San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Announces Mayoral Endorsements

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on September 15, 2011 with 2 Comments

Supervisor John Avalos today won the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's #1 endorsement in the ranked-choice race for mayor. Photo by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

September 15, 2011

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) today announced its eagerly anticipated endorsements in the ranked-choice race for mayor.

Supervisor John Avalos, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and interim Mayor Ed Lee were each endorsed in that order.

“This year we had the most bicycle-friendly candidates in the city’s history — many candidates understand the importance of how investing in bikeways and encouraging more people to bike is the best way to help make a better San Francisco for everyone,” the Coalition wrote on its website. “The mayor’s race is a critical concern for better everyday biking — the next mayor will have the opportunity to lead San Francisco through four years (or more) of dramatic improvements to the bicycling environment — from completing comfortable crosstown bikeways for people of all ages and abilities to get around in safety and comfort; to expanding the Safe Routes to School program to every school in the city; to growing a citywide robust bike sharing system.”

With a membership of 13,000 and growing, the SFBC endorsement is considered significant, especially to Avalos who has been an active SFBC member for over a decade and who is currently sponsoring legislation to increase indoor bike parking in the City.

“The Bike Coalition has a very active, engaged membership,” Avalos said in statement. “It’s an honor to be endorsed. I have been a member since the 90s, and I’m continually inspired by the great work that they do.”

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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  • ricksf1

    Ed Lee gets a #3 from SFBC? yuck (Run Ed Run indeed)

  • Richmondman

    Where do the candidates stand on mandatory bike helmet laws? How about closing Market St to cars? These are real issues affecting bike riders.