Supervisor Avalos Would Like to See Public Bike Pump Stations in SF
I am very interested in having the pump stations installed and will be working with the MTA to move forward on them. I believe cyclists have an enormous interest in the stations.
I can't tell you how many times I have been in need of a little air while being in parts of SF without a pump nearby. The stations will also help to encourage greater cycle amenities throughout the city, encouraging greater bicycle use.
Avalos became even more interested in the idea after a constituent, Adam Burgess, wrote to him, relaying his flat tire experience at Ellis and Franklin on his way to Golden Gate Park:
In that area there are no gas stations and thus no air pumps. The closest gas station was at Pine and Franklin, but I was not ready to walk my bicycle up that hill. So, I walked my bike to Divisadero and Fell (the direction I should be headed) where an air pump cost me 75 cents.
Burgess, in his letter to the Board of Supervisors, explained that he got used to public bike bumps while living in Japan:
I lived in Yokohama for a year before moving to SF, a "sister city" of SF, according to wikipedia.org. There is a large amount of bicycle commuters in Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan and they do provide public air pumps. Thus, I am comparing my last residency with my current home.
Some of the bike pump stations could also double as bike racks. Avalos said he's been told by the MTA they're pretty busy working on the the much-anticipated implementation of the Bike Plan, but he's been assured bike staffers will look into it after the bike injunction is lifted.
"This is one of those creative policy ideas we will consider for the future," said MTA spokesperson Judson True. "Right now our focus is on completing the EIR and preparing to implement the Bike Plan."
What do you think? Would you like to see bike pump stations around the city?