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This Week: Plan the Bay Area, Walk to Work, and Sunday Streets

2:31 PM PDT on April 8, 2013

Take part in an important step in shaping the future of transportation, health, and equity in the region this Thursday at an open house on Plan Bay Area, where planners will present a draft 25-year blueprint to accommodate population growth without more sprawl and driving. On Friday, San Francisco will become the nation’s first city to officially celebrate Walk to Work Day, and there are plenty of ways to participate and get some goodies on your way to work. And be sure to enjoy a car-free day in the Mission with the return of Sunday Streets.

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

    • Tuesday: The Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee's agenda includes a discussion of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposed legislation to streamline pedestrian safety improvements and an update on safety upgrades on Sloat Boulevard. 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday: SPUR Lunchtime Forum: A Story of Shuttles. "As employer shuttles sprout up across the Bay Area, what do they tell us about our region, its workers and its employers? What are the benefits and challenges that accompany their increasing presence?" Join reps from Google, Genentech, Ridepal, and the SF Municipal Transportation Agency for a closer look at the issues. 12:30 p.m.
    • Thursday: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will hold an open house on Plan Bay Area, the region's strategy to accommodate population growth in transit-friendly areas while curbing car-dependency and suburban sprawl. Check out the draft plan at the meeting and submit your comments. 6 to 9 p.m.
    • Friday: Walk to Work Day. Get a boost on your morning commute at one of Walk SF's "hubs," get special offers from cafes, hoof it with one of nine participating city supervisors, and tweet about your #Walk2Work experience to enter to win prizes. 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday: The SF Bicycle Coalition holds two "Love Your Lanes" rides: Saturday's District 6 ride will survey biking conditions in neighborhoods like SoMa and the Tenderloin, starting at City Hall at 10 a.m. Sunday’s ride will check out District 7 (West Portal, Golden Gate Heights, Forest Hill) and will meet at Ocean Avenue near Junipero Serra Blvd. at 1 p.m.
    • Also Sunday: Sunday Streets: The Mission. Car-free Valencia and 24th Streets return once again for San Franciscans to stroll, run, bike, dance, or just people watch. 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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