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This Week: A Strategy to Get Safer Bike Lanes on Polk Street

For those disappointed to see protected bike lanes taken off the table for most of Polk Street, the SF Bicycle Coalition will hold a meeting Tuesday evening to develop an advocacy strategy to push for a safer design on the corridor. The new design for Castro Street will also be unveiled that evening at a public meeting with the Planning Department.

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

    • Monday and Saturday: Town Hall Budget Meetings: D5 and D6; D2 and D3. City supervisors are holding town hall meetings on the city budget, and the SFBC is calling on supporters to urge their leaders to increase the measly 0.46 percent of the capital budget that's currently devoted to bicycling. A meeting for Districts 5 and 6 will be held this evening at 6 p.m., and a meeting for Districts 2 and 3 will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday: SFBC Polk Street Committee Meeting. With protected bike lanes and sidewalk widenings taken off the table for most of Polk, the SFBC is holding a meeting to field "input about the current proposals for Polk Street and help us develop and execute a community outreach and advocacy strategy." 6 p.m.
    • Also Tuesday: The Planning Department will present a final design for Castro Street, including wider sidewalks and other improvements revamping the pedestrian environment. 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday: Geography professor Jason Henderson will discuss his new book "Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco" at a forum at SF State University. 5 p.m.
    • Thursday: The SF Planning Commission is set to consider legislation revamping the city’s bike parking requirements. 12 p.m.
    • Friday: Up for approval at this week's SFMTA Engineering Hearing are five bike corrals in the Mission and a re-opened crosswalk at Fell and Gough Streets. 10 a.m.
    • Saturday: SPUR "closes down a portion of 6th Street" at Market Street for a special "placemaking" event with URBAN SPACEship and local merchants, who will "work to activate to this important component of San Francisco’s core." 12 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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