San Francisco is becoming a beacon of biking public policy, yet there is much to do if we are to reach pedal perfection.
The Commonwealth Club's panel of experts discuss how San Francisco can integrate bike policy into urban planning and become a cohesive, harmonious city for people on foot, bike and other non-car forms of transportation.
Steve Jones is City Editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Timothy Papandreou serves as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's assistant deputy director of transportation planning and development, focusing on steering the city toward a more sustainable and integrated transportation model that reduces reliance on the private automobile by making alternatives such as walking, biking, car-sharing and taking a taxi more convenient and reliable.
An urban planner by training with a focus on transportation, Papandreou last worked in Los Angeles. The native Australian started working for San Francisco on Jan. 26, which, he pointed out, happens to be Australia Day, the equivalent of the Fourth of July in the United States. He lives in the city's Hayes Valley neighborhood, walks to work and rides his bike around town. He has never owned a car.
Tom Radulovich serves as an elected Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, known as BART.
He have served on the Board for almost 12 years. He also runs a nonprofit called Livable City, which is working to make San Francisco a more livable, sustainable, and equitable place.
Andy Thornley is a program director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
A former chair of the SF Bicycle Advisory Committee (the Board of Supervisor's advisory committee for bicycle planning and programs), Thornley currently serves as chair of the Transportation and Land Use Coalition's board of directors.
Andy Thornley, program director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, discusses the importance of reducing car traffic to make people other than "kamikaze cyclists" feel comfortable biking on city streets.