May 3, 2008

Southern Exposure Gallery
417 14th Street, San Francisco
t. 415.863.2141

Civic Cycle!:
Considerations, Amplifications &
Applications of City Bike Share Programs:

  Why reinvent the wheel? Let’s have a collective look at bikes-as-transit programs around the world and pull from them what makes sense in San Francisco and design from there!

Join advocates, artists, city agency representa-tives and urban planners for a half-day public dialog and design session for a San Francisco Bike Share program.

See, feel, touch, roll Clear Channel's bikes (the system used in Barcelona) up close and personal!

Limited space, so please sign up!

Facilitators: Amy Franceschini, Eric Paulos & Sabrina Merlo

Invited Bike Practitioners:
Oliver Gadja, Bicycle Program Manager, SFMTA
Jose I. Farran, P.E., Adavant Consulting
Rachel Kraai, SF Bicycle Coalition
Laura Timothy, Access Program Administrator, BART
Catherine Carr, Street Furniture/Transit Manager, Clear Channel Outdoor

Come prepared to participate in a design challenge. We want to hear from you!


Snacks provided, but please eat lunch or bring lunch to site

1pm: Presentations from:
Amy Franceschini, Artist
Oliver Gadja, Bicycle Program Manager SFMTA
Jose I. Farran, P.E., Adavant Consulting
Rachel Kraii, SF Bicycle Coalition
Laura Timothy, Access Program Administrator, BART
Catherine Carr, Street Furniture/Transit Manager, Clear Channel Outdoor

2-2:30: Q + A
2:35-2:50: Charrette Intro: Eric Paulos

2:55-3:40:Break-out Sessions
3:45-4:15 Group Presentations
4:15-4:35 Collective Plan
-5pm Reception/ Informal Gathering


Amy Franceschini
Amy Franceschini is an artist and educator who works with notions of community, sustainability and a perceived conflict between humans and nature. Her work manifests "on" and "offline" in the form of dynamic websites, installations, open-access laboratories, and educational formats that collectively question or challenge the social, political and economic systems we live in.

Amy founded Futurefarmers in 1995, and Free Soil in 2004. Her solo and collaborative work have been included in exhibitions internationally including ZKM, Whitney Museum, NYMOMA and SFMOMA. She is the recipient of the Artadia Award, Cultural Innovation, Eureka Fellowship and SFMOMA SECA. BFA, San Francisco State University; MFA, Stanford University. She is currently a professor of art at University of San Francisco and visiting faculty at CCA.

Sabrina Merlo, Regional Advocacy Director, Bay Area
Bicycle Coalition

Sabrina is captivated by the potential of our shared public spaces. She currently rallies for greater investment and stronger policy for active transportation for the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. Sabrina served on the founding Board of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 1995, directed public outreach for the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, and co-coordinated San Francisco's largest community garden for ten years. Sabrina also has a history/habit of artistic collaborations, including stints with the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Futurefarmers, SmashTV, Survival Research Laboratories and Fat of the Land. Her leisure favorite is riding bikes, especially with her kids Ruby Keeler and Arlo.

Rachel Kraai, SF Bicycle Coalition
Rachel is a projects manager for the SFBC. She first joined the SFBC staff as Membership and Volunteer Organizer in spring 2006 before becoming Projects Manager in September 2006. Prior to the SFBC, Rachel worked and volunteered for a variety of non-profits concerned with creating a more sustainable built environment, including The Transportation and Land Use Coalition. Rachel also spent several years as a teacher. Rachel hails from a cycling family, and has believed in the power of the bicycle to uplift the human spirit since she put on her first cycling circus show at the end of her family's driveway in the early 1980's.

Eric Paulos, Senior Research Scientist, Intel
Eric is the founder and director of the Urban Atmospheres research group - challenged to employ innovative methods to explore urban life and the future fabric of emerging technologies across public urban landscapes. His areas of expertise span a deep body of research territory in urban computing, sustainability, green design, environmental awareness, social telepresence, robotics, physical computing, interaction design, persuasive technologies, and intimate media. Eric is a leading figure in the field of urban computing and is a regular contributor, editorial board member, and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley where he helped launch a new robotic industry by developing some of the first internet tele-operated robots including Space Browsing helium filled blimps and Personal Roving Presence devices (PRoPs).


This project is kindly presented by: