Save the Date: Pedalfest is July 26
Mark your calendars, Pedalfest is getting closer! Saturday, July 26th, ride down to Jack London Square for one of the biggest free bike fests around.
New this year: as part of our efforts to reduce bike theft, we're organizing a bike registration photobooth. Don't let bike thieves get you down! Ryan Leech and two other performers will be doing trial demos throughout the day. The whiskeydrome will of course be returning as well as Cyclecide's bike carnival games. And the Rock the Bike sound stage will be hopping with music by Kay Marie, Stompy Jones and DJ Tanoa. All this without forgetting delicious beer from New Belgium and food by many great pedal-powered vendors and food trucks.
We're also organizing a pre-Pedalfest event, Legends of Cycling, which will bring five trailblazers and hall-of-famers onto one stage. Visit BikeEastBay.org/Legends for more information.
Bike Racks on BART and 19th Street Station Modernization
Next year BART will receive ten fully-operational test cars as part of its “Fleet of the Future” project. These cars will run both empty and with passengers through 2016 while BART collects data to make a decision on the final layout for the new fleet. Thanks to public support and feedback for better bicycle access, as well as direct coordination between Bike East Bay and BART, on-board racks and other bicycle amenities will be tested inside eight of the ten new cars. In order to reduce conflicts between passengers and ensure a clear and consistent design, we are asking that these racks be installed in every car BART builds as part of their new fleet.
Although the final decision has been put off until 2016, you can write to the BART Board of Directors now to have your voice heard right away. To everyone who has already written in, thank you for your support and stay tuned for updates!
In addition to on-board bicycle access, BART is also asking for your feedback on design improvements to the 19th Street Oakland station. A valet bicycle parking facility like the popular Berkeley Bike Station will be opening by the end of this year at 19th Street and Broadway, so the area is primed to become a new East Bay bicycle hub. Read through the proposed improvements and fill out a survey online here with your thoughts on what BART can do to improve bike access in and around the station.
Call for Volunteers
Calling outreach volunteers! Come meet your friends and neighbors in North Oakland, sign up Bike East Bay members, and talk to the public about building protected bikeways in our cities.
Calling Party Volunteers! Help with beer pouring, ticket sales, bike parking, outreach and more at two huge festivals this summer. All proceeds benefit Bike East Bay!
Upcoming Events for Bike Valet Volunteers: Sign up here.
- El Cerrito July 4th Festival
- Fourth of July at Jack London Square
- Burger Boogaloo - July 5 and 6 in Mosswood Park, Oakland
- Fremont Festival of Arts - August 2 and 3
Seeking Summer Event Intern
Bike East Bay is seeking an outgoing and organized event intern to help behind-the-scenes with our two biggest events of the summer: PedalFest and Clips Beer and Film Tour. We will provide training and experience in event planning, volunteer management, communications, and membership outreach.
The summer event intern will report to our Membership Manager and work with our entire Bike East Bay staff, other interns, board members and volunteers.
- Dates: July 1 - August 15
- Committment: 10 hr/week. Must be available Saturday July 26 (PedalFest) and Saturday August 9 (Clips Beer and Film Tour).
- $250 stipend
Please send a cover letter and resume to Ginger@BikeEastBay.org.
Join Our Team as Measure BB Campaign Fellow
Bike East Bay is seeking an energetic, organized and outgoing campaign fellow for our Yes On Measure BB reauthorization campaign for Summer and Fall of 2014. Measure BB is Alameda County’s transportation measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot, and it includes significant funding for bicycling and walking projects throughout Alameda County. This campaign is a major focus and priority of Bike East Bay in 2014.
The Campaign Fellow will report to our Advocacy Director and work with our entire Bike East Bay staff, other interns, board members and volunteers to get out the vote in support of Measure BB this November.
El Cerrito Moves Toward Feasibility Study of San Pablo Avenue Bikeway
El Cerrito is moving forward into the 'feasibility' phase of designing bikeways on San Pablo Avenue and is proposing protected bikeways in the Midtown area of El Cerrito between its two BART stations. Bike East Bay helped secure a Safe Routes to Transit grant for El Cerrito for this design work. As good as it promises to be, this project needs to be complete.
We also want to see bike lanes included at the north and south ends of San Pablo Avenue, where sharrows are currently proposed in the Downtown and Uptown areas of El Cerrito. The goal is continuous bikeways on San Pablo Avenue connecting you to the places you ride. Sharrows are no substitute for your safety.
Voice your support for a continuous dedicated bikeway at a July 9 public hearing on the protected bikeways or by written comment by July 21 deadline for public comment by emailing to Melanie Mintz, interim Community Development Director.
Dublin Releases Final Draft of Bicycle Plan
Dublin Public Works Department has released its Initial Study/Negative Declaration for the City of Dublin Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Click here to review the full Plan. While we are disappointed the Plan does not include protected bikeways on Dublin Blvd, we are pleased to see many new bikeway improvements prioritized for the downtown area of Dublin near West Dublin BART Station.
You can help make these bikeway improvements happen sooner by emailing Ferd Del Rosario, Senior Civil Engineer, Public Works Department or give him a call at (925) 833-6630 and ask these improvements:
Video of the Week: Reliving Pedalfest
A day with nothing but bikes. From the music to the entertainment to the beer and food - it's all bike centric and pedal-powered! Don't miss out on this year's line-up for a fantastic day by Oakland's waterfront: Pedalfest is returning.