In the spring of 2017, Maureen Perisco and Matt Brezina were riding bikes together on Valencia Street in San Francisco. They were frustrated by the endless number of Ubers, taxis and delivery trucks blocking the bike lane. Maureen said, “We should do Hands Around America, but next to the bike lane. If the city won’t protect us, we will protect our own.” And that evening, People Protected was formed.
Thirty days later, the first People Protected action took place on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco during a morning commute. 20+ people showed up, stood on the line, and kept cars out of the bike lane. Since that date, the People Protected effort has resulted in the installation of protected bike lanes on Upper Market street in San Francisco, $150k in funding for the Valencia Bicycle safety project, and upcoming projects on Howard and Townsend streets. Participants in People Protected include State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblyman David Chiu, Mayor London Breed, and Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Jane Kim. People Protected has expanded to 20+ cities around the world including actions in Mexico City, Berlin, New York City, Portland, Dublin and more.
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