Bike to Work Day (BTWD) hit SF today with passion. We kicked the day off by donating two bikes to our local Public Broadcasting station KQED for a BTWD raffle. This helped KQED take in over $175,000 in pledges and set a new record. Wow.
Bike to Work Day was a big deal for us in San Francisco yesterday. Our Mayor Ed Lee and many elected officials rode to work with groups of bicyclists from their neighborhoods. It all culminated in a fun celebration and brief speeches on the steps of City Hall. I rode to the event down Polk Street with the President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu to greet a big crowd at City Hall.
It’s amazing to live in a city where almost every elected official wants to participate and share their plans to improve bicycling in their city. There is an overall commitment to dramatically expand the network of bike-friendly thoroughfares throughout the city and to make San Francisco a national model of the new modern city where pedestrians and bicyclists reclaim some of the sidewalks and streets from cars.
The 12,000+ member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition was repeatedly acknowledged for their leadership in this movement and we were delighted to see their fearless leader Leah Shahum riding a PUBLIC M8 to the event. We also encourage you to participate in the BTWD events throughout the US this month and support your hometown bike advocacy organization to help make your cities a more livable place for everyone.