This Week: Bay Area Bike Share Launch, Calming Scott Street

In case you haven’t heard, Bay Area Bike Share finally opens its docks this Thursday in downtown SF and four other cities down to San Jose. Also, don’t miss your chance to tell the SFMTA about the changes you’d like to see to calm car traffic on Scott Street on the Wiggle.

Here are the rest of this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Tuesday: The SFMTA hosts a second community meeting on the Muni 5 Fulton-Limited pilot project, this time in the Western Addition. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Want to see cars tamed on Scott Street along the Wiggle? Weigh in at the SFMTA’s community meeting on “exploring traffic calming options” for Scott between Page and Fell Streets. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join the two-wheeled, celeste-colored wave as Bay Area Bike Share launches in downtown San Francisco and four other cities along the Peninsula. Be sure to grab an annual membership if you haven’t already. Officials will hold a press event at the 4th and King Caltrain Station at 10:30 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: Panelists at a SPUR lunchtime forum take a look at the huge jump in costs for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge from $250 million to $6.5 billion. “How did this happen — and how does it compare with the history of building the original bridge?” 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: The Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema will include the premiere of “People Live Here,” a short documentary about the history of Cesar Chavez Street and the effects of the “historic ‘livable streets’ retrofit” which it’s undergoing. Films start at 7:45 p.m.

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

  • Anonymous

    what time on Thursday can you officially check out a bike? I’m passing through SF at 7 AM and either need to bring a bike, or check one out….

  • Anonymous

    The EBBC is also leading a ride to check out the new bike/ped path on the Bay Bridge East Span next Tuesday, Sept 9th, starting from the West Oakland BART station at 6pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/1407704696120885/

    The path currently goes out to the tower only, and not to Yerba Buena Island yet, so it will be an out-and-bike on the “world’s longest bike pier”.

  • Anonymous

    Protest lousy bike infrastructure and the SFPD’s anti-bike bias by joining Friday’s Critical Mass, 6pm @ Justin Herman Plaza. We’ll almost certainly be visiting 6th and Folsom.

  • linmei

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  • Anonymous

    As a person who rides a bike or walks in SF and does not own a car, please STOP TRYING TO PISS PEOPLE OFF ON PURPOSE! It in no way helps cyclists, it is an emotional tantrum, it is exactly the same as anyone that blames a group for individuals actions. you have no idea who is in that car, you just label them however is convenient to encourage a mob mentality so you feel (completely in error) that your doing something about something. Respect comes from respect, anger breads more anger. You know I am right, you either accept you need to control your own emotions to achieve progress or you are just as bad as any mindless cell phone ranting driver that cannot control their urges of the moment and is thus very dangerous to those around them.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I was thinking the same thing about Rosa Parks sitting in the front of the bus. Why was she trying to piss people off on purpose?

    Blah blah, this is a hyperbolic example, but the concept does scale.

    A “good” driver caught in critical mass should be pissed off not at the cyclists, but pissed off at the “bad” drivers who made the protest necessary.

  • Though it does turn out that sometimes “good” drivers who may have even ridden in CM before turn a bit sour when they end up late for a movie due to CM.

  • mikesonn

    I turn a bit sour when my local water hole runs out of my favorite beer.

    I get down right pissed off when I’m nearly killed on a daily basis because our city doesn’t feel any urgency when it comes to safe bicycling infrastructure. Their movie can wait, I just want to get home safe (and alive!).

  • Anonymous

    Anyone driving a car to a movie in central San Francisco on a Friday at rush hour has bigger problems than Critical Mass.

  • That’s what I generally want to do, too….though I don’t think that was exactly my goal when I rode in CM last time round.
    I’ve quit attending because of the testosterone crew and I no longer feel personally that I’m accomplishing anything there that addresses being “nearly killed on a daily basis” nor puts any urgency on the city.
    YMMV, and you’re welcome to continue.

  • Anonymous

    s/to a movie//;

  • mikesonn

    I’ve never ridden in one for multiple reasons, none of which really matter but the list doesn’t include hurting some driver’s feelings.

  • You’re welcome to ride toward the back of the next CM and explain that to people who’ve been sitting there motionless for a long time. I agree: some other auto-related collision, etc. could have just as well trapped them there (likely near the Broadway tunnel).

    I heard a wonderful bit from Jack Kornfield in one of Joe Frank’s episodes about how you’d react if you were crossing a river in a boat and saw another boat headed toward you from up stream. You see the guy in the other boat just sitting there looking at you and not steering away. You get angry and start yelling at him, the jerk! Then eventually as the boat comes close, you realize the boat is empty, there is no man there, it was just a bunch of stuff stacked up that looked like a man. Suddenly you accept the boat drifting toward you without agency and you’re no longer outraged.

    Wouldn’t that be a great teaching point to bring to people standing next to their cars? “Don’t you see, the boat is empty. Critical Mass has no more agency than a random collision. It makes no more sense to be mad at me or the corker in front of you than it does to be mad at physics.”

    Good luck with that.

  • But you’re pretty sure that it is moving the conversation forward. Great!

    I also have opinions!

    High Five!

  • mikesonn

    I didn’t say that but whatever.

  • It’s fine if you give up on having a conversation with me, that’s OK.

    But, likewise, I’m not sure how a monthly trapping of random people in their cars will help you get home on a regular day. I’m pissed enough with the jerkwad driving that I’ve gotten a bikecam, but I’m still critical of Critical Mass. I think it’s OK to think I have and express what I think is legitimate criticism of something I’ve experienced (though only from the handlebar side).

    I dunno, maybe I should shut up before I get labelled “an avid cyclist’.

  • Anonymous

    The city is going to implement a pilot redesign for Folsom. Was that because

    1) A bunch of people agitated for it.

    2) Some cyclist didn’t run a stop sign and showed every driver that saw him that cyclists are ZOMG awesome!

    What brought about such great agitation?

    1) People on the internet said “We should write our supervisor”
    2) The SFBC put boots on the ground at that intersection, and stood up to a cop who pulled up there and started harassing them?

    Critical Mass probably isn’t very good at convincing random drivers (who mostly live in the East Bay) stuck in traffic downtown that we need better conditions for cyclists. But it starts a hullabaloo that City Hall should “Do Something” about Critical Mass. What is City Hall’s best method for “doing something about Critical Mass”?

    1) Round up the CM participants and put them in jail, and CRACK DOWN on Critical Mass!

    2) Improve cycling conditions in the city such that Critical Mass seems like a superfluous boring exercise and it fades away.

    I’ve been in maybe one or two CM’s over the years, and that wasn’t really intentional, it was more that CM went through the Mission while I was headed home from work. But were I in SF I sure as hell would have shown up last month in the wake of the Amelie incident, and I would not have felt bad one bit.

  • mikesonn

    I don’t ride CM because I feel the same as you but I also think people with legit concerns ride it because they are fed up. I’m fed up. This city isn’t doing crap when it comes to safe cycling infra and only a mass protest, maybe not CM, will do anything to change that.

  • Well, crap, I just had a long thing typed up and lost it.

    Summary: In thinking and re-reading this thread, I see that I missed the civil disobedience angle there. I don’t accept the false dichotomies above, but ultimately got drawn further and further away from the obvious fact that civil disobedience isn’t going to leave all smiling faces.

  • I agree with the general argument even if I don’t agree with the exact false dichotomies he’s listed. But yeah, basically it’s civil disobedience which isn’t going to be pleasant for all concerned. I’ve stumbled clumsily enough through this thread that I’ll just end it there.

  • I attended the 2013 Halloween CM, and wow, the CM I remember from 8-4 years ago was a heck of a lot more angry than this CM. This was pretty chill, most of the corking was done by the motorcycle SFPD officers riding up, telling people to chill, and moving on.

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