Established over four decades ago, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition represents an important part of the city's culture. Its 12,000 members enlighten the public about the value of using bicycles for transportation, for one's health, and for ecological purposes. Since its creation in 1971, this group has played an important role in making San Francisco more welcoming to bicycles by encouraging the government to include bicycle lanes and open more paths for bicyclers.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition continues to make strides towards expanding the use, awareness, and safety of the vehicle. Recently, it launched a campaign that taught taxi drivers how to share the streets with cyclists. Its bicycle education classes provide free lessons to all people about how to ride a bike properly. By advocating the Employee Bicycle Access Bill to provide secure bike parking for employees, it enabled San Francisco to become the nation's most bike-friendly city. Furthermore, the initiatives of the group have led to a 71 percent increase of people regularly using bicycles over the past five years.