Registration for the Eight Annual Supermarket Street Sweep in San Francisco closes this Friday, so do it right now if you plan to participate, especially if you’d like a free t-shirt (limited quantities!).
Last year, 119 racers participating in the Supermarket Street Sweep collected over three tons of food and $7400 for food banks in San Francisco and Marin County in an alleycat style scavenger hunt. Supermarket Street Sweep 2013 begins at noon on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Cupid’s Span (the big red bow and arrow statue on the Embarcadero at Folsom Street.
Racers do this for a good cause, but there’s a good pile of schwag for those who collect items the most quickly and those who can haul the most cargo. Visit Supermarket Street Sweep blog for details.
THIS WEEKEND: Santa Cruz Cranksgiving
Clutch Couriers and Santa Cruz Bike Polo bring you a bike race this holiday season to provide food and holiday cheer to those in need and get you some awesome prizes! This is a bike race a la the Cranksgivings in NYC and all over the US. Santa Cruz Cranksgiving benefits the Familia Center.
Racers race around town picking up food items that were requested by the Familia Center as well as purchasing gift certificates for food and clothing at participating grocery and clothing stores. Teams are recommended to cut down on costs, but feel free to race alone if you desire. Bring $5 per racer for registration which will be donated to the Familia Center. Also bring $15 to $30 per team to buy needed items on the list. The race will cover grocery stores from Aptos to the West Side, so be ready to pile on the miles.
Pre-registration not required, but feel free to say you’re going on the event Facebook page. Otherwise, just show up before noon on Saturday, November 23 2013 at the duck pond in San Lorenzo Park. That’s the park hidden on Dakota Street tucked between Soquel and Water Street behind the Paradox Hotel.
Don’t miss the Sixth Annual SF Bike Expo coming up this Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.
The town of Atherton, California (America’s most expensive ZIP code for 2013, where the cheapest home — a 1,194-square-foot, two-bedroom bungalow on a 6,000-square-foot lot lists for $1.2 million), is creating a new Bicycle Plan, and they invite those who live there or travel through Atherton to give their input.
San Jose’s infamous sprawl is the legacy of long time city manager Anthony “Dutch” Hamann. He and his planning department — known as “Dutch’s Panzer Division” — grew the city’s sales tax revenue through aggressive annexation during his control of city politics from 1950 to 1969. “They say San José is going to become another Los Angeles,” said the former oil executive in a 1965 interview. “Believe me, I’m going to do everything in my power to make that come true.”
More recently, city leaders are slowing making an about face on the sprawl policy in an effort to contain costs and improve the health of the city while working to improve the city’s economy and dealing with the challenges of governing a diverse, 180 square mile, car dependent municipality.
Deputy City Manager for Vancouver, BC Sadhu Johnston will speak tonight on how Vancouver and other cities have changed how they build and operate to become greener and healthier places to live at the Healthy Communities Forum at Roosevelt Community Center and Library – Classrooms 1 & 2, 901 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA. This forum takes place Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and will explore how economic, social, and environmental issues intersect with the health of our cities.
Johnston authored the recently published Guide to Greening Cities with Steven S. Nicholas, Julia Parzen, and Gloria Ohland. The Guide to Greening Cities is the first book written from the perspective of municipal leaders with successful, on-the-ground experience working to advance green city goals. Through personal reflections and interviews with leading municipal staff in cities from San Antonio to Minneapolis, the authors share lessons for cities to lead by example in their operations, create programs, implement high-priority initiatives, develop partnerships, measure progress, secure funding, and engage the community. Case studies and chapters highlight strategies for overcoming common challenges such as changes of leadership and fiscal austerity.
See the event page here for more information and to RSVP for this free event.
The Bay Area Greenbelt Alliance will host several pop up parks in San Jose during PARKing day on Friday, September 20 2013.
Also beginning at 11 AM, parking spaces in front of VTA’s Downtown Customer Service Center at 55A N. Santa Clara Street will be transformed into friendly places where bicyclists can receive a tune-up by Good Karma Bikes.
The city of Salinas, California will close a 1.6 mile stretch of Alisal Street to traffic and open it up for people for their first open streets event on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
View the entire event flyer here, or watch for updates on the Ciclovia Salinas Facebook page. Via Mari Lynch in Monterey County.
Santa Cruz 2nd Annual Open Streets takes place the following Sunday, October 13, 2013 on West Cliff Drive between Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges.