This year’s Bike to Work Day may see more bicyclists than ever hit the streets, but it is also expected to be very wet.
The National Weather Service gives Thursday, which is also Bike to Work Day, a 70 percent chance of rain. Morning cyclist commuters may avoid thunderstorms, however, which are anticipated to boom through after 11 a.m.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition anticipates 500 cyclists will depart from the 24th Street BART station at 6 a.m. Thursday, eventually speeding away to various offices around the Peninsula.
Commuter convoys led by Mayor Ed Lee, city supervisors and other officials will depart from various neighborhoods and are slated to arrive at City Hall at 8 a.m. So what should potentially hundreds of bicycling San Franciscans do to stay safe in the rain?
Bicycle coalition spokeswoman Marta Lindsey said “biking in the rain is completely doable, even for new riders.” Lindsey suggested to bike more slowly in the rain, and perhaps wear old jeans or other pants less likely to slip.
She also noted bike brakes won’t work as quickly in the rain. Twenty six Energizer Stations throughout The City, which you can find at www.sfbike.org, will also hand out seat covers for cyclists.