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San Francisco Bike to Work Day 2009 – War Declared on NIMBYs

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Look out NIMBY‘s - the San Francisco Bicycle Plan is coming to YOUR neighborhood, whether you like it or not. That’s the conclusion you’d come to had you made it this morning’s Bike to Work Day rally on the steps of City Hall. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition put on quite a show for a couple hundred-something in the crowd, most of whom parked their colorful bikes thusly:

The mise-en-scene:

SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum MC’ed the rally, speaking of NIMBYs and the Bicycle Plan. The battle is joined, or it will be starting next month, probably. Get up to speed with the 2008 San Francisco State of Cycling Report put out by the SFMTA.

Lots of Supes were there:

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar briefly addressed the crowd, talking about improving cyclist safety, mentioning the lower Haight Wiggle he uses to get back and forth from the Richmond District.

District 3 Supervisor and Board President Davis Chiu doesn’t think changes should stop with the proposed Bike Plan. He wants to Go Further. Lots of cheers for that.

District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu showed off her fashionable fuzzy white helmet to the delight of the crowd.

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi always makes these events - he hasn’t really gotten much sleep since the recent birth of Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi.

District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty cited recent changes to the streetscape, including Pavement to Parks.  

District 9 Supervisor David Campos was pleased to see the outreach to people living in the Mission.

District 11 Supervisor John Avalos gave a shout out to District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly. He also said, “Bikes Rule.”

The “Big 56” will go somewhere in here. Click to expand to see a much larger version: 

 One Less Car, One More Bike. A young scion amused the pols.

What’s that on City Attorney Dennis J Herrera’s shirt?

“One Less Lawyer in a Car.”

O.K. fine.

2009 is shaping up to be the Year of the Bike Plan.

To Be Continued…