prinzrob | 4 Dec 17:54 2011

[Ebbc-Talk] Westbound Center St in Berkeley reopened between Shattuck and Milvia

Good news, everyone! After years of closure due to construction, the
westbound side of Center St in Berkeley from Shattuck to Milvia has finally
been reopened, freeing up the bike lane on that block to actually be used by
cyclists biking to and from the BART station and campus. Get on it now before
the taxis take it over again!

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prinzrob | 4 Dec 18:12 2011

[Ebbc-Talk] Berkeley/Oakland holiday lights ride suggestions

I haven't seen any listings for holiday lights rides/tours in the East Bay
yet this year, so I am thinking of arranging one myself, ideally for the
weekend of the 17th/18th. My concept is for a slow-paced, family-friendly
ride around Berkeley/North Oakland neighborhoods, about 10-15 miles, with
beginning and end points at BART stations. What I need to know, though, are
where are the best lights displays in your neck of the woods, so I can try to
tie them all together into a doable route? Please post your comments here,
and I will get the game plan together within the next week or so. Also, if
you would like to help organize or host some riders at your house with snacks
or drinks, please email me at prinzrob gmail com.

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THOMAS J AYRES | 4 Dec 18:20 2011
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[Ebbc-Talk] Cycling: Benefits outweigh risks

A study from the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (Netherlands) compared 
expected individual health benefits (longer life span due to exercise) from 
switching to cycling for transportation, vs. expected health costs (reduced life 
span due to breathing polluted air and to the risk of fatal crashes), and 
concluded that "On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were 
substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals 
shifting their mode of transport" [Hartog JJ, Boogaard H, Nijland H, Hoek G. 
Cien. Saude Colet. 2011; 16(12): 4731-4744.]. 

Results might be somewhat different in a different environment that the 
Netherlands, but findings such as these should add encouragement to cyclists 
concerned about their safety - particularly because cyclists can reduce the risk 
of air pollution by selecting routes with less motor vehicle traffic, and can 
reduce the risk of crashes by learning to cycle safely in traffic (a plug for 
our free bicycle safety classes).
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prinzrob | 6 Dec 02:09 2011

[Ebbc-Talk] Cyclist killed this weekend in collision at intersection of 53rd/Market/Adeline Streets in North Oakland

Here is a link to the story:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/traffic/ci_19469355 There are few details so
far, but the cyclist's name was reported, Suzette McGrand-Benakki. Regardless
of the circumstances it is very sad, and my condolences go out to anyone in
the community who knew her. The three-road intersection at
53rd/Market/Adeline was already a known problem area, as there is traffic
coming from many different directions and both Market and Adeline are popular
biking routes. Market Street is already striped with bike lanes and sharrows
through this area but is still dangerous for cyclists, with another collision
fatality last year just a couple blocks away at Market and 52nd. While I am
not aware of any pending plans for improvements on Market or 53rd, Adeline
Street from the Emeryville border around 53rd Street north to about 61st
Street has been targeted by the city of Oakland for bikeway improvements in
the near future, most likely mimicking the road diet and bike lanes currently
implemented on the Emeryville side to the south. If at all possible, the
biking community should use this as an opportunity to push for an improved
and simplified intersection at 53rd/Market/Adeline as part of that project.
Otherwise, it is likely that we will see even more tragedies like this one in
the future.

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Robert Prinz | 6 Dec 02:16 2011
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Re: [Ebbc-Talk] Cyclist killed this weekend in collision at intersection of 53rd/Market/Adeline Streets in North Oakland

Correction, the collision was at 57th/Market/Adline, not
53rd/Market/Adline as stated previously.

On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 5:09 PM, prinzrob <ebbc-talk-noreply@...> wrote:

> Here is a link to the story:
>
http://www.contracostatimes.**com/traffic/ci_19469355<http://www.contracostatimes.com/traffic/ci_19469355>There
are few details so
> far, but the cyclist's name was reported, Suzette McGrand-Benakki.
> Regardless
> of the circumstances it is very sad, and my condolences go out to anyone in
> the community who knew her. The three-road intersection at
> 53rd/Market/Adeline was already a known problem area, as there is traffic
> coming from many different directions and both Market and Adeline are
> popular
> biking routes. Market Street is already striped with bike lanes and
> sharrows
> through this area but is still dangerous for cyclists, with another
> collision
> fatality last year just a couple blocks away at Market and 52nd. While I am
> not aware of any pending plans for improvements on Market or 53rd, Adeline
> Street from the Emeryville border around 53rd Street north to about 61st
> Street has been targeted by the city of Oakland for bikeway improvements in
> the near future, most likely mimicking the road diet and bike lanes
> currently
> implemented on the Emeryville side to the south. If at all possible, the
> biking community should use this as an opportunity to push for an improved
> and simplified intersection at 53rd/Market/Adeline as part of that project.
> Otherwise, it is likely that we will see even more tragedies like this one
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lori | 6 Dec 02:28 2011

[Ebbc-Talk] holiday lights


did anyone organize a bike the lights adventure in the oakland/berkeley area? If so, please let me know. We
are interested but probably only available the 16th or 19th thru 21st.
There are some nice lights in piedmont and the streets are fairly quiet. We live in the dimond and depending
could be a cocoa stop
Lori
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Jon Spangler | 6 Dec 22:18 2011
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[Ebbc-Talk] Bike issues on Alameda's 12/14/2011 Transportation Commission meeting agenda NEXT WED.

Alameda's Transportation Commission will consider Bike Plan Design Guidelines and More Bike Parking
Racks on Park Street at its 12-14-2011 meeting. Also on the agenda is adding an Estuary Crossing Shuttle
stop at Wind River on Atlantic Avenue.

Time is 7 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Not many members of the public attend these meetings:
if you participate 
you can make a  difference!

You can read the staff reports that are attached to the agenda using the link to the meeting agenda below:

http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Calendar-of-Events?id=1459&a=20111214

Jon

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"Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." - John Forester, founder of
Effective Cycling

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Jon Spangler | 7 Dec 02:02 2011
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[Ebbc-Talk] Fwd: a great Xtranormal movie about"cyclists"

Bikies,

This 7-minute video is a great spoof on "serious" cyclists who push their limits as endurance athletes.
(Some of us
still imagine ourselves as actually achieving some level of performance, reality to the contrary.. :-)

The best line is at the very end.....

> 
> http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12674956/cycling-explained

Keep the rubber side down in this cold weather!

Jon

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"Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." - John Forester, founder of
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Common Circle Education | 7 Dec 02:41 2011

Re: [Ebbc-Talk] The Permaculture and Sustainability Across America 2012 Bicycle Tour

Hello friends,

You know that at Common Circle Education, we're busy changing
the world -- and we take our responsibility as the nation's
leadership, sustainable living and permaculture school
seriously.  Today we're announcing our most powerful program
yet - a cross-country permaculture design course on bike.

More details  <at>  http://commoncircle.com/cross-country-bicycle-tour

Come ride your bicycle with us across the country learning
about and promoting sustainability and permaculture. Our most
powerful program yet - a supported cross-country tour (support
vehicle, meals and lodging included) to farms and
sustainability sites, integrated with our award-winning
permaculture design and regenerative leadership certification
and much more -- this program will change your life.

This three-month intensive course combines our Urban
Permaculture and Regenerative Leadership Certificate training,
followed by a Wilderness First Aid training before we head on
the road cycling from Eugene, Oregon all the way across
America to Washington DC (we’ll be roughly following the
TransAM bike route – about 4200 miles), promoting and
learning about sustainable living and intentional communities.
The stunning places you will visit on this program and the
extraordinary people you will meet will challenge and inspire
you..

Who: You and your neighbors who care about a sustainable
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Common Circle Education | 7 Dec 02:53 2011

[Ebbc-Talk] [Be the Change!] Regenerative Leadership & Urban Permaculture

Hello friends,

Join an unforgettable program in leadership, permaculture
and sustainable design and change the world!  The upcoming
Regenerative Leadership and Permaculture Design course will
change your life with nature connection, leadership,
permaculture and more.  Details  <at>  http://commoncircle.com

Who:    Common Circle Education, the nation's leadership,
        sustainable living and permaculture school.
What:   Regenerative Leadership & Urban Permaculture Design
Dates:  April 14 - 22nd - Eugene, Oregon
        August 11 - 19th - Eugene, Oregon

-- Find out details  <at>  http://www.commoncircle.com/pdc   --
-- Read reviews  <at>  http://www.commoncircle.com/reviews   --

"Common Circle's Permaculture Design course was a genuine
heart and mind opening experience. If you are interested
in finding how you can be part of the life giving earth
healing solution in today's global ecological and social
crisis this course gives you an in depth and extensive
overview of what it takes to make it happen."
  - Jessica  M, Course Graduate
  (read the reviews  <at>  http://commoncircle.com/reviews)

During the workshop, we will talk about:

* Smart nature-inspired design principles
* Rainwater catchment and storage
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