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Friday, May 12, 2017

Meeting attendees listen to a speaker in a small pizzeria.
Residents and hungry neighbors gather at Village Pizzeria for the Van Ness Improvement Project’s Meet the Expert speaker series, held each month at a different business on Van Ness.

As a sponsor of San Francisco Small Business Week (SFSBW), which takes place next week, we're proud to support the 85,000 small businesses that are an integral part of San Francisco's community and culture.

As part of SFSBW this year, we will join BART, SFO Airport and Caltrans to co-host a workshop called “Doing Business With Transportation Agencies,” where we'll help educate small business owners about opportunities to contract with local transportation agencies. All are invited to join the workshop on Monday, May 15 at 10 a.m.

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.”

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.