Hank Chapot 
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Re: “Wednesday Must Reads: Bay Bridge Bike Path in Jeopardy; Kaiser Nurses Enter Second Day of Strike


H. Chapot - Oakland Ca.

Every few weeks the local papers publish another weepy story about the Bay Bridge bike lane, its costs and delays. But the answer for the west side bike path is right under our noses, or rather, right under the road bed. Bridge authorities feed the media estimates approaching half a billion dollars, a price tag that guarantees it won't be built in my lifetime.

Yet, I will ride to San Francisco from my home in Oakland someday, and unless the motoring public gives up a lane, the only good answer is to hang the bike path underneath the roadbed in an industrial sized catwalk, like a theater flyloft, built from high tech lightweight modular materials. Though my first choice would be a ribbon pathway high above the upper deck flying through the towers, I've decided the under the roadbed is the only real answer.

Besides being economical and fast, this design has other advantages; no exhaust fumes in your face like the east side, protection from the rain and wind, the pathway deck could be perforated steel so you could see the water below, and the whole thing could be wrapped in artistic cyclone fencing to prevent littering and suicide. The need for wind fairings or deck replacement disappear.

They'll argue that the shipping channel would be obstructed, but there is plenty of room in he superstructure and unless the Port of Oakland buys more monster cranes from China, finding ten feet of headroom would be easy. Even a boxy tube attached alongside the lower deck on the north side is better than any current design.

I must address a few side issues; coupling bikes with service vehicles is a very, very bad idea, anyone who endorses the cantilevered design is agreeing to have the path closed any time the bridge district needs it closed. That local bike coalitions agreed to roadbed replacement as part of the project is a huge fail, it justifies the half billion dollar price scare. Plus, the "cantilevered" plan will not hold crowds during major events like the Blue Angels or America's Cup.

My idea is the cheapest, the easiest to build and would overcome Bridge authority and bike-hater intransigence. Instead of ten years for a faulty cantilevered path, we could have this one in two.

(I would also like to point out that my plan does not harm the architectural beauty of this great bridge).

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 11/12/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “The Rise of Pot Arrests at People's Park

Of course people sell pot in the People's Park, but that is hardly the real problem. The worst offense is that the greater Berkeley community uses it as a dumping ground for tossed-off clothes and furniture, and local restaurants dump huge amounts of unsold and unsellable foodstuffs; trash bags filled with day-old bagles, stale artisanal breads and rotting produce, and the church group that feeds the homless but does not remove its trash, all under the guise of "helping."
I am one of 4 UC gardeners who go to the park every weekday to pick up the illegally dumped crap and I can assure you, most of what Berkeley citizens leave at the park goes straight into the trash. Maybe the UCPD could spend some time on illegal dumping?

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 07/04/2014 at 7:27 PM

Re: “A Growing Fire Hazard in the Berkeley Hills

These are the ugliest scenic turnouts in the West. The University needs to fulfill its legendary reputation in the field of landscape architecture, to follow tried and true methods of controlling public space by studying successful turnouts around the world.

You might remember view spot in the Alps, at Yosemite, along highway 5, in the place you took your pics?

The Eucalyptus logs should be removed. There should be trash cans. Good turnouts are paved, they have a modest 4 foot stone wall enclosing the viewsite, the wall is wide enough for sitting, with a thirty foot drop on the other side to deter exploration. The need for policing will diminish.

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 05/22/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Sex and Violence Scandal May Impact East Bay Senate Race

Audie Bock? Give me a break.

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 04/30/2014 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Blight for Profit

The dumping problem is evident at people's park, where I am a gardener. People, students and neighbors deposit huge amounts of furniture, clothing and shoes, and within 24 hours, we UC employees throw it away. Restaurants and food shops dump their day-old food stuffs and bread at the park like they are doing someone a favor, which also goes into the trash. I am especially pissed at the businesses in the area who get rid of their trash problem by leaving it at the park.

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 04/16/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Why Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

So, wiping your ass when you are incontinent is a high skill, high pay job? Feeding you, picking your vegetables, cleaning your toilet should be "high skill/high pay jobs?"

Maybe you should pay taxes for your lifestyle, which depends on the backs of working folk.

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 04/16/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Appeals Court Orders Drakes Bay Oyster Company to Close

"pristine forests"? I camp in the Stanislaus forest and the river, but these are some of the most scurfy, overgrown forests in the Sierra. Fire suppression for decades is to blame.

Posted by Hank Chapot on 09/07/2013 at 4:14 PM

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