Lee rolls bike day into motion 

click to enlarge Mayor Ed Lee bicycles to City Hall on Thursday to mark the 18th annual Bike to Work Day. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Mayor Ed Lee bicycles to City Hall on Thursday to mark the 18th annual Bike to Work Day.

Business-friendly Mayor Ed Lee celebrated the 18th annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday morning by biking from Golden Gate Park to City Hall with a coterie of local business leaders in tow.

City officials, along with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, celebrated San Francisco’s efforts to accommodate and attract new bicyclists with the standard messages of health and environmental sustainability. But this year’s speakers also thanked local businesses for adding bike parking and encouraging cycling.

“Employers are recognizing that biking is good for business, and that companies that make it easy to bike to work help attract the best candidates,” said coalition Director Leah Shahum, announcing the group’s first Bicycle Friendly Business Awards.

According to the bike coalition, San Francisco has added 23 miles of new bike lanes in the past two years and has seen a 71 percent increase in cycling trips in the past five years. That includes a big traffic increase along Market Street, where Lee has focused much attention on attracting businesses.

But Lee wasn’t all business Thursday as he dismounted from a new blue number that a local bike shop owner loaned him.

“It was fun,” Lee said. “I like it. I like to kind of get new styles, and see what the hipsters are doing.”

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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