Warriors Ground SF was out bright and early on Thursday, May 12, to advocate for the fastest growing transportation mode in San Francisco—biking! In an effort to encourage commuters to try bicycling, the Warriors were proud to sponsor one of twenty-six energizer stations located around San Francisco on the 22nd annual Bike To Work day.
Energizer Stations are strategically placed around the city on heavily traveled commute routes to reward bikers with coffee and giveaway prizes. Overall, the Energizer Stations were a huge success, as the Bicycle Coalition was able to sign up over 1,000 new members on Bike to Work Day alone.
We caught up with San Francisco Bicycle Development Director, Brian Wiedenmeier, on the importance of Bike to Work Day. Brian said, “The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition fights for safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans, and we’re proud to team up with the Warriors to help promote the bicycle for everyday transportation. Bike to Work Day is the biggest and best day of the year to show City leaders that biking is a fun and sustainable mode of transportation, and for the last two years, the Warriors have partnered with the SF Bicycle Coalition to help make this day a huge success. The Warriors have been committed to ensuring that the new Chase Center arena will be the most bike-friendly arena in the country, and in San Francisco, we need to build capacity to meet the growing demand for bicycle infrastructure."
On March 24th, the Warriors Ground SF team presented at the annual Fisherman’s Wharf Tourism Summit hosted by the Fisherman's Wharf Merchants Association.
The Summit, a half-day conference that highlights business and tourism activity in San Francisco, was attended by hundreds of community and small business stakeholders from across the City. All in attendance were excited to learn more about the Chase Center’s 2019 opening, and to sign up to support the arena project with Warriors Ground SF.
The Chase Center will certainly be a major tourist destination in San Francisco, and our team was grateful to be able to share info about the arena to folks that advocate for San Francisco tourism!
Last October, the Warriors announced a joint venture between Clark Construction Company and M.A. Mortenson as general contractors for the Warriors' new arena project. On April 4th, they came one step closer to putting shovels in the ground by hosting a project tip off meeting for prospective subcontractors. More than 200 plumbers, sheet metal works, and electricians were attended the event and learned about the procurement schedule and Chase Center development.
“The Mortenson and Clark team combines the strengths and resources of the top sports and entertainment builders in the nation with a long and successful history of delivering projects in San Francisco,” said Warriors' President Rick Welts.
From the time that the Warriors announced plans to move to San Francisco, an emphasis has been put on a commitment to small business, union labor, and local hire. The construction phase of the Chase Center includes a goal of 50 percent Small Business Enterprise Participation, as well as a 50 percent local hiring goal.
In order to meet these goals, Mortenson Clark and the Warriors have teamed with The CityBuild Academy, an employment program under the Workforce Development Division of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, which provides workforce training and job placement services to San Francisco residents interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry.
Between Mortenson Clark and CityBuild Academy, the construction of the Chase Center is in good hands and on track for a 2019 opening date!
Warriors Ground SF was proud to participate in Sunday Streets for the third year in a row!
Each Spring and Summer, Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic for an afternoon each month and opens them to people for several hours. Participants are able to enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, or do any other physical activity
The first Sunday streets of the year took place on April 10th in San Francisco’s Mission District. Warriors Ground SF Volunteers joined us to help spread the word about the Chase Center, pass out Warriors swag, and sign up new Warriors Ground SF Members. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic neighbors of the Mission.
Thanks to everybody that spent the afternoon with us! We look forward to participating in Sunday Streets again next month in the Dogpatch!
On April 7th, Warriors Ground joined Walk San Francisco, a pedestrian advocacy organization that aims to make San Francisco a more livable and walkable city, hosted their annual Walk to Work Day. Walk to Work Day celebrates the most healthy, sustainable form of transportation: walking! A large component of Walk to Work Day involves advocacy efforts for Vision Zero, a campaign to end all pedestrian injuries and fatalities in San Francisco by 2024.
The Warriors were proud to be part of the action by hosting one of 15 neighborhood “hubs” located throughout the city. Warriors Ground SF and volunteers from Walk SF were out bright and early at Reveille Café in Mission Bay to encourage walking, promote Vision Zero, and recruit people to be part of the movement for safer streets in San Francisco. Everyone who stopped by the Mission Bay hub received a Walk San Francisco t-shirt, free Clipper Cards, and a free cup of coffee courtesy of Reveille.
Walk SF outreach director Natalie Burdick had this to say, "As Mission Bay and the Dogpatch continue to grow, its important promote walking as the healthiest, most sustainable, and fun way to get around in these neighborhoods. We're pleased to partner with Warriors and Réveille Coffee Co. to host the first ever Walk to Work Day Hub in this part of San Francisco. Walking as little as 15 minutes to and from work improves everyone's health, cuts traffic and fights climate change, as well as increases residents' awareness about the need for safer streets."