We’re thrilled that record numbers of people of all ages are biking in San Francisco! There’s a huge demand for safe places to ride a bike and we’re hard at work to make our vision for crosstown bikeways a reality, so that even more kids and parents and people just like you will be able to safely and easily bike to school, work and anywhere you want to go. We sat down with a San Francisco family to learn about how biking to school and work makes their lives simpler and more fun.
By Regina Sinsky
“Every week is the same, but every day is different.”
This is how Ted Tilles sums up his family’s school and work commute plan. Ted, a financial advisor, his wife Naomi Mahoney, a director of eBusiness, and their two girls, Isabel (7) and Kiko (4), live in the Mission near Dolores Park and commute to the girls’ schools near Japantown and their offices in Berkeley and San Francisco’s Financial District. It’s an elaborate schedule.
“We do a whole hodgepodge of commuting. Carpooling with neighbors a couple of days, Muni with the grandparents, and biking a couple of days with the kids on the back of our bikes,” explains Ted. “We’ve basically arranged our schedules so we drive the kids to school as little as possible.”
Ted and Naomi commute to work by a combination of public transportation and bike. Both say their workplaces encourage bicycling, especially Naomi’s company, Charles Schwab.
“Schwab has a newly organized biking community,” explains Naomi. “The employees who live in Marin get together for weekend rides, and on the weekdays newbies are paired up with experienced riders who show them routes. We recently had a show-and-tell to share tips on commuting safety.”
The facilities at Charles Schwab are also bike friendly.
“One of the firm’s two buildings has gated garage parking with lockers and a shower facility,” says Naomi. “The building I’m in has bike parking outside but there’s room for improvement. But Schwab is open to working with bike commuters.”
When Naomi commutes, she typically takes her “much-loved” Howard Street bike lanes over to Valencia Street. “I can’t think of a nicer way to end the work day,” she smiles.
She says the Market Street separated bike lanes have helped “tremendously,” especially on the days she goes from her office to pick up Kiko in Japantown.
This idea of bike commuting can seem daunting, but listening to the Tilles family, you certainly get an idea of the perks. Read the rest of this entry »