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Monitor Notes: Green Sports, Means-Based Fares, Adaptive Bikes, Obi Kaufmann

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


Climate Assist

Bay Area sports fans rooting for their home teams can go to bat for another cause: the climate. That’s because athletics can have a big carbon footprint — from fan-packed stadiums to food, beer, and waste. So Climate One is hosting a discussion on August 8 at noon about how “sports are changing the climate game,” embracing sustainability and joining the broader policy movement toward creating climate change solutions. The line-up includes Dusty Baker (pictured), solar entrepreneur and special advisor to the San Francisco Giants; Roger McClendon, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance; and Jim Thompson, founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Score tickets here.


Affordable Ticket to Ride

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District board of directors is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, August 22 at 9 a.m. about establishing ”means-based fares” to make transit more affordable to people with low-incomes. Staff recommends a 50 percent discount from its current adult cash fares, which aligns with the price break now offered to seniors, persons with disabilities, and youth customers, regardless of income. The means-based discount is part of a regional pilot program with BART, Caltrain, and Muni at a time when several other fare policy changes are being considered to ease commutes. Read about the District’s proposal and how to give comments if you can’t attend the hearing.


Cycle On

An adaptive bike pilot program for people with disabilities launched nearly two weeks ago in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Staff from the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) are on hand during summer Sundays to fit, train, and help riders use upright handcycles, side-by-side tandem bikes, and others with adaptive equipment like supportive pedals, seats, and straps. Bikes are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. But advance reservations can be made by contacting [email protected]. Click here for more information and to learn about the other outdoor location where adaptive bikes will soon surface on Thursdays.


Water State of Mind

Oakland resident and best-selling author Obi Kaufmann (pictured) is discussing his latest book, The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource at events in Corte Madera and Santa Rosa on August 17 and 29, respectively. “Interspersed throughout with trail paintings of animals that might survive under a caring and careful water ethic, Kaufmann shows how California can usher in a new era of responsible water conservation, and — perhaps most importantly — how we may do so together,” according to a book description on the publisher’s website. Click here for more about the book and event information.


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