Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.
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Life in the Bike Lane
During the pandemic, people hopped on bicycles for sanity and recreation. Local bike shops struggled to meet demand, and Bay Area communities closed streets to car traffic to make it safer for bike riders.
As the pandemic improves and more Bay Area companies call employees back to the office—at least a few days a week—transportation officials and bike advocates hope to harness the huzzahs for cycling. There are growing options for all ages and abilities, from traditional pedal bikes to electric models and trishaw rides for older adults. There also are new ways to participate in bike policy at the community level.
Read more from Cecily O’Connor at the Bay Area Monitor.
News and Events from Around the Bay
Air District Announces Grant
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced the 2022 James Cary Smith Community Grant Program.
From the District’s press release: “Grant funds will be used to develop and deepen long-term capacity-building efforts with communities. Awardees will design and implement strategies to improve local air quality in a variety of ways from developing environmental justice academies for youth, to creating multilingual air quality ambassador programs.”
The Grant will fund more than 30 community groups and nonprofit organizations. Individual applicants can be awarded up to $100,000. More information, including how to apply, can be found here.
Bay Area League Convention
The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area will hold its biennial convention on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM virtually, via Zoom. The Convention Kit will be emailed to each League in May.
As at the League of Women Voters California and LWVUS conventions, delegates should be informed about what their local League thinks about the proposed program items but are not instructed as to how to vote on any of them.
More information, including the Convention Kit and a link to register can be found here.
Parks Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month
The East Bay Regional Parks District is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by offering free events across their public spaces. On Tuesdays and Sundays for the remainder of May, Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont will host events to educate about AAPI community members and stories like the teahouse that was burned down the day after the United States entered World War II.
The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) is seeking public input on the San Mateo County Shared Micromobility Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan.
Whether you’re familiar with micromobility options (and if you aren’t, micromobility refers to bike, e-bike, and scooter-share services and other similar end-mile commute public options), fill out a 12-question survey to help the local planners best ascertain how to develop city-run programs that best cater to public need. Fill out the survey here.
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