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SFPD Chief Sees Streets of San Francisco by Bike

7:01 AM PDT on March 29, 2010

(Chief Beck, you got next? - DN)

Back in September 2009, when Streetsblog San Francisco editor Bryan Goebel interviewed
newly arrived SFPD Chief George Gascón, he invited him out for a bike
ride. Gascón accepted. Sixth months later, we're pleased to report that
the chief made good on his promise.

With Andy Thornley of the San Francisco Bike Coalition
serving as a trusty guide, Gascón embarked on a short, breezy excursion
from the Marina, exploring the local streets for a couple of miles.
 The chief's message isn't complicated. "We all need to co-exist," and
motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists need to respect each other's
rights and safety, he says.  He's working toward fostering that goal
through education and establishing a liaison to the cycling community.

Though the ride was a historic first in San Francisco and a step
forward for mutual understanding, it was also seen as more of a starter
ride. Advocates hope to take the chief on a grittier bike trip --
perhaps down bustling Market Street -- in a few months.

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