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Change is Coming to the Embarcadero Change is Coming to the Embarcadero

Author: Rick Coates

A month ago I observed a near accident on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.  Presently bicycle lanes are positioned between traffic and parking.  Thi s is unsafe.  When motorists swing in to a parking place it is easy to not notice a cyclist in the bike lane.  In the incident I witnessed, a cyclist came within inches of loosing his life.  San Francisco has a plan to upgrade the bike lanes between the curb and parking which adds additional protection to cyclists from auto traffic and reduces the risk of getting “doored” by a driver exiting a parked car.  Unfortunately, San Francisco has been dragging its feet on this project.  Thanks to efforts of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the City has now committed to completing the project by the end of the year.  Activism matters.

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California high-speed rail agency unveils sustainability report

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHRSA) late last week released its latest annual sustainability report.

The document updates progress made in 2017 and details the agency’s approach to designing, constructing and operating high-speed rail in a sustainable manner.

Key achievements include recycling 99 percent of all construction materials, which kept 118,000 tons of waste material out of landfills, CHSRA officials noted in a press release.

Plus at the construction site, the agency continues to use equipment that satisfies the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions standard. This helps reduce nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter emissions, according to the agency.

On the business side of sustainability, CHRSA continued to work with small businesses, including dozens of companies located in disadvantaged communities

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Weekend Along The Farm Trails

Oct 13 – Oct 14, 2018 | 10am to 4pm

Sonoma County farmers will open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm in October 2018.

Registered guests will receive the list of participating farms and a detailed program along with a link to an interactive online map in their inbox. PLEASE NOTE, NOT all Farm Trails members will be open for visitors this weekend. You must register to receive details.

Meet your farmers & vintners, shop from delicious farmstands, see how cheese is made, pick pumpkins, meet farm animals, learn about beekeeping, sample delicious food & libations and discover some of Sonoma County’s best kept secrets!

Most of the stops are FREE. All you need is transportation, the program and online map, a cooler to keep your purchases fresh, and a sense of adventure!


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Marin supervisors OK $2.5 million for open space land near Mount Burdell

Marin County will use about $2.5 million of Measure A money to acquire 167 acres of ranchland adjacent to the Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the expenditure on Tuesday.

“It is a staggeringly beautiful landscape and a natural geographic extension in the landscape from the existing Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve,” said Carl Somers, planning manager for Marin County Parks.

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