The Oakland Reception
(from Napa, CA )
August 6, 2002
Andrew Morton with, L-R, Asst Dir. Public Works, Raul Godinez II, Councilmember Jane Brunner, Coucil President (Ignacio De La Fuentes) Scheduler, Georgia Richardson, San Francisco Bay Trail Project Manager, Janet McBride,
“The National Bicycle Greenway initiative supports bicycling. We have an interconnected system that works for automobiles - it's time we design facilities that are accessible to cyclists."

Councilmember Jane Brunner.

Andrew Morton
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Note: Andrew's bike is not electric as the above article states

Stuart Cohen from the Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition (BATLUC) speaks to the crowd as Councilmember Jane Brunner and Andrew look on
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 08/06/02 - Birds diving at my tent woke me from a good night's rest in the hills above Berkeley. I started what, based on my cycle map, I thought would be a steep decent into the city only to realize that I'd been reading the arrows indicating grade backwards. A few miles of steep hill later I was finally rewarded with my first view of the Bay.

In Berkeley I got a hold of Josh Ratner the Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Coordinator with the City of Oakland. Since I was early he gave me directions down to his office. When I got there he took me out for a couple slices of pizza before we had to ride up to the meeting point.

At the rally point, a pavilion next to a lake, we met up

with two cyclists and turned around and came down the brand new bike lanes on Grand St. to City Hall. There I was met by Oakland City Councilwoman Jane Brunner, who I'm told is also a cyclist, Georgia Richardson, the council president's (Ignacio De La Fuente) scheduler and several other city employees and bike activists and a reporter and photographer from the Oakland Tribune. The proclamation was read and then presented to me by the Councilwoman. There were some short speeches by the various dignitaries and they even let me say a few words. I was very pleased with the way it all went. Afterwards the plan was for some riders to escort me down a bike route on the way out of town but I ended up spending a half hour talking to the reporter and most of the riders had dispersed. I'm looking forward to getting the paper tomorrow and seeing out how it turned out.


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