The streets of San Francisco were filled with thousands of exuberant and experienced cyclists and quite a few newbies this morning on this 23rd annual "Bike to Work Day." Streetsblog caught up with the convoys at the Bicycle Coalition's rally on the steps of City Hall.
The fire department's concern was to make sure they could still maneuver ladder trucks on Market to access upper floors of buildings. Bikes don't block ladders or ladder trucks. Neither do bike lanes. Parked cars and trucks get in the way of ladder trucks.
After a whole lot of grim news about the Caltrain electrification project it looks as if, finally, there's a glimmer of hope. Funding for electrification is included in the budget compromise on the federal budget deal announced last week.
A human chain lined the "protected" bike lane on Golden Gate Avenue. The idea was to keep motorists off the lane, of course. But the protest was also designed to highlight the watering down of the Turk Street and Golden Gate Avenue safety projects.