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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.

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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

View overlooking Muni's Kirkland bus yard in Fisherman's Wharf, with a historic streetcar on Beach Street in front.

Starting next week, we will begin work at Muni's Kirkland bus yard in Fisherman's Wharf that will require some disruptions on the block surrounded by Beach, Stockton, North Point and Powell streets.

This work, which is expected to last about nine months, will replace two outdated, underground fuel tanks used for refueling Muni buses at the Kirkland yard with a safer, more efficient system.

The new fueling system will store renewable biodiesel and feature double-walled tanks, a new monitoring system to detect leaks and faster, more reliable fuel dispensers. During the tank excavation, any contaminated soil and water will be treated on site and disposed appropriately.

Construction Impacts

Here are the impacts on expected for this work: 

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.

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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Muni bus on the 29 Sunset route on the recently-redesigned Mansell Street in McLaren Park.
A hybrid electric Muni bus on Mansell Street in McLaren Park, which was recently redesigned with a beautiful path for walking and biking.

Earth Day was started in 1970 to foster forward-thinking initiatives that would benefit the environment and the planet. At the SFMTA, we continue to meet that call to action with more achievements each year.

As Mayor Ed Lee announced this week, San Francisco reduced its greenhouse gas emissions to 28 percent below the 1990 levels in 2015, two years ahead of our goal to do so by 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity, natural gas, fuel, waste and transportation, which is one of the largest contributors in the city, at about 46 percent (mostly from cars and trucks).

At the SFMTA, where we oversee Muni and all of San Francisco’s surface transportation, Earth Day’s message of sustainability is embedded in nearly every aspect of what we do every day.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ed Reiskin speaking at a podium.

From the SFMTA’s Director of Transportation:

Not long ago, deaths caused by smoking, plane crashes and not wearing seatbelts were accepted as routine and commonplace in ways that are unthinkable in today’s United States. We’ve proven that, as a society, we can improve safety to achieve once inconceivable outcomes.

Last year in San Francisco, 30 people died just trying to make their way around town due to traffic collisions. The loss of these 30 mothers, sons, grandparents, friends and co-workers left many devastated, as have the similar numbers of deaths that have occurred in each recent year. These deaths are especially tragic because each one is preventable.

That’s why in 2014, we as a city adopted Vision Zero and said that by 2024, we would make traffic deaths a thing of the past. It may seem ambitious, or even unattainable, but no other goal is acceptable. We can absolutely prevent traffic deaths if we have the will to make it happen. We have seen dramatic success toward this goal in other cities and countries, and there’s no reason to think we can’t do it here in the City of St. Francis.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”
A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”

Like most streets in the Outer Sunset, Vicente Street has road space to spare. We’ve proposed changes to Vicente, from 17th Avenue to the beach, that would re-align parking spaces to add more of them, improve visibility at street corners and add bike lanes.

These changes are on the agenda for our bi-weekly engineering public hearing tomorrow, and there will be other chances to weigh in on them before they’re approved.

Here are the changes proposed for Vicente, between 17th Ave. and Lower Great Highway:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Join us for San Francisco’s fifth annual Walk to Work Day this Thursday, April 6 to celebrate foot-based transportation in one of the most walkable cities in the country.

Walk to Work Day, organized by Walk SF and sponsored by the SFMTA, is a great chance to see how easy, fun, and energizing it can be to integrate walking into your daily life. Every trip – whether it’s by car, transit or even bicycle – starts and ends with walking, so just about anyone can work in an opportunity to see the city by foot.

Image with text, Walk to Work Day, Thursday April 6, 2017. Get Off One Stop Earlier. Walking 15 Minutes Counts. Walk2workday.org. #Walk2Work. Presented by Jones Clifford, Walking Melodia Kelly Shcoenberger, SFMTA and Walk San Francisco.
Celebrate Walk to Work Day on April 6 – even walking for 15 minutes of your commute counts.