WEEKLY ROUNDUP: SALSA, WALKING AND LONG-TERM PLANNING POLICY!

By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Cinco de Mayo Salsa Dancing: If your plans for Cinco de Mayo are drinking mediocre beer bottled in Chicago and calling it “Cinco de Drinko,” let me stop you right now before you embarrass yourself and your loved ones further. Instead, you should get yourself up to Dance Fridays in San Francisco and learn how to salsa. Take Caltrain to the Bayshore Station, then take a short walk to catch the MUNI 9, and your hips will be moving in ways you never thought possible in no time.

Jane’s Walk SJ:  If you want to learn more about San Jose’s history and get outside to enjoy the wonderful weather we’ve been having, Jane’s Walk might be your cup of tea. Named for urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs, these walks are designed to let people learn more about their neighborhoods, get engaged in local issues and promote walkable cities. Both A beginner’s guide to downtown San Jose (as told by a New Jerseyan) and the Ride to Silicon Valley Bikes Festival & Bicycle Show depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station, and VTA can get you to many of the other tours scheduled.

Draft Plan Bay Area 2040: Since you’re reading a public transportation blog (like all the cool kids) it’s safe to assume you have opinions about transit (same). Then you’ll be happy to hear that the draft of Plan Bay Area 2040 is open for public comment, and the MTC and ABAG want to hear what you have to say about it. The plan is a holistic view of transportation and land-use planning, and may well lay out the future of what the Bay Area looks like, so make sure you speak up on what matters most to you and yours.

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: EASTER BRUNCH, KUNG FU MOVIES AND BIKE TO WORK WEEK!

By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Waterbar Easter Brunch: Whether or not you spend Sunday morning in church, Easter calls for brunch. If you’re feeling more than the standard pancakes and eggs, make your way to the Embarcadero’s Waterbar and do it big. Reservations are recommended, and you can easily make it there after a short stroll from the San Francisco Caltrain station at 4th and King. Then you can nosh on twice-cooked pork belly and grits, smoked tri-tip loco moco over gochujang fried rice, and cocoa nib bread pudding just like mom used to make (provided your mother is an award-winning chef).

Crouching Tiger @ Asian Art Museum:  Ang Lee’s masterpiece Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the sort of visual spectacle that demands the big screen. Thankfully, the good people at the Asian Art Museum agree, and will be hosting a showing at 6:45 p.m. this Friday, April 14. Take Caltrain to BART, get off at Civic Center, take a quick walk to 200 Larkin, and prepare to be dazzled by wuxia majesty.

Volunteer for Bike to Work Week: Bay Area Bike to Work Day is coming up on May 11, but volunteer trainings have already begun. Catch the next one at 6 p.m. on April 18 at the Redwood City Public Library, so you can help enable bikers throughout the Bay Area to swap four wheels for two and keep our air cleaner and our roads emptier. The library is quite close to the Redwood City Caltrain Station, and our bike cars are happy to have you.