Thursday, June 01, 2006

bike to work day, 2006

A year goes by and we celebrate another bike to work day. Bikescape follows the working masses to their jobs but takes the day off to make a podcast. We meet some friends and dignitaries and talk about the current state of urban cycling. Then, as usual, we take a look at upcoming events in the world of biking and go through the mailbag.

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Bike to Work Day breaks records in San Francisco

Mike Kasolis, Vice Chair of the San Francisco Metropolitain Trasportation Authority and Tim Colon, executive director of the Housing Action Coaltion and I met outside my home where we had a short conversation before heading out.

Andy Thornley from the Bike Coalition spoke about the SFBC's cycling report card (pdf) for San Francisco. You can also catch him on the excellent videoblog, Bike TV.

Mayor Newsom vetoed legislation to ban cars from JFK drive in Golden Gate Park but he showed up on the ride.

We talk to the author of that legislation and a lot of other transportation and land use initiatives, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

The Dittybops are touring country promoting their new album Moon over the Freeway. They will be leading a bike ride on Saturday, June 3, meeting on the Polk St. Steps of City Hall at noon. Then they play a date at Slim the following Sunday night.

Bogota Columbia Mayor Enrique Peñalosa will speak Monday, June 19 at the Commonwealth Club.

Someone wanted to know what I mean when i end the show by exhorting everyone to take the lane.

4 comments:

jeff covey said...

glad you both enjoyed the video; sound like your wife may be the one to give you the starting push! :)

here it is for anyone interested. (note that the end shows the
cyclist's injuries quite
graphically, and isn't for the squeamish.)

Jim S said...

Hey john,
Sevaral months ago, you did a pod cast on James Howard Kunstler and his book "The Long Emergency". Since your podcast, I read his book, and last night I attended a lecture he gave in Pasadena California. I am writing you to thank you for that original podcast. Otherwise, I probably would have continued to be oblivious to the biggest misalocation of resources in the world, and I definitely would not have become so concerned about oil and our finite natural resources. I am currently seriously considering moving my family to a more sustainable region in california, possibly Chico beause of agriculture and water resources. I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that your podcast is important, and if peopl listen, it could improve thei lives, possibly save their lives. I appreciate what you are doing.
I found you because I love bicycle. I wish more people would see the big picture.
Jim Sevaly

Thomas said...

I have been biking for the past 17 years. I have biked to Gilroy and Pacifica twice each, to San Francisco 17 times, to Santa Cruz, San Leandro, Sausalito, Half Moon Bay, and Sunol once each. I am planning to bike to Hollister soon, and to Oakland, San Rafael, Livermore, Watsonville, and Point Reyes eventually.

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