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The Future of San Francisco Transportation: What Can Green Teams do to Help?
Join colleagues from other San Francisco Green Teams on June 18th for a special event and webinar on sustainable transportation and commuting. Learn about cutting-edge ideas for building a stronger, greener transit system and discuss ways that you can get involved.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
9:00-10:00 AM (Presentation and Discussion)
10:00-10:30 AM (Networking Time)
Attend in Person: Wells Fargo Learning and Events Center
333 Market St., Annex Building (2nd Floor, Clementine Room)
Attend via Webinar: Please join the Webinar at this link.
Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director, Strategic Planning and Policy, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Timothy Papandreou directly oversees a team of 30 planning, engineering and policy staff tasked with implementing the SFMTA’s sustainable mobility goals through integrated, multi-modal (bicycle, walking, transit, car-sharing, parking and taxi) transportation plans, street design projects, and complete street projects. Previously Papandreou spent nearly nine years with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he served as Transportation Planning Manager.
Employee Panel (Participants TBA)
Following Timothy Papandreou, an employee panel will share everyday experiences navigating different low carbon transit options in the Bay Area.
- Light breakfast will be provided.
- Our room can accomodate 75 people; webinar participation is not restricted.
- We encourage you to use public transportation to reach this event. The Wells Fargo learning center is adjacent to the Embarcadero Bart/Muni stop.
- The event will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.
About the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3)
BC3 is a network of San Francisco companies dedicated to working together to secure a vibrant future for our city and our planet. Learn more at bc3sfbay.org. This event is part of a new initiative focused on empowering employees across local corporations to collaborate in advancing sustainability in San Francisco.
In healthy urban areas, people always complain that there’s not enough parking. And they still do that in Silver Spring, Maryland, says Dan Reed at Greater Greater Washington.
But they’re wrong. The city’s downtown parking supply is only about 58 percent occupied on an average day. Even as the city has grown, more parking is sitting unused thanks to the efforts of local leaders. Here’s how they did it:
In 2011, [Tom] Brown led a team at Nelson\Nygaard, where I now work, that recommended ways Montgomery County could better use its parking to promote and strengthen its downtowns.
Montgomery County has had its own municipal parking authority since the 1940s. A 1952 spread in the Washington Post’s “Silver Spring Advertiser” section boasted, “Look at all the parking space!” in downtown. But downtown Silver Spring couldn’t match the sea of free parking at new suburban malls like Wheaton Plaza, and it began to languish.
When Silver Spring started competing on place, not parking, it started to take off as an urban destination for the entire region. And a funny thing happened: as more homes and offices and shops were built around the Metro station, filling downtown’s gaps and vacant lots, the demand for parking actually decreased.
Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee Agenda: [PDF]
Item of Note:
2. 130873 [Hearing- Funding the Municipal Transportation Agency's Bicycle Strategy]
Sponsors: Mar; Chiu
Hearing regarding funding the Municipal Transportation Agency’s Bicycle Strategy.
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Western Cesar Chavez Street has been transformed after decades as a dangerous motor vehicle speedway that divided the Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods. City officials cut the ribbon today on a redesign of the street, nearly nine years after residents began pushing for safety improvements.
Cesar Chavez was widened in the 1930s and 40s at the expense of safety and livability to serve as a thoroughfare from the 101 and 280 freeways to a planned Mission Freeway that was never built. As a result, it became a virtual no-man’s land for walking and biking, and crossing the street was a huge risk.
“Our neighborhoods were cut in two by this dangerous street that was in no way worthy of the man it was named after,” said Fran Taylor, who helped found CC Puede to push for a redesign of the street. “It’s taken a long time, and the efforts of many, but we finally have a Cesar Chavez Street to be proud of.”
With the redesign, the six traffic lanes on Cesar Chavez (known as Army Street until the nineties) were reduced to four. In place of those two lanes are unprotected bike lanes, bulb-outs with rain gardens, and a center median lined with palm trees. With fresh pavement and markings like continental crosswalks, the treatments have made the street calmer and more habitable for people.
The ribbon cutting was held on Si Se Puede! Plaza, which was created at the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Mission Street, where Capp Street ends. Drivers can still pass through at the end of Capp, but permeable, textured pavement raised to sidewalk level signals that they are guests.
“We finally have a street that’s going to protect families and reflects what we value, which is safety, first and foremost,” said D9 Supervisor David Campos, whose district includes Cesar Chavez. “It took longer than it should have.”
The project snowballed from a simple re-paving planned by Department of Public Works into a full redesign as residents pushed for safety improvements, and city agencies sought to coordinate those changes with the re-pave to save costs. Andres Power was the project manager for the Planning Department until 2012, when he became an aide for Supervisor Scott Wiener.
“On one hand, it’s unbelievable that it takes this long to get anything like this done. On the other hand, it’s such a transformative project, and I think the wait was well worth it,” said Power. “We wanted to do something that was not just a street project, that was about bringing the neighborhood together, and encouraging people to use the street outside of their cars.”
Just a few weeks ago, El Paso was all ready to go with a new bike-share network, or so it seemed. The city had lined up $400,000 in local funds from the city of El Paso, the University of Texas at El Paso and a grant from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The regional planning agency had unanimously signed off on awarding the project $1.6 million in federal transportation funds earmarked for air pollution reduction. Suburban communities had even started expressing interest in being added to the system.
But last month the Texas Department of Transportation pulled the rug out. TxDOT told local and regional officials it did not support the use of federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for the project. State officials have been coy about what they’d rather see the money spent on, but they haven’t backed down. And, not content to strip funding, TxDOT officials are now plowing ahead to “deprogram” the whole bike-share project altogether, removing it from contention for any kind of funding.
Bike advocates in the city have been taken aback. After all, TxDOT officials were part of the unanimous vote by the regional planning body to disperse the CMAQ money in May.
“How can TxDOT and the [El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy] Board ever expect the community to trust in the transparency of our public agencies when a program that was planned and approved through legitimate channels was then shelved by bureaucrats in favor of vague, unnamed, and unpublicized projects?” wrote Scott White, a board member at Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition, in a letter to the planning organization’s board [PDF]. “The board must ask whether TxDOT overstepped its jurisdictional authority, and if so, was this the first time?”