We live in a rapidly shifting world. Nobody thinks cars are going to simply disappear from our streets, but you are fooling yourself if you think we can continue on with business as usual and still function in this city.
Fresh off my Alcatraz swim and keen on pursuing life in my un-comfort zone, I agreed to push my limits and ride along with veteran Bay Area cycling enthusiasts on the Alpine Dam Loop. When we departed, I was told that "this ride is going to be epic."
Have some friends that don't like to bike? That's great news for you! If they have a car, utilize their biking ineptitude to your advantage. Have them pack a cooler of beer and a bike rack and meet you just north of Point Reyes at Tomales Bay Oyster Co.
Lunch Break! Since you are in SF it is likely flexible. Maybe you like yo-self a little noon workout... Fancy an indoor stationary bike ride with a group of sweaty dentists? Suggestion alert! Trade that silly class for a hilly pass!
Transportation is one field where forward-looking Americans are examining what European, Asian and some Latin American nations have accomplished to increase mobility, reduce pollution, and strengthen the sense of community.
For twenty years, people have been tossing around the idea of closing Market to private vehicle traffic and creating a vibrant public space in its stead, but the issue has only recently grown ripe for serious consideration.