It’s getting brisk out there. The high was 26 degrees with the wind chill factor, and it’s about that time where the fingers begin to get numb and the eyes get watery after about an hour on the saddle. Regardless, we suck it up and spin. I was going to attempt to write something worthy of expressing my love/hate for the cold season riding, but then I came across some wise words from Gem Atkinson that pretty much sums it all up.
“Within the struggle lies the honour. Never once will I regret a winter ride, the rewards are there to be reaped. As I jump aboard the winter hack, don the weatherproof jacket and head for the hills, I know that come July this will all have been so worthwhile.”
The eight tables give Cafe Abir’s parklet a restaurant-alcove feel.
The most significant change to San Francisco’s landscape in 2011 involves a conjuring act that turns parking spaces into pedestrian nooks.
They go by the name of parklets, a word that didn’t exist two years ago, and when 2011 arrived there were only four. Now there are 22, with six more approved and 44 in various stages of review…
They’re also attracting attention beyond the Bay Area. Parklets have popped up in Philadelphia and Vancouver, British Columbia. Several are planned for Los Angeles. Architectural Record devoted a page this fall to “the ultimate revenge on the modern city: one two less parking spaces, one more park.”
BART will be running trains until 3 a.m. on New Years Day, three hours longer than usual. San Francisco’s Muni system will offer free light-rail service until 6 a.m.
The last Caltrain will leave the city at 2:15 a.m. All trains will be free after 11 p.m., Caltrain officials said.
BART trains will run on their normal intervals during extended hours, meaning that if a train normally arrives at a station at 11:00 p.m. it will also arrive at midnight, 1 a.m., 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., said BART spokesman Jim Allison.
BART will also run special trains to and from the fireworks show in Downtown San Francisco, Allison said.
Starting at 8 p.m. some trains will stop at either the Embarcadero or Montgomery Street stations, but not both, Allison said. This alternate schedule will ease overcrowding by dropping people off at both stations, Allison said.
BART will add extra trains right after the fireworks show to get all those early-to-bed-party-poopers home.
But what about 3am to 7am or whenever the first BART train runs on a normal sunday???
and every HOUR. That’s not a frequent enough interval.
I remember that weekend when repairs were being made on the Bay Bridge, and I had gone out with friends to SF for a party at Popscene or Blowup. I made sure to have us all leave in time to catch the next BART train home. Got to the nearest BART station to see it gated closed. So we had to walk farther to the next one.
And found out we had just missed the last train by like 6 minutes. So we had to wait nearly an hour for the next one.
The station got so packed. Partiers were sitting everywhere on the dirty floors, resting their feet. Finally got on the train. Inside got even more jam packed as we stopped through the final SF stops, picking up partiers fron North Beach, before we left for the East Bay.
But yeah, maybe those AC Transit night owl buses still running after BART runs off with it’s 3am train? And at least the Bay Bridge is still in working order.
Looks like Abercrombie & Fitch has another “situation” on deck, only this time it has nothing to do with getting the cast of Jersey Shore to doff its merch. The American retailer is among 14 global brands Greenpeace is calling out for allegedly releasing hormone-disrupting chemicals—specifically nonylphenol ethoxylates—into the environment. Used as surfactants in textile production, NPEs subsequently break down to form toxic nonphenol, an endocrine disruptor that builds up in the food chain and is pretty nasty even at minute levels…
“By failing to take action to eliminate these chemicals, global brands like Adidas are expecting customers to do their dirty laundry for them,” Li says. “Every time clothes containing these chemicals are washed, hazardous substances are released into waterways across the world.”
Al-Sharif, 40, is one of more than 50 Iraqi refugees who have been moved to East Oakland by the International Rescue Committee. The nonprofit’s officials say they won’t settle refugees in unsafe neighborhoods, but Al-Sharif and dozens of other Iraqis blame the organization for exposing them to an unfamiliar type of violence - one perpetrated by gangs rather than political militants.
“This election is about more than replacing that president; it is about saving a vision of America. It is a choice between two destinies.”—Mitt Romney. Romney Compares Gingrich to Comedienne as Ex-Speaker Hits Paul. sfgate, 28.12.11.
Shoppers stock up on produce at the Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco’s Mission District. Economists say “community food enterprises” like Bi-Rite benefit their local economies significantly more than a typical non-locally owned business. In addition to supporting local food producers, the Bi-Rite Market uses local printers, local sign makers and local designers, and 90 percent of its employees live within walking or biking distance of the market.
There are dozens of USDA programs through the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative geared toward helping local food businesses, she said.
"This is about jobs, the economy and community vitality," she said. "It’s created a renaissance in agriculture and that’s very exciting."
Way back in 1957, Bay Area planners were thinking big. Concerned about the booming population and worsening traffic congestion, they proposed a round-the-bay rapid transit network that eventually spawned today’s BART.
Now, 54 years and 4 million people later, it’s BART’s turn to think big. Planners are working on a new vision for the future - one that could include express trains, all-night service, new stations along existing lines, trains traveling different routes and extensions to Livermore, Ocean Beach, Brentwood and Crockett.
"Over the past few years, we’ve just been trying to keep our heads above water," said Carter Mau, BART’s executive manager of budget and planning. "Now that we’ve recovered a bit, it’s time to start looking at our future."
The planning effort, which is just getting started, is called the metro concept, and will focus more on growth within the existing system and the urban core of the Bay Area than on extending the system outward. Still, it could include extensions within the BART district, which includes Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties.
Mau said the main goals are to increase capacity, enhance service and increase coverage, recognizing that BART’s original role as a system hauling commuters from the suburbs into San Francisco needs to be transformed.
BART is already taking the first step toward increasing capacity, ordering a new generation of cars with three doors - to speed loading and unloading - and increasing the size of its fleet. But it will also have to modify stations, and increase service, to handle larger crowds.
The BART of the future would run more frequently between the most popular - and populous - areas, offering more “show up and go” service where riders don’t need to check schedules. It could also feature express or skip-stop trains that would provide more direct - and faster - trips for commuters…
BART planners expect to spend seven to eight months studying current and expected travel patterns and future development, looking at different ways of transforming BART, then developing a plan. The agency will ask for public input with a series of town-hall meetings.
BART has no estimated cost for remodeling the system but the effort would clearly run into the billions. And those desires would have to compete with - or wait in line behind - an estimated $7.5 billion in long-term maintenance and modernization needs over the next 25 years that have no source of funding.
"The BART system is 40 years old now," Mau said. "We need to replace not only our railcars but the system that powers those railcars and supports those railcars. Finding some way to maintain the system we have now is going to be critical."
The [patent] application filing stated rather bluntly that due to “our country’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels has forced our government to maintain complicated political and military relationships with unstable governments in the Middle East, and has also exposed our coastlines and our citizens to the associated hazards of offshore drilling. These problems have led to an increasing awareness and desire on the part of consumers to promote and use renewable energy sources.”
New bikeways on: Santa Clara Ave Fruitvale Ave Foothill Blvd MacArthur Blvd E 12th St W Grand Ave Santa Clara Ave MacArthur Blvd 14th Ave Park Blvd 27th St/Bay Pl 38th Ave Telegraph Ave Lakeshore Ave Webster St 2nd St Washington St
New signage on: Fruitvale Ave 38th Ave E 12th St Tunnel Rd Shafter/Colby 55th St 53rd/Cavour
2011 Totals: Total Bikeway Project Miles: 18.1 Miles of Roadway Striping: 10.2 Miles of Wayfinding Signage: 7.9 Miles of New Bikeway: 9.4 Miles of Upgraded Bikeway: 8.7
Took the 10h ferry ride from Turku/Åbo, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden.
It’s not snowing in Stockholm. :( light-rain/snow falling into rain
Visited Uppsala today. 40mins north by train. University town, 4th largest city in Sweden, with Europe’s oldest university and Sweden’s largest cathedrale.
As in most university towns, lots of people cycling. Snowing there. Some packed snow and some slush. Nice town. A river runs through it. Wider than an Amsterdam canal, but the bikes and bridges reminded me of the NL capital.
If you’re making plans for the weekend, know this: Saturday will begin with what’s likely to be one of the prettiest lunar eclipses seen from Southern California in years. All you have to do is get up at about sunrise and make sure to have a clear view of the northwestern sky. The weather is expected to be cool but clear.
The moon will take on an orange or reddish hue as it goes into total eclipse. The change will happen as Earth’s only natural satellite is sinking toward the horizon. Astronomers say the moon will look larger than normal — or super-sized — because it will be low. The phenomenon is not well understood.
la 31.12 HELLO2012 @CIRCUS Helsinki!!! (the best and my fave Finnish djs are playing!!!)
ma 02.01 HEL 14.10 → 15.55 JFK 17.10 → 20.20 SAN
tues 03.01 SAN 11.10 → 12.40 OAK
I’ve leaving San Diego friday night.. gonna get into Helsinki city center around midnight the next day..
That’s all after my 8am final (which I will begin studying for soon), and packing and moving (out) all my stuff to the garage, cleaning up my room, and packing for Finland, and hopefully finally getting my sushi craving fulfilled.
I remembered this shot from a while back of a girl carrying her crutches and getting doubled by her mum. The bicycle is a versatile tool. I know several friends who, after many years playing sports, have problems with their knees. They are invariably advised to ride a bicycle by their doctors.
If you also make the bicycle the quickest and safest way to get around a city, people will do so — whatever their handicap. The bicycle is a freedom machine for the people.
If it is ripe old age that has reduced mobility, the bicycle still serves a purpose. I see this lady all the time in my neigbourhood. Always walking her bicycle with groceries in the basket. Perhaps too unstable to ride, but using the bicycle as a kind of crutch. Lovely.
OSDR Weekly Friday Bike Raid! Meet at 11:30 AM @ the Balboa Park Fountain. We will leave at noon. We will protest banks and big business. We will head to various banks in Hillcrest, North Park, etc. Then head to Mission Valley to protest big business and bloated consumerism. At Mission/Fashion Valley Malls. Bring signs and anything for visibility. And of course positive vibes. Occupyyrcorner has awesome signs you can print out.
dsfksdmfdslf The sign posted at the center says lunch break is from 12–1. NOT 1–2. (I went at 1:50)
This is the 3rd or 4th time this has happened, and I just walk back home with my two bags full of bottles. (only two successful times I’ve gotten them recycled)
Wish we had the recycling machines so conveniently located inside supermarkets like in Germany (and other European countries).
Just put in your bottle, then it’ll scan the barcode to make sure it’s an item purchased at that (chain of) supermarket, and when you’re done, press the green button and it’ll print you a receipt/Bonn to redeem at the cashier (and to use toward purchases—more beer!)
Portland has got these, I’ve seen, but I don’t think they’re indoors. The one I came across on SE Hawthorne is in the back of the Fred Meyers parking lot.
But then I guess this is just to keep the homeless from pushing their carts and bringing unpleasant smells into the store.
Students forced open the doors of a closed University of California San Diego library (CLICS at Revelle College) Monday and rushed inside, vowing to stay around the clock until the end of final exams Friday…
Several students stressed that they were “reclaiming” the library and took pains to avoid the word “occupy” or a connection to the Occupy movement.
“This library was always a 24-hour library during finals,” said Samer Naji, vice president of external affairs for the Associated Students. “It’s two stories with a ton of study space. Student took it upon ourselves that we were going to reclaim the space. We’re paying tuition through the roof and they blow money all over the place.”
"Talk to any business person about not having a benefits-vs.-cost discussion and they’ll say, ‘Duh, you mean you don’t do that?’ " said the commission’s executive director, Steve Heminger. "They insist on it, but in the transportation profession it is not all that common. … This levels the playing field."
BART's plan to run express trains and more frequent trains is the highest rated project, with a $60 to $1 benefit/cost ratio.
Next is a project many may have never heard about — Treasure Island congestion pricing, at $59 in benefits per $1 in costs.
Bikes are pretty cool, but if American cities really want to learn something from Copenhagen, it’s how to build a city for young families. Those young people pouring into your cities are going to leave just as fast if you don’t build the city for the families they’ll soon have.
Here’s a good rule: no more stadiums, TIF districts, or tax breaks until crime is under control and urban schools meet basic standards. City officials: Those shiny corporate headquarters won’t mean jack if no one wants to live in your city because your schools are worthless. And don’t you dare claim you don’t have money to focus on people like that, you’re blowing plenty more trying to attract Fortune 500’s.
I’ll go ahead and reblog this, not out of vanity but because I mean what I said. It is so easy to make cities for people that considering how often we’ve failed to do so becomes a mind numbing exercise.
I should add: the most dangerous possibility is that we throw up our hands in frustration and resign ourselves from the problem. Get involved. Tell your politicians that policies that favor corporations, big box development, highway construction, or mega-projects over the safety and education of our children - over the quality of our daily well-being - will result in their dismissal.
This is a human rights issue. If the politicians won’t listen, vote them out or run for office yourself. Take the city back, if not for yourselves then for your children. We can’t run this course any longer. (via secretrepublic)
Defremery Park, 16th & Adeline St. (Map) West Oakland, CA 94607 Tuesday, December 6th, 12:00 PM
Big Banks tried to kick a 103-year-old woman out of her home—that’s how low Wall Street will go to make a buck.
But decent people understand that you just don’t do that, and the police officers and movers Deutsche Bank sent to evict 103-year-old Vita Lee and her 84-year-old daughter form their home refused to do it.1
Vita remains in her home for now, but more are being evicted and foreclosed upon every day. The 1% is to blame for the housing crisis, but it’s the 99% who are losing our homes.
But more and more families and communities are fighting back. We’re joining with allies and the Occupy movement for a critical campaign: the liberation of vacant bank-owned homes for those in need, and the defense of families under threat of foreclosure and eviction. We’ll kick it off on December 6 by rallying with homeowners facing foreclosure at their homes, courthouses, and city centers to demand the banks halt the foreclosures they profit from and modify loans.
Thousands of families are facing the holiday season without a place to call home, even though there are so many foreclosed homes sitting vacant. With this day of action, we’ll rally together and kick off a campaign to take back our homes and our power—demonstrating to the banks that we won’t sit back and let them put these families on the streets.
Click here to stand with the 99% on December 6 for a national day of action to kick off a campaign based on the simple premise the banks caused the economic crisis, and it’s their responsibility to fix it. And until they fix the problems they created, we’re not giving up our homes.
In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Bill of Rights in America.
The National Defense Authorization Act is being called the most traitorous act ever witnessed in the Senate, and the language of the bill is cleverly designed to make you think it doesn’t apply to Americans, but toward the end of the bill it essentially says it can apply to Americans ”if we want it to.”
This bill, passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a ”battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity.
Who among us has the time, stamina or ego to ride a bicycle to work? Ego? When was the last time you saw a cyclist stop for a stop sign? Or wait his turn at the end of a line of cars backed up at an intersection? Besides, I’d look silly in cyclist couture. Imagine me in a Castelli Sorpasso bib tight cycling suit (available online for around $179.95 plus shipping). I’ve never paid that much for a real suit.
John McCarron (Chicago Tribune columnist) was obviously asking for a drubbing from the bike crowd, and the bloggers have been happy to oblige:
"It’s the sort of screed we’ve come to expect, full of outdated stereotypes, faulty logic, and straight-up misinformation," wrote Jason Tinkey.
“This isn’t a war on cars,” ranted Brent Cohrs. “This is a war on declining living conditions. It’s a war against air pollution and the health issues toxic emissions exacerbate for everyone. It’s a war against congestion and all the precious time, effort, and energy it wastes for everyone.”
there’ll always be people like this. until they die off or move to an isolated suburb.
Big ups to the Windy City’s mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Hopefully he gets his goal of 100miles of separated (!!!!) bike lanes built within 5 years, if not sooner. Hopefully this first one completed recently will warm people up, and more and more people start cycling so that the next miles of separated bike lanes will come easily, naturally and without hassle.