On June 2nd 2018 I was able to ride electric bikes with Adam Vollmer (founder) and Thomas Whitaker (head of marketing) of Faraday Bikes in San Francisco from Civic Center up to Bernal Heights for an excellent view o the city. We met with a member of the bicycle coalition and talked about the painted lanes, protected bicycle lanes, and the green wave (where stop lights are timed to make it easy for bicycles to keep moving).
We each rode a Faraday model including the Porteur, Porteur S, and new Porteur S Civic Edition which I have reviewed separately at this was just something fun we decided to do before I left town and I thought it would be neat to film and share for those who have never visited.
Points of interest: The ride began in SoMa (South of Market) at Faraday HQ. We saw a bunch of Lime electric kickscooters that some computer science kids from UT Austin were riding. We spotted a city building that is LEED certified as sustainable. There was some heavy traffic in sections of the ride, we were out around Noon. I passed several bikeshare racks and saw some of the Ford Go electric bikes. Adam hadn’t slept for like 18 hours but did very well. We passed the UBER headquarters building near Market Street. It was getting close to Pride Week so we saw a bunch of rainbow flags all over the City. In the distance, we saw Twin Peaks and Diamond Heights, the mountain with a big radio antenna on top was Mount Sutro. The first major stop was the SF Bike Coalition where we met with Chris Cassidy (communications director / spokesperson). He was wearing a Lumos helmet. The Coalition has 10,000+ members who are working towards physically protected bike lanes from Embarcadero and Valencia. The goal is to improve safety and enjoyability of cycling in San Francisco. We rode along Folsom Street “the green wave” on the way down and saw all of the trees from the top of Bernal Heights. Apparently there is an event on the first Friday of each month in SF called Bike Party in the evening. Our second stop was the New Wheel. Adam is 6’1″ and weighs about 175 lbs but we all made it 4+ miles to the top of Bernal Heights just using ~15% of the batteries on our Faraday ebikes (two of 14 bars). When heading to the New Wheel, we rode down Cortland Avenue which is a street that the Faraday Cortland step-thru model was named after! Adam explained that the white Faraday is colored after Carl the Fog with International Orange stripes for the Golden Gate Bridge.