This is a guest post by SF State University student, Natalie Yemenidjian.
Bike to Work Day is San Francisco’s biggest biking day of the year, with thousands of people riding to work or school. By joining in, you can help show the huge momentum for bicycling in San Francisco, and together we can inspire our leaders to make our streets as bike-friendly as possible.
SF State University (SFSU) is joining in the Bike to Work Day celebrations by leading a Commuter Convoy, a Survey Ride and free Bike Maintenance on campus. Any member of the SFSU community can participate, helping to highlight the need for a more bike-friendly neighborhood.
After all, more than 25,000 people are already bustling around our 19th Avenue campus every day, and the university plans to grow enrollment by 5,000 more students. With such high density in and around our campus, there is a critical need for promoting biking, walking and transit to and from our campus. To really grow a bike culture on campus though, we need better bike lanes. Can you imagine riding down 19th Avenue feeling completely safe and getting to school in record time? We can, too.
Here’s what’s happening at SF State for Bike to Work Day:
COMMUTER CONVOYS (8:30AM)
Bike to San Francisco State University with a crew and get to know your neighbors who bike to campus! If you’re new to commuting on your bike, this is a great opportunity to learn the easiest routes to campus, get safety tips and to connect with other riders for future group endeavors. All rides meet at 8:30AM. Sign up for a ride in your ‘hood and get more information here.
Choose one of three meeting points:
- East commuter convoy: Meet at the Panhandle on Masonic Avenue
- North commuter convoy: Meet at 32nd Avenue and Judah
- South commuter convoy: Meet at Balboa BART Station (next to the bike lockers outside of fare gates on the Ocean Ave. side)
SURVEY RIDE (FROM 12:00PM TO 1:30PM)
When all the Commuter Convoys arrive at school, we’ll go for a casual survey ride to check out biking conditions around campus. Starting at the Station Café along 19th Avenue, we’ll pedal with SF State President Les Wong, and this is a great opportunity to tell him what projects you would like to see come to life for better biking at SFSU. When we ride in large numbers, we show the President that we want safer, more efficient routes to and from campus.
BIKE MAINTENANCE (FROM 11:00AM TO 2PM)
When you arrive at school, student group Power to the Pedal will make some basic fixes on your bike for free.
Natalie Yemenidjian is a San Francisco State University student studying journalism and urban planning. She is coordinating Bike to School/Work Day with her Bicycle Geographies classmates, lab-style class where we make suggestions on bicycle infrastructure on and around campus to the school’s planning department.