This Week: Speak Up for a Safer Masonic and Second Street

The redesign of Masonic Avenue is up for approval at the SFMTA Board of Directors tomorrow. City staffers will also present design options for bike/ped improvements on Second Street Thursday, and this weekend has some good times in store with Park(ing) Day and Tour de Fat.

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • TuesdaySFMTA Board of Directors meeting. The board may approve the proposed redesign of Masonic Avenue with raised bike lanes, bus bulb-outs, reduced traffic lanes, street trees, and more. SFMTA staff will also present its five-year State of Cycling Report and a new document spelling out the agency’s parking policies. 1 p.m.
  • WednesdayBART to Livermore Public Meeting. BART will be fielding public input on a potential extension to Livermore ahead of the completion of the project’s environmental impact report. While Livermore residents have been paying into the project with taxes for decades, it has been criticized as a waste of scarce transportation funds. 6 p.m.
  • ThursdaySecond Street Improvement Project Community Meeting. Staff from the SFMTA and the Department of Public Works will present design options for delayed pedestrian, bicycle, and transit improvements on Second Street. Show your support for protected bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and more to help ensure the city takes every opportunity to create a truly safer street. 6 p.m.
  • FridayPark(ing) Day. Born in San Francisco, the now-global phenomenon known as Park(ing) Day returns. Swing by temporary parklets in your neighborhood — or reclaim a parking space yourself — along with hundreds of others planned in cities around the world.
  • Also FridaySJ Bike Party: Rocky Horror Ride. “Don’t dream it, be it!” Time warp back to the 70s for this “Rocky Horror”themed ride through the streets of San Jose. 8 p.m.
  • SaturdaySFBC: New Belgium’s Tour de Fat. Bikes and beer never went better together than at this free, fun-filled summer day in Golden Gate Park with the bicycle-loving New Belgium Brewery. Enjoy circus-esque shows, attempt to ride bicycle-like contraptions, and grab a Fat Tire knowing all beer proceeds support the SF Bike Coalition. 10 a.m.
  • Next MondayEast Bay BRT Station Design Community Meeting. Check out proposed station designs, crosswalk treatments and other street improvements planned along the Oakland-San Leandro East Bay BRT route. 6 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

  • Citizennopa

     Masonic Street project –

    I am reaching out to all who live along the Masonic corridor, from Fell to Geary and who live within one or two blocks on either side and on all cross streets.. The SFMTA has voted to take away all 100 parking spaces on Masonic to create two bike lanes some time this year. As a long time resident of the neighborhood, and both a cyclist and a car owner, I am strongly opposed to this and am seeking others who feel the same. I am all for the creation of bike lanes, this is not the issue. To remove 100 spaces in an area that is already hard to park in, is going a bit too far. I am starting a petition and need others who can assist , offer some time to get the needed signatures . There are other ways to “fix” Masonic street without making life unbearable for all who use it daily to park.

    This site gives the three options that were available.
    http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/08/11/san-francisco-weighs-benefits-of-various-masonic-street-upgrades/
    Only 120 people decided the #3 was the best. but the SFMTA did not engage the entire neighborhood . #3 would have been my last choice. If you feel the same please join with me.
    Please email me with your contact information
    We will need to act quickly before they have the funding for this project and get them to consider one of the other alternatives.

    Vince

    citizennopa@gmail.com

  •  why is it that everyone who is “all for the creation of bike lanes” crawls out of the woodwork 7 years into the planning of a project.

    Spin class does not count as being a cyclist

  • mikesonn

    Is citizennopa@gmail like sfpedestrian@gmail ?
    Also, I think you’d be better off getting your neighbors onto an RPP system if parking is really that difficult. You know, much like the Fell/Oak folks.

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