Go green for less greens
As Kermit the Frog once said, it's not easy being green, especially when you're forced to share most of your minutes on the floor with Delonte West and a Serbian dude with a front combover. Making being green way easier than Jeff has it, the Timbuk2 Bikeshare Program.
Soft launching today at T2's sleek Hayes Valley storefront, this German-inspired, SF-friendly BSP will offer complimentary urban-style commuter bikes from Globe to anyone with a pulse (and plastic collateral, i.e. a credit card), then give you free reign to do pretty much whatever you want (yes, even bunny-hops) as long as you bring the bike back by the store's closing time, when they'll open all the doors, and let you out into the world. Here's how it works: drop by the store during business hours (they're open 11a-7p most days) and check to make sure one of the four bikes in their pilot program is available, then fill out a simple legal doc that says you're not going to sue them when you crash on 22nd St's 31% gradient, leave behind identifying collateral and you're good to go, though you could probably more easily accomplish that by purchasing a Crunchwrap Supreme. And because you stopped carrying around a just-in-case bike helmet years ago, they'll even outfit you (also totally free) with a Bern helmet, a bike lock, a Timbuk2 messenger bag, and a custom map that points out T2 faves, like killing John Connor.
If this bikes-periment is a success, expect to see Timbuk2 roll out the program at key outdoor bike retailers across the country, like Uncle Dan's in Chicago and Paragon Sports in NYC, another place where it's not easy being green, at least until Amare and Chauncey went down.