This Week: VTA Transit Expansion, Housing Affordability, PeopleforBikes

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

  • Monday tonight! VTA’s Next Network. VTA is doing a study on expanding its transit network. Throughout the summer of 2016, VTA sought community input on three network design concepts. A second round of outreach will refine the draft network concept prior to consideration by VTA’s Board of Directors in April of 2017. The next public meeting/presentation on the plans is Monday tonight!, Jan. 23, 6 p.m., Campbell Library, Community Room 77, Harrison Ave., Campbell.
  • Tuesday Can State Policy Changes Fix Housing Affordability in California? There have been numerous policy ideas swirling around Sacramento in recent years, from securing a permanent funding source for affordable housing to establishing some form of by-right legislation. Hear from the state’s leading expert on local government finance about how organizations across the state are joining forces to change rules and increase affordability. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street
    San Francisco. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Tuesday DRAFT: A PeopleForBikes Meetup. DRAFT events will take place from coast to coast, with the intention of building connections and encouraging innovation among passionate bike industry professionals, startup entrepreneurs, and people who love biking. DRAFT events follow a simple format: Informal networking, group announcements, four short presentations and audience questions. Beer will be served. The San Francisco event will include a Timbuk2 factory tour, and remarks from Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz of Motivate, the operator of the Bay Area Bike Share; Janice Li, advocacy director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; Andreas Freitag, CMO of COBI; and Devin Carlson, co-founder of Archer Components. The networking event will feature brews from Fort Point Beer Company. Tuesday, Jan. Jan. 24, 6-9 p.m., Timbuk2 Shotwell, 587 Shotwell Street, SF.
  • Wednesday San Francisco Bicycle Coalition New Members Meet and Greet.  Want to find some new folks to bike with? Get to know more about the work of the Bicycle Coalition? Join the new member meet and greet. New members who joined over the past year are invited and any members who want to get involved are welcome as well. Stop by for snacks, games and prizes followed by a short presentation. If you’re coming by bike, bring it–there is plenty of in-office bike parking. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offices, 1720 Market St., SF.
  • Wednesday BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension into downtown San Jose and the City of Santa Clara. This open house will allow members of the public to view plans, maps, and other displays and ask VTA staff questions. The presentation will talk about the findings of the environmental analysis. A comment period will follow. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6–8 p.m., Mexican Heritage Plaza, Gallery, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose.
  • Thursday There will be another open house on the BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension.  Thursday, Jan. 26, 6–8 p.m., Santa Clara Senior Center, Room 222, 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara.
  • Thursday Resilient, Sustainable Cities from the ‘Neighborhood Up’: Low-Carbon Districts and Communities. Can neighborhood-scale innovations bridge the gap between our current urban infrastructure and the low-carbon cities of the future? Join SPUR and the Urban Land Institute for a session with pioneers in district and neighborhood-scale urban regeneration and resilience. Thursday, Jan. 26, 5-7:30 p.m., Mithun, 660 Market Street, #300, SF. This is a paid events. Rates vary.
  • Saturday Adeline Corridor: Creating a Community Vision. The City of Berkeley welcomes the public to visit an exhibit on potential changes to the Adeline Street Corridor. The exhibit is based on community input and technical analysis conducted over the past two years and is part of a long-term planning strategy for the South Berkeley neighborhood. Saturday, Jan. 28, 10-3:00 p.m., Atrium Lobby at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley.

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