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This Week: Urban Biking, Affordable Housing, Learning from Seattle

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

    • Monday/tonight! Intermediate Urban Biking. Already feel reasonably comfortable riding your bike in the city? Have a good sense of your rights and responsibilities? Then it’s time for you to develop your skills even further. This brand-new classroom course teaches more advanced skills and techniques: riding in all types of weather, nighttime riding, keeping you and your bike safe, and more. Monday/tonight!, August 14, 6-7 p.m., Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St, S.F.
    • Tuesday The Who and How of Paying for Affordable Housing. Innovative funding options aim to help streamline the process of getting affordable housing built. Join a panel of experts for a conversation about new ways to finance affordable housing and learn about the Bay Area’s newest funds, which will create more nimble financing tools for this fast-moving market. Tuesday, August 15, 12:30, SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F.
    • Wednesday Learning From Seattle. With a long-running tech boom, fast-rising housing costs, urban growth boundaries to preserve open space at the region’s edge, and plans to remove a freeway to open up the waterfront, Seattle has much in common with the Bay Area. Yet there are key differences, such as the absence of Prop. 13, and state housing growth targets in local plans. Hear what key lessons our region can learn from the Emerald City. Wednesday, August 16, 12:30, SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland.
    • Wednesday 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project Open House. Currently, 6th Street is one of the most dangerous corridors for people walking in San Francisco. The 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project will bring sidewalk bulb-outs, new traffic signals, and bike lanes to the corridor. The SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will host an open house to get community feedback on plans for 6th Street. This is an opportunity to voice your opinions on the plans. Wednesday, August 16, 5-7 p.m., Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, S.F.
    • Wednesday Richmond Happy Hour. Curious about the new design options for Eighth Avenue that focus on slowing down vehicle traffic to prioritize people walking and biking? Want an update on the Arguello Boulevard bike lane or on the Golden Gate Park Traffic Safety Study? Want to learn more about how 23rd Avenue fits into the Richmond biking network? Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and your bike-loving neighbors for a casual happy hour to speak directly with an SFMTA planner about what’s going on in the neighborhood. Wednesday, August 16, 5:30-7 p.m., Richmond Republic Draught House, 642 Clement St., S.F.
    • Thursday Transcending Traditional Neighborhood Advocacy. How can a city broaden community participation and create more inclusive engagement? In 2016, the City of Seattle changed its neighborhood outreach model to strive for more equitable and accessible public engagement. Join us to learn how Seattle is finding new ways of connecting with citizens and how similar programs could be successful in the Bay Area. Thursday, August 17, 6 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., S.F.
    • Thursday Oakland Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting. Oakland's Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) advises the City Council on programs and projects related to walking and bicycling. Open to the public. Thursday, August 17, 6-8 p.m., City Hall Hearing Room 4, Oakland.

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