This Week: Fossil-Free Bay Area, High-speed Rail, Prop. 13

sblog_calendar1Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Monday Today! Fossil-Free Bay Area. California has the most ambitious climate policy framework in the world, and the Bay Area has the resources, political temperament and innovative spirit to demonstrate how to work toward eliminating fossil fuel use. But is that spirit enough to go fossil-free? SPUR’s latest report lays out an agenda for the region to transition to a high-efficiency, 100 percent renewable energy system that will create a model for other urban regions while improving climate resiliency. Monday, today!, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Monday Tonight! Bicycle Advisory Committee. The committee meets monthly to consider bicycle transportation projects and policies to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, the SFMTA, and other City and County agencies. Monday, tonight! Sept. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. City Hall, Room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.
  • Wednesday High-Speed Rail on the Horizon. California’s high-speed rail project is under construction in the Central Valley. What is the current status of the project and its funding? When and where will the first high-speed trains arrive in the Bay Area? What can riders expect once trains begin running? Learn more about this groundbreaking project. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.
  • Wednesday Solutions for 101 Congestion. Tens of thousands are stuck in traffic on 101 every day. What are strategies to move more commuters, with less time and stress? What is the role of express bus service? What options can best support climate goals? A cast of experts from state, local, employer, and advocacy perspectives (SPUR, TransForm, CalTrans, Stanford, C/CAG) will discuss options to ease the commute pain. Co-sponsored by SPUR, TransForm, and Friends of Caltrain. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., San Mateo Public Library, 55 W. 3rd Ave., San Mateo. Admission is free but RSVP is requested.
  • Thursday Who’s Afraid of Prop. 13? The state limitation on property tax has had significant, far-reaching impacts on our education system, housing costs and public services. Join a panel of statewide leaders, experts and activists for a wide-ranging discussion of the impacts of Prop. 13 and the growing campaign for reform. Co-presented by Evolve. Thursday, Sept. 29, 12:30 p.m. SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.
  • Saturday Ride the Waterfront on Bay Day. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is teaming up with Save the Bay for the inaugural Bay Day celebration. This six-mile, casual-paced bike ride will start at Brannan Street Wharf and end at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, with stops along the way to talk about changes coming to the waterfront and ongoing ways to get involved in the planning process. Saturday, Oct. 1, 11-1 p.m. Start Location: Brannan Street Wharf, End Location: Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. Free but RSVP required.
  • Saturday Oakland Mobility (OakMob) 101 – East Oakland. Oakland residents – what moves you? How could carshare and bikeshare help you stay connected to work, school, family, and more? Come to OakMob 101 to help chart the course for new car share and bike share programs coming to Oakland. Bring your friends and family for a day of food, prizes, music, and the opportunity to plan a better connected and more equitable Oakland. Saturday, Oct. 1, 12-4 p.m., Martin Luther King Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland. RSVP requested.

Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

The Bay Area Needs More Walkable Housing, Not Google Bus Bashing

|
The anger of the protestors who blockaded a Google bus in the Mission on Monday was very real and understandable. San Francisco residents, living in a highly sought-after city with a limited housing supply, are coping with a crisis of skyrocketing rents and evictions. Meanwhile, Muni riders increasingly find their stops blocked by private shuttles that appear […]

Clipper Card Upgrade Could Bring Seamless Regional Travel, Or Not

|
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will soon renew its contract for Clipper, the Bay Area’s “all-in-one transit card.” Transit advocates are urging MTC to use the opportunity to create a more seamless fare system, and remove barriers that could allow Clipper payments on both the region’s transit agencies and “first-and-last-mile” trip services. Transit riders can currently […]

Get Ready for Streetsblog San Francisco

|
How come so many posts on San Francisco lately? Let’s make it official: The Open Planning Project will be launching Streetsblog San Francisco in January 2009. After interviewing many highly qualified candidates during last month’s RailVolution conference, we’ve hired Bryan Goebel as the site’s editor and Matthew Roth as full-time reporter. Bryan is a veteran […]

Guest Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Wreck Livable Cities

|
Over the past year driverless cars have been promoted as a panacea for livable cities. The storyline is that driverless cars will help reduce car ownership, free-up urban space for walking and biking, and help reduce death and injury. The USDOT has joined the parade with its “smart city challenge,” awarding Columbus, Ohio a $40 […]