Cyclists crossing one of the better paved parts of Berkeley. Photo: Nancy Rubin
An op-ed by Joe DiStefano asks for a safer city for cyclists. Photo: Nancy Rubin

Berkeleyside publishes many opinion pieces submitted by readers in its Opinionator section. The three most recent address cycling in the city, and the need to make it safer; public health concerns among low-income neighborhoods; and helping our youth get on a higher education track through the upcoming college career day on March 9.

Joe DiStefano, who with his two kids rides the streets of Berkeley every day, expresses his deep concern about the city’s commitment to addressing the needs of bicyclists — particularly in light of the recent near-fatal accident at Fulton Street and Bancroft Way.

Jackie Boyd, a board member of Healthy Black Families, urges the community to be proactive and preemptive when it comes to public health issues to avoid a disaster such as Flint water crisis happening here.

And Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates writes about how we can help more of our city’s students graduate from high school and be prepared for college or technical training so that they can find rewarding careers.

If you would like to add your voice, please share your comments on the individual op-eds.

Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don’t publish anonymous pieces. Email submissions, as Word documents or embedded in the email, to The recommended length is 500-800 words. Please include your name and a one-line bio that includes full, relevant disclosures. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion. 

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