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This Week: Downtown Rail Rally, Awards for Muni-Riding Supes

There’s a little bit of everything on the Streetsblog calendar this week: a demonstration, an awards show, an evening to discuss street etiquette, and three chances to geek out about parking.

Here are the highlights:

  • Tonight: A Noe Valley community forum on traffic issues is sure to feature a lively discussion. Supervisor Scott Wiener will join reps from the SFMTA, SFPD, and the SF Bicycle Coalition to help provide “clarification on traffic laws, address misunderstandings, and talk about how we can foster a more gracious etiquette and neighborly courtesy on the streets and sidewalks of Noe Valley.” 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Author Richard Wilson will discuss his new book, “Parking Management for Smart Growth,” at three forums: Tuesday at SPUR San Jose (12:30 p.m.) and in Palo Alto (6 p.m.), and Wednesday at a SPUR forum in SF at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Join Friends of Caltrain and other transit advocates for a rally at City Hall calling on public officials to fully fund the extension of Caltrain and CA High-Speed Rail to SF’s Transbay Transit Center. 11 a.m.
  • Also Wednesday: 22 & Beyond: SFTRU’s Muni Challenge Closing Celebration. The SF Transit Riders Union closes out its Muni 22-Day Challenge with awards for elected officials, from the most frequent riders to the “crankiest tweeter.” Supervisors Wiener, Jane Kim, John Avalos, and Eric Mar will be in attendance. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: The SF Recreation and Parks Department holds a public meeting on improvements to the “Figure 8″ roadway at the top of Twin Peaks, including more space for walking and biking. 6:30 p.m.
  • Next Monday: We’re giving an early heads-up for Livable City’s upcoming forum — “Tomorrow Transit” — that will “bring together bike-share, ride-share, regional transit, and end-user experts to discuss the future — and future challenges — of first and last mile connections.” 6 p.m.

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This Week: Fixing SoMa Gridlock, Ride of Silence, Safer Octavia

Don’t miss an “all-star transit panel” discussion tonight about solutions to fix gridlocked car traffic in the South of Market District. The international Ride of Silence also returns, and upgrades for a safer Octavia Boulevard are up for comment at a public hearing.

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

  • Monday: The South Beach D6 Democratic Club hosts “Solving the Daily Traffic Nightmare in SOMA,” a forum featuring an “all-star transit panel”: Supervisor Scott Wiener, Livable City Director and BART Board member Tom Radulovich, SFCTA Executive Director Tilly Chang, Mayoral Transportation Policy Director Gillian Gillett, and April Veneracion Ang, aide to Supervisor Jane Kim. 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: This week’s SFMTA Board of Directors agenda includes an update on the agency’s Vision Zero efforts. 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The annual Ride of Silence honors those who have been injured or killed while bicycling. The group ride takes place in over 50 countries. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: Come celebrate Streetsblog Happy Hour‘s new status as a monthly event at Virgil’s Sea Room. 6 p.m.
  • Friday: This week’s SFMTA public engineering hearing agenda includes the first wave of Octavia Boulevard safety upgrades: Parking removals for bulb-outs and daylighting and a pedestrian refuge island at Octavia and Oak Street. You can speak at the hearing or email sustainable.streets@sfmta.com. 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: Bike to Work Day, Fell and Oak Bike Lane Celebration

Finally, Wigglers can celebrate a safer commute with the completion of the Fell and Oak bike lanes, just in time for Bike to Work Day.

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

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This Week: Walk to Work Day, Tactical Urbanism

Get your active transportation on at Walk to Work Day and Sunday Streets in the Bayview and Dogpatch. On Wednesday, choose between Tactical Urbanism author Mike Lydon’s SPUR session and a forum on improving late-night transit with Supervisor Scott Wiener, moderated by Streetsblog’s Aaron Bialick.

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

  • Wednesday: The SFMTA holds its second open house for transit and pedestrian safety upgrades on 16th Street. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Tactical Urbanism author Mike Lydon speaks at a SPUR forum about “how creative, low-cost projects can build support for permanent work and inspire people to experience urban spaces in a new way.” 6 p.m.
  • More Wednesday: Supervisor Scott Wiener and other panelists will discuss how to improve SF’s late-night transit options at a forum hosted by the Harvey Milk Club and the SF Young Democrats, moderated by Streetsblog’s Aaron Bialick. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Step it up on Walk to Work Day — stop by one of 15 hubs in the morning to get goodies and meet up with one of the participating supervisors to hoof it to City Hall.
  • Thursday through Saturday: The Market Street Prototyping Festival will fill the sidewalks of SF’s main thoroughfare with “temporary installations ranging from performance spaces, relaxation zones, dynamic art pieces, and more.”
  • Sunday: Sunday Streets brings car-free joy to 3.5 miles of Third Street in the Bayview and Dogpatch. 11 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: Talk With Supes About Polk, Support a Safer Wiggle

To do: Have a beer with three supervisors to talk Polk Street, and show support for safety upgrades on the Wiggle.

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

  • Tuesday: A forum following SPUR‘s Transit + Design Workshops will feature “fast-paced presentations” about “the power of design” to improve the transit-riding experience. 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Join Supervisors London Breed, Scott Wiener, and Julie Christensen at a Folks for Polk Pub Talk about the future of Polk Street and transportation in SF. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: On the SFMTA’s public engineering hearing agenda: safety improvements to transform the Wiggle, including raised crosswalks and bulb-outs with rain gardens, one of which will divert car traffic at Scott and Fell Streets. Voice your support to ensure the SFMTA makes the upgrades happen. 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: Andy Thornley leads a SF Bicycle Coalition survey ride in the Outer Richmond to evaluate how to improve SF’s bicycle infrastructure for everyday bike trips. 1:30 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: SFMTA Board to Vote on a Safer Polk Street

The Polk Street redesign faces a key vote tomorrow, and the SFMTA will show proposed safety and transit upgrades along the 30-Stockton route on Wednesday.

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

  • Tuesday: The moment of truth for protected bike lanes on Polk Street. The SFMTA Board of Directors is set to vote on the planned redesign, and with yet another block of protected bike lane removed to preserve parking, more support than ever is needed to tell the board to demand the safest design. You can weigh in during public comment or by email. Meeting at 1 p.m., hearing at 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The SFMTA will hold an open house for transit and safety upgrades along segments of Muni’s 30-Stockton route. Chestnut Street could get bus-only lanes and stop consolidation, and Columbus Avenue could receive sidewalk extensions and buffered bike lanes. 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Welcome Noah Budnick as the new executive director of the SF Bicycle Coalition at a special SFBC member party, which will include an on-stage chat with Bryan Goebel, Streetsblog SF’s first editor. 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Sunday Streets kicks off 2015 at the Embarcadero — come celebrate the return of a car-free waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Ballpark. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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This Week: A People-Friendly Mission Street

It’s a light week on the Streetsblog calendar — here are the highlights:

  • Wednesday: The SFMTA and Planning Department will hold an open house community meeting on Mission Street’s proposed transit and pedestrian upgrades, which have faced resistance from residents who fear they’ll exacerbate gentrification. 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Bike alongside Andy Thornley, the SF Bicycle Coalition’s former policy director, for another edition of Andy’s Audits, a survey of bicycling conditions on the streets of the Sunset. 1:30 p.m.

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This Week: Walking-Friendly Ocean Ave, PUBlic Transit Crawl

It’s a light week on the Streetsblog calendar — here are the highlights:

  • Wednesday: Come to an open house to see the Planning Department’s final design proposals for sidewalk improvements on Ocean Avenue, including greening, bulb-outs, and gathering spaces. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Transit lovers can join the SF Transit Riders Union for the second PUBlic Transit Crawl, a Valentine’s Day-themed journey hitting four bars along the 14-Mission route. 6 p.m.

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This Week: Faster 33-Stanyan, Better Market, Safer Arterials

Most of the action this week is crammed into Wednesday and Thursday, with public meetings about Muni’s proposed changes to the 33-Stanyan, the Better Market Street project, and traffic calming on the city’s dangerous arterial streets.

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

  • Tuesday: Join the SF Planning Department for a walking tour to look at pedestrian safety issues around Mission and Randall Streets and help shape the Mission Street Public Life Plan. 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: At SPUR’s lunchtime forum on Vision Zero, city officials and street safety advocates will talk about the steps needed to end traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024. 12:30 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: The SFMTA will hold a Muni Forward community open house in the Mission about changes proposed for the 33-Stanyan, including route re-alignment, streetscape improvements, sidewalk bulb-outs, and transit stop adjustments. 6 p.m.
  • More Wednesday: Better Market Street Meeting: The Planning Department will hold a public meeting where you can weigh in on what types of changes planners should study as they begin the process of making over Market Street. 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: A SPUR lunchtime forum will take a close look at the new Muni map set to hit bus shelters this spring. This is a chance to get a behind-the-scenes account of the mapmaking process from the cartographers themselves. 12:30 p.m.
  • Also Thursday: The Board of Supervisors Neighborhood Safety and Services Committee is holding a hearing at City Hall about traffic calming on SF’s arterial streets. This is a chance to let city leaders know which high-speed streets you think pose the greatest danger to people walking and biking. 2 p.m.

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This Week: Speak Up for a Safer Polk Street

The Polk Street redesign and Muni Forward improvements for the 30-Stockton are the big-ticket items on the Streetsblog calendar this week:

  • Wednesday: The SFMTA is holding an open house about transit improvements for the 30-Stockton in North Beach, where you can weigh in on transit-only lanes, bus stop changes, and other proposals to speed up the route. 6 p.m.
  • Friday: Speak up for a safer Polk Street at SFMTA’s public hearing on the street’s redesign. Bike lanes (protected and unprotected), bulb-outs, and other changes are all in play. You can speak at the hearing or email comments to sustainable.streets@sfmta.com. 10 a.m.

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