NOPA's Rick Boardman All Ready in BTWD 2010 Tee
Ali (left), owner of bike-friendly Central Coffee, walks or bikes to work every day
Rick Boardman has volunteered for Bike to Work Day programs in London, Edinburgh, and down the San Francisco peninsula but never for San Francisco's own version of the Biggest Biking Day of the Year. All that changes this Thursday, May 13th, when Rick will help fuel hundreds of bicyclists at a special Energizer Station at 12th and Market Streets.
As bicyclists spin along the new smooth green bike lanes on Market, Rick and other volunteers will give a shout and offer free coffee, energy bars, fruit, and unique Bike to Work Day (BTWD) bags filled with essential bike stuff (you'll want to stop to get yours and find out what's inside). He'll also encourage bikers to join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to support the group's top-notch advocacy efforts to make city streets more livable for all. Rick will be wearing one of the perks for signing up on BTWD: the cool color graphic T.
"I want to do my bit, meet other cyclists, and enjoy the city waking up in the morning," Rick said of his volunteering. "This year it will be even more special with new green stripes on Market Street." For the past five years, Rick joined the SF2G (San Francisco to Google) ride for BTWD. "Usually 50-60 people rode together and we stopped at refresher stations in the different cities along the way to Google." Rick now freelances, offering his expertise in user experience research. His new daily schedule allows more stops at two of his favorite NOPA coffee spots: Central Coffee, Tea, and Spice just down the block at the corner of Central and Hayes and the Matching Half Cafe at Baker and McAllister. Rick also helps organize the monthly NOPA VELO bicycle rides.
NOPA cyclists will be helping in all the BTWD activities. Several will be forming a Bike Convoy, meeting at 7:45 a.m. at 2095 Hayes at Clayton (Sacred Grounds Coffee House) and riding as a group downtown. In addition to Rick Boardman, NOPA biker Dale Danley will be stationed at the 12th and Market Energizer Stop from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. For the Bike Away from Work, look for NOPA cyclists at Fell and Masonic in the Panhandle for more cool bike give-aways from 5 - 7 p.m. But don't forget the after-party at the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street, from 6-10 p.m. Everyone will be there!
For all things BTWD check here at the SFBC site. Plan your morning or evening commute to get the bike out -- or borrow or rent one -- and join the fun Thursday. It will be one fine day to Bike to Work.
Where will you be on bicycling's Biggest Day of the Year?