2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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How often do you ride a bicycle in San Francisco (for any purpose), and for what kinds of trips?
Cesar Ascarrunz: I have ridden my bike through San Francisco parks on occasion and I will continue to do so.
John Avalos: Bicycles and punk rock changed my life. I began biking in San Francisco in 1992. I ride my bike daily for a variety of trips: from my home to City Hall, to our campaign headquarters on Market, around town on many stops during the day -- running errands, going to house parties, debates, etc. I am comfortable biking both in casual clothes or wearing a suit and tie. I am a longtime SFBC member.
Terry Baum: Sadly, I have wrist problems and cannot ride a bicycle except on extremely flat terrain. However, I lived in Amsterdam for 5 years, and my bicycle, my feet, and trams were my sole means of transport. When I go back to Holland to visit, I always get back on a bike.
David Chiu: I ride a bicycle most days of the week. Since I donít own a car, I rely on bicycling, walking, Muni, cabs and car share to get around. To get to work, I usually bike to City Hall. I also use my bicycle to get to campaign events, personal appointments, and meetings around the city. I know what itís like to ride the Wiggle, Market, Valencia, Fell, Broadway Tunnel, and other main city bicycle thoroughfares.
Paul Currier: I walk and take MUNI everywhere. I do not have a car. I had a bad leg injury a few years back. I have not purchased a bicycle yet, due to poverty. I live in Public Housing at this time. In the summer of 2008, I was homeless on the streets.
Bevan Dufty: I grew up in Manhattan, and never learned how to ride a bike. Though I always look forward to my tandem rides on bike to work day, my solo-cycling is limited to spin classes. I have been looking for a 3-wheel alternative with the help of Timothy Papandreou Ė when I am in Provincetown I rent a 3 Ė wheeler and I love. I need a version with gears and seating for Sidney.
Tony Hall: I ride a bike 3 to 4 times per week for recreation and errands.
Dennis Herrera : I regularly enjoy recreational biking with my wife and young son. For transit, I am a regular Muni rider.
Emil Lawrence: I used to ride about once a week, but have not done so, lately. First, two years ago my bike was stolen. Second, I developed a case of ďvein stasisĒ and when this clears I will start riding, again.
Ed Lee: I admit that as Mayor, I donít get to ride my bike as much as Iíd like to. Though Iím excited to start riding my electric bike more! Iíve participated in Bike to Work for several years, and I have been extremely inspired to see so many of our residents making efforts to make a healthy change to their lifestyle. I am proud of our residents who bike to work and the Cityís businesses who [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: I don't own a car or a bike but I take public transportation and I walk everywhere.
Joanna Rees: I ride a bicycle for enjoyment with my family a couple times per month, usually through Golden Gate Park, across the Golden Gate Bridge or through the Marin Headlands.
Phil Ting: I often ride my bicycle with my wife and former SFBC Board member, Susan Sun, and our two daughters, Isabella and Madeleine during Sunday streets events, and I support Bike to Work Day, too. In fact, Isabella had so much riding with me on Bike to Work Day that she has asked to bike more often.
Leland Yee: Growing up, I never owned a bicycle or learned to ride one. I am proud to be an adult who has recently learned to ride a bicycle from my good friend Bert Hill, who reaches out to adults like me through his classes and teaches them to ride and enjoy their bicycles.
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