Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Free Food Drives People Out Of Their Cars

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The way to a driver’s car keys is through their stomach.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is hoping to coax drivers out of their cars and onto their bikes with their Free Gas Fridays movement.

Every Friday, volunteers for the effort hit the streets of the Bay City and hand out free fair trade coffee, tea, and bagels to bikers from “Fuel Up Stations” set up in town.

SFBC executive director Leah Shahum thinks the free food will get car-bound commuters hungry enough to try biking to work everyday, since half the driving done in San Fran is two miles or less.

She says, “It’s funny how far free food can go! We want to thank those who choose to bike, and give them the encouragement to keep going.”

Shahum says drivers often stop at the stations and end up “riding off into the sun” with a biker, becoming cyclists from that day on.

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