This Week: A Packed Tuesday for Livable Streets

Tuesday evening has three community meetings on livable streets projects scheduled at the same time: The Wiggle, Potrero Avenue, and southern 19th Avenue. City agencies haven’t made it easy, but nimble folks may be able to make at least the two open houses to show their support for safer streets and better transit.

The SFMTA is also poised to give the preliminary go-ahead to street changes to speed up the 5-Fulton line, and don’t miss your chance to hear urbanists like Gil Penalosa and Streetsblog founding editor Aaron Naparstek at UC Berkeley during a symposium this weekend.

Here are all of this week’s calendar highlights:

  • Tuesday: Join the second open house meeting on pedestrian, bicycle, and greenery improvements on the Wiggle to be held by the SFMTA, Public Utilities Commission, and Department of Public Works. Show your support for proposals like raised crosswalks, planted bulb-outs, and motor traffic diverters. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: DPW will hold an open house to present proposals for a redesign of Potrero Avenue between 17th and 25th Streets, where planners so far have not proposed plans for protected bike lanes or two transit lanes. Tell planners you want to see a safer, more transit-friendly street. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: The SF County Transportation Authority will hold its second community meeting on the 19th Avenue Transit Study, which explores the feasibility of moving the rail tracks and stations for Muni’s M-Ocean View metro line above or under the street to speed up service. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Even More Tuesday: Enjoy some live tunes while supporting safer streets for biking at the Rickshaw Stop’s Tunes4Tubes: A Benefit for the SF Bicycle Coalition. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Rahman Law Attorneys hosts a women’s bike ride “to provide a safe space for women who are bike-curious and want to start riding around the City but really want to go with a friend.” 6 p.m.
  • Friday: On the SFMTA Engineering Hearing agenda are various street changes to speed up service on Muni’s 5-Fulton line, including stop consolidation and a road diet as Muni plans to launch the 5L-Fulton Limited in October. Neighbors have complained about the necessary removal of a handful of parking spaces for bus stop extensions, but you can write in or speak at the hearing to show your support for the improvements. 10 a.m.
  • Friday to Sunday: UC Berkeley hosts Adaptive Metropolis: User Generated Urbanism, a three-day symposium featuring speakers like Gil Peñalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities, Aaron Naparstek, founding editor of Streetsblog, and other progressive urban thinkers. Check out the full schedule here.
  • Sunday: Sunday Streets returns to the Excelsior, bringing car-free space to play along Mission Street and Seneca Ave. 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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