cannery, in Santa Cruz California. Our first bike, the Tazmon, was a single pivot dual suspension bike that rattled established sensibilities and helped define our then- ethos of “simply advanced.” That bike was the cornerstone for a brand that was founded on the notion of doing things our own way in order to build the best. We have been rattling sensibilities ever since.

Bringing: Free kids drinks and 4 of the blingiest examples of Santa Cruz’s world famous mountain bikes. Also, Greg Minnaar rides for Santa Cruz Syndicate.

SF Bicycle Coalition

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For over 45 years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. We are one of the largest and most effective bicycle advocacy groups in the country. Through our day-to-day advocacy, education and working partnerships with City and community agencies, the SF Bicycle Coalition creates safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans.

Bringing: Tools in case your bike needs a small repair, and information on Safe Routes To School.

SF Composite Mountain Bike Team

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We are a high school mountain biking team for students of San Francisco schools. Growing from 4 riders in 2012 to 20-25 this season, we keep biking fun and accessible for students from all backgrounds and ability levels. We are a member of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

Bringing: Information for how you or your kid can get involved in racing mountain bikes in SF.

SF Urban Riders

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SF Urban Riders is an organization dedicated to creating more offroad cycling opportunities in San Francisco. Our goal is to build a city-wide network of trails where people of all ages and abilities can ride bikes for fun and as a way to experience the outdoors in an urban environment.

Bringing: Trail maps and information on how to help expand offroad cycling in SF.

Specialized Bicycle Components

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Our mission is simple—to be the brand of choice for discerning riders. Founded on performance and fueled by innovation, our focus on the rider and their needs is our constant. From seasoned pros and weekend warriors, to kids and commuters—if you ride, we’re for you.

Bringing: A fleet of demo bikes!
Raffle Prize: 2018 Specialized P3 Dirt Jumper Bike in Copper Tint!

Sprocket Mobile Bike Repair

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Sprocket Mobile Bike Repair is a mobile bicycle repair shop serving San Francisco, Marin County and beyond. Sprocket Mobile Bike Repair is committed to providing fast, friendly and reasonably priced repairs to all bicycles. We make getting your bike fixed easy by bringing the shop to you at your home, office, or anyplace that’s convenient for you.

Bringing: The Sprocket 415 Van, offering free bike repairs from 10am to noon.

Trips for Kids

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Our mission is to provide transformative cycling experiences through a network of chapters that promote healthy, recreational lifestyles, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment for young people of all communities, especially those most in need.

Bringing: 20 bikes and coaches to support the learn-to-ride programming at the grand opening.

Wheel Kids

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Wheel Kids is…an adventure and exploration destination for kids. We welcome children from 5 to 15 years of age. We’re dedicated to youth bicycling, hands-on learning, supportive mentoring, and lots of goofing off and being silly.

Bringing: Free kids drinks
Donating: 1 week session of summer 2018 Adventure Riding Camp

Y Bike

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Do you remember that freedom and independence you felt the first time you rode a bike? The set of programs and initiatives now collectively known as “YBike” began in 2002 when a Presidio Y member began volunteering to teach kids how to ride bikes.

YBike offers a wide range of bike and traffic safety education programs, including: afterschool bike clubs, bicycle safety rodeos, PE programs, Safe Routes to School bicycle and pedestrian safety education classes, and free helmet giveaways at citywide events.

Bringing: Several riders from their current session to show off their skills.

 

A few of the great raffle prizes donated by our amazing vendors:

The raffle is free to everyone attending. One ticket per person! No tickets will be sold.

 

 

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MBP Grand Opening Oct 21st!

September 25, 2017

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Mark your calendars:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10am
2050 Sunnydale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

 

THE EVENT

We’ll have food trucks on location, free non-alcoholic beverages, and an honest-to-goodness ribbon-cutting ceremony. Or better yet, a ribbon-riding-through ceremony.

A kids’ riding clinic will be held to get the little groms use to the dirt and prep the competitive ones for a timed kids race on the outer loop of the park.

The event will culminate in an invitation only pump-style competition where local pros will session the inner bowls of the park for 60 seconds each. The riders pick the winners.

 

SPECIAL GUEST!

Literally one of the most well known and awarded humans in the sport of Mountain Biking will be on hand to hang, ride and for photo ops. Look for an announcement soon.

 

DONATIONS AND VENDOR SPACE

We’ll have popups with refreshments, shade and MBP swag for sale. If you donated to the Founders Club, come by and pick up your perks.

If you’re interested in donating to the raffle or setting up a tent to provide a service to the event and community, please email us here. Space is limited, so vendors will be selected on their ability to add something to the event (refreshments, raffle items, demo bikes, bike repair, shade, etc) and/or their commitment to the local community.

 

ONGOING UPDATES

Construction is still in progress, so please respect the workers and the boundaries of the location. Look for current photos and information here and on facebook.

 

Photos of work in progress:

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Thanks to our Donors!

September 25, 2017

We’ve finalized the donor plaque and it’s off to the printers. Thanks to everyone who donated funds to help with bike park design!

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Construction is underway!

June 11, 2017

It’s about time! The sign says it all. Lets get this done!

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MBP Construction Documents Out to Bid!

September 2, 2016

This week we’re celebrating a huge milestone!

Over the last 9 months, we’ve been working on Construction Documents for Phase 1 in various iterations from 50%, to 60%, 90% and we NOW have approval on the 100% complete set of Construction Documents. Each set has had it’s own added level of detail and gauntlet of meetings and approvals. This has been a long and detailed process for Theresa Zaro our landscape architect, Alpine Bike Parks, BKF Engineering, the MBP Founders and our partners at SFRPD. As you can see in the bid documents, the level of detail needed to build something like this in San Francisco is astounding.

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Landscape Construction Plan – Phase 1 Bid Documents Page 3 of 13

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Qualified contractors will submit bids in three weeks, and the winning bid will be presented to the SFPRD Commission for approval this fall. We hope to see construction begin in December, and last through March 2017. Stay tuned for official dates of the groundbreaking ceremony and tentative date for the Grand Opening!
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Wall Ride detail – Phase 1 Bid Documents Page 9 of 13

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Keep in mind, this is only phase 1, and constitutes about a fourth of the approved bike park site. Future phases will require another set of processes and funding, though the hope is that a completed phase 1 will create so much excitement, that future phases will move quickly.
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Currently there is $10 Million dedicated to McLaren Park from the 2012 Parks Bond. We hope to secure a portion of this money for future phases of MBP. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has invited interested parties to attend the upcoming McLaren Park Project Planning Workshop at 10am, Saturday October 1st. It will be held at the Group Picnic area at 116 John F. Shelley Drive to help prioritize the $10 million dollars. Please be sure to RSVP here, if you plan on attending: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mclaren-park-project-planning-workshop-tickets-27198985899?aff=email82516
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If you cannot attend, please consider filling out a very brief (less than 2 minutes) phone survey by calling 415.214.9358 Location 001 (in Spanish and Chinese too). For more information on the complete McLaren Park Project visit bit.ly/mclarenparkproject
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Thanks to everyone who’s supported MBP. It’s been a long road, but we’re almost there!!!

MBP Design – 2009 to Now.

June 28, 2016

May 2009 – Initial rough design by Dustin Smith in Illustrator to help cyclists and the general public understand the project and what it would include.

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June 2011 – Series of three concept designs by Alpine Bike Parks for the Community Design Process.

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November 2011 – A refined design based on input from 3 Community Design meetings.

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A rendering done by Alpine Bike Parks to help with fundraising.

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January 2013 – Phase 1 Site plan and location plan.

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November 2013 – Phase 1 Site Plan based on funds available.

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December 2014 – Revised Phase 1 Site plan based on what things “actually” cost.

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April 2015 – All Phases Design presented during the MBP DIG fundraiser. Here, pictured with 6-time World Champion Downhill Racer, Greg Minnaar.

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Printing the plans for the event…

November 2015 – Phase 1 – 50% Design Submittal. Much more detail added and went from one page to a dozen pages with Grading Plan, Erosion, etc.

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April 2016 – 60% Design Submittal (Not pictured)

July 2016 – 90% Design Submittal. One of fifteen pages including Demolition Plan, Grading and Drainage, Erosion Control, Site Plan, Details, Add Alternatives, Irrigation Plan, Planting Plan, Landscaping, Signage etc.

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MBP Fall Update

November 20, 2015

As Turkey Day approaches, the MBP project continues to gather momentum! Phase 1 has almost $1 million behind it, is in the Mayor’s budget for 2016, and is currently in Design Development!

In Design Development (DD) our concept drawings go through a process of vetting and refinement toward final construction documents which will ultimately go out to bid. It’s a long process of perfecting designs, working with engineers, collaborating with city departments and agencies, and our partners at SF Rec and Park. There are multiple stages of DD, and additional detail is added as we move toward 100% final documents.

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At the current stage, the plans are at 50%, so will have much more detail added before we go to bid, and ultimately before we break ground. But, the basic layout and features are beginning to be solidified.

The biggest hurdle over the course of the last few years has been fundraising. There have been two main parts to our fundraising efforts:

1. CONSTRUCTION FUNDING

In 2008, we began building awareness, rallying the community, showing the need for a bike park, and gaining the support of SF Rec and Park. In 2012, we secured our location and won two grants totaling $500,000: The Community Opportunity Fund Grant for $250,000 and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for another $250,000.

While pushing Phase 1 through approvals and getting official estimates, we came to a construction estimate of $934,000. Consequently, we went through a process of “Value Engineering” to bring our design and our funds in line. We removed a few features, cut some fat, narrowed our construction time and ultimately landed on a budget of just under $885,000.

Along the same timeline, we worked to raise funds to bridge a $385,000 gap between the construction estimate and our funding. To bring our funds and our budget together, the MBP Founders team worked with SFRPD to secure $300,000 in McLaren Park Quick Strike funding through the 2012 Parks Bond. SFRPD secured a Jumping Fences grant for $25,000. Supervisor John Avalos’s office also came through in a big way with a contribution of $30,000 in 2015, and another $50,000 allocated in the 2016 City Budget. Boom! Construction funding complete!

2. DESIGN FUNDING

To keep the design in the hands of the people and professional bike park builders, we looked to the community for support and created the MBP Founders. Donors of $100 or more secured a place for their names on the website, and on the plaque that will be displayed at MBP in Phase 1. Supporters and Founders of MBP have really stepped up and helped the project continue to move forward!

Designing for phase 1 has been a learning process for all involved. We have experienced, dedicated people on the MBP Founders team, but the inner workings of San Francisco are complex. We’re about to build the first official bike park within the city, so we’ve been pioneering this process, which takes time and a lot of patience.

As we work through the city’s processes, our total design costs will be just over $160,000. This not only includes bike park design from Alpine Bike Parks, but landscape architecture, engineering, storm water management, permits, grading plans, and lots of other necessary details.

The GREAT news is that we’ve raised over $135,000 for design to date!

$25,000 from the Hellman Foundation
$25,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Caroline Gretsch
$25,000 from the Mary A. Crocker Trust
$30,000 from the MBP DIG Fundraiser last Spring
$30,000 and counting, in MBP Founders donations

With this taken into account, we’re just $25,000 short of our design funding goal. These additional funds need to be raised by January 2016 to keep the design process moving and ultimately break ground in Fall of 2016.

To raise this money, we’re launching our last fundraising campaign for Phase 1, where organizations, brands and/or individuals can “sponsor” a picnic table or bench within MBP. Donors will receive a bronze plaque to be embedded in their park feature. If you’re interested in putting your name on a piece of history, San Francisco’s first bike park, email us here or send us a PM through Facebook. There are two picnic tables available and three benches.

To contribute to MBP, click here.

Thank you all for your continued support. We continue to move forward to creating a bike park for the children of this amazing city, and setting a shining example Phase 2 of MBP, and ultimately for more bike parks in San Francisco!

 

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