What is there to do on Friday nights in San Francisco? Many people go out on the town to enjoy fine dining and dancing. Some enjoy a show or go to the movies. Some like to go hang out in the Haight Ashbury, the Castro, maybe SOMA and still others like to spend a quiet evening with a book or watch TV. For many, Friday night means strapping wheels on your feet and joining the Midnight Rollers for a fantastic roll on one of San Francisco's most exciting nocturnal events - the Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate
The Midnight Rollers "Friday Night Skate", is one of San Francisco's hottest happenings. The Midnight Rollers is a group of skaters both inline and rollers that gathers every Friday night to skate the city streets. Skaters come from all over the Bay Area, other parts of the country and around the world to be a part of this positive energy mass.
The Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate is organized by San Francisco's "Godfather of Skating", David "D" Miles. David is President of the California Outdoor Rollersports Association. For the past 35 years, Miles has served as an advocate for skating in the San Francisco Bay Area and California. Known as the "Mayor" of Golden Gate Park, David Miles is the driving force behind the thriving San Francisco Bay Area skating scene.
In 1989, the Loma-Preita earthquake severely damaged the Embarcadero Freeway. This double decked, elevated freeway was closed to all traffic while the city planners could decide what to do with it. Soon members of the Golden Gate Park Skate Patrol found an irresistible urge to skate on this newly discovered skater's paradise. The roadway was hard, smooth concrete with long downhill sections that was a skater's dream. There were no cars to run you over. Many skaters were given tickets by the Highway Patrol and by 1991 the freeway was torn down.
RULES OF THE ROAD
1.Wear helmets and protective gear. Use vista lights or reflective material on your skates or body.
2.Always skate on the right side of the road. Do not block the free flow of traffic.
3.Yield right of way to pedestrians. Be considerate and respective of others. Don't your skating endanger others.
4.Never skate in the street through the Broadway Tunnel.
5.No skitching. Make it up the hills on your own. Do not hold onto cars, busses or other vehicles.
6.Do not drink alcohol during the skate.
7.Follow the instructions of the Skate Patrol.
If you can't follow these guidelines, then stay at home. No one wants to see your body underneath a bus or car. The skaters wouldn't appreciate some idiot jeopardizing our fun. The streets are not the place for you to prove yourself. You don't have to be an expert skater to do this skate, but you must be able to stop and skate up hills.
Make plans to experience the Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate. For more information call David Miles at 415-752-1967 or email [email protected]
Ferry Building Plaza (leave at 9:00 )
Pier 39 (Bring quarters for the telescopes).
Aquatic Park/Fort Mason
Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda (refurbished and smooth)
Broadway Tunnel (Magic fingers for your feet)
Union Square (Thriller Dance - Cupid Shuffle)
Powell street Bart (death defying stunts)
+ Protective gear, especially your helmet
+ Fanny back to carry money for snacks.
+ Blinker if you have one.
+ Cellular phone
Make plans to experience the Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate. For more information call David Miles at 415-752-1967. or send E-mail to [email protected]