My name is Bernadette, and I am an intern working on the ResetSanFrancisco.org website.
Reset San Francisco is a website designed to engage San Franciscans and others concerned about issues in their city, including transportation! While perusing Tumblr, your blog caught my eye because of all the posts about public transportation news and improvement ideas, particularly the ones featuring the Bay Area.
It would be wonderful if you could follow our Reset San Francisco Tumblr and also join the conversation at resetsanfrancisco.org to share your ideas and opinions about how to reset transportation in the Bay Area!
Thanks for your time.
-Bernadette from ResetSanFrancisco.org
Thanks for your message. Maybe sometime later, though, as I’m not actually a resident of SF and don’t have too much time to follow specific going-ons there.
A plan to restore two-way traffic on several blocks of Hayes and Fell Streets in Hayes Valley that were converted to one-way streets in the 1950s was approved at an SFMTA hearing today following a strong show of support from residents, merchants and neighborhood associations. It now goes to the SFMTA Board for approval.
It would affect Hayes Street from Van Ness to Gough and Fell Street from Van Ness to Franklin, which residents described as multi-lane, one-way arterials that “inundate” the commercial district with “walls of cars.”
“We very much support this project, but we don’t think it goes far enough,” said one speaker, on behalf of SF Jazz, a new neighborhood cultural center. “We think there are a lot of other improvements that could be made” for the levels of pedestrian traffic the center hopes to attract, she said.
Jim Haas, the coordinator of the Civic Center Stakeholders Group, said the city should address the underlying issues that drive motor traffic through the neighborhood. “Where does this traffic come from, and is there anything we can do to reduce it from coming into the area?”
A new 124-capacity bike station will open within a month at Ashby BART station. The bike station will be similar to the existing self-service bike parking facility at Embarcadero station, and will be located just south of the main station entrance.
UCSD CAMPUS NOTICE University of California, San Diego
OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR – RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & PLANNING
January 26, 2011
ALL ACADEMICS, STAFF AND STUDENTS AT UCSD
SUBJECT: Mid-Coast Light Rail Project
I am very excited to update you on significant progress toward the addition of trolley service to our campus. Since our first informational meeting on campus in May 2010, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has taken a number of important steps toward initiating construction of an 11-mile extension of the existing San Diego Trolley system from the Old Town Transit Center to our campus and the North University City community.
Our campus is working closely with SANDAG to maximize the benefits to our students, faculty, staff and visitors. It is gratifying to all who are involved with this project to know that when it’s completed as early as 2015, the so-called Mid-Coast Light Rail Transit Project (LRT) will mark a new era for our campus transportation infrastructure. The trolley will lessen the traffic burden on adjacent streets and highways, improve air quality and provide a convenient mass transportation connection to a diverse number of San Diego County destinations, including our nearby sister institutions of higher education and the international border.
A work group with diverse campus membership, including faculty, staff and students was charged by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox in August 2010 to work with SANDAG on the project design to ensure that campus concerns are addressed to the greatest extent possible.
The project’s construction, which is anticipated to begin in 2013, will result in traffic disruptions and other impacts. A website (http://trolley.ucsd.edu) has been developed by the LRT work group to communicate accurate and timely information to the campus community during the project’s planning, design and construction.
I know that many of you are as excited about this greatly improved campus access as I am. I value your support as well as your patience as we embark on this significant improvement to our transportation system that will benefit the campus and the community for generations.
Gary C. Matthews Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning
yee~! If only they’d started and finished this a few years ago. The placement of the stations in Sixth College territory (lived in the sixth college dorms 1st year) and at East Campus near Regents (last year I lived right near the intersection of Regents and Genesee) would have been perfect for me.
The speech was a chance for Mr. Obama to talk about the need for government investment in highways and railroads, schools and new, clean-energy industries. And we were encouraged that Mr. Obama set national goals in these areas — 85 percent of the nation’s energy should come from clean energy by 2035; 80 percent of Americans should have access to high-speed rail within 25 years; and 98 percent should have access to high-speed wireless within five years.
gdmit, ucsd and spoiled (and mostly from socal) students and staff members—how many freaking parking spaces do you need???!!!??!!!
and I heard the superloop bus line got cut this year or something of the sort?
why don’t we get to improve transportation options to commuting to campus first rather than add more ridiculous parking spaces???!
gyahhh effing ucsd students
This lame petition is stupid, too. It’s not a “petition” if the only message it aims to get across is that students are “frustrated” that they can’t park their cars (probably 95% or some high percentage SOV [single-occupancy-vehicle]—talk about wasting room and wanting more room to do that). Just a short sentence at the end saying that the goal (if you would even call it that) of this so-called “petition” is “in hopes of” garnering an unspecified amount of student parking spaces.
It is true, though, that every day there are numerous “B”, “Faculty” and other “reserved” spaces that remain empty while students are wasting their time and gas and money and also emitting more greenhouse gases going 5mph around and around these sad concrete surfaces hunting for an empty student parking space so they can not be late for lecture for once already.
However, much can be done to alleviate this. There’re already enough parking spaces on campus. imo, at least. I don’t work at some office on campus where I would have access to all the numbers and details. We definitely don’t want more surface parking. There are already 3 parking structures. More is not better.
The first obvious thing to do would be to examine how often how many of these reserved spots are actually used. If not often, repaint them for student use. (what I infer the maker and signers of this “petition” generally want).
Next and for more long-term improvements: Better carpooling platform (or at least make people aware that one exists) Improved transportation links to surrounding areas (when is that trolley going to appear) Fine SOV/increase the cost of parking permits to SOV drivers to create incentive for rideshares
anyway, here’s the corresponding equally ridiculous fb event urging people to sign this shallow “petition”, so you can witness for yourself how many “smart” and/or “frustrated” re: parking ucsd students there are.
The Alameda County Transportation Commission is moving forward with a plan to build a 12-mile bike path under the elevated BART tracks between Oakland and Hayward.
The project — called the East Bay Greenway — would offer a landscaped, car-free corridor from just north of the Fruitvale BART station all the way just south past the Hayward station. A pedestrian trail also would be included in the project, which cuts through four jurisdictions — Oakland, San Leandro, unincorporated Alameda County and Hayward.
urbanism in the age of climate change, by peter calthorpe. 2010, island press.
I take as a given that climate change is an imminent threat and potentially catastrophic—the science is now clear that we are day by day contributing to our own demise. In addition, I believe that an increase in fuel costs due to declining oil reserves is also inevitable. The combination of these two global threats presents an economic and environmental challenge of unparalleled proportions—and, lacking a response, the potential for dire consequences. These challenges will in turn bring into urgent focus the way our buildings, towns, cities, and regions shape our lives and our environmental footprint. Beyond a transition to clean energy sources, I believe that urbanism—compact, diverse, and walkable communities—will play a central role in addressing these twin threats. In fact, responding to climate change and our coming energy challenge without a more sustainable form of urbanism will be impossible.
I live a block away from the current site – and looking at the annotated drawing, I just have to laugh. “Quarry pond amenity”? That quarry pond is an ugly slime covered cesspool – I’m not sure anyone would go out of their way to gaze upon it – I know I sure don’t. It doesn’t even smell good a lot of the time.
The funniest part is the complaint about the driveway to the loading docks being “featureless and uninviting” – well that’s the point – it just goes to the loading docks and we don’t want everyone driving back there (DOH!).
I also thought it was funny how they criticize the lack of entrances on 51st/Pleasant Valley. That intersection is always a mess and there are tons of pedestrians – putting entrances right on Pleasant Valley, I think, would only add to the mess.
If there was a road that just want across the shopping area from Pleasant Valley to Broadway – guess what? It would turn into a shortcut. Granted, the current configuration of driveways isn’t great but there’s got to be something better.
While we’re on the subject of the driveways and parking lots – have any of you ever looked at the crime statistics for that corner? Lots of muggings and car robberies happen right there.
If there is residential use included – what’s to say that won’t get worse – and/or spill over into the neighborhood?
My main concern, though – would be to get them to turn down the brightness of their signs – you can see that freaking CHASE sign all the way at 51st/Telegraph. On the subject of signs – ugh – what about all those hideous billboards at that intersection? Who would want to live at the shopping plaza and have to look at that “view”? When is Oakland going to ban billboards?
eric from transbay blog’s vision, with new streets that would carve out human-sized streetblocks and make the place an actual little “neighborhood”.
safeway’s revised plan.
such a crappy intersection. if i have to go through there (from oakland/south), i always hope the drive through will go quickly, and i sigh in relief when i roll into the few blocks of pretty rockridge’s main area.
The Planning Commission’s Design Review Committee will be considering the plan (PDF) at their meeting this Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 5 PM at Oakland City Hall’s Hearing Room 1.
4. Milk often contains unwanted ingredients. Under current industrial methods, cow’s milk is often a toxic bovine brew of man-made ingredients like bio-engineered hormones, antibiotics (55% of U.S. antibiotics are fed to livestock), and pesticides—all of which are bad for us and the environment. For example, unintentional pesticide poisonings kill an estimated 355,000 people globally each year. In addition the drugs pumped into livestock often re-visit us in our water supply.
8 reasons you should stop drinking milk now. planet green, 29.09.09.
number 4 is probably the reason that most concerns me. I just don’t want antibiotics and pesticides that are meant for animals in my human body. same reason why I normally opt for organic foods.
I already do not consume milk. No, I’m not one of those typical lactose-intolerant asians. But once when I was small I had some bad allergic reaction and my grandparents drove me to the hospital. Actually I have horrible memory of my early years (my permanent memory didn’t seemto really get going ‘til I was 12) and am not even sure if that illness was caused my milk. Anyhow, after that, I never drank milk. I had my cereal dry until I discovered soymilk three or so years later. I’ll only drink regular cow milk if I’m a guest at someone’s place and it’s part of the meal.
Yoghurt I like to eat. Back in the States I buy one-serving size yoghurts that are around $1, and preferably from companies/farms that don’t inject antibiotics into their cows. Here I’m being Berlin-billig (cheap) and get that on-sale 45eurocents yogurt. yeah probably not good.
TL: Can you see a situation in which you would eat meat again?
JSF: I don’t think I would. I don’t need to. On a desert island I might - I might even eat a human. But this is the wrong argument to have because you end up ignoring what is right in front of us which is that 50 billion animals are factory-farmed every year. It’s the number one cause of global warming, it’s responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than everything else put together and the UN has said it’s one of the top two or three causes of every single environmental problem on the planet. It’s making our antibiotics less effective (we give seven times the amount of antibiotics to healthy animals as we do to sick humans) and is doing things to animals that anyone would find repulsive. So lets talk about this, the thing that is right in front of us, rather than a hypothetical situation that might happen 50 years from now.
TL: Does the consumer understand what farming is about today?
JSF: They would if we had some laws about truth and labelling. So long as we have pictures on our packages of meat with barns, grass and fences we will continue to think it is really like that. We have labels on cigarettes saying you will die I don’t know why we can’t have labels on packages of meat saying these 60,000 of these animals were raised in a windowless shed and fed antibiotics from birth to death. It’s the truth so why shouldn’t we have access to it?
TL: Why did KFC get so much criticism in your book?
JSF: They are just so terrible. Neither Tyson, Smithfield or KFC responded which suggests that they think the more people talk and think about these things, the less inclined they will be to eat meat. People don’t learn more about factory farming and want eat more. It’s an industry that literally depends on our ignorance and silence. My impression is that its enormously powerful and they spend tens of millions of dollars on lobbying every year. I mean I got sent an email saying ‘stand up to the well-funded vegetarian lobby’ and support your local farmer. Well I did a bit of research and together, all the vegetarian advocate groups spend about $600,000 a year and have no full-time employers compared to the meat industry’s numerous lobbyists. There is no vegetarian lobby but meat industry claims there is one in an attempt to create a certain type of story and marginalise that position. They try to make it seem as if caring about this makes you a weirdo or hippy. Small farmers like animals and the environment and want to protect both of them.
the ecologist interview (24.01.11) with Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals (2010). also the same JSF of Everything is Illuminated.
____________ I am not a vegetarian. I’m asian. you should know what that entails. and I’m not a buddhist monk asian so I’m not going to ‘sik jai’ every day.
I eat meat pretty minimally. Mostly due to my lack of enthusiasm for cooking. sometimes I buy packaged thin-slice ham or turkey. But not so often. I’ve just been doing that fresh cheese/pesto/cucumber on bread snack/meal as of recent.
my avoiding meat doesn’t require much effort. I’ll only eat meat if I go out. just can’t quite cross it off my list. and if my neighborhood döner shack made (really good) falafels I’d probably take that over the usual döner.
Your experience trying to become vegetarian? (or lack thereof?)
Web giant Yahoo has installed twenty large touch-screen displays in bus shelters across San Francisco. These displays are not for trailers. Instead, they’re to let people engage in some free multiplayer gaming.
It’s called the Yahoo Bus Stop Derby, with commuters able to choose from four simple games to play. While they play, their results are being tracked and updated in real-time, letting residents of various neighbourhoods see how they shape up against their cross-city rivals.
There’s the option of solo play or multiplayer, provided there’s somebody else waiting at another bus stop who wants to play the same game as you.
The screens come down on January 28, so if you live in San Francisco and either drive or walk to work/school, you don’t have much time left to take the bus for one day and kick some stranger’s ass.
The Webster/Shafter corridor, as this bike route is called, is one of the several dozen projects the City of Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program will be working in 2011. Currently, there are no bike lanes painted on the Shafter portion of the corridor, but within the year 2.7 miles of striping or arrows will cover this route from Berkeley on down to 29th Street. “2011 is going to be the biggest year ever for implementing new bikeways in Oakland,” says Jason Patton, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program’s manager.
Yay yay! I shall be able to ride a bit more safely and smoothly from Oakland to Berkeley! And back, too.
according to gmaps biking beta, I should be able to bike from my pad in Oaktown to Zachary’s in Rockridge Oakland/Berk. in 23 mins. I’ll round that up to 25 since I’m not such an expert biker. gotta fill in those holes in the bike routes fershure, though. keep it up, oakland.
Uptown Planners unanimously rejected the plan to add bicycle lanes to Kettner Boulevard and India Street, and instead recommended several traffic-calming measures that wouldn’t require a loss of 137 parking spaces.
That is completely untrue. Not the fact that I just excerpted, but that they believe that taking away storefront parking spaces will ruin businesses.
Narrower car lanes should slow traffic, and at slower speeds drivers and passengers will be more likely to notice storefronts, and business will then increase, regardless of street parking or not. More parking could be shifted to the back of the businesses or have underground garages, etc.
Plus bike lanes mean more bikers, and then they will probably stop by at those restaurants or other businesses on the way. And then if you replace the car parks with bike parking, an even larger potential customer pool appears — How many bikes/people can fit in one car park space vs one full car?
I don’t know the specifics of this deal and the alternative recommendations by this Uptown Planners association, but it is correct that it’s difficult to put a bike lane right by a freeway exit/entrance due to his automobile speeds and such. However, narrower vehicle lanes, and physically separated bike lanes at areas where high vehicle speeds could majorly cause calamitous collisions with bikers– not with posts/guards but maybe with raised sidewalk-like concrete, could make this bike route work.
Anyhow, bottom line is that it’s been recognized that there needs to be some sort of safe link for bicyclists coming from Mission Hills, Hillcrest, and Old Town into Downtown. And they’re working on it. Hooray.
A documentary about Shanghai, Culture, and Skateboarding. by Charles Lanceplaine.
Makes me hella wanna bust out my board!
When I get back to Cali, the two things I really wanna work on: graff and skating. haha. It’s like trying to catch up on the stuff I wish I’d done more during high school.
But awesome documentary. Very nice shots. I love skate + surf docs. My fave is Dogtown & Z-Boys (2001).
Some more personal commentary: Parents against the idea of my skateboarding. I am, after all, a member of the female sex. Plus I am Chinese and an only-child (though I was born in the States). Doing boy things and increased chance of being hurt? No way.
Solution: When I was 15 or 16 I went out to 510 and bought my own board without parents knowing. I hid it behind my sofabed. One Saturday morning when I was not home (I usually sleep on the sofabed) my mom helped my aunt pick up my little cousins from Chinese or dance or art class and scurried them into our apartment. One of them uncovered my skateboard. Mom actually not that mad. Maybe because it brought easy amusement to my cousins so she could cook food or something.
Anyhow, because I started skating relatively late and never had as much time as I wanted to practice, I suck.
ERIKHO hast du dein Skateboard nach San Diego mitgebracht? It’s high time for a ride.
I think I need new bearings, though. And maybe new wheels, too. Switch out the inline-skate-type wheels (or whatever you call ‘em) cuz I hella fail re: the speed issue.
Employees at work on wind turbine hubs at the Gamesa factory in Tianjin, China, in October.
There is another side to this story, of course - namely, that both the Obama and Bush Administrations have focused on subsidizing the following: 1) Coal-to-gasoline plants (billions from the DOE, often cloaked as “CO2 capture projects”) 2) Tar sand imports (billions in Congressional loan guarantees for new gas pipelines to feed the tar sand production system) 3) Liquefied natural gas imports (more billions to Exxon and Chevron for their Indonesian and Papua New Guinea LNG projects) 4) A new round of ridiculously expensive taxpayer-subsidized nuclear reactors ($8 billion in loan guarantees for Southern - Georgia nuclear plants).
There are many similar examples of the Obama-Bush focus on fossil fuels and nuclear — but solar and wind have received almost nothing in comparison.
Clearly, this could be challenged by China as unfair government support for fossil fuel & nuclear (which, despite the earnest claims of Energy Secretary Chu, are hardly “clean” and definitely not renewable) - but China is obviously more concerned with reducing its dependence on fossil fuel imports by moving state support away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.
The U.S. would be wise to follow suit - but the gross imbalance between U.S. subsidies for fossil fuels & nuclear over solar, wind and sustainable biofuels (algal biofuels & artificial photosynthetic approaches) has distorted U.S. energy markets and made investors very hesitant about putting their money into renewables - a situation which pleases the fossil fuel & nuclear cartels to no end.
Hence, the U.S., on energy, is running with cartel capitalism — not with competitive free market approaches — and should itself be subject to severe WTO penalties for such blatant market manipulation.
…In fact, Oakland has been busy addressing these issues for over a decade. I’m impressed with the city’s Sustainability Program, for example, which includes a detailed energy and climate action plan; a “green map” highlighting local green buildings, green businesses, and resources; pedestrian and bicycle master plans; a “zero waste” strategic plan; and an environmentally preferable purchasing plan. The city also has an innovative watershed improvement program that stresses green stormwater infrastructure and has received a national excellence award from the federal EPA.
Meanwhile, the city’s Housing Authority has built one of the country’s first LEED-ND-certified mixed-income housing developments (Tassafaronga Village), and a mainly Latino community development corporation, Unity Council, has developed one of the country’s very best examples of transit-oriented development (Fruitvale Village), providing affordable housing and impressive economic revitalization of a distressed Oakland neighborhood.
While not immediately recognizable by name, the Reid brothers’ body of work speaks for itself. The Hotel Del Coronado near San Diego (which was the backdrop for Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in “Some Like It Hot”) and San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel are beautiful destinations for travelers, and they were designed by the brothers’ firm. The third iteration of the Cliff House on Ocean Beach was also built by the Reids in 1909, and is the foundation of what greets a multitude of tourists and visitors today.
Many highlights of the tour have historical significance: The Central Tower – known as the Call Building when it was built in 1897 – was the tallest building west of Chicago at the time. Still standing, the building survived the fires associated with the earthquake of 1906, only to be renovated out of its former grandeur in 1938.
In addition to the buildings featured on the architecture ride, the Reids designed many notable houses in San Francisco, many of which are in Pacific Heights. Of note are the mansions built for the Spreckels family, including what is presently known as the Geneva Car Barn at 2301 San Jose Ave., and 2083 and 2099 Pacific Ave. in Pacific Heights.
The tour is appropriate for all fitness levels and has an easy pace and frequent stops. Tour organizers suggest eating a big lunch beforehand and planning on a stop somewhere for a snack during the ride.
SF Bicycle Coalition Architecture Ride: The Reid Brothers in SF: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15. Free for San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, a $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Meet in front of the David Hewes Building, 995 Market St.
The ride will start at the Bay Fair BART and we’ll ride about 12 miles to South Hayward where the off-bike celebrations commence at The Dirty Bird. The bar is close to the South Hayward BART, so if you’re headed home by rail it’s a cinch!
The usual start time applies: socializing begins at 7:30pm, ride departs at 8pm. If your New Year’s resolutions include seeing new places, meeting new people, having more fun and riding your bike more often you *need* to hit up Hayward with us on January 14th.
Bike Party: It’s not just a ride… it’s an adventure! Yeehaw!!
fb event page and official bike party route. 14.01.11.
“It is going to be an important year for San Francisco to build on its recent successes for better bicycling,” said Shahum. “City Hall leaders have the opportunity to make the city easier to move around with relatively low-cost, quick improvements, such as more physically separated bikeways on key routes like Market Street and Fell Street along the popular Wiggle route.”
“Every day, on average, there are two or more pedestrians that are injured on San Francisco’s streets. Pedestrians account for half of the people who are killed in traffic collisions in San Francisco, while overall fatal collisions have actually declined since the 1960s,” Chiu told the committee. “New York City, Seattle, Boston, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam all have fewer fatalities per 100,000 residents than we do.”
On average, 22 pedestrians are killed each year in San Francisco and 800 are injured, a rate that means over two walkers are hurt every day on city streets. Almost 50 percent of all traffic deaths in San Francisco are pedestrians, which is more than four times the national average.
To help improve pedestrian safety, Mayor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive directive outlining goals to cut down serious traffic injuries and fatalities 25 percent by 2016, and 50 percent by 2021
In my last piece for Oakland North, I wrote a problem statement describing the current unsafe situation on the major streets of North Oakland, and broadly proposing some potential solutions. In this piece, I will delve into more specific detail on a specific type of solution, one that pulls double duty: Urban Greening for Traffic Calming.
The basic concept is to take paved portions of the public right-of-way, such as the street or the parking strip, cut out the pavement, build a concrete planter box around it, fill it with good new dirt, and plant it. Conceptually, it’s just that simple, though in practice, there is a lot of nuance that is specific to each location, such as potential utility relocation, remaining travel lane width for fire vehicle access, slope for water drainage, maintenance and watering plans, and species selection…
Then he goes on to more description and finally on to a list of solutions/strategies that when combined can successfully can calm traffic on a corridor level.
With a bicycle fatality, a little girl hit by a car and multiple car accidents along Market Street in the past couple of months, just in the stretch of Market Street between the intersection of 57th/Market/Adeline and 40th/Market, I think it’s high time that this community begin a dialogue about the relationship between pedestrians, bicycles, automobiles, safety and the design of roadways and our public spaces. There is a direct relationship between the design of the street and the safety of pedestrian and bicycle users of that street (or lack thereof).
Garlynn Woodsong is employed by Calthorpe Associates, a firm of urban designers, planners & architects located in north Berkeley, to which he commutes 4.5 miles each way every day on his bicycle. He was previously with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (a regional government for the 9-county Bay Area located in downtown Oakland), and as such is intimately familiar with many land use and transportation planning issues and funding sources…
Noise hazard: Blowers create a level of noise of 62-75 decibels at 50 feet away (some estimates say 85 dB to 105 dB or even much higher for older models of leaf blowers) which is well above the noise level considered acceptable for residential areas. Electric leaf blowers are quieter, but almost never used by gardeners. Studies have found that the noise level of most backpack and hand-held blowers is high enough to harm workers’ hearing, and create serious stress for neighbors. Take my word for it — they do. By the way, my mini-survey in our neighborhood shows that the powerful and most polluting backpack version is alive and well around here.
Health hazard: Scientists have found that leaf blowers kick up toxic dust into the air, where it can remain for days, including mold spores, bacteria, pesticides, asbestos particles, and more. Such dust is particularly dangerous to people with allergies, respiratory problems, heart or lung disease, or compromised immune systems and to pregnant women, young children, older adults and to people who exercise outdoors. The American Lung Association notes that leaf blowers have no pollution control devices and are much more polluting than cars. It suggests they not be used.
Environmental hazard: They are harmful to the environment. Emissions from gasoline-driven leaf blowers contain pollutants such as hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde. Denver discovered that about 6 percent of organic compound pollutants in the skies above Denver metropolitan area are due to use of leaf blowers. Quoting Dr. Andrew Weil, the internationally-known health and wellness expert, regular columnist for Prevention Magazine, and author of 10 books: ” When it comes to really bad ideas, the leaf blower ranks right up there with adding lead to gasoline and using CFCs in aerosols. Leaf blowers are diabolical machines.”
(01-11) 18:40 PST Oakland — Gov. Jerry Brown issued his first executive order Tuesday, taking aim at a convenience that wasn’t in vogue the last time he was the state’s top official: cell phones.
The governor ordered state agency and department heads to collect half of the approximately 96,000 state-issued cell phones currently in public employees’ hands, a move he said will save California at least $20 million a year. Brown also plans to return his own state-issued cell phone, said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor.
FUUUU our lives (if you’re a Californian, Texan, or more broadly, American) and what the gov’t has been/is doing/has done with our tax money~~
just did my presentation in my Climate Change & Geographical Economics class at TU (Technische Universität) this morning.
I discussed Richard J. Plevin’s 2010 analysis on the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) policy. It’s chapter 10 of his 200pg dissertation (no, I didn’t read the entire thing), Life Cycle Regulation of Transportation Fuels: Uncertainty and its Policy Implications, for his phD in Energy & Resources at UC Berkeley.
Short summary of this chapter:
Carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector comprise about one third of total CO2 emissions in the US, and 40% of the total in California.
Many national and regional governments have been promoting biofuels as a strategy to mitigate the climate change effects of the existing petroleum-based transportation system.
goal of the California LCFS:
To reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector in California by about 16 million metric tons in 2020.
Leakage: reshuffling of biofuel markets and the rebound effect
Uncertainty in life cycle assessments (LCA)
When the rebound effect and reshuffling are taken into account, along with uncertainties in ILUC (indirect land-use change) emissions, the actual benefits from the LCFS appear to be small to negligible.
Rather than building a complex market-based system based on highly-precise quantification of an observable, subjective, and uncertain measure like the life cycle GHG emissions, we should recognize the limits of scientific analysis and develop policies that observe these limits.
While we knew they were coming, we were so excited to see the new on-street bike parking corrals that appeared along four commerical corridors right before the New Year. Thanks to the SFMTA who installed these racks in Hayes Valley, South Park, along Howard Street and on 14th Street in the Mission. On-street bike parking is a smart way that the City is catching up with the growing demand for bike parking — bike ridership has increased 58% in the past few years in San Francisco! Back in May, the City installed five bike parking corrals along busy bicycling Valencia Street which are conveniently located right in front of businesses and have made it easy for more people to stop and shop, eat and play along this vibrant commerical street.
Read the full on-street bike parking story and see photos over at Streetsblog.
The City is looking to install this bike parking solution in more neighborhoods. Download our on-street bike parking corral flyer and share it with your favorite business. If you are a business owner and want to request a free corral, please download the application and return it to the SFMTA by fax.