Newsom: Businesses love bike racks 

Mayor Gavin Newsom touted bike racks and business this week. Outside 9-month old Mission District restaurant Flour + Water, Newsom celebrated the 175th bike rack installed since an injunction on bicycle improvements was lifted in November.

Apparently, most of the new racks were requested by businesses. The MTA plans to add another 600 bike racks by the end of the year to accommodate a growing number of cyclists.

In the last three years, as the injunction has prevented city planners from laying down as much as a stripe on the road, the number of people bicycling in San Francisco has increased by 50 percent, according to Leah Shahum of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

And as for starting a business during a recession, like the hip restaurant Newsom spoke in front of this week for his YouTube address, the mayor thinks it’s a sign of strength.

“They say the most successful businesses open up during a recession, because if you can get through this, the sky’s the limit,” Newsom said.

 

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