Eric McCaughrin | 1 Dec 03:04 2003
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Re: [ebbc-talk] RE: Oakland 12th st station


Actually, I think Andrew raises a good point. 
Compared to Embarcadero, the 12th and 19th street
stations actually total more platform space because
they have 2 levels. As well downtown Oakland has 
a lot fewer riders. Cyclists often make transfers
at 12th St. during commute hours and that has
never been a problem (it isn't clear to me from
reading the rules whether this is legal or not).

--- Robert Raburn <robertraburn@...> wrote:
> Andrew:
> Welcome to the EBBC listserve! Given the upcoming
> Dec 4 meeting on
> Telegraph Ave bikelanes, your query about access to
> BART from downtown
> Oakland is very appropriate. See www.ebbc.org for
> more information.
> 
> BART restricts access to the 12th and 19th St
> Stations at peak hours due
> to their narrow platforms. BART's "value
> engineering" is seen in the
> design of these platforms, lack of handicap fare
> gates, and inadequate
> elevators. These decisions make the Oakland downtown
> much less bike
> friendly than if we had the broad interior found at
> the Embarcadero.
> 
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Robert Raburn | 4 Dec 01:52 2003

[ebbc-talk] New Bike Studies!

Hi folks,

Professor John Pucher, who has done important work studying bicycling
(including international comparatives with Germany and the Netherlands)
has some new works recently published and available free online.

For the free PDF and Word downloads of publications, see either of the
two Rutgers University websites:

http://policy.rutgers.edu/tpi/articles.html
OR
http://policy.rutgers.edu/papers

I will forward the above information to various public email lists
unless I hear or see that any of you have done so first.

Professor Pucher's contact information is below.

Information is power,
Jason Meggs
(510) 486-1528

----------------------------------

Thanks Jason, 

Especially note: Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public
Health:
Lessons from The Netherlands and Germany (American Journal of Public
Health, Vol. 93, No. 9, September 2003) by John Pucher, PhD, and Lewis
(Continue reading)

Robert Raburn | 4 Dec 07:31 2003

[ebbc-talk] Telegraph Ave Bike Lane Mtg THURS EVE

Your Support is Needed!!!

The long awaited Public Workshop is slated for 7-9pm on Thursday,
December 4 at Faith United Presbyterian Church, 430 49th Street (at
Webster).

For more information click on www.ebbc.org.

 -Robert Raburn, Executive Director
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Craig_Hagelin | 4 Dec 18:14 2003

[ebbc-talk] MTC's 2030 Plan - Letter


The following letter was sent to MTC Commissioner Mark DeSaulnier to encourage him to support the MTC's 2030 Plan, and provide for a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside in the amount of $500 million.



December 3, 2003


The Honorable Mark DeSaulnier, MTC Commissioner
2425 Bisso Lane, Suite 110            
Concord, CA 94520

Reference: MTC’s 2030 Plan: Request for a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside of $500 million

Dear Commissioner DeSaulnier,

I am a resident of Contra Costa County and I am writing to encourage you to support dedicated funding for bicycle transportation in the form of a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside. I request that these set-aside funds be in the amount of $500 million, and that MTC include this funding as part of Track 1 for the T2030 Plan. I also request that the remainder of the shortfall of funding for the adopted Regional Bicycle Plan be included as part of the “Big Tent” in the T2030 plan.

I am a bicycle commuter that lives in Walnut Creek, and commutes to the PH BART station. Providing safe routes to transit could eliminate many cars from the roads in our community. Negotiating Ygnacio Valley Blvd. by bicycle to get to the WC BART station is not a safe alternative for most people, and the result is bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Bicycle transportation will help to achieve MTC’s goals by providing lifeline mobility, improving air quality, and making connections to transit via Safe Routes to Transit bicycle projects. The Regional Bicycle Set-Aside will also improve safety, encourage smart growth, and increase the livability of our Bay Area communities by providing for a healthy transportation choice.

The proposed $500 million for the Regional Bicycle Set-Aside is a relatively small percentage of the overall funding that will be programmed for T2030 plan, but it will result in real projects that will benefit communities all throughout the Bay Area, including in Contra Costa County. By supporting $500 million for a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside in Track 1 you will be placing a vote that will help to build a healthier and more cost-effective transportation system for the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you in advance for your support.


Sincerely,


Craig W. Hagelin
Chair, EBBC
626 Creekmore Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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bruce ohlson | 5 Dec 22:04 2003
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[ebbc-talk] Bicycle party in Brentwood Dec. 7

Subject :  Bicycle party in Brentwood Dec. 7

Fellow Cyclists,

The City of Brentwood in Eastern Contra Costa County is one of only 13 
cities in the United States to be named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the 
League of American Bicyclists this year.

On Sunday, December 7, there will be a "celebration of cycling" at Creekside 
Park in Brentwood between 1 PM and 3 PM to mark the honor.   The weather 
prognosticator promises 80% probability of sun for the afternoon.   This 
celebration is a "go" rain or shine.

All cyclists are invited and urged to attend.   Bring your friends!!   I 
have been requested by the League of American Bicyclists to represent them 
and to present the award and give a (short) speech.  We will go on a short 
bike ride (appropriate for all ages) on one of the City's new multi-use 
trails.   Music, free food, gifts, prizes, and other goodies of interest to 
cyclists will be distributed.

We need a member of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition to attend this 
CELEBRATION of CYCLING to say a few words on behalf of the EBBC.  Can you 
attend and do that?   Please drop me an e-mail if you can.  I am willing to 
meet you at the Bay Point BART station and escort you to the party site in 
Brentwood.  We should depart no later than 11:00 AM from the Bay Point BART 
station.  More people means more fun!

Creekside Park in Brentwood is about 18 1/2 miles (one way) from the Bay 
Point BART station via the Delta de Anza Multi-use Trail and streets with 
either wide, marked shoulders or bicycle lanes.  (Get off the Delta de Anza 
Trail where it crosses Lone Tree Way in Antioch.  Go right (south) on Lone 
Tree Way and follow it to the Bypass.  (Both Lone Tree Way and the Bypass 
have wide marked shoulders.)

Directions to Creekside Park in Brentwood from the southbound direction on 
the Highway 4 Bypass:  Turn left (east) onto Sand Creek Road and follow it 
all the way to the end.  Turn right (south) onto Minnesota Avenue and follow 
it all the way to the end.  The park is diagonally across the intersection 
on the left.  (Both Sand CReek Road and Minnesota Avenue have marked bicycle 
lanes.)

Official contact for more information:
Dave Stoeffler.   (925) 634-1793     <daves@...>

Thank you for your concern for cycling in the Eastern end of Contra Costa 
County.

Sincerely,

Bruce "0le"  Ohlson,
(925) 439-5848
<bruceoleohlson@...>

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Jon Spangler | 6 Dec 08:47 2003
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[ebbc-talk] Fwd: New Bike Studies!

Dear All,

The following info on new bike studies (and their links) may be of interest to you. There are many other bike and ped resources available from Rutgers' web site, too.

Jon
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Hi folks,

Professor John Pucher, who has done important work studying bicycling
(including international comparisons of the U.S., Germany and the
Netherlands) has some new works recently published and available free
online.

For the free PDF and Word downloads of publications, see either of the two
Rutgers University websites:
> http://policy.rutgers.edu/tpi/articles.html
> OR
> http://policy.rutgers.edu/papers

Professor Pucher's contact information is below.

Data rolls,
Jason Meggs
(510) 486-1528

P.S. I noticed effective mention of what look to be some of Pucher's
compilations of statistics in the most recent Tube Times (SFBC
newsletter), in the "Index," page 10:

Trips made by foot or bicycle among
Germans and Dutch 75 years or older: ABOUT 50 PERCENT

Trips made by foot or bicycle among
Americans 75 years or older: ABOUT 6 PERCENT

===========================================
Contact:

Prof. John Pucher, Rutgers University
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
33 Livingston Avenue,  Room 363
New Brunswick, New Jersey  08901-1900
Tel: (732) 932-3822, ext. 722
Fax: (732) 932-2253
Email: pucher-q68rnsmt/NwppDyVMAzYzw@public.gmane.org
Webpage: http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher.htm

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Jason Meggs | 8 Dec 22:04 2003

[ebbc-talk] Tuesday: Bicycle Election Opportunity

All,

Even if you live nowhere near San Francisco, the precedent setting
opportunity of the Matt Gonzalez campaign deserves your attention.
People have come from as far away as Los Angeles (and no doubt further) to
help Matt be elected as the first Green Party mayor of a major U.S. City.

Matt does not own a car and has been endorsed by the San Francisco Bicycle
Coalition (SFBC).  His policies on transportation can be found along with
others at http://www.mattgonzalez.com/article.php?list=type&type=6

There is lots that volunteers can do.  This is how democracy should look
-- people actively supporting their ideals, having fun and pounding the
streets rather than watching a war of television ads paid for by big
money.  Matt does not take corporate contributions.

See the below update from the SFBC.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 12:47:25 -0800
From: Michael Calfee <calfee@...>
To: sfbike@...
Subject: Fwd: Gonzalez for Mayor - Dec 8- One Day to Go - We CAN do it!

>Delivered-To: 1-calfee@...
>Date: 8 Dec 2003 10:28:53 -0000
>To: calfee@...
>Subject: Gonzalez for Mayor - Dec 7- Two Days to Go - We CAN do it!
>From: volunteer@... <volunteer <at> mattgonzalez.com>
>Reply-To: volunteer@...
>X-Sender: volunteer@...
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>
>Dearest Volunteers Extraordinaire,
>
>
>
>THIS WEEKEND'S MOBILIZATIONS WERE TRULY INCREDIBLE. The turnout of
>volunteers was far greater than we had hoped for.  It is gratifying and
>energizing to see the streets of San Francisco filled with Matt
>supporters, and to see the warm reception from our fellow San Franciscans
>wherever we go. As one volunteer wrote us in an email: "This has been
>such a fabulous campaignÖthere are so many of us volunteers who are
>elated to find each other. I haven't seen San Francisco so happy
>beforeÖwe can take back the city!"
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>Thank you for showing up for Matt and standing up for justice in San
>Francisco.
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>We're entering the final stretch, but we're not done yet! Our efforts on
>Monday and Tuesday will guarantee a win for Matt and the values he stands
>for. If possible, take off work Tuesday to help on the campaign.
>
>
>If you haven't voted yet, VOTE TODAY (Monday) at City Hall 8am-5pm.
>Voting early builds confidence, avoids unforeseen election day
>complications (i.e. bad weather, family emergencies, failed
>transportation) and ensures that our votes are counted.
>
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>We need folks for the Yellow Fire Truck Visibility Ride tomorrow. Show up
>at Mission and 13th St. HQ at 8am to load up. We need about 20 people
>onboard. First run will swing back by HQ in the late morning.
>
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>The People of Color Caucus and our Visibility Department invite
>volunteers (bi-lingual folks encouraged) to do visibility all day Monday
>and Tuesday. We are looking for folks to go to Senior Centers and other
>locations tomorrow lunchtime. Call Tracy Hollander: 415-734-9340 ext. 308
>or just come by our Mission HQ.
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>We need to schedule ASAP visbility volunteers for key locations on
>election day, especially during the morning and evening commute hours,
>6-9am 4-8:01pm. Please come in to the center Monday or call Tracy
>Hollander: 415-734-9340 ext. 308.
>
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>If you are interested in being a precinct captain, it's not too late.
>Please come by the HQ at Mission@... Monday Dec 8 at 3pm for training.
>For more information, call 415-734-9340 and ask for Matt W.
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>Also, Phonebankers are requested Monday 1pm-9pm and Tuesday 9am-8pm. Come
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>
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>Our Rapid Response Team cell phone text messaging has proven invaluable
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>
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>Spread the Matt spirit when you ride Muni/BART! Carry signs on your way
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>Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute developments and...
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>THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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Jon Spangler | 10 Dec 00:06 2003
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[ebbc-talk] Fwd: Shanghai ends reign of the bicycle

Bikes are losing ground in Shanghai, China.  (Talk about backwards...)

Jon

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>http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3303655.stm
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>Shanghai ends reign of the bicycle
>
>By Tim Luard
>BBC News Online 
>
>
>Succumbing at last to the worldwide love affair with the car, China - of
>all places - is officially turning up its nose at the humble bicycle.
>Its biggest city, Shanghai, plans to ban bikes from all major roads next
>year to ease congestion, state-run newspapers said on Tuesday.
>
>Police will also raise fines tenfold for such cycling infractions as
>running red lights, Shanghai Daily reported.
>
>Once hailed as the perfect form of proletarian transport, the bicycle
>used to reign supreme in China as undisputed king of the road.
>
>In fact it was the only way most people had of getting to work.
>
>Each morning, swarms of blue-coated cyclists would pour down special
>cycle lanes or often fill entire roads, making it hard for the
>occasional goods lorry or communist party limousine to pass.
>
>Growing wealth
>
>Shanghai was a major centre of the world's biggest bicycle industry and
>home to many of the earliest factories turning out such brands as Flying
>Pigeon, Phoenix and Forever.
>
>In recent years, though, Shanghai has developed into a centre of China's
>new car industry and growing affluence has created a surge in private
>car ownership.
>
>The number of private cars in Shanghai is expected to top 200,000 by the
>end of this year.
>
>But while bikes may not be considered cool by the new middle classes,
>there are still a lot of them about.
>
>Shanghai's urban population of some 20 million own some 9 million
>bicycles - and the number continues to grow by 1 million per year.
>
>
>A lot of people are angry at the new rules, saying it is the rising
>number of cars that are the problem rather than the bikes.
>
>"The way things are now, with cars, bikes and pedestrians all competing
>desperately for space, it's complete chaos," one resident told BBC News
>Online.
>
>"But it is very sad that bicycles are the ones that have to go and
>Shanghai is now becoming a place just for cars, " she added.
>
>Shanghai has in fact taken greater steps than other cities like Beijing
>to limit the numbers of cars on its streets. It has already raised
>registration fees and restricted access to the city centre.
>
>Nevertheless, police officials blame bicycles for causing traffic
>problems by ignoring traffic lights and occupying vehicle lanes.
>
>One Shanghai cyclist contacted by BBC News Online predicted that the new
>rules might be similarly ignored.
>
>"At the moment on roads where you are not allowed to cycle you simply go
>up on the pavement and cycle there."
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Jennifer Stanley | 10 Dec 19:40 2003

[ebbc-talk] send MTC letters before Dec. 12

Hi all,
Reminder: the deadline for submitting letters to your MTC commissioners 
to support funding of bicycle projects is before their Dec. 12 meeting. 
So...

TODAY OR TOMORROW

please write and fax or email your letter to your MTC reps to encourage 
their support for dedicated funding for bicycle transportation in the 
form of a Regional Bicycle Set-Aside.

Sample letter; and
contact information for your two commissioners

are at http://www.ebbc.org in the very first Update ("$500 Million at 
Stake for Regional Bike Plan") under "Take Action."

I'm drafting my letter right now. It's not too late ... but it soon 
will be. Write!

Jennifer
EBBC board member

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Robert Raburn | 11 Dec 19:46 2003

[ebbc-talk] FW: Saturday: Build Bikes for Needy Kids

Calling Santa's Helpers:

The San Leandro Police Officers Association last year distributed 215
new bicycles and helmets. They have worked very hard to raise sufficient
money for 375 bikes this year. Please consider putting your mechanical
skills to work by helping assemble the bikes from 8am to 2pm this
Saturday, Dec 13 at the Old Fire Station on Davis St at Orchard opposite
Thrasher Park.

The bikes will be given away Dec 20 from 9am to noon at the Davis Street
Community Center. For information call 430-2677.

 -Robert Raburn, Executive Director
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 PO Box 1736             msg:(510)433-RIDE
 Oakland, CA  94604      tel:(510)530-3444
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"To promote bicycling as an everyday means
of transportation and recreation"

-----Original Message-----
From: Erik Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 3:30 PM
To: btcebinfo@...
Subject: [BTCEB Info] Saturday: Build Bikes for Needy Kids

Hey Riders,

Want to do a little seasonal "good deed" for some needy East Bay kids?

The San Leandro Police Officer's Association, in conjunction with the
Davis Street Community Center, raised enough money to buy 375 bikes and
helmets to be given away to needy kids on December 20th.  Just in time
for Christmas!

They have asked for volunteers to help build the bikes this Saturday.
They will take whatever time you have to give, be it a few minutes or a
few hours, so please, stop on by.

When:
Saturday December 13th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:
The old San Leandro Fire Station on Davis Street near San Leandro Blvd,
Across from Thrasher Park.

Thank you,

Erik Johnson
President
Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay

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