Hello fellow SF walker,
It's officially summer, it's staying light late, and it's a great time to walk in San Francisco!
And Walk SF has lots going on: read on to find out!
Walk SF Summer 2011 Newsletter
In this Newsletter:
Coming soon: Your Walk SF renewal!
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Walk SF just hit the 1,000-"Like" mark on Facebook! We feel loved!
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Save the Date/Survey: Peak2Peak Walk, Sept 24
Our 7th annual Peak2Peak walk will be Saturday September 24 -- save the date!
And take our survey:
Which route should we do this year?
- Last year's new route: Mission to Land's End 13+ miles, 10 peaks
- The original route: West Portal to North Beach 12 miles, 15 peaks
Tonight: Cesar Chavez East Workshop, 6pm
Tonight will be an important meeting if you care about taming the city's arterial streets -- especially if you live, work, or play anywhere near Cesar Chavez.
Cesar Chavez East Community Workshop
Monday, June 27, 6pm - 8pm
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
1294 Potrero Avenue (at 25th Street), Community Room
This is the second community meeting; the Planning Department will review the community-based vision and some solutions to start fixing the Hairball, where all the freeway entrances and exits make conditions very dangerous to walk. The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) will present its shorter-term plans to add a bike lane along the street.
Both MTA's short-term project and the Planning Department's longer-term projects provide the opportunity to put Cesar Chavez on a "road diet," narrowing it and calming traffic by taking the street from 4 to 3 lanes -- and providing space for sidewalks to expand from their current 3-foot width!
Speak up tonight for a road diet on Cesar Chavez!
If you can't make the meeting, email CCE@sfgov.org. More information available at CCE.sfplanning.org.
Big Campaign Win: Safe Speed Zones for Schools
Walk SF is winning the campaign for safer speeds around all 200+ of the city's schools!
Walk San Francisco has been working to make San Francisco the first big city in the state to adopt 15-mph school zones. These will make it safer for kids to walk to school, and will also calm traffic throughout the entire city.
Victory! The MTA has now committed to creating 200+ new 15-mph school zones! A funding request will go before the County Transportation Authority (TA) Board tomorrow.
The Board of Supervisors acts as the Board of the TA, so urge your Supervisor to support the new school zones. If you can come to the meeting tomorrow and speak up, even better!
Transportation Authority Board Meeting
Tuesday, June 28, 11am
City Hall Room 250
MTA will be holding engineering hearings on the first 100 school zones this Friday and then again on Friday July 15.
Come speak up in support or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
District 1-5 School Zones
MTA Engineering Hearing
Friday, July 1, 10am
City Hall Room 416
District 6-11 School Zones
MTA Engineering Hearing
Friday, July 15, 10am
City Hall Room 416
This is a huge step forward, but we're not done yet. Walk SF is continuing to push for a plan for enforcement of the school zones, and education this fall to make sure drivers know they need to drive at safer speeds. For more information or to get involved in this campaign, email email@example.com.
Campaign Update: Pedestrian Action Plan, Streets Bond
Walk SF has been pushing for a Pedestrian Action Plan like the one New York put out last August -- but better! The plan should reduce serious and fatal pedestrian injuries, increase walking, and address the city's current inequity in pedestrian safety.
Last December, the mayor put out an executive order on pedestrian safety (that we helped draft) and created a task force to achieve it. Walk SF is on this task force. This month, the task force put out a fascinating new map: all of the city's most dangerous corridors for pedestrians. Not surprisingly, these are mostly on wide, fast arterial streets.
Here's the thing: These high-risk corridors make up just 7% of the total length of streets in San Francisco. We can tackle that!
We're excited about getting the city to commit to fixing this 7%. Fixing these corridors alone could cut serious pedestrian crashes in half!
One great way to fund this will be the street repair bond on the November ballot. Walk SF has been pushing for funding for pedestrian street improvements, and the proposed bond will include over $72 million for pedestrian and bicycle improvements!
Find out more about the bond.
Sat July 10: Sunday Streets at the Great Highway
This month's Sunday Streets will be Sunday July 10 at the Great Highway!
Volunteer with us! You'll spend a couple hours giving sidewalk chalk to kids, talking with folks about our events and campaigns, and just generally basking in the glow of a great event. And you can get a free "I Walk SF" t-shirt when you volunteer!
To volunteer at the Walk SF table, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun July 17: Discover McLaren Park Walk
Our next walk will explore McLaren Park, our city's second-largest park! We'll be discovering treasures in this former Spanish rancho like community gardens, a creek and marshland, walking trails, and more!
Recent Walk SF Events
SoMa Alleyways and Gardens: We had a big turnout and a beautiful day for June's walk through SoMa. We explored traffic-calming and greening measures along alleyways, visited community gardens, and marched across the arterials on legal, but unmarked, crosswalks. The wine-tasting afterward was well-deserved!
Grand Parklet Opening: Thanks to everyone who came out to yesterday's grand opening of the "Deepistan National Parklet" on Valencia Street! This micro-garden in a parking space opens up more public space along the street and is the first created by an individual (instead of a business). Hm... who will be next to make a parklet? Will it be you??
Thanks for your support!
Thanks for your support for Walk SF's work, and hope to see you at an event soon. Please email email@example.com with any questions or comments.