Bike on BART? Strap it on, baby

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Last September we told you about the new bike straps that BART was piloting in select cars, intending to secure unruly bicycles during bumping rides. Or during that false stop + go slightly + stop-stop. Ugh, you know what I’m talking about.

SFGate reported that, as a part of a new test program in 60 BART cars, you’ll find more of the storied straps, either Velcro or a buckle. Rider @prinzrob spotted the velcro variety on BART the other day.

Multi-modal riders: how are the new straps working out for you, and any tips you want to share with fellow cyclists/BART riders?

BART’s new ad about Islamophobia

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Here’s a BART ad that we can all get behind. From Uptown Almanac’s @kevinmonty, the poster encourages bystanders to engage in conversation with the person who is the target of Islamophobic harassment. A simple “Hi, how are you?” or engaging in a random topic of conversation could deter further terrible behavior.

Have you tried similar tactics to contain a potentially aggressive situation? Or maybe you went straight to the Taser method? How would you de-escalate a situation?

Hat tip to Amy over at the super-plugged-in, very funny Capp Street Crap for pointing this our way.

BART begins using crowdsourced escalator signs?

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Plugging into the wisdom of the crowd, we now have the answer to, “When will the station escalator finally be fixed?” Above is the latest prediction via @urban_adventure.

BART rider @27suns saw another likely conclusion:

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Here’s the final word on when the escalator will be restored. Put it on your calendar, everyone. Submitted by Amy at Capp Street Crap.
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Oh, San Francisco, you’re adorably funny when you’re cranky.

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Election Guide 2016 for the transit-savvy voter

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You might’ve noticed it’s election season. While the contest for commander-in-chief has tempered many of us in an anxious, sour marinade over the last several months, let’s not forget the hyper-local measures on our SF ballots this year — particularly those relating to public transit. Rather than advocating for one measure or candidate, consider this a pointer post for all the pertinent transit-oriented ballot measures.

Every vote counts, so read up and get out there on Nov. 8. Those “I voted” stickers won’t wear themselves.

BART Board of Directors Districts 7 and 9

The BART Board of Directors comprises nine elected officials representing the nine BART districts. Each member serves a four-year term, and two of those districts have open seats. District 7 includes, among several East Bay stations, Montgomery and Embarcadero stations. District 9 is entirely within the city of SF, including the 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission, Glen Park, Civic Center, Powell Street, and Balboa Park stations.

Prop J: Funding for Homelessness and Transportation

Prop J aims to amend the city charter to allocate an initial $50 million per year for homeless services and an initial $101.6 million for transportation services over the next 24 years. An approved proposition would also include scheduled increases over that period. The transportation improvements would be paid through a Transportation Improvement Fund, which would subsidize the cost of transportation for low-income seniors, youth, and people with disabilities, as well as to upgrade the existing fleet and infrastructure.

Prop K: General sales tax

There’s no Prop J without Prop K. Both have to pass in order for anything to take effect, because the sales tax increase (Prop K) would fund all the improvements for the homeless and transportation services outlined in Prop J.

Sales tax increase, you say? Yes. A yes vote on Prop K would increase the city sales tax from 8.75 percent to 9.25 percent.

Prop L: The SFMTA Board of Directors

Prop L proposes amending the city charter to split the appointment authority for the SFMTA Board of Directors between the mayor and the Board of Supervisors. Currently, the mayor holds all appointing power to that board. Additionally, a yes on L would reduce the number of supes needed to reject the SFMTA budget from seven to six.

SFMTA is the agency that manages any and all Muni “stuff.”

Prop RR: BART infrastructure improvements

A yes vote on RR means you’re in favor of the BART powers that be increasing its debt, via this $3.5 million bond measure, to garner the funds needed to upgrade the aging system’s infrastructure. Such improvements include replacing and upgrading the system’s tracks, tunnels and train-control systems.

The SF Transit Riders Union put together their first-ever election guide. In addition to spotlighting candidates that have put legislative money where their mouths are in terms of public-transit advocacy, they’ve made endorsements on these ballot measures and more if you’re itchy for more knowledge.

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Pic by moppett65535 on Flickr

What to Do This Weekend: Day Tripping on BART to Fremont’s Niles District

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We’re blessed with awesome local weekend spots close by, like Dolores Park and Lake Merritt, but sometimes you just want to get out of town for a minute. Instead of shelling out money to rent a car, what if you could get BART to take you to one of those darling little towns and play tourist for a day? Taking any transit route to the end of the line can feel like an adventure, and it’s surprising how easily you can turn a commuter train ride into an actual getaway. It’s the ultimate Clipper Card hack, and a great example of a hidden weekend trip is the Historic Niles District in Fremont.

The Niles District is loaded with antique shops and cute restaurants. Here’s your weekend itinerary:

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