Bikes & Books

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 27, and we’re celebrating with Books Not Bans, Litquake, and over 20 bookstores across San Francisco – on bike! Ride your bike to as many bookstores as you can, and enter the raffle to win great bookish prizes from us and participating bookstores.

Plan Your Route

Check out our mobile-friendly Google Map for all the bookstores you can visit on your ride. With over 20 participating bookstores, you can bike all over San Francisco, or get to know a couple neighborhoods with time to browse the shelves. 

Neighborhood Rides

Member Perks

Anyone can participate in Bikes & Books, but current SFBike members get 5 extra raffle tickets when they submit their total bookstore tally at the end of the day! At just $45 a year for standard membership, you’re investing in making San Francisco a great city to live, work and bike.

Plus, stay tuned to sign up for the member-led all day group ride and happy hour on April 27.

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Ride Together!

Member and bookstore enthusiast Andy Sullivan has put together an incredible, all-day ride, starting at Java Beach Cafe on the Upper Great Highway in the morning and visiting almost all the participating bookstores, with bonus optional routes for overachievers, ending with Happy Hour. See the route here, and sign up to join the fun. Staff from SFBike will be there too, signing up members and cheering everyone on.

Books Not Bans is a nonprofit that aims to increase joy through parties, books, and parties about books. We’ve collaborated with local bookstores, nightclubs and nonprofits to raise money to donate queer literature to LGBT groups. To date, Books Not Bans has sent over 640 books to 30 different organizations to Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma and other states deeply impacted by book bans. Learn more and donate, or email us.

Litquake’s diverse live programs are created with the aim of inspiring critical engagement with the key issues of the day, bringing people together around the common humanity encapsulated in literature, and perpetuating a sense of literary community, as well as a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing. We believe in literature as a public good, so we work to produce events that are accessible to all.