News in Brief: Bike Station Commended for Air Preservation

  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

This year's clean air awards commended the bike station Wednesday at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for helping to cut down on pollution.

Angela Jones, who helped coordinate the Bike Station Coalition received the Clean Air Champions Award from the Bay Area Air Quality District.

The coalition includes the only three bike stations in the country - one in Berkeley, the others in Palo Alto and Long Beach, said Jen Collins, program coordinator for the Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition.

Collins said the station, which is run by her organization, provides a cage locked and attended for free so people can leave their bikes during the day or overnight.

"A lot of people ride their bikes because they know they can park it here and it will be safe," Collins said. "It's very inspiring - we're totally full. We have 80 bikes here now. I just imagine how much pollution would be created by each of these people if they were driving their cars."

The station is open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and charges a $3 fee if a bike is left overnight past 10 pm the next morning, Collins said.

The organization has a contract with BART for an 18 month trial period which expires in April, she said. BART will conduct a review of its effectiveness this month.

Will Evans

Festival to Celebrate Environmental Poetry

The Fifth Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, hosted by U.S. Poet Laureate and UC Berkeley professor Robert Hass, will be held this Saturday in Berkeley.

The festival, in the Civic Center Park, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Center Street, aims to combine the beauty of the environment with poetry.

Participating poets include Jane Hirshfield, Kay Ryan, Michael McClure, Al Young, Jim Dodge, and other surprise guests.

Authors at the festival will include Julia Butterfly Hill, Freeman House, Ernest Callenbach, and Richard Schwartz.

Musicians and environmentalists will also speak at the event.

Hass created Watershed as a national environmental arts project in 1995. So far, a nature writers' conference at the Library of Congress in 1996, an ongoing River of Words poetry and art competition and this festival have all come of the effort.

In addition to poetry readings at the festival, a 'River Village' will have exhibits from grass-roots literary and environmental organizations.

As an accompaniment to the poetry, the sounds of Strawberry Creek will be 'miked' as it flows through the festival site.

Berkeley BART Station Adopts New Tickets

The Downtown Berkeley BART station opened a new ticket booth yesterday morning so transit users can exchange their old worn-out tickets for new ones.

The booth will take old blue BART tickets, as long as the ticket value is determinable, and replace them with exchange single tickets in whole dollar amounts only.

Until recently, only the Powell station in San Francisco and 12th Street/Montgomery station in downtown Oakland had a ticket exchange booth.

"It is just to see if it works out and to alleviate some pressure off the other stations and the BART headquarters," said Vicki L. Wills, a BART spokesperson.

Wills said that this new opening in Berkeley will facilitate travel for BART riders and get rid of the residue amounts on their tickets.

"We hope riders take full advantage of it," Wills said.

Sheila Sanchez


Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Image Student regent resigns after sex crime allegations
Jesse Cheng officially announced his resignation from his positio...Read More»
Image Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill
After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the busines...Read More»
Image Campus graduate takes new first steps
UC Berkeley's graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whi...Read More»
Image Regents rescind part of approval
The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for th...Read More»
Image UC spared additional cuts in budget revision
While the University of California escaped further funding reductions M...Read More»
Image UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds
SAN FRANCISCO - Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's revis...Read More»
Right Arrow

Job Postings

White Space