Bike to Work Westside!bike to work photo

Bike to Work Day is coming May 14! And while the hills of the Westside may not seem like the ideal terrain for bicycling, you may find it easier than you expect. Living on the slopes of Mt Davidson with my office at sea level in SOMA, I have a long climb home everyday, to be sure. But the morning commute is smooth, sweatless, and at less than 20 minutes, it’s faster than driving a car! And even my 40-minute evening workout/commute comes out ahead of driving when I factor in the gym time saved. Meanwhile, I save money on gas, I can run errands downtown with no parking hassles, and I come home feeling tired in a good way rather than stressed out from traffic. If you’re still not sure about safety, join the Commuter Convoy leaving Creighton’s Bakery at 7:45 AM on Bike to Work Day and try it with some backup! Or learn to be safe and confident at one of the Bicycle Coalition’s Urban Cycling Workshops. Because on the Westside, you can have your quiet streets and bike them too.

For more information on Bike to Work Day, see

Wes McCullough lives on Portola Drive on the West side.

May 2009