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Public Workshop: How to Make Walking and Biking in Piedmont Safer and Easier

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 30, 2013

On October 30, 2013, the City of Piedmont Planning Commission  will host a public workshop on the recently launched process to develop Piedmont’s first Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP). The purpose of the workshop is to hear from members of the community about the needs and concerns of pedestrians and cyclists in Piedmont; the obstacles and challenges to walking and biking in our city; and the public’s ideas for making walking and biking in Piedmont safer and easier. The input will be used to develop and prioritize recommended improvements throughout the city. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Piedmont Community Hall (711 Highland Avenue).

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

In order to hear from as many people as possible, the City has also developed an online survey on the same subject (www.surveymonkey.com/s/WalkBikePiedmont). Everyone who responds to the survey will be eligible to win one of three donated $25 gift cards for Mulberry’s Market (courtesy of the City’s consultant on the PBMP). The survey will remain open through November 16, 2013. People are also encouraged to email any additional thoughts and comments on the needs and challenges to walking and biking in Piedmont to Kate Black, City Planner, at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

In the meantime, the City is wrapping up an “existing conditions” report for the PBMP. This background report summarizes existing local conditions and issues relevant to walking and biking in Piedmont. It covers such topics as the city’s street network, key destinations around the city, facilities for walking and biking, and collision statistics. The report will be made available to the public for review and comment once it has been finalized.

The PBMP is being funded entirely through a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC; http://www.alamedactc.org) and through the City’s existing funds for pedestrian and bicycle improvements (pass-through Measure B funds), also distributed by the Alameda CTC.

For more information about the PBMP, contact Kate Black at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us or at (510) 420-3063.

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Raise a Racket!

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 28, 2013

It’s a tennis-themed community party featuring food, drinks, and music by the popular PHS jazz DDG Quartet.

Players and non-players alike are welcome!

Raise a Racket - click for tickets

Tickets online:www.piedmontedfoundation.org/racket

Tickets by mail:  PO Box 11192, Piedmont, CA  94611
Questions:  Call the Fundraising Office at 510-653-1816


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Oakland Urban Paths – Parklet Walk

Posted by Len Gilbert on April 9, 2013

When:  Saturday, April 13th

What: Oakland’s three parklets and learn about their history and benefits from the folks who brought them from concept to reality.  The walk includes  stairways along the course of Glen Echo Creek and Piedmont Avenue.

  • This mostly flat urban 4-mile walk includes stairs. Please come prepared with weather appropriate clothing and water.
  • Meet in front of Farley’s East at 10:00am. We will return to Farley’s by 12:30. There will be an option to return to our starting point via AC Transit.
  • Heavy rain cancels, light rain doesn’t.
  • Dogs OK! (please only bring dogs that can make the entire walk)
  • Here’s our route map

More info? See the Oakland Urban Paths website: http://www.oaklandurbanpaths.org/


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Tartan Day – April 6th

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 29, 2013

Get your Scottish on and celebrate Tartan Day!

Saturday, April 6th 1o:00-5:00pm

Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, CA

Pipers, dancers, clan tents, food, highland games, music, and Scottish ale are just some of the attractions. See http://tartanday.eastbayscots.org for more details.


Tartan Day, as currently celebrated it every April 6th , started in New York City in 1982 as a celebration of contributions by Scottish Americans to the United States throughout its history.

This marks the date a declaration of Scottish independence against Edward I’s English rule, known the Declaration of Arbroath, was signed in 1320 and submitted to Pope John XXII.

The declaration intended to confirm Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state, defending Scotland’s right to use military action when unjustly attacked and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.

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Oakland Urban Paths – Oakmore Walk

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 4, 2013

Join the Oakland Urban Paths group this Saturday, March 9th to Explore Oakmore (and the Bridgeview Trail above Sausal Creek).

From the OAP email news:

A bridge, a redwood tree, a stair, a view, a creek, great people…it’s another walk with Oakland Urban Paths. This walk will reprise our successful jaunt from last year and we’ll also get to check out a restoration work party hosted by the Friends of Sausal Creek.

  • This strenuous 5-mile walk includes stairs and hills. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks.
  • Meet in front of Rocky’s Market at 10:00am. We will return to Rocky’s by 12:30, in time to grab lunch at nearby Red Boy Pizza or head off to your next engagement.
  • Heavy rain cancels, light rain doesn’t.
  • Dogs OK! (please only bring dogs that can make the entire walk)

As usual, we’ll have a variety of cool Oakland walking goods for sale including Walk Oakland Maps, the Secret Stairs of the East Bay book and authentic OUP shirts.

Thanks to all who joined us for our February Lakeshore to Park Boulevard walk. Check out a write-up, pics and route map on our website



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