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This Week: A Deluge of Transportation Planning Meetings

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, which means it’s time for city agencies to pack in a last-minute flood of community meetings before the holiday season. The SFMTA will host meetings on Market Street car restrictions and transit lanes, upgrades for the Muni 8X-Bayshore Express, and another public workshop about designs for a protected bikeway on the Embarcadero. Tomorrow, the SFMTA Board of Directors is also set to approve transit upgrades for Van Ness BRT, Haight Street, and bus bulb-outs on Columbus Avenue. The SFMTA and Planning Department will also hold two meetings about re-envisioning transportation in SoMa.

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

  • Tuesday: Weigh in at the SFMTA’s second public meeting about turn restrictions and transit-only lane extensions proposed for Market Street. The plans would prevent private auto drivers from turning onto Market between Third and Eighth Streets. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The SFMTA Board’s meeting agenda includes approval of street changes for Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit, pedestrian and transit bulb-outs along Columbus Avenue, and transit-priority traffic signals and bulb-outs on Haight Street for the 71 and 6 lines. 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: The Planning Department holds an open house on Tuesday to present updates on the Central SoMa Plan, which re-envisions dangerous traffic sewers along the Central Subway with transit lanes, public space, and protected bike lanes. 6 p.m. On Wednesday, SFMTA holds a public meeting on the Waterfront Transportation Assessment, which focuses on SoMa, Mission Bay, and the Central Waterfront. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: The SFMTA will hold an open house on improvements to Muni’s 8X-Bayshore Express, including a mile of transit-only lanes on Geneva Avenue and sidewalk extensions. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: SPUR hosts two events: On Wednesday, a lunchtime forum will focus on how BART should invest in its future (12:30 p.m.). On Thursday, join a walking tour to discuss what makes a truly ideal urban street (5:30 p.m.).
  • Thursday: Come weigh in at the SFMTA’s third Embarcadero Bikeway Public Workshop, focusing on redesigning the segment between Fisherman’s Wharf and Broadway. 5:30 p.m.

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

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This Week: Embarcadero Bikeway, 30-Stockton, Buses + Beers

The SFMTA will hold public meetings this week on upgrades for the Muni’s 30-Stockton and on a protected bikeway along the Embarcadero. The SF Transit Riders Union will also get together for another “PUBlic Transit” crawl along the L-Taraval.

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

  • Monday: SPUR’s lunchtime forum looks at the challenges of making automobile-centric suburbs more people-friendly and sustainable. 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The SFMTA will hold another open house on Muni upgrades, this time for the 30-Stockton. Proposals include transit-only lanes for portions of the route, as well as bulb-outs at bus stops and pedestrian crossings. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The SFMTA will hold its second public workshop on an Embarcadero protected bikeway. This one will focus on the segment between Broadway and Folsom Streets. Come weigh in on the designs. 5:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: Come support a better Muni over beers with SFTRU’s second  PUBLIC Transit crawl. The ride will hit four bars along the L-Taraval route, including the Castro, West Portal, and Outer Sunset. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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

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This Week: Election, SFMTA Workshops, Vision Zero Rally

Tomorrow is election day, so get out and cast your vote on measures like Prop L, the bid from Sean Parker and the Republican Party to enshrine 20th-century car-centric policies in SF. The SFMTA will also hold three open houses on proposed transportation improvements this week — two on Muni’s 5 and 28 routes, and one on a protected bikeway on the Embarcadero.

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

  • Tuesday: Election Day — get out and vote! On the ballot is Prop A, the $500M general obligation bond for transportation; Prop B, Supervisor Scott Wiener’s measure to set aside more general funds for safer streets and Muni; and Prop L, the measure that pushes free parking instead of safer streets. Contentious seats are also up for election in Supervisorial District 10 and BART District 8.
  • Wednesday: The SFMTA will hold an open house on changes planned to speed Muni’s 5-Fulton route. Proposals include adding bus bulb-outs and replacing stop signs with transit-priority traffic signals. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Come to the SFMTA’s 28/28L open house to learn about proposals to add bus bulb-outs and to consolidate stops on 19th Avenue. 6 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: At the SFMTA’s Embarcadero Enhancement Public Workshop, you can weigh in on the design of a protected bikeway on SF’s waterfront through hands-on exercises. This workshop will focus on the Embarcadero between Folsom Street and AT&T Park. 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday: The SF Urban Film Fest will feature engaging media and forums focused on urban planning’s role in social equity and civic engagement.
  • Friday: The SF Bicycle Coalition and other organizations will hold a rally for action on Vision Zero and memorial for those who have been killed on SF’s streets — including three victims in just the last two weeks. 10 a.m.

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

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This Week: Bridging the Transit and Housing Funding Gap

A Thursday forum, organized by the SF Transit Riders Union and the SF Bay Guardian, is sure to bring some insightful discussion on the funding tussle between transit and affordable housing advocates. The Planning Department will also present conceptual designs for eastern Ocean Avenue on Thursday, and Sunday Streets Berkeley will return this weekend.

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

  • Wednesday: The Planning Department will host a workshop to present conceptual designs for the eastern section of Ocean Avenue, between Phelan and San Jose Avenues, where it meets Balboa Park Station and highway 280. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Walk and Roll to School Day returns, with nearly 90 schools and over 13,000 students expected to participate — the highest number to date in SF.
  • Thursday: Join the Bay Guardian and SFTRU for a forum on how to bridge the political divide, created by funding shortages, between transit and affordable housing advocates. The discussion will be set in the context of recent moves by city officials, as well as the November ballot measures to increase transportation funding and set goals for affordable housing construction. 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Nearly two miles of Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue will be car-free so that all can enjoy some fun in the East Bay sun at Sunday Streets. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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This Week: Safer Market Street

Tuesday is packed with important meetings about making biking and walking safer and more convenient. The first Safer Market Street meeting will preview Vision Zero improvements to SF’s premier street. Across town, long-awaited preferred designs for the Marina Path will be unveiled.

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

  • Tuesday: SFMTA staff needs public input at the first community meeting about proposed turn restrictions on Market Street (part of a broader set of Vision Zero safety improvements), as well as new loading zones and wayfinding signage along the corridor. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Give feedback on the preferred design for the Marina Path at the long-delayed Final Bay Trail Community Meeting. This bicycle and pedestrian path past the Marina should be designed to prioritize the 98 percent of users who walk and bike along it, rather than the two percent driving or parking. 6 p.m.
  • Even more on Tuesday: Join the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Stanford Healthcare for the Silicon Valley Bike Summit, a forum to discuss how local government, police, and advocates can cooperate to make streets safer and more inviting for people on bikes. 10 a.m.

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

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This Week: Park(ing) Day and a Fundraiser to Fight Prop L

Lots of good stuff this week, including a fundraiser for the campaign against Prop L tomorrow and the return of Park(ing) Day at the end of the week.

Here are all of this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Monday: SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin will join a Middle Polk Neighborhood Association meeting to discuss the transit funding initiatives on the November ballot, including the $500 million transportation bond (Prop A) and Supervisor Scott Wiener’s measure to tie transit funds to population growth (Prop B). 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: The “No on Gridlock, No on Prop L” campaign holds a fundraising event at PUBLIC Bikes. Swing by to support efforts to make the city safer, more walkable, and less congested. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Supervisor Katy Tang and staff from SF Public Utilities Commission, SPUR, and the National Park Service hold a town hall meeting to discuss changes envisioned in the Ocean Beach Master Plan, including the Great Highway road diet that was shelved. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Wonder why women make up only a third of bicyclists on SF’s streets? Come to SFBC’s Women + Bikes Night for some short films and discussion about the issues that prevent more women from riding. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Time again for Park(ing) Day, the SF-born annual event that has spread to cities around the world and inspired the parklet program, now an SF institution. Hang out in a reclaimed parking space in your neighborhood, or create one of your own. All day.

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

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This Week: Tell Supes to Hold Developers to the Transbay Plan

Tomorrow, the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a development tax to help fund the Caltrain/high-speed rail extension to the Transbay Transit Center, but could reduce the rate for developers and slash revenue for the project. You can help ensure this crucial regional transit connection gets completed by telling the supes to stick with the original funding agreement, and not to bow to the Willie Brown-backed developers.

Here are all of this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tuesday: Speak at the Board of Supervisors hearing or write your supervisor to help ensure Transbay Transit Center won’t just be a fancy bus terminal. The supes will consider approving the creation of a “Mello-Roos” development tax district, which will charge Transbay District developers a land value-based assessment fee to help fund the Caltrain/HSR extension all the way to the “Grand Central of the West.” Don’t let developers undermine this crucial project and back out of the rates they agreed to. 3 p.m.
  • Thursday and Saturday: Bike East Bay is urging Oaklanders to call for continuous, protected bike lanes on Telegraph Avenue. The Alameda Transportation Commission will hold two open houses to collect public feedback on a proposal for partially-protected bike lanes that throw people on bikes into motor traffic on some stretches. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday: Car-free streets on both sides of the Bay: Sunday Streets returns to the Western Addition on Fillmore, Fulton, Baker, and Grove Streets. In Oakland, Oaklavia will grace three miles of streets between the Pergola on Lake Merritt to Latham Square. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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This Week: SFTRU Bar Crawl, Celebrating Amelie Le Moullac

Join the SF Transit Riders Union Thursday for a pub-crawl-via-Muni fundraiser. The SFMTA will also hold a public hearing on Friday for street safety improvements on Columbus Avenue, Bay Street, and more. A celebration will also be held Saturday for Amelie Le Moullac’s life, one year after she died in a SoMa truck crash.

Here are all of this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Thursday: Join SFTRU for a fundraising bar crawl, hopping on and off Muni at four bars along the 71-Haight and 6-Parnassus routes in Civic Center, the Haight, and the Inner Sunset. Come out to support transit advocacy, and mingle with fellow advocates. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: SFMTA’s engineering hearing agenda includes seven on-street car-share parking locations, plus bulb-outs, bike lanes, and speed humps on streets like Columbus Avenue, Bay Street, and Randolph Street. 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Amelie Le Moullac’s tragic death on her bike at Sixth and Folsom Streets, family and friends will host a celebration of her life at Dolores Park. “Come for a little or stay a while.” 2 p.m.

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SFMTA Engineering Hearing

From SFMTA:

The Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is a package of transit and pedestrian safety improvements. To implement the full benefits of the project, sidewalk and roadway reconfigurations will be necessary, including proposed parking changes and left turn restrictions.

The SFMTA is taking the required legislation to public hearing. Parking is proposed to be removed to accommodate the BRT design elements such as center boarding islands and pedestrian bulbs. Most left turns are proposed to be removed to facilitate better traffic flow and reduce delays to transit and traffic, and also to minimize the removal of parking by eliminating left turn lanes.

 

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Cancelled: San Francisco For Better Bikeways

This event has been cancelled.

From SF Bicycle Coalition:

The California Bicycle Coalition is hosting a party at Mission Workshop to celebrate building better bikeways throughout our state. 25% of ticket sales are dedicated to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Join us for beer, bikes, raffles, and live music.