This Week: Car-Free Twin Peaks, Human Centered Design, Treasure Hunt

sblog_calendar1Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tuesday New Strategies from the SFMTA. What is the future of the city’s buses and light rail? The SFMTA recently developed two new strategies: one that details what it will take for every San Franciscan to have access to a high level of light rail service, and one that looks at how Muni can better meet the needs of all its users. Hear how both studies will shape our transit service for years to come. Tuesday, July 19, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Tuesday Going Car-Free on Twin Peaks. Celebrate the new car-free connection along the scenic east side of Twin Peaks Boulevard. SFMTA and San Francisco Recreation and Parks are launching a two-year pilot to limit the eastern half of Twin Peaks Road’s figure eight to people on foot and bicycle, eliminating potential conflicts with cars. Walk SF and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition invite you to a celebration walk to preview this new open space. Tuesday, July 19 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Walk starts at the intersection of Crestline Dr. and Parkridge Dr. RSVP is required.
  • Wednesday Changing Travel Behavior. As with smoking or eating, it takes a little work to change daily habits. This is especially true when we’re encouraging people to make the transition from driving to using a mix of transit, biking, walking, and other modes. What are successful strategies for changing traveler behavior, and how can we better apply what we know to the cities of the Bay Area? Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Thursday Can “Human-Centered Design” Reinvent Government Services? Government services too often fail to put customers first, but recent legislation has created an opportunity for the government to reinvent workforce training at the state and local level. Join us to hear how a pioneer in the human-centered design movement is leading a redesign in how we deliver workforce development throughout the country. Thursday, July 21, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members.
  • Thursday TransForm Social – San Francisco. This summer TransForm is mixing it up a bit by hosting a party. Learn about solutions to our public transportation, housing, and climate woes while connecting with other TransFormers, staff, and supporters. There will be drinks, food and a raffle. Thursday, July 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, S.F. Tickets are $10 and include appetizers and a drink.
  • Saturday Trekking Three Hills – a Petite Peak2Peak. Take a heart-pumping, trail- and stair-filled climb to the tops of Buena Vista Park, Corona Heights, and Clarendon Height’s Tank Hill with walk leader Randy Wittorp, an avid hiker and cyclist. Saturday, July 23, 10-noon, Buena Vista Park, S.F. RSVP required.
  • Saturday McLaren Park Treasure Hunt & Fun Day. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department invites you to join a treasure hunt that will take you to all of McLaren Park’s best spots for views, picnics, and hiking. In addition, there will be a rock climbing wall, BMX biking, skateboarding and more. Saturday, July 23, 10-2 p.m., at the Group Picnic area at 116 John F. Shelley Drive, S.F. RSVP Requested.

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  • mx

    How about just having “a high level of light rail service” for the San Franciscans already right next to light rail lines. Because the KT outbound is reporting a 30 minute headway on nextbus right this instant. It shouldn’t take “new strategies” to deal with that problem; it just requires not being horrible at your job.

  • RichLL

    Monday morning absenteeism is a notorious Muni problem.

  • Sadly, it’s a 24/7 problem.

    MX is right. Provide top-level service with what’s already in place before jumping the gun with ridiculous proposals that either won’t amount to much or will be impossible to achieve.

    Around 10am on Saturday morning it took me 75 minutes to get from 28th/Taraval to Ocean/Victoria via the L and K. 2.5 miles without any egregious delays.

  • re: changing travel behavior.

    Provide a transit system worth taking and more people will use it. As I pointed out in the below thread, it took over an hour to go 2.5 miles on MUNI when it’s a 12 minute drive even with 19th Ave. traffic. Want me to take public transit from SF to SJ? Let’s see..a 50-minute drive versus 2+ hours juggling MUNI and Caltrain. Thanks, but I’ll pass on transit.

  • Lego

    …and when we try to improve transit speeds, by red lanes and many other measures, some targeted at equalizing the massive favor that cars enjoy – the motorheads come out in full force to retain the privilege to keep transit inefficient and blocked by the car-first design scheme.

    It’s a system, with balances; hardly represented by your singular, personal travel example. But if that’s the way you wish to view vast complex systems, that is well within your rights. You can help by prioritizing transit politically year-on-year, then one day it will meet your (and so many others’) needs

  • Martha Wang

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  • Prinzrob

    Don’t forget Bike East Bay’s free, annual Pedalfest event in Jack London Square on Saturday, 11am to 6pm. It’s the biggest Bay Area bike event of the year! http://www.BikeEastBay.org/Pedalfest

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