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This Week: Fossil-Free Bay Area, High-speed Rail, Prop. 13

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

  • Monday Today! Fossil-Free Bay Area. California has the most ambitious climate policy framework in the world, and the Bay Area has the resources, political temperament and innovative spirit to demonstrate how to work toward eliminating fossil fuel use. But is that spirit enough to go fossil-free? SPUR’s latest report lays out an agenda for the region to transition to a high-efficiency, 100 percent renewable energy system that will create a model for other urban regions while improving climate resiliency. Monday, today!, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Monday Tonight! Bicycle Advisory Committee. 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. Monday, tonight! Sept. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. City Hall, Room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.
  • Wednesday High-Speed Rail on the Horizon. California’s high-speed rail project is under construction in the Central Valley. What is the current status of the project and its funding? When and where will the first high-speed trains arrive in the Bay Area? What can riders expect once trains begin running? Learn more about this groundbreaking project. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.
  • Wednesday Solutions for 101 Congestion. Tens of thousands are stuck in traffic on 101 every day. What are strategies to move more commuters, with less time and stress? What is the role of express bus service? What options can best support climate goals? A cast of experts from state, local, employer, and advocacy perspectives (SPUR, TransForm, CalTrans, Stanford, C/CAG) will discuss options to ease the commute pain. Co-sponsored by SPUR, TransForm, and Friends of Caltrain. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., San Mateo Public Library, 55 W. 3rd Ave., San Mateo. Admission is free but RSVP is requested.
  • Thursday Who’s Afraid of Prop. 13? The state limitation on property tax has had significant, far-reaching impacts on our education system, housing costs and public services. Join a panel of statewide leaders, experts and activists for a wide-ranging discussion of the impacts of Prop. 13 and the growing campaign for reform. Co-presented by Evolve. Thursday, Sept. 29, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.
  • Saturday Ride the Waterfront on Bay Day. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is teaming up with Save the Bay for the inaugural Bay Day celebration. This six-mile, casual-paced bike ride will start at Brannan Street Wharf and end at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, with stops along the way to talk about changes coming to the waterfront and ongoing ways to get involved in the planning process. Saturday, Oct. 1, 11-1 p.m. Start Location: Brannan Street Wharf, End Location: Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. Free but RSVP required.
  • Saturday Oakland Mobility (OakMob) 101 – East Oakland. Oakland residents – what moves you? How could carshare and bikeshare help you stay connected to work, school, family, and more? Come to OakMob 101 to help chart the course for new car share and bike share programs coming to Oakland. Bring your friends and family for a day of food, prizes, music, and the opportunity to plan a better connected and more equitable Oakland. Saturday, Oct. 1, 12-4 p.m., Martin Luther King Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland. RSVP requested.

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SFMTA Board Unanimously Approves L-Taraval Boarding Islands

The seven-members of the SFMTA board unanimously approved boarding islands, transit-only lanes, and stop consolidation on the L-Taraval. Photo: Streetsblog.

The seven-members of the SFMTA board unanimously approved boarding islands, transit-only lanes, and stop consolidation on the L-Taraval. Photo: Streetsblog.

Late this afternoon, after listening to testimony from some 50 speakers for more than three hours, the SFMTA board unanimously approved the Muni-forward project to consolidate stops, create red transit-only lanes, and install concrete boarding islands on the L-Taraval line.

This morning Streetsblog ran an opinion piece from Walk San Francisco’s Executive Director, Nicole Ferrara, urging the SFMTA Board to ask for concrete boarding islands for all stops on the Taraval line. The board members shared her concern about the five inbound stops that will get painted passenger boarding areas, rather than concrete safety islands. “It’s not ‘Vision 90 percent,'” said director Joel Ramos, referring to an SFMTA qualification in the plan that says if less than 90 percent of motorists respond to the new painted treatments at these five stops in question, then these stops will also get a concrete safety island installed later.

Despite the concerns, they decided to move forward with the plan in hand. “I just can not see continuing to drop people off into traffic,” from the train said Lee Hsu, another of the directors.

Streetsblog will bring more details on the meeting in a follow-up post. It’s sufficient to say for now that the concrete boarding island issue is essentially resolved, and, despite the pleas of local merchants and residents who came to the meeting, parking concerns will not trump safety on this project.

Despite a huge turnout for delaying approval of the project, L-Taraval changes will move forward. Photo: Streetsblog

Despite a huge turnout, with many if not most speakers against the project, the L-Taraval changes will move forward (note Joanna Fraguli, who spoke in favor of the project from the mayor’s office on disability, in the forground). Photo: Streetsblog

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This Week: Measure DD, Taraval Boarding Islands, SoMa Protected Bike Lanes

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

    • Monday Tonight! Oakland Measure DD Coalition Meeting: Lake Merritt/Bay Trail projects. The Measure DD Community Coalition was formed to establish an ongoing dialogue between the City of Oakland and interested members of the community on how the bond measure will be implemented. The group meets every other month and is open to anyone interested in finding out more about Measure DD projects. Monday/Tonight, September 19, 7:10 p.m., Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland.
    • Tuesday SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting. The SFMTA Board meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at City Hall. On the agenda this week: Taraval! Currently, the SFMTA’s L Taraval Safety Project includes only 11 boarding islands, instead of the 16 that safety advocates say are needed. Anti-transit and parking-over-safety voices oppose all new boarding islands, which prevent riders from having to step directly into oncoming traffic. Come speak in favor of having concrete boarding islands at every stop. Tuesday, September 20, 1 p.m., City Hall Room 400, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., S.F.
    • Tuesday Safe Passages for Women in Oakland. Women have different needs for safety and security and yet their concerns are often not considered. Join SPUR for an interactive workshop through model making and designing; this workshop will help give women tools to become part of the decision making process. Co-presented by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, TransForm, and the Jack London Improvement District. Tuesday, 6 p.m., SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR and WOBO members, and supporters of JLID and TransForm, $10 for non-members.
    • Thursday 2016 Housing Ballot Measures. This November, voters in Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties will weigh in on ballot measures that will impact how these counties will respond to our region’s growing housing shortage. Come learn about what is at stake and what a win on these measures will mean for the Bay Area. Co-presented by Silicon Valley @ Home. Thursday, 12 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose. Free for SPUR and Silicon Valley @ Home members. $10 for non-members.
    • Thursday 7th Street and 8th Street Safety Projects Open House. As part of Mayor Lee’s new Executive Directive on safety, SFMTA has been asked to put in protected bike lanes on 7th and 8th street in SoMa. As SFMTA explains it: 7th & 8th streets are intersected by multiple high-injury corridors on San Francisco’s High Injury Network, which is the 12 percent of city streets that account for 70 percent of the city’s traffic crashes. Staff will be on hand to explain how this project will make the street safer and more comfortable, and hear your feedback on how parking and loading can be better managed. Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m., Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, S.F.
    • Thursday Northern California’s Rail Network. Railroads carrying both freight and passengers crisscross Oakland. Both services could be improved if the right projects are incorporated into the right local plans. Come learn what it will take for Oakland to maintain its role as the cornerstone of Northern California’s rail network. Thursday, 6 p.m., SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.

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This Week: Emervyille Bike and Ped, BART Board Candidates, Brooklyn Basin

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

    • Monday tonight! Emeryville Bike Ped Advisory Subcommittee Meeting: Bay Trail freeway ramp crossing. Regular every-other-month meeting of the Emeryville Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Subcommittee, which reviews city bikeway/development plans and advises staff on funding/planning proposals. The agenda for this meeting includes a discussion about improving the Bay Trail crossing of the freeway off-ramp along Powell Street in Emeryville, where a bike rider was hit and injured earlier this year. Monday, tonight!, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Emeryville City Hall, Council Chambers, 1333 Park Ave, Emeryville.
    • Monday tonight! San Francisco Transit Riders BART Board Director Candidate Forum. The San Francisco Transit Riders are hosting a forum for the candidates to introduce themselves and respond to SFTR and public questions. This is an important time in BART’s history. Its aging system is facing the challenges of ever more crowded trains. With these BART Board elections and the $3.5 billion BART bond to improve safety and increase train reliability on the same ballot, there are many issues to discuss at the forum. Monday, tonight! Sept. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mission Pool & Playground, Clubhouse, 3555 19th St., S.F.
    • Wednesday Building Brooklyn Basin. Oakland’s largest real estate project is underway. Brooklyn Basin encompasses 65 acres of the city’s southern waterfront and will create 3,000 new homes, including 465 affordable units, 32 acres of open space and a new marina. Come hear about this project. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Event is free.
    • Thursday Affordable Housing from Amsterdam and Copenhagen. When it comes to providing affordable housing, cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen are leagues ahead. Local housing consultant Natalie Bonnewit recently conducted research in northern Europe into affordable housing development. Hear how both cities are using housing as a tool for integrating society’s most vulnerable populations and how it compares to the Bay Area. Thursday, September 15, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center Gallery, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
    • Thursday Vision Zero Committee Meeting. According to data compiled by Walk SF, San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in the country, earning a WalkScore of 84–second only to New York. But over 800 people are hit by cars each year in San Francisco and 100 of them are severely injured or killed. Attend the County’s Vision Zero Committee Meeting to hear and comment on the latest work to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety. Thursday, September 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m., City Hall, Room 263, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl., S.F.
    • Thursday Van Ness Business Advisory Committee. Major upgrades are coming to Van Ness Avenue. The Van Ness Business Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from a cross-section of Van Ness Project Corridor businesses. Join the committee and Van Ness Improvement Project staff to review bus stop consolidation and hear updates on the bus line improvement project. Thursday, September 15, 3-4:30 p.m. SFMTA Offices, Civic Center Conference Room 3074, 3rd floor, One South Van Ness Avenue, S.F.
    • Friday (PARK)ing Day 2016. No, not that kind of parking–not like parking a car. PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition fights every day to get the city to design safer streets for people, and PARK(ing) Day is a celebration of reclaiming public space for people to pause, play and peruse. SF has hundreds of miles of on-street parking and PARK(ing) Day puts some of this space to uses beyond free car storage. Friday, Sept. 16, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. In front of Flax Art & Design at Market, 49 Valencia Street, S.F.
    • Saturday New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat. Tour de Fat will take place in Golden Gate Park’s Lindley Meadow offering a day of eclectic entertainment, a costumed bike ride, a gameshow, car-for-bike swap, fashion showdown, great music, and plenty of New Belgium beer. All donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales will go to San Francisco-area non-profits. Saturday, Sept.17, 10-5 p.m. Golden Gate Park’s Lindley Meadow. $10 admission.

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Can Berkeley’s Bike Plan Keep it a Top Bike-Friendly City?

Residents discuss the Berkeley Bike Plan at a recent open house. Image: Melanie Curry/Streetsblog

Residents discuss the Berkeley Bike Plan at a recent open house. Image: Melanie Curry/Streetsblog

The city of Berkeley just made its most recent draft bicycle plan available for public comment, and Dave Campbell, advocacy director of Bike East Bay, says it could be better.

The city did some innovative work to create the plan, including conducting an extensive in-person survey of local residents that produced solid data about local preferences. As Campbell writes in Berkeleyside, it was:

The kind of extensive public outreach Bike East Bay wishes all cities would engage in for their bicycle plan updates. A key finding of Berkeley’s public outreach [showed] that 70 percent of Berkeley residents who currently do not bicycle often or at all are interested in bicycling more if streets were safer. It’s certainly no surprise to hear that a higher quality product creates more demand.

City planners also created a map of “low-stress” and “high-stress” zones, based on traffic volumes and collision rates. By overlaying maps of existing bike routes with maps of high-collision zones, they could clearly see where there was the most need for improvement. For example, although Berkeley already has a pretty solid number of existing low-stress bikeways, every one of those routes runs into trouble somewhere. They cross through high-traffic areas or come to busy intersections that are difficult or dangerous—or both—to cross.

The maps make it clear that the bike boulevards do not constitute a connected, low-stress bike network, which may be deterring riding.

The City of Berkeley conducted a "Level of Stress Analysis" to understand better where people might feel safe riding their bikes in Berkeley. Image: Draft Berkeley Bicycle Plan

The City of Berkeley conducted a “Level of Stress Analysis” to understand better where people might feel safe riding their bikes in Berkeley. Image: Draft Berkeley Bicycle Plan

The new bike plan focuses on the spots that interrupt the network. It proposes safer crossings at many hot spots, including new marked crossings, a protected intersection, and crossing lights, depending on traffic volumes.

It also proposes more low-stress bicycle boulevards. These are streets with relatively low traffic volumes where bicycle traffic is prioritized with sharrows and traffic diverters. The new plan also includes removing some stop signs to allow bike riders to maintain momentum along the bike boulevards—in many parts of the city there is a stop sign at every block—and adding speed tables to slow down traffic.

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This Week: Tour de Fat Pre-Party, SoMa Bike Coalition, Guiding Growth

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

    • Tuesday tonight! Tour de Fat Pre-Party. Roll In, Tune Up, Bowl On! Join Mission Bowling Club and New Belgium Brewing as they gear up for Tour De Fat 2016! Ride your bike over for a quick-fix and tune-up happy hour, courtesy of Huckleberry Bicycles. Become a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and get two tickets to Tour De Fat 2016 (worth $20)! Tuesday, September 6. 3-6 p.m. Mission Bowling Club, 3176 17th Street, S.F.
    • Wednesday SoMa Bike Coalition Committee Meeting. Come meet members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition who are shaping the upcoming Folsom and Howard Street project. They will share preliminary survey results, explore innovative street designs, and talk about ways to engage in this project when public meetings begin later this fall. Wednesday, September 7, 6-7 p.m. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, 1720 Market St., S.F.
    • Thursday Guiding Growth in Our Big Cities. What are the big planning issues facing our region today? Can we balance affordable housing, effective transportation, and sustainable growth? Join the planning directors of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland for a rare conversation about how our cities are planned and what lies ahead for the Bay Area’s three central cities. Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. SPUR Urban Center Gallery, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
    • Friday Coffee with a Wonk — Ratna Amin. Got ideas or questions about your city? Thoughts on transportation or housing? An interest in zoning or an obsession with BRT? Come to SPUR’s St. Clare cafe on the second Friday of each month to discuss policy and planning with SPUR’s thinkers and planners. Friday, September 9, 9:30 a.m. SPUR Urban Center Gallery, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free to the public.
    • Friday How can we build enough housing? San Francisco’s chief economist has estimated that it would take another 100,000 units of housing to stabilize rents. However, physical and political constraints on the city’s built form make it difficult to find the space for this housing. The newest exhibition at the SPUR Urban Center, in partnership with the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Planning Department, takes aim at this issue and seeks to answer how we can build the city that we have into the city that we need. Friday, September 9, 6 p.m. SPUR Urban Center Gallery, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free to the public, but $10 suggested donation.
    • Saturday Walk San Francisco’s 12th annual Peak2Peak Walk. Discover hidden stairways, explore new paths, take in breath-taking vistas, and meet people who share your passion to make walking in San Francisco safe for everyone, so our community is healthier and more livable. Enjoy this unique, day-long hiking adventure across the city, and support Walk S.F.’s work to reclaim streets as safe, shared spaces everyone can enjoy. This is a one-of-a-kind, 13-mile urban trek across ten peaks. Saturday, September 10. Event starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. The Ramp Restaurant, 855 Terry Francois St., S.F. Tickets start at $85.
    • Sunday Western Addition Sunday Streets. Walk, bike, dance, play, and explore through the Western Addition. Sunday Streets creates miles of car-free streets for people to get out and be active in diverse San Francisco neighborhoods. Be sure to checkout the Activity Hubs for fun, free activities offered by local nonprofits and community groups plus the dozens of activations provided by merchants on the route. Sunday, September 11, 11-4 p.m. on Fillmore, Fulton, and Baker Streets in the Western Addition neighborhood, S.F.

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This Week: Berkeley Bike Plan, Planning for Families, Women & Bikes

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

    • Monday tonight! Berkeley Bicycle Plan Update Open House. Come see the draft Berkeley Bicycle Plan. It includes recommendations for new and enhanced bike boulevards and improved crossings, downtown and UC campus area projects, including new protected bikeways, enhancements to the Ohlone Greenway, upgrades to existing bike lanes and routes, citywide projects such as bicycle parking, and a number of major complete-street corridor studies. This public open house will kickoff the public review period. Monday, August 29 4:30-7:30 p.m. tonight! at the Downtown Berkeley Library Community Room, 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley.
    • Tuesday Planning for Families. What makes a family choose to live in the city? One of the most important–and often missing–factors is quality housing suitable to a family’s needs. Can we make our housing family-friendly by design? SPUR hosts a talk with Susan Exline of the San Francisco Planning Department, Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design and Supervisor Norman Yee. Tuesday, August 30, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center Gallery, 654 Mission Street, S.F. free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
    • Tuesday Town Hall on Housing, Transportation, and Urban Planning. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, CSU Trustee and District 7 BART Board Candidate Lateefah Simon and best-selling author David Talbot will join San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim for a discussion about transportation, housing, and urban planning for the Bay Area and the entire state. Tuesday, August 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mission High, 3750 18th St, San Francisco.
    • Wednesday Women & Bikes: SF-East Bay Mixer. The SF Bicycle Coalition and Bike East Bay are teaming up for a happy hour celebrating women and bikes! Join to meet new bike-loving friends and hear what’s happening around women and bikes on both sides of the bay. This women-focused happy hour is open to all bike lovers and the bike curious. Wednesday, August 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lost and Found, 2040 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.
    • Wednesday Learning to Bike in the City. Come learn the basics of biking in San Francisco at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop. It’s a one-hour course covering bicycling for everyday riding in SF, the rules of the road, route planning and more. This course is a great introduction for people who are considering biking in the city or are looking to brush up on urban biking skills. No bicycle is necessary for this class. Indoor bicycle parking is available. Wednesday, August 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. SF Bicycle Coalition, 1720 Market St., S.F. Event is free. Contact Libby Nachman (libby [a-t] sfbike.org) with any questions.
    • Thursday Planning Out Central SoMa. The Central SoMa Plan is San Francisco’s only area plan that is currently underway. A new draft of the plan was recently released and it lends insight into the transportation changes being studied, the current market, and more. Come learn about the changes planned for the neighborhood. Thursday, Sept. 1, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Event is free.
    • Friday Women Bike Coffee Club.  Once a month, an informal gathering of women, trans and femme-identified folks meet to talk about bicycling in the city, share tips, and caffeinate together. If you’re new to riding or interested but haven’t gotten rolling yet, this is a perfect place to find riding buddies and answer some of your questions about biking in SF. Women Bike SF is a SF Bicycle Coalition program that aims to encourage and inspire more women, trans, and female-identified individuals to ride bikes with social events, rides, and workshops. Friday, Sept. 2, 8-9 a.m. Ritual Coffee Roasters1300 Haight St., S.F.

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This Week: Bike Advisory Committee, Real Estate Development, Bicycle Traffic Skills

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

    • Monday tonight! Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting. The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets to consider bicycle transportation projects and policies to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, the Municipal Transportation Agency, the County Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Police Department, and other City and County of San Francisco agencies. Monday, August 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. City Hall room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place (Polk St).
    • Tuesday A Real Estate Development Primer. How do developers decide what to build and where to build it? Which comes first: new infrastructure or new buildings? Learn some of the basics of urban real estate development from one of Silicon Valley’s most prolific developers. Tuesday, August 23, 6 p.m. SPUR San Jose, 76 South First Street, San Jose. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is not necessary for this event.
    • Wednesday Architecture Next Now, Part 2. Many newer architectural practices in the Bay Area are establishing compelling trajectories in their work through innovative design mediums. How will these efforts shape the future of our cities? Come hear these firms debate the links between research, practice and culture while challenging the conventional strategies of architecture in the Bay Area. Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. SPUR Urban Center Gallery, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
    • Thursday Drinks & Discourse — Adhi Nagraj. Come grab a beer and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s newest Young Urbanist series, we talk with BRIDGE Housing’s director of development and chair of the Oakland Planning Commission to hear his thoughts on the cities of tomorrow, his current role and the career path that took him there. Thursday, August 25, 6:00 p.m., SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway. Admission is free.
    • Saturday Learn Traffic Skills 101: On-Road with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Practice what you learned in the Traffic Skills: Classroom. After a basic bike maintenance session, the class will practice bike maneuvering skills in a car-free practice area before riding on the streets in small groups led by instructors. You will gain experience riding alongside moving traffic in different traffic conditions and apply safe riding techniques practiced in the car-free space into real-life situations. Adults and anyone over 14 years of age are welcome; bicycle, helmet, and pre-registration required. Please bring your lunch. Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 1899 Waller St., S.F.
    • Saturday Cool Effect & Proof Lab present #LetsSave. Grab a cup of Equator Coffee, snag a bite to eat, and learn more about Cool Effect’s carbon-cutting mission—then support one of their climate change fighting projects to receive 10 percent off all your Proof Lab purchases. Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m., Proof Lab Surf Shop, 244 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley.

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This Week: Growing Bike Advocacy, Bikes and Brews, Sunday Streets in the Mission

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

    • Monday tonight! East Bay Watershed Master Plan Public Meeting. The District invites the public to review and discuss the public draft of the East Bay Watershed Master Plan which guides the management of tens of thousands of acres of land and water resources in the East Bay. Staff will give a brief presentation on the master plan and proposed changes, and the audience will be invited to comment. They will also discuss access  to watershed trails by cyclists. Monday, August 15, 6:30 p.m., EBMUD Administration Building, 2nd floor, 375 11th Street, Oakland.
    • Tuesday Bike Talk: Growing our Movement. Who do we assume is the “typical” cyclist, and where did that assumption come from? How do we make sure that bike advocates are representing all those who bike and not just those who show up at advocacy meetings? Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a panel discussion about the sustainability of the advocacy movement and how to expand beyond its current area of influence. Tuesday, August 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Sports Basement Grotto, 1590 Bryant Street, S.F. RSVP.
    • Tuesday Bikes, Wrenches, and Brews – Berkeley. Come hang out with fellow bicyclists at your local REI. Bring your bike, grab a complimentary brew, some grub, and a wrench. Get to work cleaning that chain, adjusting those cables, or replacing those brake pads with guidance from REI shop technicians. Work stands, tool sets, and REI expertise are provided free of charge. While you wrench, learn about the important work that local bike organizations like Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay are up to. Tuesday, August 16, 6:00 p.m. REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.
    • Wednesday How should we use public land? Come hear a series of perspectives on how public lands should be utilized in Oakland and beyond. Wednesday, August 17, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.
    • Thursday Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission. Oakland’s Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) was established to advise the City Council on programs and projects related to walking and bicycling. This session, meet Jeff Tumlin, Director of Oakland’s new Department of Transportation. There will also be displays of projects completed over the last few years, plus public comment. Thursday, August 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Hearing Room 3, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
    • Saturday First Annual Transportation Forum. Councilmember Chappie Jones and Senator Jim Beall will be hosting the First Annual Transportation Forum in District 1. Come hear a diverse panel discuss transportation policy and infrastructure that is being planned at the regional, state, and local level. Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Mitty High School, 5000 Mitty Way, San Jose. Event is free but registration is requested.
    • Sunday Sunday Streets in the Mission. Walk, bike, dance, play and explore your way down Valencia St. Sunday Streets are events that encourage recreation, community activities and fun in San Francisco. Sunday Streets closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic, and opens them to people for several hours on various Sundays throughout the year, so participants can enjoy a large, temporary, public space where they can bike, walk, run, dance, do yoga, etc. Nonprofit and health organizations offer free activities and share information during the event. Sunday August 21, 11 a.m-4 p.m. on Valencia St between McCoppin Hub and 26th St.

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Streetsblog San Francisco is Taking a Mid Summer Vacation

And what does a Streetsblog SF editor do on vacation? Bike around Portland, of course. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

And what does a Streetsblog SF editor do on vacation? Walk and bike around Portland, of course. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26, we’re taking a mid-summer vacation from publishing Streetsblog San Francisco. Another California editor will update headlines every other day (notifications will go out via social media). And, of course, keep up with state stories at Streetsblog CAL and Streetsblog LA and national news at Streetsblog USA.

We’ll resume our regular publishing schedule on August 2. We hope all our readers get to take a summer break this year; have fun and travel safely. See you Tuesday, August 2.