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How Much Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change? A Lot, If Cities Try

A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Buenos Aires has been ambitiously building out a network of well designed, separated bike infrastructure. If this kind of commitment were employed worldwide, the environmental and financial repercussions would be enormous. Photo: ITDP

Buenos Aires has been building out a network of protected bike infrastructure. If this kind of commitment were employed in cities worldwide, the climate benefits would be huge. Photo: ITDP

ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent.

The authors calculated the carbon emissions reduction that could result if cities around the world make a strong, sustained commitment to promoting bicycle travel.

In a scenario where 14 percent of travel in the world’s cities is by bike or e-bike in 2050, carbon emissions from urban transportation would be 11 percent lower than a scenario where efforts to promote sustainable transportation sidestep bicycling.

The ITDP scenario calls for 11 percent of urban mileage by bike by 2030 before hitting 14 percent in 2050. For many big American cities where bicycling accounts for a small share of total travel, that may sound like a high bar — and that was part of the point. The ITDP targets will require a significant public policy commitment. But the goals are achievable and aren’t as daunting as they might seem, the authors say.

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Signing Off — Join Me for Happy Hour Friday

This will be my final post as editor of Streetsblog SF. Thanks to everyone who’s read and supported the site during the four years I’ve led it. I hope to see you around in my new role.

The site will be in an editorial transition period for the next few weeks as editor-in-chief Ben Fried conducts the search for Streetsblog SF’s next editor. You’ll see daily headlines from Rob Poole and Andrew Boone, but feature posts about SF and Bay Area streets and transportation will be sparser during the interim phase.

I’m excited to watch the future of the blog unfold with new leadership as I return to the audience side of Streetsblog.

As I head into a relaxing staycation, I’d like to invite you all out for one more happy hour on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Emperor Norton’s Boozeland for some Streetsblog retrospection over, well, booze. The place is at 510 Larkin Street, near Turk Street in the Tenderloin. Come by and say farewell (for now) — I’ll be on the back patio.


What’s Next for Me — I’m Joining the SFMTA

Since I announced my departure from Streetsblog, folks have asked about my next move. Well, I’m not going far: I’ve accepted a position on the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s public relations team.

In this new chapter, I’m excited about working directly on projects that advance better transportation options in the city. To start out, I’ll be working in a media relations position on Muni-related project and service announcements.

I’ll be in good company with a lot of folks I’ve gotten to know through my years of reporting on the agency’s policies and projects, some of whom have also transitioned from advocacy roles. Former Streetsblog reporter Michael Rhodes is now a Muni Forward planner, and Andy Thornley, whom I first met when I interned at the SF Bicycle Coalition in 2009, manages on-street parking programs. To my mind, when the city hires good advocates, that’s a sign of success for the movement.

I’ll be here at Streetsblog through the end of the month, and after that, you’ll still see me around. I’m changing jobs, but I’ll still be working to make San Francisco and the Bay Area more livable and sustainable.

Also, a reminder that the search is on for Streetsblog SF’s next editor. Applicants can send a cover letter and resume to


We’re Hiring! Lead Streetsblog’s Coverage of the SF Bay Area

After four terrific years running Streetsblog San Francisco, Aaron is moving on. Before I get to the job opening, I’d like to pay my respects to his body of work.

The quintessential post of the Aaron Bialick era, to my mind, was this item from early 2014. With Ed Lee laying the groundwork for reversing Sunday parking meters, Aaron unearthed an SFMTA report documenting the benefits of Sunday meters and threw it in the mayor’s face. (Runner-up: The “Visionless Mayor’s Optometrist” story.) No way Ed Lee was going to get away with this shameless bit of pandering without getting called on the carpet by Aaron.

If you read Streetsblog regularly, you know progress doesn’t come to our streets as fast as it should. But I think it’s also clear that decision makers have been listening to Aaron’s message, and San Francisco’s streets are safer for it. Changes underway like the new 13th Street protected bike lane are a testament to that. The next editor of Streetsblog San Francisco has to keep the pressure on.

Aaron’s tenacious work gave Streetsblog SF a strong persona, and as tough as it will be to fill his shoes, I believe that identity will also be a big draw for talented reporters who believe in the mission of this site and want a shot at running it. Thanks to the dedicated community of supporters who’ve provided a financial backbone for Streetsblog SF, we are immediately moving ahead with the search for the next editor. If you want to throw your hat in the ring, here’s what we’re after


We are looking for a talented journalist to operate Streetsblog San Francisco, a daily news site dedicated to covering safe streets and effective transit in the SF Bay Area.

We welcome applications from engaging reporters who want to lead a respected, influential source of information and commentary on Bay Area transportation and planning issues. The ideal candidate will have a firm grasp of local politics and a keen sense of how Streetsblog coverage can advance transportation policies that improve conditions for transit, cycling, and walking.

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I’m Moving On From Streetsblog — But Not Before Happy Hour Tonight

I like to say that the best career move I ever made was joining a Critical Mass ride and striking up a conversation with a fellow rider about the Streetsblog sticker on his helmet. That rider happened to be Bryan Goebel, Streetsblog SF’s first editor, who would later offer me the opportunity of a lifetime.

11113275_10153188819926880_4453609000970703106_nAfter five years of living the dream, I’m announcing my departure as editor of Streetsblog San Francisco on September 30.

Stay tuned for the official job posting for the editor position (but if you want a head start, you can email a resume and cover letter to

Passing the torch, of course, comes with a flurry of mixed emotions. So come help me cope at Streetsblog’s monthly happy hour tonight.

Writing for Streetsblog and serving as editor of the SF branch has been an incredible opportunity that I honestly never saw coming. During the blog’s first couple of years, I was an avid reader and mixed it up in the comments section. While studying at SF State, I developed an unshakable fixation on sustainable transportation advocacy, bolstered by the coverage I read on Streetsblog. Little did I know I would dive head-first into it and become embedded in the world of SF transportation politics.

For me, the experience has been a transformational, one-of-a-kind education. I’ll always be grateful to Bryan Goebel and Ben Fried, the editors who believed in me, invested their time, energy, and patience, and taught me pretty much everything I know about journalism.

Thanks also to everyone who has supported Streetsblog, whether it be with donations, photos, story tips, or just reading and spreading the word.

I also have to thank all of the advocates, residents, and folks at City Hall and other agencies who have provided a bedrock of encouragement and insight for my coverage over the years.

It’s been an honor to head up Streetsblog SF. Its future remains bright, and the search for a new editor begins now. I know Streetsblog SF will remain in good hands.

I’d love to see you all tonight at Streetsblog Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room, which I still plan to attend each month when I can. As with every third month, we’ll have free t-shirts and hoodies, and 10 percent of bar proceeds will support Streetsblog. So join me for a drink and a toast to Streetsblog SF’s next generation.


Tomorrow: Support Streetsblog and Enjoy a “Transit Oriented Beer”

Photo: Aaron Bialick

Photo: Aaron Bialick

Tomorrow’s Streetsblog Happy Hour will be special in a couple of ways. First, it’ll be our quarterly fundraising event, where 10 percent of bar proceeds help support Streetsblog, and we dole out free t-shirts and hoodies (first-come, first-served).

We’ll also be joined by Transit Oriented Beer, an informal monthly gathering of transportation planners, advocates, and folks who just want better transportation options in SF.

That’s right — “Transit Oriented Beer.” With an awesome name like that, you won’t find a more fun way to enjoy delicious drinks that support high-impact journalism for sustainable transportation.

Stop by at Virgil’s Sea Room at 3152 Mission Street (between Cesar Chavez and Valencia Streets). We’ll be on the back patio starting at 6 p.m.


Come Out Tonight for Streetsblog Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room

Join Streetsblog happy hour tonight at 6 p.m.

Just a reminder: Tonight is Streetsblog happy hour, now a monthly occurrence at Virgil’s Sea Room.

Join us on the back patio to drink and chat about the latest goings-on around biking, walking, and transit in San Francisco. You may even get to put some faces to the monikers you’ve been arguing with in the comments section.

We’ll be at a reserved table on the back patio at 6 p.m. at Virgil’s Sea Room at 3152 Mission Street (south of Cesar Chavez).


Third Thursday Every Month Now Streetsblog Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room

Now you can get your livable streets jabber every month.

Due to popular demand, Streetsblog happy hour has become a monthly institution. The sustainable transportation hootenanny happens at Virgil’s Sea Room the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.

You won’t have to contain your excitement for long — the next shindig is this Thursday.

By virtue of Virgil’s altruism, 10 percent of drink proceeds will support Streetsblog every third month. So in January, April, July, and October, your drink may taste especially delicious knowing it will help fuel advocacy journalism for safer streets.

I’m very happy that we could partner with Tom Temprano, Virgil’s owner, to give Streetsblog readers a venue to meet up IRL. Ironically, I’m going to miss the first one since my wife and I are flying out tonight for a long-planned trip to Japan and to see her family in the Philippines, returning Memorial Day weekend. (Streetsblog SF will continue posting with light coverage in the meantime.)

Virgil’s Sea Room, located at 3152 Mission Street (south of Cesar Chavez), will have a reserved table ready on the back patio each month. Here’s to the first of many revels.


Join Streetsblog for Happy Hour at Virgil’s Sea Room on Thursday

Join the livable streets jabber at Streetsblog’s second happy hour at Virgil’s Sea Room.

After last year’s smashing success, Streetsblog happy hour returns to Virgil’s Sea Room bar on Thursday evening. Virgil’s has again generously offered to donate 10 percent of bar proceeds from 6 to 9 p.m. to Streetsblog SF, so be sure to stop by and raise a glass.

Not only will this be a chance to grab a drink with fellow advocates, Streetsblog readers, and me, but there will be free Streetsblog t-shirts and hoodies while supplies last (please RSVP so we know how much merch to bring). And if you can’t make it, you can always support Streetsblog by making a tax-deductible donation.

Virgil’s Sea Room is located at 3152 Mission Street, south of Cesar Chavez. See you there!

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Get Involved With Streetsblog — Internship Available

Streetsblog San Francisco is seeking an intern who wants to get involved in online media covering the local livable streets movement. The intern will perform tasks like posting daily headlines, updating the events calendar, maintaining the appearance of the site, and potentially writing content for the blog.

Ideal candidates will have experience in writing and communications, possess a strong familiarity with San Francisco, and share our passion for progressive transportation and planning policies that make the city a better place for transit, biking, and walking. Interns would be paid a small stipend for their work and have the opportunity to take on more challenging responsibilities over time.

Availability requires about 5 to 10 hours per week. Early morning or late night availability for up to three days per week is needed to post the day’s headlines.

People of color, LGBT individuals, women and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, references and three writing samples to