This Week: What Will Geary BRT Look Like?

Join one of three community meetings this week to hear about the design options for the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project. A Supes committee will also hold a hearing today on the California Pacific Medical Center’s parking-rich projects, and head out to the Mission this weekend for another sunny car-free day of Sunday Streets.

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Monday thru WednesdayGeary BRT Community Meetings. The SF County Transportation Authority is hosting three community meetings this week to present new design alternatives proposed for Geary BRT and field public input on the project. Join a meeting in the Richmond, Fillmore, or Inner Geary neighborhoods. 6:30 p.m.
  • Also MondaySF Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee. The committee will hold a hearing on recommending approval of the California Pacific Medical Center’s parking-rich Cathedral Hill and St. Luke’s projects to the full board. 3 p.m.
  • TuesdayBART to Silicon Valley Community Meetings: Milpitas. Join the Valley Transportation Authority at one of these two meetings to learn about BART’s 10-mile, two-station Berryessa Extension toward San Jose, which broke ground in April. 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • WednesdaySPUR: A Conversation with the New Yorker’s David Owen. Join “Green Metropolis” author David Owen and Allison Arieff, New York Times columnist and SPUR’s magazine editor, as they argue that “advances in energy efficiency are actually causing less sustainable behavior” via increased usage, and that urbanism holds “the key to the future of our cities.” 6:30 p.m.
  • ThursdaySF Planning Commission Public Hearing. On the agenda is a 182-unit residential building with 91 underground parking spaces at Octavia and Oak Streets, which would redevelop the existing Hayes Valley Farm and parking lot on the former site of a Central Freeway on-ramp. Also up for approval is a new 27-unit building with 29 parking spaces at Larkin and Clay Streets. 12 noon.
  • Sunday: Sunday Streets: Mission. Head out to enjoy car-free Valencia and 24th Streets again this Sunday with live music, dancing, bike rentals/repairs, “roller soccer,” and more. This event is the third in a four-part pilot project
 to explore the 
of holding Sunday Streets in the Mission more regularly. 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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