Cycling to City Hall - Page 3

Bike to Work Day's 20th anniversary shows how far we've come, but funding shortfalls show how far we have to go to create safe streets

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Bike to Work Day is May 8.
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY TIM DAW

Cyclist Shannon Dodge also spoke at the event, describing her previously awkward commute to work from the Mission District to Russian Hill: "It might look like a tiny stretch of bike lanes to most people, but to me and lots of other people it will make a huge difference. It means we can turn now directly onto Polk Street and we can do it safely."

She also compared cycling in San Francisco today to the days just before Bike to Work Day began.

"Twenty-one years ago this month, I moved to San Francisco from the East Coast. I came in a van with three friends, so I didn't bring a lot of possessions. But I did bring my bike and I've been biking in San Francisco ever since," Dodge said.

Back then, in her younger days, she didn't mind battling for space on the streets of San Francisco.

"When I first moved here, just out of college, safety was not that important to me. I kind of enjoyed the adrenaline rush of being out on a bike in traffic," she said. "But now I'm a mom. I have a 3-year-old son, and my husband and I bike our son to and from his preschool everyday. And on the weekends we explore the city, which usually means he's on one of our two bikes. Pretty soon, he'll be riding his own bike out on San Francisco streets. So safety is incredibly important to me, as it is to all families."

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