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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ghirardelli Square Sign
One of the many Ghirardelli signs that populate the namesake square. Photo: m01229/Flickr

Events: This weekend's many activities take place at locations all across the city, from Fisherman's Wharf in the north to Lake Merced in the south. See our featured events below.

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).

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How Weird Faire with Banner 2015
A scene from the How Weird Street Faire in 2015. Photo: Tom Hilton/Flickr

How Weird Street Faire

Sunday, 12 to 8 p.m.

The 18th annual counter-cultural gathering known as the How Weird Street Faire kicks off at noon this Sunday at Howard and Second streets in SoMa. This celebration of peace and love will be filled with art and performances, assorted vendors, food and drinks and much more.

How to Get There on Muni: The 8 Bayshore, 10 Townsend, 12 Folsom-Pacific, 14 Mission/14R Mission Rapid, 30 Stockton and 45 Union-Stockton routes will take riders close to the festivities.

Muni Service Note: The 8, 14/14R, 30 and 45 routes may see increased ridership and possible delays. The 10 and 12 routes will see reroutes and possible delays.

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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Black and white photo showing a view north on Diamond Street near Chenery in San Francisco's Glen Park Neighborhood. in the foreground is a wooden bridge and streetcar rails, followed by a street curving uphill with a handful of early 20th century wooden houses and buildings.
"Downtown" Glen Park in 1908, as seen looking north from a rail bridge built for San Francisco's first electric streetcar line along what is now Diamond Street towards Chenery Street. Most of the buildings seen here are still standing today.

San Francisco's first electric streetcar line opened 125 years ago today on April 27, 1892. Operated by the San Francisco & San Mateo Railway Company (SF & SM Ry.), this pioneering line had a lasting imprint on transit in our city that continues to this day.

The SF & SM Ry. line ran from Steuart and Market streets through the South of Market and Mission districts via Harrison Street, Guerrero Street and San Jose Avenue to Glen Park, and ended at the cemeteries in Colma.

The line was made viable by the advantages electric streetcars provided over horse-drawn vehicles and cable cars, which were the predominant means of transportation at the time. They cost less to build and operate, could carry more passengers and traverse much longer distances at higher speeds. After they were proved to be a practical way to improve and expand public transit by inventor Frank Sprague in 1888, they came to dominate the transit scene around the world by 1900.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This weekend is jam-packed with fun around the city, including the Clement Street Neighborhood EventSF Deltas soccer at Kezar Stadium, an early Mother’s Day celebration at the Treasure Island Flea Market  and SF Giants baseball games to wrap up their current homestand.

Check out this weekend's featured events below.

A crowd of people fills and tents fill Diamond Street during the 2014 Glen Park Festival.
An impressive crowd on Diamond Street during the 2014 Glen Park Festival. Photo: moppet65535/Flickr