San Francisco Celebrates Bike to Work Day 2010
San Francisco set a new record for Bike to Work Day this year. Bicyclists accounted for 75 percent of the morning roadway traffic on Market Street, a big increase over last year.
Throw in sunny skies, some new shiny green bike lanes, just-installed bike corrals, door zone warnings, and other infrastructure, and you realize there was quite a bit to celebrate. Hear from the Mayor, members of the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and bike commuters about why this year's Bike to Work Day was so great.
Renee Rivera: [0:15] Rivera: My name is Renee Rivera. I am the acting executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and today is Bike to Work Day.
Man 1: [0:27] So why are you biking to work?
Woman 1: [0:29] Because it's good for the environment, and because my friends made me.
Louis Santiago: [0:33] I've lost like 50 pounds riding bikes, so it's awesome.
Renee Rivera: [0:36] On a regular basis, 120,000 people bike for work, for school, to play, and to shop. And today, on Bike to Work Day, we see hundreds of thousands of people.
Man 3: [0:48] Bike to work day is getting people more options for getting to work, healthy options so they do not have to drive, get the cars off the road so that the people who do drive don't have to wait. Bike to Work Day is for all of us!
Dawn Danby: [1:02] This is beautiful, this is the best part of the day, because your heart moves and your breath moves, and you can think better. It is like getting three cups of coffee in the morning.
Renee Rivera: [1:12] The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has 27 Energizer stations throughout the city this morning. We are meeting and greeting bicyclists as they go in to work, giving them coffee and snacks, and sending them on their way to work.
Alan Sit: [1:26] I have had a bike for two years, and I have been thinking about biking to work for, I think, those two years. But I never ever gave it a chance. It worked out well. It was pretty easy.
Renee Rivera: [1:40] We just finished up a rally with the mayor and the board of supervisors, and many of the department heads, all talking about what a great day this is.
David Campos: [1:48] What I love about biking I would have to say, is that it is such a social thing, and it was great being in the Mission and seeing the diversity of the people who are riding, and I think that it is great. I think it also kind of forces people to talk to one another. I met so many people on the ride on the way here.
Carmen Chu: [2:06] We came in all of the way from the Sunset District. It was a great ride, and I look forward to doing it again next year.
Gavin Newsom: [2:13] Because at the end of the day, the one thing that biking does, I think more than anything else, is it connects you to other people. You don't get connected when you are in two SUV's. [cheering in background]
Gavin Newsom: [2:22] You get connected when you're like Carmen, and you are on a tandem bike. You know, you think in June of 2007, when that injunction was advanced, that things would go badly for bicycling in the city, and they did, from the perspective of enhancing and advancing the bike network. [2:40] But the reality is, when you saw a 53% increase in the number of people getting on their bike, it was suggestive that no matter what SEQA required us to do, that people were going to march a little bit differently.
Dennis Herrera: [2:52] National publications rank San Francisco as one of the most bike friendly cities in the United States. [cheering in background]
Gavin Newsom: [2:59] And just imagine how it is going to be when the injunction is finally lifted, and the improvements that Renee and the mayor spoke about come to full fruition.
John Avalos: [3:08] Just on the way here, I noticed a few things about our network, and how we really need to lift the injunction fully and get it moving, because in my district, we have bits and pieces of a bike network, where we have to travel parts of our route to City Hall without any protection of a bike lane.
Andy Thornly: [3:25] We are about to take a little ride, a little joyride, on San Francisco's newest innovation for excellent biking, a separated bike lane with green pavement. Nice!
Jodie Madeiras: [3:36] My name is Jodie Madeiras and I am with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and this is our newest innovation in San Francisco, our green pavement; our separated bike lane. [3:46] I love it. I feel so safe out here. It is a great experience. I think it is going to help a lot ore people feel safe riding their bikes downtown. This is exactly what we need.
Andy Thornly: [3:58] This is a world-class bicycling city; right here, right where we are riding.Amandeep Jawa: Man 11: [4:06] So with the lifting of the injunction, things are starting to gear up, and it is getting... You know, every week is a little more exciting. Just like in the past few days, all over the city, these lovely bike corrals have been sprouting up. I watched some people put one in very near my house. So I saw them putting this in yesterday. So I got through three years of growth, despite the injunction, and great growth in bicycling. We are now poised to take off like a rocket.