This Week: Regional Solutions to Housing, Public-Private Partnership, Managing Megaprojects


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

  • Tuesday What Should the Region Be Doing About Housing? Many argue that the Bay Area housing crisis requires a regional vision and solutions. What is the role of regional government on housing? How can jurisdictions better collaborate across boundaries? Come tackle these thorny questions with SPUR’s panel. Tuesday, May 16, 12:30 p.m., SPUR San Jose, 76 South First Street, San Jose.
  • Tuesday What PPPs Can do for Transportation. Private companies and public entities often work together to fund, construct and/or manage large civic construction projects, but what happens when they join forces on transportation? Join SPUR as they explore the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in providing mobility options for urban dwellers. Hear from both large companies and small startups–as well as the policymakers guiding the processes–about how this collaboration works. Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F.
  • Wednesday Managing Megaprojects. The Bay Bridge. The Big Dig. Some transportation projects are surrounded by so much financial and political furor that their names have become synonymous for complications, drama and public debate. Can we do a better job of managing megaprojects? Join SPUR for a discussion about what it will take to restore the public’s trust in our ability to build big things. Wednesday, May 17, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F.
  • Wednesday Ride of Silence. San Francisco’s annual Ride of Silence honor those that have been injured or killed while biking. This ride takes place in over 50 countries on the third Wednesday of each May, with thousands of riders coming out in support and solidarity. This important ride helps to spread the message that cyclists represent precious lives. Approximately 11 mile, silent, no-drop group ride that visits high injury cycling routes and sites of recent cycling fatalities, to honor those hurt and killed and advocate for safer streets for all. Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Sports Basement Grotto, 1590 Bryant Street, S.F.
  • Thursday Bicycle Sketch Fest. Mark your calendar for ArtSpan’s 4th annual bicycle-sketching event. This one will take place at Huckleberry Bicycles where they will sketch people on bikes. There will be beer and snacks. Thursday, May 18, 7-9 p.m., Huckleberry Bicycles, 1073 Market Street, S.F. RSVP.
  • Thursday Raise a Glass Fundraiser for National Bike Month. Laughing Monk’s May #RaiseAGlass fundraiser will be in honor of National Bike Month. $1 from every beer sold will be donated to SF Bicycle Coalition and the California Bicycle Coalition. While raising money for these awesome organizations be sure to nosh on an amazing grilled cheese from the Grilled Cheese Guy. Thursday, May 18, 6-10 p.m., Laughing Monk Brewing, 1439 Egbert Ave, Unit A, S.F.
  • Saturday Urban Cycling 101 Classroom Workshop – Oakland. Learn basic rules of the road, how to equip your bicycle, fit your helmet, avoid bike theft, ride after dark, and prevent common crashes. It’s a two-hour, indoor workshop for adults and teens, no bike required. The workshop is taught by one of BikeEastBay’s instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Saturday, May 20, 1-3 p.m., 125 14th Street, Oakland Main Library, Oakland.

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