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September 16, 2016

Hearts aflutter

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

What do Alamedans love most of all?  Well, if you’re to ask Trish Spencer the only thing that came readily to her mind was “trees.”  But another thing that Alamedans have a love/hate relationship with are bikes.  Well, this new business in Alameda sort of meshes the two things together.

Meet Alameda’s very own Bicycling Arborist.  He’s on a bike, he’s trimming trees.

He has his own Indie GoGo campaign to help fund a bicycle trailer.

If you’re looking for local arborist try him out, he has a testimonial from City Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft on his site too.

Just note it appears he only trims trees under 25 feet because it’s probably too difficult to schlep a ladder on a bicycle.  Maybe once he gets that trailer.

And speaking of on island stuff, the City of Alameda is launching a “Love Our Island” celebration.  Ironically coinciding with a recent attempt to get Trish Spencer to articulate what she loved about Alameda.  Too bad this launch didn’t come before that taping, it might have been a bit easier for her at that point.


  1. On the “hate” side of Alameda’s lovehate relationship with bikes, I was riding with a small group past the Lemon Tree bar the other night at dusk and a woman standing out front yelled “I hope you all get hit by a car.” Nice.

    Comment by jeffinalameda — September 16, 2016 @ 7:55 am

    • Maybe our “cycling-Arborist” cut lop that limb off the Lemon Tree while he is at it!

      Comment by CD — September 16, 2016 @ 8:35 am

    • Must be from an old rubber dynasty family, lycra industry hit them hard.

      Comment by ajryan — September 16, 2016 @ 11:31 am

  2. There are certain streets that should simply be avoided when riding bikes. Santa Clara at Broadway is probably one of them. Cars, buses, pedestrians, etc. At times, it can be very congested. Bike riders should avoid it, especially at dusk. Of course, if Kamakura had some bike racks, they might gain some additional business from bike riders?! 🙂

    Not sure if you attended the city’s presentation of the “branding” campaign at City Hall, but if you did, you would have been challenged to hear what was being said. The speaker was so low that most people around me were asking each other “what did she say,” or “huh?” In a world of technology, how can we be so far out of touch with simple requirements like a reasonable sound system? I would guess that 75% of the audience did not hear any more than 20% of what was being communicated. I couldn’t help but think about the old “tree falling in the forest” question. The Tucker’s Ice Cream was wonderful. Kate Pryor was there, serving us ice cream. She is a great example of an Alameda business person who is always willing to roll up her sleeves and do what it takes to contribute and support the community!!

    Comment by Bill2 — September 16, 2016 @ 8:57 am

  3. Does Tuckers have bike racks, like you advocate for Kamakura? If Tucker’s had parking, they might gain additional business…

    Comment by vigi — September 16, 2016 @ 9:12 am

    • Thank you, Bill2 for the kind words! It is truly an honor to be a resident and a business owner in this amazing community where people come together whenever the need arises.

      Vigi, there are bike racks in front of Tucker’s and behind Tucker’s Patio Seating. At Central across the street from the Theater there are the multiple bicycle racks.

      Comment by KatePryor — September 16, 2016 @ 9:38 am

    • my my, vigi, we seem to be a little crabby today.

      Comment by John P. — September 16, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

  4. 2: Bill2, Santa Clara Avenue is a major east-west route for many cyclists and it is not dangerous for cyclists who follow the rules of the road–especially if cars do the same thing and respect cyclists’ right to be part of the traffic flow. (Cyclists were using public roadways before the invention of the late-arriving automobile and were an important part of implementing paved roads in the United States.) Please do not tell us to give up our legal rights to use the same roads that we use when we drive our cars.

    3: Vigi, Tucker’s has had bike racks longer than most businesses on Park Street: they are located on the sidewalk near the front of the shop as well as the (older) racks next to the Parking Lot C entrance in back. They are in plain sight and easy to find if you look. (Kate Pryor has been a leader in business sustainability as well as in supporting youth programs of all kinds in Alameda, and deserves great credit for much more than than.)

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 16, 2016 @ 9:26 am

  5. At the kickoff for I love Alameda yesterday, the event was wonderfully crafted to allow Trish to redeem herself. After various speechifying, dignitaries (Mayor, council, school board, chamber board) and the the common folk were asked to say why they love Alameda. The Mayor was handed the mike first, froze for a second, and then blurted out “because we like to have a good time!” Party on Garth.

    Comment by notadave — September 16, 2016 @ 9:40 am

    • LOL. It was so hard to hear what people on the steps were saying, many of us have no idea what the program is about. I guess we can read about it on line.

      Comment by Bill2 — September 16, 2016 @ 10:16 am

  6. #5 Groan. She really said “because we like to have a good time”? This speaks volumes about the Mayor.

    Comment by Eyeroll — September 19, 2016 @ 9:06 am

  7. I hired the arborist mentioned above. He does good work. I recommend and will call him again when need arises.

    Comment by dave — September 24, 2016 @ 2:52 pm

    • dave, speaking of trees, do you know what type of wood they burn at Trobacco at Shouthshore? I’m going to ask them next I’m over there.

      Comment by MP — September 24, 2016 @ 3:01 pm

      • *Trabocco

        Comment by MP — September 24, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

      • I would guess oak but let me know what they tell you.

        Comment by dave — September 24, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

        • Almond wood – from the Central Valley.

          Comment by MP — November 12, 2016 @ 8:28 am

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