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NEW! Bay Cruises along San Francisco's bayshore . . .

Upcoming Events:

Our ongoing Public Talks series on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics @ 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco remains on hold entering 2021. We hope to resume our Talks after the pandemic crisis subsides later in 2021. Our entirely outdoor Spring 2021 programming schedule will be online here by late December.

Spring 2021 coming soon!

Walks, Bike Tours, Bay Cruises

We will be continuing our adaptation to the pandemic by holding our entire Spring 2021 schedule outdoors. This includes monthly bay cruises, including a new itinerary that goes around the northern shore of the city, our regular montly walking tours, our usual schedule of bicycle tours, and our replacement for our missing public talks, the "Urban Forum: Walk & Talks", which have been a wonderful discovery.

The "Urban Forum: Walk & Talk" is an outdoor gathering to replace our normal schedule of indoor public talks. These are shorter urban walks with a guest speaker or two, ending in a place where we can sit (safely) and have an open conversation about history, public space, and the themes that come up along the way.

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Walking Tours — Fall 2020

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

(Due to pandemic, we have limited capacity on our walking tours. If you RSVP in the last week, you may be put on a waiting list.)

All the city guidelines should be observed while we live in this time of Covid-19. That means everyone is required to wear a covering (bandana, mask, scarf) over the nose and mouth. We will ask each of you to maintain physical distance of six feet from others who do not reside in your home. We suggest you have hand sanitizer at the ready. Public restrooms are also likely not going to be an option.

Sunday, December 13King Tide/Sea Level Rise Mission Bay

Bicycle Tours
“Cycles of History,” our social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco by bicycle.

Our fabulous bicycle tours are led by Critical Mass co-founder Chris Carlsson, with help from LisaRuth Elliott.

San Francisco Bicycle Tours

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All the city guidelines should be observed while we live in this time of Covid-19. That means everyone is required to wear a covering (bandana, mask, scarf) over the nose and mouth. We will ask each of you to maintain physical distance of six feet from others who do not reside in your home. We suggest you have hand sanitizer at the ready. Public restrooms are also likely not going to be an option.

Due to pandemic restrictions, we have limited capacity on our tours. This tour is now at capacity. Further RSVPs will be put on our waiting list.

NEXT BIKE TOUR » Sunday, November 29, 10-3pm

Beholding SF's Birds Pedal by Pedal

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Ecology Emerges poster art by Mona Caron

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Comprised of over 1,400 pages, and 2,500 historical photos, the wiki-based archive FoundSF.org is the product of hundreds of contributors, regular people who were compelled by the chance to investigate some piece of this City's past.

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