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Last year two state bills made it to Governor Jerry Brown's desk, one which would have created a yellow-alert system to catch hit-run perpetrators, similar to existing the amber-alert system, and another which would have raised fines and penalties for hit-run drivers. Both were passed by the state assembly and senate, but were vetoed by the governor who stated "I think current law is adequate."
This year Assembly Member Gatto from Southern California has reintroduced the yellow-alert hit-run bill as AB8, which has so far been approved by the assembly again and is currently with the senate. I encourage everyone to write the governor and their senator, urging them to push this bill forward and enact it into law as soon as possible. Every day we wait equals more lives lost and livelihoods ruined: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/bi…
"Based on the agency's summary of public feedback, it appears that the bike rack was one of the more controversial components of the new cars..."
Please note that as part of the new BART train car model demonstrations, 79% of survey respondents ranked the bike parking as excellent or good, and only 10% as fair or poor. The floor poles, seat comfort, color scheme, and interior layout all received worse fair or poor rankings.
There is a very clear supermajority which approves of the proposed bike parking arrangement, so I don't feel that it is accurate to describe it as "controversial".
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…
The East Bay Bicycle Coalition is leading a slow-paced, flat, 13-mile bike ride from their offices at Jack London Square down to the Session Fest at Drake's Brewery in San Leandro, starting at 10:30am on Saturday. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome! If you don't want to go to the brewery still join us and then just take the San Leandro BART back home. If you do want to go to the brewery, though, this is a great way to work up a thirst! Full details online at: https://www.facebook.com/events/3490592152…
As of Tuesday night Measure B1 is now at 66.19%, with less than a 2,500 vote margin between winning and losing. Not sure how many provisional ballots there are left to count but it may be a mathematic impossibility for it to pull ahead at this point. There is still the option of a recount, however, if it gets any closer.
"That's because the lockers offer a total of only forty individual spaces — twelve of which happened to be vacant — and they serve a somewhat rarified clientele."
Must have been an off-day. I regularly see nearly all 40 lockers at the MacArthur BART station occupied on weekday mornings. The good news is that BART is about to start construction on a new facility in the plaza which will accomodate a lot more secure bike parking.
Also, for a quick education in how to safely ride a bike around car traffic I recommend attending one of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition's free safety classes. The full schedule can be found online here: www.ebbc.org/safety.
The objective of these classes is simply to help everyone feel more confident and safe while having fun on a bike, and to help people develop good biking habits through knowledge and shared experience.
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