This Week in Livable Streets Events

This week, the SF Board of Supervisors considers a proposal to make it illegal to park unauthorized vehicles in car-sharing spaces, SPUR discusses landscape urbanism, the East Bay Bike Coalition celebrates the renovation of the old 16th Street Station, Thinkwalks takes a tour of social justice murals, and a park ranger leads a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Here are the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:
  • Monday: SF Transit Riders Union Meeting. Join the growing coalition to make Muni the transit system San Francisco deserves. This month’s general meeting will be held at the Park Branch Library. 6 pm.
  • Tuesday: The SF Board of Supervisors Meets. Included on the agenda is an agreement amendment regarding advertising on Muni buses, a Transportation Code amendment that would prohibit unauthorized vehicles to park in a designated car share space, and a 90-day extension for the Planning Commission’s review of an amendment reforming parking requirements introduced by Supervisor David Chiu. 2 pm.
  • Wednesday: SPUR Lunchtime Forum: What is Landscape Urbanism? Join Marco Esposito of SWA Group, Kevin Conger of CMG Landscape Architecture and Mona El Khafif of California College of the Arts to discuss landscape urbanism, “a way to reimagine large cities and aging infrastructures” which “emphasizes the integration of natural, structural, cultural and infrastructural layers of urban space, and suggests a reexamination of current planning models.” 12:30 pm.
  • Thursday: 16th Street Station Party: Valet Bike Parking and Outreach. The East Bay Bike Coalition is “throwing a series of parties to celebrate the rebirth of one of the grandest old train stations left in the Bay Area” – the 16th Street Station, which the City of Oakland plans to renovate.  The EBBC will also be spreading the word the Gateway Park Project and the Bay Bridge Bikeway projects in the works. 5:30 pm.
  • Friday: Critical Mass. Kick off your weekend with a ride in the San Francisco-born monthly tradition of reclaiming the streets for bicycles that has spread to cities around the world. 6 pm.
  • Saturday: Thinkwalks Social Justice Mural Bike Ride. Thinkwalks takes you on “a survey of more than a dozen murals addressing a variety of social issues. We’ll look at the art, the politics and the neighborhood issues, and we’ll examine public art organizing techniques, stories from your favorite murals, and the complex issues of expressing justice themes through art.” 1 pm.
  • Sunday: Ridge to Bridge Ride. “Experience National Parks and the Bay Area Ridge Trail” with Ranger James Osborne “on a strenuous 12-mile loop that begins in the Presidio, spans the Golden Gate Bridge, and descends into the peaceful valley in the Marin Headlands.” 10 am.
Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.


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