TODs, (quilting) bees and more are all on the livable streets calendar this week, plus a chance to tour the alleys of Chinatown (for free.) Here are the highlights:
- Tuesday: SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Designing TODs. Architect David Baker explores how transit-oriented developments serve as a mechanism by which residents are able to make changes to their carbon-reliant lives. Using his firm's current projects as examples - three high-density, mixed-use TOD projects at BART stations and at a light-rail station in Sacramento - he will outline merits of and strategies for designing and promoting effective TOD communities. 12:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: SFBC Bike Quilt: Biker Quilting Bees. Drop in and help out at this quilting bee. No quilting experience necessary, but comfort with a needle and thread is helpful. The quilt will be raffled off at Winterfest in December to raise money for the SFBC. 6-9 p.m.
- Friday: SFBC Gas-Free Friday. The SFBC is inviting members to declare their independence from oil when they pedal their way to an SFBC Energizer Station on Gas-Free Fridays to fuel up on coffee, tea and snacks. If you're not already car-free full time, this is a chance to grab your bike and encourage a friend or coworker to go gas free one day a week. 8-10 a.m.
- Saturday: Ecological History (south) Bike Tour. This trip through San Francisco's lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline will focus on the city south of downtown and SOMA, traversing the Mission, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Bayview, and the southeast coastline, including several new public parks. It's a "social, historical and critical 4-hour tour through the city's ecological past and present." 12-4 p.m.
- Saturday: Festival on the Square. Head to Portsmouth Square for an afternoon of performances, activities, games and prizes, plus free alleyway tours or a scavenger hunt. 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday: SFBC Rec Ride: Marin Headlands Art. Take a merry ride over the bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts and drop in on their fall Open House. Meet HCA's Artists in Residence and Affiliate Artists in their studios, see and discuss current works-in-progress, and check out this "very groovy scene" nesting in the former Fort Barry site. 12 p.m.