DBA: Building a Better, Bikeable SF

Editors: This story was originally published in Issue 162 of our quarterly Tube Times magazine, one of many perks of membership in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Image by Anne Hamersky, courtesy of DBA.

We started our Business Membership program to engage businesses and entrepreneurs who support better biking in San Francisco. David Baker Architects (DBA) has been with us since the beginning.

Not only is DBA a bike-friendly firm that supports our advocacy, but it’s also a great place to work for people biking.

“We offer employees a range of incentives for biking: a monthly bonus, subsidized bike share, office bikes you can check out, free SF Bicycle Coalition memberships and more,” DBA principal and founder David Baker said recently. “We have secure bike parking and a shower in the office if you need it.”

David himself is a long-time SF Bicycle Coalition member who regularly gets around town by bike.

“Besides the fact that it is fun and good for you, biking is the quickest way to get around the city and allows you to be better connected,” David said. “Passing cars that are stuck in traffic is always fun, and you can choose to take a different route for a different adventure every day. Plus, you never have to look for parking!”

Though he loves biking in SF, David knows as well as any of us that a lot more could be done to welcome more people to the fun and freedom of biking in our city.

“San Francisco still has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to supporting people who bike. We need better paved and protected bike lanes — including more left-turn lanes for bikes,” David said. “Additionally more separated bike paths would keep the best lanes from becoming overcrowded and unsafe.”

Both David and DBA know that supporting advocacy for people who bike is the best investment they can make towards a more bikeable, livable city.

“We believe in walking the walk, or I guess you’d say ‘biking the bike,’” David said. “We believe in the mission of the SF Bicycle Coalition and want to instill or reinforce that feeling in our staff.

“We want to promote and support bicycle advocacy in San Francisco, make riding safer, and to connect with the bike community, including other Business Members.”

From our Business Members to our Bicycle-Friendly Business Awards, we’re always looking for more ways to engage local businesses in our advocacy for people who bike. Learn more about ways that businesses can support making SF the best biking city it can be at sfbike.org/business.

The Tube Times is published quarterly as one of the many benefits to members of the SF Bicycle Coalition. For a complete list of membership benefits, or to join/renew today, click here.

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