Today’s Headlines

  • Golden Gate Buses and Ferries Likely to See More Fare Hikes (Marin IJ, SF Examiner)
  • Golden Gate Park’s MLK Drive is Finally Set for a Repaving (BIKE NOPA)
  • Tempering Great Expectations with BART’s West Dublin/Pleasanton Station (Transbay Blog)
  • More on Yesterday’s Pedestrian Crash Involving 92-year-old Driver in the Richmond (CBS5)
  • 72-year-old Milpitas Woman Killed by Saturn Driver Identified (Mercury News)
  • No Injuries Reported After School Bus Crashes in Windsor (Press Democrat)
  • KCBS: “California Mayors Fight for Redevelopment Agencies”
  • Grist: “Bayview Greenway Provides Fertile Ground for SF’s Urban Ag Revolution”
  • VTA to Upgrade Its Express Buses (Mercury News)
  • MTC Set to Open Clipper Card Customer Service Center Today (SF Examiner)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • @ GGP MLK Drive repaving:

    Save the city future repaving costs and just don’t reopen the road to cars after this is done.

  • taomom

    With all the turmoil in the Middle East and oil prices spiking, now might be a good time to:

    1) buy a current copy of the Muni map and the SFBC bicycle map. Both are available for free as downloads, but it’s nice to have one that folds properly and is easy to take with you. If there’s a gas shortage these will disappear fast.

    2) if you’re not a regular Muni rider, get a Clipper card and load money onto it over the internet. (Most regular Muni riders already have one.) It costs you nothing to get the card, it’s very convenient, and it will increase your Muni happiness quotient. If it’s likely your kids will need to take the bus in case of gas shortages, get one for them, too.

    3) if you’re not a regular bike rider, get your bicycle tuned up at your local bike shop. Make sure it’s ready for you if you need it. If there’s a gas shortage, all the bike shops will be overwhelmed.

    4) if you don’t have a bike, consider buying one. Lots of great city bikes are available these days. Get one with a chain guard and fenders and a rack that will carry panniers. If there’s a gas shortage, bicycle inventories will deplete quickly, giving you less options to get what you really want. Since bicycling in San Francisco is generally faster and more pleasant than taking Muni, you’ll be wise to have it as an option.

    5) if you need to transport small children, check out Xtracycles or Bakfiets (can be found at My Dutch Bike.) Much better than pulling a trailer on a bike. Also good for transporting bulky items or large quantities of stuff, like groceries, surfboards, Christmas trees, etc.

    6) if your children are a little older, consider riding to school with them on SF Bike to School Day, Thursday, April 7th. There will be lots of children riding that day, so it will be a good day to check out best routes to school, help kids gain confidence with bicycle safety, etc. Remember, kids 12 and under can ride on the sidewalk.

    7) if you live up a hill, consider investing in an electric bicycle. Try out this site to look at options:
    http://www.nycewheels.com/the-best-electric-bike-for-me.html
    Places to buy in the city: Noe Valley Cyclery, Electric Bicycle Outlet, Best Buy. Don’t procrastinate too long on this one. Once a true gasoline shortage hits, all the electric bicycle inventory in the city will disappear from the stores in less than 24 hours.