Interview with Mr. Metcalf
Big Wheels: See Who's Riding Now
Executive Director, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
Tube Times: Why do you ride?
Gabriel Metcalf: I ride because it's more fun than any other option for getting around. Doing my part to stop global warming is important, of course, but biking is mainly about turning something that could be a drag (commuting) into something I enjoy.
TT: What's your commute?
GM: I ride from the Mission to downtown.
TT: How long does your bike commute take you? How long would it take if you drove or took bus?
GM: Biking (slowly) 20 minutes; BART, about the same, but not always; driving, who knows?
TT: How did you start bike commuting? What motivates you to ride?
GM: I started the day I moved to San Francisco because it just seemed like the most convenient way to get around.
TT: What's best part of your commute? Worst part?
GM: Valencia bike lanes are the best. The worst are those parts of Market Street where the lanes disappear.
TT: If you could change one thing in the City about biking conditions, what would it be?
GM: More bike lanes.
TT: Do you encourage others in your life to bike?
GM: I take my kid around in a bike seat, but I haven't yet had to face letting him ride on his own, which scares me.
TT: What kind of reaction do you get when others find out you bike to work?
GM: I think it just seems normal to people these days. Everyone's doing it!