This Week: Get Pumped for Bike to Work Day

This Thursday is Bike to Work Day — time once again to join the swarm of bike commuters and enjoy some free goodies along the way. And we’re not just talking snacks and tote bags: On Market Street, you can be one of the first registered by the new bicycle traffic counter, and Wiggle-bound riders will hopefully get to inaugurate the protected bike lane on Oak Street.

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tuesday: The SFMTA Board of Directors agenda includes an update on parking management efforts in the northeast Mission and a presentation on the agency’s “long range vision for transit.” 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee is set to vote on approving funds to increase the size of the Bay Area bike-share pilot from 700 bikes to the originally-promised 1,000 bikes after an apparently unexpected increase in costs. The SF Bicycle Coalition is calling on supporters “to speak up for a large-scale bike sharing program in San Francisco and the region.” 9:40 a.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Join a SPUR lunchtime forum to hear representatives from the MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments discuss the increasingly sophisticated modeling tools they’re using to predict patterns of traffic and population growth in the development of the 25-year Plan Bay Area. 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The BART Board of Directors is set to hear an update on the results of the bikes-on-board pilot. 9 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: It’s the 19th annual Bike to Work Day. Join a commuter convoy, pick up some snacks and coffee at your local energizer station, and join city leaders and bike advocates for an event at City Hall. Check out the official Bike to Work Day website for more events around the Bay Area. 8:30 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: Take a tour of the Transbay Transit Center construction site with SPUR, the SF Planning Department, and the Transbay Authority. 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: As part of its Green Connections project, the Planning Department will hold a community meeting in Visitacion Valley to discuss design concepts for a safer, greener Leland Avenue. SFMTA staff will also discuss upcoming improvements to the 8X-Bayshore Express as part of the Muni Transit Effectiveness Project. 10 a.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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