San Francycle: Did David Chiu Drive on Bike to Work Day?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 7, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

Thumbnail image for san_francycle copy-thumb-500x178.jpgWasn’t Bike to Work day fabulous this year? We
certainly saw a lot more cyclists out than usual, and we hope to see
them out again on the remaining 364 days until next year. Let’s do a
quick roundup of the best of the bikes.

According to the Chron, the mayor and “almost every member of the Board
of Supervisors” were out riding today. Almost? We would like to know
which ones weren’t. Maybe this was the one day that David Chiu was like
“fuck it” and drove to work.

Fog City Journal captured
the Supes on the scene: Jane Kim in fetching shoes, Eric Mar, Scott
Wiener, Carmen Chu, Ross Mirkarimi, Malia Cohen, Chiu, John
Avalos, David Campos, and Mark Farrell. So, did Sean Elsbernd, have a
note from his doctor?

And hey, who’s that other guy in the FCJ photos? Is that you, Webcor CEO Andy Ball? Why, we remember not so long ago
when you were pushing a ballot measure that would have forced
developers to build parking garages and eliminate bike infrastructure.

In any case, at this year’s event, there were more bike improvements than ever, including lots of green paving and posts on Market Street, 14 extra miles of bike
lanes, bike boxes, bike traffic signals, green-wave-synchronized lights
on Valencia Street, and 650 new bike racks.

Also, Mayor Lee promised to have a separated bike lane on JFK by the end
of the year. That’s a big promise! Sure you can keep it, Mr. Mayor? That
project keeps getting pushed back. Just a few months
ago, Johanna Partin, the mayor’s director of Climate Protection Initiatives, told us that “summer would be do-able.”

Bikes are spreading to the suburbs as well:
San Mateo and Santa Clara held raffles and gave out free goodies to
cyclists, and also named a bicycling kindergarden teacher “Commuter of
the Year.” The teacher in question, Marey Richins, uses her bike 95
percent of the time, even for transporting school supplies. She also
regularly carries the class rat on her bike, something we never dared
try when our own pet rats needed to visit the vet.

And in Silicon Valley, bike rates are practically astronomical: okay,
actually, they’re two percent. But that’s double what it was 10 years
ago! Corinne Winter, head of the SV Bike Coalition, told the Wall Street Journal,
“There is a saying down here that if you’re not in a peloton [a pack of
bicycle riders] then you’re not in the deal.”

Also, 1,000 people biked to work in Alameda, wherever that is; and the day was a “smashing success” in Dublin. Piedmont, San Ramon, Milpitas, and Sonoma also got in on the action. It’s worth mentioning you cannot get to any of these nearby towns on a bike.

Over in Berkeley, one of the energizing stations even had its own “proselytizer.” That sounds superfun!

And then there was some nutty advice from a suburban motorists’ column: Bicyclists, according to some people, need to make themselves “more
visible” by wearing bright colors, because apparently cyclists are
partially transparent. Also, “a small clip or duct tape
could be fixed to the top of the helmets to a rotating blinking light, a
jiggly hula dancer or even lengths of shiny streamers tied in a small

Or, you know, cars could just drive slower and pay attention.

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