Riley McLaughlin uses the new Kirkham Street bike lanes — a nearly 2.5 mile bike lane that creates an important connection through the Sunset District.
Riley, how have the Kirkham Street bike lanes improved your commute?
I hope that they’ll encourage others, that I’ll get to see more people biking and ring a friendly bell as we pass each other. The more people who use the bike lanes, the everyone gets used to sharing the road.
What’s your favorite thing about getting around San Francisco by bike?
Human contact. I make eye contact with car drivers and other people walking and biking, much more when I’m on bicycle than when I drive a car. If I see a garage sale or a street musician, it takes just a minute to stop and check it out, while in a car it would take too long because I’d have to find parking first. On a bike, I hear and smell the city — not that all the sounds and smells are pleasant, even on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, but even so, I like experiencing it all.
What’s your favorite destination to bike to in San Francisco?
Sometimes I play frisbee at Ocean Beach, and the ride along the way is beautiful with the crash of the waves, the smell of the salt air, the people and the gulls and the crows and the beach grass.
Part of an ongoing series to meet people biking in San Francisco’s new bike lanes.