This Week: Measure DD, Taraval Boarding Islands, SoMa Protected Bike Lanes

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

    • Monday Tonight! Oakland Measure DD Coalition Meeting: Lake Merritt/Bay Trail projects. The Measure DD Community Coalition was formed to establish an ongoing dialogue between the City of Oakland and interested members of the community on how the bond measure will be implemented. The group meets every other month and is open to anyone interested in finding out more about Measure DD projects. Monday/Tonight, September 19, 7:10 p.m., Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland.
    • Tuesday SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting. The SFMTA Board meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at City Hall. On the agenda this week: Taraval! Currently, the SFMTA’s L Taraval Safety Project includes only 11 boarding islands, instead of the 16 that safety advocates say are needed. Anti-transit and parking-over-safety voices oppose all new boarding islands, which prevent riders from having to step directly into oncoming traffic. Come speak in favor of having concrete boarding islands at every stop. Tuesday, September 20, 1 p.m., City Hall Room 400, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., S.F.
    • Tuesday Safe Passages for Women in Oakland. Women have different needs for safety and security and yet their concerns are often not considered. Join SPUR for an interactive workshop through model making and designing; this workshop will help give women tools to become part of the decision making process. Co-presented by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, TransForm, and the Jack London Improvement District. Tuesday, 6 p.m., SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR and WOBO members, and supporters of JLID and TransForm, $10 for non-members.
    • Thursday 2016 Housing Ballot Measures. This November, voters in Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties will weigh in on ballot measures that will impact how these counties will respond to our region’s growing housing shortage. Come learn about what is at stake and what a win on these measures will mean for the Bay Area. Co-presented by Silicon Valley @ Home. Thursday, 12 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose. Free for SPUR and Silicon Valley @ Home members. $10 for non-members.
    • Thursday 7th Street and 8th Street Safety Projects Open House. As part of Mayor Lee’s new Executive Directive on safety, SFMTA has been asked to put in protected bike lanes on 7th and 8th street in SoMa. As SFMTA explains it: 7th & 8th streets are intersected by multiple high-injury corridors on San Francisco’s High Injury Network, which is the 12 percent of city streets that account for 70 percent of the city’s traffic crashes. Staff will be on hand to explain how this project will make the street safer and more comfortable, and hear your feedback on how parking and loading can be better managed. Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m., Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, S.F.
    • Thursday Northern California’s Rail Network. Railroads carrying both freight and passengers crisscross Oakland. Both services could be improved if the right projects are incorporated into the right local plans. Come learn what it will take for Oakland to maintain its role as the cornerstone of Northern California’s rail network. Thursday, 6 p.m., SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members.

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