Thursday, September 10, 2009

And, speaking of New York...

This showed up on StreetsblogSF. It originates with NYCBike Maps. The video shows how New York is on the forefront of cutting-edge street design with its separated bike lanes, car-free pedestrian walk ways and plazas. If we can make it there, we can make it anywhere!

NPR: Biking in New York

There will be an excellent podcast with former Bogata Columbia mayor Enrique Peñalosa eventually after I take care of some family issues, I promise! In the meantime, listen to this great NPR segment about biking in NY with The Bike Snob.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

East Oakland Rides

It's going down! July 25th 2pm Lake Merritt 468 Perkins St. You don't want to miss this!! its going to be off the chain!!!

Bikes 4 Life 2nd Annual Peace Bike Ride ending at Defremery Park 3pm 1651 Adeline St Oakland
in collaboration w/ 100 yr anniversary of Oakland Park & Rec (celebration, food, and entertainment)

for more info email admin@bikes4life.com
510-238-8080 ext. 310

Friday, July 10, 2009

San Francisco bike culture matures as bike plan is adopted

After nearly three years of stalemate due to a court injunction, the San Francisco Bicycle Plan has its environmental impact report unanimously certified by the Planning Department and is adopted by the Municipal Transportation Agency.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition turned out over two hundred supporters for the MTA meeting to speak in favor of the plan. Friends of Bikescape, Nancy Botkin and Mike Smith joined me and my partner Karen Franklin to discuss how the meeting went and how bike advocacy has changed over the last decade. Interspersed in this informal discussion are audio clips from the meeting.




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Photo from the sfbc flickr pool by Rhonda Winter

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

KQED discussion about San Francisco Bike Plan

While you wait for my take on last week's MTA meeting that approved the log stalled San Francisco Bicycle plan, here's an hour long round table discussion that aired this morning on KQED's Forum.

Guests were
• Charlie O'Hanlon, owner of Charlie's Place on 17th St. in San Francisco
• Jamie Whitaker, vice president of the Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association
• Judson True, media relations manager for the San Francisco MTA
• Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Rachel Gordon, reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle
Rob Anderson, party to the litigation of the EIR, blogger and anti-bicycling activist

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

San Francisco Bike Plan almost back on track

On June 26, 2009, the SFMTA Board unanimously voted to adopt the long delayed Bike Plan and gave the green light to 45 new bike lanes. This was the result of three years of intense SF Bicycle Coalition advocacy culminating with a very impressive show of grassroots support at the MTA meeting where over to hundred supporters showed up to speak.

The next step is to bring this to court and have the tree year long injunction lifted so that work can begin on doubling the number of bike lanes in the city.

Congratulations all around! Now that we're back on track let's start to think about what's next!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

bikescape's fifth bike to work day and a rally for transit

Another year goes by and another bigger and better Bike to Work Day beats expectations. We visit the San Francisco City College Campus and chat with Gus from The Bikery. Then we bike across town to hand out goodies at the Chinatown energizer station where we meet San Francisco's only car-free supervisor, Board President David Chiu.

But its not all about bikes! It seems that across the nation, just when transit use is unprecedentedly high, fares are going up and service is getting cut. We go to protest SF's transit budget and meet with Supervisor John Avalos as we walk to confront MTA Director Nat Ford.

Also, we've got lots of news about upcoming events such as Sunday Streets in the Mission. I dropped in som audio from the last Sunday Streets event where we encountered the piano bike.




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Photo by Greg Z

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bike bloggers meet-up in Sacramento


Recently I was in Sacramento where coincidentally the Amgen Tour of California was holding its opening time trial. I stopped into the R-16 bar to have a few beers with some of my favorite bloggers. It was noisy. There was beer.

Still, I think the conversations I had with Paul Dorn from the Bike Commute Tips Blog, (right) Fritz from Cycleicious, and David Bernstein, voice of the Fredcast (left) are worth a listen. (That's your host with the headphones!)

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Photo on left by Andrew Conway. The one on the right by Fritz

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Two Cities: Hong Kong and San Francisco

A visit with family offers a chance to report from Hong Kong. We visit the densest square kilometer on Earth then ride in bike paradise Lantau Island. Along the way, we meet Martin Turner of the Hong Kong Bicycle Alliance and stop in at the stylish RodaFixa bike shop.

Then back home in San Francisco, The Bicycle Coalition kicks off the Big 56 Campaign as the long awaited Bike Plan awakes from the court injunction.

Pictured: Brian and Woods from hkfixed

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