This Week: Transportation Summit, Bike Gears and Fruitvale Ave Improvements

sblog_calendar1Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Monday-Tuesday: starts today! Transportation Equity Summit and Advocacy Day. Join California Bicycle Coalition and TransForm for the Transportation Equity Summit and Advocacy Day in Sacramento. Meet and network with advocates from across the state. Learn from California’s most innovative leaders and get updates on legislation. Then walk to the Capitol building and make your voice heard on the transportation issues you care about most. Monday, May 16, 12:00-5:00 p.m. and Tuesday May 17, 8:00-4:00 p.m. Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento. Details and pricing available here.
  • Monday: tonight! Gears and Shifting Class at the Bicycle Kitchen. Learn about gears and shifting. The experts at the Bike Kitchen will teach: the principles behind bike gearing, types of shift levers, setting up and adjusting a derailleur. No previous bike knowledge is required or expected. Class will be hands-on, so bring a functional bike and be ready to get greasy. Monday, May 16, 6:00-8:30 p.m., San Francisco Bike Kitchen, 650H Florida St., SF. Cost $30.
  • Tuesday: Make Transit Awesome Happy Hour, Grab a drink and celebrate three urbanist occasions: The last days of the Make Transit Awesome IndieGoGo Campaign, ending May 19th. Thea Selby’s Birthday, the chair of SF Transit Riders, which was the same day as Jane Jacobs’s Centennial! $1 of every draft sold between 5-7PM goes to the SF Transit Riders. Bring your friends to The Beer Hall and help these transit-Ninja advocates get to $25,000. Tuesday, May 17, 5-7pm, The Beer Hall, 1 Polk St, SF.
  • Wednesday: Creative Placemaking at the Foot of Lake Merritt. South of Lake Merritt the city grid gives way to the Oakland Museum of California, Laney College and the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. All are poorly connected to the lake, as well as one another, but a new initiative is exploring ways to tie these spaces together. Join SPUR for a discussion with Lori Fogarty of the Oakland Museum of California, Kelley Kahn with the City of Oakland ‎Department of Economic and Workforce Development and Walter Hood of the Hood Design Studio. Wednesday, May 18, 12:30 pm, at SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR members, otherwise $10.
  • Wednesday: The City of Oakland is working to improve the safety and experience for all modes of travel on Fruitvale Avenue from Alameda Avenue to East 12th Street. The Fruitvale Alive! Gap Closure Streetscape Project builds on past planning efforts for the area, including the Central Estuary Area Plan (2013) and the Fruitvale Alive! Community Transportation Plan (2005). Learn what’s planned to make Fruitvale avenue a more complete street on Wednesday, May 18, 6-8 pm at the Fruitvale–San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201.
  • Thursday: Support Vision Zero Technology for City Drivers. Vehicle telematics devices collect data about unsafe driver behavior such as speeding, hard braking, and rapid accelerating. Sometimes known as “black boxes” or global positioning system (GPS) trackers, these devices collect data for cars, vans, trucks or buses. The information includes vehicle location, maintenance history, speed, mechanical diagnostics, safety and other details. But telematics devices are installed in only 30 percent of city vehicles–and for those vehicles, the systems do not collect safety-related data to track and correct dangerous driving behaviors. Supervisor Norman Yee is introducing legislation to require that all city vehicles (excluding law-enforcement departments) be equipped with telematics devices and provide regular reporting and analysis by January 1, 2017. You can show support for the proposed legislation by giving public comment at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting of the Government Audit & Oversight Committee, Thursday, May 19, 9:30 a.m., SF City Hall, Room 250.
  • Friday: Tour the Renovated Hibernia Bank with SPUR. The Hibernia Bank was described by SF Architectural Heritage as “one of the finest of San Francisco’s uniquely superb collection of modified temple-form banks.” Designed in 1892 by Albert Pissis, it has survived earthquakes and transformations of the city. It was recently renovated and its entire 40,000 square feet are on the market to be leased. Come see the remarkable transformation of this historic structure and learn its history. Friday, May 20, 9 am. 1 Jones St, SF. $10 for SPUR members only.
  • Sunday: Bay Parade. Join the 3rd annual Bay Parade. Swim, stand up paddleboard, kayak, or boat along the San Francisco shoreline. All ages and levels welcomed. After party hosted by Anchor Brewing follows the Parade. The Bay Parade is the Bay Area’s premier on-the-water event celebrating a clean & healthy SF Bay. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Baykeeper’s work keeping pollution out of the Bay. Sunday, May 22, 10:00-1:00pm, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF. Register and get tickets.

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