Bicycling set a record in SF today

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Sup. Eric Mar (left) was among the horde of bicyclists on Market Street today.
Phote courtesy of SFBC

It was only two years ago that bicycle advocates celebrated Bike to Work Day traffic surveys that for the first time counted more bikes than cars on Market Street during the morning commute, a feat repeated last year. But today (5/13), that ratio had jumped to three bicycles for every car. The counts, which found a record-breaking 75 percent of vehicles were bikes, were performed by employees of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority and announced in a press release from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

“I was thrilled to ride alongside Mayor Newsom and scores of smiling people this morning in the newly separated and green Market Street bike lanes. So many more people are bicycling on Market, because they feel safer in these separated, green bike lanes,” Renee Rivera, acting Executive Director of the SF Bicycle Coalition, said in the press release, which also quoted Newsom as saying, “We are taking hold of an incredible opportunity to transform Market Street into one of the greatest streets in the world. San Francisco is an innovator and this newly separated, green bike lane is one example of how we can make Market Street safer and more bike friendly for the tens of thousands of people who use it everyday.”

For his part, Newsom seemed to be riding a cooler bike than in years past, when he rode a Blazing Saddles rental. But some bike advocates still grumbled about his choice of attire: he once again donned a sweat suit, rather than work clothes, which doesn't exactly send the message that cycling can be an everyday transportation option. But for bike advocates, this was a day for celebration, both of the huge numbers and recent improvements such as the five on-street bicycle parking areas that have been added to Valencia Street in the last week, part of a trend toward rethinking the streets of San Francisco.

Comments

they're visually appealing. I wonder how well the green paint will hold up, but for a city that's big on tourism and aesthetics, the bike lines just LOOK cool.

Posted by generic on May. 13, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
Posted by Mr Matlock on May. 13, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

I sure hope so. Downtown would be so much better, as would the rest of the planet.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on May. 13, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

example by ending your life so as not to use any sort of energy.

Posted by glen matlock on May. 13, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

being that SF is home to so many pinko's,no wonder. I miss it! Wish the rest of this country was as pink!

Posted by Jerry Jarvis on May. 13, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

Love the new bike lanes. This is possibly the 'greenest' thing to happen since our current miserable mayoral miscreant has cavorted and connived behind the closed doors of Room 200. However it's kinda interesting to note that the only ones I've yet to ride on are conveniently close to City Hall. Bet you a dollar to a doughnut that it wont be long before the greasy one gets into his limo to ride a couple of blocks for a photo-op that will feature prominently in his latest publicly financed, deceptive campaign to purchase another sinecure in furtherance of his grandiose, self serving ambition, and keep his snout in the trough.

Posted by Patrick Monk on May. 15, 2010 @ 7:07 am

I've read it a could of times and can not figure it out.

The first street stripped for bikes was in front of the Guardian, as I read in the Guardian. Do you live downtown and thus only ride there? Maybe thats why you only notice them downtown? The bike plan thing was tied up for years by Rob Anderson's lawsuit, had nothing to do with Newsom, were you trying to tie its drawn out status to him?

All politicians strive to climb the political loser ladder, look at Mark Leno, Carol Midgen, Tom Ammiano, why does Gavin incur such wrath when he's in such good company as that idiot Kamalla Harris?

What in the world are you trying to say, other than that Newsom is an idiot, which is fine, but he is an idiot in most of the same way that all the political parasites in San Francisco are, Merkarimi or Campos are just as much an empty suit as Newsom, and Daly has a major personality disorder.

Posted by glen matlock on May. 15, 2010 @ 12:45 pm