Annie Armstrong, 49, a Translator who lives in Cole Valley is part of the huge and growing numbers of people who are bicycling in San Francisco. Connecting the city with crosstown, separated bikeways will help more people just like you and Annie get anywhere in the city and beyond. We talked to Annie about how a separated bikeway would make JFK Drive safer for her and here’s what she had to say:
One of my favorite destinations to bike to in Golden Gate Park is the DeYoung Museum. I also enjoy biking on JFK Drive all the way to the ocean, especially since it’s been repaved, which makes for a much smoother ride!
JFK Drive is used by so many people, whether locals or tourists, biking, walking, driving or on buses. It’s intimidating to navigate JFK Drive; however, a little bit more organization with a separated bikeway would go a long way to helping people feel more comfortable and safe. Separate spaces for people walking, driving and biking would definitely be helpful and encourage more people, locals or tourists alike, to choose to bike there.
I use JFK Drive to bike to go to so many places such the Inner Sunset for Arizmendi Bakery and the Sunday Farmers’ Market, the Outer Sunset to go to the hairdresser’s, the Inner Richmond to visit a friend and to the Legion of Honor in the Outer Richmond. I also enjoy just biking on JFK Dr. on a sunny Sunday without any particular destination in mind when people are out walking, biking, dancing and rollerblading.
My favorite thing about using my bike to get around San Francisco is how easily I can incorporate it into my everyday life and the added bonus of running into neighbors and friends at random. I recently started a conversation with a neighbor in his convertible at the stop light on Market at Buchanan and another time stopped to talk to an old friend at the N-Judah stop near Duboce Park. Biking makes me feel like I am a part of a community.
Please join Annie in voicing your support for a separated bikeway on JFK Drive by sending an email today to the Rec and Park Department. We’ve made it easy here.