You've probably heard of Bike to Work day: the one day a year when local politicians pedal to work and local bike commuters get free tote bags while pedestrians don't even get so much as a free Luna bar. That will all get flipped on its head this Friday, when San Francisco becomes the first city in the nation to officially launch a Walk to Work Day.
Like Bike to Work day, various locations around the city will hosting freebies for anyone who participates. Unlike Bike to Work day, most of the free goodies are just cups of coffee. Walkers who show up to one of the hubs listed below between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. Friday morning and tell the staff they're walking to work can cash in on the free coffee and get a Clipper card loaded with bus fare home. (Because it's not walk home from work day, apparently.)
- Paramount Group, Inc.: Free Clif Bars and Starbucks coffee, corner of Market Street and Spear
- Ritual Coffee Roasters: Free coffee for first 150 participants, Octavia Street at Hayes
- Réveille Coffee Co.: Free coffee for first 50 participants, Columbus Avenue at Kearny
- Peet’s Coffee and Tea: $1 off coupons, Market at Second Street
- Philz Coffee: 10% off all coffee drinks, 24th Street at Folsom
Because it is important for the city's civic leaders to take a stand for pedestrian awareness, nine city supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee will be walking to work from their respective neighborhoods. (Except for Sunset and Bayview supervisors Katy Tang and Malia Cohen, who will be walking from Hayes Valley with London Breed.)
After work there's a happy hour for commuters at Show Dogs on Market Street at Taylor, so everyone can compare commutes, talk abotu interesting sights on their route and presumably have a few beers before walking them off on the way home. While you're at it, take a moment to review last year's guide on how to walk on the sidewalk like a reasonable human being.
Naturally, there is also a map:
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