Bicycle advocates celebrated “Bike to Wherever Day” on Thursday, encouraging San Franciscans to bike instead of taking a vehicle to their destination.
Typically, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition holds Bike to Work day around this time of year, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-home order, the coalition rebranded the event, encouraging residents to simply bike, regardless of their destination.
“Throughout the pandemic, thousands of San Franciscans have turned to biking as a way to get around safely for essential trips and to find joy and freedom while maintaining physical and mental wellbeing,” Bicycle Coalition officials said in a statement.
People biking around the city this week were asked to share photos online with the hashtag #BTWD.
Also, as part of the event, bicycle coalition staff and volunteers handed out free tote bags and educational resources at several locations throughout the city.
As part of its advocacy work, the coalition helped organize the city’s Slow Streets Program, which creates a network of car-less streets in the city, allowing for residents to get out of their house while also socially distancing amid the pandemic.
The Bicycle Coalition said it has seen a 200 percent increase in attendance at its free bike education classes since the pandemic began.