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falling in and out of love with BART


Call me Capricious, but as much as I’m predisposed, I can’t seem to embrace public transit consistently.

I love to sit in one of the Capitol Corridor’s reclining seats with an AC (not to be confused with the bus agency) outlet nearby so I can watch DVDs of old movies uninterrupted on my laptop. Ahhh, this is commuting, I think. Did I mention the little Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2007
Under: AC Transit, air travel, BART, Bicycling, Buses, Caltrain, Capitol Corridor (Amtrak), connectivity, driving, rail, Transit vs. driving | 1 Comment »

great day to drive


I was gratified to see that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission had launched a new service called Predict-a-trip. If you’re planning to drive from Fairfield to San Jose, this collection of algorithms at will use the collective experience of FasTrak electronic toll tag users to estimate how long your trip will take using several different routes. You can also ask it for current driving times, just like you can when you dial 511 on your mobile phone.

Just what we need, another tool to make driving easier.

I say that because today I gave up Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
Under: AC Transit, Altamont Commuter Express, BART, Bicycling, Caltrain, Capitol Corridor (Amtrak), Carpooling, casual carpools, connectivity, driving, parking, rail, Safety, Transit vs. driving | 4 Comments »

your sales tax dollars at work


Among the many things I’ve neglected while obsessing over a long-term project has been the work of Alameda County’s guardians of the half-cent sales tax for transportation.

In 1986, a majority of voters approved Measure B, which started the tax that year and created the Alameda County Transportation Authority to spend it. That taxing authority ended in 2002, but in 2000, voters passed another Measure B to continue from there under the auspices of the same agency with a different name, the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority. I’m guessing the snazzy new name was what Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2007
Under: BART, Bicycling, Funding | 19 Comments »

undeserved act of kindness

Cell photo by CC 

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Son, I was wrong.

It’s not easy for a father to say that to a teen-ager, ennervatingly wise beyond his years.

I was wrong back at the beginning of the summer, when you told me that the front tire on your mountain bike was leaking, and I took your concern with a grain of salt.

It was a slow leak, I reasoned, and it’ll just need an occasional Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, September 29th, 2006
Under: Bicycling, Capitol Corridor (Amtrak), connectivity, rail | 2 Comments »

a light in the wilderness

The High Falls (1855) by Thomas Almond Ayres, from, photographed by Michael Dixon, Yosemite National Park 

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I got another call from Ken Gosting, henceforth known here as the Voice of Yosemite, about the latest news from Mariposa County.

What, you may ask, does this have to do with commuting in the Bay Area?

The conceit here is that Mariposa County has, by accident of geology, become more like the Bay Area.
It all goes back to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
Under: Bicycling, Caltrans, Environment, Funding, Safety | No Comments »

transcendental bike path

MeHiWheeler1.jpgOakland born and Hayward bred, Martin Krieg has survived clinical death after a 1978 auto accident and recovered enough to ride a bicycle across the United States a year and a half later.

Today he was trying to give something back to the society and community that he credits with helping him get back on his feet.

Now bicyling from Berkeley to Oakland may not seem so spectacular, but when you consider that it was one of the final legs of a Boson-to-San Francisco relay ride, it seems a little more impressive.

Where I really have to tip my hat, however, is knowing that he rode through Sacramento on Sunday in 113-degree heat to receive a proclamation in support of what has become  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
Under: Bicycling | No Comments »

putting on bikeface

If I hadn’t been so exhausted from lack of sleep, I would have stayed awake last night, haunted by my guilty conscience.

I confess. I’m a Bike to Work Day fraud. nobikes.gif

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Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2006
Under: Bicycling, connectivity | 4 Comments »

kneel to the commuting gods!

In all of commuterdom, there is no single group quite so god-like as those who pedal to work or school.
Consider the facts: Bicycle advocates representing a scant 37,000 of the Bay Area’s several million commuters managed to get a bike lane hung from the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. If you don’t believe me, just look out from your SUV at the new concrete skyway the next time you’re crossing the rickety old steel eastern span. It’s that skinny slab on brackets hanging off the side, not far from the little ledges built for the cormorants, which will be displaced from their niches on the old bridge.
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Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2006
Under: Bicycling | 4 Comments »