Bay Area Regional Rail plans

The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission, BART, Caltrain, and the California High Speed Rail Authority are unveiling a new blueprint for expanding the system of passenger and freight rail in the San Francisco Bay Area. A series of public meetings in the area will show the proposals to move people and freight through the region in the next 50 years and describe how the regional rail network works in conjuction with the proposed California high-speed rail, along with proposed alternatives for how high speed rail will come into the Bay Area.

The San Francisco Bay Area Regional Rail website includes interactive maps that describe the regional rail network. See the website for a schedule of open houses and presentations that begin today in Oakland, San Jose, Suisun City, Livermore and San Carlos.

SFPD bicycle training video

San Francisco cops tell cyclists to “take the lane” for safety.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the San Francisco Police Department worked to create this outstanding police training video on the rights and responsibilities of cyclists in San Francisco. Cyclists are instructed to ride “about four feet away from parked cars when you’re riding your bicycle,” to report instances of driver intimidation, and report injury accidents. This video is used at the San Francisco Police Academy and at district stations around the city.


The men and women in uniform tell cyclists and motorists in this video that cyclists should take the full lane, and motorists can be cited for dooring and driving dangerously around cyclists. This video has useful information for everyone on the road, not just police officers and San Francisco cyclists — take a look and share the link! More information at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition website. Via SF Cyclotouring. Direct link to video on YouTube. Please click the Digg and CycleCluster buttons below if you believe this story is worth sharing.

$1900 Carbon Fiber Wal-Mart bicycle

Found via CycleCluster:

$1900 Wal-Mart bicycle

The Corsa FC carbon fiber road bike is built with a high quality Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and Shimano 105, ITM, Ritchey,and Sella Italia components. Carbon fiber absorbs road vibrations providing a smooth floating ride. At the same time, carbon fiber is a rigid material that maximizes the transfer of power from your pedaling to the wheels. This bike was assembled by the hands of skilled Italian mechanics to be tuned up and ready to ride right out of the box. We worked directly with the factory in Italy to offer you a premium ride at everyday low prices. Minimal assembly is required for this premium bicycle.

I’m sure it’s laterally stiff yet vertically compliant. Available in Small, Medium, and Large.

Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant

I think I’ve written this before, but I’ll write it again: “Bike Snob NYC has outdone himself.” Go read his BSNYC 2008 Dream Bike Shootout. Here’s a sample of comments that Bike Snob received in response to his article:

  • “Tea out of my nose in the office.”
  • “i just threw up in my handlebar bag.”
  • “You’re killin’ me!”
  • “Diet Coke and Sun Chips, back wall of the office.”
  • And even: “You have it all, all, all horribly wrong: It’s we Bicycling editors who pine for the chance to be published in BikeSnob. –Bill Strickland”

Elsewhere…

There’s more, but I figure that’s enough for now.