Like most of you in recent days, we at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition have been focused on the quickly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In responding to the pandemic, our first priority is the health and well-being of staff, members and the community at large.
We ask everyone to follow these guidelines set forth by public health authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash hands with soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick.
If you need current information about COVID-19 and aren’t sure where to go, we encourage you to refer to San Francisco’s Department of Public Health and San Francisco Unified School District’s websites.
Our office will be closed through the month of March, and all events, classes and volunteer opportunities are canceled during that time as well. We encourage you to check our calendar to see whether events and volunteer opportunities beyond March have been canceled or postponed; in some cases we may seek to provide an online alternative. Our staff will remain hard at work pushing for safe, just and livable streets, growing our membership, and determining virtual ways to deliver our programs and services. We remain available to answer any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social distancing is necessary to mitigate the spread of coronavirus — but we know social isolation is not easy. Bicycling, whether for everyday transportation or recreation, is still a safe activity, and we encourage you to keep riding in San Francisco and enjoying all of the benefits it provides your physical, mental and environmental health. We also know how important it is to stay connected to community during challenging times, and that includes our #sfbike friends and family. So stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements of video chats and webinars so we can stay connected.
We want to take this moment to thank you for your support. In the coming weeks, your membership and donations will be all the more important to ensure we can continue our work and do our part to make San Francisco a safer and easier place to bike.
From all of us at San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: stay well and safe, and please take care of yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors.
*UPDATE: March 16, 2:30 p.m.*
We strongly support Mayor Breed and City leadership in issuing the “shelter in place” order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The current order does not prohibit bicycling for essential trips or solo or socially distanced outdoor recreation.
-Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition