Mission Local is going out in the community to find out what people are thinking about the BART strike. Follow the tweets, videos, and photos here.
At 1:50, the press conference with BART official begins.
Thanks for the tip Noah Arroyo:
From KQED: Friday BART Strike Update: Management Rejects Unions’ Plan
Update: 6:50 p.m. BART management has rejected the unions’ proposal to end the strike tonight at 10 p.m. Spokesman Jim Allison said management will consider arbitration, but “only arbitration of the entire package” and not just of the outstanding work rules. The unions earlier this evening asked that the work rules be submitted to arbitration.
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Does being BARTless prove the tipping point for buying a bike? Not yet, according to the six bike shops surveyed today in the Mission District
Some, in fact, missed the tourists who come in to buy.
“People in the East Bay don’t need to come to San Francisco to buy bikes,” said 28-year-old Andrew Busch, who works at Public Bikes the stylish shop on Valencia at 17th street that shares space with Harrington Galleries. “Our typical customers are tourists, but it is a slow day.”
Kelly Koehler at Mission Bicycle Company said it was hard to tell if traffic was down, but said no one had come in saying they bought a bike because of the strike.
“You can’t just walk out with a bike here,” Koehler, 28, said. “It takes four weeks to build a bike.”
The strike has personal ramifications for Koehler. Her sister, Stephanie, who just moved to Oakland on Tuesday, is staying on her couch since she works in the city.
While employees at Freewheel Bike Shop said they could not determine a change at all, Uri Friedman of Pedal Revolution, on 21st at South Van Ness, remembered that sales jumped when gasoline prices increased a few years ago. He did not see a sales spike over the last strike, but he is looking out for a spike this year.
“Bike sales were down last year,” Friedman, 38, said. “I’ve spoken to other shops and sales are down from where all shops would like it to be.”
Geoffrey Colburn of Box Dog Bike, over on 14th at Guerrero, had done some analysis.
“Bike sales are low, but that’s unrelated to the strike,” Colburn, 27, said. “Bike sales have been slow all year. Our repair numbers have been better than they have ever been.”
Phillip Miller, 28, at Valencia Bicycle’s repair shop confirmed that repairs are up, and then some.
“We have had a handful of customers come in for repairs in anticipation of the strike prolonging,” Miller said.
It’s 2:30 p.m. on a beautiful Friday afternoon in the Mission. Standing outside Delphina’s waiting for a table is Gregory Wells. This isn’t where you would normally find Wells on a Friday afternoon. He’s playing hooky from work.
Wells works as a psychologist for veterans at the Oakland Outpatient Clinic, but he lives in San Francisco and does not own a car. He has decided not to go to work today because of the BART strike.
To celebrate his day off, Wells and five of his friends are going to enjoy a late lunch at the popular and very-crowded San Francisco pizzeria.
When asked if he considered other options in getting across the bay, Wells said, “Hell no. I was glad to have the day off.”
Wells only works in Oakland on Thursdays and Fridays. He’s a contracted psychologist, which makes it easier for him than most to decide when he works. He is paid by the patient.
While it was all smiles and laughter today among him and his friends, if the strike continues to next Thursday, Wells will consider other options so he can get to Oakland. “I need to get paid,” he said.
“They’re probably fighting for things I don’t get [as a freelancer],” said Jesse Chandler, left. “Then again, they probably don’t get to sit in the park on Fridays.” His friend Joe Lumbroso, right, has to take a cab to the airport later today since BART is closed. Photo by Lynne Shallcross
More commuters than usual pack the 14-Mission bus on Friday morning due to the BART strike. Photo by Courtney Quirin
BART Strikes West Oakland
Video by Justin Richmond and Sarah McClure
Commuters in a casual carpool cross the bridge with no traffic between 9 and 9:30 am this morning.
No BART? Not a Problem For Some Locals
Many people move to the Mission because of its central location, high concentration of bars and restaurants and access to two BART stations. But what happens when you take out easy access to transit out of the equation?
It’s business as usual for many locals who live and work in the Mission and its surroundings.
“I ride my bike because I like to be outdoorsy and athletic,” said Rachael Leising, who lives in Bernal Heights as she locked her bike in front of Ritual Roasters. “If you can work here and live here, that’s pretty dreamy.”
“It’s a nice excuse to bike more,” said Jesse Wolff, 40, who lives in the Mission. However he does feel sympathy for those who are not so lucky. “I feel bad for people coming from the East Bay.”
Stephanie Lawrence, 28, feels lucky that the Mission’s walkability allows her to stay in the neighborhood.
“It’s one of the great things about living here — because everything is near me,” said the startup cofounder as she sipped her latte outside of Tartine Bakery.
BART Strike? Take the Ferry.
Reporter Chris Schodt joined ferry commuters into San Francisco.
Casual Carpool to San Francisco
Reporter Guisel Contreras rode with casual carpoolers in to the city. Lila Cohen, 35, a San Francisco architect, describes her initial fears about using casual carpool for the first time.
As more than 400,000 people in the Bay Area scrambled for alternate ways to work during the first morning rush of the BART strike, the Mission’s tech workers lined up at 24th and Valencia where a new round of private buses arrived every five minutes to transport them to their corporate campuses.
“I didn’t know there was a BART strike until you just told me now,” said Eric Zilli, an engineer at Facebook, waiting in line at the stop that draws employees from Apple, Google, Youtube, Facebook, Cisco and Yahoo. News reports estimate that some 35,000 tech workers a day are bused from San Francisco.
Visualizing the BART labor dispute: http://enjalot.github.io/bart/
Reporter Chris Schodt found Bicycle Coffee giving out free coffee to the waiting ferry commuters.
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Nothing to do today? Decorate a bus and enter our unauthorized contest to Bedazzle the tech buses. http://missionlocal.org/2013/10/bedazzle-me/
If you need a car, city car share still seems to have one at 24th and Valencia station, but probably not for very long. How are the uber, sidecars and lyfts doing? Anyone know?
So, you think it’s bad here? Planes, trains, boats and local transport are all on strike in Italy today. http://www.summerinitaly.com/planning/strike.asp
Food for thought:
According to Global Workplace Statistics, 64 million U.S. employees — 50% of the American workforce — have jobs that compatible (at least part time) with telework.
So it’s NOT all doom and gloom?
BART strike: It’s not all bad
BART strike has me working from home today. For lunch, I will dine on a frozen pizza in my pajamas.
— adam widener (@adamweird) October 18, 2013
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On the eve of the second BART strike this year, Mission Local spoke to a BART employee at the 24th Street station, who asked to be unnamed due to the continuing union negotiations. Here is what he had to say:
“I feel sorry for the patrons because they got to get up early and get on the bus and the ferry when it’s cold and windy. I disagree with that. They (the BART officials) could have done a better job. They spent millions of dollars on the strike when they could have put that money towards our benefits.” He said they spent thousands of dollars last Friday for 200 charter buses. “And the people ride free. They could have left our benefits package alone with all the money they spent on that.”
Annual income and cost of living for BART employees. Learn more at http://sxywu.github.io/80k/