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Comment Archives: stories: Special Sections: Insider's Guide

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

Charles Fleming, the author of Secret Stairs: East Bay originally got into walking stairs in LA because of health problems. Also I wanted to point out that Oakland Urban Paths (http://www.oaklandurbanpaths.org/) does walks on the stairways and pathways around Oakland every 2nd Saturday. Some OUP folks test-walked routes for Fleming's book.

(thanks to Zaineb for helping me de-confuse myself on my EBX accounts)

Posted by Gene Anderson on 03/04/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “The Roller Family

Rohnert Park has CalSkate too.

Posted by Mary Ellen McMuldren on 03/03/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “A Party for the Ages

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Julian's stories thus far, but this one is something special. I have a want to be initiated the same way he did -- but I almost don't need to because it was described so well. Keep going man, love your stuff.

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Posted by Ben Davidson on 03/02/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “A Party for the Ages

I became a volunteer before ever attending the solstice party after hearing about it. I had a great time helping, and seeing all those people having a good time made me happy that I was a part of it.

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Posted by Brandon Baldwin on 03/01/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Rolling Through the Backwoods

Cyclist are like the Hell's Angels of the 21st Century. The locals freak when they know they will ride into town.

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Posted by Vince Rubino on 02/27/2014 at 10:29 PM
Posted by Bridget Canfield on 02/27/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Facebook for the Real World

Love this!

Posted by JJ Noire on 02/27/2014 at 3:02 PM

Re: “The Roller Family

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Posted by Editor on 02/27/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Rolling Through the Backwoods

Be smart in Canyon. When you hear loud pipes, move out of the way. If you hear tires squealing, park your bike and wait. Bring your body armor and spine protector, always wear a helmet, don't go too fast on the switch backs, watch out for people drifting Hangmans turn, don't ride in those mad bicycle packs. Older cars have been known to boil breaks on way down so watch out for cars unable to stop. Keep in mind that it has been an unrestricted speed zone for a very long time and some folks know the road very very well. maybe take a drive through before you ride through, then it won't be so unexpected. Keep in mind if you ride alone and go off the edge you will be joining several cars and skeletons down in the gulch. You could be there for a long time, its really steep.

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Posted by Richard Clarke on 02/27/2014 at 3:48 AM

Re: “Rolling Through the Backwoods

please use common sense and courtesy as you ride your bike through Canyon
it is dangerous, in addition to being beautiful
people live here
i have helped bicyclists,when they have been going to fast, spandex is not good protection for road rash, there are a few spots on Pinehurst that have black ice
almost year round-
911 takes about 10 minutes, at least
just sayin'--55 year canyon resident

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Posted by Elena Tyrrell on 02/26/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

I recently walked some of these paths with my soon and his girlfriend. A nice break from a fierce ohio winter. Thanks to all who made this possible.

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Posted by Kristine Snell on 02/26/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “The Roller Family

Thanks for putting this article out, people just don't know about the magic that happens at the roller rink. Getting the word out in the community will hopefully help us keep these valuable resources alive!!

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Aimee Bruckner on 02/26/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

What a shame that, in an otherwise lovely article, Richards failed to mention the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association map, Berkeley's Pathways (www.berkeleypaths.org), nor the Walk Oakland map that shows all the paths in Oakland (http://www.rufusguides.com/oakland.html). Nor did Richards credit Charles Fleming, author of the Hidden Stairways: East Bay. A sharp editor would have caught that incomplete reference.

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Posted by sandy friedland on 02/26/2014 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

What a shame Richards didn't mention the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association map, Berkeley's Pathways (http://berkeleypaths.org/), in her article. Oakland also has a map, Walk Oakland, that shows all the paths.(http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Oakland-Guide-Rufus-Graphics/dp/1882276167)
Nor did Richards credit Charles Fleming, the author of Hidden Paths: East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland. A sharp editor would have caught the incomplete reference to the book.

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Posted by sandy friedland on 02/26/2014 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

The Berkeley Path Wanderers, http://berkeleypaths.org/ , sell a map showing all of Berkeley's public paths and stairways. They also lead two free walks each month and work to maintain and improve Berkeley's path network.

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Posted by Lori Kohlstaedt on 02/26/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

Thanks for this great write-up! The City of Oakland and local advocates are actively working to fund repairs and improvements to these stairs and pathways. If you are interested in supporting this work and helping to prioritize fixes you are welcome to attend the monthly Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting (open to the public) and have your voice heard: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PW…

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Posted by Robert Prinz on 02/26/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Staircases to Heaven

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Posted by Editor on 02/26/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Neighborhood Joints

Thanks for the recommendation, Lo. So many great under-the-radar places like this — too many to cover in one story!

Posted by Luke Tsai on 03/03/2013 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Neighborhood Joints

Okay, my bad. I just checked and they are listed on yelp. But you just sent everybody who reads this over there!

Posted by Caliallye on 02/28/2013 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Joints

And how does one find this speakeasy of food joints? Sounds very underground! Maybe they didn't WANT publication?

Posted by Caliallye on 02/28/2013 at 9:20 PM

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