Peggy da Silva, Education Manager at Veritable Vegetable, Inc., talks about the new Laguna Honda bike lanes.
How have the Laguna Honda Bike Lanes improved your commute?
I’ve never felt as comfortable riding on Laguna Honda as I do today. Laguna Honda is the flattest street taking me from West Portal to the Inner Sunset for shopping and to Golden Gate Park for recreation. I ride to work in southeast San Francisco early in the morning, often when it’s still dark out, and the new bike lanes, sharrows and reduced auto-traffic lanes mean that vehicles are now moving at calmer speeds. This new bike lane has transformed a sometimes harrowing commute to a much more enjoyable bike ride to and from work.
Over a decade ago, I along with group of neighbors started working together in an effort to make Seventh Avenue and Laguna Honda Boulevard better for biking. It took many years and hurdles to realize the fruits of our hard work, but now every time I ride these bike lanes, I know that change is possible and that San Francisco streets can be more inviting places to ride a bicycle.
What’s your favorite thing about getting around San Francisco by bike?
Everything! It is heaven to be able to do errands, visit friends, go to work on a bike. Through all my years with young kids, I would have gotten totally out of shape if I had not been able to bike as part of my daily busy life.
What’s your favorite destination to bike to in San Francisco?
From my house to Sava Pool, early in the morning, when the moon is still hanging over the ocean, the air smells fresh and I can see the whole Sunset district spread out before me.
Part of an ongoing series to meet people biking in San Francisco’s new bike lanes.