Black Friday is so 2005! Skip the Stampedes and take part in Oakland’s own PLAID FRIDAY! That’s right, Oakland Grown has renamed and reinvented the beginning of the Christmas Shopping Season to promote local and joyful shopping.
A number of local shops are organizing gifts and discounts and activities to those wearing Plaid as well as those wearing helmets. We’ve even planned out an unofficial bike route for you to take to hit this season’s hot spots! Ride from the Golden Gate District all the way down to Latham Square, where Santa’s village has been set up to welcome all of the (good) kids! Hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, local vendors and artists - everything you need to get your holiday spirit kick-started! Bring your biking family together around the giving tree.
Thanks Mali for posting our Kick Off Workshop announcement for next Wednesday.
Everyone, we need lots of help to make bike lanes a reality on 14th St, from your good ideas on what the design should be for bike lanes, help organizing the community, hosting bike rides and bike events at local businesses, getting petitions signed, and much more.
Kick Off Meeting
Wednesday Jan 30
436 14th St, 6th floor
Snacks and drinks provided
To help get a bikeway on the Bay Bridge (which would be physically separated from traffic), 1st join the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and help us make it happen-www.ebbc.org/join. 2nd, mark your calendars for Labor Day Weekend 2013. That's when the new East Span opens and we can celebrate progress on our bike path. Until then, hang tight for the Project Study Report, which should be released to public soon. We need help getting support for Gateway Park at the landing of the East Span Pathway and additional bike lanes from Downtown Oakland to the bridge.
Dan, I am the Program Director for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition-it's my job to know these things. Seriously, we are pursuing with Caltrans the completion of a bikeway from Oakland to SF. We have the support of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, but there is still a lot of work to do, public support to secure.
The West Span is another story. Caltrans is overdue releasing the Project Study Report for the West Span Pathway. Once they do, we'll have a better idea of the cost and the engineering plans for completing the pathway to San Francisco-it's going to be expensive! But, we can pay for it by raising the toll $1 for only three years, that's doable yes?
Yes, the East Span opens Labor Day 2013 and the bike path opens on that portion of the bridge at the same time, but the new bike path will not touch down on Treasure Island for another two years because they built the new bridge too close to the old bridge, which is in the way of the bike path. So, we have to wait two years while they knock down the existing East Span and complete the bikeway to Treasure Island. They are building a nice path on Treasure Island that will connect the East Span pathway to the flat part of the island and the new homes and development there.