City planners are making changes to Better Market Street, the transformative project that was approved in October 2019. The City’s initial revisions to the project last fall did not reflect the imperative to make Market Street safer for people walking and biking.
This Tuesday, join us at the SFMTA virtual Board Meeting to hear new potential revisions. Write a letter to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency Board meeting and tune in for yourself.
SFMTA Board Meeting (online)
Tuesday, January 18, 2021
Starts at 1:00pm
A few months ago, City planners unveiled a revised proposal for the first phase of the project (between Fifth and Eighth streets) that would keep people on bikes where they are today, sharing the curbside lanes with taxis and delivery trucks. We, like many of our members, were outraged about the changes, and we turned out our members for the online outreach and public meetings the City held.
The main question we kept hearing from our members was simple: Why? It was hard to stomach these changes and that this process felt rushed after a lengthy, decade-long planning process.
That’s why we invited SFMTA board directors Cheryl Brinkman and Amanda Eaken to speak with our members and hear from them how they felt about the revised proposal. You can watch the Better Market Street Town Hall here:
Directors Brinkman and Eaken previewed changes that respond to concerns that people who bike have raised around sharing lanes again with large vehicles. We now know that City planners are exploring required right turns to force vehicles off of Market Street, a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit, and programmatic ways to uphold the ban of private vehicles.
Now it’s time for our decision makers to hear from you. Write an email to the SFMTA Board today to weigh in on these changes, and tune in for yourself to hear the presentation and give public comment. And on our end, we won’t stop fighting for a truly Better Market Street.