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Come one, come all…General Meeting of Piedmont Connect

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 14, 2012

This Wednesday October 17, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Havens Science Room (see directions, below)

A special focus will be on how community members can participate in the creation of Piedmont’s biking and pedestrian master plans (including a Safe Routes to School plan).  If you are interested in making Piedmont more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, we strongly encourage you to attend!  Other topics that Connect has been involved with include sustainable gardening and landscaping, home energy conservation, and reducing the amount of waste our schools and residences send to the landfill.  Connect subgroups working on those topics will have the opportunity to give brief updates, and we will discuss options for future educational events.

This is a great opportunity to become involved with Connect and to meet/reconnect with other like-minded, environmentally-conscious community members!  For more information send us an e-mail at piedmontconnect@gmail.org

Location: Havens Science Room, enter from the Vista Ave doors, on the 2nd floor (follow signs)

Time: 7 pm, Wednesday October 17, 2012

For more information: piedmontconnect@gmail.com

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News From the Fourth Bore Coalition

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 25, 2012

This announcement is from the Fourth Bore Coalition via the Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC http://rockridge.org).

City Sets Public Meeting: Six Selected 4th Bore Projects, Revised Designs

March 26, 7-9 p.m.

The City of Oakland will hold a public meeting Monday evening, March 26, 7-9 p.m. at Kaiser Elementary School, 25 South Hill Court, Oakland (Hiller Highlands), to show and discuss the revised designs for the first six projects to be funded with the $8 million from Oakland’s Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore settlement agreement with Caltrans.

Participants will hear an overview of the process that led to the list of projects, with a focus on the proposed conceptual designs of the first six.

The goal of the meeting is for meeting participants to let the City know their thoughts on these designs, before the City moves forward to the final pre-construction stage.

These projects include:

  1. Tunnel Road/SR 13/Hiller Drive Intersection Improvements: $ 950,000
  2. Pedestrian Facilities on Caldecott Lane/Tunnel Road: $ 850,000
  3. Bicycle Facilities on Caldecott Lane/Tunnel Road: $ 290,000
  4. Caldecott Lane/Kay overcrossing Intersection Improvements: $ 100,000
  5. Bike facilities on Broadway from Brookside Avenue to Kay overcrossing: $ 410,000
  6. Jogging/walking path on Broadway from Golden Gate to Lake Temescal: $ 275,000

Oakland will give a brief overview of the whole $8 million list, but the focus of the meeting will be on the above projects. (NB: The drawing for Project #4 [Caldecott Lane/Kay Overcrossing] has been revised since originally posted last Monday. The project description for Project #5 [Bike Facilities on Broadway] also has changed, so please be sure to look at the new items.)

Fact sheets on the 6 projects are available for public review on FBC’s web site: http://www.fourthbore.org/featured/march-26-2012-meeting-description-associated-materials/

If you have questions about the process of finalizing the designs of the first six projects or the other projects on the City’s final project list, contact the City’s consultant, Victoria Eisen at: Victoria@eisenletunic.com or 510-525-0220.

The March 26, 2012 meeting comment period extends until April 6, 2012 at 5pm.

Submit comments to Si Lau via e-mail: slau@oaklandnet.com, phone:510-238-6105; fax: 238-7415.

Letters may be mailed to: Si Lau, Transportation Engineer, Transportation Services Division, City of Oakland Public Works Agency, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4344, Oakland, CA 94612.

So the City knows what neighborhood you live in, please provide either your address or nearby intersection in your comments.

For carpool information from Rockridge BART to the meeting, e-mail info@rockridge.org.

Fourth Bore general contact information:

info@fourthbore.org and chair@fourthbore.org

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Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge over I-80

Posted by Len Gilbert on August 26, 2010

Emeryville is building a bicycle & pedestrian bridge over interstate 80 at 65th street. The overpass will connect the Berkeley-Emeryville Greenway with the Bay Trail. There are two meetings with presentations, so you hopefully can attend one of them.

Thursday, August 26, 6:30PM and Tuesday, September 7th, 7:15 PM

Emeryville City Council Chambers, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville.

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Bike Commute with New Gear

Posted by Len Gilbert on February 25, 2009

In between storms I’ve been biking to work. Because of a bum pedal on my Raleigh, I’ve been riding an old Bridgestone hybrid, but now I have the Raleigh back thanks to a quick crank arm swap by Manifesto Bikes. I’m very happy to be back on a bike with fenders during this rain.

avenir-gearIn the meantime, I was lucky enough to read a twitter from Avenir about some free items. Of course, I responded in record time and won the prize.  Matt Millen, product manager at Avenir, sent the goods out quickly and they arrived during ski week. Included in the box were the Metro III panniers, urban gel gloves, a Big Mouth 55/73 seat bag, and a mini-pump. Nice haul!

Here are the panniers on my Raleigh One Way:

Raleigh One Way with Avenir panniers

Overall, these are very good, light-duty commuter panniers. I can get my laptop bag in the top compartment and still have tons of room in the two large and two smaller side pockets to hold a couple of wool zip-neck pullovers, my tool bag, and a baseball coaching manual with room to spare. The material is mid-weight 420 denier nylon and has some stiffener inside. Adjustment to fit on my Nitto rear rack was easy. These would also be great panniers for an S24O.  I don’t think I’d recommend them for serious bike touring, but these seem to be a great pannier in the economy class retailing for under $40.Avenir Big Mouth on a Raleigh Sports

I put the seat bag on my 1968 Raleigh Sports. This bag seems pretty solidly made and attached easily to the Brooks B17 saddle. The entire end unzips, making access to tools, tube, or a Larabar super easy.

Avenir pump on Bridgestone CB-1My two Raleighs already have pumps, so I put the new Avenir pump on my 1994 Bridgestone CB-1 hybrid. This bike recently got some new 1.85 Michelin City tires with reflective sidewalls, a rear rack, and a Brooks B67 saddle. I use it for riding with the Trail-a-Bike and for fire roads and light trail riding.

I like the pump on this bike because it has both presta and shrader valve capability. Since I use this bike on “family rides” where we have a combination of tire and tube types and this pump can handle them all. It’s compact and easily attached to the water bottle mounts. It also has a rotating handle to make pumping up tires easier.

Overall, Matt at Avenir did right by me and my bikes. Next topic, how many people in town bike to work, to get groceries, to go to the farmers market? If so, you might want to check out the Piedmont Cyclists Google group. Contribute tips, suggest routes, get ready for Bike-toWork day (we may even have a Piedmont Engerizer station!).

–L

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