This Week: Lessons From Jan Gehl, Muni TEP in the Richmond

Start the week off with Jan Gehl, the Danish urban designer known around the world for his visionary work on people-friendly streets, at UC Berkeley. A couple of forums this week also look at the state of SF’s transit-first policy and the future of Caltrain and CA High-Speed Rail governance. And residents in the Richmond have a chance to weigh in on Muni Transit Effectiveness Project proposals for the 2, 28/28L, and 38L lines.

Here are all of the highlights from this week’s calendar:

  • Monday: Copenhagen livable streets luminary Jan Gehl is in town to give a free lecture at UC Berkeley, kicking off the university’s “Transit & Cities: Past, Present, Future” conference. Gehl will join the SF Planning Department’s Neil Hrushowy to discuss “fifty years of public life research leading gradually to implementation of people-oriented planning strategies in cities across the world.” 6 p.m.
  • Also Monday: The SFMTA will hold an open house for the public to weigh in on locations where commuter shuttles will be permitted to use Muni stops around the city. 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Forum: Finding a Place to Park. “Street Fight” author Jason Henderson, the SF Planning Department’s Joshua Swizky, and historian Michael Tolle will discuss “the historic struggle between the urban grid and the automobile and how committed San Francisco is to becoming a ‘Transit First’ city.” 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: Forum: Governing Caltrain in the Age of Electrification. Join reps from Caltrain, Friends of Caltrain, the CA High-Speed Rail Authority, SPUR, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for a discussion of what a new governance structure for Caltrain and HSR could look like once electrification and the downtown extension to the Transbay Transit Center are completed. 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: The SFMTA will hold a community meeting in the Richmond on proposals like stop consolidations and bus bulbs to speed up Muni’s 2, 28/28L, and 38L as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project. 6 p.m.
  • Friday: On the agenda for this week’s SFMTA engineering hearing is the Potrero Avenue redesign, which calls for sidewalk bulb-outs, green-painted buffered bike lanes, a center planted median, a two-block sidewalk widening, and an extension of the bus lane (which will be moved from the northbound side to the southbound side). 10 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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