Contra Costa Air Quality

Bike to Work Day is almost here! Whether you’re already committed to riding or need a tiny bit more motivation, we’ve got the lowdown on Energizer Stations that should not be missed! Antioch • Deer Valley Rd & Wellness Way (Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center) – 6:30-9:30 am: Giving away free bike bells! Pleasant Hill • Contra Costa Canal Trail at Gregory Lane – 7:30-8:45 am & 4-6 pm: Raffle to win a $25 gift certificate towards a fitness or dance class with Pleasant Hill Parks & Recreation.... Read the rest
(A still of commute patterns in the East Bay. Screen grab via: Activemaps) Data is an empowering and effective tool for better understanding our everyday lives, and when that information can be easily digested through visuals we are all the more grateful. With this in mind, a thank you is due to UC Berkeley planning Ph.D. student Fletcher Foti, who recently  compiled commute patterns in greater New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and created an interactive visualization called “Active Maps.” Active Maps shows a day of travel from recent travel surveys and can be sorted by income and zoomed to specific areas.... Read the rest
IMG_0431 Bike commuting– much safer and pleasant when there’s company. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock Los Angeles has been making headlines in recent years because of the region’s willingness to invest in alternatives to the automobile, particularly in bringing back an efficient and convenient train system. However, it now appears that another form of commuter train has been built… bike trains! What are bike trains? The founders of LA Bike Trains, the organization spearheading the concept, put together this concise explanation: We provide a rolling party along select routes run by Conductors – experienced urban cyclists – to harness the safety of riding in a group while kicking it up a notch by making the ride a fun social experience. ... Read the rest
Every cloud has a silver lining! [View the story “The best of #BARTstrike” on Storify]... Read the rest
SF BART System Map, 2010 BART plans to run a limited bus shuttle service on access roads adjacent to the following stations: El Cerrito del Norte, Fremont, West Oakland, Walnut Creek and Dublin/Pleasanton in the event of a strike that could begin Monday, July 1, 2013. The ride is free. Parking at BART stations will be free and open to the public in the event of a strike on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, elevator access in the parking structures is not guaranteed.... Read the rest
What will happen to all the parking spaces? Parking at BART stations will be free and open to the public during a strike on a first-come, first-serve basis. Carpoolers can arrange to meet at these locations during the strike similar to Park Ride lots.  However, elevator access in the parking structures is not guaranteed. What if I have a parking permit for reserved parking? Parking permit costs will be refunded when BART is not in service.... Read the rest
Bike to Work Day at the Mid Market Energizer Station Bike to Work Day 2010 in San Francisco. Photo credit: Bay Area Fair Trade Coalition In an earlier post here at 511 Contra Costa we noted that commuter benefits for vanpooling and public transportation had been restored through the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (HR 8) to be on par with the qualified parking benefit For the 2013 calendar year: up to $245 per employee withholding per month for vanpool and all public transportation up to $245 per employee withholding per month for qualified parking, or up to $490 per employee withholding per month for both public transportation and qualified parking This is great news but how does one go about setting aside pre-tax income for a commute benefit?... Read the rest