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California County Details How Transit Cuts Harm Health

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Alameda County found over 80 percent of transit-dependent people have trouble getting around. As one rider put it: "When the buses don’t run, neither do we. That means we can’t work, play, socialize things like that. And we can’t get jobs and keep jobs and and go to doctors appointments and be human."

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Bay Area Bike to Work Day Breaks Records

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ariel Dekovic, a regular bike commuter and this reporter's companion on her morning ride, shows that biking to work doesn't have to mean leaving your heels at home.

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) The numbers are still rolling in, but organizers of this year's Bike to Work Day said an unprecedented number of cyclists hit the streets this morning. Numbers are always high in San Francisco, but across the bay, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition estimated that 10,000 riders participated in Alameda County alone -- up 12.3% from last year. It didn't hurt that it was a beautiful spring morning and that cheerful volunteers were stationed all over Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville handing out goodie bags, free coffee, and free pancakes.

On a day-to-day basis, biking from the East Bay to a job in the city is not for the faint of heart – it's certainly possible, but it's not that convenient, especially given a rush hour prohibition on bikes on BART. This morning, SF-bound commuters who made it down to the water got a free ferry ride to San Francisco. Ferry spokesman Ernest Sanchez said deckhands on the Alameda-Oakland ferry counted 143 bikes this morning, compared to the usual 20 or 30. (And on my ride at least, everything was quite orderly).

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After the feel-good BTWD ride, does anyone make the leap to regular bike commuting? "We don't have specific numbers," said EBBC Exeuctive Director Renee Rivera. "But what we do see is increasing numbers of people parking their bikes at BART stations. So I think it's safe to say a lot of people are finding ways to bike to BART."

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