Were he still alive, Harvey Milk would turn 80 this coming Saturday. This year California will honor it as the first Harvey Milk Day and locally the Castro District will be celebrating one of our greatest local heroes with a full day of activities.
Market Street Railway is hosting an open house–or perhaps, open trolley is more appropriate–in no. 1051. The streetcar which is painted in Muni’s green and cream scheme of Harvey’s era made a brief appearance in the film Milk and was dedicated in 2008 to honor his transit advocacy. Muni has donated use of the trolley for the day and it will be parked at the corner of Market & Castro next to the F-line stop from 10am-5pm.
We need volunteers to serve as docents onboard, selling merchandise and answering questions at our booth. Times are flexible, but 2-hour shifts start at 9:30 and those who volunteer for 4-hours or longer will receive one our brand new “F-line: ride me to the Castro” t-shirts.
We’ll have the t-shirts as well as other neighborhood related merchandise on sale at our booth on Saturday. Send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more. Or drop by to learn more about Market Street Railway.
The Bold Italic is a site which shares local San Francisco knowledge, but it’s nothing like the star ratings and reviews found at Yelp. In Coming to Grips, Tara Ramroop shares the story of how she got hooked on cable cars.
Many of our readers will probably notice some factual mistakes — there are only three cable car lines, not four, and calling a cable car a trolley is a sin that ranks up there with using the word “Frisco.” But the important thing is her personal story of how she came to discover something that had been there the entire time.
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton, traveled through his kingdom by bike.
In America today bicycles are often marginalized as just something used on the weekends for fun or sport, or for the kids to use until they are old enough to get their drivers license. Look at just about any street in America today and you’ll find the car is king with cyclists–if considered at all–are relegated to a dangerous and narrow strip between moving traffic and parked cars which can be deadly if a driver suddenly opens the door or pulls out without looking.
But before the cars was king, and before electric streetcars had their heyday, if you wanted to get around a city fast you used a bicycle. As safer and cheaper bicycles evolved they brought mobility to the masses; so much so that by 1896, Susan B. Anthony wrote that the bicycles, “…has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
As we begin to see the real impact of rebuilding our cities for the private automobile has on the environment, our commutes and schedules, our safety and our wallets, we’re also rediscovering the benefits of transit and cycling. Tomorrow, Bike to Work Day offers a good opportunity to anyone who’s considered biking to work, but been held back for one reason or another to give it a try.
Each year the San Francisco Bike Coalition organizes a day of activities, fueling stations, and valet parking to entice would be cyclists. For those who don’t know the bike routes–even through somewhat hilly parts of San Francisco there’s often a relatively flat route using quieter and safer side street–and prefer safety in numbers there will be organized convoys. For those who drive, remember many of the cyclists out there will be riding to work for the first time, so be extra careful as you share the road.
Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 8th, Muni service will be significantly reduced. All routes will be effected with reduced frequency. Most of the community service routes such as the 35-Eureka and 37-Corbett will have reduced hours, ending at 9:30 and on weekends starting later.
Frequency guides are available onboard Muni vehicles (look for a blue and black pamphlet) and more information is available at SFMTA.com.
As the SFMTA Board of Directors hears public comment on proposed actions to address a $16.9 million deficit, Streetsblog San Francisco‘s Bryan Goebel is there liveblogging coverage.