Huge and growing numbers of San Franciscans are bicycling. One of these people, Sharon Gadberry, tells us a little why she loves using a bicycle to get around San Francisco and how connecting our city with crosstown, separated bikeways would help her feel more comfortable and safe along popular bike routes.
I’m retired and live in the Lake Street area, otherwise known as Inner Richmond (the name depends on whether you are buying or selling).
For me biking is a fun, relaxing and efficient way to cross Golden Gate Park for appointments, meetings, and social events. I use my bicycle for short trips to the gym, shopping, neighborhood meetings, and to ride along JFK Drive through Golden Gate Park or over the Golden Gate Bridge. Biking is just about the perfect speed for getting somewhere efficiently, yet enjoying the scenery and street life along the way.
A continuous separated bikeway along JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park would help me feel safer on one of my favorite bike rides in the city. My friends and I start from 6th Avenue, and ride past Lake Street up to the Palace of Fine Arts, then take the Bay Trail with its fabulous ocean view to the Cliff House and Ocean Beach. We like having lunch at the Beach Chalet, then riding on JFK Drive and pausing to see all the fun sights in Golden Gate Park on the way back home: the windmill and tulip gardens, the small lake where people sail their toy boats, the amazing buffalo, the rose garden, and the DeYoung Museum. The idea for a continuous, separated bikeway on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park is a good one, because right now while there is plenty of room for both bikes and cars, it is not always clear where each belongs. A separated bikeway would help designate the spaces for people, while adding a buffer from opening car doors for people biking.
Another favorite is my once-a-week bike ride to the Caffe Roma in North Beach to meet a group of friends for coffee. My route goes through the Presidio, down to Crissy Field where I see egrets and the occasional heron, through Fort Mason, past the seals playing in the harbor and the parrots chattering in the trees, then through Fisherman’s Wharf. This is another great route that would benefit from separated bikeways to help me and so many other people feel safer.
Please join Sharon 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.