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.”