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Active Communities Plan

Project Introduction

As a city, San Francisco has a bold goal: By the year 2035, 80% of trips will be made by low-carbon mode. Right now, we’re a long way from reaching that: Just around 4% of trips across San Francisco are made by bike, scooter, or electric micro-mobility device.  

It’s time for progress and rapid, thoughtful change. Our Active Communities Plan will chart a course toward making sustainable trips safe, accessible, and preferable for all. Much has changed in San Francisco’s transportation landscape since the adoption of the last Bicycle Plan in 2009.  This new effort comes at a pivotal time where comprehensive planning and strong community partnerships will keep San Francisco moving in the right direction. 

The San Francisco Active Communities Plan will take a community-driven approach to encouraging mode shift toward active, sustainable modes of transportation including: bicycles, scooters, and micromobility devices. 

While the Plan will cover the whole city, it will focus particularly on five historically underserved neighborhoods: Bayview/Hunters Point, The Mission/Excelsior, SOMA, Western Addition, and the Tenderloin. The SFMTA project team will work with community partners to identify the needs and values in each neighborhood and establish a relevant, responsive plan for each that connects with the citywide plan for an active transportation network.  

Project Timeline 
January 2022 - May 2022
Kickoff + Existing Conditions
Pending
April 2022 - December 2022​
Analysis + Community Interviews
Pending
September 2022 - December 2023
Citywide Outreach
Pending
August 2022- February 2024
Draft + Final Plan Adoption
Pending
Project Status
Planning

People biking down Valencia Street in the Mission

Plan Goals 

The overarching aim of the Active Communities Plan is to create a framework to prioritize the pipeline of active transportation projects across the city. Amid the need to rapidly accelerate the development and implementation of active transportation infrastructure, the Active Communities Plan will guide funding and investment to where it’s needed most, while working toward the larger goal of a connected, citywide network. We’ll do this by: 

  • Using the Active Transportation Network to Advance Equity: We’ll develop plans specific to Equity Priority Communities that identify barriers to active mobility, and align bike network implementation with community needs and values.  
  • Supporting Climate Action Plan Goals: San Francisco’s aim of reaching 80% low-carbon trips by 2030 necessitates the rapid and committed development of a network that enables anyone to get around via active transportation. 
  • Supporting Safety for all users: We will use the Plan to reach our Vision Zero goal for trips by walking, biking, and personal mobility device.  
  • Supporting Access to Active Transportation: We’ll focus on making active transportation accessible to all by building a network of low-stress streets and connecting people to electric mobility devices and other emerging technologies.  
  • Prioritizing funding to meet goals: Guided by the Active Communities Plan, we’ll allocate funding to prioritize projects that align with community needs and build toward a safe, connected network.  
  • Continuing to innovate: We’ll collaborate with communities to develop new approaches for planning, design, and implementation of active transportation projects and programming 

 

Equity at the Center 

The Active Communities Plan will center those in San Francisco who are currently furthest from transportation justice. The SFMTA recognizes that numerous cultural, political, and programmatic conflicts have held back progress toward a truly equitable and connected active transportation network. The Active Communities Plan will be developed with a special focus on outreach and outcomes in underserved neighborhoods that are particularly vulnerable to transportation changes. By co-developing specific plans with communities who have historically been excluded from the planning and development process, the SFMTA aims to address and undo entrenched injustices and create a welcoming, safe, and equitable transportation network for the whole city.  

Priority Communities + Partners: 

  • Mission District & Outer Mission/Excelsior, PODER: PODER’s program Bicis del Pueblo (BdP) develops bicycling skills and environmental justice awareness of low-income communities of color by engaging in bike-based workshops, classes, and community activities. BdP works within the neighborhoods of the Mission District, the Outer Mission, and the Excelsior.  
  • Bayview-Hunters Point, Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates: BVHPCA is an environmental justice organization operating in the southeastern neighborhoods of San Francisco. BVHPCA facilitates a District 10 Transportation Committee to empower residents around transportation issues.  
  • Tenderloin, The Tenderloin Community Benefit District: TLCBD supports a vibrant Tenderloin community for ALL, inclusive of people experiencing homelessness. The TLCBD provides a wide array of programming in the Tenderloin, including the Safe Passage pedestrian youth safety program and the Tenderloin Traffic Safety Task Force.  
  • Western SoMa, SoMa Pilipinas: SoMa Pilipinas manages the Filipino Cultural Heritage District in the Western SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. Their focus is on economic, social, and transportation justice for SoMa residents.  
  • Western Addition: The SFMTA is in the process of identifying a Western Addition community partner.  
  • Citywide, The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: SFBC advocates for streets and neighborhoods as livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Through their day-to-day advocacy, education and working partnerships with City and community agencies, the SFBC creates safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans. 
Contact Information
Christopher Kidd