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We’ve got some early holiday cheer for you today: the Lake Merritt green lanes are now 100% done!! (even the buffered lane)! Happy riding everyone!

—ebbc, 12.12.13.
yay! i’ll be glad to be back in the bay around new year’s, riding my mom’s bike. and now maybe my mom will feel a little safer to bike around Lake Merritt more often.
Supermarket Street Sweep (groceries by bike)


After skipping last year, I rode the Supermarket Street Sweep again, with two friends. This is a fundraiser / food drive for the SF Food Bank, combined with a little light competition to collect the most food or collect it the fastest.

It was an amazingly successful year for the food drive— 149 cyclists brought in 10,615 pounds of food, about 2,500 pounds more than the previous record.

A few photos snapped along the way…

An impressing tower of cases of ramen (which almost tipped over):image

One of the more serious cargo loads:


Parking lot loading:


And,somehow, we made it last last few miles with over 300 lbs of food between us, and no bent wheels or crashes.


On a personal note, I also set a record for the most weight I’ve ever carried by bike— after collecting about 20 lbs of food in 2010, and 100 lbs of food in 2011, this year I hauled 156 lbs (of dry beans, peanut butter, orange juice, pasta, and lots of rice), with the two extra-deep panniers, a large backpack, and a rack:


» Oaklanders Respond to Controversial KQED blog post (Opinion)

read more: oaklandlocal, 22.11.13.

comment by Johanna Workman:

So, these are the kinds of messages that are constantly thrown at us in our society which makes people of certain racial and ethic groups (i.e., low-income Black people) feel “less than”. Yes, East Oakland is dangerous, however a lot of people live here, including myself. The article conveys that we don’t count; the only people who are important, the only people who need to be protected, are “her” people. We are Other. These are the kinds of things that contribute to unconscious bias.

the perception (that is based on actual crime rates but then blown up by negative media) that oakland is dangerous is pervasive. 

i do have friends who are scared of setting foot in the Town ask, Isn’t Oakland dangerous? and among friends who are fellow oaklanders, we can semi-joke on July 4th, “Not sure if fireworks.. or gunshots”.

when introducing newbie friends to oakland, i sort of agree that west and east oakland are probably the most crime-ridden parts of town, but add in that shootings can occur anywhere. and recently in north oakland, lots of inattentive people have been getting their iphones stolen. (which probably doesn’t allay their fears.. haha.. until I take them to a local bar and they relax a bit and can feel the awesome, chill vibe that emanates in oakland.)

it is a pretty general “principle” to “avoid” east and west oakland, unless you live there, of course. but then don’t just blatantly dismiss those areas! most people would want to introduce their friends to the best spots and give a good impression of their city, and that’s understandable. but you could later go explore east and west oakland instead continuing to suffocate yourself in your little white person bubble. 

there’s so much rich history in oakland, especially in west oakland. to just pretend three-quarters of the city doesn’t exist is offensive. I totally stand with Davey-D’s comment: If you just want to hold tight to your negative perceptions (that may be false) and not try to learn and understand people who are different from yourself, GTFO of Oakland—don’t come here at all!

No There There: Race, Class, and Political Community in Chris Rhomberg.
Challenged by Ku Klux Klan action in the ’20s, labor protests culminating in a general strike in the ’40s, and the rise of the civil rights and black power struggles of the ’60s, Oakland, California, seems to encapsulate in one city the broad and varied sweep of urban social movements in twentieth-century America. Taking Oakland as a case study of urban politics and society in the United States, Chris Rhomberg examines the city’s successive episodes of popular insurgency for what they can tell us about critical discontinuities in the American experience of urban political community.
buy on amazon.
found at the PSU urban center library. added to my reading list.
» Housing crisis taking toll with no-fault evictions

Jennifer Jameson eats dinner in her partially-packed home, which she has lived in with her husband Dean for the past seven years. They found out their rent had been doubled in August and once they informed their landlord they would not be able to afford it, they were given until December 31, 2013 to move out. The two have been searching for a new place for a few months and have not found one yet. Photo: Leah Millis

read more: sfgate, 16.11.13.

» SFPD Assaults Black Cyclist, Discover He Was Only "Packing" a Cupcake and Juice [UPDATED]

21-year-old D’Paris Williams, a.k.a. “DJ,” a City College student, was assaulted Friday afternoon for what appears to be no reason:

Yesterday afternoon, while riding his bicycle home from the Make A Wish Foundation’s “Bat Kid” happenings, DJ was confronted by two undercover police officers in an unmarked vehicle at the Valencia Gardens Apartments in the City’s Mission District.

Apparently, the officers said something to DJ about riding his bicycle on the sidewalk as he was pulling up to his home in the complex. It is unclear whether the officers identified themselves or not, but did proceed to get out of their car, grab DJ from behind as he was entering the home and beat him for no apparent reason.

A police search uncovered a cupcake and juice that DJ had just purchased from the corner store. Nobody has spoken to DJ since the incident occurred as he was immediately taken to S.F. General Hospital for treatment, and then to the 850 Bryant police station.

Three residents came to DJ’s aid when they saw officers beating him up, only to find themselves also under attack by officers. By this time, uniformed backup had arrived on the scene. Including DJ, a total of four individuals were beaten and arrested by officers.

read more: uptownalmanac, 17.11.13.

» The Show Must Go On: Will Mid-Market's Dramatic Development Attract an Audience?

The Strand Theatre, which ACT purchased for $4 million and subjected to a $32.5 million restoration effort, is slated to open in January 2015.

read more: sfweekly, 09.10.13.

related: The Bacon-Wrapped Economy: Tech has brought very young, very rich people to the Bay Area like never before. And the changes to our cultural and economic landscape aren’t necessarily for the better.
eastbayexpress, 20.05.13.

tl;dr of ebx article: the new, young rich (tech) has different preferences of what they spend their money on (ex. bottle service at clubs, bike-to-work pants), vs. the old rich (going out to see plays, symphony orchestras..), and the effects of this on the economy and development.

bicycle safety rodeo @sfbike’s winterfest, 03.11.13.
i miss the bay so much right now!!all the great events going on—cal bike summit in oakland, ebbc’s biketopia, walksf’s woonerven (05.dec)… I just want to go to all the bike/walk advocacy parties!!
Overall Winner: Lee Ka Chun and Ngan Ching Ying – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture – with their entry “Hanging House”
The Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition came to fruition after the co-founder of the competition, David Grieshaber, called Caltrans about the future of the bridge and learned that it was slated for a scrap yard. Not wanting to lose this piece of architecture forever, the Bay Bridge House organization called for student architects to imagine a future for the span — that didn’t include lying out in some industrial park.
read more: sfweekly, 30.10.13.more designs from the competition: bay bridge house.
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