"At the Palace of Fine Arts, a stop on the Valentine's Day ride I led."
"Breaking in the cup holder with hibiscus juice from a street vendor at Sunday Streets in the Mission."
"How I combine my two greatest passions: biking and dog rescue."
BIKE NOPA and Bikes And The City spin out more stories this week in our new collaborative series, Women Who Bike. Each Monday and Wednesday we will feature San Francisco women and their bicycles. Check both our blogs for the experiences, stories, and ideas that women who bike the city want to share with you. Post your thoughts and leave comments for the featured riders.
Fifth in a series: Kay Hoskins
How do you characterize your bicycling style?
Mostly law-abiding and cautious but also defensive. I try to anticipate that car about to cut me off or that door about to open into me. Luckily, I haven't wiped out on my bike seriously and not in many years. I hope that's due to my cautious riding style.
How often do you bike and what for?
I pretty much ride my bike every day weekdays for work and on some evenings and the weekend for fun rides.
What could be done in San Francisco to encourage more women, including teens and younger, to bike?
Most of the women I know who don't already bike in San Francisco are afraid to start. And I think they're a bit intimidated by the hills. Once the bike network is completed, I think we will see even more women out there. High schools in the city need to have programs to teach urban biking skills. I know that might be unrealistic right now given that so many programs are being cut.
Have any of your best dates or friendships started with bicycling?
My current boyfriend Liam and I met at SFBC volunteer nights and we "got together" on a bike camping trip.
I surprise people when I bike by...
singing out very loud.
My message to women who want to try biking:
Find a mentor and get out there! Start with Sunday Streets and bike in Golden Gate Park on Sundays; then have an experienced friend show you the "wiggle routes" around town to avoid the hills. The SFBC map is an amazing tool as well.
See previous profiles in the BIKE NOPA WOMEN WHO BIKE series. And find even more at Bikes And The City.