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Improving a City's Disaster Response–With Bikes

Organizers of San Francisco's first Disaster Relief Trials think cyclists can play a critical role in times of emergency.
Racers in San Francisco's first Disaster Relief Trials take off on their bikes.
Racers in San Francisco's first Disaster Relief Trials take off on their bikes. Carrie Kirby

"There was a 9.1 earthquake on Thursday. Today is Day Four responding," Mike Cobb yelled to 15 (mostly) helmet-wearing men and women standing on the Main Post Lawn in San Francisco's Presidio. "Do YOU have a cargo bike?"

The red tips of the Golden Gate Bridge peeped through the last of the morning fog, and Sunday strollers bought empanadas and pizza from trucks and plopped down on the grass to watch sailboats cruise the bay.