Bike to Work Day 2003: Thousands of Cyclists Arrive at Work Energized!
Mayor Willie Brown, Supervisors Matt Gonzalez, Aaron Peskin, Fiona Ma, and Gerardo Sandoval, and about 50,000 other San Franciscans discovered how to start the workday right by cycling to work on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 15.
The Supervisors biked to City Hall along with teams of SFBC members who live in their districts. Supervisor Ma had a great time bicycling in from the outer Sunset with her two aides, as well as SFBC members, and said she wants to use her bike to get to work again in the near future. Supervisor Peskin pledged to ride to City Hall "at least once a month." And if they need riding tips, they can ask fellow Supervisor Chris Daly, who's been a regular bike commuter since he took office two elections ago.
The press conference was a bicycle love fest, with Board President Gonzalez emphasizing the importance of the complete citywide Bike Network, and Mayor Brown explaining that bikes are a key part of the solution to our "car-dependent society."
The SFBC received extensive media coverage during Bike-to-Work Week, including an op-ed piece and article in the Chronicle, several stories in the Examiner, coverage in SF Weekly and the Guardian, Wand multiple radio interviews with KQED, KSFB, KPOO, and KPFA. According to news tracking services, Bike to Work Week received 17 television news spots, including an Evening Magazine feature on bicycling with Steve Kinsey, president of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
On Bike to Work Day, morning and evening bike commuters were treated to coffee and snacks at over 15 "Energizer Stations," staffed by over 100 volunteer bicycle cheerleaders. As the day wound down, hundreds headed over to the Mission club 26Mix for the SFBC's "Bike Away from Work" party.
Special thanks to our Bike to Work Day co-sponsors:
And heaps of gratitude to our generous donors: