Robert Prinz 
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Re: “BART Board to Vote on Altering Bike Access on New Trains

"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".

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Posted by Robert Prinz on 06/11/2014 at 10:06 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:…

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

Re: “Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

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:…

Posted by Robert Prinz on 05/24/2013 at 7:38 PM

Re: “The Final Tally

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.

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Posted by Robert Prinz on 11/14/2012 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Ultra-Safe Bike Parking Gains Popularity

"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.

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Posted by Robert Prinz on 08/15/2012 at 8:38 AM

Re: “How to Buy a Bike When You Don't Know Jack About Bikes

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:

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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Posted by Robert Prinz on 05/06/2012 at 12:16 PM

Re: “How to Buy a Bike When You Don't Know Jack About Bikes

Hey jamoline:

It is definitely worth it to get a nice bike from a local shop, as it will be more reliable and comfortable for you to ride. If you get a cheap bike that isn't fun to ride you will more likely give up on it sooner.

As for bike security, I haven't had a bike stolen in the Bay Area for 10 years, once I learned how to lock it properly and started taking some common sense precautions (don't leave the bike locked outside over night, don't leave anything on the bike that can be easily removed, only lock to good bike racks or other secure metal fixtures, etc). Around the East Bay there are also Bikelink secure bike lockers at most BART statons which only cost 3-5¢ per hour. You can get a key card at their website, and it is an amazing value.

For an excellent and hilarious primer in bike locking technique I recommend watching any of the Hal Ruzal videos on youtube. The basics: buy a good lock, write down your bike's serial number, when locking secure the frame and both wheels, and avoid "quick release" seat posts. For super security get a set of "locking skewers" for your bike wheels, and use a heavy duty u-lock to secure the bike frame to the rack.

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Posted by Robert Prinz on 05/06/2012 at 12:13 PM

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