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SFPD Chief Gascón Rides the Streets of San Francisco on a Bicycle

Back in the September 2009, when SF Streetsblog editor Bryan Goebel interviewed then-new SFPD Chief George Gascón, he invited him out for a bike
ride.  Guess what?  It really happened.

Andy Thornley from the San Francisco
Bike Coalition
served as our trusty guide, bringing the Chief on a
short, breezy excursion through the Marina - exploring the local grid for a
couple of miles. The Chief's message to everyone was a simple one, "we
all need to co-exist" and motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists need to
respect each other's rights and safety.  He is working towards fostering
that goal through education and establishing a liaison to the cycling
community.

Believed to be the first ride with a sitting SFPD Chief, advocates hoped it marked a spirit of mutual understanding between the agency and the cycling community. Gascón committed to another ride in a few months. He said he and his wife plan on purchasing bikes soon.

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