This Week in Livable Streets Events

Coming off a heady week in which San Francisco got its first bike lanes in years, there’s plenty more advocacy work to do: East Bay bus rapid transit and non-motorized access to the Bay Bridge are two of the big items. There’s also plenty of pure fun, with a holiday lights ride and a bicycle tour of dissent in the city – weather permitting. Here are the highlights.

  • Monday: Public meeting on toll increase – Bridge the Gap! The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) is considering a toll increase on the seven state-owned Bay Area toll bridges to help finance seismic retrofit projects on the Antioch and Dumbarton bridges. Come to BATA’s public meeting in San Francisco and let them know you want them to take a piece of that toll increase and apply it to making the Bay Bridge accessible for non-motorized travelers. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Fort Mason "Pinch Point" – Unpinched! The infamous Fort Mason "Pinch Point" (at Marina Blvd and Laguna St.) has been addressed by the National Park Service for safer pedestrian and bicycle passage. Come toast this fix to the Bay Trail and the SF Bicycle Network with some of the folks who’ve fixed it. 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Berkeley Planning Commission Hearing on BRT. An informational session on Bus Rapid Transit begins at 6 p.m., followed by a Planning Commission meeting and hearing on Berkeley’s Locally Preferred Alternative beginning at 7 p.m. Opponents have been out in force, so it’s especially important for supporters to attend. 7-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: Different Spokes Monthly Jersey Ride. Join Different Spokes, the San Francisco Bay Area’s GLBT cycling club for their monthly Jersey Ride. All are welcome. 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: SFBC Bike Buddies present Christmas Light Ride. Join the SFBC Bike Buddies for the SFBC’s Christmas Light Ride in lieu of SFBC’s monthly Bike Buddy Route Ride, so new cyclists can enjoy a "fun and mellow ride to some of SF’s most creatively lit homes." 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Dissent History Bike Tour. Covering everything from literary dissenters to urban riots and protests, this tour examines sites of conflict and unrest, the social movements and upheavals that have shaped San Francisco since its origins. 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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