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Elon Musk’s “Master Plan” Won’t Work for Cities

Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr

Elon Musk knows technology, but he doesn’t understand cities so well. Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Earlier this week tech entrepreneur Elon Musk released his updated “master plan” for Tesla, including some thoughts on how autonomous mini-buses will supplant today’s transit and “take people all the way to their destination.” Like every Musk pronouncement, this one got a lot of buzz — but it also drew some healthy skepticism.

One reason to doubt Musk’s plan is that it clearly would not work in cities, writes Jarrett Walker at Human Transit:

Musk assumes that transit is an engineering problem, about vehicle design and technology. In fact, providing cost-effective and liberating transportation in cities requires solving a geometry problem, and he’s not even seeing it. In this he’s repeating a common delusion, one I hear all the time in urbanist and technology circles.

Musk’s vision is fine for low-density outer suburbia and rural areas. But when we get to dense cities, where big transit vehicles (including buses) are carrying significant ridership, Musk’s vision is a disaster. That’s because it takes lots of people out of big transit vehicles and puts them into small ones, which increases the total number of vehicles on the road at any time…

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This Week: Car-Free Twin Peaks, Human Centered Design, Treasure Hunt

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

  • Tuesday New Strategies from the SFMTA. What is the future of the city’s buses and light rail? The SFMTA recently developed two new strategies: one that details what it will take for every San Franciscan to have access to a high level of light rail service, and one that looks at how Muni can better meet the needs of all its users. Hear how both studies will shape our transit service for years to come. Tuesday, July 19, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Tuesday Going Car-Free on Twin Peaks. Celebrate the new car-free connection along the scenic east side of Twin Peaks Boulevard. SFMTA and San Francisco Recreation and Parks are launching a two-year pilot to limit the eastern half of Twin Peaks Road’s figure eight to people on foot and bicycle, eliminating potential conflicts with cars. Walk SF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition invite you to a celebration walk to preview this new open space. Tuesday, July 19 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Walk starts at the intersection of Crestline Dr. and Parkridge Dr. RSVP is required.
  • Wednesday Changing Travel Behavior. As with smoking or eating, it takes a little work to change daily habits. This is especially true when we’re encouraging people to make the transition from driving to using a mix of transit, biking, walking, and other modes. What are successful strategies for changing traveler behavior, and how can we better apply what we know to the cities of the Bay Area? Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Thursday Can “Human-Centered Design” Reinvent Government Services? Government services too often fail to put customers first, but recent legislation has created an opportunity for the government to reinvent workforce training at the state and local level. Join us to hear how a pioneer in the human-centered design movement is leading a redesign in how we deliver workforce development throughout the country. Thursday, July 21, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Thursday TransForm Social – San Francisco. This summer TransForm is mixing it up a bit by hosting a party. Learn about solutions to our public transportation, housing, and climate woes while connecting with other TransFormers, staff, and supporters. There will be drinks, food and a raffle. Thursday, July 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, S.F. Tickets are $10 and include appetizers and a drink.
  • Saturday Trekking Three Hills – a Petite Peak2Peak. Take a heart-pumping, trail- and stair-filled climb to the tops of Buena Vista Park, Corona Heights, and Clarendon Height’s Tank Hill with walk leader Randy Wittorp, an avid hiker and cyclist. Saturday, July 23, 10-noon, Buena Vista Park, S.F. RSVP required.
  • Saturday McLaren Park Treasure Hunt & Fun Day. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department invites you to join a treasure hunt that will take you to all of McLaren Park’s best spots for views, picnics, and hiking. In addition, there will be a rock climbing wall, BMX biking, skateboarding and more. Saturday, July 23, 10-2 p.m., at the Group Picnic area at 116 John F. Shelley Drive, S.F. RSVP Requested.

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This Week: Urban Farms, Golden Wheel Awards, AIDS Walk

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

  • Tuesday Can You Make a Living as an Urban Farmer? Urban agriculture provides education, places for people to gather, and green spaces in cities. But what about jobs and livelihoods? Numerous city farming and urban gardening projects with a commercial focus have popped up in the Bay Area. Join SPUR for a conversation about the viability of city agriculture with urban farmers. Tuesday, July 12, 12:30 p.m. at the SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., S.F. Free for SPUR Members. $10 for non-members.
  • Tuesday Documenting Parked Cars in Bike Lanes. It’s been a major bone of contention for this publication and for bike advocates everywhere. That’s why the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is putting together teams to document the number of cars parked in bike lanes on weekdays between 4-7 p.m., on Valencia St, between 16th St. and 18th St. Volunteers sought to help; duties include counting the number of cars that park in the bike lane, the number of bicycles that have to go around parked cars, the number of bicycles overall, etc. The data will be used to  support a resolution aimed at increasing penalties for motorists who park in the bike lane. Join the first of two meetings to find out how you can help. Tuesday, July 12, 4-7 p.m., at the bike rack in Front of Puerto Alegre / Blondie’s Bar, 546 Valencia St., S.F. Sign up for a shift here.
  • Tuesday Downtown and North Berkeley Bikeshare Planning Workshops. Motivate has started the process of choosing locations for bike share stations as part of the East Bay Expansion Phase 2. Come tell them where you would like to see a station. There are two identical sessions at each workshop. The first is at 5:30 p.m. and the second is at 6:30 p.m.. If you can’t attend, suggest a station online. See similar event for South Berkeley on Thursday. Tuesday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Downtown Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley.
  • Wednesday Portable Benefits and the On-Demand Economy. New technologies and business models are creating new economies and new opportunities. These changes are also raising questions about the nature of work in America for businesses, workers, labor organizations, governments, and consumers alike. Join a cross-sector conversation about the growing interest in portable benefits and protections for the on-demand and independent worker economy.​ Co-presented by the Aspen Institute. Wednesday, July 13, 12:30 p.m. at the SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., S.F. Free for SPUR Members. $10 for non-members.
  • Wednesday The 24th Annual Golden Wheel Awards. Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition as it honors individuals and groups who are making a difference in transforming San Francisco into a more people and bike-friendly place. As a sponsor and guest of this event, you will be investing in the community by supporting one of the city’s oldest, largest, and most effective grassroots organizations, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Wednesday, July 13, 6:30–9 p.m., in the Green Room, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Ave. Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased here.
  • Thursday Women Bike Book Club Movie Night. Meet on the second Thursday of each month at Bike East Bay’s office in Jack London Square to discuss women-and-bicycling-focused books and films. This July meeting will be the first film night. They’ll show a series of short films about women and bicycling. Bring popcorn or other snacks and drinks. Thursday, July 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Bike East Bay Office, 466 Water St, Oakland.
  • Thursday South Berkeley Bikeshare Planning Workshops, just like the ones on Tuesday but for the South Berkeley neighborhoods. The first is at 6 p.m. and the second is at 7 p.m.. If you can’t attend, suggest a station online. Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley.
  • Sunday AIDS Walk San Francisco This is a ten-kilometer fundraising walk starting and ending in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. It takes about 2.5 hours and benefits Project Inform, Ward 86 at San Francisco General Hospital, Project Open Hand, and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area. Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised $86 million for HIV programs and services in the Bay Area. Sunday, July 17, 8:35 a.m. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a post-walk concert. Register here.

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This Week: Oakland Bike Share, TOD, Sunday Streets

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

  • Tuesday Tonight! Oakland Bike Share Expansion Workshop for new station locations including Adams Point, Grand Lake, and Lakeside. Motivate has started the process to choose locations for bike share stations that are part of the East Bay Expansion Phase 2. While bikes will be arriving by the end of this year, these meetings are to decide the locations of stations that will be rolled out in Spring of 2017. If you can’t attend, suggest a station online. There will be two presentations, first at 6:30 and again at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeshore Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland.
  • Thursday Valencia Street Service Station. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Bicycle Ambassadors will be at the Valencia Street Bike Counter to brighten your commute and give you the latest on their work. Stop by for a morning coffee, a snack and sign a petition. SFBC will also be offering discounted memberships of $25–a $10 savings. Stop by to join or renew with member-volunteers. Thursday, July 7, 7-9 a.m.
  • Thursday Next Stop: Good TOD. Urbanists have all learned that growing homes and jobs in dense urban locations near transit is the right thing to do. But how do those concepts really hit the ground? How are priorities set and who makes it happen? Join speakers from VTA, BART and Caltrain for this afternoon discussion. Thursday, July 7, 12:30 p.m., SPUR San Jose, 76 South First Street, San Jose. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.
  • Thursday Party with Purpose – Your vote matters. Hosted by Members for Fair SFBC Elections. Connect with other SF Bike members about SFBCs board elections policies. There will be food and some drinks; BYOB OK. Program will include a Q&A with a Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) expert. Free, secure indoor bike parking provided. The Member SFBC Elections Committee is led by former SFBC Board member Peggy da Silva. Thursday, July 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Sports Basement Grotto, 1590 Bryant Street, S.F. Please RSVP here.
  • Saturday San Jose Bike Party Presents The Ladies Ride 2016. Music, food, riding, and good company–ladies of all riding backgrounds, including beginners, are encouraged to attend as the pace of the ride will be relaxed. The route is approximately 15 miles through the streets of San Jose, including rest stops at Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park and Guadalupe Gardens. The woman-owned food truck Mio Taco will be available at the ride start. Saturday, July 9, 5:00 p.m. from Williams Street Park, E. Williams and 16th St. near downtown San Jose.
  • Sunday Sunday Streets, Tenderloin. The Tenderloin Sunday Streets will transform a mile of streets into neighborhood streets and community space. This densely populated neighborhood houses the highest number of families with children, has one of the highest rates of car-free households, and has the least amount of park space per capita in San Francisco. The route includes Fulton St between Hyde and Larkin, Larkin to Ellis St, Ellis to Jones St, Jones to Golden Gate Ave, and Golden Gate Ave to Larkin St. Sunday, July 10, 11-4 p.m. on Golden Gate Ave, Larkin St, Ellis St and Jones St., S.F.

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This Week: Workplace of the Future, Vigil Ride, BART Extension Meeting

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

  • Monday today! Designing for the Unknown. When we think about the workplace of the future, are we thinking about the right things? What if we expanded our imaginings to include things like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing or even the influence of Star Wars? Join SPUR Monday, today, June 27 at 12:30, 654 Mission Street S.F. for an unusual talk about designing for the unknowns of the future. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non members.
  • Monday tonight! SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting. The committee meets monthly to consider bicycle transportation projects and policies to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, the SFMTA, and other City and County agencies. This month’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting will include updates regarding SFMTA’s Bicycle Strategy, proposed safety improvements to The Hairball and Bay Area Bike Share’s expansion. Monday, tonight, June 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.
  • Tuesday BART to Livermore Draft Plan Open House. The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District is currently studying extending BART service to a new station within the I-580 median at Isabel Avenue in Livermore. BART is also evaluating three alternatives to a full BART extension. The City of Livermore is seeking community input on the Isabel Neighborhood Plan. Get involved today to make sure your voice is heard. Tuesday, June 28, 4-7 P.M., the Robert Livermore Community Center.
  • Tuesday Community vigil ride. San Francisco Bike Party (SFBP) is organizing a vigil ride to remember the two women killed by hit-and-run drivers last Wednesday evening. From SFBP’s Facebook page: “Two cyclists lost their lives in SF within a few hours of each other due to serious car collisions this past Wednesday. We will hold a community ride to pay our respects to our fallen community members. The ride starts at the statue at Baker and Fell, and will then proceed to Golden Gate Park around 30th, before heading to SoMa and 7th and Howard. Riders are asked not to bring music bikes, but candles and art are encouraged.” Tuesday, June 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Panhandle, Corner of Baker and Fell, S.F.
  • Thursday Vision Zero Committee Meeting. The Board of Supervisors, in their role as Transportation Commissioners to oversee the SF County Transportation Authority, meets regularly to receive updates on the City’s progress towards achieving Vision Zero, the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our city’s streets by 2024. This is an opportunity to make public comment and urge the City to do more to meet Vision Zero. Thursday, June 30, 2-3:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 263, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl., S.F.
  • Thursday SPUR San Jose Member Party. Hosted at downtown’s San Pedro Square Market, the party will have live music, entertainment, and cocktails and small plates from local vendors. Thursday, July 30, 5-9 p.m. San Pedro Square Market, 87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose. Members only. Purchase tickets online.
  • Friday Bicycle Coffee uptown Oakland cafe grand opening. Celebrate the new Uptown Oakland location with music, free pour-over coffee, and $1 draft beers. Friday, July 1, starting at 9 am. 1745 San Pablo Ave, Oakland.

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This Week: Bringing Back Main Street, Hub Project, Pride Parade

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

  • Monday tonight! Mission Community Hearing. Supervisor David Campos and the SFMTA are holding a public hearing about tweaking the design of the Mission Street Red transit-only lanes. This is in response to complaints by local merchants that the lanes are hurting their bottom lines. SFMTA and the Supervisor’s office will hear suggestions from the public. Attendees will be required to submit a speaker card. When called, speakers will be given two minutes to address the hearing. Monday, tonight, June 20, 6 pm at the Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, SF.
  • Tuesday Enlivening Our Main Streets. Once-forgotten downtown main streets in towns across the country are being revitalized. But reversing a declining downtown or a crumbling commercial corridor is a more complicated problem than just finding money. How do you build community, activate empty storefronts, and make main streets better places to live, work, and play? Join SPUR Oakland for a afternoon discussion of what it takes to make a vibrant downtown. Tuesday, June 21, 12:30 pm. SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.
  • Tuesday Bikes, Wrenches, and Brews at Berkeley REI. Hang out with fellow bicyclists at the Berkeley REI to learn bike maintenance in a laid-back setting. Bring your bike, grab a complimentary brew, some grub, and a wrench. REI staff will instruct in basic bike maintenance. Tuesday, June 21, 6-8 p.m. Berkeley REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.
  • Wednesday San Francisco Pride Parade Decorating Party. Stop by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition office to help create decorations and build a float for participation in the 2016 Pride Parade. Wednesday, June 22, 6-8 p.m. SF Bicycle Coalition Headquarters, 1720 Market Street, SF.
  • Wednesday Market Street Hub Workshop. This second workshop on San Francisco’s plan for the Hub will focus on street, open space, and public realm improvements that build on the initial concepts in the Market & Octavia Area Plan. This workshop will be an opportunity to learn more and share your ideas on how the area’s streets and public spaces can better serve community needs. Wednesday, June 22, 6-8 p.m. Red Cross Building, 1663 Market Street, SF.
  • Thursday Women Bike Happy Hour, Oakland. This is a regular thing, each 4th Thursday of the month. Spend some quality, off-the-bike time with other women who bike and drink. Any level of rider and all women, trans and femme folks are welcome. Bring your bike-curious friends. Bike parking provided. Thursday, June 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Woods Bar & Brewery, 1701 Telegraph Ave, Oakland.
  • Saturday César Chavez: From Traffic Sewer to a Safer, Greener Neighbor. Join Walk San Francisco for a walk led by CC Puede’s Fran Taylor and guest speaker Bonnie Ora Sherk of A Living Library to explore place-making activism and local hydrology on César Chávez Street, on the southern edge of the Mission. The mostly flat, two-mile walk will start at St. Luke’s Hospital and make its way along César Chávez past Bryant and on to the infamous freeway exchange known as the “hairball,” with a stairway climb there for a view from Bernal Heights. Saturday, June 25, 10-noon. St. Luke’s Hospital 3555 Cesar Chavez St, SF. RSVP required. Free for Walk SF Members. $10 for non-members. Walk will proceed rain or shine, barring high winds or dangerous weather.

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This Week: Megaprojects, Richmond District Streets, Brewfest

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

  • Monday tonight!: Join Richmond’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to plan upcoming events, review city projects, and discuss the implementation of Richmond’s Bicycle Master Plan. Some of what is on the agenda: the Richmond‐San Rafael Bridge Bike Path project update, a post-event discussion on Bike To Work Day, and a talk about the Ride of Silence. Monday, June 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 450 Civic Center Plaza, Pt. Molate Conference Room, Second Floor, Richmond.
  • Tuesday: Join the next SPUR talk to learn about megaproject developments. Much of San Francisco’s housing pipeline is comprised of huge projects that are planned for specific, underdeveloped areas around the city. These projects have been in the works for years and are now starting to take shape. Join SPUR for a talk about Parkmerced and Schlage Lock, as well as the Brisbane Baylands project just south of the city limits. Tuesday, June 14. 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for members, $10 for non-members.
  • Wednesday: This spring the City of Oakland adopted an impact fee on residential development to pay for affordable housing, transportation, and other public benefits. Join SPUR for a discussion on how this fee will affect the city’s housing market. How will we know if it’s working as intended? Hear how it may work to improve Oakland and, it is hoped, keep it affordable. Wednesday, June 15, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for members, $10 for non-members.
  • Thursday: Want to become an advocate for safer, more walkable streets? Volunteer to become a Walk SF Ambassador. Learn how to help educate neighbors and the community about Vision Zero, Safe Routes to School, and Green Connections. The first step is learning to be a Summer Ambassador. Thursday, June 16, 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Walk SF Office, 333 Hayes Street, S.F. RSVP is requested.
  • Saturday: : Richmond District streets are getting safer and more welcoming, but more needs to be done. Join a casual bike ride to learn about initiatives and ideas to make walking and biking in District 1 even safer for people of all ages and abilities. Saturday, June 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Velo Rouge Cafe, 798 Arguello Boulevard, S.F. Free for SF Bicycle Coalition members (a $10 donation from non-members is appreciated); rain cancels the ride. No RSVP needed.
  • Saturday: : 3rd Annual Brewfest at the Sports Basement, Berkeley. Sports Basement is hosting the 3rd Annual BrewFest. A $5 donation to Bike East Bay gets you tastings from the finest Bay Area breweries: Lagunitas, Black Diamond, Drakes, Headlands, Sufferfest, and Triple Rock. Saturday, June 18, 3-6:00 p.m., 2727 Milvia Street, Berkeley. RSVP required.

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This Week: Elections, Sunday Streets, Bay Bridge Bike Path Summer Hours

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

  • Tuesday: How LA and SJ Embraced Modern Transit. Both Los Angeles and San Jose are working to transform themselves from auto-oriented cities to the transit-oriented towns of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Join Ethan Elkind, the author of Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City, and Rod Diridon, the father of modern transit service in Silicon Valley, for this conversation. Tuesday, June 7, 12:30 p.m., SPUR San Jose, 76 South First Street, San Jose.
  • Wednesday: Post-Election Recap. What will the election results mean for San Francisco, not to mention the next set of election cycles to come? Join SPUR and local political analysts for a post-election recap. Wednesday, June 8, 12:30, SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, SF.
  • Wednesday: San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit Community Workshop. The SFMTA is seeking public comment to update and (hopefully) improve San Francisco’s parking permit program. This is one of eleven workshops they are holding throughout the city. Once the public meetings are complete, staff will take recommendations to the SFMTA Board of Directors in fall 2016. Wednesday, June 8, is the session for District 8, 6-8 p.m., Harvey Milk Recreational Center, 50 Scott Street, SF.
  • Thursday: Real Change in Transportation–What Could it Look Like? What kinds of transportation do we want in San Francisco five, ten, or twenty years from now? How do we ensure that it meets the needs of all communities, not just the young, wealthy, and able-bodied? How can we make our streets safer? What is the best way to reduce the carbon footprint of local transportation? The Haight Asbury Neighborhood Council will hear from speakers including Jason Hender­son, Professor of Geography at SF State, on the topic of Real Change in Transportation. Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m., Park Library, 1833 Page St, SF.
  • Saturday: Brompton Urban Challenge San Francisco. Brompton is sponsoring a scavenger hunt on bicycle. All types of bikes are welcome to participate, but each team of 2-4 riders must include at least one Brompton to qualify. Saturday, June 11, 1 p.m., Huckleberry Bicycles, 1073 Market St
    SF. 2-4 riders per team (and at least one Brompton!), $25 per rider. Participants should have access to Twitter or Instagram on their phones.
  • Sunday: Sunday Streets Sunset/Great Highway. Celebrate Sunday Street’s longest route of the season. Walk, bike, dance, play, learn and explore your way through Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway on three miles of car-free streets. New this year, Sunday Streets kicks off each event with an Opening Procession lead by neighborhood community groups. For more information, visit the Sunday Street activity list and event info, or get involved and volunteer. One can also host an activity. Sunday, June 12, 11-4 p.m.
  • All Summer Long: The Bay Bridge East Bay bike path hours are being extended to 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, up until Labor Day.

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This Week: Parking Permits, Women Bike SF, Oaklavia

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

      • Wednesday: San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit Community Workshop. The SFMTA is seeking public comment to update and (hopefully) improve San Francisco’s parking permit program. This is one of 11 workshops they are holding throughout the city. Once the public meetings are complete, staff will take recommendations to the SFMTA Board of Directors in fall 2016. Wednesday, June 1, is the session for District 6, 6-8 p.m., at St. Anthony’s, 150 Golden Gate Avenue, SF.
      • Thursday: Another of San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit Community Workshops. Thursday, June 2, is the session for District 10, 6-8 p.m., CCSF South East Campus, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, SF.
      • Thursday: Rodando en la Habana: Bicycle Stories Documentary Screenings. This independent documentary tells of bicycling and community in Cuba, 20 years after the hardest time of the “Special Period,” when over 1 million imported Chinese bicycles aided Cuban survival when they were without Soviet petroleum. Thursday, June 2, 6:30–10:00 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street, SF. $7–$12, but no one turned away.
      • Friday: Women Bike SF: June Ride and Coffee Club. Join Women Bike SF for another coffee hour and ride with the San Francisco Cycling Club (SFCC). Every Friday morning the SFCC gathers and rides a bayside loop through the Presidio, ending at the Rapha Cycle Club for coffee. This time, Women Bike SF is joining them. Ride starts at 6 a.m. from Fell and Baker Street (the entrance of the Panhandle). This ride will be up-tempo (14-16 mph). Bring your road bike and wear your SF Bicycle Coalition (or other) cycling kit. Friday, June 3, from Fell and Baker St. (entrance to the Panhandle). If you don’t want to ride, you can join for a coffee from 8-9 a.m. and then just ride Polk St. into downtown. RSVP is requested.
      • Saturday: Love Our Neighborhood Day. In the annual tradition of Bogotá’s “Cyclovia,” North Oakland neighbors will once again close San Pablo Avenue, creating a car-free “Oaklavia” experience, and opening up the street for all. There will be food, entertainment, art activities, and a number of community organizations and businesses. Come out and enjoy a day of community and street spirit, organized by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m., San Pablo Avenue between Stanford and Ashby, Oakland.
      • Sunday: Gals with Gears: SF to Larkspur. Join the Gals for an enjoyable, easy-going ride along Embarcadero in San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge, around the Tiburon Loop and on to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal via Paradise Drive. The ride ends at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. Riding tips provided. Pace is relaxing. Gals with Gears are women over 50 and tired of being the only gals pulling up on bikes at intersections (No, you don’t have to be over 50 to join – just have to want to ride with them). Sunday, June 5, 8:45-2:00 p.m. RSVP required.

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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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