I just read a great blog post from Woman on a Wheel about a woman rider in Quito, Ecuador who has inspired many to ride. Watch this video where Elena rides through the city and shares her thoughts on it.
Elena rides for many reasons, of which I identify with most all of them including for freedom, autonomy and happiness. She takes a strong stance and ‘takes the lane’ whenever she rides in Quito. Thankfully in San Francisco it’s not always necessary with some infrastructure for cyclists in place. There’s definitely a time and place for it though, and I respect the right of the cyclist to use it.