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Monday, April 17, 2017

Outbound 48 Quintara-24th Street bus driving past a yellow building in the afternoon.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, April 18, 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 a parking-protected bike lane along eastbound 13th Street, between Folsom and Bryant streets, and contract amendments to purchase 185 new 40-foot electric trolley buses.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Market Street bike lane with plastic safe-hit posts of different heights and colors, that feature a raised plastic curb at their base.
In a new experiment on Market Street, we’ve installed four types of safe-hit posts along a block of bike lane.

Plastic “safe-hit” posts may be a relatively quick and low-cost way to separate bike lanes from traffic lanes, but to do their job, they need to last.

This week, we started a new experiment to identify the most durable safe-hit post design by installing four different types of them along a block of Market Street, westbound from 9th to 10th Street. It’s part of our efforts to adopt and improve upon the best practices for building effective protected bike lanes.

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:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Another fun-filled weekend awaits us – you can cheer on the Giants as they wrap up their first home stand of the season, enjoy the second weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival and take your pick of Easter events with the Union Street Easter Fair or Mt. Davidson Easter Sunrise Service.

Check out this week’s featured events below.

Ladies in gray dresses sit on a red and white float waving to the crowd under a bright blue sky.
The Japan Center Garage Corporation float in the 2013 Cherry Blossom Parade. Photo: Gary Stevens/Flickr

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Muni bus travels down a red transit-only lane on downtown Geary Street as cars travel in the adjacent traffic lanes.
A red transit-only lane on Geary at Jones Street.

It may come as no surprise that using red paint to highlight transit-only lanes causes fewer drivers to violate them, which helps keep them clear to make your Muni trip faster and more reliable. But two new studies have also confirmed that the “red carpet” treatment leads to fewer collisions and risky driving behaviors.

The new findings come from our study on red transit lanes on three downtown streets, and another conducted by the company Zendrive on changes in driving behaviors that resulted from our 14 Mission Rapid Project.

Red transit lanes are a relatively new tool. We’re pioneering them as part of our Muni Forward Rapid Network, which is why the California Traffic Control Devices Committee and the Federal Highway Administration sponsored us to conduct our study on downtown lanes.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A line of lowrider cars drives down a street with bystanders on the sidewalk in the Mission District on a sunny day.Lowriders cruise at the Carnaval parade in the Mission in 2011. Photo: Carnaval.com Studios/Flickr

Events

There will be no shortage of events this weekend in San Francisco. Head over to Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park to catch SF Deltas soccer or to West Portal for the 29th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show. Check out this week's featured events below.

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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Muni bus on the 29 Sunset route on the recently-redesigned Mansell Street in McLaren Park.
A Muni bus on the 29 Sunset route on the recently-redesigned Mansell Street in McLaren Park.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, April 4, 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 features presentations and discussions regarding the Western Addition Community Transportation Plan, approval of Union Tentative Agreements and the Taxi Medallion Renewal Fee.

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, March 30, 2017

A 1968 photo of people riding a cable car at night as it stops at Powell and Bush streets.

It might be hard to believe that until 1965, women were deprived of the joy of standing on the running boards on either side of San Francisco’s cable cars.

Just three years prior to the time of the 1968 photo above, the now-familiar sight of men and women riding a cable car with equal access was unofficially prohibited. The practice was changed after Mona Hutchins, a 19-year-old UC Berkeley student and free speech advocate, stood up and was arrested for refusing to yield an unwritten restriction that didn’t apply to men.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, scenes from our photo archives like these remind us that while social progress may still seem hard-won today, it can be easy to take for granted the changes that have moved us on from eras past.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dozens of people covers in colorful dye in the middle of a park surrounded by trees
Participants at a celebration of the Holi Festival of Colors in Parkmerced on March 14, 2009. Photo: Cary Bass-Deschenes/Flickr

Events: 

As flowers bloom in the park this colorful spring weekend, cheer for orange and black at AT&T Park and celebrate with a festival where you can turn your friends into living rainbows.