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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two photos of a three-slotted bike rack on the front of a Muni bus. One shows the rack deployed and carrying bicycles, the other shows the rack folded up.
During a two-month trial, two Muni buses will carry these bigger bike racks that can hold a third bicycle.

Combining bikes and Muni is a popular, efficient way to get around – especially if you're traveling longer distances or up one of San Francisco's notoriously steep hills. It's so popular, in fact, that once your bus arrives, both slots on its bike rack might be full at times.

Starting today, we're testing out a new, bigger type of bike rack that can hold a third bicycle on the front of a Muni bus. For the next two months, two test buses will carry these three-slotted bike racks on five Muni routes that see a lot of bike-toting passengers: the 7 Haight/Noriega, 25 Treasure Island, 29 Sunset, 44 O'Shaughnessy and 48 Quintara/24th Street.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Man biking in a parking-protected bike lane and transit boarding island on 7th Street.
Near-term improvements proposed for Folsom and Howard streets include elements similar to those in this parking-protected bike lane and transit boarding island on 7th Street.

Safety, loading and transit improvements are proposed for Folsom and Howard streets in the South of Market District this winter, and you can get a look at them at one of our two open house meetings next week.

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will bring amenities to make SoMa safer and more pleasant to walk, bike, live and work in. However, implementing longer-term changes is expected to take more than five years to finalize the design, coordinate with utility work, change signal times and pour miles of concrete.  So when talking with neighbors, local businesses and those who use Folsom and Howard, we made a commitment to look at near-term safety improvements.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Ford GoBike bike-share station in front of the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero, with a Muni streetcar passing behind.
A Ford GoBike bike-share station in front of the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero.

Ford GoBike launched yesterday, marking a new beginning for bike sharing in the Bay Area.

By the end of 2018, Ford GoBike will grow to 7,000 bikes at 546 stations, making it the nation’s second-largest bike-share program.

New bike-share stations are hitting the ground now to grow the system in San Francisco to 1,750 bikes by end of the year. Expansions in the East Bay and San Jose are expected to begin the week of July 10.

The original fleet of 700 bikes, launched as a pilot project in 2013 under the name of Bay Area Bike Share, was "very modest but successful," said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin at a press event yesterday. "Today marks the day we build on that success and blow it out of the water, increasing bike-share in the region by tenfold."

To plan the locations for new bike-share stations, Ford GoBike continues to hold community meetings and collect input online to consult residents, businesses, local agencies and elected officials.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

People walking, biking and driving across Taylor Street at Eddy Street.

Starting with an open house next week, we’re kicking off the Safer Taylor Street project to shape a plan that will make Taylor safer and more equitable for everyone getting around.

For this project, the SFMTA, the Department of Public Health, San Francisco Public Works and the Planning Department will come together to collaborate with the community of residents, businesses, social services and advocacy organizations that care about Taylor to develop a new vision for the street.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cable Car headed down Powell Street.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 20, 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 consideration of a new Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit program, street changes for the Potrero Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project, an update on the Van Ness Improvement Project and a presentation on the SF County Transportation Authority’s Transportation Network Company Activity Report.

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.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Three photos of a newly-installed bicycle traffic signal and waiting area for left turns on The Embarcadero at North Point Street.
This week at The Embarcadero and North Point Street, we installed a new bicycle traffic signal and waiting area for left turns.

As we reimagine The Embarcadero as a better place to walk and bike along San Francisco's picturesque waterfront, we're installing a few initial upgrades this summer and measuring their impact.

The latest improvements came this week at The Embarcadero and North Point Street, where there's a new bicycle traffic signal and green-colored road markings to make left turns easier for people on bikes.

These kinds of small-scale upgrades add up to make streets safer, more comfortable and more intuitive for everyone to use. As we work with the community to develop a larger vision in the Embarcadero Enhancement Project, we wanted to make relatively quick, low-cost improvements that don't have to wait.

Here are the walking and biking improvements in store for The Embarcadero this summer – and those already in place.

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.