Every year, San Francisco seems to outdo itself for Bike to Work Day, and this year was no different.
With the announcement from the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) that San Franciscans make an estimated 82,000 trips by bike every single day, this year’s Bike to Work Day was bigger than ever. And we’re expecting over 1,000 new and renewing members from today alone! (Care to join the movement?)
We began the day with twelve rides starting from across the city, ending in a rally on the steps of City Hall. From West Portal Library to Washington Square Park, no one on our Commuter Convoys could contain the smiles that the joy of biking brings.
Mayor Ed Lee was joined by SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin, Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, and SF County Transportation Authority Director Tilly Chang in a bike ride led by our Executive Director Brian Wiedenmeier. Departing from Glen Park, they made their way to City Hall with a detour to SoMa to check out the protected bike lanes on Seventh Street.
Supervisor Jane Kim also toured the new bike lanes on the District 6 Commuter Convoy, celebrating that the latest protected bike lane projects were all in her district.
On the far west side, Supervisor Katy Tang rolled in all the way from the Outer Sunset on the District 4 Commuter Convoy, starting from Nomad Cyclery.
The most popular ride was once again with Supervisor London Breed, riding in from the Western Addition on the District 5 Commuter Convoy along with SFMTA Board Chair Cheryl Brinkman.
Thanks to all of our elected officials who embraced our theme of “Bike Together” and joined with us today. And of course, our City leaders added to our pedal power, and we were grateful for the presence of Ed Reiskin at the SFMTA, Tilly Chang at the SF County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and Mohammed Nuru at Public Works.
The rally was a great success, where we honored Maria Stokes, our Commuter of the Year, and this year’s Bicycle-Friendly Businesses. We were also joined by Fire Chief Hayes-White along with SFPD Commanders David Lazar and Robert O’Sullivan, celebrating the interagency effort it takes to make our city more bike-friendly than ever.
Bike to Work Day would not be possible without the generous support of our lead sponsors, Bay Area Bicycle Law, the SFMTA and the SFCTA. A special thanks also goes to Sports Basement for their in-kind donations.
Hats off to all of you who biked with us today, whether for the first time or for the thousandth time. If you missed your chance to join or renew your membership yesterday, it’s not too late to become a member. Keep the momentum going and we’ll see you in the bike lane.