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The New Market Street: 6th and 8th Street Turns

After years of seemingly-endless discussion, the quest to remake San Francisco’s Market Street took a step forward, moving beyond talk and studies to action. In a six-week trial that began today, motorists traveling inbound on Market Street are encouraged to turn south off of Market at 10th Street, and are required to turn right on … Continue reading

Sunday Streets to be a Permanent Program

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office announced today that Sunday Streets, San Francisco’s homegrown ciclovĂ­a, will become a permanent city program — officially led by the SFMTA, and with the excellent Livable City serving as a fiscal sponsor. One final event will be hosted this weekend on September 6, at Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway; … Continue reading

New Bike-Ped Connection to Open on the Benicia Bridge

Benicia-Martinez Bridge. Courtesy of MTC/Caltrans. Throughout the 20th century, as the Bay Area changed fundamentally from a concentrated urban area to a region consisting predominantly of dispersed suburban development, once-innocent country roads became today’s roaring interstates, ever widened to accommodate (and induce additional) far-flung car trips. That, in a nutshell, is the story of the … Continue reading

Board of Supervisors Upholds the SF Bicycle Plan EIR

Last night, Mary Miles of the Coalition for Adequate Review appealed the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the San Francisco Bicycle Plan. The Board of Supervisors unanimously denied the appeal and upheld the FEIR as accurate, adequate, sufficient, and complete. The Board also unanimously passed ordinances amending the General Plan and Planning Code to … Continue reading

Market Street: Learning to Share

Arguing about how to solve the Market Street problem — usually via some sort of ban on automobiles — is a San Francisco pastime, given how often the topic resurfaces. So it should come as no surprise that although we discussed Market Street on this blog one full year ago, we are discussing it again … Continue reading

Bridges Tame the Valley’s Freeway-Laden Landscape

Mary Avenue Bridge; courtesy of LERA. So many freeways and expressways crisscross the auto-oriented sprawl of Silicon Valley, and they contribute to a physical environment that is inhospitable, forming actual and pyschological barriers to those who attempt to get around on foot or a bicycle. But pedestrians and bicyclists alike will be able to enjoy … Continue reading

SB 375 and AB 1358: Victory for Livability Legislation

September 30 at midnight is the deadline for the Governor to sign bills into law, and in light of the record-late budget, legislation has been stacking up. Amidst all the signed and vetoed bills, I am happy to report that SB 375 and AB 1358, two important pieces of “livability legislation” that we have been … Continue reading

Complete Streets Act to Hit the State Senate Floor

Finally — the Complete Streets Act (AB 1358), first introduced in February 2007 and then later held in the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been reintroduced and will go before the full California State Senate next week (week of August 4, 2008). The bill was authored by San Francisco Assemblymember and presumptive 3rd District Senator Mark … Continue reading

Reclaiming Market Street

Whatever you might happen to think about San Francisco’s District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly, we should at least thank him for reigniting the conversation about closing off Market Street to cars, specifically the over two mile stretch between The Embarcadero and Octavia Boulevard in Hayes Valley. This comes fast on the heels of plans to … Continue reading

Bike to Work Day on Thursday May 15

Bike to Work Day on Thursday May 15. Yours truly owns neither a bicycle nor a car — and thus is strictly a pedestrian and transit rider — but of course wholeheartedly supports non-automotive transportation in all forms. So even if I will not be hopping on a bicycle for Bike to Work Day tomorrow, … Continue reading


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