Photos: Occupy Sacramento, Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramento – October 15, 2011

Occupy Sacramento, Cesar Chavez Park 10-15-11

Occupy Sacramento, Cesar Chavez Park 10-15-11

Above are two photos from last Saturday’s event at Occupy Sacramento in Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramento (15 October 2011).

It is worth noting the Occupy Movement highlights the importance of a city to have plenty of good public space, such as a local park.

As an aside, there were apparently 600 protesters in Cesar Chavez Park that day.

Plenty Of Bike Parking At Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2011 In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

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I was able to attend last Sunday’s festivities at this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, held every year in San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park.

Since the annual music festival is FREE, organizers and public officials recommended any transportation mode other than driving. Judging by the sheer amount of available bike parking spaces, I would say that biking was a very popular transportation mode for festivalgoers traveling to Golden Gate Park.

See bike parking spaces around NOON. There were some noticeable available slots.

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And see bike parking spaces around 4PM.

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Even at the end of the dozens of rows of temporary bike parking, there were very few open slots. And one could argue that organizers could have provided more. Just something to consider for next year (October 5-7, 2012).

[photos via PJ]

Ecology Center’s “Refuel, Repair, Reimagine: A Series About The Future Of Bay Area Transportation”

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For this month of September, the Ecology Center is sponsoring a free series of events, “Refuel, Repair, Reimagine: A Series About The Future Of Bay Area Transportation”, to educate and enlighten residents about how to retrofit the current transportation systems to fit the needs of a sustainable future.

It all starts on Thursday, 8 September 2011 (7-9PM PST) with “From Auto-Cities to EcoCities: Examples from Around the Globe” that will include a slideshow and discussion with Kirsten Miller and Richard Register on EcoCities.

Other events include:

Thursday, 15 September (7-9PM PST)Post-Petroleum Transportation: Finding Your Best Alternative Fuel

Saturday, 17 September (10AM-NOON PST)Kids And Family Bike Workshop[1. FREE; but space is limited, pre-registration required.]

Wednesday, 21 September (6:30-8:30PM PST)The Confident Bike Commuter: Fixing Flats & DIY Maintenance

Thursday, 22 September (7-9PM PST)Smart Growth and Just Growth: The Quest For Equity In Transit-Oriented Development

The event will feature a panel (Catalina Garzon, Program Co-Director, Pacific Institute; Joel Ramos, Planner, TransForm; Bob Allen, Director of Transportation Justice, Urban Habitat; Evelyn Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing Association Of Northern CA; Margaret Gordon, Co-Founder, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative) that will discuss transit-oriented development and its implications on the Bay Area.

Saturday, 24 September (starts at 9AM PST)Moving Planet Mobilization: Berkeley Bike Ride, BART Gathering, and SF Parade

This event will feature three separate activities in celebration of Moving Planet, “a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis.”

Please Note: All events will take place at the Ecology Center located at 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley; except for the Kids and Family Bike Workshop (EcoHouse at 1305 Hopkins Street, Berkeley) and Moving Planet Mobilization (Ashby BART).

Repair, Refuel, Reimagine  -Ecology Center

[photo via Curious Orange | image via Ecology Center]