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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.

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This Week: Progressive Parking, More Bike Share Stations, Solving Housing

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

  • Monday Today! Hayes Valley Bike Share Planning Workshop. Join Bay Area Bike Share to have a say in where the next Bike Share stations should be located in Hayes Valley. These workshops are also a great way to learn about how bike sharing works in the Bay Area. Monday, July 25, 6-7 p.m. African American Art + Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St, S.F. For more information about this workshop, visit Bay Area Bike Share’s website here.
  • Tuesday Balancing Cities and Their Parking Many of the reasons that people love cities—excitement, opportunity for chance encounters, the capacity to delight and surprise—are due to density. But how do you support urban density while also managing residents’ occasional need for parking? Come hear about progressive parking policies that support city life, including a proposal to revamp Oakland’s parking. Tuesday, July 26, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Wednesday Can Regional Government Solve the Housing Crisis? Cities throughout the Bay Area are debating how to add housing and what affordable housing requirements should be. Should the Bay Area’s regional agencies require all new commercial developments to pay a fee to support affordable housing? Should there be regional housing bonds? Join policy experts in a discussion about housing solutions. Wednesday, July 27, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Wednesday Casual/Social Group Ride – Sports Basement. Join Sports Basement for a weekly social ride, averaging from 16-18 miles. Afterwards, socialize with riders over a beer or coffee. Wednesday, July 27. 6-7:30 p.m. Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley.
  • Thursday TransForm Social – San Jose. This summer Transform is hosting their first-ever TransForm Social. Learn about solutions to public transportation, housing, and climate woes while connecting with other TransFormers, staff and supporters. Drinks + Food + Raffle Game = TransForm Party! Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Vyne Bistro, 110 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, San Jose Tickets: $10 (includes one drink ticket + light appetizers).
  • Thursday. The Gaze from the Bicycle. Indira Urrutia and Marc Hors invite you to travel with them across the American continents through their photographs collected during a 4.5 year bicycle journey that started in Alaska on May 2nd, 2007, and ended in Puerto Williams, Chile on May 27th, 2012. The free event is hosted by Mullen Brothers Imaging and includes a printed exhibition and audiovisual projection. Thursday, July 28, 6-8 p.m. Mullen Brothers Gallery, 2040 Oakdale Ave., S.F.
  • Saturday The Oakland Scramble. A rich history, amazing amenities and hidden secrets make Oakland the perfect backdrop for SPUR’s first scavenger hunt in the East Bay. Join up with fellow young urbanists and follow an elaborate set of clues to leave no stone, building, tree or sculpture unturned. Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Register for free here.

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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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