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Friday, May 19, 2017

Two photos of a man in costume as the Vision Zero Hero, wearing a cape, a wig, a bicycle helmet and eye mask, holding a speed radar and sign that says, "SPEED LIMIT 25."
The Vision Zero Hero at Bike to Work Day on May 11.

As San Francisco opens its arms this Sunday to Bay to Breakers, its annual tradition of costumes, revelry and (a bit of) athletics, a new participant will be in the mix: the SFMTA’s Vision Zero Hero.

If you plan to join the event, keep your eyes peeled for a photo op with our caped safety hero, who will run (or let’s be honest – jog) in the race to call attention to Vision Zero, the citywide effort to end traffic fatalities. The Vision Zero Hero is among San Francisco’s newest mascots, and will join caped heroes in other major cities in advocating for safer, more livable streets.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bus driving up Van Ness Avenue, foreground is a construction notice posted for the Van Ness Improvement Project.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni Routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

The agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting includes approval of resolutions on transportation funding priorities for a regional ballot measure in 2018 and reallocating funds from the 2014 Transportation and Road Improvement General Obligation Bond to various programs and projects.

Our Board of Directors meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The agendas are posted under “meetings” on the Board’s webpage 72 hours in advance.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Two photos of the new parking-protected bike lane on 7th Street.
A new parking-protected bike lane on 7th Street. The bike lane runs between the sidewalk and new Muni boarding islands to make it easier for everyone to navigate.

There's good reason to celebrate Bike to Work Day this year, with new protected bike lanes on three streets and a new SFMTA webpage dedicated to bike count data.

New parking-protected bike lanes are ready on 7th and 8th streets in SoMa and on 13th / Division Street. Those were completed in time for the May 4 deadline set in Mayor Ed Lee's Executive Directive on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety (PDF) in August, which called for three protected bike lane projects to be completed within nine months.

“The SFMTA is committed to creating better, safer streets for people who bike and all other road users, and that starts with infrastructure that separates cars, bikes and pedestrians,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “Over the next five years, we will invest more than $112 million into 92 miles of bikeway projects. These projects don’t just create safer streets, they help us reduce congestion and air pollution at a time when more people are trying to get around San Francisco than ever before.”

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A bustling crosswalk, cars and Muni buses at Mission and 4th streets.
Mission and 4th streets.

When thinking about creating a better transportation system in San Francisco over the next 50 years, which values like equity, safety, sustainability and economy vitality are most important to you?

We’re asking that question with on-street pop-up tabling events around the city and an online survey as part of Connect SF, an effort between city agencies to create a vision for transportation in San Francisco over the next five decades.

For the first phase of Connect SF last fall, we asked San Franciscans to draw their dream subway map to help create our Subway Vision.

This summer, we’ll expand our effort by working with the new Connect SF Futures Task Force, which is made up of neighborhood leaders, transportation advocates, community groups, regional voices, civic leaders and business representatives.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bike commuters in a protected bike lane on Polk Street at Hayes Street on Bike to Work Day 2016.
Bike commuters in a protected bike lane on Polk Street at Hayes Street on Bike to Work Day last year.

This Thursday is Bike to Work Day, which means it's the perfect time once again to pedal out and join the two-wheeled commute crowd (if you're not a regular already).

As with each year's event (this is the Bay Area's 23rd), bike commuters in San Francisco can stop by one of 26 "energizer stations" on major bike routes for free snacks, beverages, tote bags and other goodies to reward them for getting to work in a sustainable and healthy way.

And like every year, SF has more bike commuters and bike lanes than ever. With new protected bike lanes to enjoy on streets like 13th and Division, 7th and 8th, and the south end of Valencia, there are more reasons than ever to hop on and join us.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Two photos. One photo shows a man bicycling on a newly-installed curbside bike lane on 13th Street, separated from traffic lanes by a lane of car parking and a buffer area. Second photo shows a curbside bike lane on eastbound Division Street with newly-installed concrete dividers covered by construction fixtures.
Left: A new parking-protected bike lane on 13th Street, from Harrison to Bryant Street. Right: Freshly-installed concrete dividers on eastbound Division, from Bryant/11th to 10th Street.

Fresh paint and concrete are drying on new bike lanes on 13th and Division streets, where the safety improvements approved earlier this month are under construction.

The road markings for the new bike lane are mostly complete on eastbound 13th, from Folsom Street to Bryant/11th Street. That includes a new curbside, parking-protected bike lane on the block from Harrison to Bryant Street.

Concrete dividers, which help provide a more protective and comfortable barrier between curbside bike lanes and vehicle traffic, are also coming to both directions of Division between 10th and 11th streets (where 13th becomes Division).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Group of bicyclists in a protected bike lane going east on Market in the afternoon

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, May 2, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni Routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

The agenda for today's Board of Directors meeting includes approval of bike and pedestrian improvements in the Upper Market Street Safety Project.

Our Board of Directors meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The agendas are posted under “meetings” on the Board’s webpage 72 hours in advance.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daytime view looking west on 14th Street at its intersection with Market and Church streets with people walking, driving and a man bicycling.
Market at 14th and Church streets.

Our plans to make Upper Market Street safer with improvements including parking-protected bike lanes will be considered for approval by our SFMTA Board of Directors tomorrow.

This is a huge milestone for our Upper Market Street Safety Project, an effort to make Market, between Octavia Boulevard and Castro Street, safer and more comfortable for everyone. We've come to this point after more than two years of reaching out to the public, working with local businesses, coordinating with other city agencies and getting started with initial safety upgrades.

The Upper Market Street Project is an example of us putting Vision Zero, our city’s goal to eliminate all traffic deaths, into action. Data-driven street redesigns like this are crucial for the city to follow through on that ambitious but attainable commitment.

This mile-long stretch of Market is used by thousands of people biking, walking, riding transit and driving every day, and it has an overwhelming need for street safety improvements. From 2011 to 2016, there were 174 collisions, 22 involving someone walking and 51 involving someone biking.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Parking-protected bike lane on 13th Street under the Central Freeway.
This existing parking-protected bike lane on westbound 13th Street will get complemented with upgrades in the eastbound direction.

In the coming weeks, 13th Street in SoMa will get safety upgrades, including a block of parking-protected bike lane, in the eastbound direction from Folsom to Bryant streets. This is thanks to approval from our Board of Directors last Tuesday.

Like the existing bike lanes on segments of 13th, the new lane will be separated from traffic using pavement markings, plastic posts and parked vehicles while maintaining visibility between people walking, biking and driving. It’ll also repurpose a traffic lane, which helps calm vehicle traffic by narrowing the roadway.

Monday, April 24, 2017

People and car traffic cross Howard Street at 7th Street. Howard has three traffic lanes, a bike lane and two parking lanes.
Howard at 7th Street.

We’re holding two open house meetings this week to show potential designs for a better Folsom and Howard streets in the South of Market area.

SoMa deserves livable streets. With our Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project, we aim to make these SoMa streets safer and more pleasant to walk, bike, shop and live on, and we need your help to make it happen.

This winter, at public open houses and online, more than 500 people told the SFMTA what their priorities were for improving Folsom and Howard streets. Community members gave us feedback on different elements of street design and what they thought made streets great.