It might sound like a book by the late Douglas Adams, but the Post Car Travel Agency is actually “a travel agency planning door-to-door bicycle and transit adventures originating in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
30% of San Francisco households do not have a car, so a car-free travel agency makes sense. For a very nominal fee, the Post Car Travel Agency will prepare a trip for you that is completely accessible by public transportation (including Amtrak), bike and foot.
The Post Car Travel Agency is one of the participants of the Store Front Lab at at 337 Shotwell Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. Store Front Lab is a year-long exploration of storefronts as places of community, creativity and local industry.
In their application to Store Front Lab, the three women of the Post Car Travel Agency wrote:
Post Car Travel Agency was conceived by the women of Roving Studio, Post Car Adventuring, and Swift Industries to promote bicycle-touring culture and community because cycle touring has encouraged us to test our physical limits and expand our social and geographical sense of place. Cycle-tour has introduced us to a deepened connection to the landscape through slower travel and a relationship with public interfaces.
In the Storefront Lab, we will create a temporary travel agency planning door-to-door bicycle adventures originating in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to custom trips , we will highlight 4 routes, each of which will feature a custom baggage arrangement outfitted by the handcrafters at Swift Industries.
The Post Car Travel Agency will serve as a Bay Area hub for ten days of presentations, classes, and retail space to inspire bicycle adventures. We see the StoreFrontLab as a jumping off point for a larger discussion about modern travel and as a starting point for further installations of the Post Car Travel Agency.
The agency just opened up today, but they already have a suggested train / bike / hike trip suggested for Lake Tahoe. Their opening party takes place tonight from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Store Front Lab, and they have a number of presentations and a group ride on tap over the next week.
Via my friend Meli in San Francisco.