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Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's Bike to Work Day. So ... Bike to Work!

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
Happy #BTWD!

Based on nothing more than pure anecdotal observation, there appear to be about two-to-two-and-a-half times as many cyclists on Market Street inbound than on a typical weekday morning. That's because today is Bike to Work Day and, like less-than-observant Christians feeling obliged to take the kids to church on Easter, everybody's out! (That metaphor has some limitations, chiefly in that pedaling to work on two wheels is way more exhilarating that wearing a starchy hand-me-down bonnet in some pew.)

click to enlarge Eat Carnation Mush, or maybe a free 'nanner. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Eat Carnation Mush, or maybe a free 'nanner.
In any case, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is out in force. Make sure to stop by the cabana at 12th and Market streets for some (free) coffee, bananas, and some smiles and schmoozing.

(Full disclosure: I'm a long-time SFBC member for whom every day is Bike to Work Day.)

click to enlarge Look at those beautiful red bikes popping against NEMA's inane ad copy. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Look at those beautiful red bikes popping against NEMA's inane ad copy.

If you've ever thought, "I'd like to bike more, but some of those hardcore cyclists are super-aggro," today is the day that might change your mind. There was a noticeable camaraderie among bikers, even among the Lycra brigade. Plus, reps from Clif Bar were handing out Clif Bars in front of NEMA, and the dudes from Huckleberry (on Market between Sixth and Seventh) were handing out flowers to everybody. Good times!

Even if you drive or take transit, hopefully you notice a small difference in the vehicular traffic load and Muni overcrowding today. Better infrastructure for cyclists can make things better for everybody.


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Peter Lawrence Kane

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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