Today’s Headlines

  • City Hall Green Lights Paris Accord (Curbed)
  • Winning Caltrain Paint Scheme (BizTimes)
  • Street Repairs, BART Announcements, More (Curbed)
  • More on Bay Area Bikeshare Expansion (BizTimes)
  • Muni Bus Driving in Bike Lane (Kron4)
  • SF Investigating Whether Uber/Lyft are Road Hazards (Reuters)
  • SF Demands Data from Uber and Lyft (SFChron, SFExaminer, Curbed)
  • Lyft and Driverless Taxis (SFChron)
  • Driverless Cars and Mapping a City Like a Human (SFChron)
  • Man Killed by Caltrain in Atherton (Almanac)
  • Marin Electric Vehicle Project (MarinIJ)
  • Ferry Dock Cartoon (MarinIJ)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • murphstahoe

    City of Healdsburg has approved a bike share program, to roll out later this year.

    5 Stations, 30 bikes, provided by Zagster.

    During the presentation I learned one interesting and annoying thing. There are a lot of grants out there for bikeshare – great huh? But there’s a hitch…

    Zagster is a great model for small rollouts like this because it’s cheap and flexible. They sell the bike share as a service – the entity pays $1800 per bike per year, all in, and Zagster runs the bike share for you, docks, bikes, service, etc…

    But the bike share grants out there all come from the governmental model of “Capital expenditures”. So you can use the grants to buy bikes that you operate, but you can’t use the money to pay someone to operate a bike share because that is an “Operational expenditure”. So Zagster programs can’t be funded via these sorts of grants.

  • murphstahoe

    Also – tomorrow the SMART board of directors meets, and the SMART money says they will announce the opening date.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Google maps out air pollution block-by-block using their Street View car fleet.

    https://aclima.io/press/google-aclima-edf-and-ut-austin-announce-results-of-breakthrough-study-mapping-air-quality/

  • jterbs

    Zagster Communications Manager here — this is actually untrue. Many of our systems are funded through state and federal grant money.

  • murphstahoe

    Interesting, that’s counter to what Mikaelean (the city manager claimed) but I would believe you more.

    Perhaps he was mostly referring to the grant programs that he was specifically aware of. I had looked at the BAAQMD grants, but didn’t look too deeply because the BAAQMD boundary ends 2 miles south of Healdsburg anyway.

    Thanks to Brian and (?) for coming up last night, I am very excited about the rollout. It went very well and the city is signed on.

  • p_chazz

    Aaand…the SMART money comes up craps. The opening date is still off in the middle distance:

    http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20170607/NEWS/170609829