tv Government Access Programming SFGTV May 23, 2018 11:00pm-12:00am PDT
>> good morning. my name is claudine cheng, and thank you so much for coming to the asian pacific american heritage month press conference. we do this every year before the month of may or at the outset of the month of may so that we can bring our communities together. so this year, 2018, we are very excited because we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of asian pacific american heritage month. it is a created federal law of this country that every year we get to celebrate our culture and our heritage in the month of may because of a law that was adopted by the congress of the united states and siphgnedt that time by president jimmy carter that designate the month
of may for our celebration. so we are actually happy that we are here for the 40th in san francisco. i remember about a year back, in -- in a sister city trip that i had the pleasure of taking with our former mayor, ed lee, we were talking at that time -- i think the trip was in march. we were in the ho chi minh sister city. we were talking about oh, the 40th anniversary was coming up, and mayor lee said, how can we make it a greater celebration? we should get all the major agencies in the city involved. we could make it very big. i said great idea. it was very unfortunate that mayor lee would not be with us here this year, however, i think following his vision, we are very happy for the 40th anniversary. we now have four additional -- in addition to the asian heritage foundation, we have four additional partners in the city. the representatives are here today, the asian pacific fund.
audrey yamamoto, the san francisco public library with the 27 branchs, and director michaels is here. and my favorite cam fest, stephen gaung anasazi. this is the year that they have moved from march to may, and we are so excited for the two weeks the fest is going on, they are really gung ho for our apa heritage fest this year, so we are very happy that you made the move. so we are very happy to be here, and with the information you can take when you leave here. i think cam fest have the book here. the san francisco library have a lovely publication also that
will be in all the 27 branchs, and the asian art museum, and they are also one of our celebration partners. for the 40th anniversary, we are very excited. for the first time, we are able to put banners around the civic center plaza, so you will see our apa banner proudly displayed including one in front of the asian art museum. so with these five organizations together, i think we are having the best celebration that we ever had, and we want to thank the mayor's office of neighborhood services because with ashley cheng and her team, and jason here, we are able for the first time to compile a whole month of calendar of events that happen in the city for the whole month, so their copies of the master calendar there, so please take a copy, and they're also available on our website. we are very honored to have mayor mark farrell with us today. mayor farrell, since becoming
mayor, have been all over the place, and he has joined us for the lunan new year's celebration parade. last week, he was at the cherry blossom parade, and he was really an example of embracing the diversity in this city, and so with that, i give you mayor farrell. [applause] >> thank you, claudine. it is -- it's an honor to be here. good morning, everyone. you know, san francisco is, of course, very proud and pleased to be part of this 40th celebration of our apa heritage month here in san francisco. you know, it does make -- mark a very special year in this anniversary. as claudine mentioned, the federal legislation that really enabled this legislation, obviously something that we honor here inside of city hall. i was to give special recognition to our assess or ermen chu and supervisor katey tang who have been respected and amazing officials here in
city hall for a long time. this is particularly an honor of being here, but particularly in following in our foot steps, our late mayor ed lee. it's moments like this where you really take a pause to -- to both remember him but also know that he continues to look down on us. you know, our san francisco culture is -- it's -- we are one-third of our asian culture here in san francisco. you think about our chinese, our korean communities, our japanese community, or pill pon owe, our vietnam he's, and the other pacific islanders, really, a huge part of who we are in san francisco and really part of our dna and why i think it's so parn that we take the time, because we ol-will, but we honor this moment in time and honor this moment here in
san francisco. so i do want to say a lot of thank yous to the people that are putting this on. the asian american heritage foundation. how about a big round of applause for them. i know they're coordinating this here and many events. i do want to say to the public library, michael thank you for putting together this brochure, thank you for putting this together. really, thank you to them. i also want to recognize all of our sister city committees who are here. i've seen a number of them, those i saw a second ago, manila, osaka, our sister city community is awesome here in san francisco. we are very lucky to have them, and certainly our apa ones in particular are quite frankly huge parts of our program here in our city. you know, this year, we're fortunate that we have a number of partners and four official
ones. i want to thank the asian art museum for their partnership. i don't know if jay is here, but regardless, thank you inform jto jay and the entire team. thank you to the asian pacific fund. thank you celebrating asian american film and food fest here in san francisco as well as again, michael, the public library, for all that you do. thank you. we are in really good hands for having you here, so thank you, michael lambert. can i have a round of applause for our library here. [applause] >> the hon. mark farrell: we all love it. i want to mention our department of neighborhood services. thank you, ashley, and your team for putting on the master calendar and for doing what you do for the city of san francisco. and really happy to announce that today was going to be the presentation, the awarding of the san francisco annual award from the mayor's office of
neighborhood services, the edwin mah lee public service award today, which is incredible, not only for the announcement of it, but i will say, not to preview it, but also for the winner of it. i just think it's an amazing way to honor the legacy of mayor lee here in san francisco or just another way we can do that here in our city, and i also want to congratulate the four organizations that are being honored for all their service and hard work on behalf of our entire city. so look forward to seeing everyone at the awards event, at the herbst theater next week, and i just want to say thank you everyone for being here today to come together as a city. i just think this is such an important part of not only what we do in san francisco, but this is who we are. we celebrate our diversity, we honor it, we recognize it, and we honor the heros that really make it work here in san francisco. so thank you all for being here. congratulations, again, thank you to all of the participants and the partners here, and really, again, in advance, really, really excited and think it's such a special tribute that we have the first
ed lee public service award today and to the winner to be, congratulations in advance. so thank you, everybody, and with that, ashley, i have a certificate of honor for you. so i'm seeing claudine -- ashley, you can come up to. claudine, come on up. [inaudibl [inaudible] >> the hon. mark farrell: yeah, any foundation members, come on up. [applause] >> thank you, thank you, mayor
farrell. i'm wondering if everybody that has a press packet is actually over there, so if you don't have one, pick one up because we have good information in here. the next item on agenda is board of supervisors greetings, but i know that the members of the board might want to congratulate the winner of the first annual edwin mah lee public service award, so i feel that maybe we'll just do it now. so at the end of the last year, when the committee met to think about our next program, we really felt that the best way to honor the legacy of our mayorly w mayor lee was to remember the examples that he had kped pers identified, being humble in the people without seeking recognition, but being very effective. so we setup this edwin mah lee
public service award, which is up for public nomination. we received really quite a few wonderful nominations. a lot of people in this city have been doing so many m magnifice magnificent things that represent san francisco. so after all this, we get to score on the voting cut, and this year, after we counted all the votes, there was no question that one person's vote had really risen up above all the others, and we are very, very excited to announce that our assessor, carmen chu, is that person. [applause] >> so i know carmen will be giving her acceptance speech next wednesday, but you're welcome to say a couple of words if you -- [applause] >> i think that was claudine's
code speak for say something very short. i will just simply say that i am incredibly honored, and i'm very humble to receive the first ever edwin m. lee award. to me, there was no greater public servant, someone who dedicated his entire life to public service, in ways that were public, i think behind the scenes where many of us didn't even know he was working on things. so you know, i just simply want to say for many of us in public service, katey, myself, our commissioners, the men and women who work for the city and county of san francisco, we do this because we love the city, and we do that because we care about san francisco. so i couldn't be more honored to receive this award and recognition, and i do that on behalf of all of the public servants who work alongside me. thank you. [applause] >> so back to greetings from the board of supervisors,
supervisor katy tang. >> supervisor tang: well, good morning, everyone. it's so nice to see everyone here, and of course it's a start by saying let's all give claudine cheng a round of applause. [applause] >> supervisor tang: and of course everyone she works with, the different volunteers, from the different city departments, the different companies that partner with us. i know that this year, she was really focused on trying to make this a really special 40th celebration. heard her at the beginning to trying to make the cam fest at the same time, working with the department to make sure that everybody knows in san francisco what's going on in the month of may, and to see it all being pulled together, i know a lot of hard work went into it. i want to thank all of the volunteers for all the work that you've done. i want to say growing up in san francisco in the sunset district, i really took it fore granted. growing up in a heavily asian district where there were a lot
of immigrant families, grew up in a very diverse city. i don't think i realized until our current president who was in place got elected how fortunate i was in san francisco. when there's a lot of politics going on in terms of our communities and diversity, these kinds of celebrations are important. lastly, i want to thank carmen chu for being a wonderful mentor of mine. bringing me up in public office. she set a great example of both publicly and privately, most importantly, so i think she's incredibly deserving of the new edwin m. lee ard with -- awar congratulations, carmen, and thank you all. >> are there any other members of the board here? i think i understand that a couple may be on their way. so moving forward, before we announce our -- our community
milestone honorees, i just wanted to say that this celebration would not have happened without the support of a wide range of organizations. i'm -- we are so proud that this year of the sponsoring organizations with us. we actually have 21 businesses and 22 nonprofits. it's amazing the support that we have from the community, and we really appreciate. this is our sponsorship board here. we wanted to thank first and foremost, alaska airlines. they're this year our heritage champion sponsor. we want to thank kikkoman, uber, wells fargo, and these are a list of businesses year after year after year that come in because they feel that the asian american community is really important, and as i said all the nonprofit organizations, there's nothing more important to us than
having the support from the grassroots, and it means a lot to us when the nonprofits are supporting us as equal number as the businesses. it's really, really wonderful. so thank you so much, and all of our sponsors are listed on our website, so go visit. now comes the time -- so every year, we -- of honoring organizations at least 25 years and up and has been around 25 years and have been promoting and involved in the education, promotion and preservation of asian american culture and heritage. this year we have four such organizations that have been brought to our attention and after reviewing their mission and how much impact that they have been having in the city, we are very, very happy to be honoring these four organizations. so i would like to at this time ask the members of our awards committee to join me, marian, dennis and jeanette.
each one of them will be introducing one organization. [applause] >> hi, everyone. good morning, and i am -- my name is dennis yee, and i am the cochair of the awards committee. and i'll be introducing the chinese historical society of america that is celebrating their 55th milestone -- anniversary milestone. this is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the promotion and preservation of historical and -- history and contributions of chinese in america through expositions, publication and educational and public programs. one of the major exhibitions was remembering 1882 because it was significant in its impact in leading the apologies by congress for the chinese exclusion act, and i am here to introduce the board president of chinese historical society of america.
[applause] >> thank you, dennis. the chinese historical society of america was founded 55 years ago for the spisk purpose of promoting, honor -- specific purpose of promoting, honoring and sharing the his of san francisco's chinatown and its chinese american community. which is why now it's particularly graduate identifying to be recognized with this honor on this 40th anniversary of the asian pacific heritage month celebrations and by san francisco's asian pacific american heritage foundation. i particularly want to thank the foundation and claudine as president in particular for thinking of us. i also want to take a moment to thank mayor farrell, who came to our gala four weeks ago and spoke and honored us with his presence. also, supervisor katy tang gave us the opportunity to do our
last exhibit just this past fall of chinese americans in sunset. any way, i just wanted to say that the -- this kind of recognition will give us the inspiration, encouragement to move on into our next 55 years, where we hope to expand the presence of chinese history outside of san francisco and share what we have here with the region, with the state, and the rest of the country. any way, thank you very much. [applause] >> bring this back down to my level here. good morning. my name is marry nicely, and i'm a cochair of the awards committee, and i am pleased to recognize the milestone honoree, the nihomachi street fair, on their 45th anniversary. so formerly founded to provide mentorship and leadership to
japanese youth and honor japanese culture, it has grown into an event celebrating the entire apa community. so i am pleased to announce and have join me, please welcome executive director grace horakiti who has been leading the street fair for almost 20 years. >> thank you, mary, for the great introduction. we are so pleased to receive this milestone recognition by the asian pa tisk american heritage foundation. street fair, you know, as mary said, started out as a four booth operation. now there's over 100 participants participating. our mission has always been to encourage young people and provide them with leadership skills so that one day they can go out and being kpach wills in
approximate our society. i am an example. i started out as a kid. they told me to volunteer selling t-shirts, and now executive director, so we look forward to hitting that 50 years, which is not too far away, and also, a huge congratulations to the asian pacific american heritage month. you know, for 40 years, that's a huge milestone in itself. so thank you very much, and hope to see you all august 4th and 5th. thank you. [applause] >> hello, and good morning. my name is jeanette addy, and i am here to provide the award committee. the featured the pill peen owe culture, various type of --
filipino dances, food, and exhibits, so i'm here to introduce to you the president of a.p.e., al perez. >> thank you, jeannie. good morning, everyone. my name is al perez, and i'm so proud to be here to represent the pistahan parade and festival. i'm here joined by genevieve, who is the festival director, and john who is the parade director. the pistahan is definitely a labor of love, and i cannot do it alone, so i really thank them for their support. for 25 years, the annual pistahan parade and festival has showcased the best in art, dance, and food in yerba buena gardens in the heart of san francisco. this year, the pistahan parade
kicks off the event on may 11th. it marchs along from civic center to yerba buena gardens. the two day celebration of food, culture and cuisine will be held on may 11 and 12. the festival will feature the popular balut eating contest, artists and merchandise from local antre e pinoys. the pistahan was founded by the filipino arts exposition -- the
pistahan parade and festival continues to be held at the yerba buena gardens since its inception 25 years ago out of the communities activism to honor, preserve and celebrate the enduring legacy of the filipino community's struggles, t triumphs and community in the heart of san francisco. again, thank you for this honor, and i invite you all to join us for the pistahan conference, may 11th and 12. >> thank you, commissioner perez. so the last and fourth organization that we are going to honor actually is not one of our typical asian american organizations. the san francisco similymphony
youth orchestra has been around 55 years. we think about them, and the fact is we look and always think and talking about opportunities for young asian pacific americans, and the youth orchestra has given so much opportunity for young asian american musicians to be part of that is really immense, contributions from the symphony, so that's why we feel it's really right for us to honor the san francisco symphony orchestra. with us today is the director of education and diversity with the symphony. >> good morning. thank you. we are so honored to be included among the organizations recognized by the apa. we believe music is a wonderful way to bring together or diverse communities. the san francisco symphony is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its internationally
acclaimed youth orchestra this year which commits itself to providing preprofessional orchestraal training to the most talented young musicians across the greater bay area. founded in 1981, it brings students to davies symphony haul each week for hours of rehearsals, mentors and coaching from our own san francisco symphony musicians and even the occasional opportunity to work with distinguished guest artists like yo-yo ma, and all of this is provided tuition free so that there is no economic barrier to any young musician who is committed to working hard and dedicating him or herself to the r igors of working and playing in an orchestra. many of them have gone onto careers in national symphonies, and even those who have not chosen to pursue a career have
benefited greatly from the high demands necessary to play an instrument. the youth orchestra also serves our community by providing free open rehearsals to our seniors, many free tickets to our students and affordable ticket prices to the general public, so if you would like to see your faith in the future restored, i would invite you to all to hear one of the great gems of our city and come to the final concert of the season, may 7th at davies hall. we hope to see all of you there. thank you so much. proximate cause. [applause] >> we actually have the opportunity to hear some of the youth orchestra at our celebration next wednesday. so again, thank you to the four organizations and thank you for
[applause] >> thank you. i will be remiss if any introduce thomas lee and al perez. thank you for your hard work, al and thomas. so in closing, i would like to invite thomas and angela pang, head of our public relations and media relations to come up and talk about our event next wednesday, which i'm very happy to let you know, actually, our rsvp is over capacity right now. >> that's amazing. >> thomas. >> so we have over 1,000 people rsvp' rsvp'ed to our event. angela, would you like to tell us a little about our entertainment? skbl yeah. we're going to have an amazing lineup for you. we have straight jacket. they're going to be performing. we also have members of our san francisco youth orchestra in
attendance. they'll be performing, as well. we'll have an amazing cultural progression highlighting the diversion of the asian community. >> we would like to thank rose chung for leading that celebration and inviting the community to join us on stage. but after our awards ceremony, we'll be having a little party inside city hall at the rotunda, and we'll be entertained by maddie b., who will be singing for us, and having raffle drawings throughout the event. so be sure to purchase a raffle ticket. >> also, who loves food? we'll have amazing asian food event, so we invite you to come after our awards presentation, may 5th, we're looking forward
to seeing you. >> we'd like to thank all of our food sponsors who make our complementary event possible, and pulling this together, we'd like to thank our media sponsor, kayla events. thank you so much. we look forward to seeing you on may 2nd, but don't forget to pick up a full events list, with all the events happening in may celebrating asian heritage month. >> we have full events, along with information about our awards winners. so thank you all. >> thank you. [applause] >> thank you, everyone for being here, and see you all next wednesday. thank you.
>> today is bike to work today. do san francisco's official holiday to celebrate people biking and it's the biggest biggest such event in the country. [laughter] and busy bike lanes we saw this morning on our ride -- ride through town. we expect thousands of people across our city art commuting by bikes for fun today. someone who bikes every day, i want to welcome those two the event. let's give all of our first time riders are round of applause. [cheering and applause] [laughter]
>> and of course i want to thank all of those of you at that bulk every day. every day is bike to work day for you. so this morning, mayor farrell and i wrote to city hall on a newly constructed protected by clean on church street. the first protected bike lane in the tenderloin. [cheering and applause] >> church street as an example of the kind of infrastructure we can build quickly when city leaders, community members and people who bike come together and focus on solutions. i want to recognize the sfmta, the san francisco fire department, public works on supervisor jane kim for finding a way forward in response to our members who spoke out loudly for the need to protect bike lanes on church. in the last few weeks, was also seen protected bike lanes constructed on upper market street and eighth street. and more are on the way. [cheering and applause] >> that's not only good news for good people -- good news for people who bike, it is good news
for our city and our planet. we're facing a big challenge, globally and locally. from climate change, to an affordability crisis. and getting more people to bike can be part of the solution to those problems. and many more. san francisco can continue to lead the way showing other cities around our country and the world t count how to provide the best infrastructure for people who bike. and individual standing on the steps with me will be the ones who lead us in that direction. we will need to continue the cooperative spirit that helped deliver church street if we want to see even more transformative projects like better market street break ground next year. [cheering and applause] >> protective bike lanes on market from here to octavia promise to invite thousands of more people daily to choose to bike and transform the experience of getting around our city. it's true, san francisco's transportation landscape is
changing. it has to. as a city, we will never achieve the ambitious policy goals like a vision zero or a climate change goal without getting more people out of cars. and that won't happen until people of all ages and abilities feel safe doing so. the challenges ahead of us are clear. and so are the solutions. i look forward to working with those who have gathered here today to continue to get more protected bike lanes built across the city in order to reach vision zero and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. we have proven that working together, we can make it happen. i want to thank our over 10,000 members for supporting a vision for a safe, just and sustainable city. bike to work day is a day to get a glimpse of what realizing that a vision looks like. and i want to thank our over 250 volunteers today who are out making bike to work they happenn out on our streets. [cheering and applause]
thanks to everyone here for your commitments to bold visions and practical solutions. thanks for joining us in this celebration and thank you for biking together today. so without further ado i would like to bring to the microphone mayor mark farrell. [cheering and applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you. thank you brian. everyone have a good bike to work day? [cheering and applause] >> listen i want to thank the entire contingency that was with me starting at the ferry building this morning. we had an awesome time -- awesome time and we listen to it great speech by mohammed numero and we came up with both protective bike lanes. who's written notes before on church street? they are amazing. i want to say thank you to the people who advocated for that and special thanks to the bicycle coalition. they are making a huge difference and it is awesome to ride up them. i want to say in the city we have so many leaders behind me that will speak, but as a city, we are moving forward, you know, we had a goal at that mayor lee talked about for years about
having 50 % of our streets be sustainable by 2020. we are exceeding that already. fifty-four % this year which is awesome. the proud thing is is that we will move that target to 80 % of our trip will be sustainable. [applause] >> mayor farrell: let's make sure that all of us redouble our commitments to not only be part of days like this but really be part of the advocacy to make sure that the rest of san francisco understands how awesome today is that every day can be just like this here in the city of san francisco. thank you everyone for coming today. have a great rest of your day. [applause] >> thank you mr mayor. we want to hear from the president of the board of trade of supervisors. >> good morning everybody. you know when i first became a member of the board of supervisors, i fought to make sure that this bike lane was completed ahead of schedule and i was really proud of that work. but we all know there is more work to do. yesterday i was with the people
from protected bike lanes on market and void. do we need protected bike lanes everywhere in the city and county of san francisco. [cheering and applause] what is most important as a city changes in and as a cit the city grows, we need to make sure everything we -- we do everything we can so people travel safely and people who are walking feel safe and people who are backing feel safe in the city and county of san francisco. and i'm committed to continuing the effort to add more protected bike lanes all over the city and county of san francisco so we feel safe on our bikes and we want to use them more in this great city. i look forward to making the changes that i know we need and thank you all for being here today. [cheers and applause] >> if i could have supervisor stephanie and form district to. >> thank you it is great to be
back on my road bike. i have done many miles in races but i have not been on the streets in san francisco twee match because i've been scared that they haven't been safe enough. today's ride with the district to contingent was so wonderful. to show that, you know, what we are doing in san francisco to make biking safer is actually working. it is so great to be with the chief of the presidio trust and my colleagues in the bike coalition. we have to do so much more to keep our city safe and for bicyclists and i am so excited again to get on my bike this morning and actually bike to work. thank you so much bigger look forward to doing it again. [applause] >> thank you. all the way from the west side of the city supervisor katie tang worked. >> yeah, where are the sunset writers? where are you? yes! i think we were the second furthest today. i think we got here first. i want to thank nancy and joe
for getting us here safely and on time. you've born wonderful members of the bike coalition. thank you. i looked back to when my brother and i first were growing up in the sunset i always had to ride on the sidewalks because it was so dangerous. but now, and especially with my supervisors on by -- writing bike to work day, there are new improvements on the roads and i'm thankful for that. this is the first year i got to ride over a race across watch. it's really great for all of us in different modes of transportation to bring us together. it's really fun and i want to thank everyone for joining us today. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you so much. next district six supervisor supervisor jane kim. [cheers and applause] >> thank you brian and thank you for that san francisco bike coalition for organizing this world recognized event in north america. every single year. but most importantly, thank you for the advocacy that you and your thousands of members do
every year to make our cities safer for all of us and also to make is a more environmentally friendly city. on our bike contingent ride today we got to ride our protected bike lane on the full some, on seventh and finally on church street. [cheers and applause] i am so proud of the work that we have been able to do in coalition with the members of the bike coalition to fight for the most protected bike lanes here in san francisco in one of the downtown area. we are currently working on folk street, second street and we have much more to do. but i know that in order to get more people out of their cars and onto alternate modes of transit, we need to build more protected bike lanes tech support bike share and other modes of share transit, and also to support bike parking so you know that your bike will be secure when you get to the location that you want to go to. [cheers and applause] i live very close to work so it's a little bit of cheating,
but i do get to bike regularly to city hall and i can tell you it has an incredible way to get to work. and is an incredible way to be connected to your neighbourhood, to help activate the communities that we are a part of and to be one less car on the road. i'm committed to doing this and committed to making sure we become a carbon neutral sitting here in the city and county of san francisco and we can do that with bikes. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] >> thank you supervisor kim. next up let's hear from supervisor hilary ronan. >> good morning everyone. i have a knee condition so i do not ride my bike, but my husband talk with my daughter on the back rides to work every single day. aren't every single day, i say a little prayer because the two most important people in my life are riding a bike from our house all the way to seventh and bryant. i want to see the day where i am just as easy going left in them
ride their bikes as i am taking the bus or driving in the city. i know that we will get them together. so happy bike to work day everyone. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. next we have melia cone. >> good morning. is today not a beautiful day? look at this. the sun is shining down on san francisco. happy bike to work day! i just want you to know, my crew and i just rolled in. we are putting the bayview on the map. and every year, i love riding my bike to work because it is a humbling experience. you are navigating the traffic packs a bike traffic, the current traffic and all of the construction down there, it is remarkable. i am setting before you as a warrior, a bike worrier, i have conquered that route and i want to give a shout out to everyone,
especially my little buddy julia who had a nice ride this morning. she enjoyed herself. bike coalition, amazing work. thank you. it is amazing to see how the pure 17 project in the mission bay area and how it transforms in a couple of years. and i am telling you, we need to have sensitivity training for every driver in the city and county of san francisco. [laughter] when you go to renew that driver's license, you need to spend at least 15-20 minutes on a bike lane. just to create the sensitivity and awareness so that we can share the road. nonetheless, do you like that? [laughter] it occurred to me as -- as i was navigating down there by mission bay. i said we need to share the road, we need to share in the left. nonetheless i want to say thank you for all of you bikers that have made a voice in this world and who have advocated for protected bike lanes and advocated for us to clean up the terrible and advocated for bike
safe passages all through the city and county of san francisco. i just want to say thank you. i love you. [applause] >> a true bike worrier. thank you. supervisor from district 11. >> that is a tough act to follow. she has a lot of energy. in fact, i think we should have her ride to work every day. [laughter] she is in the best mood i've seen in a long time. all right! riding to work as a special experience, i have to say, i wanted to give a big cha-cha-cha ocean cyclery and the group who rode from the excelsior today. that was a wonderful experience for me. we rode down the protective bike lanes. thank god there is a productive bike lane. we hit valencia we made it to city hall. i have to doing that. [cheers and applause] and we've been advocating we are going to have
improvements on geneva. we will have improvements on mission street and we are going to expand the opportunity and encourage people from the farthest parts of san francisco to precipitate -- participate in biking all over san francisco and feel safe. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. i want to take a minute to hear from our former state senator. [cheers and applause] >> thank you bryant and thank you bicycle coalition. this is remarkable. for those of us who are around for the first bike lanes on pope street and valencia, almost 20 years ago, to see the protected bike lanes, to see the expansiveness of our bike network, the green lanes, not only would it have been a dream, it would have been a prophetic vision. thank you bicycle coalition for making that vision come true. [cheers and applause] i also want to thank my copilot this morning. [cheers and applause]
we were on a bicycle built for two. and copilot think that with raphael give me a whole new perspective of his backside. he is a real leader. [cheers and applause] recognizing the dimension, that with the greatest component of her greatest greenhouse gas emissions coming from mobile sources. everyone of you here today, you are leading us to a brighter day, fighting fund for change and while that idiot in chief in washington is taking us out of the paris accord, thank you at san francisco leadership for putting us in the paris accord and we will meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction thank you to everyone here today. [cheers and applause] >> thank you mark. i would like to bring up carmen chu. >> good morning. i have to say, you guys have the
tandem today, that in the past, anticapitalist use to give me a ride on the tandem because i can't ride a bike yet. so i just want to say i'm really excited to be here, you know, i'm a person who just learned to ride a bike in my older age. thank you. i am definitely not as comfortable writing on the streets and i think the one strategy, the only strategy that we had to get more people on bikes and to get more people to see the neighbourhoods the way that we see them when we are walking or biking is to make the streets safer. why kate this past year i was able to go to ireland and when i was there, i was able to go on a bike ride with supervisor tang. the only reason i was able to do it was because there was almost nobody around, no cars around, and no one would you worried if i hit them living in the wrong direction. so that being said, i have to say that riding a bike, especially if you didn't go up riding a bike is really hard for me, i know that i would be much
more comfortable getting on the streets of san francisco, on a bike if i were street lanes are safer for cyclists and cars and pedestrians. so i want to thank you to the bike coalition for doing this event every year. thank you thank you thank you making sure we remember and we are fighting always always to make sure our streets are safe for everybody to use, hopefully next year one of these days i will be able to ride on my own on bike to work day. [laughter] thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. we will hear from some of the wonderful leaders of our city department to help plan and build the bike lanes we have been talking about but before we hear from them i want to recognize some of the other elected officials we've got up here today. there's a turnup folks, but from the school board walton is here. [cheers and applause] from our community board of trustees. [cheers and applause] and matt haney's here from the school board as well. thank you. all right.
now i would like to bring up the head of the sfmta,. [cheers and applause] >> good morning everyone. happy bike to work today -- day. that is a collective hard act to follow but i think you can see from the leadership that we have here, from our past merit to our current mayor captain likely future mayors, the board of supervisors, want to acknowledge the chair of the sfmta board. it is that leadership that is going to get alice to 80 % sustainable trips in san francisco by 2030. it will get us to zero fatalities san francisco by 2024. this is a leadership we need while working together with sm -- sfmta and public works in the fire department, we are all working together to make it more attractive and for more people to take more trips on a bike and i would just challenge everybody today, particularly those of you for whom it was a first time
riding or the first time since last year or maybe those who haven't gotten there yet, to challenge yourself to do it more often, because it's a great way to get to work especially on a beautiful day like today. it's a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. and we want to invite more people to make more trips on bikes if we are going to make our sustainability and safety goal. thanks everybody and thanks to the staff for all the great work we are seeing in the streets to make the city safer and i hope everybody has a great bike to work day. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. accept the public works. >> happy bike to work day everyone. i just would like to join everybody onstage to say how important it is to create more bike lanes, especially protected bike lanes and bike parking and on behalf of public works, we have -- we ask our staff every day to design more lanes it for bikes. it is a fun ride.
many streets are being finished or under construction and some will soon come. we have lots of projects and more miles of bicycling that will be coming to our city. aside from bicycling, i think all of us know the most important thing is we look after this bike lanes. i want to thank the nta for their partnership. we were just able to buy some new equipment so we can get on a regular team to make sure all those bike lanes are clean and they are potholes free so we can enjoy it more cycling. [applause] and division zero, with all our work together, we will get there. by the year 20240 fatalities on all of our roads. thank you everyone. happy bike to work day. >> thank you. from our county transportation authority i want to bring up the executive director. >> good morning everyone and congratulations bike coalition
and everyone for being here. thank you and have a great, we will have a great day all over the city. i want to thank you and represent the transportation authority as well as supervisor e.g. from our corner. we want to thank the bike coalition on all of our partners are putting on this event as well as events throughout the year. we just had bike and roll to school week. hundreds of schools or i arounde city participated. we are also trading projects throughout the city using our sales tax and thank you to the voters. i mean it is citywide and we'll keep doing it with your help. thank you very much. >> thank you. my friend from the recreation and parks department, that general manager. >> good morning everybody. what a beautiful day. i wanted to say thank you to the bike coalition. we are so proud of the parks
department to partner with all of you. i loved that bike corral and the newly reinvigorated civic centre plaza. we are building more bike trails uplink bike racks and parks. we have safety bike routes in mclaren park and in golden gate park, what do we want? we want one bikes and fewer cars. [cheers and applause] >> thank you for your work and our partnership with public works and mta and that transportation authority on ensuring we've got safe routes part which is a big important piece of this and very last but not -- not least, a special shout out to mike fellow members and founders of it san francisco by coalition team! [cheers and applause] >> thank you. i talked about the protected bike lane on church street and the partnership it took to make it happen. i want to bring up the chief of the san francisco fire department and recognize a fire department for the role in making that happen. >> thank you very much.
good morning everyone. beautiful day here in san francisco. happy bike to work day. thank you for the coalition for their efforts and their partnership. i know sometimes we seem like the department is not easy to work with. i'll acknowledge there are competing interests but everyone has a shared goal around keeping everyone safe and matter what mode of transportation you are using. we are the first responders to any incident and we obviously want to minimize ther those. we want to acknowledge that the nta, we have some wonderful time working collectively and collaboratively on these street projects and he is here today. the captain is doing a great job for us. [applause] >> we also have a standing behind me, the poster child for the fire department, we are hoping to grow that group and that is a firefighter, who has a family and he bikes to work to every firehouse he goes to. he uses his bike. thank you for being a role model for all of west. we also work closely with d.p.w. with a shared goal a vision
zero. we are working towards that. we are improving each and every day. the main topic that we always like to say is awareness. situational awareness. whether you're walking, biking or driving. make sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones while you're out on the busy busy streets. thank you very much and stay safe. >> thank you. another one of our vision zero partners i want to bring up. [applause] >> all right good morning everyone. on behalf of chief scott in the entire san francisco police department i want to wish everybody a happy bike to work day. yes! [cheers and applause] i got to put my special uniform on and got to ride on a bicycle and is just like being a kid in san francisco. it was just as fun. i also wanted to thank brian and the bicycle coalition for your partnership. brian reached out to us right away and i got to ride to work with brian today. that was a lot of fun. i would like to thank the california highway patrol that are here today.
around of applause for that t.h.c. we are all about public safety and making sure our streets are safe and as a police officer we have roles to make sure everyone is safe. i would like to say -- see more officers on bicycles on patrol. we saw a lot of officers on bicycles on market street today and we could do much better in that area. with that, have a great bike to work day. thank you very much. >> thank you. thank you i also want to recognize the california highway patrol with here today. thank you for keeping our highways safe. it is now my favourite part of bike to work day. we get to announce our bike friendly business award winners we have three of them this year. name was already called but i also want to recognize jean fraser clicked the ceo of the presidio trust. they are one of the bike friendly businesses this year. [cheers and applause] it is an amazing place to ride a bike and we have jean to thank for keeping it bike friendly. two other companies that are
bike friendly award winners this year. california pacific medical centre. gives them a round of applause. [cheers and applause] and our friends at page beyond. thank you for baking -- biking for word -- to work. and finally someone who has been a bit of a hero for me this year, learning more about your story and her road to recovery and getting back on the bike, our bike commuter of the year maggie? congratulations. [cheers and applause] okay one final round of things to reserve city hall steps for us on the equipment today and that is its. everybody ride today and how they happy bike to work day. it is a beautiful day to ride a bike in san francisco. thanks so much. [cheers and applause] [♪]