Thinkwalks Bike Ride: The Big Shift tour

"Before cars existed, Golden Gate Park was created as an escape from urban pressures. Instead, it turned into a test tube for the cultural shift from horses and coal gas balloons to bicycles and motor-carriages, from the spectacle of the "Gilded Age" robber barons to a literal refuge for refugees."

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SFMTA Board Debates Mode Shift Goal at Workshop

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SFMTA Chief Nat Ford presented his “State of the SFMTA” [pdf] report to the board of directors at a special workshop today, a mostly glowing assessment of the past few years but one that acknowledged the pains of its funding crises and the many challenges the agency faces as it looks to the future. It […]

Alameda Advocates Continue Push for Alternative to Posey Hell Tunnel

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Advocate-volunteers with BikeWalk Alameda took shifts today counting cyclists and pedestrians passing through the Posey Tube on their way between western Alameda and Oakland. The count will be used to help push for a pedestrian and bicycle drawbridge between Alameda and Jack London Square, across the Alameda estuary. “That’s the big, long term goal,” said Brian McGuire, […]

Council Debate Over Sausalito Bicycle Tax Postponed to April

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Photo: Bike and Roll San Francisco Growing tension over how, or even whether, Sausalito can accommodate the flood of summer tourists riding rented bicycles into the village spawned a plan by one city councilman to convert four auto parking spots to bike parking. Subsequently, there has been talk of a one-dollar tax on rental bikes […]

Car-Free Households in San Francisco Above 30 Percent

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According to the new San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 2010 Transportation Fact Sheet, the number of car-free households increased. Last year [pdf], data show that 29.8 percent of households had no car, a number than climbed to 30.3 percent this year [pdf]. Oddly, it seems the shift came mostly from households with one car, as […]