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San Francisco May Require Safe Bike Parking For Workers

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – One of the strongest pro-bicyclist laws in the country could soon be adopted in San Francisco. It would require owners of commercial buildings in San Francisco to provide secure bicycle parking for employees.

A large number of city workers commute by bike, and that means a lack of parking once they get there. Many cyclists want to avoid bike racks on the streets all together because there are so many thieves. Some employers let their workers park inside the office, or at the back of the store, but that may only work for one bike.

As a reult, Supervisor John Avalos has introduced the Employee Bike Access Bill, which would require employers to give their workers a safe place to park their bikes.

KCBS' Rebecca Corral Reports:

"We have worked closely with the building owners and managers association, the advocacy group for the buildings downtown, and we designed this legislation with their input and their support," said Avalos.

Avalos said that he envisions a future where one in five trips in San Francisco is by bike.

"We have a policy in San Francisco that we would have 20 percent bike trips by the year 2020, so part of getting to that goal is to really provide the infrastructure in the city through bike lanes, through outreach programs promoting cycling, and through conditions in our buildings and workplaces that promote cycling as well," said Avalos.

The Employee Bike Access Bill has already been approved by the Supervisors' Public Safety Committee.

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