This is the first in an ongoing series to meet the people in the new bike lanes.
How will the North Point Bike Lanes improve your commute?
A couple of days a week I ride from my apartment in NOPA, over to the Presidio, down to Crissy Field and through Ft. Mason to the Dolphin Club. After a frosty swim in the Bay I hop on my bike again and ride to the Embarcadero BART station to get to my office in Oakland. The North Point bike lane gives me enough room as I ride in my own lane alongside morning car commuters — this new bike lane is a major improvement and connection for my morning commute! Prior to the installation of the bike lane on North Point I was biking on Beach St. to the Embarcadero because North Point was so hectic, but Beach St. is not that inviting and involves precarious crossings of three different sets of street-car tracks, close calls with buses and a bumpy ride along a cobbled street. The North Point bike lane has made a meaningful difference in my commute.
What’s your favorite thing about getting around San Francisco on a bike?
The feeling of community that comes when I reach a stop light on Market Street with a horde of people who are also biking during an evening or morning commute. I find I interact more with my fellow city dwellers on this commute than I would in a car or on MUNI.
What’s your favorite destination to bike to in San Francisco?
My early-morning rides to the Dolphin Club of course! I love the way the eucalyptus trees smell with the morning dew on them, the number of birds that are out along the water at Crissy Field, and the joy of reaching the crest at Fort Mason, looking out to Alcatraz and checking to see whether my swim is going to be a smooth or choppy one!