Just in time — phew! Otherwise we would have had either Eternal Hellfire or an eternally falling “standard of living.” Which will it be?
SFAppeal writes that MTC and BAAQMD will be lead funders of a bay area bike share program pilot beginning 2011.
“In late 2011, about 1,000 bikes at 100 kiosks will be installed throughout the Bay Area, including 50 in San Francisco. The project will receive about $4.3 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and $1.4 million from other partners…”
This is good news — we’ll finally join DC, Paris and about 100 other Euro cities in having real “public” bikes. (Not to be confused with SF start-up “Public Bikes” which are made for yupsters.) San Francisco will reportedly receive a 50 bike fleet, which leaves 950 bikes for other bay area cities.
We’d guess: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Mt. View-Palo Alto, Berkeley-Emeryville-Oakland, and perhaps others.
Naysayers will pooh-pooh bikeshare saying that cyclists aggravate traffic for private car, delivery truck and bus drivers and cause accidents. There are rude bikers who flout traffic laws, just like there are drivers who do so. Other people will say that bicycling saves lives — that you are “safer on a bicycle than on a couch” (ie, heart disease, etc) as the Dutch government says.
Personally I dislike that this is being funded to a lesser extent than electric cars, but every little bit helps!
Next post: a take on the Oakland Mayor’s race.
Reading the Richards — Heinberg and Register — is a must for serious sustainability planners, thinkers and operators.
No one can think about all issues at once, but all issues must be considered at large and in phases during both development and deconstruction. And of course there are many great sustainability-minded thinkers and Hyde Park soap box contestants.
Read Register’s latest EcoCity sermon here.
On college campuses everywhere the metal water bottle has become the norm. What about those red solo cups, we wonder? I’d like to see an enameled steel, or titanium, version but haven’t seen any to date.
So if the Oakland School of the Arts kids weren’t spoiled rotten before, they’re gonna be now!! OSA kids, according to parents I know, get to use the Oakland Ice Rink at least twice a week for PE class, among other immersive activities. Those lucky plucky OSA kids also get to draw their own school building structure while sitting on the sidewalk on Telegraph outside on sunny days, play music indoors and out, have smallish class sizes, skateboard in Fox Square Plaza… future students will enjoy gazing out on and sitting amidst strange and wonderful public art installations too!
Anyway, back to the main story:
Thanks to the efforts of local activist residents like Becks, V Smoothe, retiree Joyce Roy and city staffers putting in additional effort somewhere between “normal” and “heroic”, the empty Sears-Fox-Uptown dirt lot will transform into a booming arts plaza! (And perhance lead to a small food-carty night market during the summer! One can hope. Yes, we have the street cleaner app for that.)