Bike Walk Alameda

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda’s adult literacy program, Alameda Reads, is gearing up for its anniversary celebration. In honor of learner and tutor accomplishments, Alameda Reads will hold a celebration from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. September 23 at the Alameda Free Library’s main branch.

Bike Walk Alameda’s Haunt Your Ride and Haunt Your Stride will be held Tuesday, October 29. Participants can meet for hot cider in Franklin Park, corner of San Antonio Avenue and Morton Street, at 5:30 p.m., and the walk and ride to view the decorated homes of Alameda’s Gold Coast will begin at 6:30 p.m. Cyclists and pedestrians participating in the one-hour walk and ride are invited to decorate their bikes, helmets, backpacks, jackets and shoes, and are asked to wear bright colored clothing so they are visible; pedestrians may bring flashlights for greater visibility as well.

Caltrans is preparing to make some fixes to the Posey Tube that could make commuting it a little easier for pedestrians and cyclists. But cyclists here said the work is only a small start on what needs to be done.

“Honestly, there is pretty much nothing they can do to the tube that will entice me, personally, to ride or walk through it again on a regular basis,” cyclist Cyndy Johnsen said.

Johnsen said she used to ride her bike through the tube from Oakland every day to get to a job in Marina Village. But Johnsen, now an Alameda resident, said the noise and poor air there are “just too much.”