San Francisco Excited About Bike To Work Day - Celebrates A Week Early!

Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch

It's Bike to Work Day here in San Francisco - and the city must be enthusiastic about it because it's over a week until National Bike to Work Day. But for a city that is heavily bike-centric, it doesn't look all that different from any other day. Activists have been working like mad to get more numerous and safer bike lanes across the city, and just last week Market Street was spiffed up with wide lanes painted green to try and give cyclists a little more room on the road. But even with these improvements, and scheduled events and meet-ups during the morning and evening commute, the sidewalk chalk messages of encouragement were the only things indicating today was anything special. I live near the Wiggle, a popular bike route that gets cyclists from one part of the city to another using the flatest, safest streets. This route is always packed with cyclists. This morning, as usual, you couldn't go 15 seconds without seeing someone on a bike:

Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch

The Wiggle sports a ton of bike lane signs painted on the road - an average of about three per block on each side of the road. Seems like this is what we should have on most streets in every city to keep drivers alert for cyclists.

Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch

Along with signs on the road, we have a lot of signs above the road sporting notifications of cyclists' rights - another great feature of building a bike-friendly city.

Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch

Features like this are important, especially in cities where cyclists are trying to share the road with heavy traffic, as is the case on Market Street:

Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch

These are every-day items around here. While there are meet-up locations for cycling to work arranged (the one nearest me was empty at the arranged time) and bike repair pit stops to be set up later today, the only thing marking today as a special day for San Francisco Cyclists was the sidewalk chalk messages scrawled all along the Wiggle Route. But at least these announced that today is a day to join the two-wheeled party!

Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch
National Bike to Work Day is May 21st, make sure your city is joining in, and with more than sidewalk chalk!

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