This Week: Is Bay Area Transit Ready for Climate Change?

A SPUR forum on Wednesday will consider how the Bay Area can strengthen its transportation system in the face of storms and rising sea levels brought on by climate change in the coming decades. New York City was forced to confront the reality of climate change last fall when Hurricane Sandy, given added force by warmer ocean temperatures, flooded waterfront neighborhoods and the transit system. Is San Francisco ready?

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:
  • Tuesday: On the SFMTA Board of Directors agenda is approval of a lease deal with the owners of the Pagoda Palace site, where the agency plans to extract the Central Subway drilling machinery. 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday: SPUR’s lunchtime forum on Transportation and Climate Adaptation looks at ways to build resilient systems of urban transit, walking, and bicycling that can withstand the effects of extreme weather and rising sea levels. Experts will share best practices and lessons learned from the Bay Area and beyond. 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Have a blast with thousands of San Franciscans at Critical Mass, the city’s monthly tradition of reclaiming the streets on two wheels. 5:30 pm.
  • Saturday: SFBC Love Your Lanes Bike Ride – Chinatown, Downtown and Polk Street. The SF Bicycle Coalition invites its members on a bike ride to scope out bicycling conditions in District 3, heading from the Ferry Building through areas like Union Square, North Beach, the Financial District, the Tenderloin, and Nob Hill. 1 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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