This Week: Better Market Street Meetings, Plan Bay Area

There are three chances this week to weigh in on the Better Market Street project. Don’t miss out. Also, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is expected to listen to busloads (literally) of fanatical opponents as it votes on whether to adopt Plan Bay Area. Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:
  • Tuesday: The SFMTA Board of Directors agenda includes an update on Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit and the adoption of a policy expanding on-street car-share spaces citywide.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: Workshops will be held for the public to weigh in on the Better Market Street Project on Wednesday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.), and an online webinar will take place on Thursday at noon. This is a chance for you to tell planners how you feel about the proposal to build protected bike lanes on Mission Street instead of Market.
  • Thursday: The Board of Supervisors Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee will hold a hearing on the state of bike theft and best practices for reducing it. 10 a.m.
  • Also Thursday: The MTC and Association of Bay Area Governments are set to finally adopt Plan Bay Area, a blueprint for smart growth for the coming decades. The Greenbelt Alliance says Tea Party-associated groups have been “pestering” MTC members to vote against the plan, and that the Conservative Forum plans to bus in smart growth opponents to speak at the hearing. 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Design Cycle: Urban Prototyping Presented by Rebar. This “urban-proto-parklet party” will take place in reclaimed parking spaces on 24th Street and feature a “very first glimpse of the Streetscape Kit of Parts, an urban prototype kit for testing and developing bike lanes, designed in collaboration with the SF Bicycle Coalition.” 6 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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A County Transportation Authority rendering of what Market Street was supposed to look like before the program was scaled back.

Open Thread on the Better Market Street Plan

The mainstream media was all over it: private cars to be banned from Market Street under the city’s “Better Market Street” plan. It will also have sidewalk-level protected bike lanes. For advocates in the safe streets community the design announced by the city this week is a major victory and a reason to celebrate. From […]