Bike to Work Day Draws 50,000!

This happy cyclist biked to work and to her performance later that evening (that's a fiddle case on her back). Photo by Nancy Botkin.
Bike to Work Day 2002 was close to perfect! It was a gorgeous sunny day, an estimated 50,000 bicyclists participated, and there was incredibly positive media coverage. The Mayor rode to work without calamity as did Supervisors Gerardo Sandoval, Sophie Maxwell, Jake McGoldrick, Chris Daly, Tom Ammiano, Matt Gonzalez, and Aaron Peskin-who all rode from home with an entourage of SFBC neighbors. At the City Hall press conference, Mayor Brown pledged to find funding to make sure that every Muni bus gets outfitted with bike racks.

Supplies were quickly wiped out at the SFBC's 15 Energizer Stations, which were staffed by almost 100 volunteers who got up very early to help cheer on bicyclists. All the attention lured thousands of first-time commuters onto the streets-many of whom will continue to make every day Bike to Work Day.

Lots of Bikes! According to official DPT counts, bicyclists made up 33% of traffic on Market Street. The tally showed 314 bikes crossed Market & Van Ness heading east from 8am-9am, compared to 635 cars. It was quite a sight to see. Thousands of bicyclists also signed on to the Market Street Bike Lane petition. Hopefully by next Bike to Work Day there will be a continuous bike lane along Market Street, making for an even better bike commute (see Bicycle-Friendly Future for Market Street).

Mayor Brown joined Supes. Chris Daly, Aaron Peskin, Jake McGoldrick, Gerardo Sandoval, Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, and Sophie Maxwell in biking to City Hall. Photo by Mary Brown.
We Couldn't Have Done It Without: Kay Hoskins, Ilan Ivory, Renée Rivera, Eileen Ross, Ina Shelz, Heklina, Pippi Lovestocking, Kennedy, Killing my Lobster, Michael Rauner, David Price-Weldy, Bert Hill, Cynthia Powell, Jamie Evora, Jonathan Shaw, Lyn Dejesus, Ben Connelly, the SFBC Volunteer Speakers Bureau, SFBC Volunteer Mechanic Corps, and the multitudes of cheerful and good-looking Energizer Station staffers!

And Now a Word to Our Sponsors: THANKS!

Another happy commuter signs up with the SFBC. Photo by Mary Brown.
Subset Design, Timbuk2, RIDES, SF Department of the Environment, Oliver House Bed & Breakfast, Veritable Vegetable, Noah's Bagels, Sports Basement, Glama-Rama!, Xtracycle, Piecemeal Design, Peet's Coffee, Brainwash, Muni, DPT, Road Rage, the SF Bay Guardian, Safeway, City CarShare, Kryptonite, Night Monkey Restaurant, Morning Due Café, California Academy of Sciences, Valencia Whole Foods, Starbucks, Katz Bagels, Planet Organics, Café du Nord, and Bike N' Roll bike rentals.