This Week: Bay Bridge, Reinvestment in West Oakland, Upper Market Bike Lanes

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

  • Tuesday Bay Bridge Weekday Opening Ride to Yerba Buena Island. Join Bike East Bay for a group ride to celebrate the weekday day grand opening of the Bay Bridge People Path. They’ll meet at the Bridge Yard Building, near the east end of the path, and ride to the grand opening of the Vista Point landing area on Yerba Buena Island. They’ll be joined by Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf, and representatives from local and state transit agencies. Tuesday, May 2, 9:15 a.m., Bridge Yard Building, 210 Burma Road, Oakland.
  • Tuesday A Reinvestment in West Oakland. Oakland-based developer 11 West Partners recently purchased over 20 acres of land straddling Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. Among the properties is the American Steel building, home to an artist’s community. But rather than immediately convert the buildings to another use, the developer is exploring ways of integrating them deeper into the community. Join SPUR for a tour of some of these sites to learn about their role as part of a long-term investment in the future of West Oakland. SPUR members only. Details to be sent ahead of tour. Email address:, or phone: 510.827.1900, Tuesday, May 2, 12:30, Oakland.
  • Tuesday SFMTA Board Meeting/Protected Bike Lanes on Upper Market. As the SFBC puts it: we have never been closer to getting protected bike lanes on Market Street from Octavia to the Wiggle. Come to the hearing at City Hall and tell the City that we can’t wait any longer for protected bike lanes on Market Street. Tuesday, May 2, 1-2:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 400, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, SF.
  • Tuesday City Council Vote on Berkeley Bike Plan. Come show support for the proposed Berkeley Bike Plan at the Berkeley City Council meeting. Bike East Bay expects opposition to this ambitious plan, which includes 20 new protected bike lanes and nice new protected intersections that will increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Tuesday, May 2, 6 p.m., Join Bike East Bay at Au Coquelet Cafe, 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley, to make signs, or at 7 p.m., Berkeley City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, for the hearing at the Berkeley City Council.
  • Wednesday Public Housing Re-Envisioned and Underway. Through HOPE SF and RAD, San Francisco, in partnership with community partners and housing organizations, has undertaken a transformation of its public housing portfolio in an effort to preserve and grow the city’s affordable housing stock. Come hear about important milestones recently reached for these initiatives and what’s next for the people and the projects involved. Wednesday, May 3, 12:30, SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, SF.
  • Wednesday City Trivia Night XII. City Trivia Night will have six rounds of questions relating to cities, architecture, urban planning and policy. It’s a showcase of urbanist talent and planning geekery. Bring your own team of six or join up with other urbanists at the event to compete for the crown and prizes. Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m., SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland.
  • Wednesday Public Comment Workshop with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. How do you convince someone of a position in just two minutes? Join SFBC at this workshop where they will teach you how to craft stellar public comment for an upcoming hearing or board meeting. Wednesday, May 3, 6-7:30, SF Bicycle Coalition, 1720 Market St, S.F.

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Rene Rivera, Executive Director of Bike East Bay, at the podium before the ribbon cutting for Yerba Buena Island Vista Point. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick

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SFCTA has cut off the Eastern Span to Treasure Island bike commuters. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick, 2017

SFCTA Maroons Treasure Island Cyclists

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